Cape Town: India captain Virat Kohli stamped authority with the bat in Centurion against South Africa when he went past 150-run mark in the second session of day 3. Kohli completed his 150 with a boundary off fast bowler Morne Morkel. The Indian captain celebrated the milestone with a sweet gesture as he kissed the wedding ring. Kohli had got married to Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma in December last year in Italy and the couple later revealed the news on social media. This is Virat’s 21st hundred in the longer format.
India were eventually bowled out for 307 after Morkel scalped Kohli’s wicket to concede a 28-run lead. He was undone for 153. Apart from Kohli, opener Murli Vijay and Ashwin showed resistance against a formidable South African bowling line up. Vijay scored 46 while Ashwin was out for 38.
Earlier, the visiting team resumed third day’s play at 183/5 with Kohli and Pandya at the crease. The two batsmen looked steady before Pandya got run out for 15, courtesy a casual attitude from Pandya while running between the wickets. Pandya didn’t drag his bat in the crease and Vernon Philander was accurate enough to dislodge the stumps.