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10.30am Here come M Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan, while Dale Steyn takes the new ball. Three slips and a gully in place.

10.25am Some support for the Indian batting rolling in. But then again, there are those few who have gone rather weak in the knees as well.

Richard taunts them with this little dig: "Has India peaked too early by winning the toss?!"

Sunil Khale: "All this talk of a whitewash even before the first ball is bowled!! People care to remember when juvenile boys by names of Sachin, Rahul or Sourav made their debuts, they were sent out to the sharks as well! But they fought hard (like the future legends they were) and if this young team pulls out a few surprise fighters??!! OH Boy this could be an excellent series~!!"

Shankar: "I can't bear to watch the carnage that is about to be unleashed on India! Pls Mr.Steyn, could you break a leg?"

Ananya: "Pujara, Rahane, Rohit all have triple hundreds in First Class Cricket (Infact Jadeja has 3). Vijay, Dhawan, Kohli and Dhoni have double centuries.... So, batting is not a problem.... if they find the rhythm, then SA will definitely sweat."

10.21 am Dale Steyn was excited to be back in Johannesburg, where he has pulled off some "particularly good performances". We've got a bit of bottle over the India batsmen in the ODI series, with them not scoring over 200. They're a big side and it'd be a great thing for us to go on and win the series. He hoped the bowling unit can hunt in pairs and praised Vernon Philander for revolutionising the attack by keeping things very tight. Tahir turns the ball beautifully and the old man Kallis does a wonderful job as well. We'll target all the batsmen from ball one. The odd bouncer, a lot of bouncers, he wasn't quite sure. He said they would just look to cut off India's familiar scoring areas and make them score where they dont feel comfortable

"Dhoni has started this test series on a winning note (The Toss). Hope he carries the same form and wins for India. A Series win is what we (Indians) want." To carry Mohammed's vein forward, here's Sidharth Monga who believes this could be a fresh start for India's longest Test captain.

10.00 am India have won the toss and will bat. MS Dhoni says it looks a good wicket. The important thing for him is for the batsmen to give themselves some time and get themselves set. India are going in with three seamers and a spinner as Ajinkya Rahane and Zaheer Khan come into the XI. He insists the change-room atmosphere is good, and it needs to be so whether they win or lose.

Graeme Smith wanted to bat as well, but he was hopeful that his bowlers could execute their plans well and lay down a marker at the start of the tour. The pitch looks a little dry to him and he thought there could be some cracks coming into play as the match wears on. He was looking forward to South Africa getting some rhythm after a few stop-start tours.

Zeeshan Khalid: "I think South Africa should play atleat one spinner. So that there would be a good balance in the bowling attack. They should play Imran tahir."

Would you look at that. The pitch report comes up and there is a "nice covering of grass on it. The sun is out and the groundsman believes the preparation has been quite perfect. It will be a little slow on the first day, but will quicken as the match progresses. There will be movement for the fast bowlers early on, but there might not be too much assistance for the spinners

9.55 am Our pre-match analysis show, Match Point, is live now. Do refresh the page to view the player and get clued in on what Sanjay Manjrekar and Daryll Cullinan think is going to happen in this first Test.

MANISH: "@Dream Scenario: after taking apart Steyn leading India to a successful chase, Dhoni gives hi,self an upper cut and abuses (remember csk vs kkip IPL 2010) and then rips off his top with For BCCI and Srini written on his Yellow vest"

Zaheer Khan says he had a couple of weeks to acclimatise, having arrived in South Africa with the one-day squad. Though the warm-up game was washed out, he said the team had had a few "productive practice sessions". He has been concentrating on hitting the deck and keeping the ball in the right areas and was looking forward to bowling in bouncy conditions

Bhakta : "My only focus is to Zaheer Khan on his returns. If he got some early wickets and Ishant repeat his last ODI performance, Indians will have something to cheer!!! Otherwise I won't surprise if Indian got whitewashed"

Neil: "Can't wait for Smith vs Khan battle. Bet Smith is ready.."

Santhosh Prn: "India should play with 4 pacers - Zak, Umesh, Ishant ,Shami and Ashwin to play a bowling all-rounder!! This would be the right combination for this test match!"

For all the talk around South Africa's premier fast bowler, the work Morne Morkel does should not go unnoticed. He doesn't open the bowling any more, but his ability to rough up the opposition batsmen is just as vital. He's looking forward to more of the same in the first Test. Look out, India

@ravi_layer Dream scenario: South Africa win by an innings and 300 runs and Dale Steyn rips off his top showing a vest with "For Lorgat" on it

chintan: "I think SA should not make the same mistake which India did, which is making a big deal of defeating mediocre teams at conditions highly in favour of the home team. India with this bowling attack and an inexperienced batting line up is a mediocre team at best and to be honest, no match to SA in any department. It will be an achievement if India pulls out a draw."

Pranay: " I am not sure why people consider it as pity that we play only two tests. SA played thrice a 2 test match series when they came to India(Total 5 series played between them in india) ""

India have played three Tests so far at the Wanderers, and they have not lost so far. While you marvel at that strange little stat, do have a little poke through what the groundsman here, Chris Scott, thinks of the pitch that will await both teams

Werner: "I feel sorry for the Indian players, but I hope SA whitewashes this series to prove a point to the BCCI that 2 tests aren't enough between these to awesome teams!"

But enough from me. Why don't you guys delve into what Firdose Moonda thinks could happen in the first Test. here's her preview

mosheo: "very excited for this series, pity its only 2 tests but SA need this box ticked if they want to be viewed as a truly great side. Hoping just for good cricket and no major off field issues."

Rajesh Patidar: "This is the real test for out new crop...I wish them super sucess... :) All the best guys..."

It's been a long wait with off field issues taking, arguably, undue precedence. But the time for talk has long since ended and the two teams, especially India, will need to put their best foot forward. The hosts, of course, have already drawn first blood sealing the three match ODI series 2-0 and have not shied away from a bit of mind games either. Dale Steyn, South Africa's pace spearhead, has wondered if India's batsmen were afraid of facing him and his fellow fast bowlers. India haven't delivered a performance to dispute that claim as yet and were denied some much needed match practice as their tour game in Benoni was washed out.

9.19 am Hello and welcome to ESPNcricinfo's live coverage of the first Test between South Africa and India from Johannesburg.

0.1

Steyn to Vijay, no run, superb start from Steyn, that wonderful outswinger of his, watchfully left alone by Vijay

0.2

Steyn to Vijay, no run, ooh, nearly a wicket there, Vijay pokes tentatively at that one, the typical Steyn shape, jagging away outside off, past the outside edge, Vijay needs to leave plenty early on

0.3

Steyn to Vijay, no run, good carry there, Steyn getting the ball to curve away as well, outside off, Vijay happy to leave

0.4

Steyn to Vijay, no run, closer to off this time, forcing Vijay to play, defended off the front foot towards cover

0.5

Steyn to Vijay, FOUR, lovely punch down the ground, this was overpitched and on middle stump, Steyn striving to get the ball to move away, but that was too full and eased between the bowler and mid-on for four

0.6

Steyn to Vijay, no run, reverts to the outside off line, Vijay reverts to letting the ball go

End of over 1 (4 runs) India 4/0
M Vijay    4* (6b 1x4)      DW Steyn    1-0-4-0
S Dhawan    0* (0b)     

Vernon Philander enjoys three slips and a gully as well

1.1

Philander to Dhawan, 1 run, oh, but he gives them a bit of a breather as he starts off with a length ball on the pads and Dhawan tucks it away to long leg to get off the mark

sanchit gupta: "Hope that shot by Vijay tells the story of Indian batting in the days to come in this test series."

1.2

Philander to Vijay, no run, he has to contend with the inswinger this time, well played though as he trusts the bounce on the pitch and lets it go above off stump

1.3

Philander to Vijay, no run, followed by an outswinger, full of length but a little too wide to interest the batsmen

1.4

Philander to Vijay, no run, gets confidently forward and consciously keeps bat and pad close together as he defends a length ball outside off stump

1.5

Philander to Vijay, no run, steady line just outside off and Vijay does well to just watch that through to the keeper

1.6

Philander to Vijay, no run, looks for a quick single, but he had tucked that length ball on middle straight to square leg

Masood: "With 23 hundreds between all Indian batsman, this must be the lowest in the last 25 years!"

