Highlights of India vs South Africa Day 1: The 2-match Test series between India and South Africa started on 26th December i.e. today. On the very first day of the first match, the host South Africa team appeared completely dominant over India. By the end of the day, the Indian team reached the score of 208 runs for 8 wickets in 59 overs. Rain disrupted play at the end of the day and the match was halted and could not be restarted. For India, KL Rahul 70 and Mohammed Siraj returned unbeaten without opening the account. African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada took the maximum of 5 wickets.
In Centurion, South Africa’s bowlers kept the Indian batsmen completely trapped. The Indian team lost wickets continuously. The biggest partnership for the Men in Blue was made by Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer for the fourth wicket. Kohli and Iyer added 68 runs (95 balls) for the fourth wicket. Apart from KL Rahul, no Indian batsman could touch the figure of 50 runs.
Host South Africa won the toss and decided to bowl, which was absolutely right by the team’s bowlers. The Indian team, who came to bat first, got its first blow in the 5th over in the form of captain Rohit Sharma, who became the victim of Kagiso Rabada after scoring 5 runs with the help of 1 four.
Then after some time, i.e. in the 10th over, the second opener Yashasvi Jaiswal returned to the pavilion after scoring 17 runs with the help of 4 fours. Nandre Berger made Jaiswal his victim. Team India had not yet recovered from the shock of falling two wickets early, when in the 12th over they got the third blow in the form of Shubman Gill, who returned to the pavilion after scoring only 02 runs.
After this, Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer held the innings for a long time and made a partnership of 68 runs for the fourth wicket, which ended with the wicket of Shreyas Iyer in the 27th over. Iyer played an inning of 31 runs with the help of 3 fours and 1 six. Shortly after this, Virat Kohli also followed suit. Kagiso Rabada made Kohli his victim in the 31st over. Kohli played an inning of 38 runs with the help of 5 fours.
After this, R Ashwin, who came to bat at number seven in the 35th over, returned to the pavilion after scoring 08 runs with the help of 2 fours. Then in the 46th over, Shardul Thakur, who was playing a good innings, was dismissed by Rabada on a personal score of 24 runs. Shardul hit 3 fours in his innings. After this, Team India lost the last wicket of the day in the form of Jasprit Bumrah, who scored 1 run in 19 balls.
After this, KL Rahul and Mohammad Siraj took the game forward, but rain did not allow this to happen and the game stopped after 59 overs and could not be restarted. This is how the first day of the competition ended. By the end of the day, KL Rahul had scored 70 runs with the help of 10 fours and 2 sixes. Apart from this, Mohammad Siraj is present at the crease with him after playing 10 balls without opening the account.
African bowlers wreaked havoc
For South Africa, right-arm fast bowler Kagiso Rabada took the maximum of 5 wickets. Rabada took big wickets like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. Apart from this, debutant Nandre Berger took 2 wickets in his name. Whereas Marco Yansen had one success.
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