Team India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has stepped up every time when his side has been under pressure. And on Saturday when he came into the middle, the host has already lost two seasoned campaigners in Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara. But Rahane showed great composure alongside Rohit Sharma to bail India out of danger.
Striving at 39 for three after a brilliant spell of fast bowling from Kagiso Rabada, the home side was in desperate need of a big partnership. And Rohit Sharma and Rahane delivered exactly what was needed out of them. Ajinkya Rahane launched a counter-attack racing to 40 runs off just 42 deliveries before settling down.
The Mumbaikar showed great characteristics during his knock and gave very minimal chances to the opponent to pick his wicket. While day one belonged to Rohit for another brilliant hundred; his third in four innings, Rahane gave good support from the other end.
Ajinkya Rahane, who needed only 17 runs on day two to complete his 11th Test century, took very less time to scale the milestone. This is also his first Test century in home conditions in the last three years. With that, Rahane also now has the second-most Test hundreds batting at no 5 for India.
Former India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin leads the chart with 16 tons while Rahane occupies the second spot alongside Poly Umrigar with eight. Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman complete the top five with six centuries each.
Meanwhile, Ajinkya Rahane’s didn’t last long after his 11th Test hundred. A lapse in concentration and George Linde got his first wicket of the match and South Africa also got the much-needed breakthrough.