There was no doubt that the pitch seemed to be on the flatter side, but to fail to create an impression even with the new ball seemed a disappointment. It was almost as if Shami did not know the areas to bowl on. For Bumrah, he was back to being one-dimen
Almost all the South Africa batsmen got starts, with only Dean Elgar (31) and AB de Villiers (20) failing to convert them into a big ones and Quinton de Kock getting out for a duck. At stumps, Faf du Plessis (24) and Keshav Maharaj (10) were at the crease
South African opener Aiden Markram said they were surprised by the nature of the pitch in Centurion after Ravichandran Ashwin took 3-90 to restrict them to 269 for 6 at stumps on day one of the second Test.
Ravichandran Ashwin said failure to deliver for his team in the past hit his pride and hoped his three-wicket haul on day one was enough to keep India afloat in the second Test against South Africa in Centurion.
South Africa is not known for producing spin-friendly tracks and that's why Sachin Tendulkar wants Indian pacers to create "enough rough" on the Newlands pitch for R Ashwin, something that Zaheer Khan did for Harbhajan Singh in 2010-11.