Video of Captain KL Rahul 50 Runs : 9 Fours : 2nd Test Johannesburg

Video of Captain KL Rahul 50 Runs : 9 Fours : 2nd Test Johannesburg

India vs South Africa, 2nd Test, Johannesburg, Jan 3 – 7 2022, India tour of South Africa

Day 1 – South Africa trail by 167 runs

Day 1 Report: The difference between India and South Africa in the first Test was how brilliantly India had batted on the first day. South Africa covered that difference with some effectiveness on the first day of the second Test, with the bowling attack tuned up and at full go.

India were without the services of Virat Kohli, ruled out on the morning of what would have been his 99th Test with upper back spasms. KL Rahul won the toss the first time he walked out as Test captain, though, and chose to bat. However, a returning in-form Duanne Olivier and a rid-of-debut-nerves Marco Jansen ensured India were bowled out for 202 midway through the first day’s third session.
 
At stumps, South Africa were trailing by just 167 and lost only Aiden Markram in the process.
 
India’s innings comprised two distinct phases. Rahul’s masterful 50 held the top order together, even as wickets fell at the other end, and then R Ashwin’s 46 led the way as the lower order made sure the score got beyond 200. But none of the partnerships India strung together were allowed to take much time on the crease, chiefly due to Jansen.
 
Ajinkya Rahane: I love this ground, love to play here as I get very good vibes. We won the first Test, but it’s about starting from scratch. It’s all about starting fresh and giving our best today. We like to stay in the present. We have two matches to go, so we need to be positive and give our best. Our performance as a team was good in the last Test, but we need to adjust to these conditions and play accordingly. I am feeling good mentally as I batted well in the last match, but was disappointed with the way I got out in both the innings.
 
Dean Elgar: (On Kohli missing out It doesn’t really bother me, we have got a Test match to play. Two changes: Kyle Verryenne comes in for QdK and Duanne Olivier for Mulder. Losing Quinny is never ideal. He has been a big player for us. Losing any big player is never ideal. But we need to move on. We have a lot of talent in our squad and we need to back them. There were a lot of good things you can speak about at Centurion. You need to be fair to the environment. a lot of positives and good conversations for us to take out of that.
 
KL Rahul: Unfortunately Virat has had an upper back spasm, the physios are working on him and hopefully he’ll recover for the next Test. It is every Indian player’s dream to captain his country. Really honoured and looking forward to this challenge. We have had a few good wins here and hopefully we’ll look to continue that. Hanuma Vihari comes in place of Virat. Just the one change. It was a good Test at Centurion overall. We really performed well as a team and are really excited about this match.
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Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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