The hosts India once again dominated the day two of the ongoing Ranchi Test against South Africa. After managing the 497/9 decl., Indian bowlers bagged two quick wickets that left South Africa on 9/2. At the end of the day, India were leading by 488 runs.
India started the day on their overnight score of 224/3. Indian opener Rohit Sharma and the middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane continued their solid batting performances on Sunday.
In the morning session, Rohit and Rahane added 82 more runs in their game-changing partnership. Rahane completed his 11th Test century in 169 balls while Rohit reached the 150 runs in 199 balls.
After Rohit-Rahane put 267 runs partnership for the fourth wicket, Rahane finally lost his wicket on 115 runs off 192 balls (17 fours and only six). It was the first international wicket for the debutant left-arm spinner George Linde while the Test debutant wicketkeeper Heinrich Klaasen recorded his first dismissal.
However, Rohit continued his amazing batting performance and surpassed his previous best knock in Test career 177 runs. At lunch, India were batting on 357/4 while Rohit was on 199.
In the third over of the second session of the day, Rohit completed his maiden Test double-century with a sixer. He reached the 200 runs mark in 249 balls. After scoring 212 runs off 255 balls, Rohit was dismissed by the Proteas pacer Kagiso Rabada. In that unforgettable knock, Rohit hit 28 fours and six sixes.
India declared their first innings at Tea
After that, Ravindra Jadeja once again performed very well with the bat and completed his half-century in 118 balls. While the wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha scored 24 runs, Jadeja lost his wicket after scoring 51 runs. Ravichandran Ashwin was also dismissed on 14 runs.
In the late of that innings, Umesh Yadav played a small powerful knock off 31 runs off just 10 balls. He smashed five sixes in that special batting performance. In the end, the debutant Shahbaz Nadeem and Mohammed Shami remained not out on 1 and 10 runs respectively.
At tea, India declared the first innings on 497/9. In the first innings, debutant South African cricketer George Linde (4/133) took four wickets while the pacer Kagiso Rabada (3/85) bagged three wickets. Like day one, day two was once again finished earlier due to the bad light.
Though South African batsmen only faced five overs on that day, they have already lost two wickets. At the stumps of the day, South Africa were batting on 9/2. Opener Dean Elgar (0) lost his wicket on the second ball of that innings as the Indian pacer Mohammed Shami dismissed him while another Indian pacer Umesh Yadav dismissed another opening batsman Quinton de Kock (4 runs) in the next over.
At the end of that day, Zubayr Hamza (0 not out) and the captain Faf du Plessis (1 run) remained not out.