Like the rain-interrupted day one of this Visakhapatnam Test, the hosts India once again dominated against the visitors South Africa on day two.
India started the second day of this Test match on 202/0 and stretched that scoreboard to 502/7 before declaring that innings. In reply, South Africa finished the day on 39/3, and they were trailing by 463 runs.
Brief Scores: India – 502/7 decl. (Mayank Agarwal 215, Rohit Sharma 176; Keshav Maharaj 3/189)
South Africa – 39/3 (Dean Elgar 27*, Aiden Markram 5; Ravichandran Ashwin 2/9)
Here are some of the statistical highlights of the day:
i) In their first innings, India scored 502/7 decl.
- It was the third-highest total in a Test innings for India against South Africa. Their top two in this list are 643/6 decl. (at Kolkata in February 2010) and 627 (at Chennai in March 2008).
i) In the first innings, South African spinners conceded a total of 363 runs.
- It was the second most expensive bowling performance in a Test innings by the combined South African spinners. The record is conceding 379 runs against England (first innings) at Johannesburg in December 1948.
ii) The visiting side South Africa lost their first three wickets in 34 runs.
- It was the third-lowest total for South Africa to lose their first three wickets of a Test innings against India in India. The two lowest records are 10/3 (fourth innings at Mohali in November 2015) and 11/3 (second innings at Nagpur in November 2015).
Rohit Sharma (India)
i) Indian opener Rohit Sharma was stumped out on 176 runs.
- It is the highest individual score in a Test innings by an Indian batsman before getting stumped. The previous record was 155 by Murali Vijay against Sri Lanka at Delhi in December 2017.
Mayank Agarwal (India)
i) Indian opener Mayank Agarwal scored 215 runs.
- It is the highest individual score in the first innings of a Test match by an opener against South Africa. The previous record was 213 runs by Wavell Hinds (West Indies) at Georgetown in March 2005.
- It was the second-highest individual score in a Test innings by an Indian batsman against South Africa. The record is 319 runs by Virender Sehwag at Chennai in March 2008. Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma’s latest 176-run is in the third position of this list.
- Among the Indian batsmen, it was the third-highest score in the maiden Test century.
Indian batsmen who scored 200 or more runs in their maiden Test century
|Mayank Agarwal||215||South Africa||Visakhapatnam||2019|
|Dilip Sardesai||200*||New Zealand||Mumbai (Brabourne Stadium)||1965|
Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma (India)
i) Indian openers Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma put the 317 runs partnership for the first wicket. It was the first time when they played as a Test opening partner.
- It is the highest Test partnership for India for any wicket against South Africa. Their previous record was 268 runs partnership between Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid for the second wicket at Chennai in March 2008.
- It was the second-highest Test opening partnership against South Africa. The record is 359 runs partnership between Sir Leonard Hutton and Cyril Washbrook (England) at Johannesburg in December 1948.
- This giant partnership was the third-highest Test opening partnership for India. The top two in this record was 413 runs between Vinoo Mankad and Pankaj Roy against New Zealand at Chennai in January 1956 and 410 runs between Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid against Pakistan at Lahore in January 2006.
Keshav Maharaj (South Africa)
i) The left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj had the bowling figures of 55-6-189-3.
- It is the most overs for a South African bowler in a Test innings against India. The previous record was 53.1 overs by the left-arm spinner Paul Harris at Chennai in March 2008.
- It was the most expensive bowling figures by a South African bowler in a Test innings against India. The record is 53.1-6-203-3 by the left-arm spinner Paul Harris at Chennai in March 2008.