The Indian Test captain, Virat Kohli looked in good touch in the ongoing opening Test of the three-match Test series against Dean Elgar-led South African team at the SuperSport Park, Centurion on Sunday, December 26. However, he played a poor shot to lose his wicket and all his hard work went in vain.
In the second ball of the 69th over of the first innings Lungi Ngidi, who was the only successful bowler on Day 1 bowled a wide delivery outside off stump and Virat Kohli fancied a shot and in an attempt to drive it through offside and the ball after the outside-edge traveled at a nice height for first slip and it was a simple catch for Mulder.
The shot played by an experienced player like Virat Kohli was so poor that he wouldn’t want to watch the replay. Meanwhile, he was dismissed after scoring 35 runs off 94 balls including 4 fours and the wait for the 71st century continues. Also, it was Lungi Ngidi’s third wicket of the day.
Here is the video of the dismissal:
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Earlier, India won the toss and elected to bat first. Surprisingly India included Ajinkya Rahane in the playing XI and there were no Shreyas Iyer and Hanuma Vihari in the team. From South Africa, Marco Jansen made his debut.
Vice-captain KL Rahul opened the innings along with Mayank Agarwal in the absence of Rohit Sharma and both the openers looked solid and they completed the fifty partnership off 105 balls. At lunch, India was at 83/0 in 28.0 overs with KL Rahul at 29 and Mayank Agarwal at 46 runs.
After the lunch, Mayank scored his fifty and also made a century partnership with Rahul and they became the 3rd Indian opening pair to register a century partnership against South Africa in South Africa in tests after Wasim Jaffer, Dinesh Karthik in 2007 and Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag in 2010.