Rohit Sharma made a dream start as a Test opener, scoring an unbeaten 115 off 174 balls to take India to a commanding 202 for no loss at tea on Wednesday.
Mayank Agarwal (84) also played well alongside Rohit and looked on course for his maiden Test hundred before thunderstorms followed by a heavy spell of rain ensured no play was possible after tea.
The South African bowlers did trouble the Indian batsmen on a few occasions in the first session, by the second session the ball was not doing much and Rohit and Agarwal scored freely.
Rohit, who got to his fifty before lunch, accelerated with ease and was particularly harsh on the spinners. Agarwal was cruising towards his maiden Test ton. He too looked assured at the crease and played his shots. Early into the afternoon session, he brought up his half century with a six over extra cover off Keshav Maharaj.
Clouds gathered over the stadium towards the end of the session and thunderstorms forced the umpires to take the tea break slightly early.
All eyes were expectedly on Rohit whose stop-start Test career has taken a new direction with the management accommodating him at the top of the order.
What worked for Rohit was standing outside the crease when Philander was bowling to negate any little swing that was available.
After getting the measure of the surface, Rohit went for his strokes like he does in white-ball cricket.
Brief Score: 1st Innings –
India – 202/0 (Rohit 115*, Agarwal 84*) v South Africa