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India vs South Africa, 2nd Test Match at Pune, Day 3 Highlights: As It Happened

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: October 12, 2019, 5:03 PM IST

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2nd Test TEST, Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune, 10 October, 2019

India

601/5

(156.3) RR 3.84

v/s
South Africa

275/10

(105.4) RR 2.60

India beat South Africa by an innings and 137 runs

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  • 16:14 (IST)

    OUT! India finally have their man, and Keshav Maharaj is dismissed for 72 off 132 balls. He charges down the pitch and tries to flick away a ball that was down the leg-side, but the ball catches his bat's edge and Rohit Sharma at leg-slip makes no mistake in holding on to the catch. A gritty innings from Maharaj comes to an end, and South Africa are now 271/9.

  • 15:57 (IST)

    FOUR! Consecutive boundaries for Maharaj, who cuts Ravindra Jadeja through the cover region for his second of the over. He really is showing the South African top-order how to operate, and the partnership between him and Philander has now crossed 100.

  • 15:30 (IST)

    DROPPED! Disappointment for India. Mahara plays a shot straight back to Ravichandran Ashwin who was bowling over the wicket, and the ball just does not stick in the off spinner's hand despite his best effort. Maharaj goes on to hit a boundary off the next ball and take a double off the next to reach 50 - his first in Test cricket. He's had luck, but what gumption!

  • 14:10 (IST)

    Jadeja hustles through another over and it's not a maiden this time. Two runs to Philander takes SA to 197/8. The umpires have called for Tea. 

  • 14:02 (IST)

    Four! Short from Shami and Maharaj's pulled that away for runs and his shoulder's really hurting now. The physio is out in the middle attending to him.

  • 13:36 (IST)

    Four! Umesh gives Maharaj some width and he's flayed it away for four runs. India won't mind that. 

16:34 (IST)

So that's it from us at the end of Day 3, which saw South Africa stretch India all the way. They didn't buckle under pressure, and Keshav Maharaj and Vernon Philander's 100-run stand was the differential. Shaun Pollock summed it up well during the commentary - "Sports is the best form of entertainment. You never know what's going to happen next." This day has proven it. South Africa haven't been pushovers. Until Day 4!

16:28 (IST)

OUT! Ashwin has his fourth wicket, Kagiso Rabada is LBW for two runs, and Philander remains unbeaten on 44 after spending over three hours at the pitch. They showed great fight, but after the wicket of Maharaj, it was just a matter of time before the innings was going to end. South Africa are all-out for 275.

16:14 (IST)

OUT! India finally have their man, and Keshav Maharaj is dismissed for 72 off 132 balls. He charges down the pitch and tries to flick away a ball that was down the leg-side, but the ball catches his bat's edge and Rohit Sharma at leg-slip makes no mistake in holding on to the catch. A gritty innings from Maharaj comes to an end, and South Africa are now 271/9. 

16:09 (IST)

So far today, we have seen 230 runs scored and South Africa losing five wickets. It would be a massive achievement for the visitors if they are still batting on the morning of Day 4. India would have hoped to bowl South Africa out quickly and enforce the follow-on, but if the visitors are still batting on the morning of Day 4, the hosts might need to re-jig some of their plans. 

15:57 (IST)

FOUR! Consecutive boundaries for Maharaj, who cuts Ravindra Jadeja through the cover region for his second of the over. He really is showing the South African top-order how to operate, and the partnership between him and Philander has now crossed 100.

15:49 (IST)

The partnership between Philander and Maharaj has now reached 91 runs, inching towards a 100. India surely wouldn't have thought they'd be bowling at these two batsmen in the third session, but as things turned out, this could be a match-defining partnership for South Africa. There are still two whole days of Test cricket left, but the two tail-enders have their eye in. How much longer they can last against the Indian bowling attack will go a long way in determining the outcome of the match.

15:38 (IST)

India's source of frustration on Day 3.

