LIVE India vs South Africa Live Score: Pujara, Rahane hold key

India 87/2 after 21 overs: Crucial first session for both India and South Africa as the game is poised evenly.

Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara resume the innings for India with Marco Jansen starting proceedings with the ball.

Rahane is off the mark with a pull shot through the mid-wicket. The way Pujara batted on Day 2 evening was refreshing.

A series win is on the horizon and two of India’s most experienced Test players are batting not just for history but also for their place in the side.

India finished Day 2 of the second Test against South Africa with a lead of 58 runs as Shardul Thakur’s seven-wicket haul bundled out the hosts for 229 in reply to the visitors 202. In India’s second innings, Cheteshwar Pujara (35) and Ajinkya Rahane (11) held on to the crease at stumps as India finish at 85/2 at stumps.

Thakur ran through the hosts’ batting line-up with figures of 7 for 61 after Keegan Petersen struck a fine half-century before lunch. Resuming at the overnight score of 35 for one, South Africa added 53 runs before losing skipper Dean Elgar for 28 but Petersen held the other end, scoring 62 off 118 balls.

The visitors were all out for 202 in their first innings. South Africa took a first innings lead of 27 runs over India.

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