Cape Town Test: India hopes brighten after Elgar’s wicket but South Africa sniff victory despite Pant hundred

India tour of South Africa: Despite Rishabh Pant’s record-setting hundred, South Africa are favourites to gun down 218 and win the Test series decider in Cape Town. The hosts went to Stumps on 101/2 after an enthralling day of Test cricket.

Dean Elgar and Keegan Petersen swung the Test in SA’s favour on Day 3 in Cape Town (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • South Africa reached Stumps at 101/2, needing 117 more to win
  • India got the big wicket of Dean Elgar after a volatile final session on Day 3
  • Rishabh Pant hit a hundred but India managed only 197 in their 2nd innings

Captain Virat Kohli looked frustrated and so did his teammates at the end of another enthralling day’s play of cricket in Cape Town as the Test series might be slowly but surely been slipping away from India’s grasp. Despite a terrific lone warrior’s effort from Rishabh Pant on Day 3 of the 3rd Test, India are in danger of returning home empty-handed from the Rainbow Nation.

India have never won a Test series in South Africa and it might well stay that way after Friday’s action at Newlands as Dean Elgar and Keegan Petersen helped the hosts finish Day 3 of the cracking series decider in a commanding position.

Cape Town Test, Day 3 Highlights

India got the big wicket to Dean Elgar with the final delivery on Thursday but Keegan Petersen remained unbeaten on 48 as South Africa headed to Stumps on Day 3 at 101/2. They need 117 more to win the Cape Town Test and wrap up a stunning comeback from behind victory in the series.

The wicket of Elgar should give India hopes but the visitors need a Herculean effort as South Africa are riding high on confidence after having successfully chased 240 with 7 wickets to spare in Johannesburg a week ago.

Keegan Petersen will look to continue his glorious form even as Virat Kohli’s men need a special bowling effort to defend 117 on Day 4.

INDIA LOSE FOCUS AMID STUMP MIC CHATTER

India tried their everything to break the stand between Elgar and Petersen but the two South Africa batters showcased guts and grit as they kept out a hungry Indian bowling attack in the final session after Mohammed Shami got the wicket of Aiden Markram early.

The pacers bowled their heart out, R Ashwin was testing the edges and even the substitutes chipped in with “synchronized clapping” but Elgar and Petersen frustrated India with a 78-run stand that could well be defining in terms of the 3rd Test and the series.

Virat Kohli kept ranting on the stump mic after an LBW decision in R Ashwin’s over against Dean Elgar was overturned by the third umpire. It looked like India lost discipline and concentration after Elgar’s escape towards the end of the day’s play as South Africa collected quick runs, pouncing on India’s frequent mistakes.

Earlier in the day, India came up with another ordinary batting show only to be rescued by Rishabh Pant’s spectacular hundred that helped India push their 2nd innings lead past 200. Pant remained unbeaten on 100 after running out of partners as he became the first Indian wicketkeeper to hit a Test hundred in South Africa.

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