India declare at 497-9 as Rohit Sharma scores maiden double-hundred


India on Sunday declared their first innings at 497-9 as Rohit Sharma scored his maiden double century. Nicknamed India’s Hitman, Sharma went on to score 212. The striking feature of his double-century was how he achieved the feat by hitting a six. Sharma faced 255 balls and hit 28 boundaries and 6 sixes.

Rohit Sharma

Sharma also added 267 runs with Ajinkya Rahane for the fourth wicket. Rahane also made an impressive century before he was out for 115 runs. This was the 11th Test century for the Indian vice-captain. Ravindra Jadeja also chipped in with 51. Umesh Yadav made a quickfire 31 runs in just 10 balls with his knock including five sixes.

Yadav’s strike rate of 310.00 is the highest in 10+ ball innings in Test history.

For South Africa, George Linde picked up four wickets while Kagiso Rabada took three wickets. Anrich Nortje and Dane Piedt shared one wicket each.

Mohammad Shami and debutant Shahbaz Nadeem were batting at 9 and 1 respectively when captain Virat Kohli declared India’s innings.

India lead the three-match series 2-0.

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