End of over 2 (1 run) India 5/0
M Vijay    4* (11b 1x4)      VD Philander    1-0-1-0
S Dhawan    1* (1b)      DW Steyn    1-0-4-0

2.1

Steyn to Dhawan, no run, excellent carry! Directs it outside off stump, but he extracts ample movement inward. Dhawan holds himself back and lets the ball cross him just outside off stump

2.2

Steyn to Dhawan, no run, a little back of length on off stump as Dhawan gets back behind it and defends

2.3

Steyn to Dhawan, 1 run, push and run does Dhawan and his partner is quick to respond. It was a length ball just outside off stump which was steered to point, but Vijay just managed to beat the incoming throw

2.4

Steyn to Vijay, no run, welcome to South Africa says Steyn with a good short ball, right over leg stump, but Vijay had seen it warly and ducked underneath it

2.5

Steyn to Vijay, no run, mixes it up with a full delivery, nipping in a shade, but the batsman gets back and across and keeps it out

2.6

Steyn to Vijay, no run, the keeper has to stretch his arms skyward as he collect the ball again as Steyn pitches on just back of a length outside off stump. Vijay ignores it comfortably

gareth: "Yes but with the averages of pujara, dharwan and rohit, this must be the highest cumulative averaged side for decades!"

End of over 3 (1 run) India 6/0
M Vijay    4* (14b 1x4)      DW Steyn    2-0-5-0
S Dhawan    2* (4b)      VD Philander    1-0-1-0

3.1

Philander to Dhawan, 1 run, picks out the gap between cover and mid-off as he dabs a back of a lenght ball into the off side and sets off. Another sharp single

3.2

Philander to Vijay, no run, length ball outside off stump, safely left alone off the front foot

3.3

Philander to Vijay, no run, he wasn't as convincing that time but managed to take his bat away from the line of the fullish ball on that off stump corridor. Good leave in the end?

3.4

Philander to Vijay, no run, that was rather more easy as Philander pitches it well wide of off stump. A leave of the immensely confident variety

3.5

Philander to Vijay, no run, full length, but this one as angling at the stumps after pitching as Vijay gets forward and blocks

gareth: "Yes but with the averages of pujara, dharwan and rohit, this must be the highest cumulative averaged side for decades!" They were rather bad in the ODIs, but would they have been that bad?

3.6

Philander to Vijay, no run, Vijay's search for the quick single ends up being fruitless again as he rises to his full height and drops the shortish ball towards point

End of over 4 (1 run) India 7/0
M Vijay    4* (19b 1x4)      VD Philander    2-0-2-0
S Dhawan    3* (5b)      DW Steyn    2-0-5-0

4.1

Steyn to Dhawan, no run, opens the face and drills a length ball outside off stump, but it homes in on point

4.2

Steyn to Dhawan, no run, fullish length as he fishes for Dhawan's outside edge, but the batsman is stoic in his efforts to leave the ball

4.3

Steyn to Dhawan, no run, fended away but there is not short leg. Another short ball from Steyn which gives Dhawan absolutely no room to negotiate.

4.4

Steyn to Dhawan, 1 run, back of a length on leg stump and it's nudged away to fine leg as he gets off strike

4.5

Steyn to Vijay, no run, full and swinging away just a touch, but Vijay opens the face of the bat on impact and strikes it to cover

4.6

Steyn to Vijay, no run, finishes the over with a steady line outside off and the batsman sticks to another leave

End of over 5 (1 run) India 8/0
M Vijay    4* (21b 1x4)      DW Steyn    3-0-6-0
S Dhawan    4* (9b)      VD Philander    2-0-2-0

5.1

Philander to Dhawan, no run, Philander begins with one on a length heading for the pads, tucked away towards midwicket

5.2

Philander to Dhawan, no run, short of a length and on off tsump, 134.3kph, defended off the back foot

5.3

Philander to Dhawan, FOUR, overpitched and on the pads, Dhawan cashes in, whips that past square leg for four, no risk shot from Dhawan

5.4

Philander to Dhawan, no run, well bowled, length ball on off stump, defended to the off side

5.5

Philander to Dhawan, no run, short of a length ball slanting across, Dhawan happy to allow that through to the keeper

5.6

Philander to Dhawan, no run, digs it short this time, 131kph, Dhawan spots it early, ducks under

Aditya Pidaparthy: "We cannot in good faith use the performance of the batsmen in ODI as an indicator of the test form. Batsmen like Pujara, and Rohit their game and temperament is specially suited to the longer form. They might score runs quickly in the test matches but they are not aggressive or impatient players on their own. They are willing to wait out. Something which is difficult to execute in ODI's against good bowling due to limited overs. It is similar to the Sehwag conundrum, despite being a blazing batsmen he never gained consistency in ODI's like he did in tests. Maybe it was the constant push to keep rotating the strike or too many rules with regards to field changes and powerplays. The same reasoning applies to players like Rohit too. We have to wait and watch how he does in SA."

End of over 6 (4 runs) India 12/0
S Dhawan    8* (15b 1x4)      VD Philander    3-0-6-0
M Vijay    4* (21b 1x4)      DW Steyn    3-0-6-0

6.1

Steyn to Vijay, no run, Steyn begins the over with a short one, outside off, not too much of a bother for Vijay, that was 137.3kph

6.2

Steyn to Vijay, no run, ooh, that was so close to off stump, this one didn't go away, goes straight on and it bounces over off stump, Steyn has his hands on his head

6.3

Steyn to Vijay, no run, another one that holds its line, slightler wide outside off this time, Vijay doing well to let these go

6.4

Steyn to Vijay, no run, short and down the leg side, 142.1kph, easy for Vijay to leave that as the line was too far down

6.5

Steyn to Vijay, no run, another short one, better line this time, on middle and leg, Vijay initially thinks about playing a shot before ducking under

6.6

Steyn to Vijay, no run, too wide outside off to bother Vijay, 139kph, India's openers have survived the opening half hour

Aabhas: "With due respect to Aditya and Rohit Sharma, he looked like a deer under headlights in the first ODI in his 43-ball 18. Granted it might have been lack of practice needed to adjust to SA conditions but boy did he get worked over by Steyn and company. On another note, it is beyond me how Pujara doesn't make it to the ODI teams with a domestic average of 60+ ahead of the likes of Yuvraj and Raina, especially outside the subcontinent."

End of over 7 (maiden) India 12/0
M Vijay    4* (27b 1x4)      DW Steyn    4-1-6-0
S Dhawan    8* (15b 1x4)      VD Philander    3-0-6-0

7.1

Philander to Dhawan, no run, a false shot there from Dhawan, he chases after one outside off, no footwork at all, he doesn't connect and the ball flies through to the keeper

7.2

Philander to Dhawan, no run, fuller than the previous one, a mistimed push towards Morne Morkel at mid-on, where an awkward, tumbling stop is made

7.3

Philander to Dhawan, no run, length ball on off stump, solidly defended there by Dhawan

7.4

Philander to Dhawan, no run, good bowling from Philander, keeps it on a length and around off, Dhawan gets well forward as he defends

7.5

Philander to Dhawan, no run, squared him up!, this was a cracking ball from Philander, short of a length ball pitching around middle and moving away, Dhawan looks to play down the ground and is beaten

7.6

Philander to Dhawan, 1 run, tucks this off the thigh pad behind square leg

Andre Smith: "It seems to me like it's mostly Indian fans who are expecting South Africa to do to India what Australia is doing to England. I'm expecting South Africa to take it but I'm certainly not expecting India to just roll over and play dead. We'll have to work hard for our wickets I think. Go PROTEAS!"

End of over 8 (1 run) India 13/0
S Dhawan    9* (21b 1x4)      VD Philander    4-0-7-0
M Vijay    4* (27b 1x4)      DW Steyn    4-1-6-0

8.1

Steyn to Dhawan, no run, short of length ball on offstump, Dhawan looks to play a cross-batted shot, gets it away towards square leg

8.2

Steyn to Dhawan, no run, full and outside off, another good leave

8.3

Steyn to Dhawan, FOUR, a quick bouncer that Dhawan didn't know much about, he wanted to go for the pull, but that was too quick for him, so halfway through the shot, his head drops and he almost stops playing the shot, unintentionally he sends it behind square leg, beats two men in the deep for four

8.4

Steyn to Dhawan, no run, another short one, just outside off, bouncing far more than Dhawan expects, off the handle of the bat towards gully

8.5

Steyn to Dhawan, no run, short and down the leg side, Dhawan half-heartedly goes for the pull but is too late, not entirely sure he wanted to make contact with the ball there

8.6

Steyn to Dhawan, OUT, the short-ball tactic has worked, Dale Steyn has struck, Dhawan again goes for the pull and he can't middle it, a bit of a top edge as the ball loops towards fine leg, where Tahir snaps it up, Steyn is pumped, he brings out the chainsaw celebration, not the best batting from Dhawan that

S Dhawan c Imran Tahir b Steyn 13 (37m 27b 2x4 0x6) SR: 48.14

Wozza: "Short and fast is the way to go, make the batsmen work hard to defend themselves it will tire them out. The Indian batsmen don't often face genuine pace bowlers on quick hard wickets."

