South Africa managed to score 104 runs in the afternoon session to go into Tea with 182 on the board. The Indian team lost the match and returned home as runners-up, but not before the team and its fast-bowling squad had established a formidable reputation for themselves.
In India's last tour of South Africa in 2013, pacers took 18 wickets, three times as many as spinners.
Talking about the decision of batting first, Faf du Plessis expressed, " We are going to bat first again.
South Africa v/s India 2nd Test match will be played on Saturday, January 13. Amla, who survived a scratchy period initially, shook off the blues to find his touch and stroke the ball regally while making 82. The duo added another 63 runs for the second wicket as the ball did hardly anything for the Indian bowlers. The Proteas openers Dean Elgar and Markram frustrated the bowlers throughout.
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Parthiv Patel, Jasprit Bumrah.
The hosts claimed a 72-run victory in the first Test match in Cape Town and lead the three-match series 1-0.
A lot is also being said about India's combination for the second Test.
Ashwin said there wasn't much help for the fast bowlers in the surface.
He struck the ball with authority, particularly off the back foot, before he tried to guide a ball from Ashwin towards third man and was caught behind by Parthiv Patel.
But Markram and then Amla played South Africa into a position of dominance, with Amla stroking 14 fours and appearing to be on the way to another century at a ground where he has his best record.
Kohli, he revealed, had walked up to him after his dismissal and said, "Well played, you were unlucky to get out.' It was a great gesture from him".
Ashwin was pleased with how the last session went for India.
Amla brought up his half-century by punching Ashwin to the cover boundary and appeared destined for a 29th Test hundred, only for Pandya to swoop and unleash a bullet of a throw to run him out with a direct hit.
Hardik Pandya fielded off his own bowling to run out Amla at the non-striker's end from short leg, before Vernon Philander's ball-watching saw him sent packing - Philander jogging through for an attempted single after failing to see Faf du Plessis bellowing at him to stay put. Ashwin's three wickets have already had some impact but exactly how much of a say both he and Keshav Maharaj will have on this game may ultimately affect the assessment of groundsman Bryan Bloy's maiden Test strip. However, the Indians went back with a spring in their step, knowing that they have opened a door to make a splendid comeback into the contest.