SA vs IND, 3rd Test, Day 3: South Africa in strong position for series win, Petersen approaching fifty | Cricket News

 SA vs IND, 3rd Test, Day 3: South Africa in strong position for series win, Petersen approaching fifty | Cricket News

Rishabh Pant was undaunted without being careless during a brilliant hundred in the most adverse conditions, but South Africa was on course for a memorable series win against India on a day when visiting skipper Virat Kohli was left furious over a controversial DRS decision in the third and final test. Pant’s (100 not out of 139 balls) fourth Test hundred made up more than 50 per cent of India’s sloppy second innings total of 198 with Kohli’s 29 out of 143 balls as the second-highest individual score.

With an easy target of 212 to chase, South Africa was 101 for 2 at stumps when their tenacious skipper Dean Elgar (30) finally tickled the side of the leg giving India some breathing room to take the fourth and probably the last day of the series.

With 111 runs to go, the game is expected to finish early on Friday, but for now, Proteas is looking far ahead.

With eight batters failing to even reach double digits, no amount of excuses would be enough for India as they analyze the underpowered show, along with the new team management’s decision to get out of shape over-the-hill. of seniors, which only exacerbated problems. It’s up to the bowlers now.

This was the first Test game in 145-year history to catch all 20 batters from one team.

Controversial DRS and Kohli lose cool

It was in the 21st over that R Ashwin flew one that got straight enough after the throw as Elgar was defeated trying to play a forward defensive strike. Straight umpire Marais Erasmus gave it a leg earlier but Elgar went for DRS, which surprisingly judged that the ball would miss the leg stump.

It seemed more like a howl and more of a technicality than a referee, which made the Indian team very angry.

Funnily enough, after seeing that he had been beaten, Elgar had started running before coming back. An angry Kohli kicked the floor in disgust, then used the stump mic to good effect.

One of the players (unconfirmed) even said: “The whole country is against 11 players.” Another jumped in and said “broadcasters are here to make money guys”.

For a while the bowlers lost focus before getting Elgar at the end of the day.

All About Rishabh Pants:

The day was for Pant as he scored a hundred which was as good as you would ever see and what stood out was his impeccable shot selection. He was aggressive without being reckless and fearless without being careless.

There was a rasping square cut off from a rising square of Kagiso Rabada (3/53). There was Duanne Olivier’s daring run down the track and those long distance six from Keshav Maharaj passed by just before lunch.

These were all shots associated with the dashing goalkeeper batter, but what was exemplary was his use of discretion as to what kind of deliveries he would attack.

In between defending the good balls, he knocked Maharaj out of the attack with a one-handed slog sweep and a long-range six. When Olivier fell one short of his pace, it was drawn for six as he hit a total of six fours and four sixes.

Kohli’s presence on a 94 run score certainly helped and he had that leading light in the middle to do his job.

After Pant disrupted the line and length of the Proteas pace unit, Elgar opened up the field allowing them to turn the charge, but once Kohli perished outside the off-stump, it was only Pant who had to take the burden.

The other highlight was his tail strike, where he singled from the fourth or fifth pitch, shielding numbers 9, 10 and 11 as much as possible.

If Pant’s lesson from his mistake was a good aspect, it can’t be said about Cheteshwar Pujara (9) and Ajinkya Rahane (1), who seriously jeopardized their careers.

Pujara was again short on leg room and the glove itch was brilliantly taken care of by Keegan Petersen as the leg slipped, diving to the right and snapping it inches off the ground.


In Rahane’s case, Rabada threw a great throw that kicked from length and took his gloves and Dean Elgar caught him on the first slip after keeper Kyle Verreynne managed to tip him up with his gloves.

As of now, the two have played their last Test for India.

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