South Africa extend lead after Virat Kohli's ton

South Africa extend lead after Virat Kohli's ton

South Africa extend lead after Virat Kohli's ton

Earlier, the hosts were bowled out for 335 in their first innings on Day 2 of the second Test at the SuperSport Park here on Sunday.

No overs were lost though and when play resumed the session had been extended an hour past local time to end at 6.30pm local time. All his boundaries were a delight to watch in the hard conditions as he played an exemplary innings showcasing others how to bat on the turf.

Recently, Sri Lanka coach Nic Pothas had pointed out in Delhi the trend of umpires calling off play for bad light only after a wicket fell.

Morne Morkel was the pick of the Proteas bowlers in India's first innings, finishing with 4/60, but he said after the day's play that it was one of the toughest spells he had ever bowled in his Test career. Playing to their strengths, India won two of the Tests inside three days, and bowled South Africa out in two sessions in the washed-out Test in Bangalore.

Ashwin and Sharma were the two outstanding bowlers for the Indians; with the off-spinner picking up 4/113 in 38.5 overs, while Sharma, who replaced Bhuvneshwar Kumar, claimed 3/46 in 22 overs. Post lunch, he tried to shield Ishant Sharma (3) and their partnership for the ninth wicket lasted almost nine overs during which they put up 25 runs. The highest fourth-innings score ever at Centurion is 251-8 by England in 2000, although that was the infamous test where both teams forfeited innings at the suggestion of South African captain Hansie Cronje.

While they still trailed by 152 runs, India were still in the game, with Kohli having made 85 of their 183 runs, and Hardik Pandya still at the crease.

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Tendulkar scored 169 in the Cape Town Test on India's tour of 1996-97.

The TV cameras showed India captain Virat Kohli, coach Ravi Shastri and team manager go into the match referee's room immediately. Feet going nowhere, Rahul pushed well in front of his body at a full one and spooned back a return catch, while Pujara, haring out of his crease after clipping his first ball to the right of mid-on, was run-out by a brilliantly athletic pick-up and direct hit from the debutant Lungi Ngidi. If the shiny side was away from the batsman - which would result in the ball swinging away from Pandya - Kohli would hold his bat in the left hand while standing at the non-striker's end. He countered by taking three boundaries off Rabada in his next over.

Philander, eventually, ended the fighting 71-run seventh-wicket partnership when he had Ashwin - earlier taken on the bounce by de Villiers off Rabada in the cordon - acrobatically caught by a leaping du Plessis at second slip with the second new ball. Kohli's hunger for runs is always at its peak no matter what the occasion.

The immediate target for South Africa will be a lead of around 250.

Ashwin then induced a thin edge off Faf du Plessis (63) that was spilled by Parthiv as the frustration grew for the visitors.

In the very next over, Morkel had Mohammed Shami (1) caught at first slip as Kohli began to run out of partners.

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