CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) India struggled against South Africa’s unrelenting pace attack on Day 2 of the first test on Saturday to add just 48 runs in the first session and go to lunch on 76-4 in its first innings.
Rohit Sharma was out lbw to Kagiso Rabada for 11 for the one wicket of the session, with his dismissal made worse when he lost a DRS review for India by referring when he was clearly trapped in front.
Cheteshwar Pujara was 26 not out, holding India’s hopes as it trailed South Africa’s 286 all out by 210 runs.
While South Africa’s quick bowlers didn’t rip through India as they had done late on Day 1 at Newlands, when the tourists were 28-3, India was pinned down by the four-pronged attack. Quicks Rabada, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel all had one wicket each.
There was no respite from the pace for India, which scored just 17 runs in the first hour of play before the grinding Pujara-Sharma stand was broken. That partnership of 30 came off 121 deliveries as they focused on survival early on the second day.
Sharma faced 59 balls for his 11. Pujara had faced 91. Ravichandran Ashwin was 12 not out with Pujara after being welcomed by a short-pitched ball that thudded into his right hand, requiring some attention from the India team physio.
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