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India vs South Africa 2018, Second Test, Day 3 Highlights - As It Happened

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: January 16, 2018, 8:30 AM IST

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SA vs IND Cricket Scorecard (TEST)

2nd Test TEST, SuperSport Park, Centurion, 13 January, 2018

South Africa

335/10

(113.5) RR 2.94

v/s
India

307/10

(92.1) RR 3.33

South Africa beat India by 135 runs

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • 20:19 (IST)

    Bad Light: Bad news folks as the match has once again been interrupted due to bad light. The players are back into the hut and India skipper Virat Kohli is having an animated conversation with match referee Chris Broad. Ravi Shastri has also joined in.

  • 20:14 (IST)

    Cricketnext’s Baidurjo Bhose from Centurion: Another brilliant show of batsmanship from AB de Villiers as he scores a 50 in trying conditions. The light isn't getting any better and the Indian pacers are bowling short stuff and this could see the umpires checking the light meter soon. The floodlights have taken full effect here and there is still 28 overs left to be played. But that doesn't look like a reality here.

  • 19:57 (IST)

    Cricketnext’s Baidurjo Bhose from Centurion: Crazy stuff here as Parthiv lets that edge off Elgar's bat go between him and Pujara at first slip. Kohli at second slip and Bumrah at the bowling crease cannot believe what just happened as the lead crosses the 100-run mark. Things are going to get all the more difficult from here on for the Indians.

  • 19:56 (IST)

    HUGE CHANCE: A great chance goes a begging for the visitors as Jasprit Bumrah produces an edge of the bat of Dean Elgar but neither the wicket-keeper moved nor the first slip fielder. The ball goes in between them for a boundary. Poor cricket from India as Parthiv and Pujara are blaming each other.

  • 19:42 (IST)

    Cricketnext’s Baidurjo Bhose from Centurion: The game starts at 4:20 South Africa time. That is 10 minutes from now. The ground staff finishing the last bit of drying up.

  • 19:36 (IST)

    Update: The covers are now coming off as rain has finally stopped and play will resume soon. The stumps are being erected again we will get underway soon with the action at SuperSport Park. The groundsmen have readied the ground in no time at all.

  • 18:38 (IST)

    Baidurjo Bhose from Centurion:
    The boys are back after the tea break and Ashwin is back in the attack as India look to break into this partnership between ABD and Elgar. A wicket will help bring the Indians back into the game even as Elgar hits Ashwin for a huge six over long on. Looking like this partnership wants to bat India out of the game

  • 18:14 (IST)

    Cricketnext’s Baidurjo Bhose from Centurion: That is Tea at Centurion on the third afternoon. This game is surely getting more intense with each passing over. South Africa go into tea at 60/2 with ABD and Elgar going strong. The Indians need to come back and pick quick wickets if they wish to stay in the game and not let the initiative drift.

  • 18:13 (IST)

    Tea: The second session ends with South African putting on 60/2. AB De Villiers: 33*, Dean Elgar: 23*. Jasprit Bumrah was the pick of the bowlers as he scalped the only two wickets of the innings. South Africa lead by 88.

21:23 (IST)

So, we have some news finally and its not good one. That will be the end of proceedings for Day 3 as the umpires decide that the light hasn't improved. SA end day at 90/2, with lead of 118 runs.

21:20 (IST)

Virat Kohli joins in the umpires as they take a look at the conditions

21:03 (IST)
Word from the ground is that the umpires are heading to the field for an inspection and we should have some official confirmation soon.

20:53 (IST)

The groundstaff seems prepared to cover the ground, still waiting for an official announcement though

20:37 (IST)

Covers coming back on and that really can't be good news, no official word yet but that might be all for Day 4.

20:23 (IST)

Stat Attack: This is AB de Villiers’s first 50 in the last 8 innings while batting second in a Test in South Africa. His last 50+ score at home came against India at Johannesburg.

20:20 (IST)

Cricketnext’s Baidurjo Bhose from Centurion: Not looking good enough for play to start again, but the umpires are still waiting in the middle, hoping for the clouds to clear out a bit and the natural light to get slightly better.

20:19 (IST)

Bad Light: Bad news folks as the match has once again been interrupted due to bad light. The players are back into the hut and India skipper Virat Kohli is having an animated conversation with match referee Chris Broad. Ravi Shastri has also joined in.

