South Africa cashes in, 182-2 in 2nd test vs

Kohli has asked the batsmen to step up following the loss in the opening Test

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Still with a fair amount of work to do in the field on Sunday, India's character will be tested as they look to wrap up the innings and claw their way back into the series.

After South Africa resumed their innings on 269-6, India dropped four catches, including captain Faf du Plessis (63), letting the home side off the hook and allowing them to post a respectable first innings score. Contrary to expectations, there was no assistance for the fast bowlers and Ashwin carried the bowling attack, taking two for 53 in an unchanged 17-over first spell before coming back to bowl another lengthy spell.

India made three changes to the XI that lost the first Test at Cape Town last week.

"I feel those wickets in the last session are a very valuable incentive for the team going into the second day, " Ashwin said.

Hardik Pandya fielded off his own bowling to run out Amla at the non-striker's end from short leg, before Vernon Philander's ball-watching saw him sent packing - Philander jogging through for an attempted single after failing to see Faf du Plessis bellowing at him to stay put. Soon after, du Plessis appeared to edge Ashwin while looking to defend him off the back foot and the ball clanged off Parthiv's gloves.

Shami and Bumrah, who troubled the South African batsmen in Cape Town, looked out of sorts on Saturday, conceding at 4.18 and 3.17 respectively without being able to get a breakthrough for the team.

Ishant replaced Bhuvneshwar Kumar for this match, while injured glovesman Wriddhiman Saha made way for Parthiv Patel.

"It's all part of the game. I like to believe I was just dogged enough", Ashwin said at the post-match press conference.

Du Plessis held his team together until stumps and was 24 not out. That left South Africa at 92/6.

This was after South Africa won the toss and opted to bat. On the other hand, India who did not deserve six wickets on the day, got so. He bowled 31 overs. If there was one bowler who kept India in the game throughout the day, it was the offspinner. The trio played 360 balls scoring 181 runs among them during the course of both innings in the first test.

The knock of Markram, who was run out for 97 on his debut against Potchefstroom earlier in the year, came from 150 balls and it included fifteen boundaries and he was going at an impressive strike rate of 62.67. Philander took two-and-a-half overs to set Kohli up.

"Massively disappointed, " he said. "It was a bit of a nothing shot, I am still not over it", he said.

The pacers haven't struck so far, but whatever little assistance was on offer from the Day I pitch at the SuperSport Park in Centurion, Ravichandran Ashwin made good use of it.

Calls for the inclusion of Ajinkya Rahane, known for his quiet approach, instead of fellow Mumbaikar Rohit Sharma have grown over the few days.

Aiden Markram (94) and Hashim Amla (82) threatened India with signs of a prospective big total.

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