2nd Test Live: India 168/2 at tea on Day 1



Tea Break!

Mayank Agarwal (86*) and Cheteshwar Pujara (58) stitched a crucial 127-run partnership for the second wicket as India went to tea on Day 1 with 168/2 on the board. After a nervy first session, both the batsmen took charge in the second and played with confidence and authority. Leading the way once again was Mayank, who got to his fourth Test fifty and looks on-course to his second Test ton. Pujara too got going and grounded the South Africa bowlers. In the process, Pujara also got to his 22nd half-century off 107 deliveries but then fell soon after to Kagiso Rabada. Both the batsmen dominated the session and took on the spinners, not allowing them to settle in. For South Africa, it was a dull session as the short-bowling strategy from the pacers didn’t pan out quite well. Rabada was the lone bowler to have found success in the second session. Kohli (0*) and Mayank were unbeaten at the crease at tea.

Tea, Day 1: India 168/2 in 53 overs
Mayank Agarwal 86*
Virat Kohli 0*
Kagiso Rabada 2/39

And, Kagiso Rabada finishes the final over before the tea break. Mayank Agarwal collects a boundary from it.

50.6 overs: OUT! Kagiso Rabada finally breaks the Mayank-Pujara 127-run partnership. Excellent delivery outside off finds the edge of Pujara’s bat. Skipper Faf du Plessis takes a sharp low catch at first slip. Pujara walks back after scoring 58 runs. IND 163/2

50 for Cheteshwar Pujara!
Another boundary towards the deep backward point region and fifty comes up for Cheteshwar Pujara. Gets to his 22nd fifty in Test cricket off 107 balls. IND 156/1

49.3 overs: FOUR! Good shot! Cheteshwar Pujara comes down the track against Keshav Maharaj and gets to the pitch of the ball. Hits the ball through mid-wicket region to collect four runs.

Change in bowling for South Africa as Kagiso Rabada comes back into the attack. He replaces Senuran Muthusamy. IND 146/1 after 48 overs

44.5 overs: SIX! First six of the match comes from the bat of Cheteshwar Pujara. Rocks onto the backfoot against Senuran Muthusamy and smacks the ball 10 rows behind the deep fence. Fifth maximum for Pujara in the series so far. Pujara moves into the 40’s. IND 139/1

100-run partnership comes up between Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara
IND 128/1 after 42.3 overs
Mayank 69*

Pujara 34*

42.1 overs: FOUR!
Mayank Agarwal gets on top of short-pitched delivery from Anrich Nortje. In total control as he rolls his wrists. Hits the ball through square leg region to collect four runs. IND 124/1

Drinks Break!
Keshav Maharaj completes the 40th over as the first hour post lunch comes to an end. Partnership between Mayank and Pujara moves to 90. IND 115/1

Mayank Agarwal 61*
Cheteshwar Pujara 30*

End of 37th over: Anrich Nortje generating some serious pace at the moment! A three-run over from him comes to an end.

End of 35th over: Anrich Nortje with the first maiden over after lunch. Pujara watchful and negotiates the over with ease. Keshav Maharaj to continue from the other end. IND 101/1

50 for Mayank Agarwal! 100 up for India!
Mayank hits Keshav Maharaj through vacant point region to get to his fourth half-century in Tests. A terrific effort from the right-hander in testing conditions. Mayank continues his fine form with the bat. IND 101/1

End of 32nd over: FOUR! Boundary to end the over. Short from Keshav Maharaj and Cheteshwar Pujara cuts the ball in style to collect four runs. Pujara now too looking confident at the crease. Moving his feet beautifully at the moment. He moves to 27. IND 96/1

28.2 overs: FOUR! Now Pujara finds the fence. Jumps onto the the backfoot against Vernon Philander and cuts the ball through backward point region to collect four runs. IND 91/1

27.4 over: FOUR! Half-volley from Keshav Maharaj and Mayank Agarwal hits it straight back past the bowler to collect his first boundary after lunch. Mayank moves into the 40’s. IND 83/1

End of 26th over: Tidy start from Keshav Maharaj. Two runs from his first over post lunch. Vernon Philander will share the ball with Maharaj from the other end. IND 79/1

25.2 overs: Runs second ball after lunch for Mayank Agarwal. On the pads from Keshav Maharaj and Mayank glances the ball to the fine leg region to collect an easy couple. IND 79/1

Welcome back to the post lunch session on Day 1. Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara are back at the crease to resume India innings. Keshav Maharaj will bowl the first over after the break. IND 77/1

Lunch Break!

