Proteas bowl first in Pune, Nortje debuts

MS Dhoni hasn't played a single match after India's exit from the World Cup

MS Dhoni hasn't played a single match after India's exit from the World Cup

The one-half of India's most successful spin pair in white-ball cricket, Yuzvendra Chahal is now in peak form on social media, so much so that he is giving even the likes of Kiwi all-rounder Jimmy Neesham a run for their money with his humour.

The home side banked on a fine century from Mayank Agarwal and fifties from Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli to post 273 for three on day one. Captain Virat Kohli was batting at 63 while Ajinkya Rahane was unbeaten at 18. "It could really put pressure on the South Africans".

"Congrats bhaiya! Only 50 more test matches than me", he wrote.

But Agarwal took the lead role despite being hit on the helmet from a bouncer by debutant paceman Anrich Nortje. I thought we bowled quite well this morning, ' he said.

The stand was broken when seamer Kagiso Rabada (3-48), who had earlier had Rohit Sharma caught behind for 14, found the edge of Pujara's bat and Faf du Plessis held onto the chance at slip.

Already 1-0 down in the three-game bilateral tussle after Visakhapatnam, the Proteas desperately need a succession of strikes - with a still shiny new ball - in the couple of hours before lunch if the host nation are to be kept to a suitably moderate (at least in an Indian-landscape context) first-knock total after winning yet another favourable toss. He surpassed Ganguly, who captained India in 49 Tests.

South Africa, meanwhile, left out off-spinner Dane Piedt to bolster their pace attack by including Nortje.

TO BAT: W.P. Saha, R.A. Jadeja, R. Ashwin, U.T. Yadav, I. Sharma, Mohammed Shami. He has led India in 60 Tests.

However, with Rabada's throw being out of South Africa wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock's reach, the ball ended up running for a four throw the square leg boundary.

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