India vs South Africa, 1st Test, Day 3, Highlights: Ashwin’s fifer stops Proteas’ run-train

India vs South Africa, 1st Test, Day 3, Highlights: Ashwin’s fifer stops Proteas’ run-train

India vs South Africa (IND vs SA) 1st Test Highlights: Ravichandran Ashwin stopped Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock-led South African batting attack.

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R Ashwin picked up five wickets in the first innings. (Source: AP)

India vs South Africa (IND vs SA) 1st Test, Day 3 Highlights: South Africa ended the third day on 385/8 after Dean Elgar’s 160 and Quinton de Kock’s 111 guided the Proteas through India’s spin attack at Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam on Friday.

Opener Elgar and wicketkeeper de Kock formed a vital partnership to reduce their trailing, but after Ravichandran Ashwin shifted gears and quickly bagged a fifer, the visitors’ fortunes changed. At the end of the third day, South Africa are trailing by 117 runs, with Senuran Muthusamy and Keshav Maharaj on the crease.

Freedom Trophy, 2019Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam 20 October 2019

India  502/7 dec & 323/4 dec


South Africa  431 (131.2) & 191 (63.5)

Match Ended ( Day 5 - 1st Test ) India beat South Africa by 203 runs

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After Ashwin's fifth fifer against South Africa and some late defiance from Senuran Muthusamy and Keshav Maharaj, the day has come to a close, as it's stumps. It has been a day of the spinners and Dean Elgar's, as Ashwin ended the day on 5/128, and Ravindra Jadeja ended on 2/116, while Elgar scored a gritty 160. SA ended the third day on 385/8 after 118 overs. 

And Ashwin completes his fifer!

Another Ashwin delivery, another bowled! Vernon Philander, the victim this time. Simply brilliant from the leg spinner. The end is near for the visitors. SA are 376/8 after 113.2 overs. 


The ball of the innings! What an improvisation by Ravichandran Ashwin as he makes Quinton de Kock leave the field on 111. Through the gap between the bat and the pad, the ball creeped in and just dislodged the bails clean off. The pressure was always building and now the Proteas have paid. SA are 370/7 after 109.3 overs.

Hundred for de Kock!

First ball of the over, Ashwin with the ball, and de Kock took no prisoners and hit it out of the ground. A big, big six which brings up his fifth Test century in some style. He follows it up with a boundary, and takes his strike-rate to an impressive 71.33. The wicketkeeper ends the over being on 107* from 154 balls. SA are 365/6 after 105 overs.

Jadeja, second only to Ashwin

Ravindra Jadeja (44 matches) became the second-fastest Indian bowler behind his compatriot Ravichandran Ashwin (37 matches) to bag 200 Test wickets. The likes of Harbhajan Singh (46 matches), Anil Kumble (47 matches) and Kapil Dev (50 matches) are behind the left-handed spinner.


Dean Elgar departs venting his frustration as Ravindra Jadeja claimed his 200th Test wicket thanks to a brilliant catch by Cheteshwara Pujara who came running a long way towards the ball. The South African falls for a mighty 160, and makes way for Senuran Muthusamy. SA are 342/6 after 99.3 overs. 

Quinton de Kock survives

Ravindra Jadeja must be frustrated as he induced two outside edges but both of them could not find a pair of safe hands. First one was dropped by Ajinkya Rahane at first slip. The second one dropped just short of the fielder. Both tough chances but India need a wicket at this point. SA - 342/5 in 98 overs

150 for Elgar!

Dean Elgar becomes the first left-handed South African batsman to score a 150 against India in Test cricket. Elgar went past Gary Kirsten's 133 against Kolkata in November 1996. SA - 316/5 in 92 overs

300 up!

South Africa have officially avoided the follow-on. Extra bounce from Ishant Sharma troubles Dean Elgar but the edge goes past the wicketkeeper. The absence of a slip fielder hurts India. Sunil Gavaskar criticises Virat Kohli for not having a slip fielder when the second ball is still new. SA - 304/5 in 91 overs

Ishant back into attack

Ishant Sharma is back into the attack. From the other end, R Ashwin continues. India are in desperate need of a wicket. SA - 297/5 in 89 overs

Tea break

This session belonged to South Africa. Just one wicket lost and South Africa strengthened their position in the game. Dean Elgar hits his 12th Test ton whereas Quinton de Kock hits his first Test half-century against India. SA - 292/5 in 87 overs

Jadeja back after injury

Ravindra Jadeja is back on the field and resumes bowling. After getting the necessary medical attention, Jadeja replaces Hanuma Vihari. 

