With two quick wickets in the first session, South Africa is at 100/3 with Keegan Petersen and Rassie van der Dussen holding well, portraying the second hour of play as an ODI match.
Bumrah once again took an early wicket of Aiden Markram who failed to score a two-digit score. Two statistically inexperienced batsmen are knocking well for South Africa, with Keegan at 40 for 86 and Dussen at 17 off 42 balls.
Keshav Maharaj who stepped in as a night watchman, scored more than expected- a score of 25, before getting bowled by Umesh Yadav. India’s inconsistency in a field leads to a few misfields, giving away a few extra runs. Shardul Thukra, who is wicketless as of now, forced the batsman to nick which couldn’t carry to the skipper’s hands.
Petersen and RVD are batting a competitive knock, ticking singles for a long partnership. Both of the players have a good opportunity to score runs.
With Ashwin coming into the attack, the pitch might encourage the spinner to turn this match into India’s favour. The first session is well deserved by South Africans as India lose an early advantage to change the game. With 123 runs to the trail, India needs to take 7 quick wickets to get back into the game. Elgar’s positive cheer for the team, back to the pavilion seems like the hosts are happy with a good chance to win the match as well this series, possibly dominating once again.