Agarwal double ton as India flay South Africa

VISAKHAPATNAM India Opener Mayank Agarwal

completed a double century on Thursday to put India on course for a mammoth

first innings score in the opening Test against South Africa.

Agarwal who completed his maiden Test hundred early on day two reached

200 in the afternoon session to earn a standing ovation in the Visakhapatnam

stadium.

India were 419 for three in 116 overs with the 28 year old Agarwal on

202 batting alongside Ajinkya Rahane on 11.

Agarwal put on a record 317 run opening stand with opening partner Rohit

Sharma to set the tone for Indias dominance at the start of the three match

series.

Playing in just his fifth Test the right handed Agarwal has smashed six

sixes and 22 fours in 361 balls faced so far.

Sharma fell for 176 stumped off Keshav Maharaj before lunch and India

then lost two cheap wickets. Cheteshwar Pujara went for six and skipper Virat

Kohli for 20.

Paceman Vernon Philander bowled Pujara on the first delivery of the second

session. Debutant spinner Seruran Muthusamy got Kohli caught and bowled as

his maiden Test wicket.

But Agarwal stayed firm to pile pressure on the South African bowlers in a

session extended to make up for time lost to a thunderstorm on Wednesday.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)