39.1 overs: FOUR! Rohit Sharma displays his elegant touch. Leans back and presents the full face of the bat off Kagiso Rabada. The ball races to the point fence. IND 122/0. (India VS South Africa Live Score – Day 1).
37.4 overs: FOUR! Rohit is now looking in total control. Guides Kagiso Rabada’s delivery past the gully fielder to collect another boundary. Rohit moves into the 60’s. IND 116/0.
Guides Kagiso Rabada’s delivery past the gully fielder to collect another boundary. Rohit moves into the 60’s. IND 116/0.
50 for Mayank Agarwal! Hits Kesharaj inside-out over cover to get to his fourth fifty in Tests. Excellent timing on that occasion as well from the right-hander as the ball sails over the fence. IND 110/0 after 36.4 overs.
100 up for India! An excellent start from both Rohit and Mayank as India get to the three-figure mark without any loss in 35.3 overs. Vernon Philander strays on the pads and Mayank Agarwal hits the ball through mid wicket region to collect four runs. IND 103/0
End of 34th over: Consecutive maidens from South Africa bowlers. First it was Keshav Maharaj and then Vernon Philander backs it up with another tight over from the other end. IND 99/0
So End of 32nd over: Three runs from Vernon Philander’s first over after after lunch. Keshav Maharaj to continue from the other end. IND 99/0
30.2 overs: FOUR! Boundary second ball after lunch for Rohit Sharma. Hits Keshav Maharaj through covers to collect his sixth four of the innings. IND 95/0
So Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal are out in the middle to resume India in post lunch. Keshav Maharaj to start for South Africa.
New Test opening pair of Rohit Sharma (52) and Mayank Agarwal (39) got India’s home season off to a good, solid start as the hosts scored 91 runs without any loss in the morning session on Day 1 of the first Test in Visakhapatnam. India captain Virat Kohli opted to bat without any hesitation after winning a crucial toss in the series opener. Rohit and Mayank, who came out to bat as openers for the first time in India, looked cautious at the start. Both had a few anxious moments early on as Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander troubled them with the new ball. But then, the duo found form and timing and looked confident against spinners.
But Rohit, in the latter half of his first session, displayed beautiful foot movement against the spinners, hitting a couple of sixes. In the process, Rohit also got to his 11th fifty (first as an opener) in Test cricket For South Africa, it was a dull opening session as they were denied any wickets on a sunny morning.
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