Player of the Match
Player of the Match

1:25pm We're ready for play. Ashwin is opening the bowling. Slip and short leg. Over the wicket.

WATCH - Kohli chips to long-on (Indian subcontinent only)

WATCH - Morkel gets Ishant out to a fend (Indian subcontinent only)

1:16pm Kohli gets a pat from Faf and a few others. They're clapping him off the field. It's an innings worthy of all that respect. 153 runs, he's almost singlehandedly brought India within 28 runs of South Africa's total. That is a good effort. South Africa could easily have been batting by now, and could easily have been over 100 runs ahead. Instead, they're going to come out with a 28-run advantage, and the knowledge that Ashwin is going to get serious purchase from this pitch. Once again, these two teams have set us up for an epic. Stick around.

Morkel to Kohli, OUT, chips to long-on. Full ball on middle stump, steps out and wants to chip it straight. But he cramps himself and it comes off the inside half of the bat. Long-on gets a simple one to his right

V Kohli c de Villiers b Morkel 153 (379m 217b 15x4 0x6) SR: 70.50

92 | 1 Run | INDIA: 307/9

  • V Kohli153 (216b)
  • JJ Bumrah0 (2b)
  • K Rabada20-1-74-1
  • M Morkel22-5-60-3
Rabada to Kohli, 1 run, drops it short and he pulls over mid-on. Amla runs a long way to his left from deep midwicket. They take one
Rabada to Kohli, no run, length ball outside off, looks to punch this over extra cover on the rise. Beaten in pace. He mistimes and it rolls out to the fielder

Three fielders inside the "circle" on the leg side now. Only extra cover inside on the off side.

Sunny: "why do Indian helmets done have the protection on their rear! ..every team in the world has implemented them after that unfortunate incident "

Rabada to Kohli, no run, back of a length outside off, pushed to third man with an open face
Rabada to Kohli, no run, back of a length at off stump, defended off the back foot
Rabada to Kohli, no run, good length at off stump, defended into the slip region

Unwanted run


Cheteshwar Pujara is the first India player to be run out twice in a Test. He's the 23rd overall and first since Stephen Fleming v Zimbabwe in December 2000.

Record chase needed


The highest run-chase at SuperSport Park in Centurion, which was by England in 2000. India are set a record target of 287 to chase. There have been only six successful chases at the venue and five of those have been by the home team.

Faf's feat


Runs for Faf du Plessis in Tests. Since his debut, only Amla has scored more runs for SA than du Plessis.

Going on and on


No. of century partnerships in this series. The one between De Villiers and Elgar is the biggest of the two, going past 114 added by De Villiers and Du Plessis in the last Test.

Captain steps up


No. of centuries by India captains in South Africa - Tendulkar (169) in Cape Town 1996-97 and Kohli in this Test.

Opening with spin


Last time a spinner opened the bowling for South Africa in the first innings - Aubrey Faulkner v Australia. SA opened with Keshav Maharaj in this Test.

Shami's century


Wickets for Mohammad Shami in Tests, becoming only the 7th India fast bowler to the milestone.

Spin in Centurion


Wickets for Ashwin so far, which is already 2nd-best for a spinner in the first innings of a Centurion Test; Swann's 5 for 110 in 2009 is the best. Ashwin's 31 overs is 3rd-highest by a spinner in the 1st inngs in Centurion

A first for de Kock


Number of ducks at home for de Kock in all international matches. He has 7 in away games - 3 in NZ, 2 in Ban, 1 each in Aus and SL - but this one in Centurion was his first in South Africa

A long time coming


Innings between two run-outs for Amla in Tests. The last time he was run out in this format was way back in November 2012, in Perth

Centurion's king


Previous most runs by a batsman at SuperSport Park in Centurion, by Jacques Kallis. Hashim Amla has gone past that mark.

Markram's home


Aiden Markram's average in last 6 innings in Centurion (his home ground) across all formats in last six innings, before this match. His scores have been: 161, 119, 87, 51*, 56*, 18*. He has got to another fifty in this innings.

Solid pair


No. of 50+ partnerships between Aiden Markram and Dean Elgar in 7 Test innings, including this innings. They average over 100 as a pair.

South Africa's den


Win-loss record for South Africa in Centurion, in 22 previous Tests. Their win-loss ratio of 8.50 at the venue is the second-best for any team playing 10+ Tests at a ground.