India vs South Africa 1st Test Day 2: Agarwal’s maiden double century keeps India in complete control

Mayank Agarwal 215 India South Africa 1st Test Day 1 Visakhapatnam cricket

Mayank Agarwal celebrates after scoring his maiden Test double century

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South Africa endured another tumultuous day in Visakhapatnam as India opener Mayank Agarwal struck a career-best 215.

Starting off the day on 202/0, Agarwal and Rohit Sharma converted their overnight stand into a 317-run partnership before Rohit was stumped by Quinton de Kock off the bowling of Keshav Maharaj for 176, which came off 244 balls and included 23 boundaries and six sixes.

Cheteshwar Pujara only made six runs before he was clean bowled by Vernon Philander.

Agarwal and captain Virat Kohli forged a 53-run partnership before Kohli was caught and bowled by debutant Senuran Muthusamy for 20.

Agarwal and Ajinkya Rahane added 54 runs to the score before Rahane was dismissed by Maharaj for 15.

Agarwal ended up making 215, which came off 371 deliveries and included 23 boundaries and six sixes, before he was removed by Dean Elgar.

With Hanuma Vihari and Wriddhiman Saha falling shortly after, India eventually declared on 502/7.

Maharaj was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Elgar, Muthusamy, Philander and Dane Piedt chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Trailing by 502 runs, South Africa lost Aiden Markram early on as he was clean bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin for five runs.

Theunis de Bruyn didn’t fare better as he was caught behind off the bowling of Ashwin for four runs.

Things went from bad to worse for the Proteas as Piedt, who was sent out as the nightwatchman, was clean bowled by Ravindra Jadeja for a duck.

Elgar and Temba Bavuma managed to muster an unbeaten five-run partnership before stumps was called.

Elgar finished on 27, which came off 63 balls and included two boundaries and a six, while Bavuma remained undefeated on two.

Ashwin was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Jadeja claimed one.

South Africa ended day two on 39/3 and will continue batting on Friday at 09:20 local time or 03:50 GMT.

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