Unbeaten Kohli keeps Day 2 campaign alive, SA leading by 152 runs

 . Last updated on January 15, 2018, 2:06 PM
Unbeaten Kohli keeps Day 2 campaign alive, SA leading by 152 runs
Kohlis unbeaten 85 is the hope for India’s next day campaign slogging behind South Africa.

As Day 2 of India South Africa Test ends, captain Virat Kohli remains unbeaten on stumps with a score of 85, while he lost five of his batsmen. India pulled up 183 runs trailing South Africa’s score of 335 by 152 runs. By the last over of the day, Kohli and Hardik Pandya were partnering at 19. At this point of the game, although the home bowlers gained an overall competitive edge over ground conditions, India’s position remains combative with adequate aggression. The fact that India’s batting prowess has been through seven or eight players down the line-up, offers South Africa much rooms to keep on attacking relentlessly.

South Africa bowlers maintained an upright resistance. Their deliveries hardly went wrong nicking out wickets once on every while. This kept away India players from any partnership. Still, the third wicket stand between Kohli and M Vijay emerged as the day’s major stand adding 79 runs to India’s tally. In the stretch, while Kohli batted aggressively, M Vijay was particularly effective against fast bowlers. He met a slog only after tea as South Africa came up with spin attacks of Keshav Maharaj. The batsman could not keep the resistance intact, finally losing his wicket on 46.

Kagiso Rabada irked Kohli by trapping Rohit Sharma with his in-swinger. Debutant Lungi Ngidi came out as a successful bet in the day breaking though India’s middle order. He took down Parthiv Patel doing away with the fifth-wicket partnership of 32 runs. These wickets slogged India’s campaign by the end of the day, while the early wickets of Cheteshwar Pujara and Lokesh Rahul, impaired the early session.

Earlier in the day, India faced a couple of misfields leading South Africa the hefty score. The 42-runs partnership between Faf du Plessis and Kagiso Rabada was the ending thrust of the inning. India’s attack was spearheaded by Ishant Sharma and R Ashwin. South Africa’s tally, meanwhile, featured 94 off Aiden Markram, 82 off Hashim Amla and 63 off du Plessis.


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