SA v Ind 3rd Test Day 3: South Africa edge ahead in a close contest
South Africa are on the edge of scripting a wonderful come from behind series win over India as the third day's play of the third and final Test ended tantalisingly.
On Thursday, India were bowled out for 198 and with a 13 run lead, the target for South Africa was 212. When stumps were drawn South Africa were at 101 for two, needing 111 more runs for a series clinching win.
Earlier, India began at their overnight 57 for two, they lost their overnight batter Cheteshwar Pujara off the second ball of the day. Then Ajinkya Rahane was dismissed off a snorter by Kagiso Rabada.
Then India captain Virat Kohli joined forces with Rishabh Pant to add 94 for fifth wicket. But after Kohli fell for 29, the other Indian batters just did not support Pant.
They fell in rapid succession. The Indian innings finally folded up for 198 in 67.3 overs. Pant remained unbeaten on 100 off 139 balls with six boundaries and four sixes. This was Pant's fourth Test hundred.
For South Africa the key wicket-takers were Marco Jansen (4-36), Kagiso Rabada (3-53) and Lungi Ngidi (3-21).
Set to chase 212, South Africa began well, but soon lost opener Aiden Markram for 16 off Mohammed Shami.
Then there was a 78 run second wicket stand between South Africa captain Dean Elgar and Keegan Petersen. Elgar finally fell for 30 off what turned out to be the last ball of the day off Jasprit Bumrah off a leg-side catch. Before this there was enough drama as Elgar survived two close calls and a leg-before which was given out on the field. But the moment Elgar reviewed it, the replays went in his favour. There was much drama around it, but when play ended it appeared like India had managed to sneak in a bit.
South Africa finished on 101 for two in 29.4 overs.
India 1st Innings: 223 (77.3)
South Africa 2nd Innings: 210 (76.3)
India 2nd Innings: 198 (67.3)
Fall of wickets: 3-57 (Cheteshwar Pujara-17.2 ov), 4-58 (Ajinkya Rahane-18.6 ov), 5-152 (Virat Kohli-48.2 ov), 6-162 (Ravichandran Ashwin-52.3 ov), 7-170 (Shardul Thakur-56.1 ov), 8-180 (Umesh Yadav-58.5 ov), 9-189 (Mohammed Shami-63.6 ov), 10-198 (Jasprit Bumrah-67.3 ov)
South Africa 2nd Innings: 101-2 (29.4)
Fall of wickets: 1-23 (Aiden Markram-7.3 ov), 2-101 (Dean Elgar-29.4 ov)
End of Day 3: South Africa needs 111 more runs
South Africa: Dean Elgar (captain), Aiden Markram, Keegan Petersen, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne (wicket-keeper), Marco Jansen, Temba Bavuma, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Duanne Olivier, Lungi Ngidi
India: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav
Toss: India, elected to bat
Venue: Newlands, Capetown
Start time: 1030 am SA time
Match officials: Adrian Holdstock, Marais Erasmus (On-field umpires); Allahudien Paleker (TV Umpire); Bongani Jele (Reserve Umpire); Andy Pycroft (Match-referee
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