Cape Town: South Africa have reached 65/2, leading India (209) by 142 runs. Nightwatchman Rabada is on 2* and Hashim Amla on 4*. Hardika Pandya took both the wickets for South Africa with a spell of 2/17 after playing a valiant knock of 93 to keep India in the game.
Pandya struck 14 boundaries, a lone six in his stroke-filled knock that came off 95 balls. India were in dire straits when Pandya came to bat but he took the attack to the opposition in the first Test at Cape Town with a fighting knock on Saturday. India were bowled out for 209, handing South Africa a crucial 77-run first innings lead.
His second fifty came via a four through mid-off and the Indian dressing room stood up to clap in appreciation. Even Rabada, who looked like picking up wicket almost every delivery wasn’t spared either with a guide to third man region for four.
That he was able to play his attacking game was thanks to Bhuvneshwar Kumar who was rock solid despite the ball beating his bat on several occasions. He scored his first run off the 34th delivery and then cover drove Rabada for his first boundary