India likely to lose 2nd Test despite Kohli's Blitzkrieg

Keshav Maharaj

India were 183/5 at stumps on day 2, trailing South Africa by 152 runs. His 153 took just 217 balls, and contained 15 fours.

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.

Although the actress is not in South Africa anymore but she would have surely blushed when she would have seen this gesture. "That's his nature. India are over here to compete and they've got a team that could potentially beat South Africa for the first time here".

India were off to disastrous start losing four wickets for only 63 runs on the board.

However, Kohli's joy was cut short as another suicidal moment of running between the wickets gifted South Africa a breakthrough, as Pandya was run-out for not dragging his bat in. The problem was, Virat Kohli met it exceptionally well.

Yet the tourists' position would have been far weaker if not for their captain, who faced 130 deliveries and will resume on Monday in the company of Hardik Pandya (11 not out). Wickets cost, on average, just 19 runs apiece.

Like all great batsmen, he seemed to be batting on a different pitch.

Her boyfriend-turned-husband Virat Kohli has just done something attractive to make his lady love feel special. His footwork, balletic yet beautifully barbaric when it suited, turned length into full balls, as he willed tired bowlers into giving him what his willow wanted.

Du Plessis got the odd boundaries going to take South Africa past the 300-run mark and also completed his half-century. But the nature of the pitch shouldn't detract from his innings.

There was one major scare for India's skipper on 71 when he looked to have been trapped plumb lbw by debutant Lungi Ngidi, only for the thinnest of inside edges to save the batsman when South Africa called for a review. It came when the combined contribution of others in the top six was 85 runs.

It was definitely one of the best innings of Kohli's career.

Asked if he had got an apology from his teammates, Bumrah said, "We don't do like that. He led from the front and took charge of the game", he said.

That was not what concerned the South African opening pair however - getting through that first session unscathed was all that matters and in that regard, it was a job very well done by Markram and Elgar.

Indian skipper has slammed his 21st century in the ongoing test series against South Africa, taking his worldwide centuries to a total of 53. "We lost a few early wickets yesterday as well, so he was playing an anchor role and till the end he was fighting with us (the tailenders)".

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