SA vs IND 1st Test: De Villiers consolidates Proteas after Bhuvi magic
Cape Town: AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis used their experience to consolidate South Africa's first inning after Indian paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar wrecked havoc by sending back top three batsman in the three-match series opener at Newlands here on Friday.
At Lunch on Day 1, De Villiers was unbeaten at 59 off 65 balls and had smashed 11 boundaries, while skipper Du Plessis was not out at 37 off 67 deliveries. He also scored 7 boundaries in his inning. South Africa was still under pressure at 107/3 with two of their most experienced batsman batting at the crease.
Earlier, openers Dean Elgar (0 off 2) and Aiden Markram (5 off 11) and Hashim Amla (3 off 10) could not make it to the double figures as Bhuvneshwar Kumar was hitting the deck at the right spots and was swinging the ball in and out both ways.
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Mohammad Shami, debutant Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya, however, remained wicket-less but created some half-chances during their spells.
It would be interesting to see what captain Virat Kohli does to regain the momentum Bhuvi had maintained in the first half of the first session on Day 1.