Struggling India Lose Top-Order in Challenging Conditions

Struggling India Lose Top-Order in Challenging Conditions

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India’s batting lineup crumbled under South African seamer Nandre Burger’s relentless pace pressure. The formidable pair of Shreyas Iyer and Virat Kohli is striving to stabilize the Indian innings. South Africa pacers left India precariously placed at 91 for 3 at lunch on the opening day of the first Test in Centurion on Tuesday.

Adding to India’s woes, pacer Kagiso Rabada dismissed Indian skipper Rohit Sharma. South Africa recognizes the significance of this wicket.┬áVirat Kohli (33 batting) got a reprieve when Tony de Zorzi dropped a catch. India’s premier batter then carried on the repair work with Shreyas Iyer (31 batting). Iyer was also dropped on his individual score of 4 by Marco Jansen at point off Rabada.

Temba Bavuma won the toss and opted to bowl first. R Ashwin gets the nod in place of Ravindra Jadeja, and Prasidh Krishna makes his debut. The match marks the return of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Jasprit Bumrah for the first time since the 2023 ODI World Cup final loss to Australia. Rohit will be back to leading India for the two Tests that are part of the World Test Championship cycle. India will be missing the services of both Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, who have both been dropped from the squad, and Mohammed Shami, who is still recovering from an injury.

Playing XIs

India: Rohit Sharma(c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Prasidh Krishna

South Africa: Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Tony de Zorzi, Temba Bavuma(c), Keegan Petersen, David Bedingham, Kyle Verreynne(w), Marco Jansen, Gerald Coetzee, Kagiso Rabada, Nandre Burger