Cape Town Test: Markram hits ton, 79 runs target for India

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | January 04, 2024 IST

Cape Town, Jan 4:  South Africa have set a 79-run target for visiting Indian team in the second Test.

In reply, India were 63/2 in 10 overs.Opener Yashasvi Jaiswal (28) and Shubman Gill (10) were back in the pavilion.

Before Lunch on Day 2, South Africa were all out for 176 in 36.5 overs, with opening batter and seasoned Aiden Markram's valiant century on Thursday.

Markram proved his class with a superb century on a pitch that made batting almost impossible for others.

However, after scoring 106 in only 103 balls, he was finally dismissed by Mohammad Siraj, who got him caught by skipper Rohit Sharma at long off.

Markram's ton is likely to play a crucial part in the course of the match, if the hosts plan to surprise India by challenging them, after scoring just 55 in first innings.

Indian pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah dominated the proceedings on Day-2 first session with a fiery spell. He topped the bowling chart for India with an impressive 6/61 figure. But it was Aiden Markram for the Proteas, who fought bravely with the willow, waging a lone battle.

Earlier, replying to Africa's first innings score of 55, India too were bundled out for 153, with Viral Kohl's fighting 46 on Day-1.

With 23 wickets falling on the first day, the Cape Town pitch was criticised for its extra pace and uneven bounce by several former cricketers.

Playing his farewell Test, Proteas skipper Dean Elgar too expressed unhappiness with the nature of the track.

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