India’s openers are KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal, and Karnataka’s batters face a daunting assignment. With little daylight and Virat Kohli opting to bat first in difficult circumstances, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi had the upper hand. With Rabada and Ngidi rushing in with ferocity, the ball was moving around a little. Mayank and Rahul have been alert, and the opening duo has been consistent in gauging the line and leaving balls outside the off stump.
- A Good & Steady Start For India
The ball certainly brushed Rahul’s left shoulder as he ducked against the rising short delivery, prompting South Africa to request for a caught behind. South Africa lose a review early in the Test match because Rahul dropped his hands against the lifter.
Lungi Ngidi’s 41st over was the game-changing over, as he dismissed Mayank Agarwal for 60 to give South Africa their first wicket of the day, and he followed it up with another wicket on the next ball, dismissing out-of-form Cheteshwar Pujara for a golden duck. Mayank was hit on the pad, but the umpire did not call it a foul.
The review, though, was taken by Proteas captain Dean Elgar, and it was hitting leg stump. While the ball was a tad short and had additional bounce for Pujara, he failed to position it in the middle of the bat, and Keegan Petersen took a great catch at short leg.
India skipper Virat Kohli falls after hitting 35 runs in 94 balls, giving Lungi Ngidi his third wicket of the match. Outside the delivery, India skipper Virat Kohli attempts a drive around the covers but only manages to get it to the first slip, where Wiaan Mulder takes a straightforward catch. Virat Kohli’s wait for the 71st century continues.
KL Rahul, India’s opening batsman, has scored a century in the first Test after returning to the team after an injury. Rahul scored his century in 218 balls, including 14 boundaries and a six. Former vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has joined him in the middle after Kohli’s wicket.
On the first day of the first Test against South Africa, India’s opening batsmen KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane ensured the visitors did not lose more than three wickets. At the end of Day 1, Rahul has 122 runs in 248 balls while Rahane has 40 runs in 81 balls.
- No Cricket On Day 2
On day two of the Boxing Day Test between India and South Africa on Monday, incessant rain and a soggy outfield prompted the cancellation of play without a ball being thrown.
The ground workers at SuperSport Park in Centurion had a busy day ahead of them due to persistent rain that began early in the morning and continued throughout the day. The officials of the match declared an early lunch to make up for the time lost due to rain, however, it was in vain.
What began as a light drizzle in the morning turned into a continuous deluge in the afternoon. The rain stopped twice, and the umpires decided to inspect the field, but just as they were about to step out, the heavens opened up again. To everyone’s disappointment, the match referee had to call the day’s playoff.