India declared their first innings at 497 for 9 before reducing South Africa at 9 for 2 on Day 2 of the final Test of the three-match series at the JSCA Stadium in Ranchi. However, bad light forced the umpires to stop the game.
A swashbuckling knock of 212 runs from Rohit Sharma and a crafty 115 from Ajinkya Rahane kept the hosts well ahead in the game. And, Ravindra Jadeja’s half-century (51 runs) accompanied by Umesh Yadav’s quickfire 31 off 10 balls towards the end took India to a good total.
Meanwhile, India’s new Test opener Rohit Sharma became the fourth batsman to register a double century in one-day international (ODI) as well as in Test cricket.
Rohit, who already has three ODI double tons (264, 209, 208*), joins Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Chris Gayle in the list of scoring double centuries in both the Test and ODI formats.
Rohit scored 212 runs off 255 balls before losing his wicket to Kagiso Rabada. His blitzkrieg included 28 boundaries and 6 sixes.
It is to note that the play on Day 1 got suspended due to bad light accompanied by rain. By the time, India were 224 for 3 with Rohit batting on 117 and Ajinkya Rahane unbeaten on 83.
Day 2 started with Rohit and Rahane playing sensibly, where the latter registered a century (115 runs) before departing on the ball of George Linde.
On Saturday, Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bat against South Africa.