Team India opener Rohit Sharma shouldered the responsibility to perfection as the host took honours before bad light forced the umpires to call off the day’s play. Striving at 39 for three at one point, India went back at 224 for three keeping South Africa in misery once again.
Meanwhile, Kagiso Rabada shed fire after South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis lost another toss despite coming out with a proxy in Temba Bavuma. Rabada removed opener Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara while Anrich Nortje was lucky to get Virat Kohli out LBW.
The opening session belonged to the visitors and probably the best session for them in the series so far as India went to lunch at 71 for three. Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane have started to rescue India from early troubles in Ranchi.
They went from strength to strength and dominated the second session. The two Mumbaikars toiled with the South African bowlers who looked in real form with the new ball. Dane Piedt got a good hitting shelling 43 runs from his seven overs.
Rohit Sharma has taken his opening role to perfection and once again proved that he is the best in the business when on song. He started off playing, missing, edging, but in the blink of an eye went to smashing them around as only he can. In the middle of his fun, he’s notched up the most sixes by a batsman in a series ever.
Ajinkya Rahane was also in his elements adding an unbeaten 185-run partnership with Rohit. India will hope to continue in a similar fashion on day two and put a massive first innings total to repeat the same script from the first two Tests.
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 19, 2019
ROHIT … 👀👀👀👀
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) October 19, 2019
@ImRo45 has taken the opening challenge like fish to water. First twin centuries in the first Test and now another sublime hundred when the chips were down. And the way he played in the second session is a treat to watch for any cricket fan. #INDvSA
— Gautam chauhan (@Gautamchauhan2) October 19, 2019
Bad light stopped play and Rain stopped play. That probably puts the Proteas out of their misery. A new day tomorrow and new hopes for them to get back into the mix mmmmm!
Live: https://t.co/MdmfcOU28G #INDVSA
— 🏏FlashScore Cricket Commentators🏏 (@FlashCric) October 19, 2019
It’s stumps on day 1. They call it stumps cause only stumps remain on the ground now. The players go back to rest and chill out and take their bat with them. Rohit and Ajinkya will have to content themselves on a light meal because diarrhoea tomorrow would be disastrous #INDvSA
— Meet Bhatt (@MeetBhatt_) October 19, 2019
Another test match & another century for #RohitSharma. What a way to prove critics wrong! His 185* runs partnership with @ajinkyarahane88 has helped #TeamIndia put a good counterattack to the South African bowling. #INDvSA #Hitman@ImRo45 @BCCI @BCCIdomestic @imVkohli @mipaltan pic.twitter.com/LDF13gcOQo
— Dhanraj Nathwani (@DhanrajNathwani) October 19, 2019
— Ntuthuko Hlanguza (@mr_tuggz) October 19, 2019
What a form #RohitSharma's been lately. He completes his century with a six. People questioned his batting skills in Test format and he replied them with 3 tons in last 4 innings. Champion player. 🏏@ImRo45 #HitMan #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/IafFBy07De
— Tejan Shrivastava (@BeingTeJan) October 19, 2019
Spot on @GraemeSmith49 – not sure If I would want my captain to show his disappointment at losing the toss. Even if we know fully well, winning the toss is critical; Even if it were for that moment. #INDvsSA
— RK (@RK_sports) October 19, 2019