On the fourth day of the first Test, South Africa is already back wih the fabulous performance .Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock’s centuries are more in talks. Initially,after the stressful start, the visitors had reduced the trail to only 71. Even the lower order added some valuable runs. In India’s second innings, now the responsibility was on Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal to build on the decent lead.
Eventually, during the first innings Mayank bagged a double ton. Got out for only seven to left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj.It was bydefault duty Rohit to take forward India’s second innings. Cheteshwar Pujara being his partner had gone into bit laziness of late and took his time initially to get the measure of the conditions and the opposition bowling.
Rohit noticed this and he got the runs at a brisk rate. He was finding the boundary and was also running hard between the wickets. In the meantime, Rohit uttered abuses to Pujara, abusing him ‘ bh****od’. In an over from Dane Piedt, Rohit tapped the ball on the off-side and set off for a single. But Pujara wasn’t interested and backed off. It didn’t make Rohit happy.
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Rohit was in his form indeed during the first innings where he played superb against the South African bowlers with a score of 176. He was also involved in a 317-run opening stand with Mayank that gave a good score score of 502. The 32-year-old opened the batting for the first time in Test cricket and the occasion didn’t fluster him by any stretch of the imagination.
He took his great form in the second innings as well. Rohit got to his half-century off 72 balls. En route the half-century, he smacked three fours and as many sixes. Prior to the series, many questioned his credentials to sustain in red-ball cricket, but Rohit has been able to answer the critics pretty effectively. He replaced KL Rahul, who was sidelined due to poor form.
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