India established another position of absolute dominance on Ranchi on the second day.
Rohit Sharma’s first Test Double Hundred, Ajinkya Rahane’s first home-ton in three years, and a record flash from Umesh Yadav helped India make a total of 497/9 before a wild new shot from India’s speed tripped the two South African openings before stumps.
Rohit and Rahane’s stand was ended at 267 after India was rescued on the first day of 39/3. The latter became George Linde’s first test wicket. The sharp turn and rebound, however, had encouraged the spinners of India.
All smiles in the India camp after the second day at Ranchi 😁 pic.twitter.com/NxnsiYDSJU— ICC (@ICC) October 20, 2019
Rohit plowed on and eventually ended up with 212 of 255 balls, his hit was 28-fours and six six-seeded, before settling against Kagiso Rabada against Lungi Ngidi. From that point on, a number of smaller partnerships brought India in the direction of 500.
Wriddhiman Saha contributed 24 points before Linde bothered his stumps. Ravindra Jadeja held his second half in a row before taking a ball to Linde. Ravichandran Ashwin was hit hard by Heinrich Klaasen of Dane Piedt.
Umesh may have held only 10 balls, but his innings have made quite an impact. He beat six of his first two balls and a total of five, with his 31 being the fastest score in the test history over 30. Mohammed Shami had time to hit his own six before Virat Kohli realized he had seen enough and called his team back.
It seemed as if both racers had been fired by their explosive performances, each striking his first overs. Shami finished Dean Elgar’s second ball while a Umesh doorman was responsible for Quinton de Kock. Shahbaz Nadeem had time to tackle two decent problems, his first in the test cricket before bad light drew an early stump and India was once again at the top.