Rohit’s yet another ton keeps India on top
Rohit Sharma scored his 3rd hundred of the series against South Africa and it kept India on top of the first day of the third Test.
From being ignored in the longer format of the game to score three hundreds in a three-match Test series, Rohit Sharma is living his dream which he always dreamt for. He struck a superlative sixth Test ton to guide India to 224/3 before bad light forced early stumps on Day 1 of the third Test against South Africa in Ranchi.
India were in deep trouble for the first time in this series. They were 39/3 after winning the toss and it was man in form Rohit Sharma, who rescued his side along with Ajinkya Rahane, who is unbeaten on 83*.
Rohit became the first India opener since Sunil Gavaskar to score more than two centuries in a Test series. The legendary batsman had gone past hundred four times in his maiden Test series against West Indies in 1971. Incidentally, both Rohit and Gavaskar scored their hundreds as openers.
Earlier Kagiso Rabada gave the visitors a good start by picking Mayank Agarwal early. He then picked up the wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara, who departed for a duck. Annrich Nortje also chipped in and picked up the vital wicket of the Indian captain Virat Kohli.
However, after all these wickets, it was all about India since then and then remain in a firm position after the end of first day’s play courtesy of Rahane and Rohit’s solid partnership.
IND 224/3 | Rohit 117*, Rahane 83| Rabada 2/54