Steyn may not bowl again in Test series against India

South African bowler Kagiso Rabada celebrates the dismissal of Indian batsman Wriddhiman Saha during their fourth day of the first Test match in Cape Town

India lost both openers and Virat Kohli as it tried to survive 11 overs before the close.

Their 114-run partnership for the fourth wicket was quite priceless in value and, given the any-ball-could-have-your-name-on-it circumstances, the respective innings of sixty-something weight played by both Du Plessis and De Villiers nearly seemed like centuries for the gumption and varying skills under pressure they demonstrated.

Kumar finished with 4-87, while debutant fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah bowled de Villiers for his first Test wicket.

Just as the Proteas had recovered from losing three wickets in nearly no time at all, De Villiers was clean bowled by debutant Jasprit Bumrah for 65, which came off 84 balls and included 11 boundaries.

India had been reduced to 92-7 in reply to South Africa's 286 and Pandya had been tormented by a testing spell from Steyn at the start of his innings. Before that, the 34-year-old paceman, regarded as one of the game's great fast bowlers, endured other problems with his right shoulder and a groin injury. "That partnership got us back in the game and brought belief back in the change room". They would have realised what they did wrong and the bowling coach would have taken them to task for conceding cheap runs by way of far too many boundary balls.

"When AB bats you know you have to bowl well".

The Indian team arrived in South Africa full of confidence and the backing from stars of the previous era as well as pundits of the game.

Murali Vijay departed for one, Dale Steyn returning to Test cricket for the first time in a year to dismiss Shikhar Dhawa for 16, and Morne Morkel snared Kohli for five with the first ball he bowled.

Certainly the balance had shifted quite violently by then from the time when, just 29 deliveries into the keenly-awaited hostilities, India were understandably whooping it up with SA a woozy-eyed 12 for three and Bhuvneshwar Kumar quite rampant.

After South African skipper Faf Du Plessis chose to bat first, they faced a blistering attack from Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Kumar gained appreciable movement off a well-grassed pitch to plunge the South African innings into deep trouble.

He then proceeded to have Hashim Amla caught behind for three runs, which left the Proteas reeling at 12/3. "Those runs down there at the bottom, especially in tough batting conditions, really are vital".

Kohli's own dismissal at the end of the day, when he nicked a short ball from Morkel, provoked an equally rowdy celebration from the South Africans.

De Villiers and du Plessis made sure no Indian bowler settled down by maintaining a healthy run rate.

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