A sterner Test awaits the visitors in the following session. At the end of day's play, captain Faf du Plessis was batting on 24 (77 balls, 3x4) with Keshav Maharaj on 10.
At the heart of that effort was skipper Faf du Plessis, who marshalled the lower order well in compiling a gritty 63.
Shortly afterwards, R Ashwin nearly had Kagiso Rabada, twice in two balls.
A tight and disciplined spell by Ravichandran Ashwin to go with two run-outs means the Indian camp will sleep happily at the end of day's play.
Hashim Amla made his 82 off 153 balls with 14 fours.
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Rahane has played 43 Tests scoring 2,826 runs at an average of 44.15. If not, this is set to be a run feast at the Centurion. Ashwin struck again when Markram (94), desperately unlucky to miss out on a century, nicked off to the 'keeper Parthiv Patel while brushing pad with his bat. This move can go a long way in providing confidence to a young batsman like Markram. Centurion, for the record, is Morne's home ground. Bloy has played his part in ensuring that. But once that was done with, he was at his stroke-playing best. He only waited to pick the singles and rotate the strike. The shot from Elgar hit Murali Vijay in the mid-riff and lodged there, with the fielder acting quickly enough to catch it. The batsman managed to fend it off somehow. For Bhuvneshwar, the conditions become paramount and Ishant could be used more as a restrictive option rather than an attacking one.
He said the game was pretty even as this point.
"No need to panic as a batting unit". It was finally a good ball from Ashwin that once again broke the back of the second-wicket partnership.
"I said it at my first arrival press conference that one must not be surprised by the bounce here". But there wasn't sufficient evidence to overturn the on-field umpire's decision.
In India's last tour of South Africa in 2013, pacers took 18 wickets, three times as many as spinners. AB de Villiers' aggression in innings of 65 and 35 was a key factor for South Africa. He is a person who leaves the ball outside the off stump.
India then attacked Amla with short stuff and also tried to lure him outside the off-stump. Shortly after de Kock succumbed to Ashwin and then Philander ran himself out to give the tourists the upper hand. Vernon Philander's career-best at Newlands and Kagiso Rabada's elevation to No.1 in rankings has left Morkel under the radar but at SuperSport Park, the spotlight belongs to him.