Mayank Agarwal registered his second century of the series as India dominated the opening day of the second Test against South Africa in Pune on Thursday.
The hosts ended the day at 273 for 3, with Virat Kohli not out on 63 and Ajinkya Rahane batting on 18.
Mayank, who scored a double-century in India’s 203-run win in the opening Test, completed another hundred with a boundary off Vernon Philander to cement his place in the Test team.
Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara (58) stitched together a 138-run stand for the second wicket to steady India’s first innings after Rohit Sharma’s early departure.
Pujara, who was dropped by Temba Bavuma at forward short leg for zero, was finally dismissed by Kagiso Rabada. Faf du Plessis caught him in the first slip just before the Tea break.
Agarwal and Kohli could add just 35 more runs before the in-form opener became Rabada’s third victim of the day. Agarwal, batting on 108, edged the ball to the South Africa skipper in the slip cordon.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 10, 2019
Mauke pe chaukha marne wale ko kehte hay #mayankagarwal
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) October 10, 2019
Exquisite driving. Some gusty pulls. Two sixes to move from 87 to 99. Double century in Vizag. A century in Pune. What a start to the home season for Mayank Agarwal. Excellent. ☺️🤗👏👏 #IndvSA
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 10, 2019
— Rahul Sharma (@ImRahulSharma3) October 10, 2019
.@mayankcricket is a marvel. Back to back centuries, and made in great style too. No Nervous 90s for him!
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) October 10, 2019
Proper test match batting from Mayank Agarwal. The transformation from white ball slasher to red ball accumulator continues.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 10, 2019
Mayank Agarwal's last two first-class innings in Pune:
103* vs South Africa, Today
304* vs Maharastra, Nov 2017#INDvSA
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) October 10, 2019
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) October 10, 2019