New Delhi: Ajinkya Rahane once again proved his mettle as he was the only Indian batsmen along with skipper Virat Kohli (44) to show resistance against the South African bowlers on the first day of the fourth Test match being played at Ferozeshah Kotla ground, here on Thursday. Rahane went on to score an unbeaten 89 which helped India reach 231 for 7 on Day one.
Rahane's innings included nine boundaries and two sixes. R Ashwin, who came to give company to Rahane after the fall of Ravindra Jadeja (24), was batting on 6 when the play was called off a bit early due to bad light.
For South Africa spinner Dane Piedt (4/101 in 34 overs), playing his first Test of the series, and pacer Kyle Abott (3/23 in 17 overs), were the main wicket takers.
Meanwhile, Rahane kept his cool even as India’s top order once again failed, with Rohit Sharma (1) being the biggest disappointment. India rallied on two significant partnerships, including the one between Kohli and Rahane (70 ) for the 4th wicket and 59 for the 7th wicket between Rahane and Ravindra Jadeja (24).