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India vs South Africa 1st Test Day 2: KL Rahul’s Brilliant Century Lifts India to 245; South Africa Leads by 11 Runs

India vs South Africa 1st Test Day 2: In a riveting clash between India and South Africa in the first Test, the spotlight was on KL Rahul‘s stellar century and the challenging conditions that unfolded on Day 2. The action-packed day left fans on the edge of their seats as the players battled it out on a pitch that offered unpredictable bounce and challenging playing conditions.

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India vs South Africa 1st Test Day 2: KL Rahul’s Brilliant Century Lifts India to 245; South Africa Leads by 11 Runs

The day began with South Africa leading by 11 runs when bad light interrupted play, forcing early stumps. Dean Elgar’s farewell series shone brightly as he scored his 14th Test century, supported by debutant David Bedingham, who marked his Test debut with a fifty. The duo’s century partnership post-tea on the second day pushed South Africa ahead, leaving India wicketless for almost 30 overs.

KL Rahul’s exceptional century, his eighth in Test cricket, guided India to a respectable total of 245 in the first innings. His innings, marked by composure on a challenging pitch, showcased his prowess and played a crucial role in India’s performance. Rahul’s century, along with contributions from the lower order, added significant runs to India’s tally.

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image 862 India vs South Africa 1st Test Day 2: KL Rahul's Brilliant Century Lifts India to 245; South Africa Leads by 11 Runs

India vs South Africa 1st Test Day 2: KL Rahul’s Brilliant Century Lifts India to 245; South Africa Leads by 11 Runs

Despite early setbacks, India’s bowlers, led by Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj, made a strong comeback in the final session of Day 2. Bumrah’s fiery spells and Siraj’s crucial breakthroughs brought India back into contention, putting a brake on South Africa’s run flow. The match took unexpected turns, with both teams showcasing determination and resilience.

Adding to the drama, Virat Kohli, back in action after the World Cup 2023, expressed his love for Test cricket. Kohli emphasized that Test cricket is the foundation, history, culture, and heritage of the game. In a video posted by Star Sports, he highlighted the essence of Test cricket, emphasizing the constant requirement to make a comeback, whether individually successful or not.

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image 863 India vs South Africa 1st Test Day 2: KL Rahul's Brilliant Century Lifts India to 245; South Africa Leads by 11 Runs

India vs South Africa 1st Test Day 2: KL Rahul’s Brilliant Century Lifts India to 245; South Africa Leads by 11 Runs

“Test cricket for me is the foundation of the game. It’s history. It’s culture. It’s heritage. It’s everything,” said Kohli. As the series unfolds, Kohli’s return and his passion for the traditional format add an extra layer of excitement for fans.

In a dramatic turn of events, India’s superstar batter, Virat Kohli, stepped in for captain Rohit Sharma, who picked up an injury, to give a fiery pep talk during the disappointing second session on Day 2. Kohli’s motivational words aimed to uplift the team after a challenging phase, showcasing his leadership and commitment to the team’s success.

image 864 India vs South Africa 1st Test Day 2: KL Rahul's Brilliant Century Lifts India to 245; South Africa Leads by 11 Runs

India vs South Africa 1st Test Day 2: KL Rahul’s Brilliant Century Lifts India to 245; South Africa Leads by 11 Runs

As the Test series between India and South Africa unfolds, the roller-coaster of emotions, brilliant performances, and unforeseen twists promise an enthralling cricketing spectacle. The battle-tested players and emerging talents set the stage for a captivating contest, making this series a must-watch for cricket enthusiasts worldwide.

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