Match Over - India on 474 for 6 wickets after 128.3 overs + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: India, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam
  • Referee: RB Richardson
  • When: 02 Oct 2019, 06:00 SAST

Umpires

  • Umpire1: RK Illingworth
  • Umpire2: CB Gaffaney
  • Third Umpire: NJ Llong

474/6

 

Overs: 128.3 / 0.0

India

0/0

 

Overs: 0.0 / 0.0

South Africa

CricLover: "Looks like SM is back at it again on the bits and pieces player - he says Saha and Vihari tried to accelerate but Jadeja and Ashwin played differently. Agreed on the comments on Saha and Ashwin but wondering how Vihari's SR of 41 is full of intent while Jadeja's SR of 65 is not!" --- SM here being Sanjay Manjrekar. Rahul Gupta also points out that strangely, the TV commentators were talking about India batting a number of overs, while they seemed intent on reaching the 500-run mark.

4.03pm Ansh: "The plan should be 4 overs each from Shami and Ishant, followed by 6 overs each from the two spinners. Expect SA to be 45/2 at stumps" --- Won't be surprised to see a spinner, possibly Ashwin, with the new ball either. Remember Dean Elgar is one of their openers, and possibly the batsman most difficult to dislodge if he gets in


3:56pm Kohli signals the declaration, asks them to come back. That gives India 20 overs in theory. No real intent to slog out at the end from either end, but I suppose you could get away with that when you've made 502 on a pitch that's showing signs of turn and bounce. India's spinners won't be under pressure like South Africa's, that will give them more freedom to keep plugging away at their lines and lengths. Don't be surprised if we see substantial spells from them before stumps. Catch you in a bit.

135.6DL Piedt to R Ashwin, No run, length ball tossed up outside off, flicked to short midwicket.
135.5DL Piedt to R Ashwin, No run, length and keeping low as it turns towards the stumps. Shuffles and whips to midwicket.
135.4DL Piedt to R Ashwin, No run,
135.3DL Piedt to RA Jadeja, 1 run, length on off stump, steps out and is forced to tap to short midwicket.
135.2DL Piedt to R Ashwin, 1 run, length on middle stump, steps out and chips this to long-on.
135.1DL Piedt to RA Jadeja, 1 run, short of a length on off stump, punched to extra cover's right.
End of over 135. 1 runs this over. 499/7 after 810 balls.
R Ashwin 0 (13b 0x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 55-6-189-3
RA Jadeja 28 (44b 0x4 1x6 ) more

Bardan: "Why isnt Faf bowling Elgar?? He took a wicket in the only over he's bowled!!" --- Gotta protect that strike rate

Purvesh: "Ash on a roll here. 0 off 13."

This could be the last over...

End of over 134. 3 runs this over. 498/7 after 804 balls.
R Ashwin 0 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) DL Piedt 18-1-104-1
RA Jadeja 27 (42b 0x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 133. 1 runs this over. 495/7 after 798 balls.
R Ashwin 0 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 54-6-188-3
RA Jadeja 24 (37b 0x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 132. 5 runs this over. 494/7 after 792 balls.
R Ashwin 0 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) DL Piedt 17-1-101-1
RA Jadeja 23 (36b 0x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 131. 6 runs this over. 489/6 after 786 balls.
RA Jadeja 22 (35b 0x4 1x6 ) KA Maharaj 53-6-187-3
WP Saha 17 (14b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 130. 5 runs this over. 483/6 after 780 balls.
RA Jadeja 21 (33b 0x4 1x6 ) DL Piedt 16-1-96-0
WP Saha 12 (10b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Logan: "It could be nothing to do with the match also. He could have told Jaddu he made 9 kills in PUBG. " --- This is the answer, thanks all for participating.

End of over 129. 12 runs this over. 478/6 after 774 balls.
RA Jadeja 20 (30b 0x4 1x6 ) KA Maharaj 52-6-181-3
WP Saha 8 (7b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Hilarious scenes as South Africa hunt for the ball under the covers...while it's lodged between the boundary padding. Markram runs all the way across from midwicket and steals the show with his comedic timing as his mates continue their search.

End of over 128. 9 runs this over. 466/6 after 768 balls.
WP Saha 8 (7b 2x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 22-4-68-1
RA Jadeja 12 (24b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Guru: "Once hardik comes back, who will be most likely to miss out from this eleven?" --- Based on the combination in their last few matches, I'd say Hardik himself

End of over 127. 1 runs this over. 457/6 after 762 balls.
WP Saha 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 51-6-173-3
RA Jadeja 11 (23b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 126. 3 runs this over. 456/5 after 756 balls.
GH Vihari 10 (21b 1x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 21-4-59-1
RA Jadeja 10 (22b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Shankar: "Amused at this: "Gaurav (stats) is a greedy man. He likes his sixes. He points out that this innings is the first where both openers have struck 12 sixes combined". Reminded of a headline after a Mohun Bagan vs. Salgoacar match: "Both teams shared one goal each"! " --- Must have been a recession then!

