Twitter reactions: Jasprit Bumrah removes Dean Elgar early before Virat Kohli misses deserving 100 on Day 1

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  • Indian captain missed out on scoring a hundred on Day 1 of the third Test against South Africa.

  • The visitors were bundled out for 223 in their first innings.

Twitter reactions: Jasprit Bumrah removes Dean Elgar early before Virat Kohli misses deserving 100 on Day 1
Jasprit Bumrah strikes before Virat Kohli's superior batting on Day 1 of third Test (Image Source: Twitter)

Indian captain Virat Kohli shined with the bat on Day 1 of the ongoing third and final Test against South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town.

After winning the toss, the visitors decided to bat first, with Kohli making a brilliant comeback, scoring a gritty half-century to ensure India got to a competitive total. Notably, the Delhi-lad was ruled out of the previous Test due to a back spasm.

Despite India kept losing wickets at regular intervals, the Indian Test skipper stayed tall against the quality bowling attack and on a challenging track in Cape Town. However, he missed out on reaching the triple-figure score after Kagiso Rabada dismissed the right-handed batter for 79 off 201 deliveries with the help of 12 fours and one six.

For the tourists, only Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara managed to breach the 40-run mark. Pujara played a crucial knock of 43 runs before Marco Jansen got rid of the Indian stalwart. India didn’t get enough support from other batters as they only managed to post 223 on the board.

In response, South Africa had only eight overs to deal with, but they lost a big fish Dean Elgar in the fifth over bowled by pacer Jasprit Bumrah. The hosts ended Day 1 at 17/1 with Aiden Markram (8 no) and Keshav Maharaj (6 no) at the crease.

Earlier, Indian openers KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal failed to give India a good start. In the 12th over, vice-captain Rahul became the first victim after edging off Duanne Olivier behind the stumps for 12 runs. In the very next over, Rabada dismissed Mayank for 15.

After the dismissal of both openers, Kohli and Pujara partnered to get the side out of hot waters. The duo went on to form a splendid partnership of 62 runs for the third wicket before the stand was broken by Jansen.

For the hosts, Rabada picked up four wickets for 73 runs in 22 overs, while Jansen bagged three wickets for 55 runs in 18 overs.

Here is how Twitter reacted:

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