South Africa vs India: Kagiso Rabada Rips Through Indian Batting Order, Virat Kohli Provides Some Resistance

South Africa vs India: Kagiso Rabada Rips Through Indian Batting Order, Virat Kohli Provides Some Resistance

Byron Pillay
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:54 PM
  • South Africa took control of the 1st day of the final test match against India thanks to Kagiso Rabada
  • Rabada took 4 wickets including that of Indian captain Virat Kohli as India were bowled out for 223
  • Virat Kohli scored 79 before he was dismissed by Kagiso Rabada following a titanic battle between the two in the middle

Kagiso Rabada ripped through the Indian batting line-up in his 50th test match to give South Africa the perfect start to the third test match.

South Africa and India are contesting the third and final test at Newlands in Cape Town with both teams level in the series.

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South Africa go into the second day of the third test with a great start thanks to Kagiso Rabada. Image: Rodger Bosch/ Marco Longari
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Kagiso Rabada finished with figures of 73/4 as he dismissed three of the top order including Indian captain Virat Kohli. Kohli was dismissed for 79 but was defiant in his innings as he was the second-last man dismissed.

Kohli and Rabada had a memorable battle throughout India's first innings until KG got the better of the Indian captain, The South African reported.

India were eventually bowled out for 223 with Kohli's 79 and Cheteshwar Pujara's 43 the only glimmers of hope for the team, Sports24 confirmed.

South Africa ended the day on 17-1, only losing the wicket of captain Dean Elgar before close of play. Fans once again took to social media to compliment the team on a great performance on the first day, hoping that batting line-up can continue the good work done by Kagiso Rabada.


"Brilliant job by the bowling unit to restrict India to 223 runs in their first innings,not good at all losing Dean for 3 but he rescued his team at Centurion so it’s someone’s opportunity to step up and be counted,weather expected to be perfect tomorrow in Cape Town"


"Let’s make them pay boys!"


"@keshavmaharaj16 has been picked as an all rounder. He must chip in with a 40 or 50 or more in true all rounder fashion. He has not had to bowl a lot this series. Might as well score some runs. Considering our fragile batting line up."


"Kohli played good innings. He deserved the triple figures. Unfortunately he had to find a way scoring runs alone. Great bowling by Rabada in the end."


"Well doneFolded hands time for the batsmen to step up"

South Africa versus India: Visitors look to make history with Newlands win but Proteas look to win test series

In other cricket news, South Africa and India will face off in the final test match in the series at Newlands today with both teams looking to win the match and the test series, Sports Brief earlier reported.

South Africa levelled up the three-match series with an impressive win at the Wanderers, a ground where they've never beaten India before. Heading to Newlands for the third and final test, India needs a win to make a double piece of history.

India have never won a test match series in South Africa and they've never won a test match at Newlands either, CricInfo reported. The Proteas go into the game still on a high after their historic win in the second test and will be hoping to spoil India's party once again.

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Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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