Visakhapatnam: Opening batsman Mayank Agarwal hit his maiden Test century on the second day of the 1st test match against South Africa here on Thursday.
With this, Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal became the third Indian pair to put on 300 runs for the first wicket in Test cricket. Agarwal and Sharma’s opening stand is a new record against South Africa, surpassing the 218-run partnership between Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag in 2004 at Kanpur.
The 28-year-old Agarwal moved from his overnight 84 to complete his hundred with a single off spinner, Keshav Maharaj, early in the morning session.
India, who resumed on 202 for no loss after the final session of the opening day’s play was washed out, reached 240 for no wicket in 69 overs.
Captain Virat Kohli elected to bat after winning the toss at the start of the three-match series.