1st Test: South Africa pacers take Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s thunder as hosts take Day 1 honours: Cricket, News


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    India were reeling at 28/3 at stumps on Day 1 of the very first Test

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    South Africa were all out for 286

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    Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked three wickets in his first 3 overs

South Africa pacers rocked India early as the hosts clawed their way back following a bad batting display screen on the first day of the very first Test at Newlands in Cape Town on Friday. < a href= mce_href = target=_ blank > India had a disastrous start with Murali Vijay (1), Shikhar Dhawan (16) and captain Virat Kohli(5)falling without contributing much after the visitors bowled South Africa out for 286 runs.Vernon Philander

, Dale Steyn and Morne bowled penetrating spells as India crawled to 28/3 at the close of play on the first day, still tracking South Africa by 258 runs.However, Cheteshwar Pujara was batting on 5 and Rohit Sharma, who changed Ajinkya Rahane in the playing XI, was at the other end at nought.Earlier, Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled a devastating spell of speed bowling and picked a wicket in each of his very first three overs to tear apart the South African batting line-up. Bhuvneshwar finished with 4/87 from his 19 overs to help India bundle South Africa out for 286. Ravichandran Ashwin picked up two wickets while Mohammed Shami, debutant Jasprit Bumrah and all-rounder Hardik Pandya chipped in with one wicket each. Bhuvneshwar snagged opener Dean Elgar with just the 3rd ball of the day and after that in the next 2 overs had Aiden Markram and

Hashim Amla dismissed inexpensively to have the home side reeling at 12 for three inside just the fifth over.But AB de Villiers staged a fight back as he handled Bhuvneshwar, striking 4 4s off him in an over as he non-stop punished loose deliveries.De Villiers reached his 50 off just 55 shipments. Du Plessis was more circumspect at the other end, no doubt also reflecting on his choice to bat after winning the toss before the start of play.India’s early impetus was ended by a 114-run partnership for the 4th wicket between De Villiers and Du Plessis, who assaulted the Indian bowlers and penalized loose deliveries.De Villiers reached his 50 off 55 shipments prior to being bowled

by Bumrah after lunch for 65 runs.Du Plessis scored 62 prior to flashing at a broad delivery and handing all-rounder Hardik Pandya his very first wicket of the three-match series.His argument that he was going to gamble on batting because the wicket was still soft and would get quicker later in the day as it dried out, looked without compound as Bhuvneshwar made full use of grass-covered track and had South Africa, who pick four seamers themselves, in early trouble.He had Elgar caught behind by Wriddhiman Saha as he moved the ball away from the left-hander and after that Markram leg prior to for five runs in the 3rd over of the day.Amla(3 )followed quickly thereafter as he flashed at a delivery on off stump and nicked it behind to Saha.The right-arm swing bowler bagged his fourth when he got the outdoors edge of Quinton de Kock prior to tea.Vernon Philander and De Kock continued to push the run rate past four per over prior to the latter went for 43 off 40 balls and Philander was bowled by Mohammed Shami for 23. De Kock was the assailant striking the ball at 107.50 in his 60-run collaboration with Vernon Philander for the sixth wicket.The 27-year-old also came close to completing his five-wicket haul when he found the outdoors edge of Keshav Maharaj’s bat just for Shikhar Dhawan to spill a regultion capture it at the third slip.(With inputs from Reuters )


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