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South Africa ease to 78/0 at lunch on flat pitch

Press Trust of India  |  Centurion 

Opener scored an unbeaten fifty to guide to 78 for no loss at lunch on the opening day of the second Test against here today. At the break, Markram was batting on 51 not out, while was unbeaten on 26 runs as the duo made good use of an easy-paced pitch here after du Plessis won the toss and elected to bat. Opening the innings, Elgar and Markram started watchfully against the new-ball pairing of Jasprit Bumrah (0-25) and (0-23). Shami looked off-colour in his first spell once again, just like in Cape Town, conceding 23 runs off his four overs. The new ball bowlers failed to create any chances, and (0-12) came on as first-change in the 8th over. He immediately troubled Elgar and continued to do so throughout his first spell. Hardik Pandya (0-15) too didn't trouble the batsmen after coming on to bowl in the 13th over. By the 20th over, when R Ashwin (0-2) was introduced into the attack, had used up all their frontline bowlers in just over an hour's play. The visitors continued searching for some help off the wicket, but none was forthcoming.

Bumrah bowled an ordinary second spell and was taken for runs as Elgar looked more comfortable at the crease. There was a missed chance off Elgar in the 21st over when he pulled Bumrah to square leg but misjudged the and it went to the boundary. Ashwin too probed Elgar, and in the 24th over, had a caught-behind appeal turned down. opted for DRS review but there was no edge. had crossed 50 in the 21st over. Meanwhile, Markram reached his second Test half-century off 81 balls, just before the break. Earlier, the hosts made one change, handing a Test debut to 21-year-old pacer at his home ground. He came in the side in place of injured made three changes to their eleven, with KL Rahul replacing Shikhar Dhawan and coming in for Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the latter on account of batsmen-friendly wicket. Wriddhiman Saha was ruled out due to a strain and Parthiv Patel was included as a replacement wicketkeeper.

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 15:50 IST
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