JOHANNESBURG – Indian opener Mayank Agarwal scored a second consecutive hundred as India took control of the second Test against South Africa in Pune on Thursday.
The elegant 28 year old right hand opener, made 108 on the opening day of the Test match, backing up his skipper Virat Kohli’s decision to bat first after he’d won the toss once again. When bad light eventually stopped play with just under five overs remaining in the day, India were 273/3, with Kohli not out on 63.
He will resume batting on Friday in the company of Ajinkye Rahane, who struggled his way to 18.
It was Agawarl, who scored a double century in the first Test, which India won by 203 runs, who once again proved too technically proficient for the South African bowlers. The tourists had a fairly lively pitch to bowl on in the first session, but while Vernon Philander regularly beat the outside edge, and had one lbw appeal that went to the TV umpire not go in his favour, the other two seamers struggled to find the right lines and lengths.
Rohit Sharma’s was the only wicket to fall in the first session, which was insufficient penetration from the South Africans given the conditions at their disposal in that first session.