Mayank Agarwal converted his maiden test hundred into a double
Mayank Agarwal leads the team off. A day to remember for him, not only getting his maiden Test hundred but also converting it into a double. South Africa, who had to wait for a wicket for 82 overs, found the subsequent period a little more rewarding, although it would've brought mixed feelings seeing the pitch start to act up.
When it was their turn to bat, things were different, as they were expected to be owing to the gulf in quality between the two spin attacks. India are in their stride at home, executing a well-rehearsed template. And they're not going to relent.
India effectively give themselves something around 85 minutes on this pitch that's surely on its way to becoming a minefield. We've spoken of how well India started, how they were in the middle, but it was a pretty strange end to what their ideal script would've been - surely with Ashwin intent on just blocking them towards close. But in his short stay out there with Jadeja.
He's seen enough of this track - it's spitting, it's scooting. Yea, the Proteas have a clear cut task on their hands.
Mayank Agarwal in post match presentation: I am extremely happy. It is a feeling I can't describe. Glad that I could make my maiden hundred into a double. I am happy with the way I played, I am batting well and if we can keep batting together like this upfront, it will be great for the team. If Rohit and me can keep contributing to make 450-500 every time, it will be very tough for the opposition. I would be lying to say that you only have to think about your own game. At times you feel that you are playing well and I can take a chance, but that's not how it works. You have to be patient. We had a great partnership to lay the foundation and get to 300 runs. The way he (Rohit) dominated the spinners was great to see. Initially the pitch did do a bit with the new ball but when the sun came down it got better and better. As we approached lunch on day two, the ball started keeping low. It started spinning by tea and it is great signs for us. They (Ashwin and Jadeja) have been bowling in great areas, kept pressure and bowled great lines. But definitely the wicket has changed and if it plays like it is playing now, they will get a lot of purchase.
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