New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: India opener Mayank Agarwal hit his second century to power the men in blue to 273/3 at the end of gameplay on day 1 of the second Test held at MCA stadium, Pune. The play was stopped four overs early due to bad lights.
 
Mayank continued his sublime form from Vizag and scored 108 runs off 195 deliveries that included 16 boundaries and two sixes. He had earlier struck his maiden double hundred (215 runs) at Vizag in the previous Test. 
 
Chetehwar Pujara too contributed with the bat and scored his 22nd half-century before getting caught at slips. He shared a partnership of 138 runs for the second wicket. At the end of day's play, skipper Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane were batting at 63 and 18 runs respectively.
 
 
Earlier, India won the toss and chose to bat first. Rohit Sharma, who took everyone by storm after centuries in both the innings of the first Test departed at the score of 14 runs after a delivery shook and kissed the outside edge of his bat to reach into wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock's hand. 
 
Kagiso Rabada was the only Proteas bowler to pick the wickets while Nortje, Philander, Maharaj and Muthuswamy were taken away to the cleaners by the Indian batsmen on the opening day of the first test. 
 
The highlight of the day was Agarwal's approach against both pace and spin, which he tackled with ease. He hit an intentional back cut off Vernon Philander after consecutive sixes off Keshav Maharaj to reach the milestone. His inning was filled with caution and aggression, which is evident from the fact that he scored 74 runs in boundaries and the remaining 34 runs off 177 balls. Mayank passed the first hour of the match cautiously against Philander and Rabada who hit the right lengths and bowled a probing first spell.

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