Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Day 1 of the 2nd Test between India and South Africa at Centurion. Here you can catch the live cricket score online, live updates, current match scores of the second Test of the three-match series. India captain Virat Kohli made three changes to his playing XI for the second Test in Centurion. Seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar was surprisingly replaced by Ishant Sharma, while opener KL Rahul was selected in place of Shikhar Dhawan and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, who has a niggle, was replaced by Parthiv Patel. Meanwhile, South Africa, who lead the series 1-0, won the toss and opted to bat on a good batting surface. Immense pressure lies on the shoulders of the Virat Kohli-led team as it’s a now or never situation. The No.1 Test side has never won a series in South Africa and after the Indian bowlers bundled out the hosts in the second innings for 130 runs, the Men-in-Blue were on the cusp of ensuring a win till their batsmen fell like a pack of cards to lose the first Test at Newlands, Cape Town by 72 runs. Can India bounce back in the three-match Test series? (MATCH SCORECARD).
14.54 IST: Ishant Sharma concludes a maiden over. 18 overs gone, SA 37/0.
14.47 IST: Michael Holding on air mentions this wicket is not as green as the last one and he would have picked Bhuvneshwar Kumar over Jasprit Bumrah as the former could have got more out of the wicket.
14.40 IST: Hardik Pandya to Dean Elgar, no run. Attacks the stumps this time, he also gets it to nip away after pitching. Elgar tries to defend but gets an outside edge towards covers. A good over by Pandya, a maiden. SA 36/0 in 15 overs.
14.32 IST: Time for the first drinks break in the game. The Protea openers have done well to negotiate this first hour. No real help for the seamers and that Shami was indisciplined didn’t help the Indians. Bumrah bowled well but Ishant was the more probing of the seamers on show so far. Can he draw first blood soon? Hope the break rejuvenates them. Markram has looked assured in his stay out there while Elgar has been a touch tentative. How long will they carry on?
14.28 IST: Hardik Pandya to Aiden Markram, no run. Another ball on a length, blocked from the crease. Pandya begins with a maiden. SA 35/0 in 13 overs.
14.24 IST: Hardik Pandya into the attack now. He looked impressive in the first Test and with India desperate for a wicket, Pandya would look to make his mark right away.
14.20 IST: Sanjay Manjrekar analyses Markram’s batting. In the first game, Aiden was playing with an angled bat and hence was edging some deliveries to the slip cordon. Here, he is consciously trying to play as well as leave with a straight bat. Nice to see the rectification.
14.16 IST: FOUR! Another glorious shot, not great bowling though. Shami overpitches this outside off, Markram gets ahead and drives it nicely through the vacant cover region for a boundary.
14.14 IST: FOUR! A Gateway of India in Cape Town? Let me explain. This is full and outside off, a hint of movement away from the batter. Markram gets his stride forward and drives it through covers. Bumrah is stationed there and puts in a lousy effort and lets the ball go through his legs. The ball’s next destination is the boundary fence. SA 25/0 via India’s misfielding.
14.13 IST: Change of ends for Mohammed Shami.
14.12 IST: Ishant Sharma to Dean Elgar, no run. Angled away outside off, Dean lets it be. After 10 overs, SA are 21/0.
14.05 IST: Nice point. Seeing Elgar beaten all ends up on the previous ball, Gavaskar opines that he would have loved Ishant to have taken the new ball straightaway. Although the ball is 7-over-old now, meaning not too old, a newer cherry would have behaved differently out of Sharma’s hand, he reckons.
14.04 IST: Ishant Sharma is introduced into the attack. Technically he is the most experienced bowler in the side yet he isn’t a regular starter. This is his comeback game and he would look to extract some bounce from the surface.
13.58 IST: Jasprit Bumrah to Aiden Markram, no run. Brilliant delivery to end the over. On a length around off, it comes back in viciously. Cuts Markram into half and flies to Patel who has to dive well to his left to pouch that. SA 15/0 in 7 overs.
13.50 IST: As the camera rolls towards Hashim Amla in the dressing room, Sunil Gavaskar on air says that he is as cool as an iceberg.
13.45 IST: FOUR! Another one, this time to deep mid-wicket. Shami overcorrects, pays the price. In a bid to bowl straighter, he strays on the pads. Markram keeps his balance and flicks it nonchalantly through mid-wicket. Ishant gives it a chase from mid on but has no chance of cutting that off. A good fast outfield this.
13.43 IST: FOUR! Markram nails it perfectly square of the wicket. How beautifully timed is this one! Shami hurls it on a length outside off, Markram stands tall and punches it through covers. Plenty of real estate there and the ball speeds away to the fence. That’s the first boundary of the game and Aiden’s blade gets it.
13.38 IST: From behind the stumps! When Parthiv Patel last played a Test match outside Asia (at Sydney Cricket Ground in 2004), none of the current players in Indian squad had made their debut.
13.34 IST: Mohammed Shami to run in from the other end.
13.33 IST: SA 0/0 after first over. Jasprit Bumrah to Dean Elgar, no run. A touch fuller this one, Elgar comes half-forward and defends it. A maiden to begin for Bumrah.
13.32 IST: Short leg in place.
13.30 IST: Jasprit Bumrah starts for India; Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram are at the crease. Elgar is on strike .
13.20 IST: Both the sides line up for the national anthems.
13.15 IST: The Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, would have liked to bat first as well. Is surprised to see a very dry surface on offer. Aims to extract confidence from their bowling performance from the first game. Reckons that they would look to extract whatever is on offer in the initial hour. Mentions that they have one forced change in Parthiv Patel, who comes in for Wriddhiman Saha, who has an hamstring niggle and the team doesn’t want to risk the same. Adds further that KL Rahul comes in for Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar misses out as Ishant Sharma comes in due to the extra bounce that he can extract.
13.10 IST: Faf du Plessis, the South African skipper, reasons about his decision, that the history of the ground says that it is slow on Day 1 and the cracks are expected later. States that spin doesn’t play a massive part here. Reckons that they expect India to come back hard at them as they are a quality opposition. Looks to improve on the performance in the first game. Announces that Lungi Ngidi makes his Test debut and that’s the only change for them, which is a forced one as Dale Steyn is out injured.
India Playing XI: Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Rohit Sharma, Parthiv Patel(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma
South Africa Playing XI: Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungisani Ngidi, Morne Morkel
13.05 IST: TEAM NEWS: For India, Kl Rahul replaces opener Shikhar Dhawan, Ishant Sharma comes in place of pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Parthiv Patel replaces wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha. South Africa decides to play uncapped Lungi Ngidi.
13.00 IST: South Africa win toss, opt to bat first against India.
12.55 IST: Team India huddle up ahead of the big match.
12.48 IST: Cricket South Africa believes, it will be a “perfect day for a game of Cricket.”
12.45 IST: Meanwhile, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has an advice for Kohli & Co
Read: Indian batsmen need to shake off lethargy if they dream to win series in South Africa, says Sunil Gavaskar
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Brief Preview: Trailing the three-match Test series by 1-0, Virat Kohli-led India will aim for an equaliser when the visitors take on hosts South Africa in the do-or-die second Test, starting January 13 in Centurion.India’s record of nine consecutive series victories will be on the line from Saturday after the hosts took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series by registering a 72-run win in the first Test in Cape Town.(Read full preview here)
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Lokesh Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Parthiv Patel
South Africa: Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis (C), Quinton de Kock (wk), Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Temba Bavuma, Theunis de Bruyn, Andile Phehlukwayo, Duanne Olivier, Lungisani Ngidi
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