2nd Test Live: Jadeja nears ton, India flatten SA

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India declare on601/5!
Virat Kohli 254*
Mayank Agarwal 108
Ravindra Jadeja 91

Ravindra Jadeja falls just nine short of his second Test ton and India have declared on 601/5. Goes for a wild hoick but mistimes. De Bruyn completes an easy catch running in from long off.

Virat Kohli goes past 250-run mark! What a sensational effort this has been from the Indian skipper. Virat today has broken a plethora of records and has just looked unstoppable. He moves to 252 with a boundary off part-timer Dean Elgar. IND 599/4

154.4 overs: FOUR! Highest Test match score for Virat Kohli. Hits Muthusamy on the leg side for a four to go past his previous best total of 243. This is now also the highest Test total by an Indian captain.

End of 153rd over: Virat Kohli as batting on 239 at the moment. He is just five runs short from going past his highest Test score of 243 that he achieved against Sri Lanka in 2017 in Delhi. Ravindra Jadeja is too batting on 82 and it looks like he will get to his second Test ton IND 577/4

End of 151st over: Last 10 overs have produced 91 runs for India. Both Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja have now gone all guns blazing against the hapless Proteas. Kohli is bating on 231 alsonside Jadeja, who has quickly moved to 77. IND 564/4

End of 150th over: Both Ravindra Jadeja and Virat Kohli are in top gear now. 21-run over from Keshav Maharaj comes to an end. Two fours and two sixes in that over for India. Declaration looks round the corner as both batsmen are looking to slam everything out of the park.

End of 149th over: Runs flowing thick and fast in this session for India. In the total of 8 overs bowled so far, both Virat and Jadeja have collected 57 runs at a strike rate of 7.13. Another 11-run over from Muthusamy comes to an end. IND 530/4

50 up for Ravindra Jadeja!
Gets to his 12th Test fifty with a couple of runs on the off side. Excellent knock from the all-rounder. Has shown excellent reslts after his promotion to the no.6 spot.

147.2 overs: FOUR! FOUR! Both Ravindra Jadeja and Virat Kohli are now looking to score some quick runs. Back to back boundaries for Jadeja off part-timer Aiden Markram on the leg side. Jadeja moves to 47.

500 up for India!
Ravindra Jadeja drives Muthusamy through covers and 500 comes up for India in a great fashion.
Virat Kohli 209*
Ravindra Jadeja 37*

145.5 overs: Oh dear! Senuran Muthusamy gets the Virat Kohli off a no ball. What a day is Virat having. Faf du Plessis takes a good, low catch at slip but all goes in vain. Kohli survives!

Most 200s in Test cricket
12 Don Bradman
11 Kumar Sangakkara
9 Brian Lara
7 Wally Hammond/ Mahela Jayawardene/ Virat Kohli *

200 for Virat Kohli!
Masterclass from the Indian skipper. Gets to his seventh double hundred in Tests. He goes past Sachin Tendulkar (6) and Virender Sehwag (6) to register most double tons (in Tests) by an Indian. What a knock this has been from the skipper. Marshalling his troops from the front. Gets to the 7000-run mark in Tests as well.

End of 143rd over: Tidy couple of overs from the South African spinners post tea. Virat Kohli dealing in singles at the moment as he gets closer to his seventh double ton. IND 479/4

Welcome back to the final session of Day 2!
Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja are out in the middle to resume India innings post tea. Senuran Muthusamy has the ball in his hands. Just one slip for him. Here we go!

Tea break, Day 2
Virat Kohli continued his red hot form with the bat as the India captain took the hosts to a commanding 473/4 at tea on Day 2 of the second Test in Pune. Unbeaten on 194 before the break, Kohli looked on course to his seventh double ton. Ravindra Jadeja provided excellent support to Kohli from the other end with a cautious 25 off 59 balls. Resuming on 356/3 post lunch, India lost Rahane early after the break for 59. But then Kohli along with Jadeja added 97-run to put India in the driver’s seat. For South Africa, it was an another disappointing session as they could only manage one wicket in the session. Keshav Maharaj got rid of Rahane 10 minutes after the lunch break for his 100th Test wicket.

