India all out 187

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   Jasprit Bumrah takes career-best 5-54 as India dismiss South Africa for 194 on day two of the third test

CARL FOURIE GETTY IMAGES Jasprit Bumrah takes career-best 5-54 as India dismiss South Africa for 194 on day two of the third test

Ajinkya Rahane was included in place of Rohit Sharma while pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar replaced off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli plays a shot. Fifty balls without one run.

Then Pujara and Kohli joined hands and the pair's resolve was tested to the hilt.

With a total of 187 looking as good as 300 as per Pujara, it is now the turn of the bowlers to shine on Day 2. With the conditions and pitch favouring the hosts, the visitors may find it tough to survive the full five days. Though Buthelezi believes the pitch won't offer as much lateral movement as Newlands, he expects it to be faster and bouncier. Pujara was defensive while Kohli attacked, and built a solid partnership. Somehow, Philander got it wrong. Shastri did not score a single run for 68 continuous deliveries. Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith in his assessment of India's first overseas tour of the year pointed fingers at Virat's leadership credentials which Ganguly seems to disagree with. "He will be very hungry to put in a play in this last Test". Replays showed that Pujara was out.

Lungi Ngidi also bowled a masterly first spell (5-4-3-0) in which he hit Pujara in the midriff and rapped him on the front pad - a review would have seen the batsman out on 0 - and beat Kohli's bat.

Kohli achieved this feat after he scored 54 in the first innings of the Johannesburg Test.

De Villiers had earlier dropped Kohli off Morne Morkel when the India skipper was batting on 32 while Vernon Philander dropped one early in the first session when Kohli was on 11.

This is also just the third time that India are playing without a specialist spinner since 1992. In between the plays and misses and wafts were some gorgeous punches, which only Kohli could have produced.

And M. Vijay, going for a big cover drive so early in his innings and nicking Kagiso Rabada, was simply not dishing out the kind of waiting game that brought him so much success on seaming pitches in the past.

He needed 54 balls and over an hour and 20 minutes to score his first run, and battled his way through 179 balls over more than four hours for his 50. Ajinkya Rahane, caught behind off a Philander no-ball, eventually fell to a marginal leg-before decision to a well- pitched up Morkel delivery on the leg. Pujara kept going on and on, blocking and leaving the ball. So to account for an off performance from either a Mohammed Shami or a Jasprit Bumrah or one of the others, they were willing to put an already struggling-for-confidence batting line-up under more duress. He began the Test with a spell of 8-7-1-1, the most economical first eight overs for a South Africa bowler in all Tests since readmission. In that time, Bhuvneshwar removed Aidan Markram for 2 to spice up the contest.

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