Virat Kohli falls four runs short of Test milestone

Taking over Sachin Tendulkar's position, Virat Kohli fell four runs short of being the first No.4 batsman from India to hit hundreds in each innings of a Test match.

updated: December 21, 2013 17:18 IST
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Virat Kohli fell four runs short of being the fourth Indian to hit centuries in each innings of a Test match as the visitors dominated South Africa in the second innings of the 1st Test. Kohli edged off-spinner JP Duminy to wicketkeeper AB de Villiers on 96, leaving India in a formidable position of 327 for five, a lead of 363 runs.

At his dismissal, Kohli was four runs away from being the the fourth Indian, and the first No.4 batsman, to hit hundreds in each innings of a five-day game. Sunil Gavaskar has done so thrice, Rahul Dravid twice and Vijay Hazare once.

Kohli came into bat with India at 93 for two in their quest to post a daunting target for the hosts. The 25-year-old scored a mature century in the first innings and showed the same panache in the second. Batting with fellow centurion Cheteshwar Pujara, Kohli ensured that India reached a position of strength. The duo put on 222 runs for the third wicket before Pujara (153) was caught behind by AB de Villiers off Jacques Kallis. Their partnership is the highest against hosts South Africa, eclipsing the 176 between Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar at Cape Town in January 2011.

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