South Africa Tour of India: India vs South Africa 2019 3rd Test Day 1 Match Highlights

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India vs South Africa 2019 3rd Test Day 1 Match Highlights – India was in a good form after the end of the first day’s play. The first day ended early due to the rains in Ranchi. India lost 3 quick wickets in the morning session including Mayank for 10, Pujara for 0 and Skipper Kohli for just 12 runs in the first session of the 3rd test match at Ranchi.

india vs south africa 2019 3rd test day 1 match highlights

India won their 3rd back to back toss in the series and chose to bat first earlier in the day. Faf Du Plessis lost all the three tosses as the South African captain but had a rejoice as the visitors were ahead of India in the first session.

India vs South Africa 2019 3rd Test Day 1 Match Highlights 

It was KG Rabada who did the early damage for South Africa. He was the one to pick Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara early in the morning session. They were out for low scores. It was just the fourth over where Agarwal pushed the moving lazily and Elgar didn’t drop that catch at the third slip.

India had a bad start, that too after winning the toss and opting to bat first. Pujari came in to bat after the dismissal of Mayank. But it took another 4 overs for Rabada to get rid of solid Pujara.

India vs South Africa 2019 3rd Test Day 1 Match Highlights – Rabada who bowled some terrific spells in the morning again made Pujara his victim. Pujara was caught plumb in front but they had to review this decision and the hawkeye showed three reds for Pujara. This was his 2nd duck at home.

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India needed someone to stay at one end and that’s what Rohit Sharma did. He saw two quick wickets falling around him as Skipper Kohli came in to bat. India was in a spot of bother.

Rohit and Skipper Kohli saw India through the drinks break. After the drinks, the hosts got a huge blow. Virat Kohli was trapped plumb in front. It was Anrich Nortje who picked up the important scalp of Kohli and by doing so he also picked up his maiden test wicket. Kohli was out for just 12 runs.

India vs South Africa 2019 3rd Test Day 1 Match Highlights – India went into deeper trouble after losing the wicket of Kohli. Ajinkya Rahane was the one to came out to bat next while Rohit Sharma was still there. Rohit and Rahane started the rebuilding process as India needed a big partnership to get them back in the game.

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Rohit and Rahane went through the tuff period and grounded their innings to reach their half-century milestone. They showed that they can fight back to this attack of South Africa as they got well settled and attacked the South African bowlers.

Later, Rabada started to leak runs. He was not as effective as he was at the start. It was South Africa who missed the two chances to get Rohit Sharma out when he was on 28 and 43 runs. But after that, Hit Man never looked back and continued to make full use of his chances.

India vs South Africa 2019 3rd Test Day 1 Match Highlights – Once Rohit got to his half-century, he was severe against Lungi Ngidi, Nortje and the spinner Dane Piedt. Rohit hit 3 sixes to Piedt which took him to 17 sixes in this match. This is a world record for scoring the most sixes in a three-match test series. He also brought up his 3rd ton of the series and the 6th test hundred of his career.

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The second session was completely dominated by India. Rohit has already reached his hundred run milestone and Rahane looked very good too. Rahane made Rabada look like an ordinary bowler when he scored 5 boundaries off Rabada. Rohit and Rahane were unbeaten on day one.

India vs South Africa 2019 3rd Test Day 1 Match Highlights – They came together to bat 39 for the loss of three wickets. But South Africa failed to pick up any wickets in the post-lunch session. From 39 for 3 the R duo took India to a solid position of 224 for the loss of 3 wickets.

Rohit and Rahane have shared an unbeaten partnership of 185 runs which is also a record for India against South Africa. As the day ended early due to bad light and rains, the final session had only 6 overs of play.

India has scored 224 for the loss of 3 wickets. Rohit was not out on 108 runs while Rahane was unbeaten at 70 runs. Kagiso Rabada was the pick for the South African bowlers. He took 2 wickets earlier in the day.

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