Rain stopped play post tea © AFP
Rain, coupled with bad light, ruined evening session © AFP

India were dismissed for 307 following Virat Kohli’s dazzling 153. Then, despite a 28-run lead, South Africa looked in trouble at 3 for 2. Jasprit Bumrah’s length deliveries created problems off the deck, but AB de Villiers (50*) and Dean Elgar (36*) bailed them out before rain and bad light ruined evening session. At stumps on Day Three, it is advantage South Africa with an overall lead of 118. De Villiers’ presence will surely hurt India after the first hour’s play tomorrow.

The session was a start-stop one, with rain and bad lights ruining proceedings. Amidst the delays, India remained sloppy on field. Bumrah got a nick out of Elgar, but Parthiv Patel didn’t even attempt for the catch. He, in turn, blamed it on Cheteshwar Pujara — at first slip — for not making a move.

Before the final halt, de Villiers slammed an impressive fifty. He showed great awareness of his off stump, and made sure the score ticked along. He was at ease against moving deliveries, while Elgar exhibited compact defence at the other end.

India will have to inject regular breakthroughs before the game slips away on Tuesday.

Brief scores

South Africa 335 and 90 for 2 (Dean Elgar 36*, AB de Villiers 50*; Jasprit Bumrah 2 for 30) lead India 307 (Murali Vijay 46, Virat Kohli 153, Ravichandran Ashwin 38; Morne Morkel 4 for 60, Vernon Philander 1 for 46) by 118 runs.