India vs South Africa 2019: 1st Test, Visakhapatnam – Day 4 Report
India vs South Africa 2019: 1st Test, Visakhapatnam – Day 4 Report; Yet another day in the Test match belongs to Rohit Sharma, who showed his class with the bat yet again. The flamboyant batsman smashed yet another century at the opening slot before Cheteshwar Pujara and Jadeja having fun in the middle with their quick runs.
Rohit Sharma smashed second century on Day 4:
After starting the day with 117 runs trailing, the Indian bowlers removed the remaining couple of wickets in a flash to hand the advantage to the home side. Later, the wicket of Mayank Agarwal saw the game is firmly in the balance. However, Rohit Sharma has got other ideas in the mind.
The stunning batsman has collected boundaries more often than not and kept the scorecard ticking at a good run rate. Though Cheteshwar Pujara was playing his own kind of defensive game, Rohit Sharma always looked to get runs for the team.
He was at his brutal best during his knock in the morning session while Cheteshwar Pujara started scoring runs at a thick rate after the dressing room message to him. At one stage, Pujara was on 8 runs off 54 balls, however, within a flash, he changed the gears and surpassed Rohit Sharma to shut the critics.
Just when things looked drifting away, South Africa broke the partnership by removing Pujara, however, Rohit Sharma was smart enough in getting yet another century while Ravindra Jadeja, who came to bat at number 4 did his job for the team.
While trying to increase the run flow, Rohit Sharma, who smashed 3 sixes in the previous over, failed to connect one more when Keshav was delivering the ball, thus, he became the first centurion to get the stump out twice. In between, Virat Kohli also smashed runs at a quick rate to boost the target.
Ravindra Jadeja strikes for India:
Then came the lovely display of batting from Ajinkya Rahane, who smashed South African bowlers to all corners of the park. In reply to the chase, the Indian team got the perfect start, as Ravindra Jadeja took the main wicket of South Africa in the form of Dean Elgar.
At the end of the stumps on Day 4, Aiden Markram and Bruyn are at the crease with 3 and 5 respectively. Ravindra Jadeja picked one wicket while Ravichandran Ashwin was very economical.
India – 502/7 declared
South Africa – 431 (Dean Elgar 160, De Kock 111, Ashwin 7/145)