India on top after Rohit, Mayank heroic in the 1st Test

After scoring his first century in only his fifth test, Mayank Agarwal hits his 1st double century in Vizag Test against  South Africa

The India opening batsman eventually got out for 215 during the second session on the second day of the first test when South African bowlers got back into the match, albeit a bit late. They claimed four wickets to leave lndia 450 for five wickets at tea even as the hosts eventually declared at 502/7.

Ashwin and Jadeja picked three South African wickets before stumps to leave the Proteas at 39/3, trailing India by a 463 runs.

Mayank scored 215 against South Africa before being dismissed by Dean Elgar. His brilliant innings included six sixes and 23 fours. The right-handed batsman had also become the fourth Indian cricketer to convert his maiden Test century into a double-century. Dilip Sardesai, Vinod Kambli and Karun Nair are the other batsmen to achieve this record in past.

With India skipper Virat Kohli declaring the innings at 502/7, the idea was to give the spinners a go before stumps to assess what the pitch has on offer and the duo of Ashwin and Jadeja didn’t disappoint. While Ashwin finished with two wickets, Jadeja’s figure read 1/21.

The Proteas lost three wickets in the 20 overs that they faced and the struggle was there for all to see as the experienced spinners not only got the odd ball to stay low, but also extracted decent turn from a second-day wicket. Not to forget the ones that jumped after hitting the cracks.

The South African batsmen looked to play attacking shots to try and unsettle the Indian spinners, but didn’t have much success. The Indian pacers also complemented the spinners well and kept the pressure going as Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami kept hitting the right areas to not allow the batsmen to free their arms.

Earlier, If it was the Rohit Sharma show in the morning session, the afternoon session belonged to his opening partner Mayank Agarwal. the youngster rose to the occasion after Rohit’s dismissal to notch his first double hundred in Test cricket as the hapless Proteas bowlers went through the paces.

While Rohit hit a magnificent 176 (23 boundaries and six sixes), Mayank finished on 215. The duo added 317 runs for the opening wicket, becoming the third Indian opening pair to stitch a 300-run partnership.

The only silver lining in the dark clouds for the visitors was the four wickets they managed to pick in the post-lunch session as the first two sessions were otherwise completely dominated by India.

Cheteshwar Pujara (6), Kohli (20) and Test deputy Ajinkya Rahane (15) missed out as Keshav Maharaj finished with figures of 3/189 to be the most successful bowler for the visitors.


Brief Score:

India: 502/7 (Mayank 215, Rohit 176; Maharaj 3/189 )

South Africa: 39/3 (Dean Elgar 27; Ashwin 2/9)


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