Ranchi: Rohit Sharma slammed his maiden Test double century before the pacers struck early to put the hosts in command on Day 2 of the third and final Test against South Africa, in Ranchi on Sunday.
South Africa were reeling 9 for two in reply to India’s mammoth 497 for nine before declared when bad light ended play early on the second day.
Newly-promoted Test opener Rohit, who is also the only batsman to rack up three double hundreds in the ODI format with a world record 264, batted with nonchalance and reached his double century with a six, going from his tea score of 199 to 205 in style.
The 32-year-old smashed six sixes and 28 boundaries on the way to 212 from 255 balls, breaking a slew records in the process.
Rohit’s masterful knock virtually overshadowed a fine effort by Ajinkya Rahane (115), who scored his first Test century at home in three years, and 11th overall.
The duo of Rohit and Rahane spent four and half hours in the middle for a record 267-run fourth-wicket partnership, staging India’s remarkable recovery after they were reduced to 39 for three on the first day.
South Africa were off to a disastrous start: South Africa were off to a horror start as Mohammed Shami dismissed Dean Elgar caught behind for a duck off a fiery short delivery in the first over and Umesh Yadav followed it up with the wicket of Quinton de Kock in the very next over.