Elgar (46 batting off 121 balls) took some nasty blows off deliveries that spat off the cracks however saved his group on target at 118 for two in pursuit of a tough 240-run goal set by India within the wake of a stable century-plus partnership from the under-fire duo of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane.
Scorecard | As it happened
Shardul Thakur (1/24), who’s in the course of an awesome Take a look at match, received his eighth sufferer of the sport in an over throughout which the ball seamed, bounced and saved low from the identical spot with the final one discovering opener Aiden Markram‘s (31) pads.
Keegan Petersen (28) added 46 along with his skipper earlier than Ravichandran Ashwin (1/14) received one to float and switch getting a leg earlier than choice going his approach.
Nonetheless, like each new innings on this sport the place heavy curler has made batting simpler by ironing out the divots on the nice size spots, Elgar was able to play the ugly sport placing his physique on the road, getting hit on knuckles, chest, shoulder and even on head prompting a fast on-field concussion check.
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Whereas South Africa will that they’ve half a foot via the victory door, there was quite a few cases within the collection the place a batting collapse has modified the course of the sport.
There are two issues that will maintain India frightened going into the fourth day.
On this Take a look at, the batting circumstances have improved because the match has progressed — 202, 229, 266 — and secondly, Mohammed Siraj is much from match and bowled solely 4 out of the 40 overs despatched down until now.
The Indian group, in its thoughts, is aware of that it’s a bowler quick.
Whereas 240 as a goal is greater than first rate, India may have pushed it a bit extra had Rishabh Pant’s poor shot choice, that incurred legendary Sunil Gavaskar’s wrath within the commentary field, not occurred on the most inopportune of moments.
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Having been hit by a Kagiso Rabada bouncer, Pant charged to a different quick ball like a raging bull solely to be caught behind that prompted Gavaskar to query his sense of “accountability” urging for the “nonsense” in garb of pure sport” to cease.
But it surely was a day when India’s center order lastly got here good via combative half-centuries from Pujara and Rahane.
Pujara (53 off 86 balls) and Rahane (58 off 78 balls) gave contemporary lease of life to their respective careers with well timed knocks whereas Hanuma Vihari (40 not out) additionally performed a vital half in swelling India’s general lead as they completed their second innings at 266.
Kagiso Rabada (20-3-77-3) was inspirational within the closing half-an-hour earlier than lunch as he introduced his group again with fast dismissals.
Marco Jansen (17-4-67-3) and Lungi Ngidi (10.1-1-43-3) additionally performed their components to perfection.
The Indian middle-order, which has flattered to deceive on most events prior to now couple of years, did its job and likewise received some a lot wanted late-order assist from Shardul Thakur (28).
Pujara and Rahane, in a not often seen counter-attacking mode, added 111 runs in simply 23.2 overs, getting some respiratory area for themselves.
Having understood that point is certainly operating out for them, each the batters determined to not try to grasp round as they regarded for scoring alternatives.
The half volleys have been pushed imperiously and the width was dispatched disdainfully sq. off the wicket.
When Jansen bowled one quick, Rahane uncorked the slash over level for a six. Pujara’s 50 got here off 62 balls whereas Rahane’s half-century was accomplished in 67, signalling that they have been attempting to point out ‘intent’ and put group’s curiosity above all the things else.
They hit 18 fours and a six between them.
There was a time when India have been 155 for 2 with a lead of 128 and it appeared that South Africa’s propensity to bowl too quick or too full was proving to be damaging.
However then Rabada, South Africa’s finest exponent of quick bowling since Dale Steyn, produced an impressed present that’s so synonymous with the standard format.
Rabada discovered that splendid again of size and it landed on the crack to deviate sharply, taking Rahane’s edge into keeper Kyle Verreynne’s gloves.
Pujara then received one from Rabada within the off-stump channel to be plumb in entrance regardless of lunging far ahead.
Nonetheless, the person who disillusioned every person was Pant, who first received a snorter from Rabada that hit his helmet visor when he tried to defend awkwardly, after which he charged to transform a brief ball right into a half volley. The consequence was an edge to keeper.
It was Vihari and Shardul, who have been concerned in a 41-run stand for the seventh wicket after which had two little however enormously vital stands of 17 and 21 respectively with tailenders Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj to arrange a very good chase for the Proteas.