Updated: October 4, 2019 9:28:50 pm
Dean Elgar’s 164-run partnership with Quinton de Kock saved a dwindling South Africa, keeping them in chase of the lead, in the third day of the first Test at Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam on Friday. Starting the day on 39/3, the visitors reached 385/8 at stumps on Day 3, with the highlight being the two centuries of the aforementioned batsmen.
Although, Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took his 27th five-wicket haul in Test cricket to keep India’s hopes alive of bundling them up soon on the fourth day to set a proper target for the Proteas to chase. South Africa trailed by 117 runs at the end of the day in the capital of Orissa, with Senuran Muthusamy (12 not out) and Keshav Maharaj (3 not out) set to continue on Saturday.
With the help of captain Faf du Plessis, who scored 55 from 103 balls, Elgar continued South Africa’s charge throughout the day. He scored 160 off 287 balls for the his 12th Test hundred before de Kock attacked India’s spinner to make 111 off 163 deliveries. Their resistant effort managed to get South Africa past the follow-on mark.
Responding to India’s first innings of 502-7 declared, South Africa, which, at one stage was reeling on 34-3, dominated the third day of the Test and lost only two wickets in the first two sessions.
Ishant Sharma trapped Temba Bavuma (18) lbw before lunch, while Faf du Plessis fell for 55 in the afternoon to end a partnership of 115 runs with Elgar that resurrected the Proteas’ innings.
That brought Elgar and de Kock together, the latter taking charge of the innings with a counterattacking knock to reach his fifth test century off 149 deliveries.
The breakthrough finally came in the 100th over when Elgar holed out to deep mid-wicket off Ravindra Jadeja (2/116).
De Kock helped South Africa cross 350 in the next over but fell to Ashwin, pushing the ball onto the stumps off his pads.
Ashwin made it a quick double blow as he bowled Vernon Philander for a 10-ball duck, and had figures of 5/128 from 41 overs.
(with AP inputs)
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