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Then Vernon Philander went aimlessly about for a run in spite of Du Plessis shouting himself hoarse with "no, no". The trio played 360 balls scoring 181 runs among them during the course of both innings in the first test. "Citing that Ishant might benefit with his height, Virat Kohli has hurt Bhuvneshwar Kumar's self-confidence", Sehwag told India Idia TV during the show "cricket Ki Baat".
When South Africa were 61/0, India sought a review after the umpire turned down a caught behind appeal against Elgar off off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.
Nearly all the South Africa batsmen got starts, with only Dean Elgar (31) and AB de Villiers (20) failing to convert them into a big ones and Quinton de Kock getting out for a duck.
The day changed dramatically with an outstanding piece of fielding by Hardik Pandya, who ran out Amla for 82. The conditions demanding high discipline, but the Indian pacers failed to put three balls in the good areas on a consistent basis, encouraging the cautious batsmen to open up.
Patel was playing in place of Wriddhiman Saha, who had a hamstring injury.
"It's all part of the game".
"He just said "well played" and that I was unlucky to get out".
Du Plessis held his team together until stumps and was 24 not out. Du Plessis opened the bowling with his left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj, and his one over produced two small moments of drama, a full-toss that M Vijay drove to the cover boundary and an inside-edge, again off Vijay, that flew just wide of short leg.
Amla played a ball from Pandya to the on-side and was called for a sharp single by captain Faf du Plessis.
India visited South Africa after a brilliant home season where they equaled Australia's record of winning nine consecutive Test series.
Bounce, seam and swing were all there to see at Newlands and SuperSport Park is expected to be no less lively. He bowled 31 overs.
"All of a sudden I really had to pull myself back and think‚ "I am in the game now". That was quite telling when Mohammed Shami - who had a forgetful day - went down on his knees and eventually walked off in the second session, due to a headache caused by the heat.
"When he hit it I wasn't even looking at him, I was still trying to figure out which angle the ball was coming". Kohli has been the only constant in India's Test side since he took over from MS Dhoni in the middle of their series against Australia.
"Massively disappointed, " he said. "It was a bit of a nothing shot, I am still not over it", he admitted.
Rabada's team-mate Philander is the other bowler inside the top-20 to make an impressive gain.
The ball is now squarely in Faf du Plessis' court to get the Proteas lower order through the hard second new ball period and to give them a chance of posting a competitive total.