India’s most successful test captain continues his impressive ways as India took control of the second test against South Africa. India won the toss and elected to bat in Pune and were under a bit of pressure initially when they lost R Sharma for 14.
M Agarwal Hits Second Century
However, M Agarwal continued his good form in the first test and formed a century run partnership with C Pujara who got out at 58. Agarwal played a patient knock and went on to score another century and give India a great platform to set a good first innings total. Agarwal hit 2 sixes and 16 fours in his knock of 108.
V Kohli Hits Double Century
While Agarwal shined in the first innings, it was the captain who stole the show with a brilliant display of batting. Kohli got to his hundred early on the second day and kicked on to play a big innings and score a long awaited double century. His knock was impressive as he scored at a brisk strike rate and hit 28 boundaries and 1 six to get past 200.
Kohli had a good partnership with vice-captain A Rahane (59) and later on with R Jadeja who batted at number 6. At the time of this writing, India had gone past the 500 mark which put them in a commanding position to win the second test and finish the Freedom series on a 2-0 note.
South African Bowlers Have No Answers
South African captain Faf du Plessis desperately wanted to win the toss and bat first. He lost the toss yet again and his bowlers have had to toil on a pitch that offered very little to both the seamers and spinners.
Rabada bowled his heart out and was the pick of the bowlers taking the first three wickets. Frustration crept into the bowling attack as Kohli remained rock solid at one end and scored freely as the South African spinners did not get much purchase from the pitch to trouble any of the Indian batsmen.
South Africa did the right thing in picking three fast bowlers but they made a mistake in picking A Nortje instead of L Ngidi. It is always a challenge to place your first test match but an even bigger challenge when you debut in India.
A Nortje sent down 25 overs, took no wickets and conceded 4 runs an over. South Africa will have to fight hard with the bat if they want to save this test and prevent a series whitewash.