Match Over + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: , who chose to bat
  • Venue: JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi
  • Referee:
  • When: 19 Oct 2019, 06:00 SAST

Umpires

  • Umpire1:
  • Umpire2:
  • Third Umpire:

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India

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South Africa

Jay Bhandari: "These are all mind games, Virat didn't want SA to feel good of taking all 10 Indian wickets in an innings."

Siddharth bajaj: "If the light gets bad by 2pm daily, why cant we start an hour or two early? Seems overs will be missed today too looking at the light" -- Regulations followed for the first game of a World Test Championship fixture will apply for all games of the series. The rule can't be changed midway. Ah, cricket's tryst with rigidity. Can write a book about it.

2.43pm India have declared. Faf was calling for a helmet for Elgar short leg, knowing very well the session would've been extended by 30 minutes or so if these two continued to bat. With the light very murky, not sure South Africa wanted to come out immediately. Perhaps, Kohli sensed that and decided that's that. George Linde won't get a five-for in his first innings as a Test bowler. Upto South Africa's batsman to dictate if he'll get a second chance in the game. It's also tea. Join us in 20 minutes for the final session.

116.3 to , No run, looks to duck under this but this one brushes his shoulder on the way through to the keeper. Didn't bounce as high as Nortje wanted it to.
116.2 to , 1 run, punched to deep point.
116.1 to , No run, length ball outside off, defended back.
End of over 116. 1 runs this over. 496/9 after 696 balls.
1 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) 31-2-133-4
9 (9b 0x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 115. 13 runs this over. 495/9 after 690 balls.
8 (4b 0x4 1x6 ) 18-3-101-1
1 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Nadeem on strike, has a chance for his first Test runs. I feared for it, thinking Shami will play a mindless slog

End of over 114. 18 runs this over. 482/9 after 684 balls.
31 (10b 0x4 5x6 ) 30-2-132-4
0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 113. 2 runs this over. 464/8 after 678 balls.
0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) 17-3-92-1
13 (4b 0x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 112. 16 runs this over. 462/7 after 672 balls.
12 (2b 0x4 2x6 ) 29-2-114-3
13 (13b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 111. 8 runs this over. 446/6 after 666 balls.
13 (13b 1x4 0x6 ) 16-3-90-0
47 (115b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 110. 7 runs this over. 438/6 after 660 balls.
46 (113b 4x4 0x6 ) 28-2-98-2
6 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 109.  A maiden over! 431/6 after 654 balls.
41 (110b 3x4 0x6 ) 15-3-82-0
4 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 108. 9 runs this over. 431/6 after 648 balls.
41 (104b 3x4 0x6 ) 27-2-91-2
4 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 107. 1 runs this over. 422/6 after 642 balls.
33 (100b 2x4 0x6 ) 14-2-82-0
3 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 106. 2 runs this over. 421/6 after 636 balls.
33 (94b 2x4 0x6 ) 26-2-82-2
3 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 105.  A maiden over! 419/6 after 630 balls.
32 (89b 2x4 0x6 ) 13-1-82-0
2 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 104. 6 runs this over. 419/6 after 624 balls.
2 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) 25-2-80-2
32 (83b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 103. 6 runs this over. 413/5 after 618 balls.
32 (83b 2x4 0x6 ) 20-5-83-0
20 (39b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 102. 1 runs this over. 407/5 after 612 balls.
20 (39b 2x4 0x6 ) 24-2-74-1
30 (77b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 101. 6 runs this over. 406/5 after 606 balls.
20 (38b 2x4 0x6 ) 19-5-81-0
29 (72b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Speaking of Bavuma, here's Karthik Krishnaswamy's masterclass on the under-pressure batsman

End of over 100. 1 runs this over. 400/5 after 600 balls.
28 (71b 2x4 0x6 ) 23-2-73-1
16 (33b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 99. 1 runs this over. 399/5 after 594 balls.
28 (67b 2x4 0x6 ) 18-5-76-0
15 (31b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Stroot: "If the team mgnt has enough faith in Jadeja's batting ability to assign this role to him (and he seems to be doing a good job of it), could he be India's no.6 in ODIs too? It would give them some stability in the middle order and that much needed extra bowler in the middle overs too, two things they've lacked in recent times."

