Mayank Agarwal ton drives India’s domination on day one in Pune

Mayank Agarwal hit second successive century on the opening day of the second Test against South Africa as India dominated the scene at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Thursday.

Mayank Agarwal hits 108. Photo: AP

The young batting sensation, who made a double century in India’s opening Test win, scored 108 after the hosts elected to bat first. Cheteshwar Pujara accompanied him well with his second successive half-century, together they put on 138 runs for the second wicket with Pujara making 58.

Rohit Sharma became the only wicket to fall in the first session.

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India were 273 losing three wickets when bad light forced an early end of the day, with skipper Virat Kohli unbeaten on 63 and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane on 18.

Kohli and Rahane put on 75 runs for the fourth wicket dismantling South African spinners’s rhythm. Keshav Maharaj despite bowling a few deliveries passed the batsman whizzing, went wicket less through 29 overs conceding 89 runs.

Kohli, leading the Test side for the 50th time, reached to his half-century with a boundary off fast bowler Vernon Philander.

But it was Agarwal taking India all the way out despite being hit on the helmet from a bouncer by debutant paceman Anrich Nortje. With fitting reply, he went on to hit Nortje for three glorious off drives in one over before lunch.

He was eventually caught in the slips by South African captain Faf du Plessis off Rabada.

In an apparently pace friendly wicket when all other Proteas’ fast bowlers failed to find the comfort, Kagiso Rabada alone grabbed all three wickets that India lost in the process.

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