Third Day of India South Africa Test ends with AB de Villiers reaching his half century, leading his side ahead of India by 118 runs. The score of the day for the home team was 90 for 2 wickets, being attacked by Jasprit Bumrah. In the previous sessions, India played for 307 runs as the first inning score, still behind South Africa by 28 runs. The visitors were bolstered with Kohli’s strike of 153. The India skipper knocked his 21st Test ton pulling the team to a competitive edge.
Bumrah, India’s new bowling bet, struck early in the inning. It was only the sixth over when Aiden Markram and Hashim Amla were taken down. The bowler attacked with short balls maintaining an impressive length in the difficult and unpredictable pitch of Centurion. South Africa lost two wickets in only 3 runs, but the inning finally gained control under de Villiers. Although, R Ashwin appeared threatening unleashing his attacks on Dean Elgar, the batsman managed to remain unbeaten on 36 by the day’s end. On 29, India missed a chance to beat Elgar with a catch.
Earlier in the day, India met the same fate as that of South Africa losing 5 wickets before the 200-run mark. At the beginning of the day, the team was trailing behind by 152, while Virat Kohli emerged as the only batsman to salvage the team. He was the last player to come back from the crease partnering throughout the batting order. He added 124 runs playing with the middle and lower order. South Africa could not take down Kohli, but the other end was attacked once in a while.
With Hardik Pandya, Kohli added 77 runs. The former played with intensity against Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada. Pandya shortened India’s lag to 126 runs. There was also an addition of 25 off Ishant Sharma, but Bumrah ducked away. The stance of India’s bottom batting order gave some hope to the chase. In the inning Morne Morkel emerged as the spearhead attack of South Africa. The bowler took down four wickets.
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