Virat Kohli scores sensational hundred, but South Africa take lead

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Day two of the second cricket test between South Africa and India at SuperSport Park in Centurion ended with the home team in a strong position after they took five wickets in two sessions and one over.

India captain Virat Kohli is keeping his side in the second test against South Africa, unbeaten on 85 at stumps on day two at Centurion.

Vijay was undone by South African spinner Keshav Maharaj, opening the way for quick bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi to remove Rohit Sharma (10) and Parthiv Patel (19).

Earlier in the day, South Africa were bowled out for 335.

And while India continues to struggle in big series away from home, 11 of Kohli's 21 test tons have been made outside India.

The promising partnership of 79 between Kohli and Vijay was broken after tea when the latter top edged the ball for Quinton de Kock to claim an easy catch behind the stumps after when they were looking good together on the crease.

Before the run out, Kohli completed his century with a tap to mid-wicket for a single off Lungisani Ngidi to get to his three-figure mark before running back after an overthrow. South Africa 2nd innings A. Markram lbw J. Bumrah 1 Dean Elgar (not out) 36 H. Amla lbw J. Bumrah 1 AB de Villiers (not out) 50 Extras (lb-1, w-1) 2 Total (2 wkts, 29.0 overs) 90 Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-3. Philander quickly used it to remove Ashwin for 38, with Faf du Plessis taking a sharp catch above his head at second slip. India had resumed on their overnight score of 183 for five, but lost Hardik Pandya (15) to a farcical run out as the all-rounder ambled into his crease and failed to put his bat down, only to be undone by a direct hit from Vernon Philander.

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Indian skipper has slammed his 21st century in the ongoing test series against South Africa, taking his global centuries to a total of 53.

Kohli, who faced flak because of lack of runs in the first Test and his selection decisions in the ongoing match, paced his innings to perfection and attacked the Protea bowlers when opportunity came his way.

Regardless of the lead that South Africa eventually post in this match, India will back themselves to chase it down due to their captain.

There's an actor in him, say those who know the boy better.

Ideally, India should have gone to lunch without losing any wicket. Three fours flew through the off side, all off shots hit on the up, and Ashwin was suddenly batting on 22.

At the other end, Kohli had started from where he had left on Sunday. Having switched ends, Bumrah found the edge of Elgar's bat but the ball flew through a gap between Parthiv Patel and first slip Kohli.

After replacing Bhuvneshwar Kumar even after a decent show in the first Test, pacer Ishant Sharma revealed that he was supposed to play in Cape Town but didn't take the field in Cape Town owing to illness.

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