Vizag: After a spectacular knock of Rohit Sharma in the first test against South Africa, India reached 202 for no loss in 59.1 overs before play was called off during the tea break at Vizag today. The second session was also cut short due to fading light in the city.
As South Africa failed to pick up any wickets in the rain-curtailed first day, Rohit and Mayank weathered the storm in the first hour of play this morning and then opened up once the Proteas spinners came into the attack.
Rohit was unbeaten on 115 off 174 at the end of the play and he got good support from his opening partner Mayank Agarwal, who was not out on 84. All of Rohit’s hundreds have come on home soil but this was his first since the unbeaten 102 against Sri Lanka in Nagpur back in November 2016.
After playing cautiously at the start of the innings, it was all about punishing not just the bad balls, but also the good ones as the batsman brought up his fourth Test hundred in a session that saw the Indian batsmen take the Proteas bowlers to the cleaners.
South African bowlers did trouble the Indian batsmen on a few occasions in the first session, they seemed toothless in the afternoon session where Rohit and Mayank Agarwal (84 not out off 183) scored at a brisk rate.
Rohit, who got to his fifty before lunch, shifted gears and was particularly harsh on the spinners. He hammered off-spinner Danie Piedt for successive sixes over deep midwicket to get into the nineties before completing his fourth Test ton with a single off debutant spinner Senuran Muthusamy.
During the course of his innings, Rohit also equalled Rahul Dravid’s record for the most number of consecutive fifty-plus scores in Tests at home. Dravid had hit 6 successive fifty-plus scores between 1997 and 1998.
Rohit, meanwhile, has scored 6 successive hundreds at home over a 3-year period between 2016 and 2019. The streak includes an unbeaten 102 against Sri Lanka in Nagpur in November 2017.
India end Day 1 at 202/0 – Rohit Sharma 115*, Mayank Agarwal 84*