Virat Kohli slammed a record career best double hundred to help India post a mammoth 601/5d before pacers Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami rattled the South African top order to leave them tottering at 36/3, still 565 runs behind, on Day 2 of the second Test here on Friday.
Kohli, whose previous best was 243 against Sri Lanka, remained unbeaten on 254 from 336 balls, his marathon innings, which lasted close to eight hours, studded with 33 fours and two sixes as he became the Indian captain with the highest score in the five-day format.
Kohli, who hadn’t scored a century this year before this inning, also became the Indian batsman with the most number of double tons to his name.
Meanwhile, Ravindra Jadeja, promoted to bat at No 4 with Hanuma Vihari not playing, missed out on his second Test hundred and got out at 91 after which India declared to have a crack at the visitors.
Umesh Yadav, coming back into the team in place of the injured Jasprit Bumrah, snared the first two wickets of Aiden Markram (0) who was trapped in front and Dean Elgar (6) who was played on to set the tone. Mohammed Shami then had Temba Bavuma (8) caught behind by keeper Wriddhiman Saha.
At stumps, Theunis de Bruyn was batting on 20 with nightwatchman Anrich Nortje on 2.