KL Rahul-led Team India has locked horns with South Africa for the second Test at The Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. In the absence of Virat Kohli, KL Rahul is leading the side, as he won the toss and decides to bat first.
He opened the innings along with Mayank Agarwal and build up a decent partnership for his team. Mayank Agarwal has been dismissed by Marco Jansen when he was on 26 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara's terrible form continues in this match as well and has been dismissed for just 3 runs.
Ajinkya Rahane bagged a golden duck as he was dismissed by Duanne Olivier. Hanuma Vihari also had a decent time in the middle before he was removed by Kagiso Rabada for 20 runs.
The skipper, KL Rahul has shown some beautiful shots from his blade and completed his fifty before being dismissed for 50 runs by Marco Jansen. Ravichandran Ashwin and Rishabh Pant played crucial innings in the middle before the wicket-keeper batsman walks back to the dressing with 17 runs.Shardul Thakur picks 7 wickets:
Shardul Thakur and Mohammed Shami isn't much effective with the bat and warmed the bench with cheap numbers. However, Ravichandran Ashwin played some good shots by coming down the order and scoring 46 runs which consisted of 6 fours under his belt.
Jasprit Bumrah also played some good strokes and remained unbeaten on 14 runs with the help of 2 fours and a six. In the end, India posted 202 runs on the board. Following the total, the opposition skipper Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram opened the innings for their side.
Despite bowling out the opposition for a decent score, the openers failed to provide the expected start as Aiden Markram has to walk back after Mohammed Shami made him LBW for 7 runs. Keegan Petersen scored 62 runs for his team before being dismissed by Shardul Thakur.
Following him, Temba Bavuma also played a crucial knock of 51 runs and Dean Elgar added 28 runs before they have been dismissed by Shardul Thakur. In the end, South Africa have been bowled out by India for 229 runs as they have 27 runs lead in hand. KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal once again walked out for India and returned to the dressing room after scoring 8 and 23 runs respectively.
At the end of Day 2, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane remained unbeaten on 35 and 11 runs. However, during the South Africa innings, Ravichandran Ashwin was caught saying something while Shardul Thakur picking wickets for India.
Watch the video here:
Ashwin 🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/lHuaLaz8ah— msc media (@mscmedia2) January 4, 2022
Ashwin to Thakur (in stump mic) "Who are you? Wicket falls if you just bowl...".— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 4, 2022