Tea break, Day 2: India 473/4 in 141 overs.
Virat Kohli 194*
Ravindra Jadeja 25*

So, the final over before the tea break comes to an end. India collect runs five runs from the Keshav Maharaj over. Virat Kohli remains unbeaten on 194.

End of 138th over: Virat Kohli is now looking for some quick runs as the tea break approaches. Collects a couple of boundaries against Keshav Maharaj. Looks like he is going to get to his double ton before the break. Kohli is on 189 with 15 minutes to go to tea. IND 462/4

136.1 overs: FOUR! Virat Kohli welcomes Vernon Philander with a boundary straight down the ground. In the slot for Kohli and he mussels it to collect four runs.

135.3 overs: FOUR! First boundary for Ravindra Jadeja after 44 balls. Full toss from Keshav Maharaj and Jadeja places the ball beautifully between the cover and the mid-off fielder to collect four runs.

End of 135th over: No signs of aggression at the moment from either Virat Kohli or Ravindra Jadeja. Both a just looking to rotate the strike. Another good 3-run over from Anrich Nortje comes to an end. IND 433/4

50-run partnership comes up between Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja!
Virat Kohli 166*
Ravindra Jadeja 6*
India 426/4 after 131.4 overs

End of 130th over: A tidy start for South Africa after the drinks break. Just one run in the last two overs. Both Anrich Nortje and Keshav Maharaj bowling in good areas.

Drinks break!
End of 128th over: Keshav Maharaj completes the final over before the drinks break. Four runs from it. A decent hour for both the teams post lunch. 15 overs, 59 runs and a wicket of Ajinkya Rahane in that hour.
Virat Kohli 156*
Ravindra Jadeja 5*

End of 127th over: A tidy comeback over from Anrich Nortje comes to an end. Just two runs from it. IND 411/4

150 for King Kohli!
Gets there in a cheeky fashion as the outside edge flies past skipper Faf du Plessis at first slip. De Plessis almost had no time to react. The ball races to the third man fence as Kohli gets to his 150 off 241 balls. Maharaj is disappointed.

400 up for India!
Gorgeous cover drive from Virat Kohli off Kagiso Rabada as he brings up India’s 400 in 124.3 overs.
Virat Kohli 142*
Ravindra Jadeja 4*

122.3 overs: FOUR! On the pads from Kagiso Rabada and that was a gift to Virat Kohli. Places the ball in the vacant deep mid-wicket region to collect his 20th four. Kohli moves to 130. IND 388/4

End of 121st over: Another tidy over from Kagiso Rabada from the other end. Both Rabada and Keshav Maharaj bowling really well in tandem. After a maiden previous from Maharaj, Rabada follows it with a one-run over. New man in Ravindra Jadeja taking his time to settle in. IND 382/4

117.2 overs: OUT! Keshav Maharaj finally gets the breakthrough for South Africa. A mammoth 178-run partnership comes to an end as Ajinkya Rahane gets caught behind. Tossed up delivery from Maharaj draws Rahane forward. Gets the outside edge and Quinton de Kock does the rest behind the stumps. Rahane walks back after scoring 59 runs. 100th Test wicket for Keshav Maharaj.

114.4 overs: FOUR! Virat Kohli gets going post lunch. Half-volley from Kagiso Rabada and Kohli gets the perfect on-drive. Timing and placement was exquisite on that one from Virat.

End of 114th over: Decent start from Senuran Muthusamy post lunch. Three runs from his over. Kagiso Rabada will share the ball with Muthusamy from the other end. IND 359/3

Welcome back to the post lunch session. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane are back on the field to resume India innings after the break. Senuran Muthusamy has the ball in hand for South Africa.

