1st Test: India ride on Virat Kohli's ton, reach 255-5 on Day 1

Virat Kohli's knock of 119, his highest in Tests, laid the foundation for India to finish the day in a good position.

updated: December 18, 2013 23:23 IST
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Johannesburg: Virat Kohli's century held India together through a taxing start to the Test series against South Africa, with the tourists ending the first day of the opening Test on 255-5 at the Wanderers on Wednesday. (Scorecard | Highlights | Photos)

Kohli fell for 119 in the final session for his fifth century and highest Test score, having almost single-handedly lifted the visitors following a shaky start. (Can Virat Kohli fill Sachin Tendulkar's shoes?)

Kohli hit 18 fours and faced 181 balls to defy the Proteas, sharing an 89-run stand with Cheteshwar Pujara (25) for the third wicket and putting on 68 for the fifth wicket with Ajinkya Rahane (43 not out). Yet, the lack of any long-term support for him meant India was still delicately placed after the first skirmishes of the series.

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