Virat Kohli was dismissed by Lungi Ngidi    AFP
Virat Kohli was dismissed by Lungi Ngidi AFP

India go to tea on Day One of the third Test versus South Africa at 114 for 4 . Reeling at 13 for 2, India’s rescue act was carried out by Virat Kohli (54) and Cheteshwar Pujara 27*. Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane’s dismissals have, however, added pressure on the lower order, and they need a collective effort to surpass 350.

Kohli and Pujara commenced the second session. While the latter continued with his blockathon, Kohli beamed confidence. The feature of his innings were some eye-catching cover drives and flicks. Nonetheless, at times, Kohli played mindless strokes, chasing balls way outside off-stump. He played a ball, away from his body, and nicked to second slip. Had AB de Villiers not missed the chance, Kohli would have departed before fifty.

Lungi Ngidi finally got rid of the Indian skipper. Kohli paid the price for flirting with a delivery pitched in the right channel, and was finally grasped by de Villiers. Pujara seemed undeterred following his partner’s dismissal. He continued displaying tremendous concentration. He, however, would need someone to counterattack in the fag end of day’s play.

Scratchy South Africa

South Africa bowlers have surely bowled in tight lines, but remained careless as a unit. Pujara was trapped lbw in the first session, but hosts refrained from a review. In addition, they allowed Kohli to surge a partnership with Pujara by dropping two sitters. Rahane also rod his luck by surviving, for a brief period, courtesy an edge off a no-ball but he could not make the most of it.

Brief scores

India 114 for 4 (Cheteshwar Pujara 27*, Virat Kohli 54; Vernon Philander 1 for 22, Lungi Ngidi 1 for 7, Kagiso Rabada 1 for 31) vs South Africa