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    Story of Indian innings

  • 9:03 PM IST

    End of the day’s play. Momentum remains with South Africa. But India have done well to see the back of Markram.

  • 8:59 PM IST

    Bhuvi is creating serious problems for both Rabada and Elgar. Michael Holding is livid on why Bhuvi was dropped at Centurion. He is making the ball talk.

  • 8:49 PM IST

    The first ball that Rabada played, it moved away. The next one, moved in sharply, trapping his pad. The third one again moved away sharply.

  • 8:47 PM IST

    India get the start they desired. Markram is beaten by Bhuvi’s away swing, nicks it to Parthiv’s gloves. Big wicket. Nightwatchman time?

    OUT! Aiden Markram c Parthiv Patel b Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2 (8)
  • 8:40 PM IST

    Bhuvi starts with a three-run over. Gets a lovely shape away from Markram. This should be an interesting few minutes of play.

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  • 8:28 PM IST

    Finally Bhuvi runs out of luck. He played well though. Goes for a wild pull, something he wouldn’t do otherwise, and perished at midwicket. Phehlukwayo took the catch as Rabada got his third.

    OUT! Bhuvneshwar Kumar c Phehlukwayo b Rabada 30 (49)

  • 8:21 PM IST

    We just witnessed the scene, we usually do after 49.5 overs in ODIs. Bhuvi heaves, misses, steals a bye, tackling the South African players like they do in rugby. Bhuvi keeps strike. Two balls later, Bhuvi smacks Ngidi over the bowler for a boundary. Can India reach 200?

  • 8:17 PM IST

    Rabada denied another wicket. Bhuvi looks to slog, Ngidi, at mid-on, runs back and misjudges it. India run 2. The next ball, Bhuvi just manages to chip it over the cover fielder for another 2. Bhuvi is living dangerously but adding important, very important runs.

  • 8:11 PM IST

    Every run is gold for India now. Bhuvi smacks Philander straight for a boundary.

  • 8:07 PM IST

    Here’s another one. The Ishant-resistance ends here. Rabada induces Ishant’s edge, as he played on a wrong line. Faf took a sharp low catch. Bumrah walks out and what just happened there. Did the ball hit the crack? Bumrah got a thigh pad and it’s four. South Africa review, only to lose it.

    OUT! Ishant Sharma c Faf du Plessis b Kagiso Rabada 0 (12)
  • 7:51 PM IST

    An interesting duel between the tall gentlemen — Ishant and Morkel. Morkel got him at Centurion by targeting his ribs. Ishant is happy to take the blows but he won’t play at those short balls, with the short-leg in place. There are some blows and some funny leaves. For how long, that is the question.

  • 7:42 PM IST

    It was a matter of time. Shami falls trying to clear the mid-off. Rabada takes a sitter as Philander gets his second. What a slide. This is disappointing. No excuse for this.

    OUT! Mohammed Shami c Kagiso Rabada b Vernon Philander 8 (16)
  • 7:29 PM IST

    There was a short thirdman fielder for Shami’s late cut. Morkel manages to make Shami play the stroke. It just goes over the fielder there. Very good captaincy by Faf. His is surely amongst the smartest brains in international arena.

  • 7:23 PM IST

    Fifth catch for QDK. Pandya throws it away attempting a pull over midwicket, getting a top edge. QDK takes a brilliant catch. Never easy those, the ones running back and taking the ball twirling back at you. 12 balls, no run, 3 wickets. Sums up India’s show. Bhuvi breaks the shackle with a delightful cover drive.

    Pandya better stay away from Kohli and Shastri. With the team in trouble, if that’s a shot you attempt of the fifth ball in Test cricket then you need to reassess yourself as a Test cricketer.

    OUT! Hardik Pandya c Quinton de Kock b Andile Phehlukwayo 0 (5)

South Africa are leading the series 2-0 © AFP
South Africa are leading the series 2-0 © AFP

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of India in South Africa series. This is Day One of the third and final Test at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. I am Suvajit Mustafi and I will be bringing you all the live scores and updates from the day’s play. South Africa may have sealed the series 2-0, but India have a lot to play for. India are yet to lose a Test at this venue and they will hope to keep the record intact. For South Africa, a win will help them inch closer to the No.1 rank that India hold at the moment.

If South Africa whitewashes India 3-0 in this series, India would not immediately lose their crown. However, South Africa will gain four points and would require two more Test wins during the Australia series to become the best Test side.

India, however, are caught in a huge conundrum – the team selection. Several for Indian cricketers have lashed out on Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri for keeping out Ajinkya Rahane from both Tests and Bhuvneshwar Kumar from the second. As for the pitch, with the green cover on the track, Wanderers is expected a pacer’s paradise. There is a possibility that both sides will go in with an all pace attack.


India: Virat Kohli (c), Parthiv Patel (wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar

South Africa: Faf du Plessis (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Lungisani Ngidi, Theunis de Bruyn, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Duanne Olivier

Full Scorecard: India vs South Africa, 3rd Test at Johannesburg