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Rahane consolidates India’s innings against South Africa

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli takes a diving catch during a fielding practice session on the eve of the fourth test match against South Africa in New Delhi on Thursday.
Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli takes a diving catch during a fielding practice session on the eve of the fourth test match against South Africa in New Delhi on Thursday. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

India scored 231 for 7 in their first innings at the end of the first day of the fourth Test match against South Africa in New Delhi on Thursday.

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Middle order batsman Ajinkya Rahane consolidated the innings with a brilliant unbeaten 89 after India were reduced to 139 for 6 at tea.

Off-spinner Dane Piedt grabbed four wickets while paceman Kyle Abbott claimed three on a pitch characterised by inconsistent bounce.

The 25-year-old Piedt, playing only his second Test, grabbed the crucial wickets of Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

Indian captain Kohli was the second highest scorer for India with 44 runs.

India has already taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four match series.

The quality of the pitch is expected to become a talking point yet again following criticism of the pitches used for earlier matches.

The matches that India won in Mohali and Nagpur didn’t last for more than three days. Despite the presence of prolific run scorers in both the sides, no one has scored a century yet.

Even match referee Jeff Crowe rated the pitch for the second Test match at Nagpur as poor.

However, Indian captain Kohli hit back at the criticism, saying his team deserved more credit for convincingly beating the World Number One Test team.

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