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Virat Kohli kept India’s hopes alive on the third day of the second Test against South Africa in Centurion with his 21st Test century.   Virat Kohli kept India’s hopes alive on the third day of the second Test against South Africa in Centurion with his 21st Test century.Indian captain’s 153 carried the visitors to 307, just 28 behind Proteas’ first innings total of 335. Resuming the third day at 183/5, Kohli fought hard to keep India alive in the contest. After losing Hardik Pandya early due to a bizarre run-out, Kohli combined well with R Ashwin and the pair added runs at brisk pace before the second new ball became available Apart from Kohli, Murali Vijay and R Ashwin, no other batsman made a substantial contribution and two of them – Cheteshwar Pujara and Pandya – were dismissed in frustrating manner. Kohli’s 153 was only the second hundred by an Indian captain in South Africa. Only Sachin Tendulkar had done it in the past.., India did have the momentum taking the field for the second time in the second India vs South Africa Test at the Supersports Park in Centurion on Monday With the scoreboard reading 3/2, they needed a steady stand and AB de Villiers (50*) and Dean Elgar (36*) gave the side just what the situation ordered. Not only did they bailed the side out of trouble, their fluent play helped the hosts take a crucial 118-run lead and end the day in a commanding position. South Africa were 90/2 when the play was called off due to bad light.

Only 11 overs could be bowled in the final session first with rain interrupting play for over an hour and then bad light forced players to go off the field, and eventually, early stumps were drawn. But before that, de Villiers compiled his 42nd Test fifty, helping his team extend the lead over India to 118 runs. At the other end, Elgar made an unbeaten 36, putting his best survival technique on display. Right after the rain stoppage, Elgar had edged a rising delivery from Bumrah, but the ball flew between the wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel and first slip Cheteshwar Pujara, with both fielders making no attempt at the catch. For India, Burmah bowled with intensity but lacked support from both Ishant Sharma and Mohammad Shami, whule Ashwin looked threatening, but did not get enough purchase from the track to break the vital partnership. South Africa, starting their second innings with a lead of 28, would have expected to see Ashwin in to the attack early, but Kohli went one step ahead and opened with the off spinner. Ashwin got the ball to rise from a good length delivery, indicating that the pitch had become two-paced. as result end South Africa 90/2 (AB de Villiers 50*, Jasprit Bumrah 2/30) & 335 lead India 307 (Virat Kohli 153, Murlai Vijay 46; Morne Morkel 4/60) by 118 runs This was Kohli’s second Test hundred in South Africa, the second-most after Tendulkar who has five Test hundreds here. Kohli also became the first visiting captain to touch the 150-run mark at Centurion. The Delhi boy is the first overseas captain to score a Test hundred at Centurion. The previous highest for a visiting captain at this ground was 90 by MS Dhoni in 2010.]]>

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