Cricket News ind & Rsa Rabada Takes 5 Wickets First Day Against India

Cricket News South Africa and India Rabada takes five wickets first day against India, Series: India tour of South Africa, 2023-24 Date & Time: Dec 26-Dec 30,

Dec 26, 2023 - 09:11
Dec 26, 2023 - 12:55

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South Africa and India Rabada takes five wickets first day against India

IND 208/8 (59)  CRR: 3.53
Day 1: Stumps

Kagiso Rabada took five wickets for South Africa on the opening day of the first Test at Centurion on Tuesday before KL Rahul's poor lighting and a thunderstorm closed India to 208 for eight.

Rahul was unbeaten on 70 when poor visibility and rain halted proceedings about 80 minutes before the scheduled close, India ignoring a tiring home attack.

Earlier, Rabada's pace proved too hot to handle as he conceded five runs for 44 runs in 17 overs and debutant Nandre Berger took two wickets in his first 13 balls in Test cricket.

India, 91 for three at lunch, lost three wickets for 30 runs early in the second session as Rabada showed his class. He bowled Shreyas Iyer for 31, had Virat Kohli caught for 38 as he produced a stunning delivery and Ravichandran Ashwin picked off substitute fielder Wian Mulder for eight at second slip. “I tried to get the ball in the right area all day. Today was just my day,” said Rabada.

Rahul, however, proved a stumbling block for the home side, who hoped to bowl India out for less than 200 runs on a tailor-made track for their all-seam attack. Rahul shared a 43-run partnership for the seventh wicket before Rabada had Shardul Thakur caught by Dean Elgar for 24 and claimed his 14th five-wicket haul in Tests.

However, Rahul continued to torment the attack as he took charge with his tail-end partners, his quick 70 coming off 105 balls and taking India past 200.

South Africa sent India into bat and Rabada made the breakthrough after a wet outfield delayed the start by 30 minutes when India captain Rohit Sharma's ill-advised hook presented Berger with a catch at long leg.

It was another dream start for Berger, one of two new caps for South Africa, as he caught Yasswi Jaiswal and Shubman Gill to demolish India for three for 24 but Kohli and Iyer fought back with 68 runs. - Run partnership. Marco Jansen Iyer and Tony De Georgie dropped Kohli as both fell for just four runs.

South Africa's captain, Temba Bavuma, picked up a hamstring strain while chasing a shot from Kohli before lunch, necessitating his exit for scans.

"It has revealed a left hamstring strain and he will undergo daily medical evaluation to determine his participation in the match," the team said in a statement. Bavuma recently returned from a similar injury

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