Rohit Sharma brought up his fourth Test hundred against South Africa to drive Indian to a safe position of 202 without any loss of wicket on Day 1 in Vizhag.
The 32-year-old Indian opener made a blitzkrieg against the South African pace attack to post a defensive score before rain washed out the final session. Rohit got a need support from the other end by Mayank Agarwal, who also on the verge of a century with an unbeaten 84. With this scintillating knock, Mayank supassed his own highest score (77).
Rohit ton includes five sixes and 12 fours to reach 115 before bad light forced the umpires to take an early Tea break. Soon after the players went off the field, persistent rain forced the officials to abandon the remainder of day's play. Both Rohit and Mayank showed aggressive intent by taking on the South African bowlers, especially spinners.Both had a few anxious moments early on as Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander troubled them with the new ball. But later, when the ball lost its shine, the duo found form and timing and looked agressive against spinners.
Earlier, India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat in the series opener.
For South Africa, Kagiso Rabada made a spectacular performance by keeping five maiden overs out of the 13 he bowled on Day 1. Rain can play spoilsport in the remainder of the first Test as heavy rain is predicted for the next four days in Vizag. Bad light and overcast weather forced umpires to take tea break before the scheduled time.