On the third day of the Pune Test, South Africa were reduced to 275 in response to India's 601 runs. Then India had a lead of 326 runs. But on the fourth day, the Indian team called South Africa to bat again giving a follow-on.
The start of the South Africa team to bat in their second innings was very disappointing. Opening pair of Aiden Marquram and Dean Elgar, who opened the innings for South Africa, broke at 0 without scoring any runs. Aiden Marquram was dismissed for 0 after playing 2 balls.
Even before this, the South African opening pair has been seen craving for runs. The performance of the team's opening pair in the last several matches has been astonishing.
South Africa's last 10 opening partnerships
The opening pair of Dean Elgar and Aiden Marquram have been opening for South Africa in the last several Test matches. Where his performance has also been very poor. In the first innings of the Pune Test, the Elgar-Marquram pair could manage only 2 runs.
In the last 10 partners, the Elgar-Marquram pair have broken 2 times without scoring any runs. During this time, he has the biggest opening partnership of 36 runs to his name. This 36-run partnership was formed by Elgar and Markram against Sri Lanka in February 2019. The figures for South Africa's last 10 opening partnerships are as follows:
0 (today), 2, 4, 14, 10, 15, 36, 0, 24, 6