The star Indian skipper Virat Kohli weaved his magic one more time on the home pitch during the second day of the second Test against South Africa. The 30-year-old experienced right-handed batsman notched up to his brilliant century in Test cricket format at the Maharashtra Cricket Association, Pune on Friday. After the shocking dismissal of both the explosive openers Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma, the responsibility for India’s win came on the shoulder of captain Kohli and he successfully fulfilled his duty.
The swashbuckling batsman of Indian cricket team Virat Kohli knocked much-needed 104 runs off 183 balls so far. During the course of his innings, Kohli slammed 16 boundaries without any six. He faced 173 balls to reach the 26th century of his Test career so far. With this, he also levelled the record of Steve Smith and Ricky Ponting who also have 26 Test centuries in their kitties. In the first innings of ongoing Test, Kohli batted with a strike rate of 59.03 against destructive pacers of South Africa.
Earlier on the first day of the second Test, Kohli helped his team with 63 runs to pile up 273 runs at the home ground in the first innings on Thursday. The captain along with Ajinkya Rahane on stumps held the helms of the drowning ship of India. The toss-winning team India elected to bat first in the second Test after which both the openers Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal came on the pitch with great confidence. Though the death-over specialist Kagiso Rabada crushed the hopes of Hitman Sharma of scoring hundred in this match too at the last delivery of ninth over. As a result, Sharma made his way back to the pavilion after scoring just 14 runs off 35 balls. However, the amazing partnership of Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara then brought India back into the game but they also hunted down by Proteas at 108 and 58 runs respectively.
The first day of second Test then ended at 273-3 stand with Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane batting on stumps. Hosts are looking forward to seal the three-match series in the ongoing second Test encounter at Pune. However, powerful Proteas are hoping to bounce back in the game with this match.