Second Overseas Century - Virat Kohli
After losing the odi series against South Africa. India had a shaky start to the test. Virat Kohli scored his 4th test ton, India 255/5 day-1
India did have best of the start to the ODI, but the Test match that started yesterday at Johannesburg showed a lot of character and class from Virat Kohli and India had a decent start to the test series. After winning the winning the toss and decided to bat, Indian openers Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan had a watchful start. But again a short ball from Dale Steyn, Dhawan went for the pull and he did not middle it, a bit of a top edge as the ball looped towards fine leg and out for 13. That was the first breakthrough and a very early one, India had just scored 17 in 9 overs. In came Pujara, Murali Vijay was troubled a lot for the 6 runs he scored and he had to face 42 deliveries, the stay at the crease ended for Vijay when he nicked one to the keeper of Morkel’s bowling and India had lost both the openers in the same session before lunch for just 24 runs on the board.
The No.4 spot in tests, we all knew who had been occupying that spot for years, Yes, Sachin Tendulkar and now its time for the young Virat Kohli to occupy that position and he proved he was the right man to bat at no.4. The innings he played yesterday had lot of patience and he showed a lot of character. He was perfect in leaving the deliveries,defending and pulling those short balls. He and Pujara managed the South African attack well and handled the pacers in a gentle way and at lunch India went 70/2 and Dhoni would have been a happy man, if India had lost one more wicket,India was asking for more trouble, at Lunch Virat scored 32 of 32 and Pujara 18. Post Lunch the duo started from where they left, they had to leave a lot of balls and defended well, the duo added 89 between them and when they were going so well, Pujara was run out and a mess up and India had lost their third wicket for 113 and Rohit Sharma fell for 14, the 4 wicket fell for 151. In the mean time, half century for Virat Kohli in 77 balls and he was in great touch.Joined in by Rahane, the duo looked good and runs were coming in for India with ease. Rahane at no.6 was perfect and he showed lot of maturity in facing the South African bowlers, at Tea, India had lost 4 wickets for 164 and Kohli just needed 16 more for his second overseas century and Rahane 12*.
Post Tea, all eyes were on Virat Kohli as he was nearing a milestone. He took his time and was patient, anything he edged will find the keeper or slips. Dale Steyn and Morkel were the bowlers bowled to kohli when he was at the 90’s. It was 63rd over and Smith had given the ball to Duminy and Virat Kohli knew he had to make use of the over and reached the milestone. A century against South Africa, a much needed one for him and for India. Every one in the dressing room stood up to cheer the young man who had played so brilliantly. This was Virat Kohli’s second overseas century, his first Century came against Australia at Adelaide and this century against South Africa was his 4th century over all. Virat fell after he scored 119, a slow ball from Kallis and caught by Duminy. The majestic innings came to end, he was holding the Indian innings together for long time and he had done his part. India 5/219. Dhoni walked in, with hardly 20 more overs to be bowled, all India needed to ensure was, they did not lose any more wickets. They pair, Msd and Rahane batted exactly the same way. End of day-1 255/5, Dhoni on 17* and Rahane on 43*.