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Rohit Sharma hits ton, rain-marred opening day

Rohit Sharma hit 115 unbeaten in his first innings as an opener taking India to a commanding 202 for no loss against South Africa before rain marred the first-day game here on Wednesday. There was an 80 per cent chance of rain on an opening day but it only arrived during the tea break with India comfortably placed after 59.1 overs of play. Mayank Agarwal was on course for a maiden test hundred, having played extremely well for his 183-ball 84. Thunderstorm, followed by a heavy spell of rain, ensured no play was possible after the tea break. Before weather played spoilsport, Rohit stole the show in what could be a career-changing knock for him. While South African bowlers did trouble the Indian batsmen on a few occasions in the first session, they seemed toothless in the second session where Rohit and Agarwal scored at a brisk rate. Rohit, who got to his fifty before Lunch, Shifted gears and was particularly harsh on the spinners. He hammered off-spinner 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. Virat Kohli including others stood up to laud Rohit’s feat. His 174- ball unconquered innings contained 12 fours and five sixes.   Get Breaking news and Latest News from India and around the world on GlobalPunjabTV.in. Like us on Facebook for news updates.

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