End of over 98. 3 runs this over. 398/5 after 588 balls.
28 (66b 2x4 0x6 ) 22-2-72-1
14 (26b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 97. 2 runs this over. 395/5 after 582 balls.
28 (62b 2x4 0x6 ) 24-5-78-1
11 (24b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 96. 7 runs this over. 393/5 after 576 balls.
26 (56b 2x4 0x6 ) 21-2-69-1
11 (24b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 95.  A maiden over! 386/5 after 570 balls.
8 (22b 1x4 0x6 ) 23-5-76-1
22 (52b 2x4 0x6 ) more

It's time for drinks. India's mini-session again. Deiva is back to take you through the next 50 minutes or so.

End of over 94. 3 runs this over. 386/5 after 564 balls.
22 (52b 2x4 0x6 ) 20-2-62-1
8 (16b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 93. 5 runs this over. 383/5 after 558 balls.
20 (50b 2x4 0x6 ) 22-4-76-1
7 (12b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 92. 1 runs this over. 378/5 after 552 balls.
17 (46b 2x4 0x6 ) 19-2-59-1
6 (10b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 91. 2 runs this over. 377/5 after 546 balls.
17 (41b 2x4 0x6 ) 23-7-85-3
5 (9b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Zain Munawari: "I have been following Rohit Sharma's game for more than a decade. He is a supreme batting artist at his peak. No doubt he had quite a chaotic journey in the middle; however, he improvised his batting in such a beautiful manner. His range of shots are absolutely gorgeous and he has become technically astute. It's sheer delightful to watch him play like this. "

End of over 90. 4 runs this over. 375/5 after 540 balls.
5 (9b 1x4 0x6 ) 17-5-75-0
15 (35b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 89. 1 runs this over. 371/5 after 534 balls.
15 (35b 2x4 0x6 ) 22-7-83-3
1 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 88. 13 runs this over. 370/4 after 528 balls.
212 (254b 28x4 6x6 ) 16-5-71-0
15 (33b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 87.  A maiden over! 357/4 after 522 balls.
15 (33b 2x4 0x6 ) 21-7-82-2
199 (248b 28x4 4x6 ) more
End of over 86.  A maiden over! 357/4 after 516 balls.
199 (248b 28x4 4x6 ) 15-5-58-0
15 (27b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 85. 7 runs this over. 357/4 after 510 balls.
15 (27b 2x4 0x6 ) 20-6-82-2
199 (242b 28x4 4x6 ) more

11.30am That's lunch on the second day in Ranchi. Rohit will head into the break on 199*. India, driven by Rohit and Rahane, reeled off as many as 22 boundaries in this session, stretching the total past 350. South Africa briefly found some respite when Linde found some extra bounce to have Rahane nicking off for 115. There would be no more success for SA on the second morning. Be back in about 40 minutes for the coronation of Rohit.

End of over 84. 11 runs this over. 350/4 after 504 balls.
196 (238b 28x4 4x6 ) 21-4-72-1
11 (25b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Upendra Singh: "Rohit Sharma is 32 and most of his career playing as a One Day Specialist now his Test Average in touches 50 don't be surprised if he ended his career with a Test Average of well above 50."

