India vs South Africa, 1st Test Day 2India vs South Africa, 1st Test, Day 2: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of day two of the first Test between India and South Africa from Dr. Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA–VDCA Cricket Stadium. A mixed session. 126 runs from 36 overs for 4 wickets. Despite getting four wickets, South Africa are staring at a tall first innings total put up by India. Mayank Agarwal's 215 highlighted the post-lunch session as India continued to score big. India did lose 4 wickets in the span of 112 runs but the damage was done and India go into the tea session on day two on 450/5. The aim now would be to come out and score quick runs and reach somewhere near 550 and bowl at South Africa a bit. For the visitors, the spinners did manage to get some wickets and stop the run flow to some extent. India 450/5 from 124 overs at lunch on DAY 2. Follow live updates of the first IND vs SA Test from Visakhapatnam here at indiatvnews.com. (Scorecard | When and Where to Watch)
SA 39/3 against India 502/7 decl at Stumps on Day 2
* Another dominating Day for Team India both with bat and ball. In the first two sessions, Indian batsman put Proteas on the back foot with opener Mayank Agarwal smashing his maiden Test double century as India declare first innings at 502/7. Later Ashwin-Jadeja duo ran riot to remove Africa top-order on Day 2.
17.20 IST: South Africa 39/3, trail India (502/7d) by 463 runs at Stumps in Vizag. Ashwin 2/9, Jadeja 1/21
17.14 IST Ashwin to Bavuma, DOUBLE! Poor running between the wicket, it was a sure shot triple but the batsmen ran only double as Elgar will face Jadeja in the next over.
* Bavuma comes at number 5
17.09 IST: Jadeja to Piet, OUT! Clean Bowled! Nightwatch man back in the pavilion, tight bowling from Jadeja and he gets his reward.
17.05 IST: Ashwin to De Bruyn, OUT! Excellent stuff from the bowler and sharp catch from Saha behind the stumps and South Africa lose their second wicket.
17.01 IST: Jadeja to Elgar, Double, Elgar cuts it hard into the gap for a double. Elgar is looking comfortable against Jadeja due to his left-arm angle.
17.00 IST: Another maiden over from Ashwin, he is looking dangerous with every ball.
* Floodlights are on as Ashwin returns into the attack
16.43 IST: Jadeja to Elgar, SIX! Elgar steps out from the crease and lofts it straight down the ground for a maximum.
16.38 IST: Jadeja to Elgar, Edged and Double! Elgar dances down the track and edges the ball in the no man's land for a double.
16.31 IST: Ashwin to Makram, OUT! Clean Bowled! Excellent bowling from the big man as the bowl turns in and hit the stumps between bat and pads.
16.28 IST: Jadeja to Elgar, Huge goof-up between both batsmen as Elgar first call for the single and run back but a misfield hurts India's chance for the first breakthrough.
* Spin from both ends as Ravindra Jadeja into the attack
16.21 IST: Ashwin to Markram, Sharp turn from Ravi Ashwin and even Saha was not able to pick it.
* Ashwin comes into the attack
16.19 IST: Ishant to Elgar, FOUR! On the pads again and Elgar punishes it well by guiding for a boundary.
16.15 IST: Maiden Over! Excellent bowling from Shami as he is targetting Markram pads to get him plumb in front of the wickets.
* Mohammed Shami from the other end
16.10 IST: Ishant to Elgar, FOUR! On the pads and Elgar just pushes it for a boundary to open his account.
* Ishant Sharma to start with the new ball.
* Players are out for South Africa's first innings.
* India post a humongous total of 502/7 for the Proteas at the pitch which is turning a lot and it's good opportunity for spin duo Ashwin-Jadeja to run riot in Vizag
15.57 IST: India declare first innings at 502/7 against South Africa in Vizag. Mayank 215, Rohit 176, Maharaj 3/189
15.54 IST: Piedt to Jadeja, A quick single on the offside and India reach 500.
15.51 IST: Maharaj to Jadeja, he cuts it for a single and India reach 499 with it.
* Ravichandran Ashwin is the new man in
15.41 IST: Piedt to Saha, OUT! Saha pulls it and caught at deep mid-wicket by Muthusamy.
15.36 IST: Maharaj to Saha, FOUR! Saha plays it straight down the ground for the boundary and the run rate is accelerating in the past few years.
