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Records tumble as Virat Kohli’s ton puts India in command

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Pune:  South Africa ended the day two of the second Test at 36 for three, in reply to India’s mammoth first innings total of 601 for five declared, here on Friday.

India captain Virat Kohli blended grace with determination to raise his record-breaking seventh double hundred which grinded down a hapless South Africa on the second day of the second Test.

With Kohli scoring a career-best unbeaten 254, India buried the Proteas under a mountain of runs, putting on board a mammoth 601 for five.

Kohli surpassed legendary Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, who had scored six double tons each.

He also equalled Ricky Ponting’s record of 19 hundreds as Test skipper even though record belongs to Graeme Smith (25).

Ravindra Jadeja (91) also helped himself with some heavy duty hitting before missing out on his second Test hundred as Kohli declared immediately after his dismissal.

Pacer Umesh Yadav removed both the openers Dean Elgar (6) and Aiden Markaram (0) while Mohammed Shami saw the back of Temba Bavuma (8).

Theunis de Bruyn (20) and Anrich Nortje (2) will resume South Africa’s innings tomorrow. The visitors trail India by 565 runs.

Brief Scores:

India 1st innings: 601 for five in 156.3 (Virat Kohli not out 254; Kagiso Rabada 3/93).

South Africa 1st innings: 36 for 3 in 15 overs. (T de Bruyn bating 20; Umesh Yadav 2/16)

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