End of over 83. 7 runs this over. 339/4 after 498 balls.
11 (23b 1x4 0x6 ) 19-6-75-2
187 (234b 26x4 4x6 ) more
End of over 82. 2 runs this over. 332/4 after 492 balls.
184 (229b 26x4 4x6 ) 18-2-58-1
7 (22b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 81. 7 runs this over. 330/4 after 486 balls.
183 (228b 26x4 4x6 ) 12-0-82-0
6 (17b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 80. 1 runs this over. 323/4 after 480 balls.
179 (226b 25x4 4x6 ) 17-2-56-1
4 (13b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 79. 7 runs this over. 322/4 after 474 balls.
179 (224b 25x4 4x6 ) 11-0-76-0
3 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 78. 8 runs this over. 315/4 after 468 balls.
2 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) 16-2-55-1
174 (220b 24x4 4x6 ) more
End of over 77. 1 runs this over. 307/4 after 462 balls.
0 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) 10-0-70-0
168 (216b 23x4 4x6 ) more

Sagar Kamble: "Ngidi's pace has been dropped drastically owing to the injuries he had. Now bowling mostly at 130s, seen him bowling in 140s regularly, even 150 sometimes."

End of over 76.  A maiden over! 306/4 after 456 balls.
0 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) 15-2-47-1
167 (212b 23x4 4x6 ) more
End of over 75. 14 runs this over. 306/3 after 450 balls.
115 (189b 17x4 1x6 ) 9-0-69-0
167 (212b 23x4 4x6 ) more
End of over 74. 3 runs this over. 292/3 after 444 balls.
106 (185b 15x4 1x6 ) 14-1-47-0
162 (210b 22x4 4x6 ) more

Sanath Rai: "I wonder why shamsi is not been tried in tests ...I feel he is better than the current spinners in the team"

End of over 73. 5 runs this over. 289/3 after 438 balls.
105 (181b 15x4 1x6 ) 8-0-55-0
160 (208b 22x4 4x6 ) more
End of over 72. 3 runs this over. 284/3 after 432 balls.
101 (177b 14x4 1x6 ) 13-1-44-0
159 (206b 22x4 4x6 ) more
End of over 71. 7 runs this over. 281/3 after 426 balls.
156 (204b 22x4 4x6 ) 7-0-50-0
101 (173b 14x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 70. 1 runs this over. 274/3 after 420 balls.
100 (172b 14x4 1x6 ) 12-1-41-0
150 (199b 21x4 4x6 ) more
End of over 69. 6 runs this over. 273/3 after 414 balls.
149 (196b 21x4 4x6 ) 20-4-63-1
100 (169b 14x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 68. 14 runs this over. 267/3 after 408 balls.
99 (168b 14x4 1x6 ) 14-4-58-0
144 (191b 20x4 4x6 ) more
End of over 67. 3 runs this over. 253/3 after 402 balls.
98 (167b 14x4 1x6 ) 19-4-57-1
131 (186b 17x4 4x6 ) more

Ankur: "Haven't really seen Rahane play with a stamp of authority since long.. I must admit this is what Indian team needs, kinda Steve Smith.. Wish this continues for the next few series!"

Rahane on 96. His previous century at home was v NZ at Indore in 2016

End of over 66. 4 runs this over. 250/3 after 396 balls.
96 (162b 14x4 1x6 ) 13-4-44-0
130 (185b 17x4 4x6 ) more
End of over 65. 5 runs this over. 246/3 after 390 balls.
130 (185b 17x4 4x6 ) 18-6-68-2
92 (156b 13x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 64. 4 runs this over. 241/3 after 384 balls.
126 (183b 16x4 4x6 ) 12-4-40-0
91 (152b 13x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 63. 5 runs this over. 237/3 after 378 balls.
91 (152b 13x4 1x6 ) 17-6-63-2
122 (177b 15x4 4x6 ) more
End of over 62.  A maiden over! 232/3 after 372 balls.
87 (147b 12x4 1x6 ) 18-4-54-1
121 (176b 15x4 4x6 ) more
End of over 61. 4 runs this over. 232/3 after 366 balls.
121 (176b 15x4 4x6 ) 16-6-58-2
87 (141b 12x4 1x6 ) more

Aditya Gupta: "Maybe some structure of bonus points can be put in place where winner of a series gets bonus points and number of bonus points depends on the number of test matches in that series."

