The visiting South African team were off to a torrid start in the ongoing Test match against India as Indian openers smashed them all over the VDCA Stadium on the opening two days of the ongoing Test. After an exhilarating opening stand of 317-runs, Mayank Agarwal went onto convert his maiden Test century into a double as Virat Kohli declared India’s score at 502-7. The visitors then lost three quick wickets at the end of Day 2 to be left reeling at 39-3. However, some late resurgence from South Africa’s lower order and sparkling centuries by Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock ensured the visitors avoid follow-on as they posted 431 in their first innings.
After South Africa were bowled out at 431 earlier in the day, Team India started their second innings cautiously. However, the hosts lost Mayank Agarwal cheaply before lunch break. His dismissal brought Cheteshwar Pujara to the crease as he joined Rohit Sharma to safely negotiate the remaining overs till lunch.
In the post-lunch session, the two batsmen scored runs at will as the duo formed an unbeaten 154-run partnership. A total of 140 runs were scored in the second session by the hosts without losing any wicket. Rohit Sharma, in his second 50+ score of the match, was not out at 84 while India’s number three batsman Pujara remained unbeaten at 75.
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As the play resumed for the post-tea session, Rohit Sharma reached the fifth Test century of his career and his second of the match. Pujara, however, could not keep up with the same free-flowing momentum as the right-hander was trapped in front of stumps by Vernon Philander.