India-South Africa Test: Rain stops first day’s play after India’s run machine Rohit Sharma scores superb century on debut as Test opener

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Rohit Sharma scored an impressive century in the first Test match against South Africa as the stylish batsman from Mumbai secured the opening slot in the Test team. His unbeaten knock of 115 runs guided India to post 202 for no loss when the rains stopped the day’s proceedings at the ACA-VDCA Stadium in Visakhapatnam.

Rohit Sharma
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Sharma’s innings included 12 fours and five sixes. Also joining him at the crease was Mayank Agarwal, who remained not out at 82 with 11 fours and two sixes.

The Indian captain had won the toss and decided to bat first in the opening Test match of the bilateral series. Speaking about Sharma opening the innings, Kohli had said, “He’s excited to get the role clarity. It’s a new opportunity for him.”

Although South African bowlers failed to take any wickets on Wednesday, their only solace came in the form of Kagiso Rabada bowling five maiden overs of the total 13 overs that he bowled on the first day.

Reacting to Sharma’s century, former India bowler Harbhajan Singh said, “Wah @ImRo45 Brilliant 100.. dress blue ho ya white koi fark nahi padta.. Rohit HiT hai bhai.”

The weather prediction looks quite grim in Visakhapatnam as more rains are likely in the coming days. The hosts would like to post total and even win the first Test but poor weather forecast may turn out to be a spoiler for them.