SA attack go direct route
Duanne Olivier, from the other end, took a more direct approach. When he wasn't taking aim at the stumps his variation in length had the batsmen on their toes. Cheteshwar Pujara had trouble fending off the short balls and survival mode kicked in.
Pujara, whose scoring is predominantly built around wearing bowlers down, reverted to his default setting, while the obdurate Rahul operated on the same wavelength.
Another short one from Olivier had Pujara caught at backward point by Temba Bavuma before another stalwart short of runs, Ajinkya Rahane, was out next ball.
He played an uncharacteristically loose shot to be caught in the slips cordon that further served to temper India's scoring.
It wasn't just Olivier who applied the squeeze. Lungi Ngidi toiled hard from the Corlett Drive End, though not with the same reward.
Slanting the ball back at the right handers he often induced a false stroke by finding the inside edge, only for the ball to tantalisingly evade short leg.
He could have had Vihari caught at backward point but the normally reliable Bavuma, who got both hands to the ball, could not grasp the opportunity.