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Virat Kohli's quick 50 takes India to 100, are 114/3 after 40 overs

Virat scored 51 runs in 69 balls, making it his 17th half-century in Tests. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 14, 2018, 01.56 PM (IST)

After losing two early wickets at just 28, it seemed impossible for the Indian team to cross the 100 mark. 

But, skipper Virat Kohli's quick half-century and partnership with fellow player Murli Vijay helped the team reach 100 and provide stability to them. 

Virat scored 51 runs in 69 balls, making it his 17th half-century in Tests. 

Meanwhile, Murli Vijay was playing steadily at 46 before being caught by de Kock off Maharaj, breaking the 79 runs partnership between the two. 

Before tea, Rahul, who opened with Murli Vijay, was sent back to the pavilion after being dismissed at 10 by Morne Morkel.

In an experiment, Rahul was replaced with opener Shikhar Dhawan for the second Test against South Africa.

Minutes later, Cheteshwar Pujara was run out by Lungi Ngidi and had to move back to the dressing room without opening his account. 

But Ishant Sharma, who replaced Bhuvneshwar Kumar, was proved beneficial after he took three wickets including of Faf du Plessis, who scored 63 runs for his team.

Sharma struck twice in the early hours of Day 2 to restrict Proteas to 335 runs in their first innings. 

South Africa leads the series 1-0 after India lost the first Test by 72 runs in Cape Town.