20:14 (IST)

Cricketnext’s Baidurjo Bhose from Centurion: Another brilliant show of batsmanship from AB de Villiers as he scores a 50 in trying conditions. The light isn't getting any better and the Indian pacers are bowling short stuff and this could see the umpires checking the light meter soon. The floodlights have taken full effect here and there is still 28 overs left to be played. But that doesn't look like a reality here.

20:11 (IST)

Bumrah has been easily the best bowler for India in this innings. Not because he has picked two wickets, but he is breaking his back and making things happen. Also, he is not giving easy runs to the batsmen. Just three runs came from his latest over.

20:04 (IST)

Four: De Villiers continue to punish the bowlers as he hits his sixth boundary off the innings to move into the 40s. Short and wide from Shami and De Villiers comfortably dispatches it for a boundary through the covers.

19:57 (IST)

Cricketnext’s Baidurjo Bhose from Centurion: Crazy stuff here as Parthiv lets that edge off Elgar's bat go between him and Pujara at first slip. Kohli at second slip and Bumrah at the bowling crease cannot believe what just happened as the lead crosses the 100-run mark. Things are going to get all the more difficult from here on for the Indians.

19:56 (IST)

HUGE CHANCE: A great chance goes a begging for the visitors as Jasprit Bumrah produces an edge of the bat of Dean Elgar but neither the wicket-keeper moved nor the first slip fielder. The ball goes in between them for a boundary. Poor cricket from India as Parthiv and Pujara are blaming each other.

19:53 (IST)

Cricketnext’s Baidurjo Bhose from Centurion: Floodlights are on as play resumes with Shami starting proceedings.

19:52 (IST)

The players are back on the pitch and Mohammed Shami just completed the one delivery that was left to bowl in the over before rain stopped play. Jasprit Bumrah is now bowling the second over after the halt.

19:42 (IST)

Cricketnext’s Baidurjo Bhose from Centurion: The game starts at 4:20 South Africa time. That is 10 minutes from now. The ground staff finishing the last bit of drying up.

19:36 (IST)

Update: The covers are now coming off as rain has finally stopped and play will resume soon. The stumps are being erected again we will get underway soon with the action at SuperSport Park. The groundsmen have readied the ground in no time at all.

19:14 (IST)

The groundsmen are at work, using supersoppers as the rain relents a bit in Centurion

19:07 (IST)

The latest images from the ground and we still have some cloud covering, though after that the sky looks clear.

18:51 (IST)

Rain interruption: Some clouds have gathered and we are having some passing showers. It shouldn't last for long but currently the players are heading back to the pavillion. South Africa 68/2 and lead by 96 runs.

18:45 (IST)

Ashwin bowls a tight over, he concedes just 1 run from that. A loud appeal against de Villiers but that hit him outside the line. South Africa 68/2, lead by 196 runs

18:42 (IST)

Shami going around the wicket to Elgar, he will be looking to use the short ball as well. But no close in fielders from India. He concedes just 1 run. South Africa 67/2, lead by 95 runs

18:38 (IST)


Baidurjo Bhose from Centurion:
The boys are back after the tea break and Ashwin is back in the attack as India look to break into this partnership between ABD and Elgar. A wicket will help bring the Indians back into the game even as Elgar hits Ashwin for a huge six over long on. Looking like this partnership wants to bat India out of the game

18:37 (IST)

SIX! Ashwin gives the ball some air and that's just what Elgar was looking for, he gets his front leg out of the way and deposits it over the long on boundary. Ashwin concedes six runs from the over. South Africa 66/2, leading by 94 runs.

18:35 (IST)

Great start by Shami, consistent bowling from Shami in good areas. Kohli going a bit on the defensive with just one slip. The lead will also be in the back of his mind. De Villiers has shown intent right from ball 1. South Africa 60/2, lead by 88 runs.

18:31 (IST)

Welcome back to the post tea session, Mohammed Shami will start proceedings for India here. India will be looking to get some wickets and restrict South Africa to as low a score as possible.

