Virat Kohli decided to bat first and his decision was proved wise as India scored 91 runs without losing any wicket in the first day of the first test match at Visakhapatnam with South Africa.
India chooses to bat
Both the openers of Indian cricket team Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal played well scoring 50 and 39 runs respectively. Skipper Virat Kohli took the decision of batting first without any hesitation despite knowing that South Africa has a strong bowling line. Confident of taking a lead, he allowed his opening batsmen to play freely and score as much as they can.
South African bowlers troubled India
There were some anxious moments in the first half of the match with South African spinners Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander almost tied the Indian batsmen on the pitch. But then the ball was new. Indian batsmen remained defensive until they got hold of the ball.
Rohit Sharma scored 50
Rohit displayed beautiful foot movement in the second half of the match. He hit a couple of sixers on the spinning ball and scored his 50 runs. It was his 11th 50 and first as an opener.
Mayank Agarwal not-out at 39
His role was more supportive than aggressive. He let Rohit Sharma to charge while baffling the bowlers with his defensive batting style.
South African bowling
Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander together bowled 8 overs out of which 3 overs were maiden. They gave a total of 19 runs. Their economy was 2.25.