Jadeja injures himself

Ravindra Jadeja injures his hand trying to chase the ball running towards the boundary. There is a big cut on his finger as he hits the hoarding on the follow-through. Jadeja leaves the field to get medical attention. Meanwhile, Quinton de Kock has launched a scathing attack against the spinners. SA - 278/5 in 83 overs


Quinton de Kock hits his first Test half-century against India. The wicketkeeper reaches his half-century from 79 deliveries. The partnership between the two is nearing 100 runs. SA - 268/5 in 82 overs

Rohit Sharma- The spinner

Indian skipper Virat Kohli handed the ball to none other than Rohit Sharma in the 77th over when Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock pair has stitched a 66-run partnership. Surprisingly, Rohit Sharma bowled a maiden over. SA 244/5

55-run between Elgar, de Kock

After Faf du Plessis' wicket, South African opener Dean Elgar and wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock have controlled the innings with an unbeaten 55-run partnership so far. South Africa are still 259 run behind in first innings. Both the batsmen are facing the Indian bowling attack bravely. SA 243/5 in 75 overs. 43 overs are left.

200 up for South Africa

So with the Proteas reached past 200, they are still trail by 292 runs. Dean Elgar is unbeaten on 108 with Quinton de Kock is chipping in with valuable 22 runs so far.

Opener Dean Elgar slams ton

South African opener Dean Elgar goes on to pile up runs with ease despite half of the Proteas team is back in the pavilion. Elgar reached his 100 off just 175 balls and took South African score to 193/5 in 60 overs. Elgar and du Plessis have stitched a crucial 115-run stand which rescued them from impending danger of getting out cheaply.

Ashwin strikes again

R Ashwin has come to India's rescue from the partnership emerging big for Proteas when he got du Plessis out for 55 and broke 115-run stand.  Quinton de Kock is the new man in. SA 178/5 now.

Lunch break

Standing ovation from the players and support staff in the South African dressing room. Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis have done well to help the visitors recover after a horrendous start. The bounce on the Vizag pitch is uneven. Elgar batting on 74 whereas Du Plessis batting on 48. The Proteas skipper just two runs away from his first half-century on Indian soil. SA - 153/4 in 50 overs


Wriddhiman Saha drops Dean Elgar's catch. Elgar expected it to turn but the ball straightened and took an outside edge of the bat. Elgar dropped on 74. SA - 144/4

Faf du Plessis' highest

Faf du Plessis registers his highest score (41*) against India on their home soil. Du Plessis' previous highest was 39. He had scored just 60 runs from 7 innings before. Also, he completes 100 runs in Test cricket on Indian pitches. SA - 144/4 in 45 overs

Elgar blasts Jadeja

Dean Elgar takes Ravindra Jadeja to the cleaners. Playing with the spin, Elgar hits Jadeja for two sixes and a four in a single over. SA - 140/4 in 44 overs

Vhiari into the attack

Part-time off-spinner Hanuma Vihari into the attack. Six runs from his first over. Part-timers got the wickets for South Africa on Day 2. Will it happen for India as well? SA - 120/4 in 41 overs

50-run partnership

The fifth-wicket partnership must have calmed down the South African players in the dressing room. Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis have done well to rescue the Proteas side in the first session today. SA - 114/4 in 40 overs


South African opener Dean Elgar brings up his 14th Test half-century from 112 balls. It has been a gritty inning from Elgar under pressure. SA - 107/4 

100 up!

Dean Elgar is nearing his 14th Test half-century. Faf du Plessis looks comfortable on the crease despite the low bounce. This has been a good session so far for the South African team despite the wicket of Temba Bavuma. SA - 103/4 in 38 overs

Jadeja into the attack

Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja into the attack. Jadeja has got Faf du Plessis out four times in seven Test innings. Just a single from his first over. SA - 92/4 in 35 overs

Shami into the attack

Virat Kohli introduces Mohammed Shami into the attack. Shami bowls round the wicket to left-handed batsman Dean Elgar. A maiden over to start with. SA - 64/4 in 29 overs


Ishant Sharma bowls a sharp inswinger to get rid of Temba Bavuma. The South African batsman had no chance against that delivery as it swung a long way hitting him on the pads. Ishant gets the first wicket of the day, Bavuma out for 18. SA - 63/4 in 26.1 overs


Dean Elgar scores his first boundary of the day. Elgar lofts Ashwin's flighted delivery over mid on for a boundary. SA - 53/3 in 24 overs

Ashwin from other end

No Mohammed Shami from the other end. Virat Kohli has given the ball to R Ashwin, who took two wickets in the last session of Day 2. Ashwin bowls a maiden over to opener Dean Elgar. SA - 43/3 in 22 overs

Day 3 underway

Virat Kohli takes the traditional way. No surprises as Ishant Sharma opens the bowling despite spin playing an important role. Ishant trying to use the moisture early on in the day. He almost gets the wicket of Temba Bavuma but the outside edge goes past the slip fielders. SA - 43/3

Day 3

Hello and welcome to India vs South Africa first Test, Day 3 live blog. The sun is out and the weather looks perfect for a Test match. Rain may play spoilsport later in the day. South Africa are struggling with three wickets down already. Will Virat Kohli open the bowling with spinning duo R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja? Stay tuned for further updates.

Playing XIs:

India: Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami

South Africa: Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Theunis de Bruyn, Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Vernon Philander, Senuran Muthusamy, Keshav Maharaj, Dane Piedt, Kagiso Rabada