Rahane, India on the backfoot even after Pujara’s half-century; South Africa’s strong response

Johannesburg: Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane’s century partnership and useful play by Hanuma Vihari helped India set a target of 240 against South Africa in the second Test. However, by the end of the third day’s play on Wednesday, the hosts were 118 for two. Captain Dean Elgar led the match with an exciting 46 runs. South Africa are still 122 runs behind the target.

South Africa dominated the third day of the Johannesburg Test. He outperformed India in both bowling and batting. When it came to taking wickets, the South African bowlers got the wickets by bowling at the right stage and when they needed to bat on the pitch, they batted in such a manner that the Indian bowlers were disgraced. Tomorrow is the fourth day of the test and it is certain that the test will be over. If the African team shows the same game tomorrow as it does today, then the series will be tied again. The history of Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg has been on India’s side in recent years. So what’s going to happen at Wanderers ’ground tomorrow? He is curious.

India scored 266 in the second innings. Africa had a 27-run lead in the first innings. The record for the largest number of goals scored at this ground is held by Australia. He had reached the target of 310 runs in 2011. Aiden Markram (31) and skipper Dean Elgar got off to an easy start. The two shared a 47-run stand. Markram was dismissed by Shardul Thakur. After that r. Ashwin dismissed Keegan Peterson (11).

After India started the innings at 85 for 2 today, the opening hour was unbeaten and Cheteshwar Pujara played a game that raised expectations. But after Rahane (58) and Pujara (53) were dismissed, India’s innings collapsed again. Only Shardul Thakur (28) and Hanuma Vihari (40 not out) resisted and took India to 266. While Rishabh Pant was expected to play responsibly, he returned his wicket. Even in this innings, batting was a headache for India. Although Pujara and Rahane responded to the critics by scoring half-centuries, a special game was needed today. Because after these two wickets, the other batsmen were just present. In the first session, Rabada returned to South Africa with three wickets in hand. Marco Jensen and Lungi Ngidi took advantage of it.

South Africa batted very well in the second innings. Since the inception of the series, Indian bowlers have dominated the African batsmen. But today, the African batsmen did not appreciate the Indian bowlers. Indian bowlers struggled to get wickets. Openers Markram (31) and Peterson (28) were dismissed by Thakur and Ashwin respectively. But even these wickets were not easily obtained. Captain Elgar and Dusse are on the field. With eight wickets in hand and two days left, Mercury is heavy for Africa.

Bumrah-Jensen clash on the field

Jaspreet Bumrah and South African fast bowler Marco Jensen had a good argument. In India’s 54th over, Jensen threw a bouncer. He leaned on Bumrah’s shoulder. Then it happened again. The two then spoke to each other and the umpires intervened.

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