India Vs South Africa 2019/20: Second Test (Day One) – Indian Batsmen Provide Good Start Despite Kagiso Rabada’s Fine Bowling Performance
Indian batsmen performed well on the day one of the Pune Test while the pacer Kagiso Rabada was the only bright part for the visiting team South Africa. At the end of the day, India were batting on 273/3.
After winning the toss, the Indian captain Virat Kohli decided to bat first. Both sides made one single alteration in their playing XIs. Pacer Umesh Yadav replaced middle-order batsman Hanuma Vihari in the Indian squad while the pacer Anrich Nortje has made Test debut for South Africa after replacing the off-spinner Dane Piedt.
Indian batsmen managed one century and two fifties
In the very first hour of the game, South African pacer Kagiso Rabada provided the crucial strike. Rohit Sharma, who hit two centuries in the previous Test at Visakhapatnam, failed cheaply in the first innings of this Test match. The right-handed batsman lost his wicket on just 14 runs after the wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock grabbed his outside edge.
However, the other opener Mayank Agarwal handled that early situation very well along with Cheteshwar Pujara. At lunch, India were batting on 77/1.
In the second session, Agarwal completed his half-century in 112 balls and the set batsman continued his impressive batting for longer. Agarwal-Pujara managed to put a strong second-wicket partnership of 138 runs.
Pujara completed his half-century in 107 balls. Soon after that half-century, Pujara lost his wicket on 58 runs off 112 balls (9 fours and only sixer). Just before the tea break, Rabada provided that breakthrough after the Proteas captain Faf du Plessis took a low catch at the first slip.
Later, in the third session, Mayank Agarwal completed his second Test century in 183 balls. During the completion of that century, Agarwal managed 6, 6, dot and 4.
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 10, 2019
A few overs later of that century, Kagiso Rabada dismissed Agarwal. The Indian opener scored 108 runs off 195 balls with the help of 16 fours and 2 sixes.
After that wicket, Indian captain Virat Kohli dominated the remaining period of that day. He completed his fifty in 91 balls.
Kohli and the Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane have already put the 75 runs partnership for the unbroken fifth wicket. At the stumps of the day one, Kohli was not out on 63 runs while Rahane was batting on 18 runs.
Kagiso Rabada has finished the day with the bowling figures of 18.1-2-48-3.
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