End of over 125. 3 runs this over. 453/5 after 750 balls.
GH Vihari 9 (17b 1x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 50-6-172-2
RA Jadeja 8 (20b 0x4 0x6 ) more

200 and out: Those of you in the US, here are clips of Mayank Agarwal getting to 200, and falling to part-timer Dean Elgar not long after

End of over 124. 2 runs this over. 450/5 after 744 balls.
GH Vihari 8 (14b 1x4 0x6 ) DL Piedt 15-1-91-0
RA Jadeja 6 (17b 0x4 0x6 ) more

2.42pm And that will be tea on Day 2 of this Test match. There is still loads to be done by South Africa before they can consider themselves in a position of parity in the game, but they can be quite proud of how they have scrapped right through this session. Vernon Philander set the theme early with a top ball to get rid of Pujara with the first ball itself, and then they have added the wickets of Kohli, Agarwal and Rahane since. Agarwal was outstanding for his double hundred, and weather permitting, we should be in for a really interesting final session, with India looking eager to step up their run rate in that second session. Join Varun in just a short while from now. In case you missed it the first time, here's some recommended reading material on one of Indian sport's GOAT MC Mary Kom

End of over 123. 2 runs this over. 448/5 after 738 balls.
RA Jadeja 5 (15b 0x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 49-6-169-2
GH Vihari 7 (10b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 122. 7 runs this over. 446/5 after 732 balls.
GH Vihari 7 (10b 1x4 0x6 ) DL Piedt 14-1-89-0
RA Jadeja 3 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 121. 3 runs this over. 439/5 after 726 balls.
GH Vihari 1 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 48-6-167-2
RA Jadeja 2 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Sam: "Debayan Rocks - Karun Nair "Or a career saved!"" --- Can't claim credit for this. It's an idea that has been put in by enough of you out there. Call it Selectinception!

End of over 120. 4 runs this over. 436/5 after 720 balls.
GH Vihari 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) D Elgar 1-0-4-1
RA Jadeja 0 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Pribin Chacko: "Triple dreams gone :(" --- Or a career saved!

Vihari is the new man in

End of over 119. 1 runs this over. 432/4 after 714 balls.
RA Jadeja 0 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) DL Piedt 13-1-82-0
MA Agarwal 211 (367b 22x4 6x6 ) more
End of over 118. 1 runs this over. 431/4 after 708 balls.
AM Rahane 15 (43b 2x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 47-6-164-2
MA Agarwal 210 (366b 22x4 6x6 ) more
End of over 117. 11 runs this over. 430/3 after 702 balls.
AM Rahane 15 (39b 2x4 0x6 ) DL Piedt 12-1-81-0
MA Agarwal 209 (364b 22x4 6x6 ) more

End of over 116. 5 runs this over. 419/3 after 696 balls.
MA Agarwal 202 (361b 22x4 5x6 ) KA Maharaj 46-6-163-1
AM Rahane 11 (36b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 115. 3 runs this over. 414/3 after 690 balls.
AM Rahane 10 (34b 1x4 0x6 ) DL Piedt 11-1-70-0
MA Agarwal 198 (357b 22x4 5x6 ) more

Faf du Plessis now occupies leg slip

End of over 114.  A maiden over! 411/3 after 684 balls.
AM Rahane 8 (32b 1x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 45-6-158-1
MA Agarwal 197 (353b 22x4 5x6 ) more

Karthik: "It appears teams playing series which consists of 3 test matches are far more suited to lead the Test Championship table rather than teams playing in a 4-5 test match series. It seems to be an unfair advantage, since series involving 4-5 test matches include tougher challenges such as consistency, the ability to stay fit for entire duration of the series, fatigue and exhaustion only to name a few." --- I'll be honest. Am such a Test match junkie that I think all teams must only play rubbers of five Tests. Five is optimum, though

End of over 113. 4 runs this over. 411/3 after 678 balls.
AM Rahane 8 (26b 1x4 0x6 ) DL Piedt 10-1-67-0
MA Agarwal 197 (353b 22x4 5x6 ) more
End of over 112. 1 runs this over. 407/3 after 672 balls.
AM Rahane 7 (25b 1x4 0x6 ) S Muthusamy 15-1-63-1
MA Agarwal 194 (348b 22x4 5x6 ) more

Ravindra: "@Debayan Sen- Happy Durga Puja" --- Happy Navratri/Navratras and holidays to you and everybody else too

Sai Krishna: "Indian selectors have not been kind to another Kannadiga who scored 199 in the same match as the triple centurion. " --- Incidentally, that triple centurion has the third highest individual score for a maiden Test centurion, and easily the best for India. Agarwal has a chance to emulate Karun Nair, Vinod Kambli and Dilip Sardesai if he gets another six runs

George: "Given the weather and the batting to follow, to ensure a result. Would think India would need to try to get another hundred in 20-25 overs, get a few wickets before stumps"

Another short drinks break seems to be taking place

Pranay: "@Mustafa Moudi: Shubman will be the next Kholi. If every time I get a penny someone calls/writes his name as Shubham, I will still be poor but the point stands."

End of over 111. 7 runs this over. 406/3 after 666 balls.
AM Rahane 7 (20b 1x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 44-5-158-1
MA Agarwal 193 (347b 22x4 5x6 ) more

It's gone a bit grey lately...

End of over 110. 5 runs this over. 399/3 after 660 balls.
MA Agarwal 186 (342b 22x4 4x6 ) S Muthusamy 14-1-62-1
AM Rahane 7 (19b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Asa Colesby: "I'm all for home teams producing pitches that suit their strengths, but at nearly 400/3 in just over a hundred overs, this pitch is nowhere near producing an even contest between bat & ball - ,You should have to bat well to score 400, and it not just be a given every time you walk out to bat in the first innings. as we've seen in recent series, an even contest between batsmen and bowlers produces a greater spectacle,"

Pritam Banerjee: "Is there any forecast of rain in the next three days? If yes, then India should start thinking of declaring today. " --- Well, all of the rain is slated to arrive late afternoon and early evening. So hopefully, we should get enough overs in

End of over 109.  A maiden over! 394/3 after 654 balls.
AM Rahane 7 (19b 1x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 43-5-151-1
MA Agarwal 181 (336b 21x4 4x6 ) more

hardik: "@Debayan A huge difference between 'Moudi' and 'Modi'. Let me not psycho-analyse this."

