India’s Shardul Thakur celebrates the dismissal of South Africa’s Temba Bavuma during their second Test match. Agence France-Presse
South African fast bowler Duanne Olivier took two wickets off successive balls as India struggled to 53 for three at lunch on the opening day of the second Test against South Africa on Monday.
Aiden Markram (8 not out) and Keshav Maharaj (6 not out) were at the crease when stumps were called as South Africa finished an engrossing opening day at 17/1 in their first innings, trailing India by 206 runs at Newlands
India, leading 2-1 in the series, struggled to make runs and lost crucial wickets early in the day, including skipper Virat Kohli who failed to score. But Pant put on 113 for the seventh wicket with Sundar to hit back after the England bowlers reduced India to 146 for six at one stage.
Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur, in just his second Test, put on 123 runs for the seventh wicket — a record for India at the Gabba — taking their team from a precarious 186 for seven to 309 before Thakur was bowled by Pat Cummins for an entertaining 67.
After wrapping up a successful pre-season training camp, UAE Team Emirates has picked a well-rounded 12-man outfit to tackle Challenge Mallorca, a series of one day events held each year in the Baleaerics Islands of Spain from Jan.26 -30.
Pavan Sagoo (Mena Tour) will strike the first tee shot in the UAE qualifier for the Saudi International on the National Course at Abu Dhabi Golf Club on Wednesday. 37 Pros and 10 Arab National Amateurs are competing in the event.
Fast bowler Shaheen Afridi was named men's cricketer of the year, while his teammates Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan were declared the ODI and T20I cricketers of year respectively. Fatima Sana won the emerging women's cricketer of the year award.