Rahul’s century puts India in enviable position

CENTURION: Indian opener KL Rahul scored a brilliant century to help India finish day 1 of the first Test at 272/3 against South Africa, on Sunday.

Indian captain, Virat Kohli, winning the toss, elected to bat first. Batting first the Indian openers did not disappoint. The pair recorded an astonishing century partnership. Mayank Agarwal scored a magnificent half-century; scoring 60 laced with nine boundaries.

Following Agarwal’s dismissal, Cheteshwar Pujara bagged a golden duck, and India slipped to 117/2. Indian skipper, Kohli, again failed to go big with the bat, and was dismissed after edging Lungi Ngidi’s wide outside off delivery to the slip cordon. He managed to score 35.

Ajinkya Rahane then partnered strongly with Rahul, the pair recorded an unbeaten 73-runs partnership before the stumps.

Rahul, batted brilliantly throughout the day and went on to smash a terrific century – his seventh overall in the Test cricket. He remained unbeaten with his outstanding 122, including 11 boundaries and a six. Whereas, Rahane is unbeaten with his classy 40.

For the hosts, Ngidi picked all the three wickets on the first day.

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