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IND Vs SA, 2nd Test, Day 1: Virat Kohli-less India Trudge To 53/3 At Lunch

Stand-in captain KL Rahul (19), who is leading India in the absence of injured Virat Kohli, was at the crease along with Hanuma Vihari (4). India are leading the series 1-0, having won the Centurion Test by 113 runs.

IND Vs SA, 2nd Test, Day 1: Virat Kohli-less India Trudge To 53/3 At Lunch
India batter Ajinkya Rahane leaves the field after being dismissed by South Africa's Duanne Olivier for a duck on Day 1 of the second Test at the Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg, Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. | AP Photo
IND Vs SA, 2nd Test, Day 1: Virat Kohli-less India Trudge To 53/3 At Lunch
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2022-01-03T16:01:33+05:30

Duanne Olivier dismissed out-of-form batters Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane off successive balls to leave Virat Kohli-less India reeling at 53 for 3 at lunch against South Africa on the opening day of the second Test at the Wanderers, Monday.

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Having given up hopes of playing for England, Olivier, who played his first Test in Proteas colours after three years, removed Pujara (3 off 33 balls) with extra bounce and then with slight seam movement had Rahane (0) caught at slips.

It left stand-in skipper KL Rahul (19 off 84 balls) with all the fire-fighting on his captaincy debut. Hanuma Viari was giving him company (4) at the break.

Olivier gave away 27 runs in 9 overs that he bowled in two spells after being given the new ball alongside Kagiso Rabada.

Mayank Agarwal (26) looked fluent in the first hour with five boundaries before Marco Jansen pitched one in the spot from where it wasn't on drivable length as it climbed on. The opener went for a drive only to edge that to wicketkeeper Kyle Verreynne.

Rahul on his part survived strong caught behind and leg before appeals which were negated by debutant umpire Allahudien Palekar, someone who impressed on debut.

The start wasn't great for India as they could not have skipper Kohli in the playing XI due to back spasms but Rahul couldn't blame for electing to bat first and make the best use of difficult conditions.

Till Agarwal was giving him company, the openers just like Centurion, looked good but once he was gone, Pujara once again got into a shell and was very uncomfortable against steep bounce which finally became his undoing.

Olivier's natural back-of-length deliveries were the perfect recipe for disaster as he fended one that was wide of short leg fielder but the next one lobbed up to point fielder for an easy catch.

Rahane's dismissal was that of a player, whose confidence has been torn to pieces. The ball pitched on the fourth stump channel with a shade cut-back that creates indecision on whether to play or not. Rahane dangled his bat and the catch was taken in the slips. 

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