India captain Virat Kohli blended grace with determination to raise his record-breaking seventh double hundred which grinded down a hapless South Africa on the second day of the second Test on Friday.
With Kohli scoring a career-best unbeaten 254, India buried the Proteas under a mountain of runs, putting on board a mammoth 601 for five. Kohli surpassed legendary Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, who had scored six double tons each. He also equalled Ricky Ponting's record of 19 hundreds as Test skipper even though record belongs to Graeme Smith (25).
Ravindra Jadeja (91) also helped himself with some heavy duty hitting before missing out on his second Test hundred as Kohli declared immediately after his dismissal. At stumps, South Africa were reeling at 36 for three as India aim to wrap the series up inside four days.
Umesh Yadav got rid of both the openers -- Dean Elgar (6) and Aiden Markaram (0) -- while Mohammed Shami saw the back of Temba Bavuma (8). Kohli effortlessly shifted gears, toying with an attack which looked resigned after the first session as India took complete control.
In the first session, a beautiful straight drive off Vernon Philander brought up Indian captain's 26th Test and 69th international hundred and the muted celebration was more about contentment than elation. The final boundary count in his innings was an enviable 33 fours and two sixes in 336 balls.