End of over 60. 4 runs this over. 228/3 after 360 balls.
87 (141b 12x4 1x6 ) 17-3-54-1
117 (170b 14x4 4x6 ) more

Aman: "The problem of number of points per test match can be solved by applying the odi women's championship template. Same number of series, and same number of matches per series count to the wtc. So like in the ashes, only the first 3 matches would count to the wtc"

End of over 59.  A maiden over! 224/3 after 354 balls.
117 (170b 14x4 4x6 ) 15-6-54-2
83 (135b 11x4 1x6 ) more

Two slips waiting

End of over 58. 5 runs this over. 224/3 after 348 balls.
83 (135b 11x4 1x6 ) 16-3-50-1
117 (164b 14x4 4x6 ) more

This 184* is now the best 4th-wicket partnership for India against South Africa. Goes past Rahane-Kohli's 178 in the previous Test

End of over 57. 6 runs this over. 219/3 after 342 balls.
112 (161b 13x4 4x6 ) 11-1-40-0
83 (132b 11x4 1x6 ) more

"Light looks pretty bad. Don't know how much longer they'll stay on," pings Karthik from the ground

End of over 56. 2 runs this over. 213/3 after 336 balls.
78 (127b 10x4 1x6 ) 15-3-45-1
111 (160b 13x4 4x6 ) more

Vasu: "Debayan, Has the pitch improved or the 'supposed' variable bounce in the first session is batsmen's making?" --- The new ball definitely kept low at times, especially when Lungi Ngidi was bowling. Kagiso Rabada was able to extract more consistent bounce

Definite signs of reverse. Might be a good time to bring back Rabada

End of over 55. 3 runs this over. 211/3 after 330 balls.
78 (124b 10x4 1x6 ) 10-1-34-0
110 (157b 13x4 4x6 ) more

Mel Bourne : "If the light is poor and the batsmen set, surely you bowl your two quickest firebreathers and hope for the umpires to call a halt (and if your luck is in a wicket before they do so) " --- Nortje isn't exactly military medium. So I'm not sure if spin is operating as a safety measure alone

End of over 54. 2 runs this over. 208/3 after 324 balls.
109 (156b 13x4 4x6 ) 14-3-44-1
76 (119b 10x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 53. 1 runs this over. 206/3 after 318 balls.
108 (154b 13x4 4x6 ) 9-1-31-0
75 (115b 10x4 1x6 ) more

Darpan: "@Om - Traditionally, matches in England (home of cricket) used to start at 11. Hence, you'd have lunch at 1 and Tea around 3:45. But since it gets datk early here, we start at 9:30. Hope this answers your question."

End of over 52. 1 runs this over. 205/3 after 312 balls.
108 (149b 13x4 4x6 ) 13-3-42-1
74 (114b 10x4 1x6 ) more

2.28pm Massive session coming up for South Africa, where they must revive what had looked like a pretty decent day for them with the efforts from Kagiso Rabada and co. in the first two hours of play. Meanwhile, those of you joining in from India, hope you got to see Diego Maradona when it released in theatres over the last week? Here's what Sharda Ugra made of it

Soon after today's play finishes in Ranchi, there's the grand finale of the Pro Kabaddi League. Delhi play Kolkata, and as a Bengali who grew up in Delhi, Debayan calls this a win-win situation for himself. However, have you ever wondered why Delhi have always been underperformers in Indian leagues across sport?

2.13pm India have won the session hands down. Not just that, South Africa seem to have undone all the hard work that helped them prise out three wickets in the first. And that means they'll be playing catch up when play resumes after tea.

Rohit is at his sublime best, batting past a century, his third in the series. Rahane has shown the kind of domination we've seldom seen from him of late. This has had shades of MCG 2014 and Lord's 2014, although the conditions have been far different. What they've done in batting the way they have is the pitch has completely been taken out of the equation.

