Johannesburg. Aiden Markram (4) lost his wicket to Mohammad Shami at the team score of 5, and South Africa got off to a terrible start. When the play called off, South Africa were 17/1 in pursuit of 241 on the third day of the third test match at Johannesburg.
Dean Elgar was tested on the short ball by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, but due to uneven bounce, he took a nasty blow on the helmet. After observing the poor pitch behaviour and weather conditions, match officials called off the play early.
This took a quite long discussion with both coaches and captains. The pitch is still under questions for its awkward behaviour.
When the play called off, Dean Elgar (11) and Hashim Amla (2) were on the crease. Both the batsmen were looking quite in the struggle against the Indian seamers.
Earlier India showed a good spirit in batting and gave South Africa a 241 run target after the second inning of the third test match here at Wanderers. Murli Vijay and Virat Kohli leads India ahead and tried to add runs on the scoreboard. But, at the stroke of lunch, Rabada sent Murli Vijay (25) back to the pavilion.
After Lunch Virat Kohli (41) and Ajinkya Rahane (48) showed good class. They scored runs and extended India’s lead. Meanwhile, Rabada again struck and sent Kohli back to the dressing room. The failure in the first inning of Hardik Pandya (4), continued in the second inning as well.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (33) put a strong partnership of 55-runs with Ajinkya Rahane, but post tea India lost Ajinkya Rahane as well when Morkel took his wicket. However, Mohammad Shami (27) also played a crucial knock at the end. With all these small but valuable contributions, India managed to set a defendable target of 241 against the host.
For South Africa, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada took three wickets each in the second inning. Lungi Ngidi the man of the match of the Centurion test, could get a single wicket only.
India (First Inning): 187/10 (76.4 overs)
South Africa (First Inning): 194/10 (65.5 overs), led by 7 runs
India (Second Inning): 247/10 (80.1 overs), led by 240 runs
South Africa (Second Inning): 17/1 (8.3 overs), need 224 runs more to win