1st Test: South Africa staring down the barrel after Rohit, Pujara help India dictate terms on Day 4

first_img view more view less scorecard commentary Next Rohan Sen VisakhapatnamOctober 5, 2019UPDATED: October 5, 2019 18:27 IST India vs South Africa 1st Test: It was another Rohit Sharma show in Vizag on Saturday (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSouth Africa (11/1 & 431) need 384 runs on Day 5 to win vs India (323/4 d & 502/7 d)India declared their 2nd innings at 323 for 4 with Rohit scoring 127 while Pujara made 81Bad light forced an early end to the day’s playIndia need 9 wickets on the final day to win the first Test and go 1-0 up in the three-match series against South Africa after reducing the visitors to 11 for 1 at stumps before bad light forced an early end on Day 4 of the match in Vizag.Riding on Rohit Sharma’s 127 and Cheteshwar Pujara’s 81 in the second innings, India were able to declare at 323 for 4 in the final session, setting a target of 395 for the Proteas to win.India vs South Africa, 1st Test Day 4: HighlightsRavindra Jadeja then removed first-innings centurion Dean Elgar in the fourth over of South Africa’s second innings to make sure that India have one less batsman to worry about on the final day. Aiden Markram (1*) and Theunis de Bruyn (1) will resume the battle on Sunday with the hosts 384 runs behind.Earlier, South Africa were bowled out for 431 in the first hour of play on Day 4 after resuming their first innings at 385 for 8 with Ravichandran Ashwin finishing with 7 wickets for 145 runs in 46.2 overs. Ravindra Jadeja bagged two while Ishant Sharma got one for the hosts.That will be Stumps on Day 4. #TeamIndia have managed to pick a wicket before close of play (SA 11/1). South Africa require 384 runs, & India 9 wickets to win the 1st Test #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/WjPIs55qsMBCCI (@BCCI) October 5, 2019Indian batsmen then dominated proceedings throughout the day as Rohit and Pujara put on a 169-run partnership for the second wicket after opener Mayank Agarwal departed in the first session for 7.Rohit and Pujara mixed caution with aggression and maintained a run rate of over 3 throughout their stand which took the game completely away from South Africa. Pujara missed out on his 19th Test century by 19 runs but still managed his first fifty-plus score in five innings.advertisementRohit though, carried on from where he left in the first innings, scoring at a strike rate of 85.23 and brought up his fifth Test hundred and second in the match as India looked for quick runs.Rohit thus, became the first batsman in the world to have hit two hundreds in his maiden Test as opener. His 176 in the first innings combined with his 127 in the second took his tally of runs to 303 runs which is the most by any batsman who opened the innings for the first time in the longest format in international cricket.Rohit also became only the 6th Indian to score twin hundreds in a Test match. He joins an elite list of Indian cricketers, including Vijay Hazare (1), Sunil Gavaskar (3), Rahul Dravid (2), Virat Kohli (1) and Ajinkya Rahane (1) in the club of Indian cricketers with hundreds in each innings of a Test match.Rohit’s innings was laced with 10 sixes and 7 boundaries. His tally of 13 sixes in a match is also a new batting record in Test cricket. The previous record was held by former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram, who had hit 12 in a Test in 1996. Rohit is also the first player ever to hit six sixes in each innings of a Test.Keshav Maharaj finally managed to end Rohit’s stay at the crease, getting him out stumped for the second time in succession in this match, which is also a first for an Indian batsman in red-ball cricket. Maharaj finished with 2 wickets for 129 runs while Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada bagged a wicket each.Ravindra Jadeja (40), Virat Kohli (31 not out) and Ajinkya Rahane (27 not out) added some quick runs in the final session to help India take their lead to 394 before deciding to give the Proteas 13 overs to face in the day. Bad light meant India could only bowl 9 overs but they still managed to remove the dangerous Elgar in the 4th over.Also Read | Rohit Sharma 1st batsman to hit twin hundreds in maiden Test as openerAlso Read | Ben Stokes trolls Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli after swear word caught on stump mic in VizagAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow Cheteshwar PujaraFollow Dean ElgarFollow Ravindra JadejaFollow Ravinchandran AshwinFollow Virat KohliFollow India vs South AfricaFollow Visakhapatnam 1st Test: South Africa staring down the barrel after Rohit, Pujara help India dictate terms on Day 4Rohit Sharma scored his second successive hundred in the match to put India in a commanding position on Day 4 of the first Test against South Africa on Saturday. graphs No data available! advertisementlast_img

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