Centurion Test: South Africa all out for 335

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South Africa handed a Test debut to seamer Lungi Ngidi with Dale Steyn ruled out for the remainder of the series after bruising his heel in the Proteas' 72-run victory in Cape Town.

"Confidence is not dented after one match". Opener Aiden Markram (94), playing on his home ground, missed a well-deserved century by a whisker after he was caught behind off Ashwin.

"Initially, I think, any bowler for that matter when you go for runs in the first spell itself, it's very hard to gather yourself and gather your thoughts and try and comeback with a plan for the next spell".

Contrary to expectations, the Newlands track had nothing for fast bowlers on Day 1 as Mohammed Shami and Co struggled against the South African batsmen, who relished the batsman-friendly conditions before losing wickets in a hurry in the final session on Saturday.

"So, these are just things you really want to be harsh, read into someone and you can very well easily pass a judgment about someone". Did you think we had a chance when the bowlers bowled South Africa out for 130 in the second innings? I was happy with whatever I learnt from that match.

Though South Africa lost two wickets in the second session‚ they went to lunch with 78 on the board for the loss of no wicket with Makram on 51 and his senior partner‚ Dean Elgar‚ on 26 as they responded very well to the questions that were asked by the Indian bowlers. In the first test, he took the most number of wickets (6 wickets) showing skill in using the new ball & batted quite well showing patience and resilience.

Ashwin wasn't really thinking too much while bowling.

Centurion Test: South Africa all out for 335

A half-century from Faf du Plessis extended South Africa's first-innings total to 335 as India picked up the last four wickets for 66 runs on the second morning in Centurion.

He outlined the differentiation in his performance was down to understanding the nature of the pitches here. "So, there is no reason to unfasten the seat belt, you are always on". The wickets are different and the weather is different.

To be fair to Rahane, he's a classic Test match cricketer who deserves a place in the eleven, especially with India playing overseas when he averages close to 55. It's been good so far.

Bumrah said he prefers to not have any notions about the surfaces he bowls on.

But the second run out that accounted for Vernon Philander offered no such excuse.

Compare that with Ajinkya Rahane, who has scored close to just 300 runs in the last seven Test matches, including a 132 in Sri Lanka in August previous year. "And then when we walked into the ground yesterday, it was white in colour and the grass was coming off", Ashwin said. Ashwin got one to hold its line just enough after pitching to take the edge of Markram's bat. To repeat what I started with - I surely think this team is capable of making a comeback in the series. Here is how I saw it. He knows me and gives me good advice. Would you change your approach just after one Test match or just back your natural game which has given you success in the past?

Geographically, the SuperSport Park in Centurion is a mere half-hour away from the Wanderers in Johannesburg.

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