End of over 9 (4 runs) India 17/1
     DW Steyn    5-1-10-1
M Vijay    4* (27b 1x4)      VD Philander    4-0-7-0

Here comes Pujara

9.1

Philander to Pujara, no run, Philander continues his examination of the batsman's technique around off stump, another leave this time

9.2

Philander to Pujara, 1 run, short of length ball on middle stump, pushed towards midwicket for a single

9.3

Philander to Vijay, no run, too far outside off to worry Vijay, 132kph from Philander

Shaun: "wow...dhawan had three warnings that he knew nothing about and didn't pull out of any of them and still went for the pull on the fourth ball! Astonishing on a pitch where you should be looking to leave above shoulder height."

9.4

Philander to Vijay, 2 runs, angling in towards the pads, clipped past square leg, immediately calls for two, gets it, Vijay has looked solid this morning, judging the line and length very well so far

9.5

Philander to Vijay, no run, well outside off, Vijay happy to leave

9.6

Philander to Vijay, no run, too wide outside off once more, Vijay isn't interested in playing that

Karthik: "Who didnt see the Dhawan dismissal coming? At the Champions Trophy, South African bowlers mentioned Dhawan's leg side weakness, especially against the short ball. Like the Aussies peppering Trott with the short ball, I think we will have something similar for Dhawan in the other 3 innings as well!"

End of over 10 (3 runs) India 20/1
M Vijay    6* (31b 1x4)      VD Philander    5-0-10-0
CA Pujara    1* (2b)      DW Steyn    5-1-10-1

10.1

Steyn to Pujara, no run, terrific line from Steyn, 137kph, on a length just outside off, Pujara judges it well again, leaves it for the keeper

10.2

Steyn to Pujara, no run, just a touch wider, another leave

10.3

Steyn to Pujara, no run, a touch shorter and on off stump, 139.7kph, blocked off the back foot by Pujara, plenty of chatter from the South African fielders

10.4

Steyn to Pujara, no run, short of length ball on off stump, Steyn gets it up to 143kph, more solid defending, words of encouragement for Steyn from the fielders

10.5

Steyn to Pujara, no run, here's the bouncer, on leg stump line, Pujara ducks under

10.6

Steyn to Pujara, 1 run, shapes away after pitching on off, short of a length ball, Pujara pushes it towards cover for a single

Sreekanth Bhaskaran: "Was reading an article on cricinfo the other day about how our(Indian) batsmen are preparing for the first test, apparently Dhawan was leaving everything outside off and hooking and pulling every single short ball. I think he was better off practicing the other way around."

End of over 11 (1 run) India 21/1
CA Pujara    2* (8b)      DW Steyn    6-1-11-1
M Vijay    6* (31b 1x4)      VD Philander    5-0-10-0

11.1

Morkel to Pujara, no run, Morkel is in, he starts with a shortish ball that bounces plenty, this was well outside off though so no worries for the batsman

11.2

Morkel to Pujara, 1 run, short of length and outside off, a thick outside edge, played with soft hands, just wide of third slip

11.3

Morkel to Vijay, no run, beaten! that was just outside off, Vijay looking to punch that off the back foot, can't get bat on it, AB wonder how that missed the bat

11.4

Morkel to Vijay, no run, outside off, short ball, Vijay seemed to have left that alone comfortably, the South Africans call for a caught-behind, umpire rightly turns it down

11.5

Morkel to Vijay, no run, back of a length ball just outside off, a thick edge that bounces short of third slip

11.6

Morkel to Vijay, no run, what an opening over this is from Morkel, a thorough working over for Vijay as he is once again beaten outside off, Morkel as usual getting plenty of bounce and carry, great line as well in this over, Vijay will be happy to have survived that

End of over 12 (1 run) India 22/1
M Vijay    6* (35b 1x4)      M Morkel    1-0-1-0
CA Pujara    3* (10b)      DW Steyn    6-1-11-1

Kallis takes over from Steyn

12.1

Kallis to Pujara, no run, starts with a length ball on off stump, defended to the leg side, that was 129.5kph

12.2

Kallis to Pujara, no run, shaping away from back of a length, outside off, a touch too wide to really test the batsman

Out stats editor S Rajesh tweets: "India's ave opening stand in away Tests since Jan 2011: 15.96 (25 inngs); ave opening stand in home Tests in same period: 58.45 (24 inngs)"

12.3

Kallis to Pujara, no run, this one carries on with the angle, doesn't swerve away like the previous one, Pujara is happy to let that go, can confidently leave on length on this track

12.4

Kallis to Pujara, no run, pitched up and a bit too wide to bother Pujara

12.5

Kallis to Pujara, 2 runs, slants this in towards the pads, helped along towards deep backward square leg, 'Two, two," shouts Pujara as soon as he plays it, gets it comfortably

12.6

Kallis to Pujara, no run, length ball on off stump to end the over, 133.9kph, defended by Pujara

Venkat: "Before the match started, everyone was wondering if Vijay had the right technique to survive bowler friendly conditions. He has looked quite comfortable and has left well compared to the way Dhawan batted. Dhawan was looking careless and despite getting a short ball barrage he was repeating the same mistake and not looking to leave even a single bouncer."

End of over 13 (2 runs) India 24/1
CA Pujara    5* (16b)      JH Kallis    1-0-2-0
M Vijay    6* (35b 1x4)      M Morkel    1-0-1-0

13.1

Morkel to Vijay, no run, Morkel starts with a short ball outside off, 141.6kph, Vijay leaves it alone, showing plenty of patience here, he scored four in the first over, barely scored anything else over the next hour

13.2

Morkel to Vijay, no run, short of length ball outside off, left alone

13.3

Morkel to Vijay, no run, and another leave, this was not as short, and was outside off, not too much of a bother for the batsman

13.4

Morkel to Vijay, no run, dropped, though that was a terrific effort from Hashim Amla at short leg, it was another short ball from Morkel, Vijay had both feet off the ground as he looked to play that, struck on the handle of the bat and that loops towards short leg, who has to cover plenty of ground to get a hand on it, he gets a hand on it, but can't hold on, he started from behind square leg actually

13.5

Morkel to Vijay, no run

13.6

Morkel to Vijay, no run, well outside off, and a no-problem leave for Vijay, time for drinks

End of over 14 (maiden) India 24/1
M Vijay    6* (41b 1x4)      M Morkel    2-1-1-0
CA Pujara    5* (16b)      JH Kallis    1-0-2-0

If we thought Steyn was imposing, Morne Morkel has managed to get the ball to whizz across the batsman's ears. Murali Vijay, after a rather delightful boundary, has been far less stable since. Is there another wicket on the horizon?

14.1

Kallis to Pujara, no run, length ball at 130 kph, just outside off stump and Pujara is happy to watch it through to the keeper

"It has'nt been a bloodbath in the first 14 atleast. They have generally shown pretty good judgement in leaving deliveries well alone. Hopefully the repeated banging into the pitch will wear the ball out sooner rather than later !" Don't hold your breath, Another Venkat

14.2

Kallis to Pujara, no run, keeps the batsman honest as he persists with a good line outside off and Pujara easily ignores

14.3

Kallis to Pujara, no run, that time he extracts considerable in swing, although it happened after the batsman had ducked under the shortish ball angled down the leg side

Warren: "Morkel must keep it up, Vijay and Pujara can't leave everything. Steyn said recenty that if Morkel bowled with anger, he would be the best bowler in the world. Are we seeing any anger so far?" Nope, just excellent discipline

14.4

Kallis to Pujara, no run, full length ball on off stump as he comes forward and blocks well

14.5

Kallis to Pujara, no run, 137 kph, some disconcerting bounce judging from Pujara's reaction as he looks to fend off a length ball that thuds into the splice of the bat. Lobs in the air, but Kallis does not have a short leg

14.6

Kallis to Pujara, no run, length ball outside off and Pujara is far more comfortable tackling this line as he leaves it well alone

End of over 15 (maiden) India 24/1
CA Pujara    5* (22b)      JH Kallis    2-1-2-0
M Vijay    6* (41b 1x4)      M Morkel    2-1-1-0

15.1

Morkel to Vijay, OUT, and there we have it! 145.4 kph, full length just outside off stump. Vijay's been letting those go mostly, but he's reverted back to old habits of fishing at the ball with no feet. Straight forward nick to the keeper and Morkel celebrates just rewards

M Vijay c †de Villiers b Morkel 6 (69m 42b 1x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

In comes India's new no. 4, Virat Kohli

15.2

Morkel to Kohli, no run, length ball, be he still manages to get excellent carry as Kohli is careful to leave the ball

15.3

Morkel to Kohli, no run, 146 kph, just back of a length and attacking the stumps as Kohli gets behind it and defends with soft hands

15.4

Morkel to Kohli, no run, 145 kph, ducks rather readily as Morkel digs one into the pitch outside off

Milind: "They oper-hyped Indian batting line up showing its true colours.!"

