Rahane Gets To His 50; 100 Partnership With Rohit Drives India Forward
Indian middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane brings up his 21st half-century as he a single down to mid-on against the Proteas in the ongoing test match in Ranchi. Tha class batman has played 61 test matches for the team with an average of 43.19.
Ajinkya Rahane joins the party in Ranchi!— ICC (@ICC) October 19, 2019
The India batsman reaches his 21st Test fifty from 70 balls, on day one of the final #INDvSA Test.
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India's opener Rohit Sharma also brought up his eleventh half-century as India raced past 100 runs after an early collapse of the top- three batsmen on day One of the third Test.
100 run partnership between Rahane and Rohit
Having lost opener Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara and skipper Virat Kohli early in the first session, Rohit Sharma along with Ajinkya Rahane steadies the innings for India. The 150 run partnership between the two fuels the score forward as India crosses the 200 mark after lunch.
Proteas pace shakes India's top-order
South Africa's pacers Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje wreaked havoc through India's top-order as they grabbed three scalps in the first session of the third Test in Ranchi. Kagiso Rabada picked up the two important scalps of opener Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara while Anrich Nortje managed to trap skipper Virat Kohli for an lbw. All eyes are now on the Hit Man Rohit Sharma, who will look to replicate the knocks of his dream Test debut in the third and final Test. South Africa made five changes to their side after losing the second contest by a mammoth margin to India.
Virat Kohli, who elected to bat first in Ranchi, called it a 'no brainer' to bat first in the third and final Test, as India will hope to complete the whitewash and extend their lead at the top of the Test Championship.