The entire South Africa team started celebrating as soon as the UltraEdge showed a small spike when the ball crossed Virat Kohli’s bat, but the third umpire gave the decision in favour of the Indian skipper.
Virat Kohli, back to lead the side after missing the second Test against South Africa, opted to bat. The India skipper (15 batting) and Cheteshwar Pujara (26 batting) were out in the middle when lunch was taken.
India head coach Rahul Dravid heaped praise on both Hanuma Vihari and Shreyas Iyer, but that doesn't mean that they will be preferred over and above Ajinkya Rahane or Cheteshwar Pujara.
South Africa defeated India by seven wickets for the first time to level the ongoing three-Test series 1-1. India had won the first game at Centurion. India are yet to win a Test series in South Africa.
Virat Kohli was ruled out of the second Test against South Africa just before start of the game because of an upper back spasm, leaving K L Rahul to lead the side in the crucial match.
Cheteshwar Pujara hit his 32nd half-century, in 160 innings of 94 matches, on Day 3 of second South Africa vs India Test. He also scored 18 centuries in Tests since 2010. Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for most 50-plus innings in Tests.
India reached 188 for six at lunch to stretch their overall lead to 161 runs against South Africa on the third day of the second Test at the Wanderers. Hanuma Vihari and Shardul Thakur were batting on 6 and 4 respectively.
South Africa were 35/1 at stumps on Day 1 of the second Test in response to India's 202 all out in Johannesburg. Dean Elgar and Keegan Petersen were batting on 11 and 14 respectively at the close of play.
Catch Day 1 highlights and cricket scores of second South Africa vs India Test match being played at the Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg. In reply to India's 202, Proteas were 35/1 at the close of play.
Experienced top-order batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane need to do more to keep upcoming batsmen like Shreyas Iyer out of the Indian Test Playing XI.
India are already 1-0 up in the three-match Test series against South Africa having won the first game at Centurion by 113 runs. Virat Kohli's men are aiming for their first Test series win in the Rainbow Nation.
India head coach Rahul Dravid and other members of the support staff joined the players in their celebration for New Year 2022 at the team hotel in Centurion. The members cut a cake as well to mark the celebrations.
Cheteshwar Pujara said the recent overseas success has made India a confident unit and that will reflect in the three-Test series against South Africa. He also felt that the experience of having played there will stand them in good stead.
The Indian cricket team arrived in South Africa on December 16. Cheteshwar Pujara believes 10 days are enough for preparation ahead of the Boxing Day Test match in Centurion. India will play three Test matches vs SA.
Virat Kohli's ODI captaincy, Ishant Sharma's place in Test, and back-up for the No. 3 batting position will be up for discussion when the selectors meet to pick the squad for the South Africa tour.
Mayank Agarwal's ton against New Zealand on Friday was his first since his 243 vs Bangladesh in 2019 at Indore. Mayank's all four Test centuries came at home. He has two double centuries to his name.
India reached 221/4 against New Zealand at the end of curtailed opening day's play in the second Test. At stumps, Mayank Agarwal and Wriddhiman Saha were batting on 120 and 25 respectively.
With debutant Shreyas Iyer making all the right noises in Kanpur, India will find it almost impossible to drop the Mumbaikar for the second IND vs NZ Test at Wankhede Stadium. But Virat Kohli needs a spot in the XI. So who makes way?
A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.PTI Photo
Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.PTI Photo
A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.PTI Photo
Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
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