India roll Proteas for 286 in first Test

Former Cricketer appraised Hardik Pandya innings against Proteas

Further joy was to come for the raucous Cape Town crowd as Morne Morkel removed captain and dangerman Kohli (5) with his first ball, India closing on 28-3 and leaving Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma with the sizeable task of rescuing their reply.

Veron Philander (3/33) and Rabada (3/34) dominated the South African bowling attack.

He didn't have to wonder for long.

Bhuvneshwar took 4-87 at Newlands as the Proteas were dismissed for just 286, despite an impressive fourth-wicket partnership of 114 between AB de Villiers (65) and Faf du Plessis (62) and some late resistance from the tail.

AB de Villiers reached his fifty off 55 deliveries as South Africa went into lunch with a score of 107 for three.

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.

He showed intent from the start of his innings, hitting four fours off Kumar's fifth over.

Just as he was getting into a groove so promisingly, Steyn kicking his heels during the Centurion clash - or should I say gingerly nursing at least one of them? - is inconvenient to the say the least. "That partnership got us back in the game and brought belief back in the change room".

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Only Mohammed Shami was economical, taking one for 47 in 16 overs.

After the end of day's play, South Africa's batting coach Dale Benkenstein praised De Villiers for that attack on Bhuvneshwar and said that over "changed the game".

"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", he said in his post-match comments. "This is something we want to improve in the next innings, but overall we are happy with the lines and lengths we bowled", he added.

Vernon Philander had Murali Vijay caught at gully and four balls later Dale Steyn, playing his first Test match in more than a year, caught Shikhar Dhawan off his own bowling when Dhawan's attempted pull steepled high into the air.

Skipper Virat Kohli's perennial weakness outside the off-stump was once again exposed and Morkel scalped him in his very first over.

The hosts were in deep trouble at 12/3 as paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar destroyed the Proteas top order. Kagiso Rabada trapped Rohit in front of the wicket to break the stand.

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