Morkel is the first player to offer something beyond a mere acknowledgment that this surface is not what quite what South Africa wanted and agreed that bowling on it was closer to being in India than at home.
No overs were lost though and when play resumed the session had been extended an hour past local time to end at 6.30pm local time.
After witnessing his partners struggle against the pace and seam the South African bowlers were able to extract from the Centurion track, Kohli made a decision to help number seven batsman Hardik Pandya tackle the hosts' bowling. However, only 5.1 overs were possible on resumption as the umpires stopped play for bad light. Former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar is second on the list while the great Aussie Don Bradman tops the chart, having taken only 56 innings to reach the mark.Kohli, who has featured in 64 Tests till now, has also become the second India captain after Tendulkar to smash a Test ton in South Africa. Bumrah got a nick from Elgar's blade, but Parthiv Patel didn't even attempt for the catch.
In the morning, India lost Hardik Pandya in a freaky fashion after the all-rounder seemingly made his ground but his feet and bat were still in the air when Vernon Philander hit the stumps from mid-on. "I actually had goosebumps", said Ngidi at the end of Day Two in the ongoing second cricket Test against India yesterday. Post lunch, he tried to shield Ishant Sharma (3) and their partnership for the ninth wicket lasted almost nine overs during which they put up 25 runs.
Rohit Sharma (10) could not stay on the crease for long as he was caught leg before the wicket by Kagiso Rabada.
Kohli, scoring at a rate that no other batsman has managed to achieve in this match, played a real captain's knock reaching stumps on 85 off 130 balls, with his 21st Test century well in his sights.
The highest fourth-innings score at Centurion is 251-8 by England in 2000, although that was in the discredited Test where both teams forfeited innings at the suggestion of South African captain Hansie Cronje.
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India skipper Virat Kohli was looked absolutely livid, walking off showing several hand gestures of disdain.
However, Kohli's joy was cut short as another suicidal moment of running between the wickets gifted South Africa a breakthrough, as Pandya was run-out for not dragging his bat in. While attempting to return to the crease, he, like an amateur, didn't ground his bat and a direct throw from Vernon Philander dispatched him.
Ashwin came in and counter-attacked, creaming Rabada for three successive boundaries between point and cover after being struck a painful blow on his left thumb by a lifter.
Mohammed Shami was also caught soon after off a Morne Morkel delivery.
The average runs per wicket in that series were telling: 17.35 in Mohali, 29.4 in Bangalore (thanks to India making 80 without loss), 16.3 in Nagpur and 24.7 in Delhi.
The new ball dealt with Ashwin as Philander had him nicked off with an away-swinger that flew sharply to Faf du Plessis in the slips.
The immediate target for South Africa will be a lead of around 250.