Mayank Agarwal Hits Maiden Double-Century In Test Cricket

Updated: 03 October 2019 15:00 IST

Mayank Agarwal notched up his maiden Test double-century off 358 deliveries during Day 2 of the first Test between India and South Africa at Vizag.

Mayank Agarwal Hits Maiden Double-Century In Test Cricket
Mayank Agarwal scored his double century in Vizag Test. © AFP

Mayank Agarwal scored his maiden Test double-century on Day 2 of the 1st Test between India and South Africa in Vizag, reaching the landmark off 358 deliveries. Mayank Agarwal scored his first double-century while featuring in his fifth Test. His 358-ball knock was laced with 22 boundaries and 5 hits over the fence. Agarwal joined Karun Nair, Vinod Kambli and Dilip Sardesai who converted their maiden century into a double-century. He had also stitched together a 317-run opening wicket stand with Rohit Sharma to put India on a dominating position. Mayank Agarwal had accumulated 275 runs from his previous four Test appearances at an average of 39.28.

Playing only his fifth Test match, Mayank Agarwal bettered his previous best knock of 77 that he scored against Australia in Sydney. Agarwal had scored 76 and 42 in successive innings of the other Test he played in Australia. However, in the recent two-Test series, Agarwal managed scores of 5, 16, 55 and 4 in four innings.

Earlier, Agarwal became the 86th player to score a century in the longest format for India.

Agarwal's 317 runs opening wicket stand with Rohit Sharma also broke an 11-year-old record as they went past former India batsmen Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid's partnership of 268 runs against South Africa.

Agarwal was dismissed for 215 runs while getting tempted to hit a juicy full toss from Dean Elgar only to find Dane Piedt at deep mid-wicket. 

At Tea on Day 2, India were at 450/5 with Ravindra Jadeja (6 not out) and Hanuma Vihari (8 not out) at crease.

Highlights
  • Mayank Agarwal notched up his maiden Test double-century off 358 balls
  • Agarwal became the 86th player to score a century in Tests
  • Agarwal bettered his previous best knock of 77
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