Rohit Sharma stole the show on the opening day of the ongoing 3rd and final Test between India and South Africa at the JSCA Stadium Sports Complex in Ranchi on Saturday with a classy hundred.
Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane added 185 runs for the 4th wicket as the duo remained unbeaten at Stumps on Day 1. Notably, bad light and rain forced early Stumps as only 58 overs were bowled as play was suspended and then eventually called off after just 58 overs of action.
India began the 3rd and final Test of the series on the right note as Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat on what was expected to be a Ranchi wicket that is predicted to spin more than the ones that were on offer in Visakhapatnam and Pune.
There was a disappointment for Faf du Plessis as South Africa had sent a proxy captain in Temba Bavuma for the toss. It was South Africa’s 10th straight loss at the toss in Asia and du Plessis’s 7th successive loss away from home.
However, South Africa, who made 5 changes to their playing XI, began Day 1 on a high as Kagiso Rabada came up with a fiery opening spell in which he removed Mayank Agarwal (10) and Cheteshwar Pujara (0), flaunting his ability to make the red cherry both swing both ways.
India then suffered a huge setback when captain Virat Kohli was dismissed for 12 as early as the 1st hour of play on Saturday. Anrich Nortje, who trapped the India captain in front, became only the 4th bowler to get Kohli as his maiden wicket in Test cricket.