Agarwal double ton as India flay Proteas

Agarwal double ton as India flay Proteas

Agarwal double ton as India flay Proteas

Rohit Sharma - a star of India's limited-overs side - was at the crease on 115 with Mayank Agarwal on 84 after the hosts elected to bat in the first of the three Tests in Visakhapatnam. They have found a firm grip in the match against the Proteas with the help of an extraordinary opening stand between Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma of 317 runs.

Rohit Sharma said opening the batting suited him across all formats after he hit a century Wednesday in his new role in Test cricket against South Africa.

India were 419 for three in 116 overs with the 28-year-old Agarwal, on 202, batting alongside Ajinkya Rahane, on 11. At number six, the ball is reversing, field placement is different and you need to keep all those things in mind.

The game was interrupted in the second session after the weather gods forced the umpires to call for an early tea.

Sharma completed his fourth Test century in the second session with a single off debutant spinner Senuran Muthusamy to raucous cheers from the home crowd and the dressing room.

Agarwal did not compete with his partner in shot-making but managed to put away the bad balls, hitting 11 fours and two sixes in his burgeoning knock to remain on course for his maiden hundred. Rohit also made his Test claims strong by belting 176, only his fourth hundred in red-ball cricket that came after 27 matches.

It was the first delivery of the eighth over when the off-spinner went through the defence of the talented South African opener.

Playing in just his fifth Test, the right-handed Agarwal has smashed six sixes and 22 fours in 361 balls faced so far.

Rohit, who got to his fifty before lunch, shifted gears and was particularly harsh on the spinners.

Sharma said that he had absolutely no confusion as to how he wanted to approach the game as an opening batsman.

The ball got stuck in between the boundary rope advertisements but the fast bowler Vernon Philander was searching the ball under the covers that were kept beside the ropes as a precautionary measure to protect the 22 yards from sudden rain.

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