Skipper Virat Kohli kept India afloat with a valiant 85 but the visitors were still in a spot of bother, finishing day two at 183 for five in the second cricket Test against South Africa, here on Sunday.
South Africa could not claim the wicket they craved most, though, as Kohli survived his late scare at the hands of Ngidi and crucially batted out the day's remaining overs with Pandya.
India trail South Africa by 152 runs having bowled their hosts out for 335 just before lunch on a slow wicket that has bounce, but little lateral movement. Kohli took his batting to a different notch and the impressive performance by the captain will breath fresh air into the team's dwindling moral after losing the first test.
"To have them five down at the end of the day, we'll take that position any day, " said South Africa quick bowler Lungi Ngidi, who is making his test debut.
Kohli held together India's innings with a classy unbeaten 85 which came off 130 balls and was studded with eight boundaries.
Murali Vijay (46) added 79 for the third wicket with his captain before he edged spinner Keshav Maharaj (1-53) to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock. The very next ball, Rabada chose the gung-ho option, and the ball looped up to point where Hardik Pandya out down the catch after Mohammed Shami ran into his path.
South Africa captain Faf du Plessis completed a precious half-century in the morning session to take South Africa past 300.
"Virat's innings was very crucial for us, it brought us back into the game", India seam bowler Jasprit Bumrah said. With the first ball of his second, he almost had the prize wicket of Kohli.
India, of course, need to win this match to keep alive their hopes of winning a Test series in South Africa for the first time.
Interestingly, after his century in Sri Lanka and all-round exploits in the first Test against South Africa at Newlands, he was once again compared to the legendary Kapil Dev. He supported Kohli perfectly at the other end to put pressure on the opponents.
However if there's one constant in the global cricketing world, it's this: No matter what the year, no matter what the format, no matter what the country, no matter what the surface and no matter what the circumstances, Kohli will score runs. The first culprit was Virat Kohli, who missed a low chance to his right at slip, and then Hardik Pandya at cover missed the next chance, a much easier one, with the ball looping off the outside edge.
In the 50th over, South Africa had a review against Kohli for LBW but the impact was outside off that denied Lungisani Ngidi (1-26) his maiden wicket. The fast bowler served up three bouncers in a row to Ashwin, the third of which hit the batsman on the left glove, but in the next over he hit back with three fluid boundaries through the offside.
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