IND vs SA, 3rd Test, Day 2: Rohit Nears Maiden Double Ton As India Post 357/4 At Lunch

While HITMAN Sharma is just one run away from his maiden double ton, deputy skipper Rahane fell after a brilliant innings of 115 off 192 balls

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India batters Rohit Sharma (199*) and Ajinkya Rahane's masterclass innings powered India to 357/4 at Lunch on day 2 of the third Test at Ranchi. While HITMAN Sharma is just one run away from his maiden double ton, deputy skipper Rahane fell after a brilliant innings of 115 off 192 balls.

Rohit Sharma became the fifth India batsman to score 500-plus runs in a three-match Test series. Former India hard-hitting opener Virender Sehwag was the last Indian opener to score over 500 runs in a series, which he attained vs arch-rivals Pakistan in 2005.

India were in a dominant position on Day 1 before bad light and rain forced early stumps.

The batting duo of Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane took guard for team India at 224/3 on day two of the final Test. Both Sharma and Rahane batted effortlessly and hit some good boundaries to bring the double-hundred partnership early morning.

While Rohit Sharma toyed with the Proteas bowlers by hitting some phenomenal square-cuts, vice captain Ajikya Rahane ended three-year home drought to notch up his fourth Test hundred on home soil.

Rahane's Test ton was the 7th individual ton by a batsman in a series for India - most for India in a series against South Africa.

Soon after Rahane's hundred, Rohit attained a century and a half, coursey a flurry of boundaries. Finally, George Linde got the much-needed breakthrough as he dismissed Rahane to get his first Test wicket and end the phenomenal 250-run partnership for the fourth wicket.

Skipper Faf tried his best with the new ball to get a wicket before lunch but failed to do so.