The hosts India have continued their domination against South Africa on day two of the second Test of the three-match Test series at Pune.
Starting the on their overnight score of 273/3, the hosts managed to score 601/5 before declaring their innings. In reply, the visitors were struggling on 36/3 at the stumps of the day. South Africa are still trailing by 565 runs.
Brief Scores: India – 601/5 decl. (Virat Kohli 254*, Mayank Agarwal 108; Kagiso Rabada 3/93)
South Africa – 36/3 (Theunis de Bruyn 20, Temba Bavuma 8; Umesh Yadav 2/16)
Here are some of the statistical highlights of the day:
i) A total of five Indian batsmen registered 50+ scores during the first innings.
- It is the first time when more than four Indian batsmen registered 50+ scores in the same Test innings against South Africa.
ii) The hosts India scored 601/5 decl. in the first innings of this match.
- It is the highest first innings total of a Test match for the host oppositions against South Africa. The previous record was 593/8 decl. by England at Lord’s in July 2008.
- It is the third-highest total in a Test innings for India against South Africa. The top two records in this list are 643/6 decl. at Kolkata in February 2010 and 627 at Chennai in March 2008.
Virat Kohli (India)
i) Indian captain Virat Kohli registered his ninth 150+ score as a Test captain.
- It is the most number of 150+ scores for a Test captain. Kohli broke the previous record of eight 150+ scores as a Test captain by Sir Donald Bradman (Australia).
ii) Virat Kohli also registered his seventh Test double century.
- It is the most number of Test double-centuries by an Indian batsman. The previous record was six double-centuries by Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag.
iii) Playing his 138th Test innings, Virat Kohli completed his 7,000 Test runs (7,054 runs).
- Virat Kohli became the third-fastest Indian batsman (according to Test innings) to complete 7,000 Test runs. The top two batsmen in this list are Virender Sehwag (134 Test innings) and Sachin Tendulkar (136 Test innings).
- Virat Kohli became the joint fourth fastest batsman (according to Test innings) to complete 7,000 Test runs.
- Also, Virat Kohli became the seventh Indian batsman to score 7,000+ Test runs.
iv) Playing his 392nd international match, Virat Kohli completed his 21,000 international runs (21,024 runs).
- Virat Kohli is the fastest batsman (according to the number of matches) to complete 21,000 international runs. The previous record-holder was the Caribbean legend Brian Lara who achieved this feat in 396 international matches.
v) Virat Kohli scored 254* runs.
- It is the best knock by an Indian Test captain. The previous record-holder was also Virat Kohli with 243 runs against Sri Lanka at Delhi in December 2017.
- It is the second-highest individual score in a Test innings by an Indian batsman against South Africa. The record is 319 by Virender Sehwag at Chennai in March 2008.
- It is the seventh highest individual score in a Test innings by an Indian batsman.
Keshav Maharaj (South Africa)
i) Playing his 27th Test, South African left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj completed his 100 Test wickets.
- Keshav Maharaj became the second-fastest South African spinner to take 100 Test wickets. The former off-spinner Hugh Tayfield is holding this record who had reached this milestone in 22 Tests.
- Keshav Maharaj became the fifth South African spinner to claim 100 Test wickets.
ii) Keshav Maharaj had the bowling figures of 50-10-196-1.
- It is the third most expensive bowling figures by a South African bowler in a Test innings. The top two most expensive bowling figures are 65-5-221-0 by Nicky Boje (against Sri Lanka at Colombo, SSC in July 2006) and 53.1-6-203-3 by India (against India at Chennai in March 2008).