Live Cricket Score And Updates, Ind vs SA 1st Test Match: Rohit, Agarwal Look To Extend India's Dominating Start
Thu, 03 Oct 2019 09:50:42 am
DROPPED! Rohit survives! Good length ball around off, Sharma looks to defend but gets an outside edge which Quinton fails to hold on to. Big miss that for the Proteas as that could have been a chance to get back in the game. The ball rolls on to short third man for a single.
Thu, 03 Oct 2019 09:50:33 am
FOUR! Beautifully played. Full delivery on the pads, Rohit plays a flick and lofts this over the mid-wicket fielder for a boundary. Rohit plays this shot a lot in ODIs and is continuing in Tests as well.
Thu, 03 Oct 2019 09:42:28 am
Vernon Philander to Mayank Agarwal. FOUR, FOUR! Nicely played from Mayank! Good length delivery outside off, Mayank guides this nicely towards the backward point region for a boundary.
Thu, 03 Oct 2019 09:37:32 am
Keshav Maharaj to partner Philander from the other end.
Thu, 03 Oct 2019 09:37:16 am
Vernon Philander to Rohit Sharma. FOUR, FOUR! Poor line from Vernon Philander! Bowls a good length delivery on the pads, Rohit flicks it away nicely towards the fine leg region. Maharaj at deep square leg runs in and tries to make a diving stop to his right but fails to do so. First boundary of the day for Rohit and India are underway on Day 2.
Thu, 03 Oct 2019 09:36:44 am
Hello everyone and a warm welcome to Day 2 of the first Test between India and South Africa at Vizag.Hello everyone and a warm welcome to Day 2 of the first Test between India and South Africa at Vizag. If you're an Indian fan, you couldn't have asked for anything more than how the opening day panned out for India. Rohit Sharma enjoyed his promotion as an opener with a sparkling century, while Mayank Agarwal played an equally crucial role to propel India to a strong 202 without loss. With India looking set to cross the 300-run margin, bad light, accompanied by the dreaded rain forced an early finish - almost 90 minutes before the scheduled close of play.
But the good news is... that was yesterday. And we're due for an early start today, despite the threats of shower. Stay tuned... live action will come to you shortly. Until then, in case you missed out on Day 1, we've got you covered below.
Day 1 report
India's newest Test opener, Rohit Sharma, celebrated his promotion with a sparkling century against South Africa during the first Test in Visakhapatnam. The century was Rohit s fourth in Tests and one which led India to a position of dominance at 202 without loss before bad light, followed by heavy rain forced early stumps on Day 1. Rohit smacked 12 boundaries and five sixes, bringing up the three-figure digit off 154 balls.
One over before tea, the umpires decided that the light wasn t good enough to continue play. Shortly after the players returned to the dressing rooms, it began pouring down in Vizag. The covers were brought on, covering most of the ground but after one hour of constant rain, play was called off almost 90 minutes before the scheduled close of play.
Rohit emerged as the star for India. He began his knock with a boundary off the second ball a cut that raced past the vacant gully region. He and fellow opener Mayank Agarwal played out the new ball, which offered some initial movement for the South Africa pacers. However, once the ball lost its shine, Rohit took control, batting with an impressive control rate of more than 90 percent and bringing up a half-century off 84 balls.
Rohit gave spinners the stick, scoring all his sixes against them. His first two sixes came off the bowling of Keshav Maharaj and Dane Piedt. On 81, Rohit waded back-to-back sixes off Piedt to enter the 90s. With a cut, Rohit came back for a double to become only the fourth Indian batsman to score a century in his first Test as opener, joining Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul and Prithvi Shaw.
It s been the perfect two sessions for India ever since Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat first on a surface that is likely to deteriorate quickly. Rohit and Agarwal also recorded India s first century-plus stand in Tests in 24 innings since their one-off Test against Afghanistan in June 2018. The two also added India s first 200-run stand for the opening wicket in 81 innings Dhawan and Murali Vijay had done so against Bangladesh in Fatullah in 2015.
This was also Rohit s sixth consecutive fifty-plus score in India in addition to all four his centuries coming on home soil. His partner Agarwal is 14 short of a maiden hundred, batting on 84 off 183 balls with 11 boundaries and two sixes..