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Boxing Day Test, India vs South Africa Highlights, Day 1: KL Rahul Stars With Century as IND Make 272/3

India vs South Africa, 1st Test, Day, Live Updates: Virat Kohli-led India lock horns with Dean Elgar's South Africa in the first Test in Centurion. Follow the live blog for latest score and updates.

News18.com | December 26, 2021, 21:03 IST
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India vs South Africa, 1st Test Highlights, Day 1: A seventh Test century from KL Rahul was the highlight of the opening day’s play between India and South Africa as the three-match Test series got underway in Centurion on Sunday. Rahul became the second ever India opener to score a century in South Africa and finished the day unbeaten on 122 to drive India to 272/3 in 90 overs when the bails were drawn. Mayank Agarwal Read More

Dec 26, 2021 20:59 IST

India's Day

So India batters have started the South Africa tour on a solid note with KL Rahul hitting an unbeaten century, becoming only the second ever opener from his team to hit a ton in the country. After captain Virat Kohi opted to bat first,. Mayank Agarwal and Rahul stitched a century stand. Agarwal made 60 off 123 and fell to Lungi Ngidi who struck again to send back Cheteshwar Pujara for a golden duck. However, another partnership blossomed, this time between Rahul and Kohli who threw away his wicket despite getting a start, being caught on 35 off Ngidi. However, Rahane then started his innings in imposing fashion with a flurry of boundaries with the pair adding 73 runs for the third wicket. Rahul completed his century – his seventh of Test career, sixth outside India. He has so far struck 16 fours and a six in his unbeaten 122 off 248. For South Africa, the day brought little joy with them finishing the morning session wicketless despite the overcast conditions. They did bounce back with two wickets in quick succession after lunch but then India hit back.

Dec 26, 2021 20:54 IST

Stumps!

STUMPS! That’s it. Day 1 ends and a strong start to the series from India thanks to a superb hundred from their opener KL Rahul who finishes the day unbeaten on 122 and has Ajinkya Rahane for company who has also made an equally good start with 40 not out off 81. India 272/3 in 90 overs after opting to bat.

Dec 26, 2021 20:46 IST

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A frustrating over for Keshav Maharaj who induces an edge from KL Rahul but the fall is wide of the first slip. And then when he keeps the length short, Rahul gets it away to the boundary. He moves to 122 off 242. India 272/3 in 88 overs.

Dec 26, 2021 20:39 IST

A Fabulous Innings

A Fabulous Innings

Dec 26, 2021 20:37 IST

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Kagiso Rabada drops another bouncer and Ajinkya Rahane is all over it, keeps it onto the ground for an excellent pull for four. And Rabada has overstepped, again. This has been a terrific show from Rahane so far. He’s batting on 39 off 70 with the hep of eight fours. India 264/3  in 86 overs.

Dec 26, 2021 20:33 IST

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South Africa captain Dean Elgar has Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi operating at the moment. The day’s play is nearing its end. Five overs remaining. Sun shining bright in the Centurion sky. KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane batting beautifully. The pair will hope to end the day unbeaten. India 258/3 in 85 overs.

Dec 26, 2021 20:27 IST

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Dec 26, 2021 20:24 IST

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Luck siding with KL Rahul. Kagiso Rabada surprises Kagiso Rabada with a sharp bouncer and he fails to evade getting a thick outside edge but the ball escapes a diving fielder in the slip cordon. Four more to the India opener. He moves to 115.

Dec 26, 2021 20:13 IST

New Ball Taken

So midway through Marco Jansen’s over, SA have taken the new ball and Ajinkya Rahane starts with a thunderous stroke – crashing it past the point fielder for a four. India 251/3

Dec 26, 2021 20:10 IST

New Ball Available

So 80 overs have been bowled. New ball is available but Dean Elgar hasn’t taken it yet. India 245/3 with a well-set KL Rahul (110 off 225) and Ajinkya Rahane (26 off 44) in the middle.

Dec 26, 2021 20:03 IST

Century no. 7 For Rahul in Tests

HUNDRED! What a splendid innings this has been from KL Rahul as he comes the second ever India opener to record a Test century in South Africa. He reaches the milestone with a four. This is his sixth century away from home. A Boxing Day ton from Rahul. India 238/3 in 78 overs.

Dec 26, 2021 19:57 IST

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Vintage Rahane on song here folks! Wiaan Mulder sprays onto the pads and Rahane sends it rolling towards the deep square leg boundary. This is his sixth four of the innings as he moves to 25 off 37.

Dec 26, 2021 19:45 IST

Drinks-break

So we halt for a short drinks break. India were progressing nicely with both KL Rahul and Virat Kohli settled in nicely. However, Kohli chased at a wide delivery and ended up being caught at the first slip off Lungi Ngidi. Ajinkya Rahane has started his innings in imposing style with four fours in 25-ball 17. Meanwhile, opener KL Rahul is inching towards three figures and is just four runs away from the milestone. India 222/3 in 74 overs.

