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Agarwal century helps India build platform

Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane added 75 runs in an undefeated fourth-wicket partnership as India finished at 3-273 at stumps on the first day of the second Test against South Africa.

Play ended early in Pune on Thursday with 4.5 overs still to be bowled owing to bad light. Kohli is unbeaten on 63, Rahane is 18 not out.

Opener Mayank Agarwal earlier scored his second test hundred. Following his maiden double hundred in the first test, the opener faced 195 deliveries and hit 16 fours and two sixes in his 108.

India reached lunch at 1-77 and tea on 2-168.

After that break, Agarwal hit Keshav Maharaj (0-89) for back-to-back sixes to reach the nineties and race to the milestone but he fell shortly afterward, caught at first slip off Kagiso Rabada (3-48) who was South Africa's standout bowler of the day.

The ball was nipping about under grey skies amid the threat of rain with floodlights were on for much of the final session.

Kohli and Rahane denied South Africa the chance to make further inroads as they put on 50 off 114 balls.

The pair took their time to settle in before Kohli started playing his trademark shots. He struck 10 fours during his unbeaten 105-ball stay, and brought up his 24th test half-century off 91 deliveries.

India have a 1-0 lead in the three-match series after winning the first Test in Visakhapatnam by 203 runs.

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