The experienced southpaw of Proteas Dean Elgar gave a smashing reply to Rohit Sharma’s hundred in the first innings of ongoing Test opener as he notched up to his 12th Test century on Friday. The 32-year-old brilliant Proteas’ cricketer forced all the spectators of ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam to rise from their seats and gave a big round of applause to the amazing batsman. Elgar scored a much-needed century in just few hours of the starting of Proteas innings on third day. With his unforgettable hundred, Elgar has become the first Proteas opener to register a Test century in India since Hashim Amla in 2010.
Chasing a monumental target of 503 runs in the first innings, Dean Elgar scored an astonishing century against the blues. While his opening partner Aiden Markram didn’t score well for his team. The 25-year-old young African cricketer lost his crucial wicket to classic Indian pacer Ravichandran Ashwin after scoring just five runs off 21 balls. However, Elgar kept pedaling for his team and comfortably reached the three-figure mark in the ongoing game. As long as Elgar is batting for Proteas it seems like the visitors could give a tough competition to the hosts at their own den.
Earlier in the second day of the ongoing Test opener, star skipper Virat Kohli declared India’s first innings against South Africa at a 502-run stand with the loss of seven wickets. However, captain Kohli didn’t match the expectation of his fans in the opening Test battle but his explosive openers Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal broke all records for his team.
When on one side, Hitman Sharma scored 176 runs off 244 balls before losing his wicket to star opponent pacer Keshav Maharaj, majestic Mayank on the other, trailed by 215 runs off 371 balls before walking back to the pavilion in 119.4 over of India’s innings. Both the incredible openers constructed a magnificent 317-run for the first wicket. After the openers, all the middle-order players including Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane contributed few more runs to drive India to a 500-run benchmark.
Currently, on the day third of the ongoing Test series, South Africa’s Elgar is batting with Quinton de Kock and the duo is aiming to construct a path-breaking partnership against the Indians.