End of over 108. 5 runs this over. 394/3 after 648 balls.
MA Agarwal 181 (336b 21x4 4x6 ) S Muthusamy 13-1-57-1
AM Rahane 7 (13b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Pratheek Jain: "Sent a comment here and Rohit got out. Refreshed the page and kohli departed. I now know what to do when SA come on to bat on day 3 trailing India by 650+." --- Clever non-usage of any of the active batsmen out in the middle. Well done!

End of over 107. 2 runs this over. 389/3 after 642 balls.
AM Rahane 6 (12b 1x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 42-4-151-1
MA Agarwal 177 (331b 20x4 4x6 ) more

And to take you to tea, here is Debayan.

End of over 106. 1 runs this over. 387/3 after 636 balls.
MA Agarwal 176 (328b 20x4 4x6 ) S Muthusamy 12-1-52-1
AM Rahane 5 (9b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Sarthak Dasgupt: "I think number of maidens bowled tells you the issue with SA, Rabada has 7 maidens in 24, Maharaj has 4 in 40, if the pitch is not doing much you try your best to dry up the runs, that is exactly what India will do in the 2nd innings, especially Jaddu and Ishant"

End of over 105. 5 runs this over. 386/3 after 630 balls.
AM Rahane 5 (9b 1x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 41-4-149-1
MA Agarwal 175 (322b 20x4 4x6 ) more
End of over 104. 4 runs this over. 381/3 after 624 balls.
AM Rahane 4 (5b 1x4 0x6 ) S Muthusamy 11-1-51-1
MA Agarwal 171 (320b 20x4 4x6 ) more

Colin: "Muthusamy coached my son a few years ago - what a wonderful gentleman. Chuffed for him that his first wicket is Kholi"

Rohit: "Falling to the debutant spinner? Kohli is indeed turning into Sachin! " --- As my colleague Sidharth Monga points out, Sachin was Cameron White's first Test wicket. Also Peter George's.

Deepak Samson: "That's Kohli 's lowest score at Vizag!!"

End of over 103. 10 runs this over. 377/2 after 618 balls.
MA Agarwal 171 (320b 20x4 4x6 ) KA Maharaj 40-4-144-1
V Kohli 20 (39b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 102. 5 runs this over. 367/2 after 612 balls.
V Kohli 20 (39b 4x4 0x6 ) S Muthusamy 10-1-47-0
MA Agarwal 161 (314b 19x4 3x6 ) more
End of over 101. 4 runs this over. 362/2 after 606 balls.
V Kohli 19 (37b 4x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 24-7-66-0
MA Agarwal 157 (310b 19x4 3x6 ) more

Andre: "It is worrying signs if faf cant trust the other bowlers. He is going to over bowl rabada, philander an maharajh "

End of over 100. 4 runs this over. 358/2 after 600 balls.
MA Agarwal 157 (310b 19x4 3x6 ) KA Maharaj 39-4-134-1
V Kohli 15 (31b 3x4 0x6 ) more

Stephen: "Thanks so much. Would love to see the list. Remember Im asking the number of first class double and triple hundreds made in a country." --- I see 87 scores of 200+ in South Africa (in tournaments of 5+ teams) since the start of 2000. I see 225 such scores in India for the same period (also for tournaments of 5+ teams). These obviously don't include shorter tournaments or tri-series or other one-off FC games, but should be a fair estimate of the trend. There have been 51 FC triple-hundreds in India, only eight in South Africa (this is overall, not since 2000)

It's drinks.

End of over 99. 1 runs this over. 354/2 after 594 balls.
V Kohli 15 (31b 3x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 23-7-62-0
MA Agarwal 153 (304b 18x4 3x6 ) more
End of over 98. 1 runs this over. 353/2 after 588 balls.
MA Agarwal 152 (302b 18x4 3x6 ) KA Maharaj 38-4-130-1
V Kohli 15 (27b 3x4 0x6 ) more

ANSHUL KOSHAL: "Stats when both openers score 150+?" --- Fourth time for India. The last two were from the Vijay-Dhawan pair. Once in 2013, once in 2015. Before that - Vinoo Mankad and Pankaj Roy in 1956, when they made that record 413 stand.

End of over 97. 5 runs this over. 352/2 after 582 balls.
V Kohli 15 (27b 3x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 22-7-61-0
MA Agarwal 151 (296b 18x4 3x6 ) more

Stephen: "Hey guys. Do you perhaps have a record of the number of first class double and triple hundreds per country? Would love to see the list as so many Indians make them. I think for every 20 in Indian maybe there is 1 in South Africa. " --- I've sent this to the stats cave.

Immediately takes guard after that loose flap outside off.

