Team India produced another position of absolute dominance on the second day of the third Test against South Africa in Ranchi. Putting 497 runs on the board before declaring, the host claimed two quick wickets before bad light stopped the day’s play for the second time in a row.
Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane’s stand ended at 267, having rescued India from 39 for three on the first day, with the latter becoming George Linde’s maiden Test wicket. Rohit Sharma’s maiden Test double hundred, Ajinkya Rahane’s first home ton in three years, and a record-breaking innings from Umesh Yadav helped India set a total of 497 for nine before declaring.
After a difficult period in the morning session of the first day, the home side toiled with South African bowlers at will. Rohit who contributed with 212 runs struck 28 boundaries and six sixes while Rahane smashed one six and 17 boundaries in his 115-run knock.
Umesh Yadav ignited the scenes hitting George Linde for five sixes in his 10-ball 31 runs knocks. Mohammed Shami also freed his arms before India skipper Virat Kohli decided to declare the innings. Thus, the host struck 13 sixes in total. They have now hit 47 sixes in total in the ongoing series which is the most by a team in a Test series.
India overtake Australia to occupy the first spot who had smacked 40 sixes in a series against England in 2013-14. Pakistan (37) and England (36) occupy the next two places in the chart.
After an excellent effort with the bat, the Indian fast bowlers were upto the task once again picking wickets in their first over. Mohammed Shami nicked off Dean Elgar second ball while a bouncer from Umesh Yadav accounted for Quinton de Kock to have South Africa at nine for two before bad light stopped play.