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India Vs South Africa, 2nd Test 2: Kohli shows resistance as hosts take control on Day 2

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Kohli shines with unbeaten 85 on Day 2

Centurion, Jan 14: Skipper Virat Kohli's classy and unbeaten knock of 85 runs was the only highlight for India as South Africa put themselves at the top on the second day of Centurion Test here on Sunday (January 14).

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Barring Kohli, none of the visiting batsmen showed patience as visitors kept losing wickets at regular interval after in response to South Africa's first innings total of 335. At the end of day's play, India were 183/5 with skipper Kohli (85*) and Hardik Pandya (11*) present at the crease.

India started their first innings on a positive note when openers KL Rahul and Murali Vijay came out to bat. But Rahul, who was brought into the side in place of Shikhar Dhawan, failed to cease the opportunity as he was caught for 10 by Morne Morkel off his own delivery.

The scoreboard read 28/1 when Rahul walked back but it changed to 28 for two on the very next ball when the new-man-in Cheteshwar Pujara took a suicidal run - on the very first ball he faced - and was dismissed for a golden duck. Pujara fell short of the stumps when a direct hit from debutant Lungi Ngidi ended his stay. This was the first occasion when the right-handed batsman departed for a golden duck.

Skipper and team's batting mainstay, Kohli, came into bat and immediately showed his intent with a boundary. It looked as if Kohli was into the middle to make a statement with his bat and prove why he's such treat to watch as he played with aggression. The right-handed batsman notched up his 16th Test fifty in 67 deliveries and forged a 75-run stand with opener Murali Vijay.

Vijay was playing a brilliant second fiddle to an aggressive Kohli but he threw his wicket away for 46 while attempting an unnecessary cut shot off Keshav Maharaj. Vijay had played 126 deliveries before he was dismissed and fell four short of a well deserved fifty that he could have converted into a century.

Following Vijay's departure, India lost two more wickets in Rohit Sharma (11) and Parthiv Patel (19). If Rohit became a victim of Kagiso Rabada, Parthiv became Ngidi's first Test scalp. The 21-year-old pacer displayed his skills before earning his maiden wicket.

Hardik Pandya who came in to bat at number six showed resistance and ensured the visitors didn't lose any wicket. It will be a test of patience and grit for the Indians as they face an uphill task of overhauling Proteas' first innings total.

The Indians would now pin their hopes with their skipper and the tailenders if they want to stay afloat in the contest.

Earlier, Ravichandran Ashwin returned with a four-for as India bowled South Africa out for 335 in their first innings. Skipper Faf du Plessis led from the front on the second day and helped hosts go past 300-run mark in the morning session. It was a composed half-century by the skipper and crucial partnerships with Keshav Maharaj and Kagiso Rabada which took hosts beyond 300 in their first innings.

Ashwin (4/113) and Ishant Sharma (3/49) shined with the ball for the tourists, who would now be hoping to score well. The pitch at Newlands is looking good for batting as it doesn't look the conventional Centurion track.

Earlier, Du Plessis (24*) and Keshav Maharaj (10*) resumed the innings for the hosts before Maharaj was dismissed by Mohammed Shami. With that scalp, Shami completed 100 Test wickets and became third fastest Indian bowler to the milestone.

Leading his team from the front, Du Plessis scored 63 before Ishant cleaned up his stumps. Three half-centuries were scored by the Proteas in the first innings even as Indian bowlers troubled them.

Rabada (11) and Morne Morkel (6) were the remaining African wickets that perished on the second day.

Earlier on day one, India staged a stellar comeback, thanks to some disciplined bowling effort by R Ashwin and lively fielding in the final session, and keep themselves in the game at the end the first day's play.

Off-spinner Ashwin struck thrice before hosts South Africa reached 269/6 at stumps on the opening day of the second Test. Skipper Faf du Plessis (24*) and Keshav Maharaj (10*) were present at the crease at the end of day's play.

Aiden Markram (94) and Hashim Amal (82) were the top scorers for the Proteas in the first innings but missed out on well deserved centuries.

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    Story first published: Sunday, January 14, 2018, 13:29 [IST]
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