Though South Africa lost two wickets in the second session‚ they went to lunch with 78 on the board for the loss of no wicket with Makram on 51 and his senior partner‚ Dean Elgar‚ on 26 as they responded very well to the questions that were asked by the Indian bowlers.
Shortly afterwards, R Ashwin nearly had Kagiso Rabada, twice in two balls.
He is among the only three Indian batsmen in worldwide cricket, who has got hundreds across all formats, apart from Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma. And while Murali Vijay, a technically sound batsman who comes with the experience of two previous tours is likely to keep his place, Dhawan, much maligned for his performances on challenging wickets, looks likely to make way for KL Rahul.
"It looks like a really lively pitch‚ which is exactly what we wanted it to be‚" Kohli said.
However, Kohli didn't mention whether or not there will be a change in the playing eleven.
Talking about pitches in South Africa he said, "You got to accept mentally that the bounce would be steep and from a length too". If players fit in in the kind of balance we want to go in with as a side, then they will fit in.
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Philander now trails Australia's sixth-ranked Josh Hazlewood by eight points and has an opportunity to break into the top-five following the Centurion Test, which began earlier today.
It was that man Hardik Pandya again. While he dropped a hint that pace-bowling all-rounder Chris Morris may replace the injured Dale Steyn from the opening Test, the temptation to play express fast Lungisani Ngidi will be hard to resist. They had been cruising at 246 for three and seemed set for a big total after winning the toss and batting on an easy-paced pitch. South Africa are nearly invincible at this ground, having won 17 of their 22 Tests. The first time it happened was in his debut innings against Bangladesh in September 2017, when he was run out for 97. Morne Morkel takes a smart return catch to get the first wicket for his team. The first priority is to win games. This pitch will again test us to play a good game of test cricket and we are looking forward to it. Something which AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis executed with perfection after the hosts were reduced to 12/3 in the first innings.
"Kohli, he revealed. had walked up to him after his dismissal and said, "'Well played, you were unlucky to get out.' It was a great gesture from him.
"There is no need to panic as a batting unit, we have played well for a long time - and we have played well away from home as well".
Borde, who served as the vice-captain of the Indian team under Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, also exuded confidence that the Virat Kohli-led side would bounce back in the second Test starting at Centurion on Saturday.