South Africa seamer Dale Steyn grabbed his first test wicket after an damage absence of 14 months because the hosts fought again towards a fired-up India on an enthralling first day of reduce-and-thrust cricket within the opening test at Newlands on Friday.
Steyn took his profession tally to 418 wickets, three behind South African document-holder Shaun Pollock, as India have been lowered to twenty-eight for 3 on the shut having bowled out the hosts for 286 on a spicy wicket providing bounce and a few sideways motion.
Cheteshwar Pujara (5) and Rohit Sharma (zero) will resume on the second day because the vacationers, who path by 258, search a solution to the venom within the pitch and the house seam assault.
Steyn, who had missed the final 15 tests with a profession-threatening shoulder damage, caught and bowled harmful opener Shikhar Dhawan for sixteen with a fast supply that proved he has misplaced none of his paces.
“Having him again after such a very long time is particular to lots of us. He has been the spearhead of this assault for such a very long time,” Steyn’s fellow opening bowler Vernon Philander stated.
“We needed to get as near 300 as attainable, which I feel is a variety of runs on this wicket.”
India additionally misplaced Murali Vijay for one, caught by Dean Elgar at gully off Philander, whereas Morne Morkel claimed the wicket of visiting captain Virat Kohli, who performed at a rising supply outdoors off-stump and was caught by wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock for 5.
South Africa gained the toss and elected to bat, however have been quickly in hassle at 12 for 3 as India seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar (four-87) tore by way of the highest order.
Kumar took a wicket in every of his opening three overs as he snagged opener Elgar with the third ball of the day after which had Aiden Markram and Hashim Amla dismissed cheaply.
The house aspect threw a counter punch with half centuries from AB de Villiers (sixty five) and captain Faf du Plessis (sixty two) as they placed on 114 for the fourth wicket.
De Villiers reached his 50 off fifty five deliveries earlier than being bowled by test debutant Jasprit Bumrah (1-seventy three) after lunch, whereas Du Plessis flashed at a large supply from all-rounder Hardik Pandya (1-fifty three).
South Africa’s tail wagged to a level as they placed on one hundred forty four for the final 5 wickets, with De Kock (forty three) notably fluent till he was Kumar’s fourth sufferer, caught behind by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha.
“We began rather well however misplaced our means. We might have bowled higher and gave away 25-30 additional runs,” Kumar stated.
“I simply needed to bowl in good areas. We knew the wicket wouldn’t be sluggish and that there can be some lateral motion.”
South Africa host India in three tests this month with the subsequent two to be performed in Pretoria and Johannesburg.
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