Kohli scored his first ODI century against South Africa and first in 14 innings since the World Cup to anchor an authoritative Indian batting performance, which saw them post their highest score of the series so far. Kohli starred in two century stands – the first with Ajinkya Rahane and the second with Suresh Raina, who scored a much-needed half-century after back-to-back ducks – to put India in a promising position to square the series.
But their bowlers will be wary of suffering the same fate as South Africa’s six-man attack whose seamers erred with overuse of the short ball and whose slower bowlers were ineffective despite the pace of the surface. They missed Morne Morkel – who was out with an quad injury and could have generated awkward bounce – especially early on when there was some lift on offer, and his replacement, Chris Morris, ended up being the most expensive of the South African seamers. But they will be satisfied with the way they pulled it back in the end.