15.34 IST: Piedt to Saha, Saha has picked his spot and he is scoring in the same region, this time he just guides the ball for three runs.
15.26 IST: Maharaj to Jadeja, SIX! And it's Ravindra Jadeja special, the southpaw charges down the track and smashes the ball all the way for maximum.
15.23 IST: Philander to Saha, FOUR! This is even better from Saha as he was in full control of that and he just guided the ball through gully for a boundary.
15.21 IST: Philander to Saha, FOUR! Cheeky from Saha as he opens the account with a boundary.
* Wriddhiman Saha comes out to bat.
15.15 IST: Maharaj to Vihari, OUT! Vihari gifted his wicket away. The right-handed batsman again charged down the track and was caught by Dean Elgar.
* NOT OUT it is...
15.12 IST: Maharaj to Vihar, Review Taken! It will be a close call for LBW as the ball spin inside for Hanuma, who danced down the track to defend it.
* Only two runs from the over.
15.07 IST: Vernon Philander to bowl from the other end.
15.03 IST: Maharaj to start proceedings for South Africa, Jadeja to take strike for India.
15.02 IST: We are back for the last session of day two. India would look to score big and reach 550 and put South Africa in to bat.
14.44 IST: TEA! India despite losing four wickets in the session would go into the break on top. With 450 on the board, they would be feeling positive ahead of the last session. Mayank Agarwal's 215 was the highlight of the session but the Protea spinners did get some wickets to stem the run flow a bit. Join us in a bit for the last session of the day.
14.33 IST: Piedt to Vihari, FOUR! Full-toss and drives it through extra-cover for a boundary -- his first of the innings.
14.27 IST: Hanuma Vihari is the new man in.
14.27 IST: Elgar to Mayank, OUT! The per-time spinner does the trick. Full-toss again and Mayank looks to sweep it for a maximum but fails to get the distance. A good catch in the deep by Piedt. His 371-ball innings comes to an end for 215. A great start to his career at home. India 436/5 from 119.4 overs
14.25 IST: Elgar to Mayank, FOUR! Full toss and slapped through covers for a boundary.
14.24 IST: Dean Elgar is the new bowler for South Africa.
14.24 IST: The double hundred feeling!
14.20 IST: Ravindra Jadeja is the new man in. India looking to accelerate and get quick runs now.
14.19 IST: Maharaj to Rahane, OUT! Maharaj has his second. Rahane tries to up the ante by dancing down the track and smashing it over covers but it went straight to Bavuma. He departs for 15. India 431/4 from 118 overs.
14.12 IST: Piedt to Rahane, FOUR! This time Rahane gives Piedt the charge and hits the full-toss through covers for a four. A welcome boundary for the Mumbaikar. Moves on to 15.
14.11 IST: Piedt to Mayank, SIX! Runs down the track and converts it into a full-toss and slams it over deep mid-wicket for another six.
14.07 IST: Maharaj to Mayank, 200! He has done it. Mayank Agarwal has brought up his double century in his first game on home soil. After a nervous few balls in his late 190s, he has finally gone past the 200-run mark. Drives one straight to long-on, thanks to a little missfield, he runs back for a two and there is his double century.
13.48 IST: Maharaj to Mayank, SIX! Comes down the track and slams it over the bowler's head for a six. Couldn't connect from the middle of the bat but just enough for it to go for a maximum.
13.37 IST: Muthusamy to Mayank, FOUR! Dances down the track and smashes over extra cover for a boundary. For a while Temba Bavuma was interested but it flew over him for a boundary. Moves into the 180s.
13.23 IST: Muthusamy to Rahane, FOUR! Short and wide and guided past point and cover-point for a boundary. Opens the scoring in style.
13.22 IST: Ajinkya Rahane is the new man in.
13.20 IST: Muthusamy to Kohli, OUT! What a wicket to have on your debut. His first-ever in international cricket. The ball stopped on the track, Kohli looked to guide it on to the offside and he only got a leading edge, which went straight to the bowler. Kohli falls for 20. India 377/3 from 103.2 overs
13.16 IST: Maharaj to Mayank, Four! This time straight over the bowler's head for a four. His fourth of the innings. He moves on to 171.
13.15 IST: Maharaj to Mayank, SIX! Wow! Gets to the pitch of the ball and goes inside out over extra cover for a maximum.
13.09 IST: Rabada to Kohli, FOUR! Leans forward and plays it through extra cover for a boundary. His fourth of the innings already.
