South Africa chase 240 to win second Test against India

India put on an aggressive batting performance despite a difficult wicket and are now in a strong position to go 2-0 up and claim a first ever series win in South Africa.

Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane picked up where they left off on Tuesday as they took it to the home bowling, adding 66 runs in the first hour, to the overnight score of 85-2.

Both scored half centuries and their 111-run partnership, plus a bludgeoning cameo after lunch from Shardul Thakur, who hit 28 off 24 balls, means a difficult target for the home side to chase as they seek to level the series after losing last week’s first Test in Pretoria by 113 runs.

An unbeaten 40 from Hanuma Vihari added to the frustration of South Africa, hoping to restrict India to a much lower score.

Lungi Ngidi (3-43) returned the best bowling figures for the home side.

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