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PHOTOS: Rohit's double century puts India in control

Last updated on: October 20, 2019 16:46 IST

Images from Day 2 of the second Test match between India and South Africa in Ranchi on Sunday.

Rohit Sharma

IMAGE: A delighted Rohit Sharma after completing his double century. Photograph: BCCI

Rohit Sharma slammed his maiden Test double century before the pacers struck early to put the hosts in command on Day 2 of the third and final Test against South Africa, in Ranchi on Sunday.

South Africa were reeling one nine for two in reply to India's mammoth 497 for nine before declared when bad light ended play early on the second day.

 

Newly-promoted Test opener Rohit, who is also the only batsman to rack up three double hundreds in the ODI format with a world record 264, batted with nonchalance and reached his double century with a six, going from his tea score of 199 to 205 in style.

South Africa were off to a horror start as Mohammed Shami dismissed Dean Elgar caught behind for a duck off a fiery short delivery in the first over and Umesh Yadav followed it up with the wicket of Quinton de Kock in the very next over.

IMAGE: India's players celebrate after Mohammed Shami dismissed South Africa opener Dean Elgar. Photograph: BCCI

The 32-year-old smashed six sixes and 28 boundaries on the way to 212 from 255 balls, breaking a slew records in the process.

Rohit's masterful knock virtually overshadowed a fine effort by Ajinkya Rahane (115), who scored his first Test century at home in three years, and 11th overall.

The duo of Rohit and Rahane spent four and half hours in the middle for a record 267-run fourth-wicket partnership, staging India's remarkable recovery after they were reduced to 39 for three on the first day.

Ajinkya Rahane

IMAGE: Ajinkya Rahane celebrates completing his century. Photograph: BCCI

The 32-year-old smashed six sixes and 28 boundaries on the way to 212 from 255 balls, breaking a slew records in the process.

Rohit's masterful knock virtually overshadowed a fine effort by Ajinkya Rahane (115), who scored his first Test century at home in three years, and 11th overall.

Resuming on 224 for three, Rahane looked fluent during his 192-ball knock that was studded with 17 fours and a six.

Rohit Sharma

IMAGE: Rohit Sharma celebrates completing 150. Photograph: BCCI

The duo of Rohit and Rahane spent four and half hours in the middle for a record 267-run fourth-wicket partnership, staging India's remarkable recovery after they were reduced to 39 for three on Day 1.

That the partnership came at a healthy strike rate -- off 361 balls -- meant that India largely remained unaffected by the first day's rain interruption, which led to play being called off after only 58 overs, giving them a firm push for a 3-0 clean sweep.

Rohit Sharma

IMAGE: Rohit Sharma hits a boundary. Photograph: BCCI

After Rohit's departure less than 15 minutes into the second session, Ravindra Jadeja carried forward the momentum at number six, with a 51 off 119 balls.

Jadeja edge oned behind the stumps while trying to play an expansive shot off George Lined.

After Jadeja's departure, Umesh Yadav propped up the total by smashing five sixes on his way to a 10-ball 31.

IMAGE: George Linde, left, celebrates after taking the wicket of Ravindra Jadeja. Photograph: BCCI

Earlier, having dropped Rahane on 105, Heinrich Klaasen made amends by taking a good catch to give debutant Linde his maiden Test scalp.

A glorious cover drive off Anrich Nortje set the tone for Rahane this morning as he collected three boundaries to enter the 90s before slowing down.

In between, Rahane was tested by Anrich Nortje with a bouncer and one sharp incoming delivery that struck him on his pad.

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