Pune: Opener Mayank Agarwal continued his rich vein of form with a solid unbeaten 86 as India comfortably reached 168/2 at Tea on the opening day of the second Test against South Africa in Pune.
Agarwal's approach against fast bowling and Cheteshwar Pujara's (58 off 112 balls) perfect technique put India in control on Day 1.
The duo added 138 runs for the second wicket with minimum fuss despite India losing Rohit Sharma's (14) wicket in the first hour itself.
The first two sessions of the match panned out similar to the way the first Test went as India, leading 1-0 in the series, looked to out-bat the Proteas on a good surface, conducive for stroke-players.
The South African bowlers hit better lengths during the first session, especially Kagiso Rabada (3/48 in 18.1 overs), who got first Test hero Rohit (14 off 35 balls).
Agarwal put on 138 runs for the second wicket with Cheteshwar Pujara, who made 58, to steady the innings after the fall of Rohit Sharma early in the day.
Rabada claimed opener Sharma, who edged the ball into the gloves of wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock for 14 in the 10th over.
He had Pujara caught by du Plessis just before tea. Pujara, who was dropped by Temba Bavuma before he scored, hit a six and nine fours.
Victory for India in the series will see them beat the record of 10 straight home series wins they share with Australia.