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India vs South Africa, 1st Test Day 1 Highlights: KL Rahul ton helps IND to end day at 272/3

India vs South Africa 1st Test Day 1 Highlights: K L Rahul produced a majestic knock in testing conditions en route to his sixth overseas century as India made a near perfect start to the Test series against South Africa.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: December 29, 2021 3:09:19 pm
India's Mayank Agarwal, left, with teammate KL Rahul watch the electronic screen as the TV umpire reviews an LBW appeal by South Africa during the Test Cricket match between South Africa India at Centurion Park in Pretoria, South Africa, Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

India vs South Africa 1st Test Day 1 Highlights: Opener K L Rahul produced a majestic knock in testing conditions en route to his sixth overseas century as India made a near perfect start to the Test series against South Africa, here on Sunday. Rahul (122 batting off 248), alongside opener partner Mayank Agarwal (60), set up a strong platform for India with a 117-run stand, enabling the visitors to reach 272 for three at stumps.

Skipper Virat Kohli (35 off 94) fell to a loose shot after doing all the hardwork while under-pressure Cheteshwar Pujara lasted only one ball. Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane (40 batting off 81), who like Pujara is fighting to save his place in the team, were in the middle at close of play. Rahane looked in a good touch and will be aiming for big score on day two.

Barring Lungi Ngidi, who took all the wickets to fall on the day, South Africa pacers were not probing enough in their line and lengths and offered too many loose balls.

India Playing XI: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj

South Africa Playing XI: Dean Elgar (c), Aiden Markram, Keegan Petersen, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock(w), Wiaan Mulder, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi

Match EndedIndia tour of South Africa, 2021/22 - 1st Test

South Africa

197 (62.3) u0026 191 (68.0)
vs

India

327 (105.3) u0026 174 (50.3)
Match Ended ( Day 5 - 1st Test )
India beat South Africa by 113 runs

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India vs South Africa Highlights: Catch all the highlights between the two teams from Centurion

22:13 (IST)26 Dec 2021
Look back at what transpired

Opener K L Rahul produced a majestic knock in testing conditions en route to his sixth overseas century as India made a near perfect start to the Test series against South Africa, here on Sunday.

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21:45 (IST)26 Dec 2021
KL Rahul: A look back
21:00 (IST)26 Dec 2021
Hundreds by an Indian opener in the first day of a tour outside Asia

122* M Vijay v Eng Trent Bridge 2014
122* KL Rahul v SA Centurion 2021/22

21:00 (IST)26 Dec 2021
Most runs scored by India in the first day of a tour outside Asia

372/7 v SA Bloemfontein 2001/02
302/4 v WI North Sound 2016
272/3 v SA Centurion 2021/22
272/6 v Eng Leeds 1952

20:53 (IST)26 Dec 2021
IND 272/3 at stumps

And the day is over. What a day it has been for KL Rahul. India has comfortably won the day after a wobbly second session. Rahul and Rahane has taken control brilliantly. IND finish day at 272/3 at stumps.

20:37 (IST)26 Dec 2021
Back to back fours by Rahane

Rabada gets hit for a 4 by Rahane. And another 4 to follow. Rahane in fine form. India cruising at 264/3.

20:33 (IST)26 Dec 2021
Lucky 4

India are looking in good touch as the day edges towards stumps. A four by Rahul to Rabada. New ball working for Rabada. That was lucky from Rahul.

20:09 (IST)26 Dec 2021
The moment
20:01 (IST)26 Dec 2021
Rahul's ton

And Rahul brings up his ton. What an innigs this has been. A boxing day 100 for KL Rahul. KL Rahul is the second Indian opening batsman to score a Test century in South Africa; the first being Wasim Jaffer's 116 in Cape Town in 2006/07.

19:57 (IST)26 Dec 2021
Rahane on fire

And Rahane is continuing spraying fours. Sweetly timed. Driven to deep square leg. Rahul, meanwhile, is in the 90s for sometime now.  Single and he goes up to 99. IND 233/3.

19:44 (IST)26 Dec 2021
Rahane: Man on a mission

Rahane is a man on a mission. He is dealing with only boundaries at the moment. Another 4. He has already hit four 4s since he has come on to replace Kohli. IND 222/3 after 74 overs.

19:25 (IST)26 Dec 2021
200 up

India reach 200 in style as Rahane creams the drive past the diving mid-off fielder. That will do a hell lot for his confidence. IND 203/3.

19:18 (IST)26 Dec 2021
OUT!!

And gone!!! Ngidi gets his third as Virat Kohli walks. Full and way outside off and it was edged. Swishes at it and is taken at first slip. 

19:16 (IST)26 Dec 2021
Maiden

Jansen replaces Maharaj who got hammered in his last over. 4 back to back dots. Good line. And a maiden as India remain at 199/2 after 68 overs.

19:08 (IST)26 Dec 2021
FOUR, SIX

Another great shot by Rahul. The pressure is easing on the Indians. Rahul pulls, hits it in the air but right in between mid-wicket and mid-on. And another one. This time it's a maximum. Uses his feet, gets to the pitch of the ball and hits it all the way over long-on.Rahul into the 90s.

18:56 (IST)26 Dec 2021
Masterstroke by Rahul

And a great shot by Rahul to Rabada. Beautiful poise. Slapped forward for a 4. The next two balls yields 2 dots. IND 182/2 after 63 overs.

18:51 (IST)26 Dec 2021
Bavuma's side footer
18:47 (IST)26 Dec 2021
Beauty!!!

And another to Rabada. Kohli's cover drive is something special to witness when in full flow. Strides forward and creams it in front of square. There's a deep point in place but he had no chance of stopping that. IND 174/2 after 61 overs.

18:43 (IST)26 Dec 2021
Great timing by Kohli

What a well timed shot by the skipper. Bavuma has no chance of chasing that. Flatter and sliding on for a 4. Great great timing. IND 166/2 after 60 overs.

18:36 (IST)26 Dec 2021
Here we go again

So, we are back after Tea. India hope to build on that steady Kohli-KL partnership as Maharaj will start proceedings for South Africa. 1 run off this over. IND 158/2 after 58 overs.

The series, which starts from Sunday at Centurion, could either mark the final stretch of Kohli's ascent to immortality or the slow slope into the sunset. (File)

Nearly four years ago, Virat Kohli and an impressionable young side landed in South Africa with the burning ambition to emerge as a genuinely world-beating side. India lost that series, but offered a precursor of their collective and individual capabilities, exhibiting a distinct streak of indefatigability that has come to symbolise both the captain and his team.

In the intervening four years, the group scaled unprecedented heights in Test cricket, achieving most of what they had set their heads and hearts on — two series wins in Australia and leading a Test series in England, besides reaching the World Test Championship final. (READ MORE)

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