South Africa vs India 2nd Test Day 2: Kohli leads India’s reply after South Africa score 335

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Virat Kohli struck eight boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 85

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India captain Virat Kohli led by example as he scored an unbeaten 85 after South Africa were bowled out for 335 on the second day of the second Test in Centurion.

Starting off the day on 269/6, South Africa only added 13 runs to their overnight score before Keshav Maharaj was caught behind off the bowling of Mohammed Shami for 18.

The dismissal of Maharaj marked a personal milestone for Shami as it was his 100th Test wicket.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis and Kagiso Rabada added another 42 runs to the Proteas’ total before Rabada was caught by Hardik Pandya off the bowling of Ishant Sharma for 11.

Du Plessis went on to score 63 off 142 balls, which included nine boundaries, before he was cleaned up by Ishant.

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Faf du Plessis scored his 17th Test fifty

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South Africa ended up being bowled out for 335 when Morne Morkel was caught by Murali Vijay off the bowling of Ravichandran Ashwin for six runs.

Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Ishant snapped up three and Shami chipped in with one.

Trailing by 335 runs, India made a cautious start to their innings, but in the 10th over, opener Lokesh Rahul was caught and bowled by Morkel for 10.

India were dealt another massive blow the very next ball as Cheteshwar Pujara was brilliantly run out by debutant Lungi Ngidi for a golden duck.

Kohli and Murali Vijay steadied the innings with a 79-run partnership, during which Kohli brought up his half-century.

With India beginning to claw their way back into the game, Maharaj provided the breakthrough his side needed as he had Vijay was caught behind for 46.

Rohit Sharma failed to have an impact with the bat as he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Rabada for 10 runs. Rohit opted to review the decision, but it didn’t save him as replays showed the ball was pitching in line and clipping the top of middle stump.

Wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel didn’t fare much better as he became Ngidi’s first Test wicket when he was caught behind for 19.

Kohli and Pandya ensured India made it safely to stumps as they put together an unbeaten 19-run stand.

Kohli finished on 85 off 130 balls, which included eight boundaries, while Pandya remained undefeated on 11 off 29 deliveries, which included two boundaries.

Maharaj, Morkel, Ngidi and Rabada claimed one wicket each.

India ended day two on 183/5 and will continue batting on Monday at 10:00 local time or 08:00 GMT.

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