India vs South Africa, 2nd Test, Day 1: Rassi Van Dere

SA vs IND: Rassie van der Dussen celebrates after taking a catch to dismiss Hanuma Vihari.© AFP

After losing the first match by a huge margin, South Africa got off to a great start on day one of the ongoing first Test against India in Johannesburg. The home team’s bowling attack dismantled India’s top order, taking three wickets in the first session itself. The visitors looked as if they were rebuilding in the post-lunch session, but Rassie van der Dussen’s brilliant catch once again affected their pace. On the fourth ball of the 39th over, Hanuma Vihari bowled a rising delivery from Kagiso Rabada to short leg, where Rasi dived a perfect full stretch to his left and caught the ball over his head. Vihari was dismissed after scoring 20 runs in 53 balls. Here is the video of the catch:

In the first session, Duane Oliver was in hot form and took the key wickets of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane. Pujara could only add three runs to the scoreboard and faced 33 balls.

Meanwhile, Rahane was sent back to the pavilion for a golden duck.

Opener Mayank Agarwal lost his wicket to Marco Jensen after scoring 26 off 37 balls.


Stand-in captain KL Rahul is currently batting for India and will be hoping to repeat his form from the first Test. Red ball regular skipper Virat Kohli has been ruled out of the current match due to a cramp in his upper back. Vihari was bought as his replacement.

The flamboyant batsman scored 123 runs in 260 balls during the first innings and was one of the main reasons for India’s 113-run win.

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