13.02 IST: DRINKS SIGNALLED! Barring the wicket of Pujara, India have controlled the session so far. Kohli has looked solid while Mayank has continued to go from strength to strength and bring up his 150 on his home debut. India 358/2 from 100 overs
13.00 IST: Maharaj to Mayank, FOUR! Pitched full on middle and lapped away behind square for a boundary. He is manipulating the field very well for his runs. Leg-slip in place now.
12.51 IST: Philander to Mayank, FOUR! Short on hips and flicks for a boundary. 150 comes up for Mayank with that boundary. What a game he is having on his home debut.
12.46 IST: Maharaj to Kohli, FOUR! Flighted ball on middle and Kohli flicks his wrists to send it through mid-wicket for a boundary. His third of the innings.
12.38 IST: Keshav Maharaj comes back into the attack.
12.32 IST: Rabada to Kohli, FOUR! Short pitched and not the height he would have intended it to go and Kohli rocks back and smashes it for a boundary. Dealing in boundaries is the Indian captain.
12.25 IST: Philander to Kohli, FOUR! TRADEMARK KOHLI! Pitched up, Kohli leans on to it and drives it straight past mid-off for a boundary to open his account.
12.24 IST: Rabada to Mayank, FOUR! First runs for Mayank in this session. Pitched up a tad and driven through covers for a boundary.
12.16 IST: Virat Kohli is the new man in for India. This has been a happy hunting ground for him. Can he once again score big here?
12.15 IST: Philander to Pujara, OUT! What a way to start the session. Pitched it on middle, with a slight deviation, it goes past Pujara's bat and disturbs the timber. South Africa have their second wicket! Pujara falls on the first ball after lunch. India 324/2 from 88.1 overs
12.12 IST: We are back for the second session of the day. The players are making their way into the ground for the post-lunch session, which will be 30 minutes longer.
11.34 IST: LUNCH! Quiet few overs from India after Rohit departed as the hosts reached lunch at 324/1 from 88 overs at lunch. The first session again belonged to India with Mayank slamming his first century in Tests and remaining not out at 138 while Rohit fell for 176. A total of 122 runs scored from 28.5 overs in the first session. Join us in a while for the second session!
11.21 IST: Kagiso Rabada to bowl from the other end with the new ball.
11.17 IST: Vernon Philander back on for South Africa as they take the new ball.
11.13 IST: Maharaj to Pujara, FOUR! Half volley to Pujara and he takes a long stride forward and drives it through covers for a boundary.
11.07 IST: Cheteshwar Pujara is the new man in now.
11.06 IST: Maharaj to Rohit, OUT! Tries to go big again but drags his feet out of the crease in the process and Quinton de Kock doesn't miss this time. Stumped! Rohit falls for 176 and South Africa have their first wicket. India 317/1 from 82 overs.
11.04 IST: Maharaj to Rohit, FOUR! Once again takes the areal route and this time through covers and it's a boundary.
11.03 IST: Maharaj to Rohit, SIX! Dances down the track but it was dragged wide. However, he manages to reach to the ball smashes it over long-off for another six.
10.58 IST: Muthusamy to Mayank, FOUR! Bowls outside leg and he reverse sweeps it for a boundary. Nothing working for South Africa at the moment.
10.55 IST: Maharaj to Mayank, 300 COMES UP! Flighted delivery, driven down to long-off for a single and that's the 300 up for India.
10.51 IST: Piedt to Rohit, FOUR! Once again he is feasting on the bad deliveries. Strays down the leg and pulls it for a boundary.
10.47 IST: Maharaj to Rohit, FOUR! Bowls down the leg and Rohit paddles it behind for a boundary. Runs are coming thick and fast for India now.
10.45 IST: Piedt to Mayank, FOUR! This time he takes out the reverse sweep. Four more runs to his tally.
10.44 IST: Piedt to Mayank, SIX! Dances down the track and hoiks it over deep mid-wicket for a maximum.
10:36 IST: Muthuswamy to Rohit. 150 for Rohit! Single down the backward square leg and Rohit has reached yet another milestone in this Test.
10:31 IST: With an unbeaten 149 to his name in this Test, Rohit has now scored as many runs as he managed in his first six Tests against South Africa (average: 12.41).
