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De Kock and Elgar tons headline South Africa's fightback on Day 3

South Africa's Dean Elgar
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South Africa are still 117 runs behind but their tenacity has made it very tough for India to strive for a win from here, with weather expected to play a part on the remaining two days.

Match Summary Day 3 


India 502-7 [Agarwal215(371), Rohit176(244); Maharaj3/189]

South Africa 385-8 [Elgar160(287), de Kock(wk)111(163); Ashwin5/128]

South Africa trail by 117 runs

Scorecard



Temba Bavuma and Dean Elgar showed some fight to begin with but once Ishant Sharma trapped Bavuma in front of the wickets, South Africa's score read 63-4. At this point, India would have hoped to run through the Proteas.

However, out came Faf du Plessis and showed intent from the get go, sweeping Ashwin for a couple of boundaries to begin with. Du Plessis (55), along with Elgar, took the team to 178 when there was a lapse in concentration and he clipped a ball straight to leg slip.

Quinton de Kock carried on from where du Plessis had left, batting extremely positively and punishing the boundary balls. His 150+ run partnership with Elgar changed the face of the game. Elgar was finally dismissed for 160 while de Kock brought up his century at a good clip.



India were successful in getting a couple of wickets towards the close of play, led by Ravichandran Ashwin who bagged yet another 5-wicket haul.

South Africa are still 117 runs behind but their tenacity has made it very tough for India to strive for a win from here, with weather expected to play a part on the remaining two days.

India- Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami

South Africa- Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Theunis de Bruyn, Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Vernon Philander, Senuran Muthusamy, Keshav Maharaj, Dane Piedt, Kagiso Rabada

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