Remain positive, Sachin tells Team India

Meanwhile, Amla and Markram added 63 runs for the second wicket.

It was supposed to be a bouncy pitch full of pace. It would surely bring in the spinner as the match progresses. Amla who'd joined him had some luck go his way when Hardik Pandya missed a hard chance at short midwicket, but otherwise the veteran no.3 look composed. It took an extraordinary 10 minutes in the last hour of play to completely reverse that as India came roaring back.

Centurion: "Batsmen should concentrate in the first 25 overs and look to accelerate after 50; bowlers should bowl in the right areas, and more importantly, remain positive as a team", said former cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar on what India should do in the second Test in centurion against South Africa. The exclusionof Ajinkya Rahane from the team has been questioned but it seems that Kohli isn't interested in outside opionions, take that any which way you like really.

There have been murmurings that South Africa may even select a fifth seamer and leave spinner Keshav Maharaj on the sidelines, with Duanne Olivier, Andile Phehlukwayo and uncapped Lungi Ngidi in the squad to offer that option. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the best of the Indian bowlers in Cape Town, with six wickets, including a three-wicket burst upfront with the new ball.

South Africa were their own worst enemies in those final 41 minutes of the day. It only helped that this is his home ground.

Hashim Amla made his 82 off 153 balls with 14 fours.

In the morning, Markram and Dean Elgar gave South Africa visions of a long, batting dominated day while putting together a stand worth 85 runs. While KL Rahul takes Shikhar Dhawan's place, Saha has lost his place to Parthiv Patel.

The two sides are all set to lock horns tomorrow, with the Virat Kohli-led side trailing the series by 0-1 following their 72-run defeat in the opening match in Cape Town. Fortunately for him, the toss went his way, he got to bat first and although the new ball was always a threat, once it softened batting became easier. It could so easily have been a day where they ran away with it in the second session, " Ashwin said.

With only de Villiers offering a fightback, South Africa's lower order did not trouble India. Soon after, du Plessis appeared to edge Ashwin while looking to defend him off the back foot and the ball clanged off Parthiv's gloves.

In the last session though, India came alive. "You might get out but it's important to keep coming at the bowler and making them feel, 'if you make an error I am going to score". De Villiers had to leave for 20, and the Indians were jubilant.

From then on India were efficient in wrapping up the innings as Ishant bowled Du Plessis when the South African skipper looked to attack a straight delivery, before Ashwin had Morne Morkel (6) caught at deep cover by Vijay off Ashwin.

  • Julie Sanders