South Africa chose to bat first at the toss. However, the start has not been good for them at all as Bhuvneshwar Kumar pulled the Proteas down to 12/3 He dismissed Dean Elgar for a duck in the first over and then sent back Aiden Markram (5) and Hashim Amla (3).
AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis took the responsibility and counterattacked India. South Africa were 107/3 at lunch. de Villiers reached his 41st half-century in just 55 balls. du Plessis scored his fifty in 98 balls. They added 114 runs for the fourth-wicket.
de Villiers became debutant Jasprit Bumrah’s first wicket. The veteran made 65 runs off 84 deliveries including 11 fours. du Plessis made 104-ball 62 with 12 boundaries.
Quinton de Kock and Vernon Philander were not fazed by the wickets falling. They added a quick 60 for the sixth-wicket. de Kock played a cameo 40-ball 43 hitting 7 fours. Philander scored 23.
Keshav Maharaj (35) and Kagiso Rabada (26) made crucial runs for the team before they were bowled out after the tea break. South Africa made 286 in 73.1 overs in their first innings.
Bhuvneshwar scalped four wickets for 87 runs. Ravichandran Ashwin took two wickets.
In reply, Indian openers Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan were looking to be solid but Philander struck to dismiss Vijay for 1. Dale Steyn got his first wicket on Test return by dismissing Dhawan (16). Morne Morkel got his wicket on his first ball as Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who made only 5, nicked outside off-stump.
India are 28/3 at the end of the day with Cheteshwar Pujara (5*) and Rohit Sharma (0*) unbeaten at the crease. The tourists are trailing by 258 runs.
South Africa 286 allout in 73.1 overs (de Villiers 65, du Plessis 62; Bhuvneshwar 4/87, Ashwin 2/21)
India 28/3 in 11 overs (Dhawan 16; Morkel 1/0, Philander 1/13, Steyn 1/13)
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com