While 24-year-old Pandya went for his shots, Kumar took 34 balls to score his first run but then played some fine strokes of his own, scoring 25 in an eighth wicket partnership of 99 which more than doubled their team's total.
"It was great for Test cricket". On the third day, the match was called off due to rain. "It definitely ranks as one of my favourite Test matches".
India collapsed to a 72-run defeat on the fourth day of the first Test against South Africa in a meeting of the world's two top-ranked teams. Since the beginning, India started to lose wickets within regular gap.
Ravichandran Ashwin top scored with 37 but Philander took the final three wickets in four balls to complete the victory.
The partnership frustrated the South African bowlers and kept them in the field long enough for Dale Steyn to give South Africa another injury scare. They did that better than us.
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India lost 3-14 after lunch but Pandya, having survived a number of scares - he overturned a caught-behind dismissal on five, was dropped on 15 by Dean Elgar, and profited from a missed stumping by Quinton de Kock on 71 - ensured the tourists trailed by just 77 on first innings. "But he wanted to do it", said Du Plessis. Earlier the match, team Proteas won the toss and made a decision to bat first.
"The bowlers learned pretty quickly from the first innings, whatever mistakes needed to be corrected. We were surprised how quick it was on the first day but today was very hard for batsmen".
Steyn, who needed just three wickets to overhaul Shaun Pollock's record of 421 Test wickets and become the leading South African bowler, could also be in doubt for the Australia series starting from March 1.
South Africa opener Elgar then nearly collected a pair when the hosts began their second innings, the left-hander pulling his first ball just out of reach of Mohammad Shami at mid-on having nicked off third delivery in his first knock at Newlands. "But if we get a lively wicket our bowlers can exploit their batting again".