Published: Thu, October 10, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Agarwal hits ton as India dominate SA on Day 1

Agarwal hits ton as India dominate SA on Day 1

Bowling coach Vincent Barnes welcomed a marked improvement in the Proteas' performance with the ball on day one of the second Test against India at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.

The pair combined to send back Agarwal 35 runs later - the opener well taken by Du Plessis to his left after hitting Keshav Maharaj (0-89) for back-to-back sixes to leave India on 198-3.

India's newest opening partnership of Rohit and Mayank faced its toughest test in the morning session.

Cape Town - The first session of day two in the second Test on Friday, which will begin with Indian captain and maestro stroke-player Virat Kohli still at the crease in Pune, could well determine whether South Africa remain alive for suitably longer in the series. Having received one easy boundary, Kohli was seen showing thumbs up to the South African fielders.

But Agarwal took the lead role despite being hit on the helmet from a bouncer by debutant paceman Anrich Nortje.

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Rabada dismissed opener Rohit Sharma, centurion Mayank Agarwal and half-centurion Cheteshwar Pujara on Thursday.

Rabada also claimed Sharma, who edged the ball into the gloves of wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock for 14 in the 10th over.

After India won the first Test against the Caribbean side, Kohli had added yet another feather to his cap, becoming the most successful Indian skipper in overseas Test. Virat Kohli has surpassed Sourav Ganguly to attain this milestone.

Rabada struck again to get Pujara, caught again by du Plessis, just before tea.

But Rabada cut a more thrust-laden figure than he has for some months: as Hashim Amla noted in the SuperSport studio "he got the ball to talk ... a big positive for us".

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