Centurion Test: Kohli strikes fifty as India reach 183/5 at stumps

Centurion Test: Kohli strikes fifty as India reach 183/5 at stumps

Dhawan has played in 11 Tests in the above four countries and averages just 27.81 with one century.

South Africa was 246 for three before the dismissal of Amla.

South Africa's batsmen had showed patience on a track where the ball wasn't quite coming onto the bat.

Only one over of India's first innings was possible before the umpires called for the end of the first session.

The visitors needed something exceptional to turn the tide and they got just that.

Experts rarely come to an agreement on these issues with opinions alone adding to the build-up of a game like little else.

South Africa were 182 for two wickets at tea after winning the toss and batting on an easy-paced pitch. And third, a "brain fade" moment that has no explanation. Bhuvi took six wickets at Newlands and faced more balls than any other India batsman.

Despite a defeat in the first Test at Cape Town, India captain Virat Kohli is still brimming with confidence in the ongoing 2nd Test at Centurion.

The all-rounder once again stepped up, this time with his quick thinking.

Bumrah bowled AB De Villiers for his first Test wicket
Bumrah bowled AB De Villiers for his first Test wicket

Pandya made the pick-up off his own bowling, turned and ran Amla out. Aiden Markram (94, 150b, 15×4) did not get the century on his home ground, he richly deserved, Hashim Amla (82, 155b, 14×4) also did not get the hundred he should have. In between, Quinton de Kock had lasted two balls, beaten by the spin of Ashwin and the resultant edge was easily gobbled up by Virat Kohli at first slip.

Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin on Saturday said that his past performances on the ground have hurt his professional pride and he has worked a lot on his game for improvement. Here are the five talking points from day 1.

The main reason for dropping Bhuvneshwar was that he is supposedly not effective in conditions where there is no lateral movement in the air and off the pitch.

In the 83rd over, all-rounder Vernon Philander gifted India their sixth scalp of the day after he was run-out in hilarious circumstances.

Lungi Ngidi (1/26) then had Parthiv Patel (19) caught behind in the 54th over to reduce India to 164 for five.

De Villiers chopped a delivery from paceman Ishant on to his stumps, with the hosts at 199/3. The two errors combined, it became one big tactical disaster. They ended the day on 269/6.

"Those wickets in the last session are valid incentive for us going into the Day 2". If India's team management managed to confound with new selection shenanigans, their lead bowlers took the expected route of profligacy.

Elgar fell three overs into the second session. The run rate had come down only for Bumrah to bowl a leg-side half-volley and another short-and-wide delivery in his first over back. It was like a burst of cold wind on a hot summer's day - the bowlers ran in that bit harder and there was a spring in the stride fielders too. The only way India can include Rahane in the eleven is if they decide to drop R Ashwin, a decision that's unlikely at Centurion. Bowling more than one third of the overs (31 to be precise) on a day requires a lion-hearted effort and Ashwin was ready for it, despite the scorching heat at Centurion. The surface and the weather are like back home in India and the Indians should relish these conditions. Kohli will stress on that and so will Shastri.

Cricket is a amusing game, but certainly at that moment, Markram did not find it so.

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