First Sunfoil Test: India Collapse on 280 Runs after Virat’s Ton; South Africa Lead A Good Start

December 19 18:18 2013

virat1South Africa, Thursday, December 19 – Virat Kohli rose as a bright star for India on the first day of Sunfoil Test in Johannesburg, South Africa, by hitting a classy ton. The Delhi boy stood robustly to confront short-pitched bowling by the host and score 119 runs off 181 balls (with 18 boundaries) before succumbing to right-arm fast-medium swing bowler Jacques Kallis.

Though, Virat was a reason for surprising run out of Cheteshwar Pujara (25 runs) but he covered up his fault later with a flawless century on the foreign soil. However, it was just him who bravely faced terrifying South African bowling attack. The entire teammates couldn’t put respectable total on the score board and were all out for 280 runs after the play of 103 overs.

Skipper M S Dhoni and Ajinkya Rahane tried to put on some pressure on South Africa but were caught at the wrong time. The entire batting line collapsed in next to no time after their dismissals. Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Zaheer Khan were out at ‘Zero’. R Ashwin remained not out for 11 runs. Vernon Philander was the leading wicket taker in the first innings, getting 4 wickets for 61 runs. Morne Morkel was another stunner who took smartly 3 wickets for 34 runs.

In response to India’s score of 280 runs, the host started swiftly, however, they lost Alviro Petersen (21 runs), after being trapped by Ishant’s intellectual bowling spell. Catch dropping series continued in The Wanderers Stadium also when Ashwin dropped a crucial catch of South African Captain Graeme Smith on 19.

After the finish of 28 overs, South Africa were 89 for the loss of one wicket. Smith is batting on 44 and Hashim Amla on 19 runs and the team trails by 191 runs. India need to win this match anyhow as they already have faced a humiliating loss in the One-Day International matches against the same team just a week ago.