15.5

Morkel to Kohli, no run, AB has to leap at the very last minute to collect the ball well over his right shoulder as Kohli allows a back of a length ball through to the keeper

15.6

Morkel to Kohli, no run, it was full and Kohli wasn't too bogged down that he remained in the crease after that short ball barrage. Gets on the front foot and blocks with head right over the ball

End of over 16 (wicket maiden) India 24/2
V Kohli    0* (5b)      M Morkel    3-2-1-1
CA Pujara    5* (22b)      JH Kallis    2-1-2-0

16.1

Kallis to Pujara, 2 runs, straying on the pads and Pujara collects a couple through an effortless flick to long leg

16.2

Kallis to Pujara, no run, full and homing in on middle and leg as Pujara steps forward and blocks

Suman Dustakar: "good thing about Vijay's innings is, he faced 42 balls before getting out, which will be helpful in next innings ( some how I am trying to SOME positives from indian batting)"

16.3

Kallis to Pujara, no run, targets top of off, as MS Dhoni had stressed in his pre-match press conference, as Pujara stays on the back foot and pushes to mid-on

16.4

Kallis to Pujara, no run, length ball gets a little bit of shape away, but having started well outside off, it poses no danger as Pujara ignores it

16.5

Kallis to Pujara, 1 run, "Push, push, push," comes a call as Pujara nudges a shortish ball off his hips to long leg

16.6

Kallis to Kohli, no run, brave leave from Kohli! That darted back towards the stumps quite sharply after pitching just outside off. A shade more to the right and Kohli would have been seriously embarrassed

End of over 17 (3 runs) India 27/2
V Kohli    0* (6b)      JH Kallis    3-1-5-0
CA Pujara    8* (27b)      M Morkel    3-2-1-1

17.1

Morkel to Pujara, no run, digs it in, but this one lacks purpose, as it is well outside off stump and the batsman is happy to let it go

17.2

Morkel to Pujara, no run, and he sprays it down leg this time. Pujara goes for a flick, he's been good with that shot this morning, but can't connect on this occasion

17.3

Morkel to Pujara, no run, caught in the crease after all those short balls as Morkel changes his length. This was a little fuller and Pujara inside edges a defensive onto his pads

17.4

Morkel to Pujara, no run, pounds the ball into the middle of the pitch and this one shapes in after pitching, Pujara does well as he hoists the bat well above his head and leaves

17.5

Morkel to Pujara, no run, ducks below and sways his head away from the line of the short ball which flies over the stumps and thuds into AB's gloves

17.6

Morkel to Pujara, no run, 144.3 kph, sneaks in another quick, length ball as Pujara prods forward and pushes to cover

End of over 18 (maiden) India 27/2
CA Pujara    8* (33b)      M Morkel    4-3-1-1
V Kohli    0* (6b)      JH Kallis    3-1-5-0

18.1

Kallis to Kohli, no run, oh, lovely shot. That was almost overpitched and Kohli stretches fully forward and meets it with a straight blade. Mid-off does well to cut the angle keep it to none

18.2

Kallis to Kohli, no run, fullish on off stump as Kohli carefully defends off the front foot

18.3

Kallis to Kohli, no run, shortish and this one was a bit too outside off to interest the batsman

18.4

Kallis to Kohli, FOUR, 135 kph, thumped to the square leg boundary. Kallis digs it in short and it was a good one too, looking to take out his head, but Kohli pulls out a strong hook shot and keeps it down as well. Excellent shot

18.5

Kallis to Kohli, no run, full and outside off, Kohli comes forward and shoulders arms

18.6

Kallis to Kohli, 1 wide, Umpire calls wide and Kallis is thoroughly disgruntled. It flew above the batsman's head who was ducking beneath it. High enough to be called wide, I thought

18.6

Kallis to Kohli, no run, switches to a good length outside off stump and the batsman is happy to let it go through

End of over 19 (5 runs) India 32/2
V Kohli    4* (12b 1x4)      JH Kallis    4-1-10-0
CA Pujara    8* (33b)      M Morkel    4-3-1-1

19.1

Morkel to Pujara, no run, full and targeting off stump as Pujara comes forward and blocks

19.2

Morkel to Pujara, no run, 142 kph, shortish, but too wide outside off. There is a call of "lovely ball, mate" from behind the stumps, but that had no venom spewing at the batsman

19.3

Morkel to Pujara, no run, falls short of Smith at first slip! That's the second time it's done that in the last hour. Genuine edge as Morkel keeps it in the off stump corridor and draws Pujara into a tame forward defensive. The fielder dives forward, but he had no chance

19.4

Morkel to Pujara, no run, fullish length just outside off and the batsman is careful to leave this one

Prabhakar: "There is something called counter-attack.Please somebody remind Indian team before they completely go into a shell.Aussies are very good at it."

19.5

Morkel to Pujara, no run, excellent line that, starting on middle and shaping into the batsman who nudges it to mid-on. That was pacy too, 141 kph

19.6

Morkel to Pujara, no run, gets his customary lift off a good length ball outside off stump as Pujara hoists his bat skyward

End of over 20 (maiden) India 32/2
CA Pujara    8* (39b)      M Morkel    5-4-1-1
V Kohli    4* (12b 1x4)      JH Kallis    4-1-10-0

Morkel has bowled four maidens in a row now. The only run scored off him was an edge to slip. Philander replaces Kallis

20.1

Philander to Kohli, 1 run, uncertaaaaainty, but all is well in the end. Kohli worked a length ball from off stump towards square leg and wanted the single. Pujara wasn't too keen, but in the end he runs through and makes it easily

20.2

Philander to Pujara, FOUR, 129 kph, width offered and accepted with belligerent glee. Rocks back on the back foot and thumps the ball past point for a commanding boundary

20.3

Philander to Pujara, no run, "No," screams a frantic Pujara after pushing the ball to mid-on. The fielder had been quick to come up to the ball and Kohli had to dash back

20.4

Philander to Pujara, no run, short ball outside off stump, just a little too wide to interest the batsman

Mukunda: "During Rahul Dravid's era, I never used to feel that ''This guys is going to get out soon" no matter who the opposition was or whether the match is being played in India or abroad. I have a similar feeling about Cheteshwar Pujara. This guy is going to stay here for a long period of time to come."

20.5

Philander to Pujara, no run, back of a length pushes Pujara deep into the crease as he blocks it with one hand off the bat

20.6

Philander to Pujara, no run, does away with the bottom hand again as he rises to his tip toes to drop the short ball beside his feet

End of over 21 (5 runs) India 37/2
CA Pujara    12* (44b 1x4)      VD Philander    6-0-15-0
V Kohli    5* (13b 1x4)      M Morkel    5-4-1-1

Arindam: "Where are those Straight,on,off drives. Even the defensive push through mid off/on region used to go to boundaries. Those were the best scoring opportunities in away series... have to go back to youtube (previous India vs SA series in SA) to get taste of those." Wishful thinking, mate. Its a steady short-ball diet

21.1

Morkel to Kohli, FOUR, oh, another streaky boundary! Morkel's bounce is unsettling everyone here as Kohli just left his bat hanging outside off stump, unsure of whether to play or leave, and the ball thuds into the face and scuttles away to the third man boundary

21.2

Morkel to Kohli, 1 run, how did that miss?! Kohli was just as uncertain as the last ball. In the end his half-shot fetches an inside edge to fine leg after skirting just wide of the leg stump

21.3

Morkel to Pujara, no run, 144 kph, shortish and just outside off. Pujara is happy to leave

21.4

Morkel to Pujara, no run, ducks safely under the short ball on middle stump

21.5

Morkel to Pujara, no run, 142 kph, fuller in length this time but it is still a tad bit too far outside off and Pujara isn't interested

21.6

Morkel to Pujara, no run, absolute beauty to finish. back of a length on off stump and Pujara was stuck in his crease as he looked to defend. But the ball, after being angled into the body, seams away and beats the outside edge. Morkel is on song here

End of over 22 (5 runs) India 42/2
CA Pujara    12* (48b 1x4)      M Morkel    6-4-6-1
V Kohli    10* (15b 2x4)      VD Philander    6-0-15-0

22.1

Philander to Kohli, no run, full length on off stump as Kohli comes forward and defends, not too certainly

22.2

Philander to Kohli, 3 runs, poked at it away from the body, but he's timed that excellently. India seem to be far more at ease with Philander's pace as Kohli goes back and punches the ball to the left of point.