15:30 (IST)

DROPPED! Disappointment for India. Mahara plays a shot straight back to Ravichandran Ashwin who was bowling over the wicket, and the ball just does not stick in the off spinner's hand despite his best effort. Maharaj goes on to hit a boundary off the next ball and take a double off the next to reach 50 - his first in Test cricket. He's had luck, but what gumption!

15:20 (IST)

A better release might have put Philander in trouble. Fuller on middle and off, Vernon pushes it to the left of mid on and scampers through for a single. Umesh yadav there gets to the ball quickly but cannot release it proeprly allowing Philander to get back in with ease

15:09 (IST)
Providing a blueprint for the top order!
15:03 (IST)

Shami bowls a superb over, he looks most likely to pick a wicket here, bowling in with a lot of speed and pace. Concedes just 1 run in the over and South Africa are now 221/8

14:57 (IST)

Ishant comes into the attack. Both Philander and Maharaj are facing all the bowlers well. Boundaries are also coming easy at the moment. South Africa are now 220/8. 

14:51 (IST)

Now India have taken the second new ball. Hopefully this will bring wickets for India. But still no luck. South Africa have now moved to 216/8. 

14:42 (IST)

Shami comes on for another over and this time he swings it away from the batsmen. This is good bowling by him by without much reward. India are still in the driver's seat. The score moves to 204/8. 

14:35 (IST)

And the play gets underway. India need to quickly get these two wickets as well. Shami is getting the ball to reverse well. With tbhe new ball due in 2 overs, India would look to clean up the tail now. South Africa are 197/8. 

14:10 (IST)

Jadeja hustles through another over and it's not a maiden this time. Two runs to Philander takes SA to 197/8. The umpires have called for Tea. 

14:08 (IST)
Does not read well for India.
14:07 (IST)

Gutsy Maharaj continues to battle it out against Shami's who has been bending his back and bowling sharply. The partnership is a 105 deliveries old. 

14:02 (IST)

Four! Short from Shami and Maharaj's pulled that away for runs and his shoulder's really hurting now. The physio is out in the middle attending to him.

14:01 (IST)

75 overs down and India are five overs away from the new ball. Will Kohli take it and toss it up to Ashwin and Umesh? Jadeja meanwhile has completed his 11th maiden. 

13:58 (IST)

Shami is back into the attack and he's looking for some reverse swing just before the new ball is available. Philander's got a single off Shami and left Maharaj to deal with just one ball. The spinner's been feeling his right shoulder and India might look to attack his end more than Philander.  

13:58 (IST)

Shami is back into the attack and he's looking for some reverse swing just before the new ball is available. Philander's got a single off Shami and left Maharaj to deal with just one ball. The spinner's been feeling his right shoulder and India might look to attack his end more than Philander.  

13:52 (IST)
The tail's wagging for South Africa.
13:49 (IST)

Jadeja and Ashwin are raking up the dot ball count and the maiden count. Ashwin however gives away one run to Maharaj of the last ball of his over. So no hat-trick of maidens. SA are 184/8. 

13:45 (IST)

Ashwin back into the attack now and he's got the batsman coming forward and blocking him for all they are worth. Two runs from the over takes SA to 183/8. 

13:42 (IST)

Jadeja continues to hustle through the overs and it's another maiden from him. This 9th wicket partnership has been in the middle for more than 10 overs and Kohli will surely want a wicket soon. 

13:36 (IST)

Four! Umesh gives Maharaj some width and he's flayed it away for four runs. India won't mind that. 

13:35 (IST)

Jadeja's back in the attack now and as expected he's on the money. He's been very good with his line and length so far. Just the couple of runs. 

13:32 (IST)

Umesh's giving Maharaj a bit to think about with the short stuff and the pace. However he does stray down leg side and SA pick up four leg byes from that and move onto 175/8 after 66 overs. India lead currently by 426 runs. 

13:28 (IST)

Ashwin continues from the other end and this time comes round the wicket to the right hander to change the angle. Maiden over. 

