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The soft hands came to Kohli's rescue in the first hour

Kohli on the charge

Virat Kohli is on the move now, dictating terms to force a declaration later this evening. Just 68 balls for him between 100 to 150. Kohli continues to attack Keshav Maharaj despite three edges just about evading Faf du Plessis at slip. Kohli's broken into a smile. India past 400 now.

Rabada - QdK row

The heat's getting to South Africa now. Rabada lobs a ball back in his followthrough, QdK doesn't see it coming, he's looking at the slip cordon and India take advantage of the slip to sneak a single. Rabada is not amused, he voices his displeasure with a few choice words. QdK responds in kind. This has been another fruitless six-over burst in the heat for the fast bowler. It's not been easy with Kohli looking to score quickly as well.

Background Info: The two were at each other even during the World Cup, particularly in the game against Pakistan at Lord's. Rabada, on that day, was the one getting admonished by QdK for not staying alive to the proceedings at fine-leg.

No hundred for Rahane; A 100 for Maharaj

Gone for 58. Little turn there for Maharaj, enough to take the outside edge on its way to the keeper. It's Wicket No. 100 for the left-arm spinner. It's been a hard toil for him in the series so far, some record to savour. Jadeja is the new batsman, out to counter the left-arm spinner.

Meanwhile, Kohli has got going immediately post the interval. Two straight drives and a cover drive off Rabada takes him into the 120s.

LUNCH: India 356/3

No wicket lost and 83 runs added, milestones for both unbeaten batsmen. India couldn't have asked for better coming into the day. South Africa came close to breaking this 158-run stand a few times with the new ball, and even with a run out opportunity in the final over before the break. But it wasn't their day as India get into a commanding position, once again in this series.

Hundred No. 26

A conversion rate of 54.2, behind only Don Bradman. Gets to the mark with a pristine straight drive off Philander. Not much in the form of celebration. He was made to wait quite a while in the 90s. Another 10 minutes to go for Lunch. They'll kick on in the second session.

Half-century for Rahane

Has looked much more decisive with his footwork, especially against Maharaj. It's been a battle for Rahane but he's flowing now. 20th half century for him, this one has taken 141 balls.

One hour in...

The scoring gets easier. Nortje has the extra pace but is slightly on the shorter side. Rahane has four off the cut to take everyday. The pressure slowly beginning to be released.

41 runs in the first hour. Most importantly, no wickets lost while the new ball was doing its thing.

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The edge dies in front of the slips

...again. But this is good batting by Kohli from in the face of some probing bowling on a spicy wicket. Not pushing at deliveries and the soft bottom hand is ensuring the edges don't carry.

A close shave

Good stuff from South Africa's leading fast bowlers. Just 8 runs from the first five overs. Four of those have come off Kohli's outside edge that has fallen just short of de Kock's dive. Probing stuff.

Testing Start

As expected, the surface still has enough to keep the pacers interested. Both Rahane and Kohli have inside edged deliveries that could have brought LBW into question. Watch out for KohlivRabada.

Meanwhile, Umpire Nigel Llong is heard announcing over the stump mic "No DRS". Think the system is down.

Day 2 - Prelude

India at 273/3. Kohli is on 63 and Rahane has laboured his way to 18. The second new ball is just 31 balls old. It rained last night and the pitch has enough pace, bounce and nip to keep South Africa hopeful of a comeback in this session.

But for that, Rabada will need support from the other end. South Africa brought in Anrich Nortje for this wicket, but he didn't have the best of starts to his Test career, finishing second best in his battle with centurion Mayank Agarwal. Prakash GV breaks that battle down in this piece.

Play starts in a little less than half an hour. Enough time for you to get breakfast and a cuppa coffee and strap in!

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