Mayank Agarwal (34*) and Cheteshwar Pujara (19*) took on the battle with the new ball after India lost Rohit Sharma early in the morning session on Day 1 of the second Test in Pune. India went into lunch with 77/1 on the board. After winning the toss for the second time in the Test series, skipper Virat Kohli once again opted to bat first. The South African pacers took advantage of the fresh wicket and new ball and tested the Indian batsmen. Both the openers survived a few close calls but Rohit’s luck eventually ran out as Kagiso Rabada sent him packing for 14 with a brilliant away-swinger that took the outside edge of his bat. Mayank and Pujara then dug in to steady India’s innings. South African pacers were excellent in the morning session as they bowled at terrific line and lengths. Towards the end of the session, Mayank and Pujara got going as they collected a few boundaries off the South African bowlers. Earlier, India made one change in their eleven, bringing in Umesh Yadav in place of Hanuma Vihari. South Africa also made one change, getting in Anrich Nortje in place of Dane Piedt.

Lunch, Day 1: India 77/1 in 25 overs.

Mayank Agarwal 34*

Cheteshwar Pujara 19*

So, that’s lunch on the opening day of the second Test in Pune. Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara remain unbeaten at the crease. A boundary from Rabada’s last over before break.

50-run partnership comes up between Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara.
Mayank Agarwal 34*
Cheteshwar Pujara 19*

End of 24th over: Maiden! Good over from Keshav Maharaj comes to an end. Kagiso Rabada will bowl the next over which will probably be the final before lunch break. IND 73/1

End of 23rd over: Tidy over from Kagiso Rabada comes to an end. Just three from it as he continues to pose questions with his testing line just outside off stump. Keshav Maharaj to continue from the other end. IND 73/1

19.5 overs: FOUR! FOUR! Cheteshwar Pujara taking on Keshav Maharaj early on. Trying to create pressure. Collects back-to-back fours off him. Charges down the track on both the occasions and hits him in the deep mid-wicket region to collect 8 off 2 deliveries. IND 68/1

Bowling change for South Africa! Spin comes into the attack for the first time as Keshav Maharaj has the ball in his hand. A slip and a forward short leg for him. IND 60 /1 after 19 overs

End of 17th over: FOUR! Boundary to end the over. Mayank Agarwal now looking much more in control. Half-volley from Anrich Nortje and Mayank drives him through covers to collect his seventh four. IND 57/1

50 up for India!
Cheteshwar Pujara gets off the mark after 12 balls as he picks up a comfortable single on the on side. 50 comes up for India as well with that single in 15.1 overs.
Mayank Agarwal 26*

Cheteshwar Pujara 1*

14.2 overs: FOUR! FOUR! Mayank Agarwal gets going. Back-to-back boundaries for him off Anrich Nortje. Drives Nortje straight down the ground on the first ball then on the next one hits him through covers to collect four more runs. IND 45/1

Drinks Break!
End of 13th over: Anrich Nortje posing questions with his pace and bounce. The South Africans are still getting the ball to move off the pitch. Both Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara very cautious at the moment. Another tight over from Nortje comes to an and as drinks come on to the field. A testing first hour for India. IND 36/1

11.3 overs: Dropped! Temba Bavuma and forward short leg drops a sharp chance. On the pads from Kagiso Rabada and Cheteshwar Pujara flicks. The ball hits the chest of Bavuma and goes to the ground. Bavuma almost had it but Pujara manages to survive.

