South African pacer Kagiso Rabada was set to bowl the third delivery of the Indian innings in the fifth over, but had to stop at the last moment because Rahul had pulled out at the last moment.
KL, India’s stand-in captain On the first day of the second Test, Rahul received a warning from umpire Marais Erasmus after he belatedly pulled out of a Kagiso Rabada delivery.
South African pacer Kagiso Rabada was set to bowl the third delivery of the Indian innings in the fifth over, but had to stop at the last moment because Rahul had pulled out at the last moment. He did, however, quickly apologise for the situation. The stump mic picked up umpire Erasmus saying, “Just try and be a little faster please KL,” to which Rahul quickly replied, “Sorry.”
Meanwhile, out-of-form batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane were dismissed off successive balls by Duanne Olivier, leaving India reeling at 53 for 3 at lunch.
After giving up hope of playing for England, Olivier, who was playing his first Test for the Proteas in three years, removed Pujara (3 off 33 balls) with extra bounce and then had Rahane (0) caught at slips with slight seam movement.
On his captaincy debut, KL Rahul (19 off 84 balls) was tasked with putting out the fire. At the break, he was joined by Hanuma Viari (4).
After being given the new ball alongside Kagiso Rabada, Olivier gave away 27 runs in 9 overs bowled in two spells.
Mayank Agarwal (26) had five boundaries in the first hour before Marco Jansen pitched one in the spot where it wasn’t on drivable length as the game progressed. The opener attempted a drive, but it was edged to wicketkeeper Kyle Verreynne.
Rahul, on the other hand, survived strong caught behind and leg before appeals, both of which were dismissed by debutant umpire Allahudien Palekar, who impressed on his first outing.