Kohli, Vijay steady India’s reply

Centurion: Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay steadied the ship for India as they reached 80/2 at tea on the second day of the second Test against South Africa at the Supersport Park here on Sunday. After Morne Morkel caught and bowled opener KL Rahul for 10, Cheteshwar Pujara was run out for a duck to put India in disarray at 28/2. Skipper Kohli and Vijay then put on a 52-run partnership to rebuild the Indian innings.
Earlier, South Africa had started the day on 269 for six in their first innings and profited from four dropped catches from the visitors to add 66 runs.
After Keshav Maharaj (18) was out when he edged Mohammed Shami to wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel, the 100th wicket in test cricket for the seamer, India contrived to drop three catches in two balls.
Kagiso Rabada (11) was then missed by India skipper Virat Kohli at slip off Ravichandran Ashwin (4-113), and the next ball spooned a simple chance to point.
Hardik Pandya was put off by an onrushing Shami from short third-man though and spilled the effort onto the latter, who also had a bite at the ball before it dropped to the floor.
Ashwin then induced a thin edge off Faf du Plessis (63) that was spilled by Parthiv as the frustration grew for the visitors.
Ishant Sharma (3-46) finally had Rabada caught in the deep and bowled Du Plessis, before Ashwin claimed the final wicket of Morkel (6).
South Africa lead the three-Test series 1-0 after a 72-run victory in Cape Town in the opening fixture. — Reuters/Agencies