Dec 26, 2021 19:38 IST

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Ajinkya Rahane is only dealing in boundaries. Marco Jansen goes full on leg, possibly trying for a yorker length, but Rahane is up to the task flicking it away to mid-wicket for a four. He moves to 12 off 17. India 214/3 in 72 overs.

Dec 26, 2021 19:32 IST

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Lungi Ngidi tries to trap Ajinkya Rahane similarly that proved to be the downfall of Virat Kohli – by bowling the sixth stump line. Rahane is lured and ends up slicing it for a four. Not in complete control of the shot though was Rahane. India 209/3 in 71 overs. KL Rahul 92*, Rahane 8*.

Dec 26, 2021 19:32 IST

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Lungi Ngidi tries to trap Ajinkya Rahane similarly that proved to be the downfall of Virat Kohli – by bowling the sixth stump line. Rahane is lured and ends up slicing it for a four. Not in complete control of the shot though was Rahane. India 209/3 in 71 overs. KL Rahul 92*, Rahane 8*.

Dec 26, 2021 19:22 IST

200 up for India

Ajinkya Rahane gets off the mark in style – uses his feet to move forward and drives it through covers to belt a four off the first delivery faced. With that, India’s score also goes past 200-run mark.

Dec 26, 2021 19:20 IST

Kohli Departs on 35

OUT! And the wait continues. India captain Virat Kohli is lured into chasing one outside off and he has to pay for that by getting caught at first slip on 35. Lungi Ngidi brings the much needed breakthrough for South Africa. Not a delivery that should have resulted in his dismissal but Kohli has thrown it away. Wicket no. 3 for Ngidi. India 199/3 in 68.2 overs. Ajinkya Rahane walks in at no. 5.

Dec 26, 2021 19:16 IST

Coach Dravid in Action

Dec 26, 2021 19:16 IST

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Double bowling change from South Africa – Lungi Ngidi replaces Kagiso Rabada while Marco Jansen comes in place of Keshav Maharaj. India 199/2 in 67 overs.

scored 60 before departing while captain Virat Kohli threw away a solid start to be caught on 35. At stumps, Rahul had Ajinkya Rahane for company who is unbeaten on 40. For South Africa, Lungi Ngidi took all three wickets that fell during the day.

Preview 

India have had a great year in the longest format of the game. They defeated the Aussies in their home and dominated England twice. They are coming into the contest after thumping New Zealand 1-0 on home turf and the experts believe it’s a great chance for Kohli & Co to script history in the Rainbow Nation.

India have never won a Test series in South Africa. Out of 7 series played here, the hosts have six while one ended in a tie. Overall, the visitors have won just three games out of 20 played against the Proteas. And this around, with a terrific mix of players, the visitors look to start afresh.

On paper, India have got the arsenal to match South Africa in terms of pace line-up. Since the tour of 2018, Jasprit Bumrah’s stocks have risen in Test cricket, followed by Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma with Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur completing the hexagon of India’s world-class pace attack.

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But the main concerns of the Indian team have been in batting, with captain Virat Kohli and senior pros Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane in the middle of a lean patch.

In the recent home series against New Zealand, India were majorly bailed out of trouble by newbie Shreyas Iyer in Kanpur and opener Mayank Agarwal in Mumbai.

With Rohit Sharma out of the series due to a left hamstring injury, the batters have to put their best foot forward.

South Africa, on the other hand, will be playing a Test match for the first time since playing two matches against West Indies in June. Though the hosts’ batting might has been depleted by the retirements of AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis, captain Dean Elgar is still there with Aiden Markram and Rassie van der Dussen for company.

But they will have more batting concerns in terms of experience with wicketkeeper-batter Quinton de Kock only available for the first Test before going on paternity leave.

In the Proteas’ favour, Centurion has been a fortress, just like the Gabba has been for Australia. In 26 Tests at the venue, South Africa have won 21 times and faced defeat only twice, against England in 2000 and Australia in 2014.

But with them and India having pockets of weakness in batting, one can say that the series could be decided by runs and to some extent, the ability to dismiss the batters quickly.

Squads:

South Africa: Dean Elgar (captain), Temba Bavuma (vice-captain), Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper), Kagiso Rabada, Sarel Erwee, Beuran Hendricks, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Aiden Markram, Wiaan Mulder, Keegan Petersen, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Marco Jansen, Glenton Stuurman, Prenelan Subrayen, Sisanda Magala, Ryan Rickelton and Duanne Olivier.

India: Virat Kohli (captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur and Mohammed Siraj.

(With Agency Inputs)

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