Pandya stands tall for India

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Kumar, who took wickets in each of his first three overs, finished with four for 87 and conceded more than four runs an over as did fellow seamers, new cap Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya.

Just as the Proteas had recovered from losing three wickets in nearly no time at all, De Villiers was clean bowled by debutant Jasprit Bumrah for 65, which came off 84 balls and included 11 boundaries. They scored 99 runs together.

"Hardik Pandya underlined the value of a quality pace-bowling all-rounder in the group with the most valuable innings of his fledgling worldwide career yet, saving India the blushes against South Africa â€" first with the bat and then with the ball.

"The slip cordon has held some great catches in the past and missing one or two is just a part of the game".

"If they have Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, and Kagiso Rabada, we've got Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Ishant Sharma".

The type of injury normally takes 4-6 weeks to heal, Moosajee added, nearly certainly ruling Steyn out of the rest of the series against India and putting a question mark over whether he can once again regain full fitness ahead of Australia's tour in March.

"When AB bats you know you have to bowl well".

"If we want to be hard on ourselves, then yes we did give away a few too many runs to South Africa".

Kumar said India would have to bat well on Saturday but said he felt the match was evenly poised.

By revealing an XI that included only six specialist batsmen - remember, SA have not played true A-league opponents at Test level in nearly half a year - the hosts simultaneously served clear notice that they intend a "go for the throat" formula against the Indians, with a multi-sting attack probably providing very little let-up.

India, overnight 28/3, were reeling at 92 for seven when Pandya (93, 153m, 95b, 14x4, 1x6) linked up with Bhuvneshwar Kumar (25). Most of the Indian batsmen struggled to come to terms with the seam movement of the Newlands track and were caught behind the stumps, as the South Africans managed to take wickets at regular intervals.

In the past there were two worries for the Indians: One, not enough firepower to hustle the South African batsmen, and two, the technical ineptitude of the batsmen to stand up to pace.

Instead his natural instincts went a long way to ensuring that, even as they were bowled out well inside 75 overs - hardly ideal for the team batting first in a Test - the Proteas importantly sported a vibrant run rate of 3.90 to the over, which arguably carried them some way past a "par" total.

"Those runs down the order in tough conditions were vital", said Benkenstein.

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