Virat Kohli scored his 5th test hundred on the first day of the first test match against South Africa which is currently going on at the Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg.
It was a high quality knock by India’s new no. 4 batsman.
It was a typical Wanderers pitch with a bit of green tinge on it and bowling first was believed to be a good choice, but, the Indian captain MS Dhoni surprised everyone by deciding to bat first after winning the toss.
It looked like a wrong decision at the start as India lost a couple of wickets very quickly, but, at the fall of the second wicket, Virat walked out and he tried to take the attack to the opposition. He took on the short balls which were being dished out by Dale Steyn and company. He played some great pull shots and the batting suddenly started looking very easy.
The thing which was most impressive about Virat’s knock was the way he was leaving the deliveries. He seemed to have got complete idea of where his off stump was.
The 25 years old right hander from Delhi completed his hundred after tea with a square cut. It was his second test ton outside the subcontinent.
The way Virat was playing, it seemed he would return not out at the end of the day’s play, but, that wasn’t the case to be. At the score of 119, he perished trying to play an extravagant cover drive. He couldn’t hit it out of the middle of the bat and ended up slicing it in the hands of the fielder standing at cover.
At stumps on day 1, India’s score was 255 for the loss of 5 wickets. They would like to add at least 100 more runs to their score on the 2nd day.