Monday, 24 January, 2022

India prosper despite double setback

India were in a solid position despite losing two wickets off successive balls from Lungi Ngidi on the first day of the first Test against South Africa at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Sunday.

India were 157 for two at tea. Opening batsmen KL Rahul (68 not out) and Mayank Agarwal (60) put on 117 for the first wicket after Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bat on a green-tinged pitch.

But Ngidi interrupted the touring team's serene progress when a successful review resulted in Agarwal being dismissed leg before wicket.

Cheteshwar Pujara was out to the next ball, caught off bat and pad by Keegan Petersen at short leg.

The South Africa team wore black armbands in honour of anti-apartheid icon Desmond Tutu, described as the country's moral compass, who died on Sunday aged 90.

Both teams also held a minute's silence.