Skipper Dean Elgar keeps South Africa alive in the chase of 240 on day 3

A gutsy knock from Dean Elgar kept South Africa on target in a chase of 240 as the hosts finished Day 3 of the second Test in Johannesburg at 118 for 2. Elgar was associated with several significant organizations that gave the stage to South Africa in their quest for a difficult objective. The commander likewise suffered body blows late in the day however didn’t move as he stayed unbeaten on 46.

Aiden Markram fueled the beginning of South Africa’s pursuit with a purpose filled methodology, managing in standard limits. There were a couple of edges that went behind square however he likewise played breaking shots on the two sides of the wicket. Elgar was strong at the opposite end separated from an edge off Jasprit Bumrah that went past ravine. South Africa hustled to 34 for 0 in the seven overs that were bowled before Tea and Markram looked set to proceed with his positive batting as he struck a fine shot off the back foot to a shy of a length conveyance from Shardul Thakur. The bowler, be that as it may, rapped him on the cushions multiple times in the over, with the third strike prompting Markram’s excusal to end a 47-run opening stand.

Keegan Petersen got going with two or three appealing fours passing through the now and again sides off Bumrah while Elgar set aside a conveyance on his cushions from Mohammed Shami for a four. Thakur was trying South Africa’s hitters with his fine display of crease bowling while Shami was additionally on the imprint, continually suggesting conversation starters. However, Petersen and Elgar were capable as they assembled a consistent organization to return the strain on India. Their association kept going more than 100 conveyances before Ashwin got one to turn in forcefully to Petersen and trap him in front for 28. The excusal finished a 46-run affiliation and furthermore made Ashwin the primary Indian spinner since Anil Kumble to pack a wicket at Wanderers.

Elgar was struck on his neck by a short conveyance from Bumrah, a Thakur conveyance that took off from a decent length hit his wrist while he additionally took a catastrophe for his shoulder from a Shami conveyance. Rassie Van der Dussen didn’t look excessively agreeable either however stuck around and helped Elgar in building an association that kept the Indian bowlers under control. They were engaged with an undefeated 25-run remain off 76 conveyances that kept South Africa’s expectations of a series-evening out win alive.

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Prior, a 111-run stand including Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, which fell off just 144 conveyances, set the stage for India to wrap up with 266. Upwards of 63 runs were scored in the initial 12 overs of the day’s play, which included nine fours and an upper cut for a six. Rahane, who began the day on 11, struck six of those fours just as the most extreme, and rushed to find Pujara, as India lead expanded past the 100 run mark. Pujara was quick to arrive at fifty, arriving off 62 conveyances to enroll his quickest abroad 50 years, while Rahane got to his off 67 as they brought their most noteworthy stand up in a Test outside Asia, outperforming their association of 100 which came in the second innings of the Lord’s Test the year before. India, notwithstanding, lost speedy wickets in the second hour with Kagiso Rabada being the wrecker-in-boss. From 155 for 2, they slipped to 184 for 6, losing four wickets late in the main meeting.

Thakur drove India’s accuse of the bat after Lunch, scoring upwards of five fours and a top-edged six in his 24-ball stay for 28 runs as India surrounded the 200-run lead. It likewise didn’t help South Africa’s objective that there were a lot of byes that went to the ropes while Rabada definitely disliked his front foot landing, exceeding a lot of occasions. Marco Jansen struck to excuse Thakur and Shami with hardly a pause in between however Bumrah and Hanuma Vihari put on a valuable remain to assist India with extending the lead. At the point when No. 11 Mohammed Siraj was joining forces him, Vihari guaranteed he held the majority of the strike and exploited South Africa going on edge. Vihari was on 20 off 63 when Bumrah tumbled to Lungi Ngidi, and dashed to 40 off 84. However, his two consecutive fours off the last two bundles of Olivier’s over implied that Siraj needed to take strike for just the second time in the innings, and he was bowled by Ngidi.

Brief scores : India 202 & 266 (Ajinkya Rahane 58, Cheteshwar Pujara 53, Hanuma Vihari 40*; Lungi Ngidi 3-43, Marco Jansen 3-67, Kagiso Rabada 3-77) lead South Africa 229 & 118/2 (Dean Elgar 46*, Aiden Markram 31, R Ashwin 1-14, Shardul Thakur 1-24) by 121 runs.

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