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Mayank Agarwal Ton Puts India Ahead on Day 1 of Pune Test Despite Rabada 3-fer

Mayank Agarwal Ton Puts India Ahead on Day 1 of Pune Test Despite Rabada 3-fer
Mayank Agarwal Ton Puts India Ahead on Day 1 of Pune Test Despite Rabada 3-fer
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While South Africa included Anrich Nortje in place of Dane Peidt, India replaced batsman Hanuma Vihari with Umesh Yadav.

Match Summary Day 1

India 273-3 (85.1 Overs; Agarwal108(195), Kohli(c)63(105); Rabada3/48, Philander0/37)

India won the toss in the 2nd Test of the three-match series being played at Pune and decided to bat first. The pitch, to the surprise of many, was nothing like a rank turner and offered enough assistance to pace bowlers to begin with. The bounce was good and the ball was nipping nicely.

Both teams would have judged how the pitch would play by the look of it which is why they decided to go with an extra pacer. While South Africa included Anrich Nortje in place of Dane Peidt, India replaced batsman Hanuma Vihari with Umesh Yadav.

The hosts went in with only five specialist batsmen and it seemed that things might turn out to be tricky for the home side when Rohit Sharma, after seeing off the new ball, perished off Rabada.

Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara then joined hands for a 130+ run partnership. Pujara was dismissed after his 50 while Agarwal notched up another century, his second of the series. Both were caught at wide slip off Rabada.

Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane then ensured that India did not suffer any further damage. Play was called off with more than 4 overs remaining in the day's play due to bad light. The new ball is a bit over 5 overs old and would be a challenge for the Indian batsmen at the beginning of day 2.

India- Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami

South Africa- Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Theunis de Bruyn, Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Senuran Muthusamy, Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje

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