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Kohli keeps India alive on another tough batting day

India's Virat Kohli (right) plays a shot in day two of the Centurion Test
India's Virat Kohli (right) plays a shot in day two of the Centurion Test

South Africa 335 (Markram 94) v
India 183-5 (Kohli 85no)
Second Test, Centurion, day two

Virat Kohli remained unbeaten on 85 as India knocked down 183 runs off the deficit with five wickets down after bowling out South Africa for 335 in the second Test in Centurion.

Du Plessis adds vital runs with lower order:

South Africa resumed the day with a score of 269 for six. In the fourth over of the day, India reviewed a LBW decision against Faf du Plessis (63) unsuccessfully but the 31-run resistance ended when Mohammad Shami (1-58) had Keshav Maharaj (18) caught behind. It was also the 100th Test wicket for Shami. Ravichandran Ashwin (4-113) started the proceedings with a couple of maiden overs but he was unlucky as Kohli and Hardik Pandya (0-50) dropped Kagiso Rabada (11) twice in successive deliveries from the off-spinner.

Du Plessis got the odd boundaries going to take South Africa past the 300-run mark and also completed his half-century. Meanwhile, India let their third chance down, this time Parthiv Patel dropping the South African captain. Nevertheless, India did finish the innings well as they claimed the final three wickets in a span of four overs with Ishant Sharma (3-46) picking two out of it and Ashwin claimed the final wicket of Morne Morkel (6) when he aimed for a slog. South Africa finished their innings with a score of 335.

India begin second innings with panic

India had a couple of overs to negate before lunch which the openers Murali Vijay (46) and Lokesh Rahul (10) did with ease but things did not go well for the visitors after lunch. The openers added 28 runs before a bizarre 10th over from Morkel turned the tide once again. First, it was Rahul, who held a return catch to Morkel and in the next delivery, a poor judgement led to the run out of Cheteshwar Pujara (0). India were reeling at 28 for two at that stage.

Vijay-Kohli consolidate innings

Kohli (85 not out) looked positive from the outset and Vijay too started to gain confidence at the other as the duo handed the Proteas bowlers with ease, adding 52 runs for the third wicket before tea. India ended the session with some consolation at 80 for two. In the second over of the final session, both Vijay and Kohli struck a boundary each and soon the 100-run mark came. Kohli completed his 16th Test fifty with a couple in the 36th over but a lapse in concentration saw Vijay edge one to the keeper off Maharaj (1-53). It was the opening the Proteas wanted as Rabada (1-33) trapped Rohit Sharma (10) LBW. Even a review could not save him there. India were reduced to 132 for four with that dismissal with a vividly frustrated Kohli at the other end.

Honours even at stumps

In the 50th over, South Africa had a review against Kohli for LBW but the impact was outside off that denied Lungisani Ngidi (1-26) his maiden wicket. However, he did not wait too long to get the honours as Parthiv Patel (19) nicked one to the keeper, ending 32 run stand with Kohli. Just as it looked all gloom for India, Kohli along with Pandya (11 not out) saw the remaining overs through with a score of 183 for five. India still trail by 152 runs with five wickets in hand leading into day three.

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