- SA are on 90-2
- India were dismissed for 307
- SA lead by 118 runs
Day 3 provided another action packed day in the ongoing test series against South Africa and India. The second test match of the three match series at the SuperSport Park in Centurion lived up to its billing and more. Coming out to bat with five wickets still in hand and trailing South Africa by a sizeable total, India rode on the back of King Kohli’s 21st test century as the Indian skipper scored 153 to take India to 307, reducing the deficit to just 28 runs. Coming out to bat in the second innings, the hosts battled well on a tough wicket to reach 90 for the loss of two wickets before rain brought an early end to play.
India started the third day in the best way possible as Kohli and Pandya undertook the task of stabilising the Indian innings in the best way possible. It was not before long that Kohli topped off a super performance by notching up another century. The knock was extra special given that it had come on tough conditions and at a time when India needed it the most. Their partnership was soon broken though as a lazy effort by Pandya saw him being run out by Philander. Despite losing wickets quickly from then onwards, Ashwin (38) and Kohli (152) spent very important time in the middle as India raked up vital runs to move ever closer to South Africa’s total of 325.
Coming out to bat in the second innings with a lead of 28, South Africa were jolted as they lost two quick wickets in the space of three runs. Fantastic bowling by Bumrah saw him send packing opener Markram and Amla cheaply to give India the upper hand in the game. Their joy was however short lived as Elgar and de Villiers repaired the innings as they saw of the Indian bowlers with ease to end the day at 90-2 leaving the test match finally poised with two days left.
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