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Agarwal, Kohli put India on top on Day 1 in Pune

Kagiso Rabada showed glimpses of returning to his best form although the Indian batsmen were again in dominant form on the opening day of the second Freedom Series Test match against the Proteas at Pune on Thursday.

They were led by Mayank Agarwal who made his second century of the series (108 off 195 balls, 16 fours and 2 sixes) and who crucially shared a stand of 138 for the second wicket with Cheteshwar Pujara (58 off 112 balls, 9 fours and a six) before Virat Kohli (63 not out off 105 balls, 10 fours) put the finishing touches with an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 75 with Ajinkya Rahane.

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Shami rips heart out of Proteas batting to set up series lead

Mohammed Shami produced a brilliant spell of reverse swing bowling to strike the mortal blows that earned India victory by 203 runs with more than a session to spare in the opening Test match of the Freedom Series against the Proteas at Visakhapatnam on Sunday. He dismissed Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock – the latter two in the space of three balls – who were all bowled.

With Ravi Ashwin getting rid of Theunis de Bruyn and Ravindra Jadeja then taking a brilliant one-handed return catch to dismiss Aiden Markram, the writing was on the wall at 70/6 in the 27th over.

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Elgar, De Kock score maiden Test tons in India on dominant Proteas day

Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock both scored their maiden Test centuries against India as the Proteas fought back impressively on the third day of the first Test match at Vizakhapatnam on Friday.

The fact that they both did it on the sub-continent represented an important turning point for this relatively inexperienced batting line-up as they head into an important summer that also includes a home Test series against England.

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Agarwal, Ashwin put India on top in First Test

India continued their dominance on day two of the first Test match against the Standard Bank Proteas at Visakhapatnam on Thursday as a double century on debut from Mayank Agarwal set them up for a total in excess of 500 before the spin duo of Ravi Ashwin and Ravendra Jadeja took three South African wickets before the close.

The Proteas closed on 39/3 – one of those wickets being that of night watchman Dane Piedt – to face a deficit of 463 runs going into day three after India had declared on 502/7.

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Sri Lanka cruise to historic 2-0 series victory in South Africa

Kusal Fernando and Oshada Fernando shared the first century partnership of the entire Test Series to enable Sri Lanka to inflict a chastening 8-wicket victory on South Africa at St. George’s Park on Saturday.

In all their third-wicket partnership was worth 163 as Sri Lanka coasted to victory in the morning session on the third day as slightly less than 30 overs were required to score the remaining 137 runs needed for victory with 73 runs being scored in the first hour and the remaining 64 in a slightly extended second hour.

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