Faf du Plessis (24 batting) and Keshav Maharaj (10 batting) were at the crease at the end of the day's play.
Kohli elaborated, "We have had a look at how games have panned out in the past here and how many overs have been bowled by fast bowlers and spinners".
Markram, playing in his fifth Test, looked set for a third century to go with hundreds he made against the modest opposition of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.More news: Evaluate Stock's Volatility before Making Any Investment Decision: Scorpio Tankers Inc. (STNG)
India managed to pick up two more wickets after Amla's dismissal, reducing the host to 269 for 6 at stumps. If they indeed opt for Ngidi, then South Africa will have three pacers, the other being Kagiso Rabada, consistently banging the ball in at over 145 kmph. Parthiv last played against England and scored 195 runs in three Test matches, when Saha was injured.
South African skipper Faf du Plessis, who will be playing on his home ground, however expressed his surprise at the presence of brown grass on the pitch in the pre-match press conference. Quinton de Kock's wafting at an Ashwin delivery with no footwork, and Vernon Philander's run-out gave India an even share of the spoils on the first day.
Markram made 94 off 150 balls and hit 15 fours.
Post lunch, Markram and Elgar (31) took their opening stand to 85.More news: Federer still the man to beat at Melbourne Park
Pandya and Ashwin were batting at No. 7 and 8 respectively, which suggests India have enough depth in their batting order - if their top-order players can get themselves through the new ball.
India then attacked Amla with short stuff and also tried to lure him outside the off-stump. Mohammed Shami (0-33) was haywire too, and India had to recall Ishant Sharma (0-27) and Ashwin back into the attack.
And while he knew that things would be different this time around with groundsman Bryan Bloy asked to look after the fast bowlers, Markram still expects the Centurion wicket to be "less crazy" than what the batters were given at Newlands.
Rahul has been in decent form in 2017, has found success outside Asia and has the backfoot game required to thrive in South Africa. Amla got a reprieve at 30 when he was dropped by Parthiv Patel off Ishant in the 51st over, the ball going down leg side after the batsman edged it. Hardik Pandya had a good game with both bat and ball and will likely keep his place as a 4th seamer. Team India will be happy after bowled out the host for just 335 runs in no time.More news: Aziz Ansari has been accused of sexually assaulting a photographer
Ashwin troubled the left-handed Elgar in particular and had a close call for caught behind turned down shortly before lunch. But India's bowling unit, spearheaded by Ashwin (3/90), took four wickets in the final session to show the team's intent of making a strong comeback after the defeat in the opening Test in Cape Town.