Kohli slams century against SA

Bhuvneshwar Kumar Virat Kohli

Allrounder Hardik Pandya was 11 not out alongside Kohli at stumps, with India precariously placed in its reply to South Africa's first innings of 335 all out.

India reached 287/8 at lunch on day three of the second Test against South Africa at SuperSport Park in Centurion with their inspirational captain Vitat Kohli standing tall and unbeaten on 141.

Ravichandran Ashwin bowled 31 overs on the first day of the Test and Virat Kohli asked the off-spinner to open bowling on Day 3 because of the nature of the track.

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Kagiso Rabada (1-73) then bowled a testing spell spell to Ashwin (38, 54 balls, 7 fours), but the batsman managed to survive a barrage of short balls, despite being hit on his left hand. Seeing his defensive approach, Faf du Plessis and co. resorted to the short ball ploy with a forward short leg. This was Kohli's second Test hundred in South Africa, the second-most after Tendulkar who has five Test hundreds here.

Bumrah took 2-19 as South Africa were reduced to 60 for two in their second innings. His length deliveries trapped Markram and Hashim Amla.

With the tail exposed Morne Morkel set to work trying to knock them over while Kohli did his best marshalling job.

Afterwards, Elgar and de Villiers resurrected the innings. A nominal check with the third umpire showed that Pandya was over the crease but hadn't taken the effort to ground the bat or get his feet on the ground.

As he hammered a century at the Centurion on Monday morning, Virat Kohli achieved a new record.

Ngidi is playing in just his 10th first-class match of a blossoming career and, despite his nerves, showcased his rich potential with the wicket of Parthiv Patel, the run-out of Cheteshwar Pujara and very almost the dismissal of Indian captain Virat Kohli. In the company of a resolute Kohli, Ashwin played some gorgeous strokes and it looked as if India were well on their way t o end the session without any further damage. He was the last wicket to fall.

Kohli continued to pile vital runs.



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