Poor fielding performance from India continues on day 2 as well. They dropped Rabada twice on two consecutive delivery of Ashwin and then Parthiv Patel dropped du Plessis on 54 and that cost India some 40- 50 more runs in Centurion.
South Africa first inning ended on 335 runs. India starts with their new opening pair, KL Rahal and Murali Vijay. But KL Rahul didn’t hold his nerve and only score 10 runs before giving wicket to Morne Morkel. Soon after Rahul dismissal, Puajara throws his wickets on the very next ball and that too in the form of runout for a miscalculated single. Then comes Indian skipper Virat Kohli and scorecard was 28-2, very similar to the last match. Kohli starts positively and scores some runs. Murali Vijay, on the other hand, holds the other end and steadily increases his score.
Soon after the tea, Murali Vijay throws his wicket to Maharaj. Rohit Sharma again fails to justify his selection and Rabada once again takes him as leg before on 10. After Rohit departure, Parthiv Patel comes and start scoring some runs.
Virat Kohli strongly holds the other end and continue his runs. Parthiv also fails to score big runs and only score 19 runs.
At the end of the play, Virat Kohli and first match hero Hardik Pandya were there on the wicket. Virat Kohli is not out on 85 while Hardik Pandya is on 10. India still needs to score 152 runs to match the first inning total of South Africa and their last recognised pair of batsmen is present on the wicket.
The whole responsibility is on the shoulder of skipper Virat Kohli. Old ball with the reverse swing will be hard to play at Centurion wicket and it will be interesting to see how Kohli and company perform on day 3 in Centurion test.