Rahane credits Ashwin after first home ton

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India's Ajinkya Rahane gave credit to lower-order batsman Ravichandran Ashwin after he stroked his first Test century on home soil to put his side in a strong position after the second day of the fourth Test against South Africa in Delhi.

The 27 year-old Rahane, who already has four Test tons outside of India, shared in a stand of 98 with Ashwin (56) for the eighth wicket as the hosts were 334 all out in the second session, recovering from their overnight score on 231 for seven.

The right-handed Rahane was eventually out for 127, before India's bowlers, led by a five-wicket haul from left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, reduced the Proteas to a paltry 121 all out.

Rahane said after the day's play: "Batting with Ashwin was really important. The communication was just play normal cricket. Ashwin can bat as he has got two hundreds. (It was) important to build a partnership.

"We thought this morning their bowlers Morne [Morkel] and [Kyle] Abbott will come hard at us, so we took our time initially. Ashwin was timing (the ball) really well. Even I took my time and then decided to play my shots as well."

India have decided not to enforce the follow-on and will set the visitors a stiff target in the final innings of the match.

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