India vs South Africa, Ranchi Test, Day 2: Ajinkya Rahane hits ton; Rohit Sharma on 199 by lunch

The Statesman

The Statesman

Author 2019-10-20 14:34:00

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India's Rohit Sharma (R) celebrates his century (100 runs) with teammate Ajinkya Rahane during the first day of the third and final Test match between India and South Africa at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) stadium in Ranchi on October 19, 2019. (Photo by Money SHARMA / AFP)

India were 357 for 4 by the lunchtime on Day 2 of the final Test of the three-match series between India and South Africa at the JSCA Stadium in Ranchi.

Rohit Sharma was unbeaten on 199 runs, including 28 boundaries and 4 sixes, with Ravindra Jadeja (15 not out) accompanying him from the other end.

It is to note that the play on Day 1 got suspended due to bad light accompanied by rain. By the time, India were 224 for 3 with Rohit batting on 117 and Ajinkya Rahane unbeaten on 83.

Day 2 started with Rohit and Rahane playing sensibly, where the latter registered a century (115 runs) before departing on the ball of George Linde.

In the first session, 27 overs were bowled where India amassed 133 runs and lost the only wicket of Rahane.

On Saturday, Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bat against South Africa.

South Africa pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje gave India early blows to win the first session of Day 1 of the final rubber.

Rabada claimed the wickets of Mayank Agarwal (caught out by Dean Elgar at slip on 10 runs) and Cheteshwar Pujara (LBW for a duck), whereas his partner Nortje dismissed Virat Kohli (LBW on 12 runs).

By lunch on Saturday, India were 71 for 3, courtesy 38 not out from Rohit Sharma and an unbeaten 11 from Ajinkya Rahane from the other end.

After digging their heels in, the Rohit-Rahane duo capitalised on the situation and took India to 205 for 3 by tea.

In the post-tea session, the duo continued their form but bad lights accompanied by rains forced the play to be called off for the day.

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