Cape Town is a city in South Africa.
South Africa were 17 for one at the end of the day’s play after bowling India out for 223 in their first innings at Newlands in Cape Town. Cheteshwar Pujara caught dangerous captain Dean Elgar for a personal score of 3 runs by Jasprit Bumrah. South Africa has fallen 206 runs short of India’s total.
Kohli has Pujara-support. Pant’s
India lost both openers Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul early in the morning session. Then Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara (43 runs) took command of the team by putting on a 62-run third-wicket stand. Kohli was targeted by the fast bowlers, particularly Kagiso Rabada. The same bowler, on the other hand, bowled his half-century in 201 balls, with 12 fours and a six. In his 77-ball innings, Pujara hit seven fours.
Kohli was unable to complete his century.
Kohli, who missed the second Test due to a back injury, was on his way to a century, but South Africa’s pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada denied him. Rabada took 4 for 73 in his 50th Test, while Marco Jensen took 3 for 55. South African opener Aidan Markram played for eight runs until stumps, while night watchman Keshav Maharaj scored six runs.
South Africa’s only setback came in the form of Elgar.
With the wicket of South African captain and opener Dean Elgar, Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah gave the Indian team its first victory (03).
In the second session, India lost two wickets.
The Indian team added 66 runs in the second session after losing the wickets of Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane (nine runs in 12 balls), bringing the team’s total to 141 for four at tea.
South Africa’s fast bowlers, particularly Rabada, troubled the batsmen with their balls under floodlights in the cloudy skies at Newlands as Kohli took the lead on his own. In the morning session, Kohli opened the account with a brilliant cover drive, and in the afternoon session, he made another beautiful cover drive on Jensen. Aside from that, he hit a six off Rabada’s bowling. In his seven-over spell, Rabada wrecked havoc, but Kohli fought back with the same restraint and discipline.
Rahane dealt with Pujara cheaply after he displayed his abrasiveness.
Pujara displayed the same abrasive attitude once more, but he was defeated by Jenson’s beautiful ball. The ball came in from around the wicket at an angle, taking the outer edge of Pujara’s bat and landing in the wicketkeeper’s hands. During the series, Rahane has batted admirably, but he has not been able to convert good starts into big scores, and that, too, will not last long. Rabada finishes his innings with a good length ball.
In the previous session, India lost six wickets.
Kohli and Rishabh Pant (27) had put on a half-century stand for the fifth wicket before Jensen dismissed the Indian wicket-keeper batsman to end the 51-run stand. India quickly lost the wickets of Ravichandran Ashwin (02), Shardul Thakur (12), and Jasprit Bumrah (nil) after this fifth blow, with Kohli becoming the ninth player to be dismissed. Rabada’s good length ball caught the edge of the Indian captain’s bat and went straight into the hands of wicketkeeper Kyle Verne. In the final session, the Indian team lost six wickets and added 82 runs.
Kohli decided to bat first.
Kohli had won the toss and elected to bat on Newlands’ grassy pitch under cloudy skies. In the first hour, Rabada and Duane Oliver took advantage of the conditions to dismiss Agarwal (15 off 35 balls) and Rahul (12 off 35 balls). Rabada kept hitting the off-stump, while Oliver bowled quickly on a bouncey pitch.
Rahul and Agarwal are the batsmen.
Rahul, who has been in good form, has been doing a good job with the release of the ball for a while, but he touched the ball as it was going over the off-stump, and the ball kissed the edge of his bat and ended up in the hands of the wicketkeeper. Rabada pushed Agarwal to bat, and the ball bounced off the edge of his bat and into Aidan Markram’s hands at second slip.
Kohli scored his first run on the 15th ball.
Agarwal was given life in the third over of the innings after failing to open the account. India scored 33 runs for the loss of two wickets. The innings was then handed over to Kohli and Pujara, who both batted well. Pujara was in good spirits once again, and he was very active in releasing errant deliveries. Kohli needed 15 deliveries to get off the mark, but his patience paid off when he hit a beautiful cover drive off left-arm pacer Jenson.