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  • India vs South Africa: Mayank Agarwal hits Test double hundred in only his 8th innings

    first_imgMayank Agarwal hit his maiden double hundred in Test cricket as India continued to dominate South Africa in the first Test of the 3-match series in Vizag on Thursday. Agarwal made his debut in Australia last year and made an immediate impact Down Under.After a solitary half-century on the tour of West Indies, Mayank Agarwal walked in to open with Rohit Sharma and the pair became only the third in Indian cricket history to add 300 for the opening wicket of a Test innings.After Rohit Sharma fell for 176, Mayank Agarwal stayed strong and became the 23rd Indian to score a double century in Test cricket.Mayank Agarwal had played his first Test in Australia at the MCG and began his career with a gutsy 76 and a fluent 42 as India won by 137 runs.Agarwal followed those scores up with another fine 77 in the next in Sydney before scores of 5, 16, 55 and 4 in the 2-Test series against the West Indies.Playing his first Test in India, Mayank Agarwal gave a good account of himself. He first added a record 317 for the opening wicket with Rohit Sharma before he saw Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli depart for scores of 6 and 17 respectively.Only 2 other Indians in the current Test set-up have scored double hundreds: Pujara and Kohli. Mayank Agarwal joined the list in only his 8th innings in Test cricket.In fact, after Virat Kohli’s twin double centuries against Sri Lanka in 2017, Mayank Agaral became the first Indian batsman to achieve the feat.Mayank Agarwal’s opening partner Rohit Sharma missed out on the landmark after getting out 24 short of his maiden double hundred but Agarwal carried on and made sure he added to the woes of the South Africa bowlers.advertisementOn Day 1, Mayank Agarwal was made to work hard in the first hour when South Africa new-ball bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander were making use of the slightly overcast conditions. He survived a scare when a thick edge off his blade flew through the vacant region in the slip cordon but looked completely assured and in control thereafter to set the base for a masterclass.Also Read | Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal break Gautam Gambhir-Virender Sehwag opening record vs South AfricaAlso Read | India vs South Africa: Mayank Agarwal hits maiden Test hundredAlso see:last_img read more