- South Africa's bowlers were severely punished by India on day one of the first test match
- India ended the day on 202 without loss as play stopped early due to rain
- The Proteas struggled to create chances other than during the first hour when Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada troubled the Indian openers
The Proteas were on the receiving end of a battering on day one of the first test in India.
India finished the day on 202 without the loss of a wicket when rain put the South African bowlers out of their misery.
India won the toss and elected to bat first, but Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander bowled beautifully in the opening exchanges.
Both fast bowlers beat the bat a few times during the first hour, but the Indian openers found their feet against the spinners and soon started to dominate proceedings.
Rohit Sharma was recalled to the opening spot and justified his selection with a brilliant century.
After being pressurised by the pace attack, Sharma pummelled the spinners as he raced to his ton off 154 balls.
His opening partner, Mayank Agarwal, was more watchful as he finished unbeaten on 84 from 183 balls.
Briefly.co.za noted that left-arm spinner Senuran Muthusamy made his debut and only bowled five overs while conceding 23 runs.
Following the tough day, Muthusamy said: "We have plans for each batsman but credit to them, they batted really well and coped with everything we had. A few balls went in the air and there were a few edges and play and misses in the morning, but we’ll be up for it again tomorrow."
SuperSport reported on the added interest from local media in the debutante's background due to his Indian lineage.
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