As Ravichandran Ashwin Wreaks South Africa, Twitter Celebrates

As Ravichandran Ashwin Wreaks South Africa, Twitter Celebrates

The opener Aiden Markram was a thorn in their side from the time South Africa opted to bat, as he and Dean Elgar played out the first hour and then cashed in on a period of wayward bowling to take the score to 78/1 at lunch.

South Africa might have ended their innings with similar thoughts; starting from Hashim Amla's run-out dismissal late on day one, they lost their last seven wickets for 89 runs.

Two soft dismissals in successive balls marred an otherwise excellent first two sessions for India on day two in Centurion, where they kept South Africa to a less-than-imposing first-innings total of 335.

Considering the ongoing form of the TeamIndia in the series overseas against South Africa, there are various prominent people who are showing some serious concerns about the team's performance in foreign pitches. One such shot - a checked push rather than a full-blooded drive - brought him a boundary off only the fourth ball he faced, and he drove Morne Morkel for another boundary next ball, between the bowler and mid-on. By tea, he had hit six fours and played the lead role in an unbroken partnership of 52 with Murali Vijay, who was 31 not out. However the 42 runs he shared for the eight wicket with Du Plessis, may yet prove crucial in this match.

Du Plessis went to his 17th Test half-century and was undone by a wonderful in-swinger by Ishant Sharma, that ripped out his middle stump. Ishant Sharma picked two wickets on day 2 of the match.

India players celebrate as South Africa's Aiden Markram leaves the pitch after being caught behind by India’s Parthiv Patel for 94. R

Overnight batsman Keshav Maharaj (18) was showed route to the pavilion by Indian seamer Mohammed Shami.

As on day one, India's tight lines in the opening hour made scoring hard for the batsmen as South Africa managed just 23 runs in that period. Twice in two balls, India's fielders let off Rabada.

Two balls later, Quinton de Kock edged his first ball to slip, giving Ashwin his third wicket.

The other change was wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, who was ruled out due to a strain, and Parthiv Patel was included is his place.

Kagiso Rabada (11) hooked a rising delivery from Ishant Sharma for a catch to Hardik Pandya who had to run forward from deep square leg.

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