Rohit Sharma-Mayank Agarwal become third Indian opening pair to score 300 in Tests
Indian cricketer Mayank Agarwal (R) and Rohit Sharma (L) greet each other during the first day's play of the first Test match between India and South Africa at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on October 2, 2019. (Photo by NOAH SEELAM / AFP)
Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal on Thursday became the third Indian opening pair to stitch together a 300-run partnership in Test cricket.
Rohit and Mayank together scored 317 runs for the first wicket during the opening Test of the three-match series against South Africa at the ACA-VDCA Stadium in Visakhapatnam.
Rohit, who was opening the innings for the first time in Test cricket, scored 176 runs while Mayank contributed with 137 runs during their historic partnership.
The other two Indian opening pair to stitch together a partnership of more than 300 runs in Test cricket are Vinoo Mankad-Pankaj Roy (413 runs against New Zealand in 1956) and Virender Sehwag-Rahul Dravid (410 runs against Pakistan in 2006).
Talking about the ongoing match between India and South Africa, it was Keshav Maharaj who gave the Proteas some respite by dismissing Rohit.
By lunch on Day 2, India scored 324 for 1 with Mayank batting on 138 and Cheteshwar Pujara batting on 6.
Earlier on Wednesday, India skipper Virat Kohli had won the toss and chose to bat. The decision proved to be prudent as Rohit and Mayank added 202 runs on the first day before rains called for early stumps.
Starting from 202 for 0 on the following day, the duo stitched another 115 before Rohit walked back to pavilion.
(With inputs from IANS)