Mayank Agarwal scored a 2nd succeeding Test hundred while Virat Kohli and also Cheteshwar Pujara struck gritty half-centuries as India controlled the initial day of the 2nd Test against South Africa in Pune on Wednesday.At stumps, Virat Kohli was unbeaten on 63 with Ajinkya Rahane(18 not out )for company with India on 273 for 3. Negative lights required very early stumps yet India must enjoy with their day.After opting to bat, Rohit Sharma, that had actually scored twin hundreds

in his very first Examination as an opener in Vizag recently, was up to Kagiso Rabada for 14. That will be Stumps on Day 1 in Pune. #TeamIndia 273/3. Kohli 63 *, Rahane 18 *

. Join us for Day 2 tomorrow #INDvSA @Paytm pic.twitter.com/78HYVJAD2g!.?.!BCCI(@BCCI)Mayank Agarwal and also Cheteshwar Pujara then combined to add 138 for the second arch in a collaboration that undoubtedly discouraged South Africa. Agarwal later on acknowledged it was not a very easy pitch to bat on with the rainfall that came before the Examination match.However, both Agarwal and also Pujara were gutsy. They were identified to grind it out and also it paid returns. Vernon Philander and also Kagiso Rabada

were limited with their lines as well as lenghts but the Indian duo out in the middle were resolute.Pujara had actually stopped working in the first innings in Vizag but his 81 in the 2nd innings was crucial in a big win for India. On Thursday, Pujara was back to doing what he

does finest-he took his time to take the side off the South African speed strike prior to grabbing rate to score his second half-century of the series.Minutes prior to tea, Rabada created another dazzling shipment to have actually Pujara captured by Faf du Plessis at slips. Virat Kohli was watcful to begin with and also was very cautious after tea yet Mayank Agarwal hit Keshav Maharah for 2 sixes to move from 87 to 99 in fast time.A thick edge off Philander went to the border and also Mayank Agarwal elevated his bat to commemorate his 2nd numerous the series. Rabada struck for the 3rd time in the day to get rid of the opener. At 198 for 3, with Kohli still looking

to assert his authority and brand-new batsman Ajinkya Rahane in, South Africa were considering a fightback.However, things did not go according to prepare for South Africa. Kohli and Rahane, the captain as well as vice-captain, continued to grind the Proteas into dirt. Towards completion of the day, Kohli opened and also struck some swiftly timed limits to bring up his first fifty of the series.Rahane, on the other hand, mored than happy to play 2nd fiddle. He had an excellent collection in the West Indies but has struggled for runs otherwise. It was very important for him to dig in with Kohli as India had actually dropped Hanuma Vihari to accomodate an extra pacer in Umesh Yadav.On the 2nd day, Virat Kohli would be seeking to reach his 26th Examination hundred and also first of 2019. If he starts in addition to Rahane and also the lower order, India must have the ability to touch the 450 plus score they desired on the MCA Stadium pitch.