22.3

Philander to Pujara, no run, "fuller length, fuller length," is the call coming from behind the stumps as Philander pushes the batsman back into his crease and blocks

22.4

Philander to Pujara, FOUR, 139 kph, up and over the slip cordon. There wasn't enough room for the cut, but he went for it anyway. Thick outside edge sails away to the third man boundary

22.5

Philander to Pujara, no run, and he responds to the call, getting the ball much fuller to the bat and Pujara comes forward and blocks

22.6

Philander to Pujara, no run, oof, he had no clue about that one! Reaps extra bounce off this grassy Wanderes pitch and his line is impeccable line just outside off stump. Pujara is drawn into playing at it and misses

End of over 23 (7 runs) India 49/2
CA Pujara    16* (52b 2x4)      VD Philander    7-0-22-0
V Kohli    13* (17b 2x4)      M Morkel    6-4-6-1

Ah.. that is the first time I'm disappointed to see Steyn coming back into the attack. Morne Morkel ends his first spell at 6-4-6-1

23.1

Steyn to Kohli, no run, back of a length just outside off stump but Kohli is wary of the fact as he lets it go

Phil: "Prabakhar: Twenty overs into a Test at the Wanderers against the best pace attack in the world is no time for counter-attack. If India get to lunch only two down, they won't have done too badly whatever the total. Pujara's job is to bat all day and into tomorrow if he can. If he does, runs will come."

23.2

Steyn to Kohli, 2 runs, 141 kph, goes fuller and Kohli does well as he leans forward and clips the ball through striaght midwicket for a couple

23.3

Steyn to Kohli, no run, fullish length, with a lovely little hint of away movement, but the batsman has seen it outside off and leaves

23.4

Steyn to Kohli, no run, gets tighter on the stumps and Kohli has to come forward and push the ball down the ground

23.5

Steyn to Kohli, no run, short ball to keep the batsman guessing, but Kohli does well as he ducks beneath

Aslam: "Thank god we are close to 50 with only two down. I remember last 3 teams touring here we bowled out for this score in their 1st test. So a better faring this time?"

23.6

Steyn to Kohli, no run, fuller length and this time he is almost perfectly on that corridor of uncertainty, but Kohli presents a confident leave

Mohit Garg: "I am holding my breath till India cross the dreaded "Durban 66" (1996-97 series). Once they cross that, I will probably use the loo then! :)"

End of over 24 (2 runs) India 51/2
V Kohli    15* (23b 2x4)      DW Steyn    7-1-13-1
CA Pujara    16* (52b 2x4)      VD Philander    7-0-22-0

24.1

Philander to Pujara, no run, short ball just outside off stump as Pujara rises off his feet and dabs to gully

24.2

Philander to Pujara, no run, 133 kph, fuller length gets some shape away but the batsman was already pulling his bat away from the line of the ball

24.3

Philander to Pujara, 1 run, that time he pushes the ball through into the covers and scampers off for a quick single. Duminy's throw could have caused some awkward consequences for Morne Morkel who was backing up, but all is well

24.4

Philander to Kohli, 3 runs, outside edge, that looks the most profitable means of scoring right now, as Kohli is stuck in the crease while looking to push at a length ball outside off stump. Amla manages to get the ball back in play just in time at the third man boundary

24.5

Philander to Pujara, no run, length ball on and around off stump as Pujara stays back and defends

24.6

Philander to Pujara, no run, lovely ball to cap off another probing over. Fullish and just outside off stump. It garners a bit of swing away even as Pujara was leaving it alone

End of over 25 (4 runs) India 55/2
CA Pujara    17* (57b 2x4)      VD Philander    8-0-26-0
V Kohli    18* (24b 2x4)      DW Steyn    7-1-13-1

25.1

Steyn to Kohli, no run, that's the ball he's looking for. Goes wide of the crease to ensure the direction of the ball was angling in and then it seams away. Just a bit too outside off to draw Kohli into the stroke though

25.2

Steyn to Kohli, no run, releases this one from his usual place close to the stumps and Kohli is happy to leave this length ball outside off as well

25.3

Steyn to Kohli, no run, there it is! Had everything except the edge. Kohli knows it was a close shave as he saw the ball come in at him and so went forward to defend, but it seams away after pitching and beats him

25.4

Steyn to Kohli, FOUR, excellent batting this time. Too straight from Steyn as he looks for that magic ball and Kohli smartly clips the shortish ball to the fine leg boundary

25.5

Steyn to Kohli, 1 run, length ball just outside off stump and Kohli gets nicely forward and pushes into the covers and immediately sets off for a single

25.6

Steyn to Pujara, no run, wide of the crease again as Pujara prods forward and watchfully pushes the full length ball on middle and leg down the ground

End of over 26 (5 runs) India 60/2
CA Pujara    17* (58b 2x4)      DW Steyn    8-1-18-1
V Kohli    23* (29b 3x4)      VD Philander    8-0-26-0

26.1

Imran Tahir to Kohli, FOUR, poor start from Tahir. The spinner shouldn't bowl short on this pitch and that is what Kohli seems to say as he thumps the ball through midwicket

26.2

Imran Tahir to Kohli, 1 run, goes back and slides the ball off the face of the bat to point to get off strike

Miraj: "Lets give these batsmen some credit here. except virat and vijay, none of these top order guys have played a test match outside of india. this pitch got some movement and bounce and these two virat and pujara has been excellent."

26.3

Imran Tahir to Pujara, no run, much fuller and noticeably flighted this time as Pujara comes forward and blocks

26.4

Imran Tahir to Pujara, no run, no spin on offer as the ball skids on straight but Pujara is back behind it

slip and short leg in place

26.5

Imran Tahir to Pujara, 1 run, easy put away to fine leg as Tahir bowls on the pads

26.6

Imran Tahir to Kohli, FOUR, that was the perfect definition of a log hop and India go in to lunch off a violent pull shot from Virat Kohli. One-bounce four

12.31 pm That last over notwithstanding, South Africa had held firm control of the morning session. Do check out ESPNcricinfo dissecting the morning session via our show Match Point, which has just gone live. Please refresh to page to see the video. Dale Steyn set the pace as he usually does, removing Shikhar Dhawan, who displayed every single symptom of the "Happy Hooker" condition. Morne Morkel, who had said he was happy playing a supporting role on the eve of this match, has been rather unplayable at times. His bounce and movement presented a torrid time for all the batsmen but Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara have done reasonably well to survive. Do join us in half-an-hour for the post-Lunch session.

End of over 27 (10 runs) India 70/2
V Kohli    32* (32b 5x4)      Imran Tahir    1-0-10-0
CA Pujara    18* (61b 2x4)      DW Steyn    8-1-18-1

1.10pm We're back for the second session. Don't think India will be too downbeat after the first session, 70 for 2 is a score they would have accepted at the start.

27.1

Steyn to Pujara, no run, Steyn begins with a length ball just outside off, left alone by Pujara

27.2

Steyn to Pujara, no run, gets the ball to swerve away, hoping to get the three slips in play, another leave

27.3

Steyn to Pujara, no run, pitched up, 138kph, defended off the front foot towards the bowler

27.4

Steyn to Pujara, no run, hurls this down the leg side, Pujara looksto help it along to fine leg but can't cash in on that poor delivery

27.5

Steyn to Pujara, 2 runs, length ball heading for the pads, tucked behind square leg for a couple

Prabhu: "In the last tour Ind were 70 odd for 6 after the first session! 70/2 is great going given the challenge of facing this SA attack on a green top!"

27.6

Steyn to Pujara, no run, nice ball to end the over, perfect line on off stump, defended by Pujara

End of over 28 (2 runs) India 72/2
CA Pujara    20* (67b 2x4)      DW Steyn    9-1-20-1
V Kohli    32* (32b 5x4)      Imran Tahir    1-0-10-0

28.1

Philander to Kohli, no run, Philander starts with an immaculate line, just outside off, Kohli shoulders arms

28.2

Philander to Kohli, no run, keeps it in the channel, Kohli patiently allows that to the keeper

Vijay Shankar: "All Virat and Pujara have to do now is to play the ball on merit and not throw their wickets away which will start the domino effect of other wickets. Sensible cricket is the need of the hour.. eh Day 1."

