- KL Rahul scored a century in 218 balls in the Boxing Day Test
- Became the second Indian to score a century in South Africa
- Before him, Wasim Jaffer had scored 116 runs in 2007.
- This is the 7th Test century overall of KL Rahul’s career.
KL Rahul, who is handling the responsibility of Indian team opener and vice-captain in the absence of Rohit Sharma, has done wonders in the Boxing Day Test against South Africa. He made a big record in the first innings, scoring a century in 218 balls. He became only the second Indian opener from India to score a century in South Africa.
Before him, Wasim Jaffer had scored 116 runs in the Cape Town Test in January 2007. This is the 7th Test century of KL Rahul’s career, while the sixth outside India. This means they have planted only one out of 7 in India. Rahul hit 13 fours and a six during his century.
Not only this, he has also become the third opener in the world to score centuries in Australia, England and South Africa as an opener. Before them, Saeed Anwar (Pakistan) and Chris Gayle (West Indies) have done so.
Earlier in the morning session, the South African fast bowlers, who bowled more short pitch deliveries, did better in the second session and targeted the stumps. Engidi gave the hosts the first breakthrough by tug-behind Agarwal, who completed his half-century after lunch.
It looked like the leg would not hit the stumps but the on-field umpire changed the decision after taking the DRS as the review showed that the ball was hitting the stumps. Agarwal, however, looked surprised by this.
Aggarwal faced 123 balls and hit nine fours. He and Rahul are only the third opening pair for India to have a century partnership in 21 matches in South Africa. Pujara also returned to the pavilion on the next ball when the incoming ball from Engidi took the inner edge of his bat and hit the batsman’s body in the air and Keegan Pietersen made no mistake in taking the catch at short leg.
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Rahul then completed his half-century in 127 balls with a four from a cover drive on Engidi. Kohli, who had failed to score a century in more than two years, hit Ngidi for fours on debutant Marco Jensen and spinner Keshav Maharaj after opening the account. In the meantime, Rahul was also lucky when the delivery of fast bowler Viaan Mulder was waved in the air but Jensen could not catch his difficult catch.
KL Rahul Test Century: Centurion KL Rahul’s blast happened after 14 years in South Africa, became the second Indian