Dean Elgar 1st South Africa batsman to hit a hundred in India in 9 years
Dean Elgar scored his first Test hundred in India on Day 3 of 1st Test between India and South Africa. (AP Photo)
- Dean Elgar smashed his 12th Test hundred on Day 3 of 1st Test
- Elgar became the first South African batsman after Hashim Amla to hit a 100 in India
- Elgar and Faf du Plessis also stitched a 100-plus stand for South Africa
Dean Elgar became the first South African batsman to score a hundred in India after 9 years as South Africa fought their way back on Day 2 of the opening Test against Indian in Vizag on Friday.
Elgar got to his 12th Test hundred and second in Asia in a style with a slog sweep over R Ashwin in the 60th over of their first innings. Hashim Amla was the last South African batsman to score a hundred in India during their 2010 tour.
Elgar made his Test debut in 2012 against Australia and the opener managed just a pair of ducks in his first outing.
Coming to bat on Day 2 morning at 27, Elgar showed positive intent since the start and also attacked the spinners. After being dropped on 74 by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, Elgar did not shy away from going over the infield as he smashed 6 sixes to get to the 100-run mark.
Elgar and Faf du Plessis also stitched a 100-plus stand together for the 5th wicket-their highest partnership since the start of their 2015 tour. The gritty stand between the batsmen was finally broken by R Ashwin but Elgar continued to pile on runs for South Africa.
India had an upper hand in the first Test of the 3-match series as they put 502 on board with help of 176 runs from Rohit Sharma, who took the guard as a opener for the first time in Test, and a double hundred from Mayank Agarwal.
The spin duo of R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja then reduced South Africa to 39 for 3 at Stumps and it looked like the vistiors would collapse soon against the Indian bowlers. However Dean Elgar, with his phenomenal defensive skills, upped the ante to put South Africa back into the Test.