South Africa won the toss and chose to bat first. In India's last tour of South Africa in 2013, pacers took 18 wickets, three times as many as spinners. Fast bowlers have been the leading wicket takers in Test matches for India outside the subcontinent, and their share of wickets has been the highest in the current decade.
"Look, Test cricket is all about understanding and adaptability. I was told by the analyst that it is generally a bit damp in the first session of Test in Centurion", he said.
The credits should be given to R Ashwin for whatever good India did on Day 1 of the second Test of the three-match series. But a team packed with the likes of Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli, Cheteswar Pujara couldn't stand steady in front of the Proteas pace barrage then Ashwin has little to answer to.
Right in the first innings of the Cape Town he destroyed the South African top order leaving them striving at 12/3 and unleashed a havoc at the Proteas.
Markram has two test centuries and two half-centuries in his first five tests and has been out in the 90s twice now in his first seven Test innings. There was an idea to pick Ishant Sharma ahead of Bhuvneshwar Kumar because the wicket will have more bounce than seam movement. Their batsmen can have no excuse here other than scoreboard pressure. The South African and Indian bowlers utilized the favorable conditions well to keep their respective teams in the game but it was the hosts who eventually prevailed.
All told, each session got better for India.
Shami's generosity began as early as the fourth over of the day. By the next over, India had a deep point in place. We certainly don't go on opinions that are created outside, and talk of the town and all those sort of things. The match ended in four days including a day that was completely washed out by rain and both teams managed a total of just 760 runs. In the first hour of the Test, India were reduced to asking Pandya to hide the ball well outside off, which he did as ordered.
Pandya went short at Vernon Philander, who didn't look comfortable but somehow fended it off to a heavily-packed on-side field.
India set South Africa 458 to win with more than a day to bowl them out. He struck the ball with authority, particularly off the back foot, before he tried to guide a ball from Ashwin towards third man and was caught behind by Parthiv Patel. "I am just taking the confidence forward and I am trying to get better as the day goes and by the end of this series I will be a far better bowler than what I started".
For his dismissal‚ Markram's review was unsuccesful as Ultraedge showed that the ball came off his bat and the decision remained that of the umpire‚ who originally had waved his finger for out. "I also added a few things up my repertoire and used my wrist a lot more when I bowl", he said.
Then came the piece of magic from Pandya that combined with Test-match discipline of Ashwin.