Meanwhile, Kohli scored his 17th fifty and is now on the crease batting at 85 with Hardik Pandya (11).
South Africa's newest fast bowler on the five-day circuit, Lungi Ngidi, was so nervous ahead of his first ball he was not sure if he could let go of the delivery but he ended the day with his first wicket and a spectacular run-out in the second test against India on Sunday.
183 for 5 in 61 overs (Virat Kohli not out 85; L Ngidi 1/26).
India trailed by 255 runs with eight wickets left after South Africa's 335 all out in its first innings. Rohit has played nine Tests in these four countries and has scored just 395 runs at 23.23 without a single century.
"The game was opening up a bit because of runs in the first session on day one".
Kohli, so often criticised for not being able to produce the goods away from home against the game's Test giants, has nearly single-handedly kept his side in the series. He took the lead in a 79-run partnership with Murali Vijay (46), making 51 of those 79 runs.
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The introduction of Maharaj brought about the breakthrough. M Vijay misjudged a catch at fine leg, Parthiv Patel dropped Amla, and there was more than the odd occasion of infielders putting in hopeless dives to avoid long chases. It looked out to the naked eye and the umpire duly confirmed those suspicions, but Sharma went upstairs for the review.
Markram was unlucky to be dismissed on 94 after he slightly edged the ball and was caught behind by Parthiv Patel from the bowling of Ravichandran Ashwin as India began to make inroads in the second session. South Africa's Hashim Amla is run out during the second Test match against India.
Pandya then joined Kohli in the middle and the duo managed to see off the remainder of the session without any further loss. They added 28 runs for the opening stand.
Morne Morkel struck shortly after lunch when he removed KL Rahul for 10, hanging onto a brilliant catch off his own bowling. He then settled down to aid Kohli in India's recovery. The Proteas had crossed 50 in the 21st over. He set off with a flurry of boundaries and quickly outscored Vijay. When Bhuvneshwar made his debut five seasons back he used to bowl in the mid-120s (kph) but in the last couple of seasons has put on a couple of yards in pace and is now in the mid to high 130s without losing his ability to swing the ball. He immediately troubled Elgar and continued to do so throughout his first spell.
The end may have come quicker, with Rabada dropped off successive Ashwin deliveries when South Africa was 289-7. Though things did turn back for the visitors by the evening as a couple of run outs in the third session and good consistent bowling from R Ashwin saw the Indians claw back into the game.nearly all the South Africa batsmen got starts, with only Dean Elgar (31) and AB de Villiers (20) failing to convert them into a big ones and Quinton de Kock getting out for a duck.