Mayank Agarwal Double century makes India stronger

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The first match of the three-Test series between India and South Africa is being played at the Rajasekhara Reddy Stadium in Visakhapatnam. Batting first after winning the toss, the Indian team declared the first innings at 502/7 on the second day of the game. In response, by the end of the second day's play, the South African team has lost three wickets for just 39 runs. Two wickets Ravi Ashwin and one wicket by Ravindra Jadeja. In this way, the visiting team is still behind by 463 runs based on India's first innings. It would not be wrong to say that after the historic innings of openers Mayank Agarwal (215) and Rohit Sharma (176), the bowling performance of the bowlers has strengthened the hold of Team India in the first Test match.

Earlier on Thursday, Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma once again troubled the African bowlers while playing ahead of their first day's score on 0/202. The duo held the record for India's largest opening partnership against South Africa. Opening a partnership of 317 runs, broke the 11-year-old big record of Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, and Sehwag, Gambhir set a record of 268 runs in the Chennai Test match played in 2008 which was broken by both opening pairs Rohit - Mayank.

India scored 502 at the loss of seven wickets in the first innings of the first Test, thanks to the strong game of opener Mayank Agarwal (215) and Rohit Sharma (176). This will be the 14th time that the Indian team has scored 500+ in Test cricket.

India got its first blow on the score of 317 runs. Rohit Sharma missed a double century and was dismissed for a personal score of 176 runs. Rohit shared a 317-run partnership with Mayank for the first wicket. It is the third-largest partnership for the first wicket in Tests for India and the largest against South Africa.

Pujara was dismissed for 17 runs off 17 balls. After this, captain Virat Kohli also got out after scoring 20 runs. New batsman Ajinkya Rahane returned to the pavilion after scoring 15 runs. Wickets kept falling from one side, but Mayank Agarwal was holding the other end. Mayank Agarwal made headlines by turning his first Test century into a double century.

Soon India got their fifth blow as Mayank got Out at a score of 215 runs. By this time, the team had scored 436 runs. Soon Hanuma Vihari (10) and long-time return to the team, Wriddhiman Saha (21) also went on. From here, Indian captain Kohli was mentally ready to declare the innings. As soon as the team's score crossed 500 runs, Team India announced to declare their innings. Ravindra Jadeja (30) and Ravichandran Ashwin (1) remained unbeaten. For South Africa, spinner Keshav Maharaj took the maximum of three wickets. Vernon Philander, Senuran Muthusamy, and Dan Pete had to settle for a 1–1 wicket.

Mayank Agarwal hit the first double century of his Test career. During this innings, he hit 22 fours and 5 sixes. Playing his first Test on Indian soil, Mayank Agarwal had earlier completed his century in 204 balls, which he converted into his double century.

The first blow to the Indian team was on the score of 317 runs. Rohit Sharma missed a double century and was dismissed for a score of 176 runs. On the last ball of the 81st over just before lunch, Maharaj brought the first success to the South African team. Rohit Sharma came out of the crease to drive Maharaj's ball, but the ball caught Rohit from the turn and went straight into the gloves of wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock and by the time Rohit returned to the crease, the dekock had scattered the stumps.
Mayank Agarwal Double century makes India stronger Mayank Agarwal Double century makes India stronger Reviewed by Facts 5 on October 03, 2019 Rating: 5

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