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.

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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.

South Africa celebrate a wicket. Credit: BCCI

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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.

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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.

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