Vizag Test, Day 4: SA 11/1 at Stumps, Trailing India by 384 Runs
Live updates from Day 4 of the Vizag Test between India and South Africa.
A string of centuries during the ICC World Cup this summer but Rohit Sharma still found no place in the Indian middle order during the Test series against West Indies. But as MSK Prasad announced India’s Test team against South Africa last month, Rohit was thrown possibly his career’s biggest challenge - to open in whites as well.
He is yet to finish his first match playing in that position but the Indian star has cemented his place in cricketing folklore, becoming the first-ever player in Test history to score back-to-back centuries while opening for the first time.
Yes, that’s Rohit Sharma and it’s just only Day 4 of the India vs South Africa Test at Vizag.
After Rohit crossed the three-figure mark, India’s score stood at 204/2 and they led the Proteas by 275 runs.
The Mumbai cricketer switched gears after his century and scored some more quick-fire runs before ultimately falling on 127 (149 balls) to Keshav Maharaj. Virat Kohli then joined Ravindra Jadeja out in the middle with half an hour of play still left in the day.
Rohit’s innings of 127 had broken a few more records with the 13 sixes he hit breaking Wasim Akram’s previous record of 12 for the most maximums in a Test match. Rohit is now also the first cricketer to score seven consecutive 50+ scores in India.
After Sunil Gavaskar, he is now only the second Indian opener to post a century in each innings.
Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja then added 47 runs before Jadeja got out looking for another big one. Rabada castled him on 40 (32 balls) as new father Ajinkya Rahane came out to join his skipper.
37 more runs were added to the total before Virat declared the innings at 323/4.
South Africa, in reply, lost the wicket of Deal Elgar before stumps. After 9 overs of play in their innings, they were 11/1 still trailing India by 384 runs.
Earlier, South Africa were bowled out for 431 in the first hour of play. Carrying on from the overnight score of 385/8, Senuran Muthusamy (12) and Keshav Maharaj (3) added 11 runs before Ashwin broke the partnership, sending back Maharaj on 9.
Muthusamy was then joined by Kagiso Rabada and the pair added 35 runs before Ashwin struck once again, sending back Rabada on 15.
South Africa were chasing India’s first innings score of 502/7d with Dean Elgar (160) and Quinton de Kock (111) bringing them back into the match on Day 3.
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