End of over 96. 6 runs this over. 347/2 after 576 balls.
MA Agarwal 146 (291b 17x4 3x6 ) KA Maharaj 37-4-129-1
V Kohli 15 (26b 3x4 0x6 ) more

Manu: "@Nitish: Interesting point. I wonder how he'll do in seaming conditions in SA and Eng with this tendency to play late, especially as an opener." --- Playing late generally helps in those conditions. He does have a tendency to play away from the body though, and that could be a potential downside in those conditions

End of over 95. 1 runs this over. 341/2 after 570 balls.
MA Agarwal 145 (288b 17x4 3x6 ) VD Philander 20-4-56-1
V Kohli 10 (23b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 94. 2 runs this over. 340/2 after 564 balls.
V Kohli 9 (20b 2x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 36-4-123-1
MA Agarwal 145 (285b 17x4 3x6 ) more

Slip, silly point and short extra for Mayank. That's been the constant field for him against Maharaj.

End of over 93. 1 runs this over. 338/2 after 558 balls.
V Kohli 8 (16b 2x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 19-4-55-1
MA Agarwal 144 (283b 17x4 3x6 ) more

Nitish R: "Very interesting to note that have of Mayank's runs have come behind square, and most of them in the third man region. Combine that stat with a high control of 91 % , i think we can confidently say that he like to play the late and also uses the pace well to guide the ball down. Dinesh Karthik, who's setting the stage on fire in the Vijay Hazare trophy was one such player with relied a lot on playing late while opening for India."

End of over 92. 5 runs this over. 337/2 after 552 balls.
V Kohli 8 (14b 2x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 21-7-56-0
MA Agarwal 143 (279b 17x4 3x6 ) more

rahul: "I believe India would like to declare at the end of this session keeping in mind that this is a 2.5 hours session. India would fancy getting atleast 150 runs which would get them close to 500. "

End of over 91. 4 runs this over. 332/2 after 546 balls.
V Kohli 4 (11b 1x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 18-4-54-1
MA Agarwal 142 (276b 17x4 3x6 ) more

Kohli's lowest score in Vizag across formats is 24, and that came in his only T20I here.

Tests - 167, 81

ODIs - 118, 117, 99, 65, 157*

T20Is - 24

End of over 90. 4 runs this over. 328/2 after 540 balls.
MA Agarwal 142 (276b 17x4 3x6 ) K Rabada 20-7-51-0
V Kohli 0 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Waldo: "I still believe this Proteas team is unbalanced from both a batting and bowling perspective with no clear plan. Still don't understand why Dwaine Pretorius has never had a go at no 7. Great first class record and can contribute with bat and ball."

End of over 89.  A maiden over! 324/2 after 534 balls.
V Kohli 0 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 17-4-50-1
MA Agarwal 138 (270b 16x4 3x6 ) more
End of over 88.  A maiden over! 324/1 after 528 balls.
MA Agarwal 138 (270b 16x4 3x6 ) K Rabada 19-7-47-0
CA Pujara 6 (16b 1x4 0x6 ) more


Plenty of other Indian sport that has been going on, and will continue to hog some headlines. We'll keep you abreast of all of that, and we begin with an update on the young man from Haryana who took Roger Federer to four sets in New York not long ago

11.34 am And that's lunch on Day 2. Another session that has belonged to India. Rohit Sharma began this with some fluent strokeplay, and that confidence rubbed off on young Mayank Agarwal too. Both of them started taking the South African spinners for easy runs, especially with some innovative sweeps, paddles and reverse sweeps. At one stage, South Africa looked ostensibly short on ideas, before Keshav Maharaj got one to turn past Rohit Sharma's outside edge, and had him stumped one short of his career-best. India have since been pegged back a touch with the second new ball, and some discipline from Philander and Rabada with the ball standing out. India will look to press home this advantage when we return for the post-lunch session, which is scheduled to be a two-and-a-half-hour affair. Join us then in a short while

End of over 87. 1 runs this over. 324/1 after 522 balls.
CA Pujara 6 (16b 1x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 16-3-50-0
MA Agarwal 138 (264b 16x4 3x6 ) more

The second new ball has definitely brought some zip back into the South African ranks. And they have a lunch break to look forward to after the next over

End of over 86.  A maiden over! 323/1 after 516 balls.
CA Pujara 6 (12b 1x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 18-6-47-0
MA Agarwal 137 (262b 16x4 3x6 ) more

Dr. Ajay: "Very Happy after looking at the Weather App on my phone. It shows no rain for Vizag but mostly cloudy and a 40% chance of rain at 5 pm. Hope India meanwhile pile up a huge total to win this Test taking into consideration remaining days and rain."

End of over 85.  A maiden over! 323/1 after 510 balls.
MA Agarwal 137 (262b 16x4 3x6 ) VD Philander 15-3-49-0
CA Pujara 6 (6b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 84. 6 runs this over. 323/1 after 504 balls.
CA Pujara 6 (6b 1x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 35-4-121-1
MA Agarwal 137 (256b 16x4 3x6 ) more

Karthik has this from the ground: "Interesting field for Maharaj to Pujara. Tight ring of off-side fielders about 30 yards out - backward point, square cover point, cover - plus short extra-cover, and mid-off. Then slip and silly point, and midwicket, mid-on, and no one square or behind square on the leg side."

End of over 83.  A maiden over! 317/1 after 498 balls.
MA Agarwal 137 (256b 16x4 3x6 ) S Muthusamy 9-1-42-0
CA Pujara 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more

I think I am right in saying this was the first maiden of Day 2

End of over 82. 11 runs this over. 317/1 after 492 balls.
RG Sharma 176 (244b 23x4 6x6 ) KA Maharaj 34-4-115-1
MA Agarwal 137 (250b 16x4 3x6 ) more

Cheteshwar Pujara comes in at 3

End of over 81. 6 runs this over. 306/0 after 485 balls.
MA Agarwal 136 (249b 16x4 3x6 ) S Muthusamy 8-0-42-0
RG Sharma 166 (238b 22x4 5x6 ) more

Meanwhile, a full-grown man walking with an exaggerated swivelling of the hips can be a source of bemusement. But thanks to race walker KT Irfan's successful career, the sport is now seen for more than just its wiggle in his native Kerala.

