India vs South Africa, second test: Centurion Mayank Agarwal makes it the day of India
PUNE: Six, six, four. Opening batter Mayank Agarwal He went from 87 to 103 in three four-ball scoring punches. It was that simple.
Looking to seal the three-game series in the second Test against South Africa in Gahunje here, India had 273-3 on the first day of Thursday after winning the draw.
Rain was forecast, but it did not arrive. However, the bad light stopped the game with 4.5 overs remaining in the game of the day.
The field offers something for bowlers, but not much. India brought the rhythm Umesh Yadav in the game XI instead of Hanuma Vihari .
Mayank (108, 195b, 16x4s, 2x6s) and Cheteshwar Pujara (58, 112b, 9x4s, 1x6) sewed an alliance of 138 races in 41 overs for the second wicket and that laid the groundwork. The script could have been very different if Tenda Bavuma caught Pujara a short distance from Rabada when the batter had not yet left the mark and India was 35-1.
Mayank stressed that most players do not suffer the nervous 90s these days. Hit the arrow on the left arm Keshav Maharaj for two consecutive six in the post-tea session to jump from 87 to 99. In the next, the sealant was cleaned Vernon Philander Between the first slip and fly ravine for four.
It was the second Test hundred of Agarwal in the series. He had scored a triple hundred against Maharashtra (304 *) on the same spot in the 2017-18 Ranji Trophy season.
Earlier in the day, after being knocked out of the helmet, Mayank accepted the debutante pacemaker bait Anrich Nortje of the next ball and the deck led him to a limit.
Mayank was more confident than circumspect when facing South African bowlers. He hit nine legs in front of Nortje (six in the morning session) including two shots in one when the pacemaker turned around the gate. Previously, he had removed four legs in a short period of time.
The first session saw the cricket wear and good competition between the bat and the ball. South Africa should have picked up more than one wicket in that phase. Instead, India had lunch at 77-1 with the assurance that their decision to hit first was not a disgrace.
Philander managed to beat the bat frequently, but did not induce an advantage. But slowly the intensity dropped and the field standards never rose to great heights. Pacemaker Kagiso Rabada It was not particularly impressive, but came back with figures of 3-48.
Both left-arm spinners - Keshav Maharaj and Senuran Muthusamy - were not allowed to settle down and they weren't good enough to rally. The new ball was taken after the 80th over.
Nortje played enthusiastically, but exaggerated the short things and didn't test the hitters for much of the day.
With virat Kohli (63) and Ajinkya Rahane (18) Undefeated in stumps, this test is also directed towards India. Unless the Friday morning session gives bowlers an important stimulus.