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India vs South Africa, 1st Test Day 2 Highlights: Play called off for the day

India vs South Africa 1st Test Day 2 Highlights: India is seeking a long-awaited first test series win in South Africa.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: December 29, 2021 3:08:54 pm
cricket covers rainCricket ground workers pull over covers as rain delays the start of play. (AP Photo)

India vs South Africa 1st Test Day 2 Highlights: Persistent rain forced play to get called off on Day 2 as India remained on 272/3 against South Africa. Umpires planned to inspect the SuperSport Park pitch at 11.30 AM local time and called for an early lunch break to start at the same time, meaning there would be no play in the morning session in Centurion. But that inspection was put back an hour and 15 minutes and then delayed again as the rain returned and thunder rumbled over the ground.

Earlier, India were in a strong position in its first innings after opener KL Rahul’s unbeaten 122 gave the touring team a solid start to the three-test series. Ajinkya Rahane is 40 not out alongside Rahul. Fast bowler Lungi Ngidi took 3/45 on an opening day to be the only South African bowler to have any success. Top-ranked India is seeking a long-awaited first test series win in South Africa.

India Playing XI: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj

South Africa Playing XI: Dean Elgar (c), Aiden Markram, Keegan Petersen, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock(w), Wiaan Mulder, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi

Match EndedIndia tour of South Africa, 2021/22 - 1st Test

South Africa

197 (62.3) u0026 191 (68.0)
vs

India

327 (105.3) u0026 174 (50.3)
Match Ended ( Day 5 - 1st Test )
India beat South Africa by 113 runs

Live Blog

India vs South Africa Day 2 Highlights: The second day's play in the opening Test had to be called off without a ball being bowled due to heavy and persistent rain since morning.

17:34 (IST)27 Dec 2021
Match called off

And it's official. Day 2 has been called off. SA and India will not have any PCs today, according to a BCCI media release.

17:10 (IST)27 Dec 2021
Second session in trouble

There are large pools of water on the outfield. The second session is probably gone too. There might not be a single ball bowled today if this continues.

17:05 (IST)27 Dec 2021
Throwback to India's historic match win in 2006

16:38 (IST)27 Dec 2021
Rain getting worse

As per social media "It's hard to see how there's going to have play today as it has started pouring heavily again," is the update from the ground. Two-and-a-half hours of play lost already.Image

16:30 (IST)27 Dec 2021
Ground remains covered
16:13 (IST)27 Dec 2021
Rain continues to pour!!!

Another inspection was scheduled for 12.45 PM local time. But it has started pouring heavily again. De ja vu. Just like before lunch. We'll keep you updated.

15:53 (IST)27 Dec 2021
Update!
14:54 (IST)27 Dec 2021
Bad news

Rain continues to act spoilsport. It has starteed pouring 15 mins before inspection. The covers are back on. 

14:16 (IST)27 Dec 2021
Rain update

The rain has stopped but the covers are still on. The sun is out! Things are looking better. 

13:47 (IST)27 Dec 2021
Oops, it has started raining again

Bad news, folks. Just when it was looking to get better, it has started raining again in Centurion. Further delay in cricket action!

13:22 (IST)27 Dec 2021
Delayed start

It had rained in the build-up to day two of the South Africa vs India Test. It has stopped raining now, but a delayed start is confirmed. Stay tuned for further updates.

13:17 (IST)27 Dec 2021
Kohli caught behind the stumps in nine successive overseas Test innings

For the first four years of his Test career until the 2014 tour of England where James Anderson sorted him out, Kohli averaged just 28 in the corridor outside off stump. Cricviz data shows that in the next four years – from 2015 to 2019 – he averaged an incredible 92 in the same channel. But of late, it has once again become his nemesis. (READ FULL STORY)

13:14 (IST)27 Dec 2021
We executed our plans well: Mayank

“The plan was to be very disciplined, to play balls which come around the stump and leave as many as possible. We could do just that,” Agarwal said at the press conference after the day’s play. “At 272 for 3, it is credit to our batting unit, we applied ourselves. The plan is those who get set will have to continue and Rahul bhai did that.” (READ FULL STORY)

13:01 (IST)27 Dec 2021
Disciplined gameplans, low backlift against swing: Rahul & Mayank’s recipe for first session success

Mayank Agarwal has witnessed KL Rahul’s resurrection as a Test batsman at close quarters. Not only did he share a 117-run opening partnership with Rahul on the first day of the first Test against South Africa at Centurion on Sunday, but over the last one year, the two Karnataka team-mates have trained together and turned out for Punjab Kings in the IPL.

Agarwal scored an enterprising half-century today, but Rahul reached three-figures and remained unbeaten at the end of the day’s play. The latter has been a revelation as a long-form batsman ever since his return to the Test fold in England earlier this year. So what has Rahul done behind the scenes? (FIND OUT)

12:54 (IST)27 Dec 2021
Day 2

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Boxing Day Test between India and South Africa. India look to continue the momentum on Day 2. Stay tuned for live score, updates and highlights of the match right here.

KL Rahul scored a fine century on Day 1 at Centurion.

At the SuperSport Arena, Indian cricket moved from darkness that had shrouded it for a fortnight, to light. A supreme first day performance with the bat, rare as they come in South Africa, brought the focus back on cricket, as it should be. Dispelling in one compelling day of cricket, the scandals and slander that had dominated the build-up, the negativity that had piled up, and the doubts and dervishes that lingered on.

It was a day out of a dream. The openers not only survived the first session without damage, but also stitched a 117-run partnership, just the third instance that an Indian opening pair had put on a century-stand on these difficult shores. It was the first time in 14 years that the openers survived the first session of the first morning of a first Test outside Asia (India have been historically shoddy starters). To elaborate the positive thread, KL Rahul, unconquered on 122, illustrated that his hundred in England was not a one-off but the beginning of a truly fruitful phase. (READ FULL STORY)

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