#SAvIND: India win toss, will bat first in third Test

On a hard pitch, the Indian skipper was given two lifelines by the South Africans.

India: Virat Kohli (Capt.), M. Vijay, K.L. Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, Parthiv Patel (wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, R. Ashwin, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Umesh Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja. Virat Kohli's team pick in under a huge criticization, as majority blamed him for excluding B Kumar from the second test playing 11. Pujara took 179 balls to reach his fifty and only opened his mark after playing 54 deliveries.

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly jumped to Kohli's defence and called for the latter's critics to show some patience, "With Graeme Smith, I'm not agreeable to that". I don't see that in the current Indian squad", Sehwag also added that "There's no one in the squad who can challenge Kohli's selection decision in the dressing room. "If we post a good first innings score, I think it will be a good game", he signed off. And there is enough pace now. "You've got to be really positive and look to score", he said, optimistically adding that it would only really get treacherous to bat on day four and five but admitting that it "already getting quite hard".

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Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar told The Hindu some time back, "What guard you take is important". Pujara took 31 of those 48 balls, which means 31 of the 41 balls Philander bowled while he was at the wicket. Kohli backed his eye to pick errors in length early and punish them. But Pujara supported his skipper well. The cracks are opening up and a couple of balls are deviating a lot. "But the way Kohli and Pujara batted was really good", said Phehlukwayo. "We will have a clear picture by the end of this afternoon", the skipper said. If India still managed that much, it was largely due to Kohli himself and a bit of luck that came his way.

Brief scores: India first innings: 45/2 (Virat Kohli 24 batting; Vernon Philander 1/1) vs South Africa at lunch on Day 1. The Proteas still trail by 181 with rain in the air, going into the second day. Because we gave South Africa a total and forced them to play their best cricket to go for it. "I think we bowled really well". Despite losing both the Test matches in the tough South African conditions, Indian bowlers produced an outstanding display with the ball taking all 20 wickets in the two innings. "We would like to restrict them to below 150", Pujara said. Although there is more grass on the wicket this time, you know the pace and bounce will probably be similar to what it was in 2013.

In between though, Kohli kept scoring the way he likes to, planting his foot as close to the pitch of the ball and going for drives.


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