Going the aggressive route, Rabada never got to the pitch of the next ball and sliced a regulation catch to Hardik Pandya at point.
It was only a small twist of the hands but a flawless one that allowed him to pierce the infield. The pace-spin wicket ratio in ODIs played outside the subcontinent reached its peak in the 2000-09 period.
Pint-sized Gujarat wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel, who is universally acknowledged as a far more accomplished batsman than Saha, is set to get a look-in along with Karnataka opener KL Rahul. Part of what makes Amla so prolific is that he has often been able to capitalise on opportunities where he has been let off the hook. In the final, though, they were ripped apart by the top-order Australian batsmen who posted a mammoth target of 360 runs for victory. It was a slightly slow innings from the otherwise aggressive de Villiers, but with four days of cricket still left after this, it wasn't a cause for concern. My only intent was to try and keep it in a particular spot.
Markram admitted South Africa "didn't expect there would be so much assistance for him (Ashwin)", which made him a tricky prospect first up.
Markram (94) and Amla (82) had helped the hosts to 246-3 before two run outs - one brilliant, one kamikaze - contributed to the hosts closing on 269-6 at SuperSport Park. The second test between India and South Africa begins today at the Centurion.
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Exactly why Amla has prospered on this pitch is hard to pin down - it could have something to do with the pace of ball on bat - though on Saturday that would not have been the case.
With Centurion expected to be no different than Newlands, the batsmen, from both teams, will have to do the hardwork of first surviving the shinning cherry and then scoring runs. Obviously, these things have combined over the last few years.
Location - At Supersport Park, Centurion.
It was a mistake.
Though South Africa lost two wickets in the second session‚ they went to lunch with 78 on the board for the loss of no wicket with Makram on 51 and his senior partner‚ Dean Elgar‚ on 26 as they responded very well to the questions that were asked by the Indian bowlers. Shortly after de Kock succumbed to Ashwin and then Philander ran himself out to give the tourists the upper hand.