10:25 IST: With the back-to-back four against Maharaj in the previous year, Rohit and Mayank have stitched the highest opening partnership -- 261* -- in India vs South Africa Tests, going past the stand of 236 runs scored between Gary Kirsten and Andrew Hudson in Kolkata in 1996/97
10:22 IST: Maharaj to Rohit. Four! Waltz down the track to bully that length ball over the bowler for a boundary. And then again! Executes the sweep shot over square leg for a four.
10:17 IST: With the two against Maharaj down deep cover in the 71st over, Rohit now has a home average of 100. Although it would take a dip once he gets dismissed. But it will not fall below 100.
10:15 IST: This is the 10th instance for India that both the openers have scored a century in a Test match and 9th against South Africa. Well, it has been a richly deserved ton for Mayank. He batted and batted through domestic cricket, knocking on every door of the selectors and with the entire Indian cricket fraternity behind him. He played well against Australia, against West Indies and now against South Africa.
10.05 IST: Maharaj to Mayank, CENTURY! Guides it past point for a single to bring up his maiden Test century. This is just his fifth Test and this the 10th time both Indian openers have scored a century in a Test match.
10.02 IST: Rabada to Rohit, FOUR! This time he strays down the leg and Rohit flicks it for a boundary, the misfield didn't help as it could have been restricted to a single just.
09.58 IST: Maharaj to Mayank, FOUR! Bowls one outside off, Mayank plays late and once again gets a boundary. Moves on to 98.
09.56 IST: ROHIT SURVIVES! Keshav Maharaj fails to collect the ball from a Vernon Philander throw and South Africa once again fails to take their opportunity to get Rohit out. Nonetheless, a double for Mayank.
09.53 IST: Kagiso Rabada replaces Vernon Philander in the attack.
09.50 IST: Maharaj to Rohit, FOUR! Bowls one outside off and Rohit plays it late past point for another boundary. Rubbing salt in the wounds now is Rohit.
09.46 IST: Philander to Rohit, DROPPED! Rohit takes a stride forward and looks to defend it but the ball takes a slight deflection off the bat and De Kock, who is standing up to the wicket, fails to grab it. Rohit escapes with a single, moves on to 126.
09.46 IST: Philander to Rohit, FOUR! Once again strays down the leg and Rohit lofts it over the infield for a boundary.
09.38 IST: Philander to Mayank, FOUR! Bowls one outside off, providing width to work with and Mayank gracefully guides it past gully for a boundary.
09.35 IST: Keshav Maharaj to begin from the other end.
09.32 IST: Philander to Rohit, Bowls one outside off but the ball keeps extremely low. Rohit wanted to do nothing with that.
09.31 IST: Philander to Rohit, FOUR! First boundary and runs of the day. Strays down the leg and flicked for a four.
09.30 IST: WE ARE UNDERWAY! Rohit Sharma to take strike and Vernon Philander to start for South Africa.
09.20 IST: WEATHER UPDATE:
As of now, the sun is shining bright in Visakhapatnam and play is scheduled to begin on time at the Dr. Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA–VDCA Cricket Stadium.
09.10 IST: Grateful to team management for the opportunity: Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma thanked the team management and insisted that he was very clear on what he wanted to do after an impressive opening debut against South Africa. [Read full story here]
08.55 IST: I knew I might open in Tests way back when we were in Australia: Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal gave India a solid start on the first day of the opening Test against South Africa. While Rohit scored a century in his very first innings as an opener in the longest format of the game, Mayank, too, played impressively, ending the day on 84. [Read full story here]
08.40 IST: DID YOU KNOW? On Wednesday, Rohit Sharma became first Indian player to score a century in Tests, ODIs and T20Is as opener. [Read full story here]
08.25 IST: WEATHER UPDATE:
It's 27-degree Celcius now in Vizag with cloudy skies. However, as the day progresses, much like yesterday, showers are expected to lash down.
08.15 IST: Brief highlights:
Rohit Sharma's Test career got a new lease of life as he struck an unbeaten 115 in his first innings as an opener to take India to a commanding 202 for no loss against South Africa before rain washed out the final session of the series-opener, here on Wednesday. There was an 80 per cent chance of rain on the opening day but it only arrived during the tea break with India comfortably placed after 59.1 overs of play. Mayank Agarwal was on course for a maiden Test hundred, having played extremely well for his 183-ball 84. Thunderstorm, followed by a heavy spell of rain, ensured no play was possible after the tea break. [Read full preview here]