Sharma, Agarwal pummel Proteas with record stand before Ashwin strikes

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They will need to show all the application and patience Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma displayed during their record-breaking 317 run partnership for the first wicket. The former Pakistan pacer also said that in future when India face-off against England in a five-match Test series, Rohit could amass 1,000 runs in the rubber and will surpass Smith's run tally of 774 runs in the recently-concluded Ashes series.

Mayank Agarwal on Thursday hit his first-ever double hundred as he played a remarkable innings of 215 in the first Test match against South Africa.

India were 419 for three in 116 overs with the 28-year-old Agarwal, on 202, batting alongside Ajinkya Rahane, on 11. I don't like the waiting game.

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Agarwal did not compete with his partner in shot-making but managed to put away the bad balls, hitting 11 fours and two sixes in his assured knock to remain on course for his maiden hundred.

A sudden thunderstorm forced the umpires to call tea early, and no further play was possible after heavy rains lashed the coastal city and washed out the final session.

It was the first delivery of the eighth over when the off-spinner went through the defence of the talented South African opener.

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Earlier Rohit Sharma fell one short of his career-best 177 as he was stumped off the bowling of Keshav Maharaj for 176.

Sharma, who got to his 50 before lunch, shifted gears and went after the slow bowlers as he hammered off-spinner Danie Piedt for two successive sixes to move into the nineties.

Sharma said that he had absolutely no confusion as to how he wanted to approach the game as an opening batsman.

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Visiting pace duo of Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander beat the bat on a few occasions with the new ball and those were the only moments of discomfort that the right-handed batting pair encountered. Sharma, who resumed the day on 115, smashed the ball to all parts of the ground.

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