Breaking: Hardik blasts 100..almost..emerges as real 'Mard'

National | Jan. 6, 2018, 7:38 p.m.

Cape Town, Jan 6: Hardik Pandya scored a blistering 93 off 95 balls to save the day for India.He batted like a warrior against the South African pace attack as other senior batsmen failed to combat the pacers. He led the counter attack against the Proteas after fall of early wickets on second day of the first Test Match. india were 199/9 when Pandaya got out.

India were 185/7 at Tea

Pandya (81 batting) who notched up his second Test half-century was at the crease along with right-handed Bhuvneshwar Kumar (24 batting) when umpires called an end to the second session.

The duo who forged a 93-run unbeaten stand for the eighth wicket to help the visitors cut down the first innings deficit imposed by South Africa to 101 runs.

For the hosts, pacers Veron Philander (3/33) and Dale Steyn (2/51) picked up three wickets in unison in the second session.

At lunch India were 76/4

India batsmen were made to toil hard by South African bowlers as they posted 76/4 at lunch on the second day of the first Test at the Newlands here on Saturday.

Overnight batsman Cheteshwar Pujara (26 batting) and right-handed Ravichandran Ashwin (12 batting) were at crease when umpires called it an end to first session. The duo helped the visitors to cut short the first innings deficit to 210 runs.

For South Africa, pacer Kagiso Rabada (1/15) scalped the lone wicket of right-handed batsman Rohit Sharma in the first session.

Resuming the day on 28/3, overnight batsmen Pujara and Rohit (11) started cautiously watching every delivery closely to keep rotating strike.

Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis used his seamers well -- rotating them to keep the visitors unsettled. Pacers Veron Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Rabada all maintained a good line and length asking constant questions to the opposition batsmen.

Rohit, who struggled to get going in his 59-ball innings which contained a single boundary was dismissed by a delivery from Rabada which struck him in front of off which was initially given out by the umpire. But the Mumbai batsman asked for a review and the decision was ruled out in favour of the bowler.

Following the dismissal, Ashwin, who was promoted up the order started well to hit two boundaries in his 23-ball unbeaten knock.

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Jan. 6, 2018, 7:38 p.m.