Anrich Nortje hits Mayank Agarwal: The Indian opening batsman gave a fitting response to the debutant South African fast bowler.
During the first day of the second Test of the ongoing South Africa’s tour of India in Pune, South Africa fast bowler Anrich Nortje hit India opening batsman Mayank Agarwal in the helmet with a brutal bouncer in only his second over.
It all happened on the fourth delivery of the 11th over when Agarwal was found wanting against Nortje’s short delivery. While Agarwal had judged the short delivery but was a tad late to duck under the same. After receiving a blow, Agarwal received brief medical attention before resuming batting.
Having gained four leg byes, Agarwal followed it with another boundary on the following delivery. In what was a full-length delivery outside the off-stump, the right-hand batsman leaned forward to drive it through the cover region for his third boundary.
Opening the batting with Rohit Sharma (14), Agarwal (34 not out) has stitched a 42-run partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara (19 not out) at lunch. The duo has aided India in scoring 77/1 in 25 overs in the first session.
It was India captain Virat Kohli who won the toss and chose to bat for the second time in the series. India rested batsman Hanuma Vihari to play an extra fast bowler in Umesh Yadav.
On the other hand, the Proteas included debutant fast bowler Nortje in place of spinner Dane Piedt.
Anrich Nortje hits Mayank Agarwal
— Jatin hasija (@j_hasija) October 10, 2019
How Twitter reacted:
On a morning where the ball was doing a fair bit, it was still India’s session. And South Africa will be disappointed by what the scoreboard is saying.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 10, 2019
At MCA Stadium at Gahunje, Pune
1st day at LUNCH
– in 2017: Aus 84/1 in 33 overs (Warner on 20 was bowled off a no-ball from Jayant Yadav)
– in 2019: Ind 77/1 in 25 overs (Rabada 4 no-balls!)#IndvSA #IndvsSA
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 10, 2019
🍛 Lunch time!
Agarwal and Pujara bring up the fifty partnership after Rohit’s wicket. India look strong on 77/1 after 25 overs.
— ICC (@ICC) October 10, 2019
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