Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli scored a century to help India on Day One of the first test in Johannesburg Reuters

India will look to maintain their momentum from day one as they take on South Africa on day two of the first test at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.

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Virat Kohli (119) helped India manage 255 runs for the loss of five wickets on day one. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (17*) and Ajinkya Rahane (43*) will carry the mantle of adding more runs as they take to the pitch on day two.

Indian openers Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan were sent packing by Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn. The scoreboard read 24/2 and out stepped Kohli occupying the No4 spot which was left vacant by the retirement of batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar.

India batted well and managed to frustrate the Proteas' vaunted bowling line-up. The home attack lacked its usual zip, although India rarely scored freely in tough batting conditions.

Kohli lived up to India's expectation as he and Chesteshwar Pujara (25) steadied the ship with a decent third-wicket stand, before Tendulkar's successor began to come into his own.

Kohli went on to knock his fifth century in test matches hitting 18 boundaries in the process before getting dismissed for 119.

India's hopes now depend on Rahane and Dhoni who will look to tire the South African bowlers for as long as possible as they look to guide their team to at least 400 in their first innings.

As the two teams take the field on day two, it will be important for Proteas to restrict the visitors in order to gain an upper hand by notching quick wickets and restrict India to less than 300 runs.


South Africa: Smith, Peterson, Amla, Kallis, AB de Villiers, F du Plessis, Duminy, Steyn, Morkel, Philander, Tahir.

India: Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Rahane, Dhoni, Ashwin, Zaheer, Shami, Ishant.