Lunch Break!
Virat Kohli 26th Test ton highlighted the morning session as India went to lunch at 356/3 on Day 2 of the second Test in Pune. Kohli, who scored a Test century after a gap of almost 10 months played brilliantly in the morning session. His deputy Ajinkya Rahane provided excellent support from the other end as the duo stitched an unbeaten 158-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Resuming on the overnight score of 273/3, both Kohli and Rahane started tentatively as Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander got movement off the pitch. But the duo fought back and played cautiously to take India inning forward. In the process, Rahane got to his 20th fifty. Kohli soon after reached the three-figure mark as India went into the break in a strong position. For South Africa, it was a disappointing session as the bowlers remained wicketless.

Lunch, Day 2: India 356/3 in 113 overs
Virat Kohli 104*
Ajinkya Rahane 58*

And that’s lunch on Day 2 of the second Test. India head into the break in a strong position as both Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane remain unbeaten at the crease.

100 for Virat Kohli!
His first of the year in Tests. Gets to his 26th ton off 173 balls. Gets a Test century after a gap of almost 10 months. The last century for Virat (140) came in December 2018 against Australia in Perth. A sigh of relief for the Indian skipper as he gets to the three-figure mark. Virat batted beautifully in the testing conditions early on Day 2. A well deserved hundered for the skipper.

End of 108th over: Senuran Muthusamy bowls a good, tight first over. Just a single from it. Ajinkya Rahane blocks the last ball to give Virat Kohli the strike. IND 341/3

Change in bowling for South Africa! Senuran Muthusamy comes into the attack. Virat Kohli on 96.

50 for Ajinkya Rahane!
A hard-fought innings as he gets to his 20th half-century in in Tests. Gets there in 141 deliveries. Takes a quick single on the on side off Anrich Nortje to get to his fifty. A solid knock from the India vice-captain. IND 338/3

101.1 overs: FOUR! Good length delivery from Anrich Nortje and Virat Kohli pokes at it. Gets the outside edge and the ball goes through between the slip and the gully fielder. Kohli moves into the 90’s. IND 324/3

100.1 overs: Review from South Africa! Keshav Maharaj traps Ajinkya Rahne first-ball of his spell on Day 2. Umpire rules not out. Looked close but the hawk-eye shows that the ball was pitching outside leg stump. Excellent decision from the umpire. Maharaj almost got the India vice-captain on that occasion. Rahane survives!

Drinks Break!
India have done beautifully in the first hour on Day 2. South Africa remain wicketless as Kagiso Rabada over comes to an end. And time for some refreshments as drinks come on to the field.
Virat Kohli (85*)
Ajinkya Rahane (35*)
IND 314/3 after 99 overs

96.1 overs: FOUR! Terrific shot from Virat Kohli through square leg as 300 comes up for India! Rolls his wrist beautifully as the ball races to the fence. Kohli moves into the 80’s. IND 302/3

100-run partnership comes up between Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane
Virat Kohli (79*)
Ajinkya Rahane (26*)
IND 298/3 after 95.5 overs

93.4 overs: FOUR!
142km/hr delivery from Anrich Nortje and Virat Kohli pulls the ball in front of square to collect four runs. Excellent timing and placement from Kohli on that occasion. Looked in total control of that. IND 295/3

First bowling change for South Africa on Day 2! Anrich Nortje comes in to replace Kagiso Rabada. IND 291/3 after 93 overs.

