Ind vs SA 1st Test Day 4 Review: Rohit’s frenzy record spree marks India as the favourites

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Rohit Sharma’s first test as an opener took a turn for the best with the batsman entering the record books on Day 4. India are in the pole position to earn a positive result after setting a mammoth target of 395 runs for the Proteas to chase after Ashwin managed to pick up 7 wickets.

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After stretching out their first innings score to a respectable 431, South African bowlers were yet again taken to the cleaners by Rohit Sharma. The Mumbai Indians captain broke a spree of records including being the first batsman to score twin centuries in their first outing as an opener, maximum number of sixes by an Indian in a test match. Sharma also had a dubious record to his name after being the first Indian to be stumped twice in a game.

Mayank Agarwal’s early dismissal brought upon Cheteshwar Pujara early on who managed to get some valuable runs under his belt after a lean patch. After the dismissals of Sharma and Pujara who got to their hundred and half-century respectively, Ravindra Jadeja was promoted to accelerate the run-scoring. Valuable contributions by skipper Kohli and deputy skipper Rahane to declare their innings at 323-4.

Coming to the fourth innings, first innings’ centurion Dean Elgar could not replicate his heroics after being dismissed by Ravindra Jadeja. The Proteas ended the day at 11-1 after 9 overs. The equation now stands as 384 runs to chase with 9 wickets in hand on Day 5.

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