- South Africa scored 101 from two at the end of the third day’s game.
- South Africa is now just 111 runs from the target
- The Indian team was only able to score 198 runs in the second inning.
In the decisive third test, South Africa scored 101 of two at the end of the third day’s game and is now 111 runs from the target. The Indian team, which scored 223 runs in its first inning, could only handle 198 runs in the second inning. Despite Rishabh Pant’s unbeaten century in dire conditions, India, running defensively, set a target of 212 runs against South Africa, taking precious ground from Dean Elgar at the last minute to keep their slim hopes of the match alive.
India will now look to dominate the morning session on day four on fast terrain, but the biggest obstacle will be Keegan Pietersen, who hit fluently after putting one foot on the crease. He is currently playing in 48 races. He shared a 78-run partnership with Elgar (30) for second wicket. South Africa didn’t have a big target, but Aiden Markram (16) didn’t look comfortable at any point. He played a loose shot for Shami’s second straight ball and caught KL Rahul on the third slip. Jasprit Bumrah had Pant catch Elgar in the last over of the day, but India had to turn to DRS for this.
Earlier in the morning, India started playing at 57 for two, but lost the wickets to Cheteshwar Pujara (9) and Ajinkya Rahane (1) in 10 minutes. After this, Kohli did not allow India to suffer any further setbacks in the first session with Pant by creating an epitome of restraint and perseverance. However, Kohli was unable to maintain his concentration in the second session and eventually lost his wicket after playing a loose shot. Ngidi’s ball went too far off the stump, but Kohli tried to propel it and on the second slip, Markram converted it very well into a catch. Kohli today added 15 runs to his score yesterday. Pant received no support from the other end after this.
After Kohli returned to the ward, Ashwin (7) got a life preserver but was unable to take advantage of it and became Ngidi’s next victim. Shardul Thakur (5) also disappointed and was caught behind the wicket on Ngidi’s outgoing ball. Umesh Yadav (0) did the same against a ball from Rabada. In such a situation, Pant kept more strikes with him and meanwhile also got two lives. When Shami (0) was also sacked, Pant completed his fourth test century with a breakaway from Jenson. He is the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a century in South Africa. After completing the hundred of him, Bumrah (2) returned to the pavilion as the last wicket.
While Pant silenced the critics, Rahane and Pujara failed again. Pujara tried to play Jenson’s upward ball on the side of the leg, but Keegan Pietersen caught him wonderfully on the leg slide. Following this, Rabada’s rising ball kissed Rahane’s glove and hit goalkeeper Kyle Wren’s glove in the air and Dean Elgar completed the rest of the job. Let us tell you that South Africa had scored 210 runs in the first innings. The three-game series is currently tied 1-1.