AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla were putting on a show for South Africa, stroking the ball to perfection and building up a crucial partnership after Markram departed, following a well made 94.
Ravichandran Ashwin had been India’s best bowler today, getting the ball to turn and grip on a first day track in South Africa, something that no one all around the cricketing world would have expected.
Virat Kohli’s selection was questioned brutally by experts and fans all around the world, as he decided to leave out the in-form Bhuvi for Ishant Sharma, as he felt that Ishant would be able to extract more bounce from the bounce conducive Centurion surface.
And while Ishant couldn’t get a breakthrough in the first two sessions, he got the all important wicket of the set AB de Villiers, just when he was readying to unleash himself.
Ishant Sharma was doing a good job as the third seamer, holding one end up, bowling those cross seamers and keeping the batsman quiet.
He got his reward when ABD tried to caress him through the off side, but the lack of pace in the surface meant that ABD chopped in onto his off stump.
Check out the video:
Ishant gets the big fish! pic.twitter.com/g3i2AcHkA5
— anshul kothari (@slimshady_ansh) January 13, 2018
India have made a slight comeback into the game, but with South Africa batting first and the pitch likely to become slower and lower as the Test match progresses, it looks like India face a very tall order(for making a comeback in this Test series).