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Kohli slams 153 but South Africa's progress stopped by rain-hit final session

Virat Kohli (left) celebrating his century in the third day's play in Centurion
Virat Kohli (left) celebrating his century in the third day's play in Centurion

South Africa 335 & 90-2 (de Villiers 50) v
India 307 (Kohli 153)
Second Test, Centurion, day three

After Virat Kohli slammed 153 runs to help India narrow down India's first innings deficit over South Africa, a fluent half-century from AB de Villiers ensured the Proteas stretched their lead to 118 runs with eight wickets in hand before rain brought a premature end to the third day of the second Test in Centurion.

Kohli completes ton but Pandya's carelessness cost India dearly

India resumed the day with a score of 183 for five. Kohli (153) struck two boundaries off Lungi Ngidi (1-51) in the 65th over and soon completed a well-compiled century. However, a poor running from Hardik Pandya (15) costed India as he failed to ground the bat despite being over the line and Vernon Philander (1-46) knocked down the stumps at the non-striker end. Ravichandran Ashwin (38) provided the much-need impetus as he struck five boundaries in his first 15 deliveries and in the 72nd over, a catch was checked in the slips but the ball had bounced before de Villiers pounced on to that one.

Both Kohli and Ashwin added 71 runs for the seventh wicket that prompted the Proteas to take the second new ball and the move straightaway paid dividends as Philander had Ashwin caught in the slips and in the next over Morne Morkel (4-60) did the same with Mohammad Shami (1) and India ended the first session with a score of 287 for eight.

South Africa secure 28-run first innings lead

As Ishant Sharma (3) was holding one end, Kohli continued to search for runs but it was a matter of time before Morkel removed the duo in successive overs to bowl out India for 307 runs. Kohli's dismissal came when he miscued a shot to long on allowing Morkel to complete his fourth wicket. South Africa had decent 28-run first innings lead despite brilliance from the Indian captain.

Bumrah gives India terrific start in second innings

Jasprit Bumrah (2-30) gave early jitters for the Proteas when he had Aiden Markram (1) and Hashim Amla (1) in his first and third overs respectively as the home side were reeling at for two. De Villiers (50 not out) got a beauty of a first ball that he deflected to deep fine leg and with Ashwin (0-33) at the other end, India felt they could have the home side under considerable pressure.

De Villiers and Elgar lead South Africa fightback before rain stops play

De Villiers weathered the early storm from the Indian attack and soon shifted gears. Dean Elgar (36 not out) too looked solid at the other end as the duo brought the 50-run stand in the 16th over and South Africa went into tea with a score of 60 for two. Elgar took the attack to the opposition as he lofted Ashwin for a six and when the score was 68 for two, rain intervened the proceedings. After a delay of one hour, the play resumed and Elgar was handed a reprieve when Parthiv Patel failed to go for a catch that went between him and the first slip. De Villiers soon completed his half-century and again rain interrupted with the Proteas reaching 90 for two. This time there was no resumption as the officials declared stumps.

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