AT: "Simon Harmer signed a Kolpak deal after spinners like Dane Piedt were getting picked ahead of him. Wouldn't SA love to have him back now?"

End of over 80. 1 runs this over. 300/0 after 480 balls.
RG Sharma 166 (238b 22x4 5x6 ) KA Maharaj 33-4-104-0
MA Agarwal 131 (244b 15x4 3x6 ) more

The new ball is due now

300 for this opening pair

Vinamr: "* Third best for India. Mankad-Roy 413 is at the top."

End of over 79. 9 runs this over. 299/0 after 474 balls.
RG Sharma 166 (237b 22x4 5x6 ) DL Piedt 9-1-63-0
MA Agarwal 130 (239b 15x4 3x6 ) more
End of over 78. 5 runs this over. 290/0 after 468 balls.
RG Sharma 158 (232b 20x4 5x6 ) KA Maharaj 32-4-103-0
MA Agarwal 129 (238b 15x4 3x6 ) more

This is now comfortably the best partnership for any wicket for India against South Africa

Prashant: "Last 10 overs 52/0. Are you kidding whole test cricket and its not sehwag or gilly. Poor pitch. With rain predictions for all days this is India's loss of points." --- Might be different with the Indian spinners in action

End of over 77. 11 runs this over. 285/0 after 462 balls.
RG Sharma 154 (227b 19x4 5x6 ) DL Piedt 8-1-54-0
MA Agarwal 128 (237b 15x4 3x6 ) more
End of over 76. 10 runs this over. 274/0 after 456 balls.
RG Sharma 154 (226b 19x4 5x6 ) S Muthusamy 7-0-36-0
MA Agarwal 117 (232b 14x4 2x6 ) more

V SIDDHESH: "Beautiful reverse sweep and not premeditated either! Hopefully Pant is taking notes! "

End of over 75. 2 runs this over. 264/0 after 450 balls.
MA Agarwal 112 (229b 13x4 2x6 ) KA Maharaj 31-4-98-0
RG Sharma 149 (223b 18x4 5x6 ) more

Rakesh: "Why is 74.5 no runs?" --- Because there was no attempt to play the ball. You normally get runs for leg byes only if you are attempting to play, or taking evasive action

Thanks Varun. Another dominating session from Messrs Sharma and Agarwal. South Africa have had a couple of half-chances, I suppose, but generally bat has dominated ball in the first hour of Day 2

And drinks. On the other side, Debayan Sen.

End of over 74. 3 runs this over. 262/0 after 444 balls.
MA Agarwal 111 (226b 13x4 2x6 ) S Muthusamy 6-0-26-0
RG Sharma 148 (220b 18x4 5x6 ) more

This is the sixth 250+ opening stand for a debut pair. The highest is Sehwag-Dravid: 410 against Pakistan in 2006. Second on that list are Vijay and Dhawan with 289.

End of over 73. 11 runs this over. 259/0 after 438 balls.
RG Sharma 148 (220b 18x4 5x6 ) KA Maharaj 30-4-96-0
MA Agarwal 108 (220b 13x4 2x6 ) more

Mayank Aakash: "Woes may not end for SA: Pujara has not yet come to bat. He may play another 200 balls for 60-70 runs at least." --- South Africa fans - is the Rugby World Cup going nicely for you at least?

End of over 72. 3 runs this over. 248/0 after 432 balls.
RG Sharma 140 (218b 16x4 5x6 ) K Rabada 17-5-47-0
MA Agarwal 105 (216b 13x4 2x6 ) more

Manohar: ""Last time both openers got hundreds against SA.. That stat made me very sad". Phil Hughes made a century in the second innings too which is his highest Test score :(. It was a huge loss to Australia and the cricket community."

End of over 71. 3 runs this over. 245/0 after 426 balls.
RG Sharma 140 (216b 16x4 5x6 ) KA Maharaj 29-4-85-0
MA Agarwal 102 (212b 13x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 70. 2 runs this over. 242/0 after 420 balls.
MA Agarwal 101 (209b 13x4 2x6 ) K Rabada 16-5-44-0
RG Sharma 138 (213b 16x4 5x6 ) more

Craig: "Does faf not trust the other bowlers? Rabada and Maharaj getting over bowled #injury" --- Maharaj does this routinely though

End of over 69. 2 runs this over. 240/0 after 414 balls.
MA Agarwal 100 (207b 13x4 2x6 ) KA Maharaj 28-4-82-0
RG Sharma 137 (209b 16x4 5x6 ) more

The last three instances when both Indian openers got centuries all involved M Vijay and Dhawan

