Late wickets give India a slight advantage on Day 1

CENTURION, JAN 13: India came back strongly late on Day 1 in the second Test against South Africa at SuperSport Park in Centurion as the hosts closed the proceedings on 269/6 on Saturday. Aiden Markram top-scored for the Proteas with 94 as R Ashwin picked up three wickets for India.
After electing to bat first, South Africa were at one time strongly placed at 246/3 when quick wickets spoiled all the good work of the hosts’ top order. It began with Hashim Amla’s run-out for 82 runs, and before long Quinton de Kock and Vernon Philander also found themselves back in the dressing room without opening their account.
Earlier in the day, the Indian team management surprised one and all with some inexplicable changes. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shikhar Dhawan were dropped in favour of Ishant Sharma and KL Rahul, and the move brought widespread criticism from former cricketers, especially Sunil Gavaskar who angrily reacted to these changes.
And the way the South African started their innings, it appeared things were going to get worse for the Indian team as Dean Elgar and Markram looked largely unperturbed against the fast bowlers from the visiting team. Contrary to reports, the pitch at SuperSport Park showed no signs of trickery and the home batsmen made the most of its benign nature.