The first Test between India and South Africa has taken place at the SportsStar Park in Centurion, as both the teams battle out each other quite hard. Having a look at the match, Virat Kohli won the toss, surprisingly, and decided to bat first.
Both Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul provided a fabulous start to the innings by getting some runs on the board. Both of them completed their fifty while adding 117 runs for the opening stand.
Despite getting a good start to the innings, Mayank Agarwal who was assisting the vice-captain of the Indian cricket team, KL Rahul, had to walk back to the dressing room after being dismissed by Lungi Ngidi for 60 runs. After that, Cheteshwar Pujara followed him in the same over, as he was dismissed for a golden duck by the right-arm pacer.It was a great disappointment for the right-hander and the fans were also not happy with the wicket of the classical batter. Following the wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara, the skipper of the side, Virat Kohli came in at number four. He played some good shots in the middle and added 82 runs for the third wicket partnership along with KL Rahul.
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Ajinkya Rahane took the charge along with the opening batsman KL Rahul and stitched a beautiful partnership of 82 runs for the fourth wicket partnership and both the batter finished the day after being unbeaten on 122 and 40 runs respectively.
The second day of the first Test has been called off due to the interruption of rain. On the third day, both KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane came out to continue their innings for their side. However both the batters had to return to the dressing room after being dismissed by Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi for 123 and 48 runs.
The lower order of Team India didn't play up the reputations and got single-digit numbers to their name. In the end, India posted scored 327 runs, as Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram opened the innings for South Africa.
They didn't get the expected start, as the Proteas lost their skipper in the very first over bowled by Jasprit Bumrah. After that, Mohammed Shami removed both Aiden Markram and Keegan Petersen for 13 and 15 runs. Mohammed Siraj also joined the party by picking up Rassie van der Dussen for 3 runs.
Then Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma scored some crucial runs and added 72 runs for the fifth wicket partnership before Shardul Thakur dismissed the left-hander for 34 runs. Temba Bavuma completed his fifty and got dismissed by Mohammed Shami for 52 runs.
A decent cameo from lower-order batters helped South Africa to post 197 runs on the board. With 130 runs lead, India opened the innings with KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. Despite having some handful of lead, Mayank Agarwal had to walk back to the dressing room after being dismissed by Marco Jansen off his first ball in his spell.
After that, the skipper of the side sends Shardul Thakur to play his natural game. At the end of Day 3, India were 16 for 1 with 146 runs lead in their hand. Besides, during their bowling, Jasprit Bumrah severely twisted his ankle in the 11th over when he was bowling to Rassie van der Dussen.
Watch the video here:
Bumrah 😢 pic.twitter.com/rX2MaHUdzO— N (@Nitinx18) December 28, 2021
See the reactions of the fans:
Virat Kohli encouraged Jasprit Bumrah today when he came back on the field. pic.twitter.com/NEwJCTtOnV— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) December 28, 2021
This is Just brilliant to see these pictures. Looked that Captain Virat Kohli appreciate and clapping for Jasprit Bumrah when he entered the ground for playing after recovering his injury. Well done, Captain King Kohli. pic.twitter.com/kaKoXp8PsG— CricketMAN2 (@man4_cricket) December 28, 2021