Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal break plethora of records with first-wicket stand in India-South Africa 1st Test

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Author 2019-10-03 14:01:55

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Records have been tumbling left, right and center in the ongoing second day's play between India and South Africa in the first Test in Visakhapatnam on Thursday (October 3). Resuming from 202 for no loss, Indian openers Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma achieved individual records as while the former achieved his first score in three figures in whites, Rohit crossed the 150-run mark with ease before falling for 176.

In the process, the Indian openers achieved some big records playing together for the first time at the top. Both Rohit and Mayank surpassed some of the former greats to register significant feats as a pair. Here are some of the records broken by the two:

-- This became India's 3rd 300-plus stand for the first wicket
-- Rohit and Mayank stitched the highest first-wicket stand for India vs South Africa in Tests; surpassing Gautam Gambhir-Virender Sehwag's 218 (2004-05)
-- Rohit and Mayank also achieved the highest-ever first-wicket stand in India-South Africa Tests; moving ahead of Gary Kirsten-Andrew Hudson (236 in Kolkata 1996-97)
-- This is now also the highest stand for any wicket in India-South Africa Tests. The duo surpassed Rahul Dravid-Sehwag's 268 in Chennai (2007-08)
-- Overall, this is 12th highest opening stand ever (317)

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Earlier in the day, Mayank smashed his first international century and maiden Test ton in his debut home innings. He achieved the feat with a single towards the third man region and joined Rohit, who later slammed his second score in excess of 150. The limited-overs vice-captain was promoted up the order and the move paid dividends with a century in his first outing as a Test opener. However, he missed out on a double ton and was stumped by Quinton de Kock off Keshav Maharaj.

Mayank's ton was India's 510th international hundred and 86th in the longer format of the game. Further, he became the 33rd Indian opener to get to a triple-figure knock. In addition, this became the first instance where two openers, who were not from England and Australia, scored hundreds in the same innings versus the Proteas in a Test.

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