The hundreds - and sixes - never seem to stop for Rohit in this series. Watch (US only): How Rohit brought up his hundred with a six

End of over 51. 4 runs this over. 204/3 after 306 balls.
108 (144b 13x4 4x6 ) 8-1-30-0
73 (113b 10x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 50.  A maiden over! 200/3 after 300 balls.
70 (109b 10x4 1x6 ) 12-3-41-1
107 (142b 13x4 4x6 ) more
End of over 49. 5 runs this over. 200/3 after 294 balls.
107 (142b 13x4 4x6 ) 6-0-43-0
70 (103b 10x4 1x6 ) more

10 minutes to tea

Kartick has a valid concern: "The way it's going, Faf might be forced to over bowl Rabada, which is not ideal for a fast bowler. This might trigger some injury." -- Am sure the team management are aware of the risk

End of over 48. 4 runs this over. 195/3 after 288 balls.
69 (102b 10x4 1x6 ) 14-5-54-2
103 (137b 13x4 4x6 ) more
End of over 47. 7 runs this over. 191/3 after 282 balls.
66 (100b 10x4 1x6 ) 5-0-38-0
102 (133b 13x4 4x6 ) more
End of over 46.  A maiden over! 184/3 after 276 balls.
60 (95b 10x4 0x6 ) 13-5-50-2
101 (132b 13x4 4x6 ) more
End of over 45. 10 runs this over. 184/3 after 270 balls.
101 (132b 13x4 4x6 ) 4-0-31-0
60 (89b 10x4 0x6 ) more

Nugget from our stats man Bharath Seervi : "Rohit Sharma becomes only the second Indian opener to score 3 or more 100s in a Test series. Sunil Gavaskar was the only previous Indian to do so, in 3 different series."

End of over 44. 5 runs this over. 174/3 after 264 balls.
59 (88b 10x4 0x6 ) 12-4-50-2
92 (127b 13x4 3x6 ) more

Abhishek: "Not near the TV, sitting in office and relying purely on the periodic updates on the scoreboard..is it just me or does this partnership remind you of Sehwag and Dravid back in Pakistan?" -- The haze reminds me of the game.

End of over 43. 7 runs this over. 169/3 after 258 balls.
55 (83b 9x4 0x6 ) 3-0-21-0
91 (126b 13x4 3x6 ) more
End of over 42.  A maiden over! 162/3 after 252 balls.
55 (81b 9x4 0x6 ) 11-4-36-0
84 (122b 13x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 41. 12 runs this over. 162/3 after 246 balls.
84 (122b 13x4 2x6 ) 2-0-14-0
55 (75b 9x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 40. 1 runs this over. 150/3 after 240 balls.
50 (72b 8x4 0x6 ) 10-3-36-0
77 (119b 13x4 1x6 ) more

Angad: "I think day-2 will really show which way the pitch will go, but with whatever we have seen so far, the Indian bowlers will be really looking forward to bowl on this pitch specially if the batsmen can take them to around 350."

End of over 39. 2 runs this over. 149/3 after 234 balls.
76 (115b 13x4 1x6 ) 1-0-2-0
50 (70b 8x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 38. 8 runs this over. 147/3 after 228 balls.
75 (112b 13x4 1x6 ) 9-3-35-0
49 (67b 8x4 0x6 ) more

It's drinks, and time for me to step aside for Shashank again

End of over 37. 6 runs this over. 139/3 after 222 balls.
49 (67b 8x4 0x6 ) 7-1-26-0
67 (106b 11x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 36. 5 runs this over. 133/3 after 216 balls.
62 (103b 10x4 1x6 ) 11-2-41-1
48 (64b 8x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 35. 6 runs this over. 128/3 after 210 balls.
58 (101b 9x4 1x6 ) 6-1-20-0
47 (60b 8x4 0x6 ) more

