India Steady After Spinners Restrict South Africa

At lunch on the first day of the second Test, AB de Villiers had batted for 40 minutes in what was his 100th Test match. After the break, he would go on to bat for almost two hours more. The 159 minutes he spent at the crease were the highlight in what proved to be another difficult day of Test cricket for the visiting South Africans, with India bowling the side out for 214 in 59 overs.

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India Steady After Spinners Restrict South Africa

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Virat Kohli’s men then got to 80 for no loss in 22 overs at the close of play on Saturday (November 14), having cut the deficit to just 134 runs. De Villiers got 85 of South Africa’s runs, and that he did so off only 105 deliveries seemed incidental, because his batting was not about hitting out in one-day mode, but simply putting the ball away when he could and not letting the bowlers get on top. However, one other South African batsman made more than 25 to offer him support.

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Kohli had won the toss and, somewhat surprisingly, chose to bowl first at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. His reasoning was that the track would have some moisture due to the rain that has lashed the city and offer something to his bowlers on the first day. Kohli was proved half-right and the Indian bowlers did come to the fore, but it was the spin duo of R Ashwin (4 for 70) and Ravindra Jadeja (4 for 50) who did the bulk of the damage. Both struck at important times, both played to their strengths and both reaped the rewards.

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