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India Hails Hardik Pandya's Well-Played Innings Against South Africa

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| January 7 , 2018 , 14:52 IST

Team India is currently showcasing another level of brilliance while locking their horns with the South African team in Cape Town. Post bowling the host team for 286 on Day 1 of the opening test, thanks to the outstanding bowling streak, the men in blue were seen staggering on the batting front.

Despite being bowled at 209 runs, giving the rival team a 77-runs lead, Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya's one-man play was not neglected by the cricket fans. When the visiting team lost over half of their batsmen before even crossing the 100-run mark, the Baroda player refused to accept the defeat.

His worth-praising counter-attacking knock and outstanding 99-run partnership with pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the 8th wicket was highly appreciated by the Indians, who were glued to their TV screens during the match. Disheartened for being edged before completing his second test ton, Hardik didn't seem too happy with his innings though.

The Gujju boy was proving to be a threat to the host team when Kagiso Rabada's ball sent him back to the pavilion. Despite him being knocked out, his teammates were left flabbergasted by his aggressive performance on the green field, where the others had a hard time in batting.

Apart from Pandya, Cheteshwar Pujara also tried to hold the innings together but was dismissed by Vernon Philander on 26. Other Indian batsmen were having a hard time while playing on the Newlands track and lost their wicket soon. By the Day 2 end, South Africa has scored 65 for 2, gathering a lead by 142 runs.