Dean Elgar is batting on 46. | Photo credit: AP
South Africa need 122 points to win the second test against India with six sessions remaining in the game here at the Wanderers in Johannesburg. South Africa beat India for 266 in the second set, then got off to a good start as their score stood at 118/2 at the Stumps on Wednesday.
South Africa started the hunt cautiously as skipper Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram survived a tricky phase before Tea on day three. Starting the last session of Day 3 on 34/0, Shardul Thakur gave the visitors their long-awaited breakthrough as on the last ball of the 10th, the point guard trapped a dangerous-looking Markram in front of the wickets for LBW. The opener from SA quickly scored 31 of 38.
Keegan Petersen then joined her captain on the crease and the duo continued to frustrate Indian bowlers. After trying different rhythm combinations, KL Rahul went with seasoned Ravichandran Ashwin and the spinner quickly delivered the result by knocking out Petersen. The Proteas hitter scored 28 of 44 before Ashwin trapped him past wickets in the 28th.
After that wicket Elgar was joined by Rassie van der Dussen and the couple made sure to end the day with eight wickets in the bag for the hosts. Earlier in the second session, India added 78 points after lunch to set South Africa a goal of 240. Hanuma Vihari went undefeated at 40 while Shardul Thakur played a 28-point shot. in 24 balls.
For South Africa, Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and Marco Jansen all picked three wickets to regroup India for 266. In the first session, South Africa hit back with four wickets late Wednesday morning. Resuming on day three, Pujara and Rahane added an extra 70 points to the night’s tally before Kagiso Rabada secured the breakthrough for South Africa.
Rabada took Rahane behind for 58 before trapping Pujara in front of the stumps. The right-handed bowler didn’t stop there and fired Rishabh Pant as India lost the third wicket on Wednesday.
Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane had stabilized the ship for India with their respective 50s, but Rabada pulled out the two hitters to lead the South Africa bout on Wednesday morning.
Brief Notes: India 202/10 and 266/10 (Cheteshwar Pujara 53, Rahane 58; Kagiso Rabada 3-54) vs. South Africa 229/10 and 118/2 (Dean Elgar 46 *, Aiden Markram 31; Ravichandran Ashwin 1- 14)