28.3

Philander to Kohli, 1 run, gets the ball to jag away after pitching short of a length, eased behind point for a single

28.4

Philander to Pujara, no run, keeps it just outside off, probing away there, another leave

28.5

Philander to Pujara, no run, closer to off stump, a bit on the short side, gets on top of the bounce and defends, hit high on the blade, almost the handle

28.6

Philander to Pujara, no run, driven to the on side, not timed well, doesn't beat the close-in fielder

End of over 29 (1 run) India 73/2
CA Pujara    20* (70b 2x4)      VD Philander    9-0-27-0
V Kohli    33* (35b 5x4)      DW Steyn    9-1-20-1

29.1

Steyn to Kohli, no run, too wide outside off to worry Kohli

29.2

Steyn to Kohli, no run, better from Steyn, a on length on off stump, cranks it up to 142.5kph, solidly defended off the front foot

29.3

Steyn to Kohli, 1 wide, a bouncer down the leg side, 135 kph, too high for the umpire's liking, called a wide

29.3

Steyn to Kohli, no run, short of a length ball curving away from off stump, good delivery from Steyn, well defended by Kohli

29.4

Steyn to Kohli, no run, fuller this time from Steyn, Kohli goes for the drive, straight at Steyn who twists his body as he stops that with his leg, not sure whether the spikes got caught in the ground as he turned there

29.5

Steyn to Kohli, no run, this one doesn't curl away after pitching just outside off, a good leave from Kohli, leaves it more on the length

29.6

Steyn to Kohli, no run, pitched up and outside off, no worries for Kohli, these two are doing a solid job here for India

End of over 30 (1 run) India 74/2
V Kohli    33* (41b 5x4)      DW Steyn    10-1-21-1
CA Pujara    20* (70b 2x4)      VD Philander    9-0-27-0

30.1

Philander to Pujara, 1 run, short of length ball on off stump, guided behind point by Pujara

30.2

Philander to Kohli, no run, short of a length ball on off stump, defended to the off side

30.3

Philander to Kohli, no run, good delivery from Philander, just outside off, Kohli allows it through to the keeper, good patience shown here

Krishna: "Great show VK and CP. patience and percentage cricket is the need of the hour. Score between 2-3 an hour and take the team to Tea. Job well done."

30.4

Philander to Kohli, no run, just outside off, these deliveries are tempting to play, but Kohli is happy to leave most of them

30.5

Philander to Kohli, no run, and again, Kohli is not interested in trying anything crazy against these balls in the channel just outside off

30.6

Philander to Kohli, no run, once more Kohli shoulders arms to allow the ball to the keeper, patience

cris: "Must say that I'm really disappointed with the crowd turnout(or the lack thereof). Despite the BCCI-CSA fracas, this is the best bowling lineup in the world in the first Test of the summer. Watch the likes of Steyn and Morkel when they're at their peak and rejoice the cricket(which has been really good so far).." Weekday morning, perhaps it will get better later in the day

End of over 31 (1 run) India 75/2
V Kohli    33* (46b 5x4)      VD Philander    10-0-28-0
CA Pujara    21* (71b 2x4)      DW Steyn    10-1-21-1

Steyn from round the wicket. Short leg in place. Fast and short balls expected

31.1

Steyn to Pujara, no run, starts with a shortish ball, 143kph, Pujar gets under that one

Just one ball from round the wicket, he switches to over the stumps

31.2

Steyn to Pujara, no run, another short one that Pujar spots early and ducks

What's going on here? Steyn back to round the wicket, deep square leg comes in from the rope to leg gully

31.3

Steyn to Pujara, no run, fires this full and down the leg side, Pujara looks to flick it away but misses

31.4

Steyn to Pujara, no run, short and 143kph, Pujara is happy to bend under that one

31.5

Steyn to Pujara, no run, short of length on off stump from over the wicket, defended to the leg side

31.6

Steyn to Pujara, no run, short of length ball firmly defended to short leg, Amla shies at the stumps hoping to catch Pujara out of his crease, the throws misses and Pujara was safe

End of over 32 (maiden) India 75/2
CA Pujara    21* (77b 2x4)      DW Steyn    11-2-21-1
V Kohli    33* (46b 5x4)      VD Philander    10-0-28-0

32.1

Philander to Kohli, no run, nearly played on! there wasn't too much width on offer there, still Kohli went for a cross-batted shot, the ball almost rolls back towards the stumps, kicks it away

32.2

Philander to Kohli, no run, length ball in the channel, left alone

32.3

Philander to Kohli, FOUR, short and wide, a rare loose delivery from SouthAfrica, Kohli puts it away, plenty of power behind that cut shot and some relief for India who have been put under pressure since lunch

32.4

Philander to Kohli, no run, a bit of an edge as he looks to defend that, the ball rolls towards cover

32.5

Philander to Kohli, no run, angling in towards off and then moving away, Kohli allows it through to the keeper

Brownly: "South Africans need to learn about 'chucking a sickie' to make it down to the cricket then."

32.6

Philander to Kohli, no run, just outside off, solidly defended by Kohli towards cover

Aman: "Safa bowling attack is something. if my cricketing history serves me right not since aus bowling attack of 1930s comprising grimmett and bill o'leary did a side have two bowlers taking five wickets per test a piece (steyn and philander)."

End of over 33 (4 runs) India 79/2
V Kohli    37* (52b 6x4)      VD Philander    11-0-32-0
CA Pujara    21* (77b 2x4)      DW Steyn    11-2-21-1

33.1

Steyn to Pujara, no run, pitched up and on off stump, defended by Pujara to the leg side

33.2

Steyn to Pujara, no run, keeps it on off stump, more defence from Pujara, this is engrossing stuff, very little loose from South Africa, and India's batsmen leaving well

33.3

Steyn to Pujara, no run, just as I type that, Steyn sprays it wildly down the leg side

33.4

Steyn to Pujara, 1 run, short of length and into Pujara's body, Pujara shuffles across and helps that towards fine leg

Amogh Chaphalkar: "I think South Africa have missed a trick here by not bringing on Morkel immediately after lunch. He has easily been their best bowler today"

33.5

Steyn to Kohli, FOUR, dismissive! a short 144 kph delivery from Steyn, Kohli has pummeled that to the square-leg boundary, an authoritative pull for four, Steyn has plenty to say to Kohli after that shot

33.6

Steyn to Kohli, no run, shortish and outside off, Kohli gets on his knees as he makes sure he leaves the ball, Steyn has more advice for Kohli

SK: "I would say I am rather stunned with India's batting performance so far. For all the talk around how inexperienced our batting is and lack of preparation - I would've expected something like 40/4 than 75/2 after 30+ overs."

End of over 34 (5 runs) India 84/2
V Kohli    41* (54b 7x4)      DW Steyn    12-2-26-1
CA Pujara    22* (81b 2x4)      VD Philander    11-0-32-0

34.1

Philander to Pujara, 1 leg bye, full ball on the pads, off the pads and towards backward square for a leg bye

Hitesh: "@chris There might be a bad crowd turnout but it is Johannesburg. The richest city in South Africa tends to be more focused on making money and working than watching the cricket. Even if it is the holiday season, anything falling on a weekday just will not get crowds. Traffic is still nominal at peak times. Should say something."

34.2

Philander to Kohli, no run, pitched up, just outside off, solid defence off the front foot, 134kph

Meanwhile, Morkel is warming up

34.3

Philander to Kohli, no run, pitched up, driven towards extra cover

34.4

Philander to Kohli, no run, short of length ball just outside off, defended to the off side

Sam: "@Aman - Sorry am being very pedantic here. But, the current Indian team playing this match does have two bowlers taking five wickets per test a piece - Ashwin and Shami." Ha ha.

34.5

Philander to Kohli, no run, well outside off and that is left alone

34.6

Philander to Kohli, 1 run, length ball on the pads, tucked towards mid-on for a single

Laxman Subramanian: "Can cricinfo refrain from publishing comments till end of days play (after this one though)? I dont want anybody to jinx our batsmen!" I'm flooded with 'aren't these two batting like Sachin-Dravid' mails, which I'm not publishing.

End of over 35 (2 runs) India 86/2
V Kohli    42* (59b 7x4)      VD Philander    12-0-33-0
CA Pujara    22* (82b 2x4)      DW Steyn    12-2-26-1

35.1

Morkel to Kohli, no run, good carry through for Morkel, just short of a length and outside off, collected overhead by the keeper

Had hoped to see another over for Steyn, after that chat with Kohli in the previous one.

35.2

Morkel to Kohli, FOUR, short and wide, slapped for four by Kohli, firmly struck past point and he gets his eight four, first convincing runs of the day off Morkel

35.3

Morkel to Kohli, 1 run, clipped behind square leg for a single

Riaan: "At this time, many Johannesburgers who follow cricket will be celebrating Christmas by the sea with their families. That's probably a contributing factor to the bad turnout."

35.4

Morkel to Pujara, no run, length ball just outside off, left alone by Pujara

35.5

Morkel to Pujara, no run, outside off and another leave

35.6

Morkel to Pujara, no run, well outside off and that is left alone

Venkat: "Ah...Let me try the reverse jinx then. Are'nt these two batting like Chris Martin and Courtney Walsh ?" I think more like Danny Morrision and Pommy Mbwanga.

End of over 36 (5 runs) India 91/2
CA Pujara    22* (85b 2x4)      M Morkel    7-4-11-1
V Kohli    47* (62b 8x4)      VD Philander    12-0-33-0

36.1

Philander to Kohli, no run, short of length ball on leg stump, defended to the leg side by Kohli

36.2

Philander to Kohli, no run, pitched up and outside off, left alone once more

36.3

Philander to Kohli, no run, length ball on off stump, solid defence back at the bowler

Drifting: "Aman - it is Grimmett and Bill O'Reilly, not Bill O'Leary. William O'Leary is an american actor who apparently was the Man at the Gas Station in an X-Files episode."

