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Dec 19, 2013
Virat Kohli‘s gritty 119 helped India reach 255 for five at the end of Day One of the first Test against South Africa at the New Wanderers Stadium on Wednesday. After India’s dismal performance in the One-Day International (ODI) series, the batsmen finally had something to cheer about as Kohli along with Cheteshwar Pujara (25) and Ajinkya Rahane (42*) showed some fight and determination in applying themselves. You can watch the official live streaming of the first Test match at CricketCountry free here.
Kohli was the only wicket to fall in the final session as India added another 100 runs to their score.
Kohli led India’s fightback after losing two early wickets. The 25-year-old curbed his natural instincts to attack and showed great patience. He was severe on anything short and along with Rahane strung together a 68-run partnership for the fifth wicket.
The duo looked like they would take India to a strong position but a lapse in concentration from Kohli saw him mishit a wide delivery from Jacques Kallis and lob a catch to JP Duminy in the covers.
South African pacers’ ploy of bowling well outside the off-stump finally worked but came as a surprise for many to see bowlers of the calibre of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel bowl so negatively.
Rahane and India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, then, combined well to negotiate the second new ball and take India to the end of the day’s play without any more mishaps. Meanwhile, Dhoni became the first Indian to captain in 50 Tests.
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