India Vs South Africa 2019/20: First Test (Day One) – Indian Openers Rohit Sharma And Mayank Agarwal Dominate The Day
Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal dominated the rain-interrupted day one of the opening Test of three-match Test series against the visitors South Africa at Visakhapatnam.
The Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss on the day one morning and decided to bat first. Rohit Sharma has returned to the Test squad along with the wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha and the off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. Meanwhile, the Indian-origin all-rounder Senuran Muthusamy has made international debut for South Africa.
In his 48th Test innings, Rohit Sharma first time came to bat as an opener. Both Mayank Agarwal and Rohit dominated that day with their solid batting performances. While India managed to score 91/0 at the lunch break, they scored 202/0 at the tea break. Due to the rain-interruption at the tea break, there was no action in the third session of the day and the day was called off at early.
Rohit Sharma 115* and Mayank Agarwal 84*
Coming to bat as a Test opener for the first time, Rohit has made this special occasion very memorable with a brilliant century. It is his fourth Test century, first since November 2017. The right-handed batsman has batted very confidently and played a very natural game. Before the rain-interruption, Rohit was batting on 115 runs off 174 balls. He has already hit 12 fours and five sixes in this innings.
Meanwhile, the other opener Mayank Agarwal is playing his first Test in India. The 28-year-old Test opener has continued his familiar attitude on day one. At the stumps of day one of this Test match, Agarwal was not out on 84 runs off 183 balls. The right-handed batsman has hit 11 fours and two sixes on that day.
All the South African bowlers had very hard experiences on this opening day. Off-spinner Dane Piedt (7-1-43-0) was expensive while the left-arm spinner Muthusamy had the bowling figures of 5-0-23-0.
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