Virat Kohli has been batting like a dream on this South Africa tour. Except the first Test match, where the South African bowlers had his number, they have found it difficult to dismiss him.
However, Tabraiz Shamsi, Kohli’s RCB team mate, looked like a man on a mission, extracting a false shot from Kohli early on in his innings, but Behardien dropped a sitter at long on.
Kohli had his respite and wanted to make it count, but Shamsi’s next over brought about his dismissal, as the ball came in sharply from a good length, trapping Kohli right in front.
Shamsi was almost celebrating in his appeal, and when the umpire raised his finger, he went into a Tahir-like celebration, running all over the place, arms aloft.
Kohli went in for the review but did not look very confident, and the replays suggested that he was trapped in front, indeed.
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Ever since Kohli’s dismissal, Pandey and Dhawan have been motoring along very well, picking up the boundaries on offer and rotating strike with some confidence.
India look to be on track for a 200+ score and a late order burst from Pandya and Dhoni could take them even further.
Virat Kohli would be hoping to get a score in excess of 200, so that his bowlers have a good enough score to bowl at on this flat Wanderers track.
As the ball travels far at the Wanderers, India can’t be complacent during the death overs and will be targeting at least 70 off the last 5.