Driven by Rohit Sharma's second successive century and overall fifth in Tests, India declared their second innings in the first Test in Visakhapatnam at 323/4, setting South Africa a target of 395. South Africa ended the fourth day at 11/1 in nine overs, with Ravindra Jadeja taking the sole wicket. India slammed record 27 sixes in the Test.
Rohit Sharma today became the first Indian opener to smash two hundreds in a Test since Sunil Gavaskar in 1978/79. The 32-year-old reached the three-figure mark off 133 deliveries in second innings of the first Test against South Africa, after scoring 176(244) in the first. Overall, Rohit is the sixth Indian to hit hundred in each innings of a Test.
Rohit Sharma has also set the world record for hitting most sixes in a Test. He achieved this feat after smashing 13 sixes in the first Test against South Africa. The 32-year-old, who slammed six sixes in the first innings and seven in the second, broke the record held by ex-Pakistan captain Wasim Akram, who hit 12 sixes against Zimbabwe in 1996.
He achieved another feat by becoming the first batsman to score centuries as a first-time opener. He also became the first test batsman to got out as stumped in both innings. India needs nine wickets to win the first test of this three-match series. They are well in the hunt with Dean Elgar back to the pavilion.