End of over 68. 6 runs this over. 238/0 after 408 balls.
RG Sharma 136 (208b 16x4 5x6 ) K Rabada 15-5-42-0
MA Agarwal 99 (202b 13x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 67. 6 runs this over. 232/0 after 402 balls.
MA Agarwal 98 (201b 13x4 2x6 ) KA Maharaj 27-4-80-0
RG Sharma 131 (203b 15x4 5x6 ) more
End of over 66. 1 runs this over. 226/0 after 396 balls.
RG Sharma 131 (203b 15x4 5x6 ) K Rabada 14-5-36-0
MA Agarwal 92 (195b 12x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 65. 6 runs this over. 225/0 after 390 balls.
RG Sharma 131 (200b 15x4 5x6 ) KA Maharaj 26-4-74-0
MA Agarwal 91 (192b 12x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 64. 5 runs this over. 219/0 after 384 balls.
MA Agarwal 90 (191b 12x4 2x6 ) VD Philander 14-2-49-0
RG Sharma 126 (195b 14x4 5x6 ) more
End of over 63. 1 runs this over. 214/0 after 378 balls.
RG Sharma 121 (192b 13x4 5x6 ) KA Maharaj 25-4-68-0
MA Agarwal 90 (188b 12x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 62. 6 runs this over. 213/0 after 372 balls.
RG Sharma 120 (186b 13x4 5x6 ) VD Philander 13-2-44-0
MA Agarwal 90 (188b 12x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 61. 1 runs this over. 207/0 after 366 balls.
RG Sharma 119 (184b 13x4 5x6 ) KA Maharaj 24-4-67-0
MA Agarwal 85 (184b 11x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 60. 4 runs this over. 206/0 after 360 balls.
RG Sharma 119 (179b 13x4 5x6 ) VD Philander 12-2-38-0
MA Agarwal 84 (183b 11x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 59. 4 runs this over. 202/0 after 354 balls.
MA Agarwal 84 (183b 11x4 2x6 ) KA Maharaj 23-4-66-0
RG Sharma 115 (173b 12x4 5x6 ) more
End of over 58. 8 runs this over. 198/0 after 348 balls.
RG Sharma 115 (173b 12x4 5x6 ) VD Philander 11-2-34-0
MA Agarwal 80 (177b 10x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 57. 8 runs this over. 190/0 after 342 balls.
MA Agarwal 80 (177b 10x4 2x6 ) KA Maharaj 22-4-62-0
RG Sharma 107 (167b 10x4 5x6 ) more

Ram: "Faf should bowl now in order to get wicket...try strange my get something.!! " --- It should be Elgar, who is the South African bowler with most wickets in India in this XI

End of over 56. 3 runs this over. 182/0 after 336 balls.
RG Sharma 100 (163b 10x4 4x6 ) S Muthusamy 5-0-23-0
MA Agarwal 79 (175b 10x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 55.  A maiden over! 179/0 after 330 balls.
RG Sharma 100 (160b 10x4 4x6 ) KA Maharaj 21-4-54-0
MA Agarwal 76 (172b 10x4 2x6 ) more

Chin: "Maharaj and Muthusamy bowling to Sharma and Agarwal. This is like watching Railways vs Rest of India "

End of over 54. 5 runs this over. 179/0 after 323 balls.
RG Sharma 100 (154b 10x4 4x6 ) S Muthusamy 4-0-20-0
MA Agarwal 76 (171b 10x4 2x6 ) more

Celine, Kuwait: "Vuvuzelas must be going mental, again, no?" --- Possibly the only bitter part about that moment

The customary "ooooooooo" of the Indian crowd for a dot ball on 99. It's been a while...

End of over 53. 5 runs this over. 174/0 after 318 balls.
RG Sharma 97 (150b 10x4 4x6 ) KA Maharaj 20-3-54-0
MA Agarwal 75 (169b 10x4 2x6 ) more

Darpan Tikiya: "Rohit's into the 90s and I have my mind stuck on the Jam Advertisement. What have you shown us today @Varun! Never seen RD play this role. But he fits into anything, doesn't he? The man for any job!"

End of over 52. 5 runs this over. 169/0 after 312 balls.
RG Sharma 93 (145b 9x4 4x6 ) S Muthusamy 3-0-15-0
MA Agarwal 74 (168b 10x4 2x6 ) more

Jim: "In South African vernacular, the current situation for South African fans can be summed up by "Eish""

End of over 51. 1 runs this over. 164/0 after 306 balls.
MA Agarwal 69 (164b 9x4 2x6 ) KA Maharaj 19-3-49-0
RG Sharma 93 (143b 9x4 4x6 ) more

Stephen: "I am recording a rain dance video from South Africa, can you give email address I can send it to"

End of over 50. 12 runs this over. 163/0 after 300 balls.
RG Sharma 93 (143b 9x4 4x6 ) DL Piedt 7-1-43-0
MA Agarwal 68 (158b 9x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 49. 1 runs this over. 151/0 after 293 balls.
MA Agarwal 68 (157b 9x4 2x6 ) KA Maharaj 18-3-48-0
RG Sharma 81 (137b 9x4 2x6 ) more

Amit: "Varun, you seem overly impressed with Rohit and India's batting strength. He was dropped because he kept failing outside India. And outside of Kohli and Recently Pujara, the batting record of this team is dismal. You forget the 4-1 and 2-1 loss to England and SA not so long ago. " --- Amit I don't know where you got that. The last time I was overly impressed by anything was when Rahul Dravid played multiple characters in an advertisement

Addendum: that was called no-ball because Markram's foot was on the pitch

End of over 48. 9 runs this over. 150/0 after 288 balls.
RG Sharma 81 (137b 9x4 2x6 ) DL Piedt 6-1-31-0
MA Agarwal 68 (151b 9x4 2x6 ) more

That's 150 for the opening stand and the vuvuzelas go mental

End of over 47. 2 runs this over. 141/0 after 282 balls.
RG Sharma 81 (136b 9x4 2x6 ) KA Maharaj 17-3-47-0
MA Agarwal 59 (146b 7x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 46. 2 runs this over. 139/0 after 276 balls.
MA Agarwal 58 (142b 7x4 2x6 ) DL Piedt 5-1-22-0
RG Sharma 80 (134b 9x4 2x6 ) more

Thanks, Saurabh. This strong opening stand is very unsettling after the Ashes.

