India and South Africa are currently engaged with each other in the first Test at the SportsStar in Centurion. Talking about the match, India opted to bat first after Virat Kohli wins the toss. Both Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul provided a fabulous start to the innings by getting some runs on the board.
Both of them completed their fifty while adding 117 runs for the opening stand. Despite getting a good start to the innings, Mayank Agarwal had to walk back to the dressing room after being dismissed by Lungi Ngidi for 60 runs. After that, Cheteshwar Pujara followed him in the same over, as he was dismissed for a golden duck by the right-arm pacer.Ajinkya Rahane took the charge along with the opening batsman KL Rahul and stitched a beautiful partnership of 82 runs for the fourth wicket partnership and both the batter finished the day after being unbeaten on 122 and 40 runs respectively.
The second day of the first Test has been called off due to the interruption of rain. On the third day, both KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane came out to continue their innings for their side. However both the batters had to return to the dressing room after being dismissed by Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi for 123 and 48 runs.
India lost Mayank Agarwal on Day 3:
The lower order of Team India didn't play up the reputations and got single-digit numbers to their name. In the end, India posted scored 327 runs, as Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram opened the innings for South Africa.
They didn't get the expected start, as the Proteas lost their skipper in the very first over bowled by Jasprit Bumrah. After that, Mohammed Shami removed both Aiden Markram and Keegan Petersen for 13 and 15 runs. Mohammed Siraj also joined the party by picking up Rassie van der Dussen for 3 runs.
Then Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma scored some crucial runs and added 72 runs for the fifth wicket partnership before Shardul Thakur dismissed the left-hander for 34 runs. Temba Bavuma completed his fifty and got dismissed by Mohammed Shami for 52 runs.
A decent cameo from lower-order batters helped South Africa to post 197 runs on the board. With 130 runs lead, India opened the innings with KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. Despite having some handful of lead, Mayank Agarwal had to walk back to the dressing room after being dismissed by Marco Jansen off his first ball in his spell.
After that, the skipper of the side sends Shardul Thakur to play his natural game. At the end of Day 3, India were 16 for 1 with 146 runs lead in their hand. However, during the first innings of India, Ajinkya Rahane was caught on stump mic while muttering "watch the ball".
Watch the video here:
Rahane reminding himself to watch the ball as the bowler runs up makes me realise how cruel cricket can be for such experienced guy pic.twitter.com/3HKhVgMMFc— Nikhil Dubey (@nikhildubey96) December 26, 2021