India vs South Africa Live Score, 1st Test, Day 4: Rohit Sharma hits ton as India stretch lead
India vs South Africa 1st Test, Day 4 Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwara Pujara have both scored their fifties and leading the charge for India.
India was 35 for one in their second innings at lunch on the fourth day of the opening Test against South Africa here on Saturday. Rohit Sharma (25 not out) and Cheteshwar Pujara (2 not out) were the two unbeaten batsmen at the crease. First innings double centurion Mayank Agarwal was the only wicket to fall. India's run overall leads to 106 runs.
Earlier in the morning session, South Africa were bowled out for 431 in their first innings in reply to India’s 502 for seven declared. There is an uneven bounce in the pitch and the rough will only help the spinners in the later stages of the Test. It hasn’t rained for two days during the Test but the weather forecast shows rain may spoilsport once again.
However, Cheteshwara Pujara is a man of his own caliber, but he has been quite fortunate this over. Two times. Two edges, and two times the ball has escaped the hands of Quinton de Kock. Two boundaries later, Rabada finishes the over after conceding eight runs. Both Pujara and Rohit are on 65. IND are 138/1 after 41 overs.
Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma reaches his half-century from 72 deliveries. Rohit has surely cemented his place as an opener in the side for at least next 5-6 Tests. This has been an outstanding performance from Rohit. Meanwhile, Cheteshwar Pujara shifts gears, hits two consecutive boundaries off Keshav Maharaj and Dane Piedt.
Rohit Sharma now holds the record for most sixes in a Test match for India. He has hit nine sixes in the match so far. The Indian opener now has most sixes in a match in all three formats for India, 16 in ODIs and 10 in T20Is.
India might have planned to bat just one time in the first Test as they put 502 on board to push South Africa for a follow-on. However, South Africa showed they were here for some serious business with the way they batted.