Pune, Oct. 11 -- The match is nicely poised for Friday morning, what with the best in the business, India's Virat Kohli and South Africa's Kagiso Rabada, sitting pretty on an unbeaten half-century and three wickets respectively.

Buoyed by the lively pitch on offer, every time Rabada ran into bowl here in Pune, there was a sense of anticipation on Thursday. Overshadowed by Mohammed Shami in the series opener, the SA quick was back to his aggressive best. And by the time India suspended their innings due to bad light, Rabada had figures of 18.1-2-48-3.

Rohit Sharma had hurt South Africa with a hundred in each innings at Vishakapatnam. But here he was Rabada's first victim, dismissed with a peach of a delivery. The ball landed back of a leng...