The wait for the 71st century continues as Team India captain Virat Kohli edged an 11th stump delivery to throw away his wicket in the first Test against South Africa in Centurion. Meanwhile, India had a good day in the business as they posted 272/3 riding on KL Rahul’s swashbuckling century.
Kohli, who was relieved of white-ball captaincy ahead of the Proteas series, looked quite determined when he got out to bat at the expense of Cheteshwar Pujara. The talismanic run-scorer dominated the proceedings during his 94-ball stay for 35 runs. However, he played a poor shot to lose his wicket and all his hard work went in vain.
In the second ball of the 69th over of day 1, Lungi Ngidi delivered a wayward delivery as Virat Kohli chased the delivery and tried to drive it through the covers. In the process, the ball found Kohli’s edge before it traveled to the first slip fielder.
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KL Rahul’s century put India on top after day 1
Opting to bat first, KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal seized their chance and made full use of the opportunity against an inexperienced South African seam bowling line-up. The Karnataka duo put up a century stand before the hosts bounce back with two wickets including a first-ball duck of Cheteshwar Pujara.
Virat Kohli and KL Rahul steadied the ship after that, before the former departed driving away from his body. At last Ajinkya Rahane found some form and stitched together a stand with KL Rahul, who has come a long way from his horror Boxing Day debut. Lungi Ngidi was the pick of the bowlers for South Africa, picking up all three wickets that fell on day 1.
India found themselves well-placed at 272/3 at the end of day 1 and will look to carry on the momentum on the next day.