PICS: South Africa vs India, 2nd Test, Day 1

Images from Day 1 of the second Test between South Africa and India, at the Imperial Wanderers Stadium, in Johannesburg, on Monday.


South African fast bowler Duane Olivier returned to the Test arena with two wickets in two balls to leave India reeling on 53 runs for 3 wickets at lunch on the opening day of the second Test, at the Wanderers, in Johannesburg, on Monday.

Olivier had Cheteshwar Pujara caught off a top edge for 3 and then saw Ajinkya Rahane out first ball, caught by Keegan Petersen at second slip.

India had already been delivered a heavy blow before the start of play when captain Virat Kohli dropped out of the team with upper back spasm, handing the captaincy to K L Rahul, who was unbeaten on 19 at lunch, along with Hanuma Vihari, not out on 4.

Olivier was returning to Test cricket for the first time in almost three years and took his tally of Test scalps to 50 as he returned figures of 2 for 27 in nine overs.

The 29-year-old exploded onto the Test scene in 2017 and took 48 wickets in 10 Tests, at an average below 20, but then took up a Kolpak contract with English county Yorkshire that meant he could not play for South Africa.

But after returning home when the Kolpak system fell away due to the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, Olivier finished the top wicket-taker in the domestic four-day competition and won back a Test place.

Marco Jansen, in only his second Test, took the first wicket as India opener Mayank Agarwal feathered a slight touch to the tall left-arm bowler to depart after a brisk 26 off 37 balls.

He was caught first ball after the drinks break as the home bowlers toiled on a docile pitch.

Rahul won the toss and had no hesitation in electing to bat, putting together an opening partnership of 36 runs in the first hour before Agarwal was snagged.

India, who won the first Test in Pretoria last week and are looking for a first series triumph in South Africa, brought Vihari into their line-up in place of Kohli.

Olivier was one of two changes for the home team, with Kyle Verreynne in at wicketkeeper, in place of Quinton de Kock.

India won the first Test by 113 runs.

The third Test is in Cape Town from January 11-15.

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