Kohli dazzles on an even day
Kohli Dazzles on an Even Day, First Test Against South Africa. Although, the Proteas appeared to have made a head-start by gobbling two early, Kohli...
Johannesburg: Virat Kohli opened India’s African safari on a brilliant note. The heir-apparent played a spectacular innings and helped India go to stumps at 255 for five on the first day of the first Test against South Africa at Wanderers Stadium here on Wednesday.
Although, the Proteas appeared to have made a head-start by gobbling two early, Kohli changed the complexion of the game with his solidity that was a typical innings combining caution and aggression to appropriate levels.
His 119-run knock from 181 comprising 18 hits to the fence, stole the show and gave reason to rejoice because honours were even at the draw of stumps. South African bowlers had to work hard for the five Indian wickets, with the consolation that the danger man is back in the pavilion.
He first steadied the innings by putting on 89 runs for the third wicket with Cheteshwar Pujara (25), before the latter was run out. Earlier, on being put to field, the Proteas built up pressure with some fearsome fast bowling on a wicket offering plenty of assistance.
Morkel was South Africa's best bowler.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has become the first Indian to captain the country in 50 Test matches. He overtook Saurav Ganguly to achieve the feat.
Brief scores: India 255 for five wickets in 90 overs (Virat Kohli 119, Ajinkya Rahane 43, M S Dhoni 17 not out) vs South Africa.