WATCH (US only): The sixes Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal hit before lunch

That will be drinks, and India have only strengthened their grip on the game. Time also to hand it back to Varun

End of over 45. 2 runs this over. 137/0 after 270 balls.
RG Sharma 79 (132b 9x4 2x6 ) KA Maharaj 16-3-45-0
MA Agarwal 57 (138b 7x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 44. 7 runs this over. 135/0 after 264 balls.
RG Sharma 78 (128b 9x4 2x6 ) K Rabada 13-5-35-0
MA Agarwal 56 (136b 7x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 43. 1 runs this over. 128/0 after 258 balls.
MA Agarwal 55 (135b 7x4 2x6 ) KA Maharaj 15-3-43-0
RG Sharma 72 (123b 8x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 42. 2 runs this over. 127/0 after 252 balls.
MA Agarwal 55 (131b 7x4 2x6 ) K Rabada 12-5-28-0
RG Sharma 71 (121b 8x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 41. 2 runs this over. 125/0 after 246 balls.
RG Sharma 70 (120b 8x4 2x6 ) KA Maharaj 14-3-42-0
MA Agarwal 54 (126b 7x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 40. 5 runs this over. 123/0 after 240 balls.
MA Agarwal 53 (123b 7x4 2x6 ) K Rabada 11-5-26-0
RG Sharma 69 (117b 8x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 39. 2 runs this over. 118/0 after 234 balls.
MA Agarwal 53 (120b 7x4 2x6 ) KA Maharaj 13-3-40-0
RG Sharma 64 (114b 7x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 38. 6 runs this over. 116/0 after 228 balls.
RG Sharma 63 (111b 7x4 2x6 ) K Rabada 10-5-21-0
MA Agarwal 52 (117b 7x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 37. 7 runs this over. 110/0 after 222 balls.
MA Agarwal 51 (116b 7x4 2x6 ) KA Maharaj 12-3-38-0
RG Sharma 59 (106b 6x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 36. 4 runs this over. 103/0 after 216 balls.
MA Agarwal 45 (113b 7x4 1x6 ) VD Philander 10-2-26-0
RG Sharma 58 (103b 6x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 35.  A maiden over! 99/0 after 210 balls.
RG Sharma 58 (103b 6x4 2x6 ) KA Maharaj 11-3-31-0
MA Agarwal 41 (107b 6x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 34.  A maiden over! 99/0 after 204 balls.
MA Agarwal 41 (107b 6x4 1x6 ) VD Philander 9-2-22-0
RG Sharma 58 (97b 6x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 33.  A maiden over! 99/0 after 198 balls.
RG Sharma 58 (97b 6x4 2x6 ) KA Maharaj 10-2-31-0
MA Agarwal 41 (101b 6x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 32. 3 runs this over. 99/0 after 192 balls.
MA Agarwal 41 (101b 6x4 1x6 ) VD Philander 8-1-22-0
RG Sharma 58 (91b 6x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 31. 5 runs this over. 96/0 after 186 balls.
MA Agarwal 39 (98b 6x4 1x6 ) KA Maharaj 9-1-31-0
RG Sharma 57 (88b 6x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 30.  A maiden over! 91/0 after 180 balls.
MA Agarwal 39 (96b 6x4 1x6 ) K Rabada 9-5-16-0
RG Sharma 52 (84b 5x4 2x6 ) more

Ssndeep: "I've been watching test cricket since 1983 and I think this is One of the very few Indian teams over the years where we have batting till #10. Ishant has shown plenty skill in that department now!!" - Indian teams in the past few years have had Umesh (who has a first-class century) batting at 10 too.

Vijit Mahaur: "There's always a sense of non-violence in shots of Rohit Sharma. What a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his birthday! "

Stephen: "You call guests and is this how you treat. "

Reinier: "What's the weather forecast for the rest of this test? I'm South African and already hoping for four days of rain."

Tushar: "Well done South Africa and Duplesis on the over rate. Very rare to see 30 overs being bowled in first session of the series."

11:31am, Lunch, Day 1 A dream opening session for India. They won the toss, their experimental opener has brought up fifty, the regular opener looks solid, and there isn't a South African bowler so far who has consistently troubled them. When Kohli won the toss, Faf looked back at his team with a grin and it has since been a sweat. About the only thing that has gone South Africa's way is the over-rate. We began the day in overcast conditions, but not too much movement. It's bright sunshine now as we wait for the middle session. See you in a bit.

