Marco Jansen took a back-to-back four-wicket haul as both Kagiso Rabada and Duanne Olivier, who is playing his first Test since 2019, took three wickets each to bundle out India for 202 runs on the first day of the second Test at Johannesburg. KL Rahul, who captained India for the first time in international cricket scored fifty with Ravi Ashwin being the second-highest run-getter in the innings who scored 46 runs.
Earlier in the day, regular skipper Virat Kohli got ruled out of the Test match with a back spasm. Stand-in captain Rahul continued his fine form from the first Test as he got no support from other batters with experience and under pressure players, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane’s bad form extended in the New Year, as well as they, scored 3 and 0 runs respectively. It was the latter’s first golden duck in Test cricket.
In reply, the hosts lost the solitary wicket of Aiden Markram who gave away his wicket to Mohammed Shami for the third time in the series. Skipper Dean Elgar and promising batter Keegan Petersen remained not out on 11 and 14 respectively to trail India by 167 runs. The Proteas would hope to cut off the deficit quickly on the second day to take a lead over the visitors. India’s pacers will look to continue their form from the Centurion Test and try and restrict the South African team to the lowest score possible.
Meanwhile, here are some of the important stats and numbers from South Africa vs India, 2nd Test Day 1:
50 – Duanne Olivier completed 50 wickets in Tests.
1 – Ajinkya Rahane recorded the first golden duck of his Test career.
2019 – Duanne Olivier played his first Test since the year 2019.
5 – India won the fifth toss out of the total six Tests played at Johannesburg.
11 – Duanne Olivier reached 50 wickets in his 11th Test. He became the joint-third bowler with Hugh Tayfield, Bert Voglar, and Allan Donald to record the feat. Vernon Philander (7) and Peter Pollock (9) are in the top two.
25.96 – Cheteshwar Pujara has the lowest average by a batter at no.3 with a minimum of 10 Test innings since 2020.
72 – Aiden Markram has chalked up just 72 runs against India in his last ten Test innings.
7 – Speedster Kagiso Rabada became the seventh South African bowler to reach 150 Test wickets at home.
2 – Duanne Olivier became the second bowler with the fewest deliveries (1486) to 50 Test wickets. His countryman Vernon Philander is on top who took just 1240 balls to reach 50 scalps.
45 – Cheteshwar Pujara has now gone 45 innings (including one not out) without a Test hundred.
4 – KL Rahul scored fourth 50 plus score in Tests since 2020. Amongst the Indian openers, Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill also have as many scores while Rohit Sharma is on top with six 50 plus scores.
6 – KL Rahul became the sixth player to captain India in a Test at Johannesburg. In the previous five Tests at the venue, India had five different skippers.
8 – Aiden Markram has now recorded eight single-digit scores against India in the last ten innings.
150 – Kagiso Rabada completed 150 Test wickets in South Africa.
12 – Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara became joint-third batters with Kraigg Braithwaite and Roston Chase to record 12 single-digit scores in position one-seven since 2020. England’s duo of Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley have 14 and 13 such scores respectively.
25 – Ajinkya Rahane has now gone 25 innings (including one not out) without a century in Tests.
3 – Mohammed Shami has now got Aiden Markram out in all three innings in this ongoing series.