SA vs IND: Team India had a decent outing on the opening day of the Boxing Day Test match against South Africa at SuperSport Park in Centurion. After displaying a brilliant batting performance in the first two sessions, the Virat Kohli-led side rode on KL Rahul’s century to end Day 1 on high.
After ending the post-lunch session for 157 runs, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli looked confident and kept ticking the scorecard along with being watchful in the last session. The duo went on to stitch 82 runs partnership until Indian skipper nicked on of off Lungi Ngidi for 35 runs. His dismissal saw out of form Ajinkya Rahane walking to the crease.
The right-hander looked aggressive and punished loose balls for boundaries and gave desired support to KL Rahul, who so far looked a class apart in the first Test at centurion and paved his way through his first Test century on South African soil, his seventh overall.
Both Rahul and Rahane showed great composure and made sure that the team doesn’t fall away after Virat Kohli’s dismissal and stitched unbeaten 50-plus partnership.
At Stumps on Day 1, Team India is 272/3 with KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane unbeaten at the scores of 122 and 40 respectively.
After India lost Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara within the span of two deliveries, Indian skipper Virat Kohli stepped out to bat and looked very positive. Initially, after being watchful, the Indian skipper was spot on with his drives. He stitch an important 82 runs partnership with KL Rahul and bailed his side out of trouble after two quick wickets.
With Virat Kohli looking in great touch, many fans had raised their hope that the Indian skipper will end his century drought today and would hit his 71st international century. But this wasn’t the case as he threw his wicket away for 35 runs. Lungi Ngidi, who took two wickets, bowled a nothing delivery that was way outside off and Kohli went for the drive but only managed to edge it to the Wiaan Mulder in slip cordon.
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