Virat Kohli Gets To 23rd Test Half-century On 50th Test As Skipper

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India's skipper Virat Kohli led from the front as he reached his 23rd half-century against South Africa on Day one of the second Test in Pune on Thursday

Written By Koushik Narayanan | Mumbai | Updated On:
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India's skipper Virat Kohli led from the front as he reached his 23rd half-century against South Africa on Day one of the second Test in Pune on Thursday. Leading the Test side in his 50th game as captain, Virat Kohli brought up his fifty in style with a boundary. Earlier in the innings, opener Mayank Agarwal played a spectacular knock of 108 runs, scoring back-to-back hundreds in the ongoing Test series. Virat Kohli's knock came off 91 balls and was laced with eight boundaries. As skipper Virat Kohli reached his half-century, India went past the 250 runs mark and are looking to finish Day one on a high note. 

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Virat Kohli registers 23rd Test fifty

With each passing match, Virat Kohli is dismantling more records and etching his name in the record books. Being only the second captain to lead India in fifty Tests after MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli has won 29 Tests out of the 49 games he has captained and has registered a win % of 59.18%. Virat Kohli brought up his 23rd Test fifty in the second Test and looks well set to head towards a century. The Indian captain is widely appreciated for his consistent performance across all formats of the games and is hailed as one of the best contemporary cricketers. With his 23rd fifty, Virat Kohli takes his Test tally to over 6860 runs and an average of 53.62. 

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Mayank Agarwal scores consecutive Test ton

India's Test opener Mayank Agarwal brought up his second Test ton in the second Test against South Africa in Pune on Thursday. After losing opening partner Rohit Sharma early in the innings, Mayank Agarwal stood firm and scored consistently, building a partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara. Mayank Agarwal reached his hundred with a boundary off Vernon Philander's delivery, bringing up his second ton with 16 fours and two sixes. With skipper Virat Kohli at the other end, Mayank Agarwal will look to march on towards the double hundred figure just as he did in the previous match. Only two openers have scored back-to-back hundreds for India - Virender Sehwag in 2009-10 and Mayank Agarwal in 2019-20. Cheteshwar Pujara and Mayank Agarwal stitched a partnership of 178 runs before Pujara was dismissed and skipper Virat Kohli came out to bat.   

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