Kohli gets century but loses partners

Doug Carpenter
January 16, 2018

But Elgar survived to share an unbroken 57-run partnership with AB de Villiers, who batted confidently to be on 33 not out at tea.

When they were bowled out‚ India were trailing South Arica's first inning score by 28 runs. Bumrah didn't even bother appealing as he took off on a celebratory run.

The rain came down, stopped and then the super sopper did its thing, and when De Villiers and Elgar returned at 68/2 the floodlights were on. There were a couple of nervy moments when Lungi Ngidi drew a couple of edges, but they dropped well short of fielders, with Kohli playing with soft hands.

The one-hour rain break ensured that the conditions further supported the Indian bowlers, but there was no breaking through the defence of AB. And when the match resumed, luck continued to favour Elgar.

His first wicket was a textbook delivery around the wicket to Patel, a ball that pitched and deviated away from the left-hander, inducing an edge to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock. De Villiers played with the same composure before and after the break.

Their skipper, Virat Kohli, did all he could with a superb knock of 153 the highlight of the first half of the day. India trails 1-0 in the three-test contest.

This was also Kohli's third Test century in the month of January.

Ashwin struck seven boundaries and put on a much-needed 71 with Kohli for the seventh wicket before edging Philander, steaming in with the new ball, to Faf du Plessis at second slip.

With this century, the right-handed batsman became the second Indian captain after Sachin Tendulkar to score a Test hundred in South Africa. The first ball from the Morne Morkel over was pitched outside the off-stump and despite being troubled by the pacer in Cape Town, Kohli backed his instinct and drove Morkel past the cover fielder.

Besides Kohli, opener Murali Vijay (46) and Ravichandran Ashwin (38) down the order were the other notable contributors to the Indian total.

It could have been India all the way had they gotten another wicket, but de Villiers threw a wet blanket over their celebrations with some well-planned and well-executed batsmanship. Having defended Kagiso Rabada to mid-on, Pandya wanted to take on Vernon Philander but was rightly sent back by Kohli.

Before the run out, Kohli completed his century with a tap to mid-wicket for a single off Lungisani Ngidi to get to his three-figure mark before running back after an overthrow. In this case, it is an unbeaten innings of 85 that has seen batsmanship of the highest quality. He stamped his authority over the Proteas bowlers and kept on punishing the bad balls. The wet ball did keep Ashwin out of the attack, but that can not take anything away from de Villiers's knock.

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