India revenge would heal Proteas' scars - Elgar

17 January, 2018, 02:03 | Author: Laura Christensen
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Kohli led India's fightback with a brilliant 153 but the visitors were bowled out for 307, handing South Africa a vital lead of 28 runs on day 3 of the Centurion Test.

After setting India a record target of 287 on a hard pitch, the Proteas got three scalps in the final session with debutant Lungi Ngidi bagging two and Kagiso Rabada taking the other one.

In 5.1 overs, India went from not wanting to take the field because of an outfield they felt was killing the swing to wanting to stay on the field as the umpires took off the players because now the ball was swinging around.

This was Kohli's second Test hundred in South Africa. South Africa have got India's main man, but such is the spirit he's instilled in his squad and the desire with which he wants them all to play, that they'll still believe an historic outcome is possible. South Africa were bowled out for 258 in their second innings, setting India a target of 287.

However, Quinton de Kock's innings was the most freakish.

Parthiv Patel was then elevated in the batting order who along with Cheteshwar Pujara weathered the bowling attack as India ended the day on 35/3. The openers had once again failed to see off the opening spell from the South African quicks - KL Rahul wafted at a rather innocuous outside off delivery from Ngidi to gift his wicket away, while Murali Vijay was undone by the one that kept low.


Their attritional approach was in response to a burst of three wickets in the first session of the day from Shami (4-49) that threatened to leave the game wide open. One ball has got your name on it and you have to be quite cautious because of the unknown.

The pacer was all praises for AB de Villiers as well, who spearheaded the Proteas' game with an unbeaten half-century. Not Kohli though! He can clobber the short ball and hit both good and bad balls! Two overs after that, de Kock was caught behind for 12. Unfortunately De Villiers made a mistake with the first ball of the 42 over and he was caught behind the wicket by Patel. It was nearly a regulation first slip, and the wicketkeeper should have gone for the catch with his big gloves on.

Keshav Maharaj did not last very long before falling to another excellent delivery from Ishant just before tea. "Us giving them that kind of treatment and beating them here in South Africa is definitely going to be satisfying for us", Dean Elgar said. It was also du Plessis' 3000th-run in Test cricket. The South African captain eventually fell for 48. Kohli and Ashwin (38) put on 71 for the seventh wicket before the second new ball hastened the end of the innings.

Shami with 4 and Jasprit Bumrah with 3 were the pick of India's bowlers.

As it turned out, it would be nothing compared to the frustrations that India would have felt after their batting stint.

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