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11-Oct-2019 11:41:00 GMT
Ind vs SA - 2nd Test, Pune, day 2

India on driver seat after Kohli smashes 254

Pune: Skipper Virat Kohli struck a career-best 254 not out as India declared their first innings on 601 for five on day two of the second Test against South Africa on Friday.

South Africa were 36 for three, trail by 565 runs. The tourist needed 366 runs to avoid follow-on.

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Kohli, who recorded his seventh double hundred soon after tea, put on 225 runs with Ravindra Jadeja to pulverise the South African bowling in Pune.

Jadeja was out attempting a big heave off spinner Senuran Muthusamy and was caught at long off for 91 as Kohli walked off with his partner to have a go at the opposition batting in the final session.

Playing his 50th Test as captain, Kohli surpassed batting great Don Bradman's tally of 6,996 runs and then swept Muthusamy for two runs to reach 200 in his 81st match amid a standing ovation.

The benchmark puts him in the top 50 Test run-getters, a field led by Indian icon Sachin Tendulkar with 15,921 runs in 200 matches.

Muthuswamy had Kohli caught at slip on 208 with his left-arm spin but TV replays showed the bowler had overstepped the line and the delivery was a no-ball.

Brief scores:
South Africa 36 for 3 (Umesh 2-16) trail India 601 for 5 dec (Kohli 254*, Agarwal 108, Jadeja 91, Pujara 58, Rabada 3-93) by 565 runs

Kohli and Jadeja soon launched an attack against the opposition bowlers with a string of fours and sixes from the right-left batting pair.

King Kohli, as he is fondly called by the Indian media, smashed Muthusamy for a boundary to go past his previous-best Test score of 243 and returned unconquered with 33 fours and two sixes.

Jadeja completed fifty in 79 balls and hit eight fours and two sixes in his 104-ball blitz.

The skipper started the day on 63, surviving hostile fast bowling from Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander.

He brought up his hundred before lunch with a delightful straight drive for a boundary off Philander.

His 178-run stand with overnight partner Ajinkya Rahane -- who made 58 before becoming spinner Keshav Maharaj's 100th Test victim in the only wicket to fall Friday -- took the attack to the opposition bowlers.


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