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Drinks Break!

George Linde finishes off the final over before the drinks break. 14 overs were bowled in the first hour and 60 runs were scored by Ajinkya Rahane (101*) and Rohit Sharma (159*) in that period.
IND 284/3 after 72 overs

150 up for Rohit Sharma!

A sensational effort from the hitman. Gets to his third 150-plus score in Tests. His second of the ongoing series. Takes a comfortable single off George Linde to get to the 150-run mark.
IND 274/3

100 for Ajinkya Rahane!

An exceptional knock from the India vice-captain. First ton for Rahane on home soil since 2016. His 11th overall in Tests. Gets there in 169 balls.
IND 268/3

67.1 overs: FOUR! Too straight from Lungi Ngidi and Rohit Sharma flicks the ball fine to collect four runs. Rohit moves to 135. Both Rohit and Ajinkya Rahane now looking confident out in the middle. Seventh boundary of the morning for India.
IND 257/3

End of 66th over: FOUR! Ajinkya Rahane finishes Lungi Ngidi over with a boundary. Outside off from Ngidi and Rahane cuts the ball through the vacant point region to collect four runs. Rahane moves to 96.
250 also comes up for India!

200-run partnership!

FOUR! Rohit Sharma hits Lungi Ngidi through square-leg region to collect a boundary as 200-run partnership comes up between him and Ajinkya Rahane for the fourth wicket.
IND 241/3 after 63.4 overs.

62.4 overs: FOUR! Another excellent shot from Ajinkya Rahane. Leans forward against Kagiso Rabada’s half-volley and finds the gap. The ball races to the fence. Rahane moves into the 90’s.
IND 237/3

End of 61st over: FOUR! Rohit collects a boundary on the final ball. Full length delivery from Kagiso Rabada and Rohit times his on-drive to perfection.
IND 232/3

59.3 overs: FOUR! Lovely cover drive from Ajinkya Rahane. Over-pitched delivery outside off from Anrich Nortje. Rahane leans forward drives the ball through the gap to open the scoring for India on Day 2. Exquisite from Rahane!
IND 228/3

Tidy start from Kagiso Rabada.
A maiden! Rohit Sharma looking careful as the ball is showing signs of movement in the air and off the pitch. Anrich Nortje to share the ball with Rabada from the other end.
IND 224/3

Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane are out in the middle to resume India innings on Day 2. Kagiso Rabada will start the proceedings for South Africa. Two slips and a gully for him. Rohit to face the first ball.
Here we go!

Pitch Report, Day 2: “This pitch has played a lot better than it looks. Huge cracks and rough patches. The good areas are still intact. Looks rough and abrasive, the rains might help hold it together. If the ball keeps landing in the driving zone and the soil gets loose, then it might do something, but there are still runs to be scored before something like that happened,” said Sunil Gavaskar and Sanjay Manjrekar.

Weather looks clear at the moment. But chances of rain in the afternoon are 88 percent. Day 2 proceedings begin in 20 minutes.

Hello and welcome to the Live coverage of Day 2 of the third Test between India and South Africa in Ranchi.

DAY 1 RECAP:

Rohit Sharma continued his sensational run as a Test opener with his third hundred of the series, allowing India to regain control of the proceedings after a top-order collapse in the third and final game against South Africa. With India reduced to 39 for three, Rohit (117 batting off 164 balls) and Ajinkya Rahane (83 batting off 135) shared an unbeaten 185-run stand to stage the home team’s remarkable recovery.

India were 224 for three before bad light, followed by rain, forced an early end to play on day one with only six overs possible in the final session.

With his stellar effort, Rohit, who hammered 14 boundaries and four sixes, became the first Indian opener since Sunil Gavaskar to score more than two centuries in a Test series. Gavaskar had achieved the feat way back in 1970.

Rohit’s Test century number six came with a massive six off spinner Dane Piedt. It was a typical knock from India’s limited overs captain as he exercised caution when Kagiso Rabada was steaming in the morning before going for his strokes.

If that was not enough, Rahane matched him at the other end and brought up his 21st half-century off just 70 balls.

Piedt, who was included in place of Senuran Muthusamy, cut a sorry figure against Rohit’s fury, giving away 43 runs in his six overs.

Debutant left-arm spinner George Linde, who replaced an injured Keshav Maharaj, ended the day with tidy figures of 11-1-40-0.

Such was the Indian duo’s dominance after lunch that Rabada, who had a fiery opening spell of 7-4-15-2, looked listless in the second spell that read 4-0-30-0.

Rahane matched Sharma shot for shot and at one point even had a better strike rate than his explosive Mumbai partner as he notched up his fastest half-century in India. Sharma, however, had a testing opening session as he survived on seven after reviewing an LBW successfully. He also survived a run out chance when he was out of crease but Zubayr Hamza’s throw from point missed the stumps.

Uneven bounce with a few staying really low greeted the Indian openers in the morning as Rabada and Lungi Ngidi made full use of the conditions to give the visitors their best start of the series.

Rabada got rid of opener Mayank Agarwal (10) and Cheteshwar Pujara (0) inside the first-hour of play. The first breakthrough came in Rabada’s third over when the the pacer swung it away with Agarwal edging it to Dean Elgar at third slip. Rabada went on to dismiss Pujara for a duck in his fifth over following a successful review by the South Africans after the on-field umpire Richard Illingworth turned down an lbw appeal. But it was Nortje who earned the biggest wicket as he sent back Pune Test’s double centurion Kohli after the skipper failed to read one that came back in sharply.

Kohli took the review but only to be turned down with an umpire’s call and the skipper went back to the pavillion frustrated.

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