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Another ‘Kohli masterclass’ buries South Africa in Pune

India declared their innings at 601/5 and reduced South Africa to 36 for 3 at stumps of day two.

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Another 'Kohli masterclass' buries South Africa in Pune
Virat Kohli slams 254 runs. Photo: BCCI

Indian skipper Virat Kohli, on his one of the very best days, broke numerous records on the way to a career-best knock leading his team to mount a gigantic score in the first innings on the second day of the second Test at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Friday.

India declared their innings at 601/5 but South Africa’s misery did not come to an end at that point as the hosts’ pacers rattled the opponent top order reducing South Africa to 36 for 3 at stumps of day two.

Theunis de Bruyn and Anrich Nortje batting on 20* and 2* respectively. Umesh Yadav took 2 for 16.

Resuming the play at 273/3, captain Kohli and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane were attached in the middle putting up a 178-run partnership before Keshav Maharaj dismissed Rahane for 59.

In the first session, Kohli reached into his 26th Test and 69th international hundred driving Vernon Philander. His epic 254 runs innings contained 33 fours and two sixes off 336 balls.

On the way to his seventh double hundred, Kohli also completed 7000 runs in Test cricket and now possess 40 hundreds in international cricket after being selected as a captain that put him just a hundred away to equal Ricky Ponting’s record of 41 hundreds in international cricket as captain.

Kohli also surpassed Bradman as he completed ninth 150-plus score in Test cricket.

Ravindra Jadeja with whom the skipper pulled a massive 225 run partnership, was just unfortunate to miss the ton losing his wicket striking 91 off 104 balls. The left-hander hit eight fours and two sixes.

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