Virat Kohli is fifteen short of Century as India are currently afloat at the end of second day’s play in Centurion.
India 183 for 5 (Kohli 85*, Vijay 46) trail South Africa 335 (Markram 94, Amla 82, du Plessis 63) by 152 runs.
South Africa were 269/6 yesterday and didn’t fare much today as they could add only 66 more to their overnight total. Ashwin picked up four and Ishant Sharma got three wickets while Mohammed Shami scalped Keshav Maharaj for his 100th test wicket. The Proteas were restricted to a score of 335 in a not so live pitch at Centurion.
In reply, India lost Rahul and Pujara early but an aggressive Virat Kohli has made the things back in the grip as India are 183 for 5 at the end of the days play. The Indian captain took full advantage of the lack of lateral swing and scored runs quickly and put the South Africa attack under pressure. Vijay scored a fighting 46 but Keshav Maharaj sent him back. Rohit Sharma and Parthiv Patel also couldn’t fare well but Kohli has stood tall along with Hardik Pandya. Pandya and Kohli has put up a 19 run partnership and their work tomorrow will be crucial for the Indians, who still trail the home side by 152 runs.
Faf du Plessis cleaned up by Ishant Sharma
Kohli has looked comfortable in the crease and the pitch is expected to be more ideal to bat on tomorrow, so it has to be seen how much closer India can reach to the South African total as it will be significant that they don’t fall too far behind in the 2nd innings.
Player of the Day:
To be honest both Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada has been great with the ball, the latter troubled Rohit Sharma and eventually out foxed him to get his wicket. Also the debutant Ngidi got Parthiv Patel late in the day to put India in a spot of bother.
Captain Kohli is still there for India
But the man of the day has been Virat Kohli whose gutsy unbeaten 85 has still kept India in the hunt. The Indian skipper has been clever and has used his familiar sub continent skill to negate the minimal swing and has taken some calculative risks to get the scoreboard ticking.