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Magnificent Mayank put India in charge on day one

Agarwal raced to his second Test hundred hitting left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj for consecutive sixes.

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Magnificent Mayank put India in charge on day one
Mayank Agarwal scores 108 runs. Photo: BCCI

Mayank Agarwal graded his second century of the series in successive matches propelling India to a dominating position in the first day of Pune Test against South Africa.

When play was stopped in the 86th over due to fading light at day one, India were 273 for the loss of 3 wickets with Virat Kohli not out on 63 and Ajinkya Rahane batting on 18.

The 28-year-old Agarwal who scored a double-century in India’s 203-run win in the opening Test, completed another hundred, 108 off 195 deliveries, commanding his place in team’s opening slot.

India lost Rohit Sharma, the back to back centurion of the first Test, early in the innings dismissed by Kagiso Rabada on 14 after the skipper opted to bat first.

Agarwal, despite being hit in the helmet by debutant Nortje, continued with dominance and put 138 runs in association with Cheteshwar Pujara with the later scoring 58.

The opener raced to his second Test hundred hitting left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj for consecutive sixes down the ground for consecutive sixes and a boundary off Vernon Philander.

Virat Kohli captaining in his 50th Test match, protected his side from any further damage for the day in an unbroken 75-run stand with Ajinkya Rahane for the fourth wicket.

Kohli reached his 24th Test fifty off 91 balls before play was suspended due to bad light just five overs after South Africa had taken the new ball.

Kagiso Rabada was the standout bowler for South Africa taking all three wickets India lost in the process conceding 48 runs.

Centurion Agarwal said after the day’s play noting about the condition that it was not that favorable all the time.

“There were periods where I was getting boundaries very easily, there were periods where they bowled very good line and lengths and were testing the bouncer as well,” said Agarwal, who is playing his sixth Test since making his debut last year.

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