Day 3 – Tea
India 187 and 199/6 (Rahane 46*, Kohli 41; Rabada 3-59) lead South Africa 194 (Amla 61, Philander 35, Rabada 30, Bumrah 5-54, Bhuvneshwar 3-44) by 192 runs
The game is slipping from the grasp of the South Africans as India amassed runs at a good rate in the 2nd session.
Kagiso Rabada’s offcutter breached the defences of Virat Kohli to cut short his superlative innings at 41. Ajinkya Rahane found form on probably the most difficult pitch he has ever batted on, making a strong case for his spot in the Test team. His footwork was decisive and looked positive from the outset. Runs flowed from his bat as India’s lead swelled past 150. Hardik Pandya failed once again with the bat but Bhuvaneshwar Kumar’s sensible batting(23*) resulted in a crucial 51-run partnership with the vice-captain off just 72 deliveries.
Every single batsman who has strode out today has been surprised by the uneven bounce on the pitch. Once again in this session, there was a discussion between the umpires about how dangerous the playing surface was. Though no drastic measures were taken, Virat Kohli signaled his batters from the pavilion to stay in the middle. He was not going to let up a chance to defeat the Proteas in their own backyard.
South Africa dropped two easy catches in that session. One for Bhuvi at slip(Elgar) and another for Rahane at deep point(Phehlukwayo).