CENTURION, Jan 15: Virat Kohli kept India alive in the second Test with a masterful hundred before AB de Villiers turned the tide in South Africa�s favour on an eventful third day, affected by rain and bad light.
De Villiers scored his 42nd half-century as South Africa reached 90 for two at stumps in their second innings, overcoming a disastrous start to lead India by 118 runs.
Only 10 overs were possible in the final session as rain and bad light hampered play.
At the close, de Villiers was unbeaten on 50 runs (78 balls, 6 fours) while Dean Elgar was batting on 36 not out (78 balls, 4 fours). They added 87 runs for the third wicket, with South Africa�s overall lead at 118 runs.
Post tea, play only got underway for 20 minutes before a thunderstorm washed away nearly an hour. At resumption of play, Indian skipper had been clearly unhappy with the wet ground and how it affected the ball as well.
No overs were lost though and when play resumed the session had been extended an hour past local time to end at 6.30pm local time. However, only 5.1 overs were possible on resumption as the umpires stopped play for bad light. A lot happened in that passage of play though. Parthiv Patel missed a simple chance from Elgar (on 29) who edged behind off Jasprit Bumrah (2-30) in the 25th over.
The wicketkeeper kept watching as the ball sailed in the gap and away for four, expecting Cheteshwar Pujara at first slip to go for it. � PTI
South Africa 1st innings: 335
India 1st innings:
Vijay c de Kock b Maharaj 46
Rahul c & b Morkel 10
Pujara run out (Ngidi) 0
Kohli c de Villiers b Morkel 153
Rohit lbw b Rabada 10
Patel c de Kock b Ngidi 19
Pandya run out (Philander) 15
Ashwin c du Plessis b Philander 38
Shami c Amla b Morkel 1
Ishant c Markram b Morkel 3
Bumrah not out 0
Extras: (b8, lb1, w2, nb1) 12
Total: (10 wkts, 92.1 over) 307
Fall of wickets: 28-1, 28-2, 107-3, 132-4, 164-5, 209-6, 280-7, 281-8, 306-9, 307-10.
Bowling: Keshav Maharaj 20-1-67-1, Morne Morkel 22.1-5- 60-4, Vernon Philander 16-3-46-1, Kagiso Rabada 20-1-74-1, Lungi Ngidi 14-2-51-1.
South Africa 2nd innings:
Markram lbw b Bumrah 1
Elgar not out 36
Amla lbw b Bumrah 1
AB de Villiers not out 50
Extras: (lb 1, w 1) 2
Total: (2 wkts, 29 Overs) 90-2
Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-3
Bowling: Ashwin 12-0-33-0, Bumrah 8-2-30-2, Ishant 4-0-14-0, Shami 5-1-12-0.