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Kohli’s century was the bright spot of India’s innings
Despite Virat Kohli smashing a magnificent century, both India and South Africa remain deadlocked at the end of the first day of the first Test in Johannesburg.
Kohli was well supported by batsman Ajinkya Rahane, who is currently unbeaten on 43.
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first.
This was Dhoni’s 50th match as captain, which means that he has captained India in more matches than anyone else.
However, his decision backfired early on into India’s innings as opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan was caught by Imran Tahir at fine leg off the bowling of Dale Steyn for 13 runs.
Just a few overs later, Murali Vijay was on his way back to the pavilion as he was caught behind off the bowling of Morne Morkel for just six runs.
With Dhawan and Vijay having been dismissed in quick succession, Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara came to the rescue with a brilliant 89-run partnership, during which Kohli brought up his half-century, before Pujara was run out for 25.
Pujara and Kohli’s 89-run partnership is India’s second-highest stand for the third wicket against South Africa in Test cricket.
Rohit Sharma only managed to amass 14 runs before being caught behind off the bowling of Vernon Philander.
Kohli and Rahane kept the runs flowing with an outstanding 68-run partnership, during which Kohli registered his fifth Test century, before hitting a delivery from Jacques Kallis straight to Jean Paul (JP) Duminy at cover.
Kohli’s sparkling knock of 119 is his highest Test score and came off 181 balls, which included 18 boundaries.
Kohli also became only the eighth Indian batsman to score a Test century in South Africa.
Rahane and Dhoni managed to put together an unbeaten 36-run partnership before stumps was called.
Rahane finished on 43 off 105 balls, which included seven boundaries, while Dhoni remained undefeated on 17 off 46 deliveries, which included three boundaries.
Steyn, Philander, Morkel and Kallis all picked up one wicket apiece.
India ended the day on 255/5 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:30 local time or 08:30 GMT.