STORY: India captain Virat Kohli blazed a magnificent century, but South Africa hold the upper hand as they reached 90 for two in their second innings on a difficult wicket after rain and then bad light curtailed day three of the second test on Monday (January 14).
The home side lead by 118 runs having bowled India out for 307 after lunch, despite a classy knock from Kohli, who played almost a lone hand in scoring half his side’s runs.
Indian seamer Jasprit Bumrah hailed his captain’s innings, saying his knock was very crucial for the visitors. Kohli had spoken before the match about showing more “intent” against South Africa’s seam attack and he duly delivered, compiling a brilliant 153 not out from 217 balls.
South Africa, in the second innings, were rocked by a double-strike from Bumrah (2-30), who trapped both Aiden Markram (1) and Hashim Amla (1) leg before wicket with deliveries that skidded through after keeping low. However, AB de Villiers (50 not out) opener Dean Elgar (36 not out) weathered the storm and hung around in an unbeaten third wicket partnership of 87.
South African fast bowler Morne Morkel, who took four wickets in the first innings, lauded the duo and said he was satisfied with the team’s performance on day three. He said both the teams have an equal opportunity to turn the match in their favour.
South Africa won the opening test of the three-match series by 72 runs in Cape Town.