The second day of the first Test will be played between hosts South Africa and India today. The first day of this match, which started at Centurion from Boxing Day, was completely in India’s name. KL Rahul, who was in strong form, scored the seventh century of his career with the bat. Till stumps, India had scored 272 runs for three wickets.
The second day’s game will start late
KL Rahul stings in Centurion
Rahul, who was made the vice-captain of the Test team in the absence of Rohit Sharma, scored an unbeaten 122 while playing a responsible innings. Apart from him, Mayank Agarwal (60) also scored a half-century. On the basis of a solid start given by these two Karnataka batsmen, till the end of the first day’s play, Rahul scored 117 runs with Mayank for the first wicket and captain Virat Kohli (35) for the third wicket during his innings. 82 runs partnership. With Ajinkya Rahane (40 *) for its fourth wicket, he has so far added 73 runs. In front of the Indian batting, only Lungi Engidi was successful for hosts South Africa, who took all three wickets.
Six countries and seven centuries: This is the seventh century of Rahul’s Test career. Rahul has scored at least one century in all the countries where he has played Test matches. Apart from two centuries in England, he has one century each in Australia, Sri Lanka, West Indies, South Africa and India. He is the third Indian opener to score a century in six different countries as an opener. Before him, only Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag could achieve this feat. Apart from this, he is the second Indian opener after Wasim Jaffer (116 runs, in 2007) to score a century in South Africa.
Despite the grass on the pitch, captain Kohli decided to bat first. Mayank and Rahul made a cautious start. Mayank, who made a comeback after being out of Team India for some time due to poor form, looked more positive. He also looked more aggressive than fellow Rahul and was also seen scoring runs easily. At the beginning of the second session, he completed his half-century off 89 balls. This was his first Test in South Africa and he completed his fifty in his very first innings here. Earlier, Mayank had scored a half-century in his first Test in Australia and New Zealand as well.
only third opening pair
South Africa’s fast bowlers, who bowled more short pitch deliveries in the morning session, performed better in the second session and targeted the stumps. Mayank, who completed his half-century after lunch, was dismissed lbw by Angidi, giving the hosts the first breakthrough. Aggarwal faced 123 balls and hit nine fours. Before being dismissed, he and Rahul became only the third India opening pair to share a century partnership in 21 matches in South Africa. Before Mayank-Rahul, only the opening pair of Wasim Jaffer-Dinesh Karthik (153 runs) and Gautam Gambhir-Virender Sehwag (137 runs) could play a century partnership in South Africa.
Pujara’s Golden Duck
India had got a good start and now the onus of taking it forward was on Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara. But Pujara returned to the pavilion on the very first ball. The incoming ball from Engidi took the inner edge of his bat and hit him in the air after hitting his body and Keegan Pietersen made no mistake in taking the catch at short leg. This was the second time Pujara was out for a golden duck against South Africa. In 2018 also he was run out on the first ball. After this, captain Kohli, who came on the field, was seen middleing the ball from the beginning. There was no further setback for India in the second session. However, Kohli once again failed to convert a good start into a big innings. In the third session, he was caught in the slips on a ball from Engidi. With this, the wait for his century to come out with the bat increased further.