Mayank Agarwal’s second consecutive hundred provided the Men In Blue a platform for piling runs on. Apart from the opener’s contribution, the total was supplemented by fifties from Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli.
Losing his second straight toss, Faf du Plessis and co. were assigned to bowl first on a sunny day in Pune. Both the teams added one seamer each at the expense of a spinner.
The track was livelier than the last surface as the South African pacers were able to trouble the in-form Indian openers. Rabada’s probing spell was met with a reward with Rohit Sharma edging one to de Kock after scoring 14.
The hosts survived a scare after Pujara was dropped on a duck. The batsman made most of his second life by scoring a fifty before Rabada snatched his wicket. The pair had added 138 runs for the second wicket.
Mayank Agarwal notched the second hundred of his career and the series with Virat Kohli at the other end. Rabada’s day continued to brighten by dismissing the centurion himself for 108.
The skipper Virat Kohli is unbeaten on 63 while Rahane stays on 10 along with him. India are currently placed at 273-3 after stumps on Day 1 of the second test.