Rohit Sharma flops in 1st innings of Pune Test after twin hundreds in Vizag

first_imgRohit Sharma had a dream debut as opener in Test cricket as he made the most of an opportunity that came his way by slamming twin hundreds in the Visakhapatnam Test against South Africa last week. However, his fine run at home came to an end when he was dismissed for 14 on Day 1 of the 2nd Test in Pune on Thursday.Rohit Sharma was dismissed for 14 in the 10th over of the 1st innings after India opted to bat at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium. A sharp outswinger that bounced a little higher than normal from Kagiso Rabada was too hot to handle for Rohit who was left with no choice but to play it.India vs South Africa, 2nd Test Day 1: Live updatesQuinton de Kock took an easy catch as there was more relief than joy in the South African camp after they saw the back of Rohit Sharma who did all the damage in the Visakhapatnam Test.Mayank, Pujara steady India after Rohit exitFollowing Rohit’s departure, Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara made sure India went to lunch break without any further damage. Mayank was fluent as he punished poor delivieres from South Africa pacers while Pujara was at his cautious best in the 2nd hour of play as the duo added 50 runs for the 2nd wicket.South Africa new-ball bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander tested the two Indian openers in the opening hour as they got the ball to move a bit. There was carry as well as there was a tinge of green on the Pune pitch in the morning session.advertisementRohit Sharma tried to take a few steps down the wikcet to negate the swing in Vernon Philander’s over but Kagiso Rabada’s pace did him in.It was not the outing that Rohit Sharma would have wanted, especially after the 1st Test wherein he made 176 and 127.Rohit became the 1st batsman ever to hit twin hundreds in his maiden Test as opener. The Mumbai batsman broke the record for the most number of sixes hit a Test match as he made light work of the South African bowling attack in Visakhapatnam.Rohit’s emergence as a solid opener in Tests has given captain Virat Kohli a lot of confidence, especially when it comes to pushing the pace of the game and put pressure on oppositions.”He looked relaxed in the 1st Test which is a great thing. All the experience he has accumulated over the years came to the fore. He is feeling absolutely at home at the top of the order. For us, the team, it’s a huge bonus,” Virat Kohli had said on the eve of the Pune Test.”If you see the way he played in the 2nd innings, the way he has the ability to take the the tempo of the game forward, that allows the bowlers to have an extra hour and a half of maybe 2 hours to bowl the opposition out.”Also Read | Virat Kohli 2nd India captain after MS Dhoni to lead in 50 TestsAlso See:last_img

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