End of over 29. 5 runs this over. 91/0 after 174 balls.
RG Sharma 52 (84b 5x4 2x6 ) S Muthusamy 2-0-10-0
MA Agarwal 39 (90b 6x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 28. 2 runs this over. 86/0 after 168 balls.
RG Sharma 48 (79b 4x4 2x6 ) K Rabada 8-4-16-0
MA Agarwal 38 (89b 6x4 1x6 ) more

Najeeb: "I thought Muthuswamy was one from CricInfo staff. Am I not right?" --- Deivarayan Muthusamy and Alagappan Muthusamy say hi

End of over 27. 5 runs this over. 84/0 after 162 balls.
MA Agarwal 38 (89b 6x4 1x6 ) S Muthusamy 1-0-5-0
RG Sharma 46 (73b 4x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 26.  A maiden over! 79/0 after 156 balls.
MA Agarwal 38 (88b 6x4 1x6 ) K Rabada 7-4-14-0
RG Sharma 41 (68b 3x4 2x6 ) more

pbasu: "Seems Rohit has been given a Diwali gift of a pitch (albeit early though). Should make hay as long as the sun shines."

End of over 25. 6 runs this over. 79/0 after 150 balls.
RG Sharma 41 (68b 3x4 2x6 ) DL Piedt 4-1-20-0
MA Agarwal 38 (82b 6x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 24. 5 runs this over. 73/0 after 144 balls.
RG Sharma 35 (62b 3x4 1x6 ) KA Maharaj 8-1-26-0
MA Agarwal 38 (82b 6x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 23. 7 runs this over. 68/0 after 138 balls.
MA Agarwal 38 (82b 6x4 1x6 ) DL Piedt 3-1-14-0
RG Sharma 30 (56b 2x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 22. 1 runs this over. 61/0 after 132 balls.
MA Agarwal 32 (78b 6x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 7-1-21-0
RG Sharma 29 (54b 2x4 1x6 ) more

There's both a short cover and a short extra

End of over 21. 7 runs this over. 60/0 after 126 balls.
MA Agarwal 32 (74b 6x4 0x6 ) DL Piedt 2-1-7-0
RG Sharma 28 (52b 2x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 20. 7 runs this over. 53/0 after 120 balls.
MA Agarwal 27 (71b 5x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 6-1-20-0
RG Sharma 26 (49b 2x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 19.  A maiden over! 46/0 after 114 balls.
MA Agarwal 27 (67b 5x4 0x6 ) DL Piedt 1-1-0-0
RG Sharma 19 (47b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 18. 2 runs this over. 46/0 after 108 balls.
RG Sharma 19 (47b 2x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 7-1-19-0
MA Agarwal 27 (61b 5x4 0x6 ) more

Meanwhile, KL Rahul has got to a fifty in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Another patient innings, it seems - 60 off 80 at the moment.

End of over 17. 4 runs this over. 44/0 after 102 balls.
MA Agarwal 26 (58b 5x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 5-1-13-0
RG Sharma 18 (44b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 16. 3 runs this over. 40/0 after 96 balls.
MA Agarwal 22 (52b 4x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 6-1-17-0
RG Sharma 18 (44b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 15. 2 runs this over. 37/0 after 90 balls.
RG Sharma 17 (42b 2x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 4-1-9-0
MA Agarwal 20 (48b 4x4 0x6 ) more

Thanks, Saurabh. India's openers largely untroubled so far.

Alistair Diamon: "I hardly think that with 37 runs on the board things have started to look ominous! We've only just had the first hour of the series. Hold your horses!"

Stephen : "Such a pity that Simon Harmer can't play for South Africa. No bowler in the world has taken more first class wickets than him since 2017. Excellent player gone by Kolpak. #SadProtea"

Time for drinks and to hand it back to Varun, who is overjoyed that India haven't lost a wicket yet.

End of over 14. 5 runs this over. 35/0 after 84 balls.
MA Agarwal 19 (46b 4x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 5-1-14-0
RG Sharma 16 (38b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 13. 4 runs this over. 30/0 after 78 balls.
MA Agarwal 15 (41b 3x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 3-1-7-0
RG Sharma 15 (37b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 12. 4 runs this over. 26/0 after 72 balls.
RG Sharma 15 (37b 2x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 6-3-14-0
MA Agarwal 11 (35b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 11.  A maiden over! 22/0 after 66 balls.
MA Agarwal 11 (35b 2x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 2-1-3-0
RG Sharma 11 (31b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 10.  A maiden over! 22/0 after 60 balls.
RG Sharma 11 (31b 2x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 5-3-10-0
MA Agarwal 11 (29b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 9. 3 runs this over. 22/0 after 54 balls.
MA Agarwal 11 (29b 2x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 1-0-3-0
RG Sharma 11 (25b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 8.  A maiden over! 19/0 after 48 balls.
MA Agarwal 11 (26b 2x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 4-2-10-0
RG Sharma 8 (22b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 7. 4 runs this over. 19/0 after 42 balls.
RG Sharma 8 (22b 2x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 4-1-9-0
MA Agarwal 11 (20b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 6. 6 runs this over. 15/0 after 36 balls.
MA Agarwal 11 (20b 2x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 3-1-10-0
RG Sharma 4 (16b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 5.  A maiden over! 9/0 after 30 balls.
RG Sharma 4 (16b 1x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 3-1-5-0
MA Agarwal 5 (14b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 4.  A maiden over! 9/0 after 24 balls.
MA Agarwal 5 (14b 1x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 2-1-4-0
RG Sharma 4 (10b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 3. 1 runs this over. 9/0 after 18 balls.
RG Sharma 4 (10b 1x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 2-0-5-0
MA Agarwal 5 (8b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 2. 4 runs this over. 8/0 after 12 balls.
RG Sharma 4 (6b 1x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 1-0-4-0
MA Agarwal 4 (6b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 1. 4 runs this over. 4/0 after 6 balls.
MA Agarwal 4 (6b 1x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 1-0-4-0
RG Sharma 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more