What a day has it been for Virat Kohli and men at the office as they put up an all-round show at the JSCA Stadium in Ranchi. It was Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja and Umesh Yadav who lit up the city of Ranchi with their swashbuckling innings. Before getting into the stat highlights of the game, let’s have a look at how the day panned out for both the teams. The day started off with Ajinkya Rahane slamming his 11th ton with his Mumbai teammate Rohit Sharma keeping him a company. The last time Rahane slammed a century was against New Zealand in Indore in 2016. India Vs South Africa, Live Cricket Score 3rd Test Match.
Needless to say, this century brought him a respite. But just 17 after scoring hundred, Rahane was seen walking back to the pavilion. Next in line, it was Rohit Sharma who got his maiden double hundred. With this, Sharma became the first opener to score 500 plus runs against South Africa. At the conclusion of the first session, the Indian opener was batting on 199 runs and very soon brought up his double ton with Ravindra Jadeja who also brought up a half-century. Just when we thought that it was over, Umesh Yadav chipped in hitting five sixes.
Yadav scored 31 runs off 10 balls and India declared the innings on 497 runs. The bowlers too joined the party getting a couple of quick wickets. Dean Elgar and Zubayr Hamza couldn’t open their account and departed on a golden duck. Bad light stopped play and the play was suspended. Now, let’s have a look at the stat highlights of the game below:
# Rohit Sharma scored a double ton and became the first Indian to score 500 plus runs against South Africa.
#Umesh Yadav becomes the first Batsman to smash five sixes in an innings without smashing a four in Test cricket history.
# Umesh Yadav emulated Sachin Tendulkar for starting off his innings with a couple of sixes.
# Ajinkya Rahane brought up his 11th Test century.
On day three of the match, the bowlers from the home team would want to bundle out the Africans as soon as possible. Needless to say that it was a near-perfect day for the Indians.