The hosts India had a weak start on the day one of the third-cum-final Test of the series against the visitors South Africa at Ranchi. However, the opener Rohit Sharma and the middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane’s powerful batting helped India to end the day on a high note.
India have already secured this series as they are leading this series by 2-0 before the Ranchi Test. As South African captain Faf du Plessis has recently faced high bad luck in the toss, he brought out Temba Bavuma as the proxy captain who only involved during the coin toss.
However, the Indian captain Virat Kohli once again won the toss and decided to bat first. The local boy Shahbaz Nadeem, who recently replaced the injured Kuldeep Yadav, has made international debut in this Test after replacing the senior pacer Ishant Sharma. Meanwhile, South Africa have made five changes in the playing XI, including bringing the debutants, Heinrich Klaasen and George Linde. But the hosts didn’t manage a good start this time.
South African pacer Kagiso Rabada dominated the first hour and bagged India’s first two wickets. The opener Mayank Agarwal (10 runs) lost his wicket in the fifth over of this match. In the ninth over, Cheteshwar Pujara lost his wicket without opening his account.
Struggling on 16/2, another opener Rohit Sharma and skipper Virat Kohli put the 23 runs partnership for the third wicket before another big blow. In the 16th over, another Proteas pacer Anrich Nortje claimed his first Test wicket after dismissing Kohli (12 runs). That wicket put the hosts into the deep trouble as they were then batting on 39/3.
Rohit Sharma has scored 117 not out; Ajinkya Rahane has scored 83 not out
However, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane handled that tough situation very well and have guided to the good total. After the huge struggling, India scored 71/3 at the lunch.
In the second session, Rohit and Rahane both dominated with their bats. After completing his half-century, Rohit played his natural attacking game. Rahane has also inspired with his batting performance.
Rahane completed his half-century in 70 balls while Rohit reached the three-figure mark in 130 balls with a sixer.
At tea, India managed to score 205/3. Due to the bad light, the third session of the day only ran for the six overs. At the early stumps of day one of Ranchi Test, India were batting on 224/3.
Indian opener Rohit Sharma scored 117 not out while Rahane was batting on 83 runs at the stumps. Before the stumps, Rohit-Rahane partnership has managed 185 runs for the unbroken fourth wicket.