When Pandya harassed the Proteas!

India all-rounder Hardik Pandya smashed a scintillating 93 off 95 on the second day of the Newlands Test; with the ball, he returned with figures of 2/17.

On Day 2, the chips were down for the Indian top-order. When Cheteshwar Pujara departed for 26 off 92 balls, Hardik Pandya walked in. Playing in his fourth Test, the all-rounder took time to adjust to the conditions. Photo: AFP
Despite bouncers, the 24-year-old didn't give up the fight. Along with tail-ender Bhuvneshwar Kumar — who has been batting well of late in Tests — Pandya stitched an all important 99-run stand for the eighth wicket. Photo: AFP
His innings comprised 14 fours and a six; but the Proteas bowlers kept troubling him with the short ball every now and then. But his intentions were clear. He smashed three fours in a Vernon Philander over, which forced Morkel to test the Mumbai Indians cricketer with a few more bouncers. Photo: AFP
Pandya reached his second Test half-century in 46 balls. Bhuvneshwar gave him company and played 86 balls for a well fought 25. The youngster from Baroda was mostly dealing in boundaries and the scoreboard kept ticking. Photo: AFP
After Kagiso Rabada dismissed Pandya when he looked set for his second hundred, he retaliated when India skipper Virat Kohli threw the ball at him. The right-arm seam bowler, who clocks close to 140 kmph, dismissed the South African openers Aiden Markram and Dean Elgar. Photo: AFP