36.4

Philander to Kohli, no run, and another leave, Philander keeping it in the channel, playing on Kohli's patience, Kohli isn't tempting into anything rash yet

36.5

Philander to Kohli, no run, stays deep in the crease as he pushes that out towards point

Gilbert: "Many Joburgans are still working, like myself, until Friday.. should be a full house on the weekend :)"

36.6

Philander to Kohli, 1 leg bye, on the pads this time, as Kohli has left plenty of ball just outside off, towards square leg for a single

Ketan: "Some at work, some on holiday, some not interested, some wandering... some made it to Wanderers. Depends how many makes some."

End of over 37 (1 run, maiden) India 92/2
V Kohli    47* (68b 8x4)      VD Philander    13-1-33-0
CA Pujara    22* (85b 2x4)      M Morkel    7-4-11-1

37.1

Morkel to Kohli, no run, well outside off and that is an easy leave

37.2

Morkel to Kohli, no run, short of a length, on off and middle, defended off the back foot

37.3

Morkel to Kohli, 1 run, short of length and jagging in towards off, tapped towards midwicket for a quick single, the hits Kohli's bat as he completes the run, long chase for du Plessis but Kohli turns down the extra run

37.4

Morkel to Pujara, no run, well outside off and another leave

37.5

Morkel to Pujara, no run, leaves on the length, this wasn't too far outside off, Pujara had no second thoughts about shouldering arms though

37.6

Morkel to Pujara, no run, another good leave, just fractionally wide of off, Pujara resisting the temptation to fish at that, well done by the batsman

End of over 38 (1 run) India 93/2
CA Pujara    22* (88b 2x4)      M Morkel    8-4-12-1
V Kohli    48* (71b 8x4)      VD Philander    13-1-33-0

Here's Tahir, will India's batsmen remain as disciplined?

38.1

Imran Tahir to Kohli, no run, defended off the front foot

38.2

Imran Tahir to Kohli, no run, length ball spins across, defended to the off

38.3

Imran Tahir to Kohli, no run, on a length, turning away, pushed towards point by Kohli

38.4

Imran Tahir to Kohli, no run, slides straighter on, Kohli waits on the backfoot and tucks it to the leg side, another dot ball

38.5

Imran Tahir to Kohli, FOUR, rubbish ball from Tahir, a half-tracker and that is slammed for four past mid-on to bring up his half-century, terrific effort from him in the face of some probing bowling

38.6

Imran Tahir to Kohli, no run, waits on the back foot once more, plays it late to guide the ball towards backward point

End of over 39 (4 runs) India 97/2
V Kohli    52* (77b 9x4)      Imran Tahir    2-0-14-0
CA Pujara    22* (88b 2x4)      M Morkel    8-4-12-1

39.1

Morkel to Pujara, 1 run, angling in towards the pads, helped down to fine leg

39.2

Morkel to Kohli, no run, short of length ball just outside off, 143.7kph, defended to the off side

SD: "We were talking about Philander and Steyn's career stats, I think Morkel is as good as either, but his career stats wouldn't tell you that. Same goes for cricketers like VVS Laxman, Jason Gillespie and Alec Stewart from the past. Statistics are just a plethora of numbers. Not entirely meaningless, but not entirely meaningful either."

39.3

Morkel to Kohli, no run, just outside off once more, Morkel getting plenty of bounce here as well, Kohli shoulders arms once more

39.4

Morkel to Kohli, no run, a touch wider, and another leave

James: "Tahir is capable of bowling wicket-taking deliveries, but he does offer the occasional 4 ball too. The trick is to wait for them." A bit more than occasional, I'd suggest.

39.5

Morkel to Kohli, no run, length ball is driven off the front foot towards mid-off

39.6

Morkel to Kohli, 3 runs, lovely on-drive there from Kohli,not enough on it to go all the way, but enough time to get three and bring up the 100 for India, this has been a superb partnership between Kohli and Pujara after the openers departed early

Nick: "I have followed international cricket in South Africa for 19 years and I've never known Johannesburg to pull respectable test match crowds. Disappointing for such a lovely stadium and cricket often of such a high quality."

End of over 40 (4 runs) India 101/2
V Kohli    55* (82b 9x4)      M Morkel    9-4-16-1
CA Pujara    23* (89b 2x4)      Imran Tahir    2-0-14-0

40.1

Imran Tahir to Kohli, FOUR, terrific stroke from Kohli, getting a big stride in and plays it inside-out towards cover for four, that was overpitched by Tahir, and Kohli makes him pay

40.2

Imran Tahir to Kohli, 1 run, full again and that is punched past the bowler towards mid-on

40.3

Imran Tahir to Pujara, no run, gets well forward and drives this towards mid-off

40.4

Imran Tahir to Pujara, 1 run, this time it is Pujara who carves the ball through the off side, can't beat extra cover though

40.5

Imran Tahir to Kohli, no run, the googly from Tahir, picked early and carefully defended off the front foot

40.6

Imran Tahir to Kohli, no run, outside off, length ball that spins away just a bit, another leave

Suri Shiva: "I really am tired of those constantly criticising the utility of statistics. You are not supposed to merely look at overall career averages of players, decide their utility and assign the label 'statistics' to them. Statistics also includes fourth innings averages, averages in different countries, etc. Please do not look at incomplete data and vilify the name of statistics."

End of over 41 (6 runs) India 107/2
V Kohli    60* (86b 10x4)      Imran Tahir    3-0-20-0
CA Pujara    24* (91b 2x4)      M Morkel    9-4-16-1

41.1

Morkel to Pujara, no run, just outside off, and as I have typed many times already today, left alone by the batsman

Narayanan S: "A great observation about Jason Gillepsie there by SD. In the 2001 home series and in the 2003-04 away series against Australia, Indian batting did very well. But Gillespie was outstanding through out all these matches, bowling some testing spells. He was rewarded for all those efforts in the 2004 series in India though, where his bowling helped Australia conquer the final frontier." Not to forget his batting in the second innings of the Chennai Test.

41.2

Morkel to Pujara, no run, fuller and on leg stump, defended towards short leg

41.3

Morkel to Pujara, no run, short ball outside off, Pujara bends his knees and allows that through to the keeper

41.4

Morkel to Pujara, no run, opens the face as he plays an offstump delivery, guides it towards points

41.5

Morkel to Pujara, no run, shortish and outside off, Pujara not tempted into playing that one

41.6

Morkel to Pujara, no run, pitched upm on midle stump, defended towards mid-on

Time for drinks. Alagappan to take over comms.

End of over 42 (maiden) India 107/2
CA Pujara    24* (97b 2x4)      M Morkel    10-5-16-1
V Kohli    60* (86b 10x4)      Imran Tahir    3-0-20-0

Thanks, Sid. It's been a fine tussle between bat and ball, minus the fleeting overs from Imran Tahir. Kohli is going some way to living up to the reputation he's gained in his young career so far. Can he go on and make the big one though? And lets not forget Pujara and his steadfast solidity at the other end. South Africa have been made to work here.

Mast: "To SD: Quite right. We should just ignore runs scored and wickets taken. Must be the reason why Dhoni picked Ishant Sharma..." The mystery solved?

42.1

Imran Tahir to Kohli, 1 run, tossed up on middle and off and he strides forward and pushes past the short extra cover to pick up a single

42.2

Imran Tahir to Pujara, 1 run, whipped to mid-on, who's about half-way to the boundary. Steyn dives, but digs his knee into the pitch in the process. Tests it gingerly after throwing the ball back.

