India crashes to 35-3, facing series defeat


What is crucial is for us to pressurize the opponents by picking up some early wickets.

"After the day's play, Kohli pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Chris Broad of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing".

Even so, Ngidi, 21, said his Test debut was a "dream come true". Luckily we've got some experience of that in the bank. That made Kohli turn back at once with angry looks towards the South African team in a huddle.

It was Sharma's first wicket of the day to add to the three of Mohammed Shami in the first session and Philander returned back to the pavilion having scored 26 off 85‚ which included two boundaries.

As Ishant Sharma (3) was holding one end, Kohli continued to search for runs but it was a matter of time before Morkel removed the duo in successive overs to bowl out India for 307 runs. India collected those three wickets in the space of six overs and for just 19 runs.

But he also felt a little disgruntled, saying the pitch was reminiscent of those usually found in India.

"I have played cricket here all my life and I have never seen a wicket like this at SuperSport Park".

Despite his lamentations about the conditions, Morkel said there was a good chance of South Africa clinching the series.

With the ball doing a fair bit and the unevenness of the surface becoming more pronounced, it was always going to be tough for new batsmen.

In this kind of touch, restricting Kohli's scoring becomes even more important than getting him out.

Bumrah (2-30) set the alarm bells ringing for South Africa when he trapped Aiden Markram and Hashim Amla leg before, but De Villiers showed positive intent and Elgar grafted for his runs on a tricky surface, indifferent bounce making life hard for the batsmen. As Proteas came out to bat, Jasprit Bumrah turned on the heat with the ball as he took two quick wickets to send Aiden Markram and Hashim Amla back to the pavilion.

Both batsmen were so palpably in front of their stumps that neither sought a review.

Kohli was well backed up by Ravichandran Ashwin who hit an impressive 38; however, India were left fuming at Hardik Pandya's dismissal who casually did not ground his bat.

After dismissing AB de Villiers, Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock in the first session, India were expected to knock off the rest of the side quickly. Elgar was unbeaten on 36. South Africa already leads 1-0 in the three-match contest between Test cricket's top two teams. It resumed for another 27 minutes under gloomy skies with the floodlights on before bad light ended the day.

On neither 'keeper Parthiv Patel nor Chesteshwar Pujara at first slip going for the catch when Dean Elgar edged him, Bumrah said, "It's not like they didn't go for the catch on goal".