Mon, 27 Dec 2021

KL Rahul Marks First Day With a century, India 272-3 on 1st day vs. South Africa!!


India reached 272-3 at stumps to lay a strong foundation on the opening day of the first test against South Africa in Centurion on Sunday.

Opener  KL Rahul was 122 not out ensuring top-ranked India’s latest quest for a first test series win in South Africa had a promising start.

Rahul shared a 117-run opening stand with Mayank Agarwal (60). Lungi Ngidi (3-45) took two wickets in two deliveries after lunch — Agarwal and then Cheteshwar Pujara for a first-ball duck — India rode that period of pressure in the second session to come out clearly on top after the first exchanges of the three-test series.

Captain Virat Kohli was the other Indian batter to be dismissed, also to Ngidi for 35.

After Kohli’s dismissal, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane picked up. They put on an unbeaten stand of 73 and India constructed a one-century partnership and two half-century partnerships for its first four wickets of the series to ensure Kohli’s decision to bat first after winning the toss at SuperSport Park was the right one.

India started the first session without losing a wicket to be 83-0 at lunch.

Agarwal was dropped by wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock who dived to his right but couldn’t hold one-handed. That denied 6-foot-8 South Africa seam bowler Marco Jansen a wicket on his test debut.

Ngidi eventually removed Agarwal, followed by quick struck again straight away when Pujara was caught at short leg next ball, offering South Africa some hope that they might reign in the Indian batters.

Kohli was caught by Wiaan Mulder at slip trying to drive Ngidi and ending up flashing at a delivery well wide of off stump, but Rahul and Rahane came together and drove India on.

Rahul has hit 17 fours and a six.

India is searching for its first win in South Africa on its eighth test tour to the country.