The host Indian team continued its impressive form with the bat in the second Test match against South Africa in Pune. Indian captain Virat Kohli once again called it right at the toss and opted to bat first. India made just one change to their playing XI as they included Umesh Yadav in place of Hanuma Vihari, while the visitors picked Anrich Nortje ahead of Dane Piedt.
The pitch assisted the fast bowlers in the first hour as it had a little bit of moisture and grass cover. The South African pacers, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada and Nortje tested the Indian openers with some real challenging fast bowling. The two Indian openers, Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal, who were absolutely sensational in Vizag, countered the tough conditions very well in the first 10 overs period.
However, the twin centurion from the first Test match, Rohit got out after scoring just 14 runs as Rabada got the better of the Indian opener to provide his team with the first breakthrough. The pair of Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara then joined hands to resurrect the Indian innings.
The duo showed some remarkable composure and temperament to stitch an excellent stand of 138 runs for the second wicket. Pujara scored 58 runs that consisted of nine fours and one six before getting dismissed by Rabada. Agarwal continued his stunning form from the first Test match as he notched up his second century of the longest format of the game.
Mayank composed a brilliant knock of 108 runs that included of 16 fours and 2 sixes. Virat Kohli played some amazing shots to entertain the Pune crowd. He was unbeaten till the end of the day’s play at 63 runs that included of 10 fours. At stumps on Day 1, India were 273 for 3 in 85.1 overs. For South Africa, Rabada picked all the three wickets.
India 273/3 (Mayank Agarwal 108, Virat Kohli 63*; Kagiso Rabada 3-48) vs South Africa.