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India vs South Africa, 2nd Test Match at Pune, Day 3 Highlights: As It Happened

India vs South Africa, Live Cricket Score, 2nd Test Match at Pune Live Score and latest updates: So that's it from us at the end of Day 3, which saw South Africa stretch India all the way. They didn't buckle under pressure, and Keshav Maharaj and Vernon Philander's 100-run stand was the differential. Shaun Pollock summed it up well during the commentary - "Sports is the best form of entertainment. You never know what's going to happen next." This day has proven it. South Africa haven't been pushovers. Until Day 4!

India vs South Africa 2nd Test on October 10th (Thursday) will be broadcast on the Star Sports Network and live streaming will be available on Hotstar. The match will be played in Pune and will begin at 0930 HRS IST. You can also follow all the action on our live blog (IND vs SA).

DAY 2 REVIEW: In a remarkable day of Test cricket which saw Indian captain Virat Kohli bring up his seventh Test double century, India lead South Africa by 565 runs going into Day 3, with the visitors’ score reading 36 for 3 at the end of the day. Kohli, who till the beginning of the day had not scored a Test century this calendar year ended unbeaten on 254 in the third session, when he decided to declare the innings with India batting on 601/5. Ravindra Jadeja’s dismissal on 91, trying to accelerate the scoring in the last session which saw the run-rate go above 8 runs per over triggered the declaration.

India started the day with Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane at the crease. Vernon Philander did well to induce a couple of mistakes from Kohli early in the day which fell short of the slips, and served as an early warning sign for the Indian captain. But once he got his eye in, he notched up his 26th Test hundred right before lunch, through a trademark straight drive that went for four. Rahane brought up his fifty and India went into lunch at 356/3.

Soon after the resumption of play after lunch, Rahane fell to the spin of Keshav Maharaj – the South African’s 100th Test scalp – for 59 runs off 168 balls. In came Ravindra Jadeja, who was promoted up the order, and started what would turn out to be the biggest partnership of the day for India with Kohli. The pair ran hard between the wickets, and punished the likes of Maharaj and Rabada. Kohli had Rabada’s number in particular, hitting him for three boundaries in one over, much to the ire of the South African quick. Things were not going on the field for South Africa, and the second session was a litany of misfields, overthrows and some very ordinary bowling that did not challenge either Kohli or Jadeja.

India went into Tea with Kohli batting at 194, needing only six runs for a seventh double ton, to put him in second spot on the all-time list of batsmen with most Test double centuries. When the third session started, he reached his double century in no time, but it seemed like his stay at the crease would be cut short when Muthusamy dismissed the Indian captain. However, right as Kohli was beginning to walk back to the pavilion, replays showed that the South African spinner had bowled a big no ball, and he would continue to pile on a mountain of runs post that.. The session run-rate went at above 8 an over from that point on, with the Indian batsmen targeting the spinners. Kohli crossed 250, but shortly after, Jadeja’s dismissal on 91 meant that India declared with the score at 601/5.

Batting for the first time in the match, South Africa could not have gotten off to a worse start when Aiden Markram fell to the bowling of Umesh Yadav in just the second over, LBW for a duck. Things got worse when Dean Elgar followed in the fourth over, bowled once more by Yadav when he couldn’t decide whether to play the ball or leave, ending up chopping the ball onto his own stumps. Theunis de Bruyn provided some resistance against the Indian bowling attack, playing a couple of free-flowing drives, but it was only a few more overs before South Africa lost their third wicket, Temba Bavuma dismissed was for eight runs off 15 balls, caught behind by Wriddhiman Saha, this time off the bowling of Shami. Fortunately for the visitors, they did not lose any more wickets till the end of the day, finishing on 36/3, with India capping off a day in which they dominated in all departments.

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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4027 115
2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 4366 104
5 Australia 3270 99
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2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
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1 Pakistan 7748 277
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4720 262
4 India 8620 261
5 Australia 5471 261
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