42.3

Imran Tahir to Kohli, FOUR, long hop on middle and leg and Kohli, as he has been all day, slams it away with distrain. Another punishing pull shot

42.4

Imran Tahir to Kohli, OUT, Kohli's sold him down the river and he knows it. It was a length ball on middle and the batsman tucks it gently towards midwicket and calls for the single and takes a couple of steps down the pitch before he changes his mind. By that time Pujara had motored his way past the half-way mark and despite Tahir's overly excited throw, the stumps are broken with Pujara nowhere in the frame

CA Pujara run out 25 (148m 98b 2x4 0x6) SR: 25.51

Rohit Sharma walks in

42.5

Imran Tahir to Kohli, no run, flighted on off and its blocked away safely

42.6

Imran Tahir to Kohli, no run, short with room on offer as Kohli slapped it to backward point, who dives to his left and saves a certain boundary

End of over 43 (6 runs) India 113/3
V Kohli    65* (91b 11x4)      Imran Tahir    4-0-26-0
RG Sharma    0* (0b)      M Morkel    10-5-16-1

43.1

Morkel to RG Sharma, no run, length ball outside off and Rohit is happy to let the ball go

43.2

Morkel to RG Sharma, no run, excellent short ball, at 143.2 kph, and equally well played as Rohit sways away from the line of one that was seeking his helmet

43.3

Morkel to RG Sharma, no run, he's really thudding into AB's gloves now. 142.1 kph, back of a length ball just a shade outside off and Rohit exhibits another good leave on length

43.4

Morkel to RG Sharma, no run, 145.2 kph, has seen this one, though a little fuller, outside off stump and shoulders arms

43.5

Morkel to RG Sharma, 1 run, pushes through the gap between cover and point as Morkel pitches this one right up on off stump. Rohit off the mark

43.6

Morkel to Kohli, 1 no ball, ah, a little bit of naughtiness from South Africa. Morkel has overstepped, though the delivery was a solid one - on a length on off stump which was carefully defended

43.6

Morkel to Kohli, no run, off the splice of the bat again as Kohli comes forward to negotiate a length delivery just outside off. Morkel's height gets it to bounce a tad more and gully gets a little work to do

End of over 44 (2 runs) India 115/3
V Kohli    65* (93b 11x4)      M Morkel    11-5-18-1
RG Sharma    1* (5b)      Imran Tahir    4-0-26-0

Kallis, having been seen warming up in the last over, comes into the attack

44.1

Kallis to RG Sharma, FOUR, oh dear, it's another mix-up but this time it is to India's benefit. Rohit had dabbed the back of a length ball into the off side and Kohli immediately wanted the single. Duminy swoops down on it and has a shy at the stumps, but Kohli had just reached and the ball scurries away to the boundary through midwicket

44.2

Kallis to RG Sharma, no run, back of a length outside off, left alone easily

44.3

Kallis to RG Sharma, no run, braves a fuller length this time while keeping the line outside off, left alone again

44.4

Kallis to RG Sharma, no run, more patience from Rohit as Kallis persists with a length ball outside off stump.

44.5

Kallis to RG Sharma, no run, and having made Kallis bowl to him, Rohit plays a crisp drive to cover

44.6

Kallis to RG Sharma, no run, back of a length on off stump, Rohit goes back and punches into the off side

Teja: "Wish Kohli has been out there.. It's his call and he should take responsibility for his actions.. Had Pujara there, he would have played the whole day and India definitely will make good score.. With Kohli, not sure especially in tests"

Gokul Kenath: "That run-out simply showed the mind still in the 'ODI Mode'. Trying to steal a single at short mid-on on the first session of a test? Come on....."

End of over 45 (4 runs) India 119/3
RG Sharma    5* (11b 1x4)      JH Kallis    5-1-14-0
V Kohli    65* (93b 11x4)      M Morkel    11-5-18-1

Dale Steyn returns, with two slips and a gully

45.1

Steyn to Kohli, no run, he's solidly behind that fullish ball on off stump and keeps it out

45.2

Steyn to Kohli, FOUR, sheer timing! Steyn overpitches and Kohli eases onto his front foot and caresses the ball through straight mid-off for a classical boundary

45.3

Steyn to Kohli, 1 run, too straight from Steyn again as Kohli gets forward and whips it away through midwicket

45.4

Steyn to RG Sharma, no run, back of a length on off stump as Rohit moves back in his crease to defend

45.5

Steyn to RG Sharma, no run, fullish ball on off stump negotiated rather well by Rohit as he strode forward to defend

45.6

Steyn to RG Sharma, no run, length ball outside off, Rohit displays the same disinterest most of the Indian batsmen have exhibited

Keerat: "C'mon guys run-outs happen in cricket, lets stop with all the finger pointing. On another note, Rohit Sharma looks very comfortable in the Whites for India." It's still quite early in the innings though

End of over 46 (5 runs) India 124/3
RG Sharma    5* (14b 1x4)      DW Steyn    13-2-31-1
V Kohli    70* (96b 12x4)      JH Kallis    5-1-14-0

46.1

Kallis to Kohli, no run

46.2

Kallis to Kohli, no run, fullish on off stump at 136.2 kph, defended down the ground quite well

46.3

Kallis to Kohli, FOUR, picture perfect straight drive! One that befits the no. 4 position he occupies in the order as Kohli capitalises on one that is a tad bit too full.

46.4

Kallis to Kohli, no run, this time he pulls out a cover drive, angling the bat a little on impact to get the ball wide of the man at cover, but the fielder dives and saves the single

46.5

Kallis to Kohli, no run, bouncer from Kallis to keep the batsman on his toes. Kohli was happy to duck underneath

46.6

Kallis to Kohli, no run, giant appeal for caught behind, but the umpire shakes his head. There is no DRS in the series so South Africa will have to be happy with that decision. It was a good one though, as Kallis sprayed this down leg and the ball brushes Kohli's thigh as he looks to flick it away

End of over 47 (4 runs) India 128/3
V Kohli    74* (102b 13x4)      JH Kallis    6-1-18-0
RG Sharma    5* (14b 1x4)      DW Steyn    13-2-31-1

47.1

Steyn to RG Sharma, no run, digs it in to start the over, but Rohit is happy to sink beneath the bouncer

47.2

Steyn to RG Sharma, no run, back of a length and punched well to the covers off the back foot

47.3

Steyn to RG Sharma, 2 runs, full length ball homing in on middle is turned on the top of its bounce to square leg. Soft hands and quick running get him two

47.4

Steyn to RG Sharma, 1 run, 139.4 kph, he was in a bit of discomfort there as Steyn bowls one short, but not short enough to duck under. Rohit goes for a pull and gets an inside edge which thuds off this thigh pad and scurries away

47.5

Steyn to Kohli, no run, gets behind the full length ball on off stump and defends

47.6

Steyn to Kohli, no run, shorter in length and it did have some room, but Rohit refrains himself

End of over 48 (3 runs) India 131/3
V Kohli    74* (104b 13x4)      DW Steyn    14-2-34-1
RG Sharma    8* (18b 1x4)      JH Kallis    6-1-18-0

48.1

Kallis to RG Sharma, no run, time for that back foot punch again as Rohit plays the back of a length ball on off stump straight to point

48.2

Kallis to RG Sharma, no run, sucker ball but Rohit will not be lured. A bit of away swing to that full length ball well outside off stump

48.3

Kallis to RG Sharma, no run, that time he does poke outside off stump and the ball falls short of gully. It wasn't as full as the last ball which made sure Rohit was stuck in his crease and his shot selection was rather poor that time. he could have left that well alone

48.4

Kallis to RG Sharma, no run, which is what he does this time to a similar delivery as he shoulders arms to the length ball just outside off,

Nick: "I love Imran Tahir, ( all Hampshire fans do ), but he really doesn't fit into this South African side, SA need a holding spinner, Tahir will always chase wickets and give away runs."

48.5

Kallis to RG Sharma, 1 run, full and shaping into the pads as Rohit whips it away through midwicket

48.6

Kallis to Kohli, 5 wides, that was a terrible bouncer. Dug in short at 135 kph, but it was a million miles outside leg stump and a diving AB de Villiers cannot prevent that from running away

48.6

Kallis to Kohli, FOUR, punished! Didn't rise up as high as Kallis would have hoped when he was planning to bowl that short ball and Kohli says thank you as he pulls the ball down into the ground and all the way to the midwicket boundary

End of over 49 (10 runs) India 141/3
V Kohli    78* (105b 14x4)      JH Kallis    7-1-28-0
RG Sharma    9* (23b 1x4)      DW Steyn    14-2-34-1

49.1

Steyn to RG Sharma, no run, Rohit reiterates his discipline outside off as Steyn can't get him to fish at the full length ball

49.2

Steyn to RG Sharma, no run, so he goes short, but the batsman is just as comfortable swaying away from the line of the ball

49.3

Steyn to RG Sharma, no run, almost an overpitched delivery and Rohit presents a lovely off drive, but mid-off was on hand

49.4

Steyn to RG Sharma, 2 runs, oh dear, another blip in concentration for Rohit as he looks to drive a length ball from Steyn on the up. Gets a thick outside edge which scurries off to third man

49.5

Steyn to RG Sharma, no run, dug into the middle of the pitch but Rohit wants nothing to do with it

49.6

Steyn to RG Sharma, no run, full length ball on off stump is pushed to cover off the front foot

SD: "Don't really see a reason why South Africa should feel any pressure at this stage, but judging by how they are spraying the ball around, they do seem to be under some pressure."

End of over 50 (2 runs) India 143/3
RG Sharma    11* (29b 1x4)      DW Steyn    15-2-36-1
V Kohli    78* (105b 14x4)      JH Kallis    7-1-28-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
Series Results
South Africa v India at Durban - Dec 26-30, 2013
South Africa won by 10 wickets
South Africa v India at Johannesburg - Dec 18-22, 2013
Match drawn
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