Rohit Sharma Dismissed For a Duck by Vernon Philander During India Board President's XI vs South Africa Practice Match
Rohit Sharma did not have great start while leading the Indian team (Board President's XI) in the 3-day practice match against South Africa. The Indian opener was dismissed on a duck in the first innings of the match, which is underway at Dr PVG Raju ACA Sports Complex in Vizianagaram. As Sharma went out to bat as an opener with Mayank Agarwal, he lost his wicket in just the 2nd over. On Vernon Philander's delivery, Sharma was caught by Heinrich Klaasen at just the second ball he faced. Aiden Markram Looks Forward to Face Indian Challenge in the India vs South Africa Test Series 2019.
Sharma is leading the Indian team- Board Presidents XI- in the practice match, which is being played ahead of the three-match Test series. Under Sharma, many youngsters like Mayank Agarwal, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Karun Nair, Siddhesh Lad are part of the Indian side. Earlier in the match, South Africa had won the toss and opted to bat first. India Board President's XI vs South Africa Match Preview: Rohit Sharma and Umesh Yadav in Focus in This Lone Tour Game.
With a brilliant century by Aiden Markram (100), South Africa were able to put up 279/6 on the scoreboard. Temba Bavuma (87*) also played a spectacular knock. Vernon Philander was another batsman who performance greatly with the bat (48). The Proteas declared their batting at 279/6 in the 1st innings.
Meanwhile, the match was affected by bad light multiple times on the 1st and 2nd day and had to be stopped. Today is the third and final day of the match and the match will probably end in a draw. Rohit Sharma, who is largely expected to play as an opener during upcoming India vs South Africa Test series 2019, could not bag limelight in the practice match. Meanwhile, the first India vs South Africa Test starts on October 2.