Centurion, Jan 15: India were bowled out for 307, falling 28 runs behind in their first innings against South Africa on the third day of the second cricket Test match here on Monday. Skipper Virat Kohli (153) was the highest scorer among the Indian batsmen. A defiant Kohli struck his 21st century and guided India to 287 for eight at lunch on the third day of the second cricket Test against South Africa here.
At the break, Kohli was batting on 141 runs (193 balls, 14 fours) while Ishant Sharma was yet to open his account. India trailed by another 48 runs.
Starting from overnight 183/5, Kohli and Hardik Pandya (15) took their overnight sixth wicket partnership to 45 runs. In doing so, they helped India cross 200 in the 65th over.
Kohli then reached his hundred off 146 balls, inclusive of 10 fours. He became the first overseas captain to score a Test hundred at Centurion. The previous highest for a visiting captain at this ground was 90 by Mahendra Singh Dhoni in 2010.
Additionally, he became only the second Indian skipper to score a Test hundred on South African soil, after Sachin Tendulkar at Cape Town in 1997.
This was Kohli's second Test hundred in South Africa, the second-most after Tendulkar who has 5 Test centuries here.
Resuming the second session at 287/8, Kohli played sensibly and completed his 150 runs through a brilliant cut. Immediately after completing his 150, Kohli kissed his wedding ring in a strong message to his critics and trolls of Anushka Sharma who have been saying that Anushka is unlucky for Indian cricket.
Ishant Sharma (3) was then dismissed by pacer Morne Morkel. Kohli, while trying to pace up the innings at the end, was then caught by AB de Villiers off Morkel. During his brilliant knock, Kohli milked 15 fours. For South Africa. Morkel claimed four wickets while Keshav Maharaj, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada and Lungisani Ngidi took one each.