92.1 overs: FOUR! Another streaky boundary for India early on Day 2. This time it’s Ajinkya Rahane who gets the outside edge off Vernon Philander. The ball goes wide of Aiden Markram at gully and races to the fence. IND 289/3

End of 92nd over: FOUR! Boundary on the final ball of the over. Over-pitched from Kagiso Rabada and Virat Kohli hits the ball beautifully straight down the ground to collect four runs. More control this time from Kohli as he moves into the 70’s. IND 285/3

End of 89th over: Dropped! A difficult chance but seems Quinton De Kock was late at it. Got wrong footed as well. Virat Kohli played it with soft hands so the ball was also dying on its way. Goes through between wicket-keeper and first slip as India and Virat collect their first boundary on Day 2. A disappointing end to Vernon Philander’s over. IND 280/3

End of 87th over: Tidy start from Vernon Philander from the other end as well. Just a single from his first over on Day 2. Rabada to continue with two slips and a gully. IND 275/3

End of 86th over: End of Kagiso Rabada over. Just an extra from it. Vernon Philander with share the ball with Rabada from the other end. IND 274/3

85.6 overs: First run for India on Day 2 comes in the form of an extra. Kagiso Rabada oversteps and it’s a no ball. Fifth no ball of the inning for South Africa. IND 274/3

Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane are out in the middle to resume India innings on Day 2. Kagiso Rabada will start the proceedings for South Africa. Two slips and a gully for him. Here we go!

Pitch report, Day 2: “The pitch will play a lot better as it has dried up. The second new ball is still hard and new, for South Africa to get back into the game they have to get their line and length right. The red spot on a good length – in line with the off-stump – is one where they should be concentrating. It’s the ‘don’t know’ zone for the batters. Mix it up with the odd short ball, to make sure the batsman is not certain whether to get forward or not,” said Sunil Gavaskar.

Meanwhile, swashbuckling all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who is currently recovering from a lower back surgery turned 28 today.

Virat Kohli, who last scored a Test century in December 2018 (140 in Perth) in Australia, will look to end the drought in the longest format.

After a good first day outing, India will now look to capitalize on the good platform. Skipper Virat Kohli is unbeaten on 63 alongside his deputy Ajinkya Rahane on 18.

Hello and welcome to the Live coverage of Day 2 of the second Test between India and South Africa in Pune.

PREVIEW:

Mayank Agarwal hit his second century in successive matches on the opening day of the second Test against South Africa Thursday and said his side should aim for a 500-run first innings. The opener, who made a double century in India’s opening Test win, scored 108 after the hosts elected to bat.

India were 273-3 when bad light forced an early end to play, with skipper Virat Kohli unbeaten on 63 and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane on 18. Kohli and Rahane put on 75 runs for the fourth wicket to thwart South Africa’s determined bowlers who kept them under pressure as the gloom crept in.

Agarwal, 28, said he was thrilled with his performance.

“The team is in a good position, winning the toss, batting first and with one batsman short, it’s a good thing to make runs… 450-500 would be nice,” Agarwal said.

“Try and get big runs in the first innings… (that) could help us in case we don’t want to bat again. It could really put pressure on the South Africans.”

Kohli, leading the Test side for the 50th time, reached his half-century with a boundary off fast bowler Vernon Philander. But Agarwal took the lead role despite being hit on the helmet from a bouncer by debutant paceman Anrich Nortje. He went on to hit Nortje for three glorious off drives in one over before lunch.

The right-handed batsman put on 138 runs for the second wicket with Cheteshwar Pujara, who made 58, to steady the innings after the fall of Rohit Sharma early in the day. He was eventually caught in the slips by South African captain Faf du Plessis — one of fast bowler Kagiso Rabada’s three wickets for the day.

“There were periods where I was getting boundaries very easily, there were periods where they bowled very good line and lengths and were testing the bouncer as well,” said Agarwal, who is playing his sixth Test since making his debut last year.

Rabada also claimed Sharma, who edged the ball into the gloves of wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock for 14 in the 10th over. That was a disappointment for Sharma, who hit twin centuries in his first run as Test opener in Visakhapatnam where India took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Rabada struck again to get Pujara, caught again by du Plessis, just before tea. Pujara, who was dropped by Temba Bavuma before he scored, hit a six and nine fours. Rabada returned figures of 3-48 in 18.1 overs.
Victory for India in the series will see them beat the record of 10 straight home series wins they share with Australia.

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