Rohit Sharma finished a century in every inning in his lady test as opener as India squeezed for triumph in the principal test against South Africa by setting the visiting side an overwhelming objective of 395 at Visakhapatnam on Saturday.
India proclaimed their subsequent innings shut on 323 for four wickets with Rohit’s 127 the champion thump among helpful commitments from the batsmen that pursued.
Looked with the troublesome undertaking of batting in the fourth innings on a moderate going wicket to spare the test, South Africa arrived at 11 for one at stumps with a day left in the match.
The visiting side, who lost 3-0 the last opportunity they came to India in 2015, have just lost first-innings centurion Dean Elgar for two to left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja after India effectively upset a leg-before choice through survey.
Constrained overs batting stalwart Rohit, who has solidified his place as an opener in the Twenty20 and 50-over arrangements, climbed to the highest point of the batting request against South Africa to restore his stop-start test profession.
The group couldn’t have requested more from the 32-year-old right-hander as his quickfire century in the subsequent innings, after his 176 in the main, supported India’s quest for speedy runs while they batted the resistance out of the condition for a success.
Rohit hit 10 fours and seven sixes in his 149-ball thump for an aggregate of 13 sixes in the test, one more than Pakistan’s Wasim Akram who had held the record for most sixes since a 1996 test against Zimbabwe.
India lost opener Mayank Agarwal early yet recouped emphatically as the second progressed wicket remain of 169 among Rohit and Cheteshwar Pujara, who made an opportunity filled 81 after his modest rejection in the primary innings.
A twofold centurion in the principal innings, Agarwal was out for seven when he edged Keshav Maharaj to slip.
There was very little karma generally for the South African bowlers as they drudged energetically on a hot and damp day unfit to change over their half-possibilities.
Pujara edged between the slip and the wicketkeeper twice in the equivalent over from quick bowler Kagiso Rabada while Rohit was gotten on the limit line yet the defender contacted the cushioning with his foot for it to be proclaimed a six.
South Africa, who battled back astoundingly from 63-4 in their first innings through hundreds of years from Elgar and Quinton de Kock on Friday, were at last hard and fast for 431 in the primary session to yield a lead of 71.
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin added two additional wickets to his medium-term five-wicket take to complete with 7-145 after South Africa had continued the day on 385 for eight.