Indian batsmen lose early advantage after bowlers restrict South Africa to 286


Indian batsmen lost the early advantage against the hosts South Africa on Friday after bowlers restricted them to 286 all out on the first day of the first Test match.

South Africa

Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the pick of the bowler for India as he scalped four wickets for 87. R Ashwin chipped in with two wickets while Md Shami, Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah took one wicket each.

For South Africa, AB de Villiers was the top scorer with 65 runs, while skipper Faf du Plessis scored 62 as rest of the batsmen failed to score even a half century.

South African bowlers started their innings brilliantly causing plenty of trouble for visitors with the new ball. Top three Indian batsmen including captain Virat Kohli perished in quick succession as India lost their first three wickets with score being just 27 runs.

Kohli returned to the pavilion without bothering the scorer. He fell to Morne Morkel for just five. Vernon Philander had Murali Vijay caugh off Dean Elgar for just 1, while Shikhar Dhawan was caught and bowled by Dale Steyn for 16.

India were 28 for 3 at stumps on the first day of the first Test match, trailing South Africa by 258 runs.



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