India and South Africa were engaged with each other in the first Test of the three-match Test series which is going on at the SportsStar Park in Centurion. Having a look at the match, Virat Kohli, the skipper of the Indian cricket team has surprisingly won the toss and decided to bat first even after witnessing the playing conditions and behaviour of the surface.
Team India opened the innings with the Karnata based batters, KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal as they provided the expected start for the team as they went on to dominate the opposition bowlers all around the park.
Both of them added 117 runs for the opening wicket partnership and also completed half-centuries each. 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 the dismissal of Mayank Agarwal, recognised as "The Wall" Cheteshwar Pujara walked in at number three, as usual. However, he bagged a golden duck after being dismissed by Lungi Ngidi off the first ball he faced. It was a great disappointment for the right-hander and the fans were also not happy with the wicket of the classical batter.
Summary of the ongoing match between India vs South Africa:
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.
After that, 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. Besides, Mohammed Siraj celebrated his wicket in the style of the popular football player Cristiano Ronaldo as the video went viral on social media platforms.
Watch the video here:
SIRAJ 🔥🔥 that celebration 💉🥵 pic.twitter.com/97fxWjhmn5— FLICK. (@chirutha_18) December 28, 2021
See the reaction of the fans:
Ratio— Indian RP17™🏏 (@BCCI_Indian) December 28, 2021
Siraj knows the 🐐 pic.twitter.com/RErM4PeLsM
Where can I get my Mohammed Siraj jersey? Anyone? Siiiiiiuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu What a star, what a lad.— Vikram Mahendra (@ElRealesVikram) December 28, 2021