India v/s South Africa 4th Test: Ajinkya Rahane joins record books with twin centuries on tough pitch

Ajinkya Rahane remained unbeaten on 100, as India set South Africa a massive target of 481 to win the fourth and final Test at the Ferozshah Kotla in Delhi on Sunday. At lunch, South Africa were 5/1, losing Dean Elgar to the spin of R Ashwin.

Ajinkya Rahane

Rahane scored his second century of the match, having raised a series-high 154-run partnership with skipper Virat Kohli who fell for 88 earlier in the morning.

Rahane, who had scored a very sedate 52 by stumps on Day 3, played a very different innings on Sunday. He was assertive from the start and took a liking to the SA spinners. He continued to accelerate until he had entered the 90s. After this, Wriddhiman Saha played a few shots while Rahane took singles and twos to reach his landmark.

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Rahane joins a very select list of Indian batsmen who have scored centuries in both innings of a Test match. Sunil Gavaskar has done it thrice and been the only one to get a double hundred (220) in the process, against West Indies at Port of Spain in 1971. The others are Rahul Dravid (twice), Vijay Hazare and Virat Kohli.

Wriddhiman Saha was unbeaten on 23 when India declared 30 minutes before the lunch break.

Morne Morkel was the pick of the South African bowlers, claiming 3-51. South Africa folded for 121 in the first innings and have not scored more than 185 in the spinner-dominated series.

India have already taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match series.

(With Reuters inputs)