Kohli double ton & early strikes leave South Africa tottering on Day 2 of Pune Test

Virat Kohli 254* for India today
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After India crossed the 600-run mark, courtesy of a 200+ partnership between Kohli and Jadeja, the skipper showed selflessness and declared despite being unbeaten on 254.


Match Summary Day 2

India 601-5 dec (156.3 Overs; Kohli(c)254(336), Agarwal108(195); Rabada3/93, Maharaj1/196)

South Africa 36-3 (15 Overs; de Bruyn20(38), Bavuma8(15); U Yadav2/16, Shami1/3)

At the Close - South Africa trail by 565 runs

Scorecard



Day 2 began with India slightly ahead in the match with Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane at the crease. South Africa had their chances with the ball being just 5 overs old. The new-ball bowling pair of Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander had the opportunity to make full use of the freshness of the pitch and the new ball.

A couple of catches did not go to hand and the rub of the green went in India's favour. The hosts took full toll of that with a 150+ partnership between Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli.

As Rahane was dismissed after a half-century, Ravindra Jadeja came out to bat at number 6 and looked comfortable from the get-go. The pair mixed caution with aggression as Kohli gradually moved towards his double century.



 The moment arrived with the Indian Skipper breaching the 7000-run mark in Tests in his 50th Test match as captain. After Jadeja was dismissed nine short of a century and India crossed the 600-run mark, courtesy of a 200+ partnership between Kohli and Jadeja, the skipper showed selflessness and declared despite being unbeaten on 254.

South Africa had 15 overs to negotiate but Umesh Yadav, getting a look-in in the Test side after a long time, showed his worth as he sent back both openers. Shami also struck on the first ball of his spell as South Africa were reduced to 36-3 at the end of the day's play and still trail by 565 runs.

India- Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami

South Africa- Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Theunis de Bruyn, Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Senuran Muthusamy, Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje

Match Details

Start Time: 05:00 GMT

Toss: India won the toss and decided to bat

Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune

Officials: Christopher Gaffaney, Nigel Llong, Richard Illingworth, Nitin Menon, Richard Richardson



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