Ranchi: Rohit Sharma who was unstoppable from the beginning of third Test match, converted his sixth Test hundred into a maiden double hundred against Proteas bowlers here on Day 2.
He brought up his double century with a six, further a Kagiso Rabada delivery knocked him down at 212.
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Rohit, who has three double hundreds in the ODI format, batted with nonchalance to reach his second 150-plus score in the series and third overall. He was batting on 199 from 242 balls before the lunch.
The Indian opener smashed four sixes and 28 fours, and he also had luck on his side as an inside edge off Kagiso Rabada missed the stumps narrowly while he closed in on a double in the last over before the break.
India had a fruitful first session, scoring 133 runs in 27 overs at a brisk rate of 4.92, with Rohit accumulating 82 of those.
Rahane looked fluent in his 115 off 192 balls, the innings studded with 17 fours and one six.
The Mumbai duo of Rohit and Rahane spent over four hours in the middle in a record 267-run fourth-wicket partnership. The healthy run rate meant India were not affected much by Saturday’s rain interruption that forced stumps after only 58 overs.