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India revenge would heal Proteas' scars - Elgar

17 January 2018

India captain Virat Kohli was fined for complaining to an umpire and throwing the ball into the ground "in an aggressive manner" during a dispute over the playing conditions in the second cricket test in South Africa on Monday.

South Africa were 163-5 - leading by 191 - when a pumped-up Shami removed Quinton de Kock (12), but Du Plessis grafted it out after Rahul put down a hard chance to remove him and Vernon Philander (26) provided support before Ishant (2-40) sent him on his way.

Kohli, who had made 153 during India's first innings, was trapped leg before by Ngidi after just over 20 minutes at the crease, with the decision upheld on review. He's a very special batsman as we saw in the first innings and we knew it was a massive moment to get him out. Virat is very competitive and I'm also like that", Elgar said "I think he wants the best for his team like anyone.

Unless some miracle happens, Team India is on the course to lose the second Test match in Centurion and the series too against South Africa.

Completing the job on Wednesday would help banish the memories of the 3-0 loss in India in 2015-16 on spin-friendly pitches. "Beating them in South Africa will be quite satisfying for us". Unfortunately for Ashwin, even though he did bowl 29.3 overs, he managed to pick only one wicket and gave away 78 runs.

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The unpredictability of the wicket contributed to the dismissal of Murali Vijay, who was bowled off an inside edge by a ball from Kagiso Rabada which cut back at him and kept low.

It was not long before India lost the second wicket as KL Rahul punched the ball straight to point from where Kashav Maharaj claimed a good catch from the bowling of Ngidi having scored only four.

Both of them looked bright and maintained a very healthy rate in the first hour of play with boundries coming their way easily. "As his confidence grows at this level, he'll just be able to express his skills even more", Dean Elgar said after the Proteas had reduced the tourists to 35 for three at stumps.

Parthiv (five not out) took a nasty blow in the ribs from a hostile short ball from Ngidi, but the wicketkeeper and Cheteshwar Pujara (11no) were still there at the close. He survived a dropped chance on 46 when Bumrah put down a return catch but fell to a near-replay in his next over, two short of his second fifty of the match.

At stumps, South Africa still had eight wickets left in its second innings and will be targeting a lead of 250 at least, which statistics show is hard to chase in the fourth innings at SuperSport Park.

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Shami continued his impressive spell as he got rid of de Kock, who edged an away-moving ball to Parthiv, leaving his side at 163/5. That carried South Africa to 258 all out in its second innings and a lead of 286.

South Africa would have aimed at getting a lot more than the 258 all out they eventually ended up with, having been 90 for 2 overnight, with AB de Villiers in sublime form.

Earlier Mohammed Shami (4/49), Jasprit Bumrah (3/70) and Ishant Sharma (2/40) did not allow the hosts to prosper much.

With the ball keeping low and the odd ball shooting up, it's not going to be easy for India negotiating a four-pronged home pace attack that's not just relentlessly aggressive but hostile as well.

"Today we were looking to give away as few runs as possible and we wanted to attack them fully and bowl in good areas as much as possible", Shami added.

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But amidst all this Faf (du Plessis) remained unflappable.

India revenge would heal Proteas' scars - Elgar