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Proteas let good position slip

Two rash run outs see home side surrender the initiative to visitors India

14 January 2018 - 00:00 By MAHLATSE MPHAHLELE

South Africa collapsed with three quick wickets in the third session on this strange SuperSport Park pitch that was mostly on the slower side and did not make it easy to bat freely on day one of the second test against India in Centurion.
The Proteas reached stumps on 269/6 after 90 overs with Keshav Maharaj and captain Faf du Plessis on 10 and 25 respectively and some work to do to put up a good total that will worry India.
As things stand, Virat Kohli will be the happier captain after they fought back after tea with the scalps of Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock and Vernon Philander.
On Friday, Du Plessis admitted he was not sure what to expect because of the unusual thick layer of brown grass on the pitch and his fears were realised with the ball gripping a little in the first session...

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