18:14 (IST)

Cricketnext’s Baidurjo Bhose from Centurion: That is Tea at Centurion on the third afternoon. This game is surely getting more intense with each passing over. South Africa go into tea at 60/2 with ABD and Elgar going strong. The Indians need to come back and pick quick wickets if they wish to stay in the game and not let the initiative drift.

18:13 (IST)

Tea: The second session ends with South African putting on 60/2. AB De Villiers: 33*, Dean Elgar: 23*. Jasprit Bumrah was the pick of the bowlers as he scalped the only two wickets of the innings. South Africa lead by 88.

18:10 (IST)

Cricketnext’s Baidurjo Bhose from Centurion: A couple of overs to go before the tea interval and the Indians would love to pick at least one more before they head into the break. Important for ABD and Elgar to hold the fort and not give away the initiative to the Indians after they have batted really well here in the second session on a track that is not only keeping low but also taking turn.

18:07 (IST)

Indian bowlers need to break this partnership soon as  De Villiers and Elgar are taking the match away from visitors with their fine hitting. The lead is worth 87 now but it can increase in no time by looking at the way these two are batting.

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India vs South Africa 2018, Second Test, Day 3 Highlights - As It Happened

Live Update: South Africa have taken full control of the Test as they lead by 120+ now. AB De Villiers slams his 42nd Test fifty. Bad light has now stopped play.

DAY 2 REVIEW: The 12th over of the Indian innings on the second day of the second Test bore testimony to that fact that skipper Virat Kohli was set for something special on a very ‘Un-Centurion’ like wicket. The first ball from the Morne Morkel over was pitched outside the off-stump and despite being troubled by the pacer in Cape Town, Kohli backed his instinct and drove Morkel past the cover fielder. The next one was pitched up further and all the 'run-machine' did was drove it straight, with equal elan past the mid-on fielder. The rest as they say is history. In this case, it is an unbeaten innings of 85 that has seen batsmanship of the highest quality.

On a wicket where AB de Villiers scored a 48-ball 20 at a strike rate of 41.66, Kohli has hit the 85 off just 130 balls at a strike rate of 65.38 – the highest amongst batsman from both the teams. With South Africa putting on 335 on the board and India losing both KL Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara with the score on 28, it was imperative that Kohli showed intent. And he did exactly that, as he drove, pulled, cut and flicked with utter disdain, even as the other batsmen found it difficult to adapt to the twin pace of the wicket.

Debutant South Africa pacer Lungi Ngidi put it best when he spoke of his home ground, after second day's play. “On a typical Centurion pitch there will definitely be a lot more bounce. Seeing how the wickets fell is a good representation of how it is not a Centurion pitch. Usually at Centurion, the wickets are caught behind. The slips come into play a lot, and that hasn't happened which tells you then and there, that it's not a typical Centurion pitch,” he said.

In fact, India pacer Ishant Sharma went a step further and said: “As we expected there would be bounce on the wicket, but on the first day, the wicket was quite slow. It was two paced. On such wickets you have to be very disciplined so we did that. We were trying not to open up the game because otherwise things will go out of your control. So we tried our best to make sure that the game doesn't go out of control," he said.

"It is tough to say (how the wicket will change) because it is not the same wicket we got in Cape Town. It's a totally different kind of wicket, so it is important how we are going to play in the first session tomorrow."

And that is again where Kohli comes into the picture with all-rounder Hardik Pandya. With India still trailing by 152 runs and with just 5 wickets in the bag, it is important that Kohli plays out the next 19 overs and is there at the crease when the new ball is on offer for South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis. It will not be easy to keep fending off the disciplined host pacers, but then, that is where the real challenge will be because exposing the tail to the new ball would mean immediate demolition.

Ishant put it perfectly when he said: “If Virat and Hardik have a good partnership then tomorrow's (Monday) morning session is going to very important for us. And it is vital how we play tomorrow. That is very important for us. It was a pretty even day (Day 2) because we bowled them out pretty easily for 335 runs. On this kind of a wicket I think this was a good effort by the bowlers and we are at 183 for 5, so I think it was a pretty even day for both the teams.”

But can Kohli hold fort and score a big hundred to hand India the upper hand in the second game of this series? Only time will tell.

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South Africa Playing XI: Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungisani Ngidi, Morne Morkel

India Playing XI: Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Rohit Sharma, Parthiv Patel(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma

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