Kohli should drop himself if he fails at Centurion: Sehwag

Team India during one of the practice sessions in Johannesburg

South Africa crossed 200 in the 64th over, but not before losing de Villiers as he played on to Ishant Sharma (1/32), who was rewarded for his toiling spells.

Elgar was the first to fall, coming down the crease and hitting uppishly to silly point, the ball striking Murali Vijay in the mid-riff, with the fielder somehow clutching onto the ball.

He is among the only three Indian batsmen in global cricket, who has got hundreds across all formats, apart from Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma.

But a look at the Centurion wicket yesterday suggests there will be much more in it for the batsmen than initially anticipated.

"So, I don't think anyone needs to panic on that front and as far as your opening combination goes, we are going to decide at the end of the practice session today", the skipper said.

Ashwin nearly didn't play the match, but the fact that the pitch changed in nature over the last couple of days gave him reassurance he had a role to play.

"They (South Africa) have worked out a plan to get Shikhar Dhawan out by bouncing the ball, which Shikhar finds it hard to avoid or hook".

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Rabada is the seventh South Africa bowler to top the ICC Test Bowling Rankings after Aubrey Faulkner, Hugh Tayfield, Peter Pollock, Shaun Pollock, Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander. With the surface expected to bake and deteriorate under the harsh sun as the match wears on, spin may play a big part and that means both teams will retain their lone spinner from the previous game.

Pandya came on to bowl in the 13th over. "We certainly don't go on opinions that are created outside, and talk of the town and all those sort of things", Kohli's sarcasm at the pre-match conference was not lost on anyone. Seems so sensible now that the fans even think of it but when the batting order begins to dwindle on the pitch, there remains little scope of win, the desperate players no longer tolerate it and play along no matter how slow runs are accumulated. Temperatures are set to soar during the match, likely to be in the early 30s with no rain forecast, although afternoon thundershowers on the Highveld can never be discounted.

India have only played one Test in Centurion, on their 2010-11 tour. The first time it happened was in his debut innings against Bangladesh in September 2017, when he was run out for 97.

They got their first wicket of the day thanks to Mohammed Shami.

"No need to panic as a batting unit". "He came across and said, 'Well played, you were unlucky to get out.' It was a great touch from him".

England captain Joe Root has leapfrogged India's Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson of New Zealand into fourth position, while India's Cheteshwar Pujara has slipped from third to fifth.

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