Kohli keeps SA at bay


The TV cameras showed India captain Virat Kohli, coach Ravi Shastri and team manager go into the match referee's room immediately. One confident stride out, one flawless arc of the bat, and one meaty chunk of willow meeting leather at its sweetest spot. Kohli brought up his 150 with a pull to the mid-wicket boundary and a sedate celebration followed as he kissed his India badge on the helmet and the locket he wears. There was wide long-off and a deep cover.

"You can not be too hard on them because a lot of the game is still left to be played".

But Kohli's frustration has also been apparent through the series, both in the field and while batting. It seems a fair balance, particularly with the pitch likely to deteriorate on the final two days as you would hope.

India 183 for 5 (Kohli 85*, Vijay 46) trail South Africa 335 (Markram 94, Amla 82, du Plessis 63) by 152 runs. He had words with the umpires, ran to the match referee's room, and did all he could to get his players back out there.

But nobody did better than Ngidi who bowled spells of four and five overs respectively of sustained pace, aggression and accuracy that earned him Parthiv Patel as his maiden Test wicket. So it's important to come out with different sorts of game plans. "A batsman of Virat's quality had time to adjust, and we were just trying to bowl as many dot balls as possible". Kohli departed soon after as he looked to take the attack to the Proteas bowlers with just Bumrah for company and in the end, India were all out for 307, trailing by 28. He played his normal game until Ashwin got out, and the only men left to bat were Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah - none of whom have any great pretentions as a batsman.

Ashwin and Sharma were the two outstanding bowlers for the Indians; with the off-spinner picking up 4/113 in 38.5 overs, while Sharma, who replaced Bhuvneshwar Kumar, claimed 3/46 in 22 overs. Kagiso Rabada could tail the ball in and out at high speeds, but Kohli was prepared. Ashwin got the ball to rise from a good length delivery, indicating that the pitch had become two-paced.

Kohli is on course to go past most of Tendulkar's records.

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"Virat is very competitive", offered Morkel. The ball moved away after pitching and Ashwin flashed at it, only for the ball to land into the palms of the South Africa skipper.

"It gets him going and keeps him going".

There is something about catching that is usually not said, but felt. It came when the combined contribution of others in the top six was 85 runs.

Centurion - With the second Test between the Proteas and India now three days in, it is clearer than ever that the hosts are not impressed with the strip that groundsman Bryan Bloy has given them. Knowing the competitor he is, it will mean nothing if India lose.

Talking to reporters after the end of the third day's play, the pacer said: "The game is still in balance and we need to get early wickets on Tuesday".

"I think definitely a result is very much possible".

"Individuals must take responsibility, but there's a massive thing in the team to build partnerships".