Virat Kohli played an innings of 79 runs in the Cape Town Test, the Indian team once again failed to reach 300.
IND VS SA: Indian batting failed even in the first innings of Cape Town Test
Barring the first innings of the Centurion Test, India’s talented batting lineup has disappointed after that. Once again the Indian team could not score 300 in front of the inexperienced bowlers of South Africa. Team India was reduced to just 223 runs in the first innings of the Cape Town Test. Indian captain Virat Kohli hit a half-century but the other batsmen flopped. Virat Kohli played an innings of 79 runs. After this Pujara scored 43 runs, Pant played an innings of 27 runs.
Kagiso Rabada and Marco Yanson bowled well for South Africa. Rabada took 4 and Yansan took 3 wickets. Olivier, Engidi and Maharaj took 1-1 wickets. Let us tell you that the Indian team has reached the 300 mark only once in this series and it has not touched the 300 mark in the last 4 innings. The reason for this is the poor performance of the Indian middle order and Mayank Agarwal, the second opener in this series, has also been a flop.
Indian opening fail
In the Cape Town Test, Captain Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first. A good start was expected from KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. Both played some visible strokes as soon as they arrived but Duane Olivier gave South Africa the first success by dismissing KL Rahul for 12 runs. In the very next over, Rabada attacked and took the wicket of Mayank Agarwal. After this, Pujara and captain Kohli took over the Indian innings till lunch. Both added 62 runs in 153 balls. Till lunch, the Indian team was able to score 75 runs for 2 wickets but after that South Africa retaliated.
Marco Yanson dismissed Pujara for 43 and after some time Rahane gave the wicket to Rabada. However, Kohli persisted and he made another half-century partnership with Pant. Both added 51 runs in 113 balls. Pant was batting well but lost his wicket on a good delivery from Yanson. However, before the pair broke up, Virat Kohli reached his 28th Test half-century. After this Ashwin got out after scoring 8 runs. Virat along with Shardul Thakur added 30 runs in 30 balls. Shardul was also out early and Bumrah could not stand. Virat Kohli lost his wicket for 79 runs in the pursuit of scoring early runs. In the end, the Indian team could only score 223 runs.