After the World Cup 2023, Team India is back in the longest format of cricket. Ending the World Cup on a disappointing note, Team India is in South Africa to play a long series. After wrapping up the white ball format, now it is time for Test cricket. On December 26, the first Test match between South Africa and India started. On the second day, when South Africa was playing their first innings, Virat Kohli’s bail exchange changed the game. That moment caught the spotlight.
Virat’s Bail Change:
After struggling in the first innings, Team India got all out in 245 runs. KL Rahul was exceptional. He scored an amazing century. After South Africa started their first innings, they lost their first wicket quickly. But the partnership between Tony de Zorzi and Dean Elgar was getting stronger. They Virat Kohli made a unique change. The two balls before the dismissal, Kohli changed the bails. It seems like luck came through that way. In the last ball of that over, Bumrah gets a long-desired wicket.
In the last delivery of the 29th over, Jasprit Bumrah bowled a short-length delivery on the off stump. Zorzi was looking to defend that. But it took a thick outside-edge carries to the lap of third slip and Jaiswal took the catch. The South African Team got under pressure with this wicket.
India vs. South Africa First Test Match:
On December 26, the clash between India and South Africa in the first Test series began with South Africa choosing to bowl after winning the toss. Team India faced a tough start, losing quick wickets, including skipper Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, and Yashasvi Jaiswal.
Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer joined forces, stabilizing India’s innings. Kohli contributed 38 runs in 64 balls before departing, and Iyer added 31 runs. Unfortunately, Shardul Thakur faced a bouncer from Gerald Coetzee, and Ravichandran Ashwin departed quickly after scoring 8 runs.
Amidst the challenging situation, KL Rahul emerged as the hero of the match. Making a comeback after a prolonged injury, Rahul played a resilient inning, scoring 101 runs in 137 balls. His impressive performance, featuring 14 boundaries and 4 sixes, played a crucial role as Team India reached a total of 245 runs before being all out. Rahul’s determined stand in the face of frequent wicket losses showcased his resilience and batting prowess.
After India got all out in 245 runs, South Africa came to bat. They lost Aiden Markram’s wicket quite early. Tony de Zorzi was dismissed in 28 runs. Dean Elgar is going strong. He is still unbeaten on 82 runs in 113 balls. He smashed 15 boundaries. David Bedingham is batting on 13 runs in 12 balls. South Africa is 138-3