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South Africa pack up India for 209 in post-tea session

Pandya scored a strokeful 95-ball 93-run innings to emerge as the highest scorer for the visitors.

IANS | Cape Town |

South Africa gained a crucial 77-run first innings lead after bowling India out for 209 in the post-tea session on day 2 of the opening Test at Newlands here on Saturday.

All-rounder Hardik Pandya (93) rekindled India’s hopes of a fightback with a classic counter-attacking half century but fell shy of seven runs to reach his second Test century.

Coming in at the fall of Ravichandran Ashwin when the Indians were tottering at 81/6, Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (25) not only steadied the ship but also reduced the deficit with a vital 99-run eighth wicket stand.

For the Proteas, pacers Vernon Philander (3/33) and Kagiso Rabada (3/34) shared six wickets while Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel contributed with two scalps each.

Brief scores:

South Africa 1st innings: 286 all out

India 1st innings: 209 allout in 73.4 overs (Hardik Pandya 93; Vernon Philander 3/33).