India vs South Africa 2019: 2nd Test, Pune – Day 1 Report; Yet again, it was the repeat of the story in the ongoing Test series between India and South Africa. The classy century from Mayank Agarwal and the entertaining knocks from Pujara and Virat Kohli kept Indians on top of the game at the end of Day 1 stumps. For South Africa, It was Kagiso Rabada, who was the wrecker-in-chief.

Earlier, it was once again Virat Kohli, who won the toss, opted to bat first. They asked Umesh Yadav to roll his arm in the Test match while the all-rounder Hanuma Vihari has been left out. Speaking of the exclusion, Virat Kohli feels that the change is mostly to get the balance right rather than anything else.

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Mayank Agarwal smashed 108, Rabada picks 3:

On the other hand, South Africa also made only one change to the lineup that played in Visakhapatnam. They asked Anrich Nortje to make his debut, who replaced Dane Piedt. Unlike last time, this time, the fast bowlers of South Africa displayed high-quality skills with the new ball.

India vs South Africa
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Philander, Rabada, and Nortje troubled the opening batsmen with their accuracy. However, the luck factor helped the Indians to get out of it. Just when things looked out of hand for Proteas, Kagiso Rabada bagged the wicket of Rohit Sharma to give a sniff of luck for South Africa.

However, Mayank Agarwal continued his dominance while Cheteshwar Pujara gave a handy contribution for the youngster. The duo added a 138-run partnership for the second wicket before Rabada bagging the wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara. Then joins Virat Kohli in the middle with the opening batsman.

Kagiso Rabada. Credit: BCCI

They both smashed a few scintillating strokes to make things look easy. Especially, Mayank Agarwal, who reached his century with a couple of sixes and one four when he was 87. However, after scoring a superb century, it was once again Kagiso Rabada, who gave a breakthrough for the team.

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Despite the wicket, captain Virat Kohli and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane finished the task without any further hiccups. On whole, Kagiso Rabada was the only person, who had a bit of stats to his name on Day 1. At the end of stumps, India scored 273/3 with Virat batting on 63* and Rahane on 18*.

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