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South Africa vs. India, 2nd Test: Day 1 Scorecard and Report from Durban

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 20: Murali Vijay of India plays square during day 3 of the 1st Test match between South Africa and India at Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on December 20, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images)
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Lee WalkerUK Managing EditorDecember 26, 2013

India dominated Day 1 of the second Test against South Africa in India, reaching 181-1 at stumps.

Only 61 overs of play was possible with the players leaving the field at 3:35 p.m. local time due to bad light.

Murali Vijay was 91 not out with Cheteshwar Pujara unbeaten on 58 when the players left the field at Kingsmead, a venue which is prone to bad light due to its easterly location.

India won the toss and elected to bat but lost opener Shikhar Dhawan midway through the opening session.

Morne Morkel, who made a remarkable recovery from a twisted ankle to play, struck with the first ball after drinks when the left-hand offered edged straight to Robin Petersen at third slip.

Jacques Kallis, playing his 166th and final Test, came into the attack soon after but could not make a breakthrough as the tourists reached 76 for one at lunch.

 

Vijay played elegantly, stroking 17 boundaries in his 201-ball innings, and he stands on the cusp of a fourth Test century when play starts at the earlier time of 9:30 a.m. local time on Friday morning.

Pujara, who made 153 in the opening Test, hit seven fours in his 117-ball knock, and the pair have combined for an unbroken 140-run stand for the second wicket.

With rain predicted for the last two days and bad light always a problem in Durban, a drawn series is the most likely outcome between the teams ranked one and two in the ICC Test rankings.

The opening Test ended in a thrilling draw in Johannesburg on Sunday with the Proteas falling just eight runs short of chasing a world record 458 for victory.

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