10.5 overs: FOUR! Terrific reply from Mayank Agarwal after being struck on the helmet. Drives Anrich Nortje through covers to collect four runs. IND 33/1

10.4 overs: Anrich Nortje hits Mayank Agarwal on the head with a quick one. 142 km/hr delivery and bang straight onto the helmet. Four byes for India! Mayank looks fine but the umpires following the protocol. The physio is on the field to have a look at Mayank. IND 29/1

End of 10th over: OUT! Wicket off the final ball of the over. Kagiso Rabada gets the ball to move away and Rohit Sharma edges the ball straight into the hands of Quinton de Kock behind the stumps. Excellent away-swinger from Rabada. South Africa strike early to get dangerman Rohit for 14. IND 25/1

Good debut over from Anrich Nortje. Fast and on the line. Touches 149 km/hr mark in his very first over. Mayank collects a streaky boundary in the over. IND 23/0

Bowling change for South Africa! Debutant Anrich Nortje comes into the attack. Replaces Vernon Philander.

End of 8th over: FOUR! Boundary to end the over. Unlucky for the bowler. Kagiso Rabada finds the edge of Rohit Shrma’s bat he somehow manages to keep the ball down. Plays it with soft hands and the ball goes through between third slip and gully fielder. IND 19/0

End of 7th over: Another tidy over from Vernon Philander. A maiden! He is asking questions early on. Kagiso Rabada from the other end is also extracting good bounce from the fresh wicket and new hard ball. IND 14/0

4.4 overs: Review from South Africa! Looked very close but on-field umpire rules not out. Vernon Philander traps Mayank Agarwal right in front of the stumps. Mayank initially started to walk back but then stayed. Hawk-eye shows that the impact was just on the off-stump line and the ball was clipping the top of the off. It’s umpires call! Mayank survives! South Africa retain their review. IND 13/0

3.3 overs: FOUR! Quick delivery from Kagiso Rabada. Gets good bounce and Mayank Agarwal is caught fishing outside off. A thick outside edge an the ball flies through the slip cordon and races to the vacant third man fence. First boundary for India and Mayank Agarwal. IND 11/0

End of 2nd over: Movement for Kagiso Rabada as well from the other end. But he needs to get his line straighter. His first over was way outside the line of the off stump. IND 5/0

End of 1st over: Excellent start from Vernon Philander. Early movement for him off the pitch. Beats Mayank Agarwal twice in the over. Both India openers are off the mark. Kagiso Rabada will share the new ball with Philander from the other end. IND 2/0

0.1 overs: Runs straightaway for Mayank Agarwal and India! On the pads from Vernon Philander and Mayank tucks the ball on the on side to collect an easy single. IND 1/0

Mayank Agarwal on strike. Vernon Philander has the new ball. Three slips and a gully for him. Here we go!

Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal walk out to the middle to start India innings. South African team in the huddle. We are just moments away from the start.


India: Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami

South Africa: Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Theunis de Bruyn, Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis(c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Senuran Muthusamy, Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje

TEAM NEWS: Both the teams make one change each. India bring in Umesh Yadav to replace Hanuma Vihari. Anrich Nortje comes in for Piedt to make his Test debut for South Africa.

TOSS NEWS: India win the toss, Virat Kohli opts to bat first

8:50 am: Hello and good morning! We are back with our continued coverage of South Africa’s tour of India, and the action has shifted to the MCA Stadium in Gahunje, Pune, where the second Test begins today.

India lead the three-Test series 1-0, after winning the Vizag Test with a comprehensive margin of 203 runs.
Virat Kohli’s men ticked almost all the boxes during their big win in the opening Test of the series, and they would like to maintain the same intensity in their bid to seal the series in Pune itself.
It was at this very ground in Pune that the India team endured its last Test batting collapse at home, against Australia in 2017 on a rank turner where off-spinner Nathan Lyon made lives miserable.
While India, unless forced by any unforeseen injury, are unlikely to change their playing XI, the South Africans might be tempted to drop one among Senuran Muthusamy and Dane Piedt, who were taken to the cleaners by the Indian batsmen. It could well be Muthusamy and in that case batsman Zubayr Hamza may get a look in. If Piedt is dropped, the Proteas could be tempted to try Lungi Ngidi, who could make a difference with his pace and movement.


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