KL Rahul Leads Indian Charge on Day 1, Lungi Ngidi Shows Some Protea Fire

KL Rahul Leads Indian Charge on Day 1, Lungi Ngidi Shows Some Protea Fire

Byron Pillay
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:53 PM
  • A century by KL Rahul put India in the ascendency on day one of their five-day test against South Africa
  • Lungi Ngidi took three wickets to give South Africa some hope of fighting back on day two of the test match
  • Rahul and India will be looking to continue their dominance from day one when play resumes today at Supersport Park

India heads into day two of their five-day test against South Africa on the front foot, thanks to a brilliant century by KL Rahul.

Rahul notched up 122 not out from 248 balls as India finished the day on 272/3, with Lungi Ngidi taking all three of the Protea's wickets.

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Lungi Ngidi showed some fight but KL Rahul's century gave India a comfortable start to the test match. Image: @Christiaan Kotze/ Phill Magakoe
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Ngidi was the pick of the South African bowlers, taking 45/3 from 17 overs, as he sought to dismiss the talisman, Rahul, Sports24 reports

Apart from Lungi Ngidi, South Africa's other bowlers didn't have much success, leading ESPNCricInfo to question whether the Proteas made the right selections for the game.

This was also picked up by one Twitter user.

While questions were raised about the South African attack, there were no doubts about India's. Rahul's century, coupled with Mayank Agarwal's 60 and Ajinkya Rahane's 40 not out have left India in a promising position heading into the second day.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) praised KL Rahul for his impressive display in a tweet, chatting to the player after the day's play.

KL Rahul and team India will have to wait for rain to subside

Play is yet to get underway on day two at Supersport Park as rain continues to fall.

KL Rahul and the Indian team would be hoping to get back out there and continue their dominance while Ngidi and the other Protea bowlers will be hoping that a wetter outfield and cooler conditions will stem the run flow.

India on the verge of making history but Proteas are standing in their way

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Virat Kohli and the Indian cricket team were three test matches away from making history but would face strong opposition in the form of a determined Protea team.

South Africa and India will contest three test matches, the first which starts on Boxing Day.

Wisden reports that India has never secured a test series victory on South African shores, the only nation they haven't beaten.

A series win for India would mean that they've then beaten every test playing nation, home and away. Only Australia and England have accomplished this feat.

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Byron Pillay
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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