India has put themselves in a commanding position on the penultimate day of the first Test match at Visakhapatnam against South Africa. The hosts’ racked up 323-4 in their second innings as Rohit Sharma scored his second hundred of the Test match. Consequently, the Virat Kohli-led gave an imposing target of 395 runs to the Proteas.
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Furthermore, the hosts were able to take the wicket of the first-innings centurion, Dean Elgar to add to the visitors’ wounds. Ravindra Jadeja was able to plumb the southpaw batsman in front of the wickets and Kohli had to go upstairs to reverse the on-field umpire’s call.
India had a fine day.
Meanwhile, India was able to wrap up the South African innings on 431 runs. Senuran Mathuswamy and Kagiso Rabada were able to frustrate the Indian bowling. Ravichandran Ashwin finished with seven wickets to be the pick of the Indian bowlers.
On the other hand, India’s first innings double centurion Mayank Agarwal could not get going as he was dismissed cheaply for seven runs. However, Rohit Sharma continued his first innings form as he kept churning out the runs. The right-hander added a gargantuan alliance of 169 runs with Cheteshwar Pujara for the second wicket.
Pujara who could not score big in the first innings scored a fine knock of 81 runs before he was plumbed in front by Vernon Philander. Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma became the first batsman to score seven consecutive fifties in the Indian conditions.
Furthermore, the right-hander also brought his fifth century and his second of the Test match. Consequently, Rohit also bagged another record to his name as he became the first batsman to score two centuries in the history of Test cricket while opening for the first time.
South Africa ended Day four at 11-1 and they still need another 384 runs to pull off a miraculous win. However, more realistically India requires another nine scalps to go 1-0 up in the three-match series.
Here is how Twitter reacted to Day’s 4 play:
Rohit Sharma is the first player ever to hit six sixes in each innings of a Test.#INDvSA
— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) October 5, 2019
Sanjay Manjrekar: Rohit has never been stumped.
Rohit Sharma gets stumped twice in the same Test.
This is a jinx beyond our capabilities. #INDvSA
— Nikhil ? (@CricCrazyNIKS) October 5, 2019
Rohit Sharma now has the most runs in a Test by a batsman opening for the first time.
Previous highest: Tillakaratne Dilshan's 215* (92 & 123*) v NZ, Galle, 2009. #IndvSA
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) October 5, 2019
Rohit Sharma – the first Indian batsman to be dismissed STUMPED both innings of a Test
Never in his 137 previous innings in first-class cricket he was out stumped once.#INDvSA
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) October 5, 2019
— Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) October 5, 2019
Rohit makes six-hitting look so effortless. Century in both innings. Couldn’t have asked for a better start to a new chapter in his Test career. Well played ?? #IndvSA
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 5, 2019
A special test match for Rohit Sharma. Class and elegance and two centuries. Not a bad way to begin a new chapter in a career!
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 5, 2019
ROHIT …… ??????
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) October 5, 2019
13 sixes for Rohit in this match. A world record. Take a bow.#INDvsSA
— Sanjeev (@agrawalsanjeev) October 5, 2019
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 5, 2019
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) October 5, 2019
Rohit says BC
*Le Virat : pic.twitter.com/Eh20gkZCJx
— BekaarAadmi? (@BekaarAaadmi) October 5, 2019