Natesh: "Over No 32 says "Linde replaces Rabada", but it is bowled by Rabada.. Strange isn't it? " --- Yes, an error on our part. We'll have it rectified, thanks

Viv: "That's the thing with nice guys. When they are on song and scoring, there won't be a single cricket lover who would be unhappy :D "

End of over 34. 4 runs this over. 122/3 after 204 balls.
47 (60b 8x4 0x6 ) 10-2-36-1
52 (95b 8x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 33.  A maiden over! 118/3 after 198 balls.
52 (95b 8x4 1x6 ) 5-1-14-0
43 (54b 7x4 0x6 ) more

Pa1: "Kohli is never for " horses for courses ". He is adamant on 5 bowlers policy for a stretch and then an extra batsman for a stretch...On a difficult pitch as this one, it would have made sense to play Vihari..."

End of over 32.  A maiden over! 118/3 after 192 balls.
43 (54b 7x4 0x6 ) 9-2-32-1
52 (89b 8x4 1x6 ) more

Rishabh: "The more Rabada tries to attack Rahane, the easier he finds to pick runs. This is what Mitchell Johnson tried in that famous 2014 Melbourne test, and got a beating. " --- Yes, quite a few readers referring to MCG in feedback when describing this Rahane innings

Karthik mentions that besides the short mid-off, there are four on the leg side for Nortje in this over. Explains the straight line

Stefan : "@Amlaan It's more like Nawr-key-uh, with the inflection on those last two syllables, which is actually one diphtong syllable "

End of over 31. 3 runs this over. 118/3 after 186 balls.
43 (48b 7x4 0x6 ) 11-4-45-2
52 (89b 8x4 1x6 ) more

"Amazing passage of play. Rabada has been testing Rohit's technique ball after ball with his pace, control and movement, and at the same time he's bowled a bunch of freebies at Rahane's pads," quips KK from the ground

End of over 30. 4 runs this over. 115/3 after 180 balls.
52 (89b 8x4 1x6 ) 8-1-32-1
40 (42b 7x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 29. 13 runs this over. 111/3 after 174 balls.
40 (42b 7x4 0x6 ) 10-4-42-2
48 (83b 7x4 1x6 ) more

Hussy: "Rabada..oo.. how unlucky you are chap.. hope you get a fi'fer today. REALLY deserve it!"

GK Sharma: "Who is KK??" --- The irrepresible Karthik Krishnaswamy, ESPNcricinfo's man at the ground

End of over 28. 6 runs this over. 98/3 after 168 balls.
32 (38b 5x4 0x6 ) 4-0-14-0
43 (81b 6x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 27. 1 runs this over. 92/3 after 161 balls.
42 (78b 6x4 1x6 ) 9-4-29-2
27 (34b 4x4 0x6 ) more

Tamryn Bates: "Where is Quinton fielding now that he is without the gloves?" --- At first slip

End of over 26. 2 runs this over. 91/3 after 156 balls.
27 (34b 4x4 0x6 ) 3-0-8-0
42 (72b 6x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 25. 13 runs this over. 89/3 after 150 balls.
25 (28b 4x4 0x6 ) 8-4-28-2
42 (72b 6x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 24. 5 runs this over. 76/3 after 144 balls.
42 (72b 6x4 1x6 ) 2-0-6-0
12 (22b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 23. 10 runs this over. 71/3 after 138 balls.
38 (68b 5x4 1x6 ) 7-1-28-1
11 (20b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Len has already alluded to it on feedback a couple of times, but this bears repeating: South Africa face another host nation in a high-stakes match on Sunday, even as the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals get underway starting today. Can they stop the impressive campaign of Japan? Here's what experts from ESPN think about how the last-eight matches will pan out

12.07pm The first session has gone South Africa's way, but can they follow up with another one where ball dominates bat? Remember, there's inconsistent bounce around on Day 1 itself here at the JSCA Stadium, and that will mean the team batting second should also have its task cut out. Rohit Sharma will hold a massive key in this session

As we break for lunch, there's more from the sporting world for you. Who said it's all about the cricket? Now officially India's top division, the ISL is back on Sunday, bigger than ever. However, can it live up to its true potential and deliver an exciting season?

