Burns rebuffed the tourists for six and a half hours and faced balls or his unbeatenan old-fashioned opener's innings boasting the flinty resolve England have been crying out for since Sir Alastair Cook's retirement almost a year ago. Australia allowed him one obvious reprieve, failing to refer an lbw shout that would have ended his stay at 21, but nothing should detract from the deep reserves character he leaned on to see his side to for four - just 17 behind.
India sealed a comfortable victory with many positive performances from individuals within the team.
Despite the entire ground being covered, any chance of a restart was not possible due to bad light. An early Tea was taken but it's raining, raining pretty heavily at the moment in Visakhapatnam.
The groundstaff are preparing to get the pitch covered. The floodlight is on. South Africa will be relieved. They will get a bit more time to reset and comeback with a better plan. It's been a Rohit-Mayank show so far in Vizag. Play has been delayed in Visakhapatnam due to rain!
The ground remains to be under covers. The umpires had a long discussion as it turned overcast in Vizag.
The floodlights were on too but that seemed insufficient. The first two sessions have completely belonged to India as South Africa have failed to get a breakthrough. The ball flew off Rohit's blade as he tries to cut it and it goes past Markram to the boundary.
Rohit is racing ahead here. South Africa's bowling attack looks flat.
With this Rohit Sharma becomes only the fourth Indian player to hit hundred in his maiden innings as a Test opener. Not just this, he is now the only India to hit hundred in his first outing as an opener in all the three formats in international cricket. Rohit Sharma plays spin quite comfortably at home.
This time he comes down the track and muscles it over the deep mid-wicket for a maximum. Rohit Sharma moves into 90s now. There is spin from the other end as well. Mayank Agarwal starts the over with a boundary down the ground and then smashes another one towards the square leg.
Terrific from the India opener.
Umpires call for drinks and the players must be needing them given the huimd conditions in Vizag. The openers have helped India wrest control in the game as South Africa bolwers look clueless against them.
There isn't much for the spinners as there is no turn on the pitch. Short from Rabada and Rohit Sharma pulls it away to the mid-wicket. Rohit's partner Mayank, who is in his 50s now, has become the 7th Indian to score plus in both his maiden home and away Test innings.
|Cricket World Cup semi||India's performance was better than ever before. Australia fought hard but they did feel a notch lower than their opponents.|
Can he score a hundred on his debut as Test opener? It was short and Rohit cuts it through the point region for another boundary. South Africa have given off a good start here. It was a great first spell from Philander and Rabada that made Indian openers struggle. However, post that there has not much happened on the bowling front.
The bowlers now have to try some yorkers or go for bouncers as Mayank and Rohit have settled quite well.
That is fourth six of the innings and 2nd from Mayank's bat. Flighted delivery and the opener muscles it over extra-cover for half-a-dozen. That brings his fourth Test half-century. Meanwhile, South Africa badly in need of a wicket.
For the first time since the Afghanistan Test in , Indian openers have built a century stand, that is after 24 innings. The two looked in no hurry to get to that mark and waited for three overs to cross the run mark. It has not been a good season for openers around the world but Rohit Sharma is having a good time in his first outing as an opener.
Mayank and Rohit are just one run away from a century stand. Great start for India. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli is all padded up in the dressing room.
It was also his 11th fifty of his Test career. Rohit Sharma has established himself as a successful opener in the ODIs and thus ahead of the 1st Test, there was quite some brouhaha over Rohit's new role in the longest format of the game as this was a crucial opportunity for the year-old in order to resurrect his Test career.
Rohit Sharma hits the boundary on the 2nd delivery after Lunch. It was short and outside off and Rohit cuts it through the cover region for four AM IST: It was less of technique, more of application. He knew he had to go through the opening spell of Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander who I thought bowled really well.
They didn't give away anything to the Indian openers. The way he used his experience was great to see. He left a lot of balls, played with a lot of patience.
He averages He has scored runs and counting with 9 plus scores. Hasn't he begun his life as opener well? The India openers were put under some pressure by Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander but as Sunil Gavaskar always says, both the openers gave the first hour to the new-ball bowlers.
However, after seeing off the threat, both Rohit and Mayank came into their own. Rohit Sharma got his 1st fifty as a Test opener, his 11th overall. Solid knock. Rohit got a deserved standing ovation from the dressing room. Coach Ravi Shastri seemed excited with the recently-promoted opener's effort.
That's Lunch on Day 1 of the 1st Test.
Top class innings from the India batsman who was promoted to open in Tests.