IND VS SA, 3rd Test, Day 2: Bad light ends 2nd day early after Proteas lose openers

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Summary

Bad light yet again forced an early end to another day of Indian dominance as South Africa lost both their openers Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock after India ended their first innings on 497 for 9.

Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane were the stars for the hosts as the former became the first batsman to score a maiden Test double century after scoring double hundreds in ODIs, while the latter broke his three-year jinx to register a century at home. The fourth-wicket duo rescued India in style last afternoon by attacking the spinners, George Linde and Dane Piedt, and adding 134 runs in 29 overs. It was much of the same on the second morning as India piled 133 runs in the first 27 overs of Day 2.

Rahane notched his 11th Test century and his first at home since 2016. The middle-order batsman was in complete control during his 192-ball stay in the middle, managing 17 boundaries and one maximum. This was also the first time in 12 years that two batsman from Mumbai had scored centuries in the same Test match, since Sachin Tendulkar and Wasim Jaffer scored tons against Bangladesh in 2007.

The 31-year-old has eight centuries for India whilst batting at No5, which is two more than what Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman managed batting at the same position.