11.30am South Africa's morning all the way. Faf du Plessis may have well wondered 'here we go again' as he lost another toss, but Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje have been superb all morning, with some support from Lungi Ngidi. Conditions haven't been as hot as Pune or Vizag, and that has allowed them to keep up the intensity across long spells this morning. Isn't it pleasant to see all three wickets falling to the fast bowlers?

Rohit Sharma has held fort, pulling quite well whenever they've bowled short. Rahane hasn't looked too perturbed either and India, playing with five bowlers, will bank on these two to bail them out of a hole. For the first time in this series, they've been challenged. Cracking first two hours, and hopefully the next two will be equally fascinating.

End of over 22. 1 runs this over. 61/3 after 132 balls.
29 (63b 5x4 0x6 ) 1-0-1-0
10 (19b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 21. 9 runs this over. 60/3 after 126 balls.
10 (19b 1x4 0x6 ) 8-3-27-0
28 (57b 5x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 20. 2 runs this over. 51/3 after 120 balls.
6 (15b 0x4 0x6 ) 6-1-18-1
23 (55b 4x4 0x6 ) more

Unverified, but Ritesh writes in to say: "It's pretty disappointing that there are no online tickets available for this game. Why wouldn't you have more convenient ways for purchasing ticket especially when test cricket is struggling for crowd.Probably one of the reasons for thin crowd today"

End of over 19. 6 runs this over. 49/3 after 114 balls.
23 (55b 4x4 0x6 ) 7-3-18-0
4 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 18.  A maiden over! 43/3 after 108 balls.
4 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) 5-1-16-1
17 (49b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 17.  A maiden over! 43/3 after 102 balls.
17 (49b 3x4 0x6 ) 6-3-12-0
4 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 16. 4 runs this over. 43/3 after 96 balls.
4 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) 4-0-16-1
17 (43b 3x4 0x6 ) more

Gaurav Sethi: "When ball hits outside of leg stump you are purely unlucky. Luck favors south africa again" -- They needed some luck going their way after what's happened at the toss.

So two guys on their maiden tour have got Kohli as their first wicket. Muthusamy and now Nortje. Out comes Rahane with India needing a serious repair job.

End of over 15. 7 runs this over. 39/2 after 90 balls.
17 (43b 3x4 0x6 ) 5-2-12-0
12 (19b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 14. 3 runs this over. 32/2 after 84 balls.
11 (39b 2x4 0x6 ) 3-0-12-0
11 (17b 2x4 0x6 ) more

kevin: "will be interesting to see what happens when rabada's spell ends. piedt was ineffective, and the other guy is a newbie. SA's only hope may be that rohit makes a mistake when trying to dominate them too quickly."

End of over 13. 4 runs this over. 29/2 after 78 balls.
11 (37b 2x4 0x6 ) 7-4-15-2
8 (13b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Great contest with bat and ball in the first hour. Time for drinks, and also time for Shashank to take over with comms. Take it away, captain!

Rabada into his 7th over of the morning. By far the standout player out of either side for this first session

End of over 12. 8 runs this over. 25/2 after 72 balls.
8 (13b 2x4 0x6 ) 2-0-9-0
7 (31b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 11.  A maiden over! 17/2 after 66 balls.
7 (31b 1x4 0x6 ) 6-4-11-2
0 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Raj Patel: "@Pratik, how about a Virat run out and a Rohit double hundred. #IfYouKnowWhatIMean"

"1st time in pujara's career he's been out for a duck in the first innings of a home test. only other time was in 2014 in England," observes Kevin

End of over 10. 1 runs this over. 17/2 after 60 balls.
0 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) 1-0-1-0
7 (25b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Raj Patel: "From the comments, I see people expect the match to get over in 3 days. Is the pitch that bad ?" --- There's variable bounce on offer, which will probably only become more exaggerated as the game goes on

End of over 9.  A maiden over! 16/2 after 54 balls.
0 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) 5-3-11-2
6 (23b 1x4 0x6 ) more

There you go, Kartik. I guess you won that bet (Vijay and Swarnanka sent in their respective numbers, but just before that last ball from Rabada!) -- Pujara didn't get to open his account before 30 balls!

