Virat Kohli rose at his optimum to keep India in the game after the 3rd day of the Centurion test, as the Proteas are 118 runs ahead before rain stopped the play.
South Africa 335 and 90 for 2 (De Villiers 50*, Elgar 36*, Bumrah 2-30) lead India 307 (Kohli 153, Morkel 4-60) by 118 runs
Setting the Scene:
India were 183/5 yesterday and Kohli was at the crease, along with Hardik Pandya. The Indian skipper took the advantage of lack of movement and played extremely well to score an unbeaten 85, which he had to carry forward to keep India closer to the home side’s total.
Virat Kohli was on fire and back in form as he scored his 2nd century in South Africa, 1st in this series. Pandya though fell quickly in the most bizarre circumstances as his casual approach to get back to the crease cost his wicket, but Ravi Ashwin shined with the bat as the lanky off spinner held on the other end and gave enormous support to Kohli.
The duo put up a crucial partnership of 71 runs and in the end Kohli got out on 153 and India reached 307 in their first innings. Morne Morkel took 4 wickets for the South Africans.
In the reply, the hosts had the worst possible start as inform Markram fell to Jasprit Bumrah. Their woes got worse as Hashim Amla was also struck in front by Bumrah and the hosts were tottering 3 for 2 at one stage. Indian seamers bowled exceptionally well in the early stages but couldn’t sustain the pressure as De Villiers and Elgar started the rebuilding. de Villiers completed his half century and the home side were 90 for 2 when bad light stopped the play.
The post tea session was a stop start one as the showers kept the players on the edge, also India missed out to take the chance of Elgar as his edge flew past an unmoved Parthiv Patel. But it is still King Kohli’s 21st test hundred that has kept India alive in the series and the visitors will have to do a lot on the coming couple of days to get back in level terms.
Kohli’s 21st Century and India innings Highlights Day 3: