Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
26 Dec 2013
5:17 pm

India test day 1 wrap: India take early control

Wesley Botton

Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara ran rampant as they placed India in firm control on day one of the second Test against South Africa in Durban on Thursday.

Vijay was on 91 and Pujara on 58 at the close of play, called 29 overs early due to bad light, in an unbroken 140-run stand for the second wicket.

The tourists coasted to 181/1 when stumps were drawn.

Earlier, Morne Morkel had struck in the morning session to disrupt India’s momentum.

Shikhar Dhawan seemed determined to put the hosts on the back foot early in the game, giving the tourists a bright start to the deciding match of the two-Test series.

He was removed, however, with Morkel’s first ball after the drinks break when the opener got a thick outside edge to Alviro Petersen in the slips, after facing 49 balls for his 29 runs.

Morkel, who injured his ankle in the first Test at the Wanderers, which ended in a thrilling draw, was cleared to play at Kingsmead but turned out with strapping on both his lower legs.

Dhawan’s dismissal put the brakes on India’s quick run rate, but Vijay and Pujara regained control for the tourists as they frustrated the South African bowling attack.