In walks Virat Kohli

End of over 8. 4 runs this over. 16/1 after 48 balls.
6 (23b 1x4 0x6 ) 4-2-5-0
0 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Kartik: "I call ball no 30 for Pujara to get off the mark. Who is taking the bet?"

Shair Afridi: "To me, this looks like three and half day game. !!" --- A day and a half off for Shashank and myself then!

Ngidi is considerably slower than Rabada this morning, but keeps attacking the stumps, which is good

End of over 7.  A maiden over! 12/1 after 42 balls.
0 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) 4-2-11-1
2 (17b 0x4 0x6 ) more

This is a good probing opening spell from South Africa, particularly with Rabada hitting the right notes

"I live in Ranchi.. 8 Km away from stadium and its raining here..!!" exclaims Shreeyan

The replays confirm that the first ball of the over would have bounced over. However, what a good ball to get first up!

End of over 6.  A maiden over! 12/1 after 36 balls.
2 (17b 0x4 0x6 ) 3-2-1-0
0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more

"And there goes the chance of hat trick of centuries for Agarwal. the way this pitch is playing, no one seems to have a chance of getting a century in the first innings, leave alone the second innings," is Nikhil's rather grim prophecy. Or a good one, if you are a bowler

Mit Thakkar: "Good start this by SA! They need to bundle up India to as low as possible. Remember, they are without their best batters in Maharaj and Philander today ;)"

End of over 5. 5 runs this over. 12/1 after 30 balls.
10 (19b 2x4 0x6 ) 3-1-11-1
2 (11b 0x4 0x6 ) more

In other sporting action in India, the Pro Kabaddi League final is on tonight. The consistent brilliance of Dabang Delhi KC takes on the canny street-smarts of the Bengal Warriors in what should be a sensational conclusion to a brilliant season. Who are you backing?

End of over 4.  A maiden over! 7/0 after 24 balls.
6 (16b 1x4 0x6 ) 2-1-1-0
1 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) more

V SIDDHESH: "@Pratheek Jain: Why gatekeep? Why can't knowledgeable cricket fans favor a different format over tests and still be a fan? Cricket needs all its formats right now in order to stay viable to an ever growing audience. "

End of over 3.  A maiden over! 7/0 after 18 balls.
1 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) 2-1-6-0
6 (10b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 2. 1 runs this over. 7/0 after 12 balls.
6 (10b 1x4 0x6 ) 1-0-1-0
1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Vignesh R: "SA completely messed up with their selection in this series, 3 spinners for 1st test where they need 3 fast bowlers, now in a spin friendly track, 5 specialist bowlers and only 2 spinners they need an extra batsmen this match" --- I think they've tried to address the lack of penetration in their bowling first, which is not a bad idea. The batting anyway had to step up

End of over 1. 6 runs this over. 6/0 after 6 balls.
6 (6b 1x4 0x6 ) 1-0-6-0
0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Gaurav Sundararaman pings me with this experience difference between the two teams for India and South Africa. Tests - 491 to 262. Runs 25036 to 12407. 227 50+ scores to 107 for the other side

Pratheek Jain: "Such is my bias towards Rohit that if he gets out, the match is over for me. ODIs, T20Is, IPL - everywhere the same, whenever he plays. I did feel it would be the same for tests. But man was I wrong. Anyone who disagrees that Test cricket is the best form of cricket doesn't know his cricket."

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