First Test: Rohit Sharma's ton takes India to a commanding position
New Delhi : Rohit Sharma played the dream knock on the first day of first Test match against South Africa, scoring an unbeaten 115 off 174 balls to take India to a commanding 202 for no loss at tea.
While South Africa bowlers created a little trouble in the initial session, they looked completely helpless against Indian openers in the later game on Day 1.
Rohit, who got to his fifty before lunch, shifted gears and was particularly harsh on the spinners. He hammered offie Danie Piedt for successive sixes over deep midwicket to get into the nineties before completing his fourth Test ton with a single off debutant spinner Senuran Muthusamy.
Interesting visual came from the dressing room where Virat Kohli stood up and lauded Rohit Sharma's feat.
On the other end of the crease, Agarwal also cruised towards his maiden Test ton. Early into the afternoon session, he brought up his half century with a spectacular six over extra cover off Keshav Maharaj.
India opted to bat first on a dry surface with skipper Kohli calling his decision a "no brainer."
Expecting the pitch to turn, South Africa picked three spinners in Maharaj, Piedt and Muthusamy, who is more of a batting all-rounder.