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    1st Test, IND vs SA: After Monday’s washout, India set first-innings target


    The Indian team will be looking to regain their first innings target after the second day of the first Test against South Africa was canceled without a ball due to heavy and incessant rain at Centurion on Monday morning. A stumbling block turned into a steady, annoying torrent in the afternoon eventually responsible for losing the 90-over game.

    KL Rahul started the Test with a century and finished the first day unbeaten on 122 for 272 for 3, ending the team’s scorecard with India on solid ground. Visitors will now have to proceed at high speed for the remaining three days. Chances of winning the match.

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    Twice, the rain stopped and the umpires decided to visit but twice just before they were out, the sky opened again. “Unfortunately, due to heavy rain at Centurion today, the game has been suspended for the day,” the BCCI said in a statement on its Twitter handle.

    There was too much water in the covers and literally no sunshine, so the soil had very little chance of drying out and some over play was possible. At the end of the opening day’s play, India were 262 for three in 90 overs.

    KL Rahul was strong with an unbeaten 122 off 248 balls, during which he hit 17 boundaries and a six. At the other end he was accompanied by Ajinkya Rahane, 40 off 61 balls, with eight hits to the fence. Opener Mayank Agarwal hit 60 off 123 balls before being bowled by Lungi Ngidi.

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    Captain Virat Kohli made 35 off 94 balls. Engidi (3/45) took three Indian wickets on the first day of the match. However, if India had considered batting for almost two days, they would probably have sought 400 to 450 in the first innings and put pressure on the Proteas, who have only three quality players – captain Dean Elgar, senior keeper-batsman Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma is mature in their ranks.

    Jaspreet Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj are the three in the proven record of repulsing an attack on a proud anti-Seam attack camp. However, to take 20 wickets, India will be expected to play 270 overs in the next three days, with the third and fourth day forecast forecasting sunny weather with partly cloudy skies but last day thunderstorm forecast.

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