SA reach 17/1 at Stumps, trail India by 206 runs; Kohli shines with 79


Cape Town: South African ended scoring 17 for in response to India’s first innings total of 223 at the end of the first day of the third test here.

It was Indian premium speedster Bumbrah who got South African skipper Edgar, caught in the slips by Pujara.  Eventually, nightwatchman Keshav Maharaj and opener Aiden Markram took SA to 17/1 at Stumps, leaving them 206 runs behind India’s first innings score.

Earlier, Keegan Petersen dropped Mayank Agarwal for a duck but he and KL Rahul scored runs at a decent rate.

After batting well for 11 overs, India lost two wickets in as many overs. While Duanne Olivier removed Rahul on 12, Rabada got the better of Agarwal on 15.

Currently, Cheteshwar Pujara and Kohli are in the middle. The two senior pros then put on an unbeaten stand of 42 in 95 balls to take the hosts to 75/2 at Lunch.

The duo then brought up their 50-run stand but soon after, Marco Jansen removed Pujara for 43. The next partnership turned out to be a short one as Rabada bagged his second wicket, removing Ajinkya Rahane on 9.

In at no.6, Rishabh Pant didn’t shy away from playing a few shots as Kohli crawled to 40. In the 52nd over, there was a bit of a controversy related to the DRS but the players moved past it quickly. Eventually, India reached 141-4 at Tea.

Kohli and Pant continued in the same vein after the break as Kohli hit a boundary to get to his 28th Test fifty and bring up a 50-run stand with Pant. Soon after, Jansen removed Pant on 27. R Ashwin came but he left after 10 balls as Jansen scalped his wicket. Shardul Thakur hit a wonderful six and four but was dismissed by Keshav Maharaj on 12 after 9 balls. India were reduced to 8 down when Bumrah was out caught behind off Rabada.

After battling it out all day, Rabada eventually got the better of Kohli, sending him back on 79. Lungi Ngidi wrapped things up, dismissing Mohammed Shami for 7 as India were bowled out for 223. Rabada finished with a four-wicket haul.