Kagiso Rabada and Virat Kohli battled it out in the India vs South Africa Test match in Cape Town. The world’s top bowler was in the middle of a magnificent duel with the best batsman in the modern game.
While others struggled on a difficult pitch, Virat Kohli dug in and ground out a crucial fifty. With 43 runs, Cheteshwar Pujara was the other top scorer, but Kohli was the only one to reach the fifty-run mark.
- Virat Kohli, the lone warrior
Kohli, on the other hand, accomplished a rare accomplishment during his innings. He moved to 25 after top-edging Kagiso Rabada for a six over fine leg when he was 19. This happened on the 41st over’s second ball. Kohli ended a hoodoo when he smashed the six.
He hit a six for the first time in 26 Test innings. In the Perth Test against Australia in 2019, the Indian cricket team captain smacked a six. Kohli hit a short ball from Josh Hazlewood over third man’s ropes with an upper-cut.
Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara put on a 62-run stand as they battled the South African bowlers’ discipline. The first several sessions were gloomy, but the pacers had plenty of assistance. The pressure was applied by Kagiso Rabada, Marco Jansen, and Lungi Ngidi.
Kohli was repeatedly disturbed by Rabada’s away-swingers. As South Africa routinely got wickets, Kohli tried to slide to the offside and search for quick runs. Rabada got a nip away on 79, and Kohli wafted at the ball, edging it to the keeper.
At lunch on day 2, South Africa has a score of 100/3. In the session, the hosts lost two wickets while scoring 83 runs. South Africa’s crease is manned by Keegan Petersen (40*) and Rassie van der Dussen (17*). In the session, Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav each took a wicket.
Umesh Yadav dismissed Rassie van der Dussen for 21 runs, ending a 67-run fourth-wicket stand between Rassie and Keegan Petersen. Yadav swerved one away from van der Dussen, who prodded the delivery with his bat and edged it straight to Virat Kohli at second slip.
Shardul Thakur did find the outside edge of Petersen’s bat a couple of times, but the ball died down before skipper Kohli at first slipped on both instances.
The bounce at Newlands isn’t as high as it was at Centurion and the Wanderers, both of which are in the Highveld region.
Standing up a few yards ahead, especially to someone like Shardul, who moved at a skiddy medium pace, could have been the best option.
Kyle Verreynne stepped out to bat and made it through one delivery before being edged by Mohammad Shami and caught by wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant with a diving catch. The wicketkeeper from South Africa is out for a two-ball duck.
Mohammad Shami takes two wickets in an over for India, opened the path for his team’s comeback. Temba Bavuma batted first after scoring 28 runs, then returned to his crease to defend the short ball.