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India vs South Africa 2nd Test, Day 3 Highlights: Elgar keeps SA steady at Stumps

India vs South Africa 2nd Test Day 3 Highlights: SA need 240 runs to win the match.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: January 6, 2022 12:19:54 am
South Africa's Dean Elgar receives medical attention after being hit by the ball. (AP Photo)

India vs South Africa 2nd Test Highlights: Coming out with a strong response in pursuit of a challenging 240-run target, South Africa ended day three of the second Test against India at 118 for two, Wednesday. Skipper Dean Elgar (46), who took many a blow on his body, and Rassie van der Dussen (11) will resume the home chase on Thursday morning. They need 122 more runs to level the series.

India removed opener Aiden Markram (34) and Keegan Petersen (28) but the home batters ensured there were no more setbacks after that.

Brief Scores:

India: 202 and 266 in 60.1 overs (A Rahane 58, C Pujara 53; K Rabada 3/73, M Jansen 3/67, L Ngidi 3/43).

South Africa: 202 and 118/2 in 40 overs. (D Elgar 46 batting, A Markram 34, R Ashwin 1/14, S Thakur 1/24).

India Playing XI: KL Rahul (c), Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj

South Africa Playing XI: Dean Elgar (c), Aiden Markram, Keegan Petersen, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, Kyle Verreynne (w), Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Duanne Olivier and Lungi Ngidi

Match EndedIndia tour of South Africa, 2021/22 - 2nd Test

South Africa

229 (79.4) u0026 243/3 (67.4)


202 (63.1) u0026 266 (60.1)
Match Ended ( Day 4 - 2nd Test )
South Africa beat India by 7 wickets

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India vs South Africa: Highlights

21:01 (IST)05 Jan 2022

The Proteas end Day 3 of the 2nd Test requiring a further 122 runs for victory with 8 wickets in hand. So it is an advantage for South Africa as they go back with just two wickets down. Tall ask for the Indian bowlers tomorrow. SA: 118/2 after 40 overs

Brief Scores:

India: 202 and 266 in 60.1 overs (A Rahane 58, C Pujara 53; K Rabada 3/73, M Jansen 3/67, L Ngidi 3/43).

South Africa: 202 and 118 for 2 in 40 overs. (D Elgar 46 batting, A Markaram 34, R Ashwin 1/14, S Thakur 1/24).

20:49 (IST)05 Jan 2022
Pant on stump mic:

“Ash bhai over the stumps se bech mein daal do maaza ah jayega” -- you got to admit no matter what the chatter is off the field, Pant is always on song behind the wickets.   

20:43 (IST)05 Jan 2022
Mayank Agarwal in discomfort

Ashwin bowls to Elgar who puts its past the extra cover region and gets 3 runs but in the process, Mayank, who dived to save a boundary has injured himself. He's walking gingerly off the field. Unfortunate for Mayank Aggarwal; hope not so serious. SA: 111/2 after 36 overs

20:34 (IST)05 Jan 2022
Last 30 mins of the day

Another 8 to 9 overs are likely today. Proteas will be happy going into the dressing room with 8 wickets in hand. India would want 1 more stick before the end of the day. Dean Elgar has kept it together, looking solid. Meanwhile, Ashwin continues to keep the run rate in check. SA: 106/2 in 34 overs

20:05 (IST)05 Jan 2022

R Ashwin became the first Indian spin bowler since Anil Kumble to pick up a wicket at the Wanderers. This is also the first wicket for a spinner in this test match. SA: 93/2 in 28 Overs

20:03 (IST)05 Jan 2022
Ashwin with the breakthrough!

Huge wicket or India. R Ashwin breaks the dangerous-looking partnership. Petersen departs for 28. The ball turned and crashes onto Petersen's pads. Loud appeal from the Indians for leg before and the umpire is convinced. South Africa need 147 runs to win. SA: 93/2 in 27.2 Overs

19:55 (IST)05 Jan 2022
Sandip G on Pujara-Rahane stand!

Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane are no strangers to hard times. Pujara has fought injuries, indifferent form, insecurities, question marks on intent and fitness and what not in his decade-long international career. Rahane has braved perception battles, an eternity on the waiting list for his Test debut and numerous instances of fickle form. At times, they have been together in the battle too, perhaps bound by the old-fashioned tenets of their batting, or just that they happen to be, for much of their career, the only Test specialist batsmen in the team. Read More

19:52 (IST)05 Jan 2022
Sriram Veera on Rishabh Pant!

Has Rishabh Pant ever been successful with his down-the-track heaves to pacers in Tests? He has tried that shot many times in the past – in Australia, in England, in India – but has hardly connected. Usually, he misses. This time, he got the edge and shoved India into danger territory. 

If not for a spellbinding cameo from Shardul ‘Greenidge’ Thakur (he plays one-leg-up cuts like the former West Indian opener), and an outstanding performance from Hanuma Vihari, Pant’s shot could have cost India the game then and there. Read More

19:48 (IST)05 Jan 2022
Drinks break!

What a gutsy fightback this has been by South Africa. Keegan Petersen oozes class as he started off with a couple of imperious fours driving off Bumrah, while Elgar is rock solid like always. Petersen and Elgar are up to the task as they build a steady partnership to put the pressure back on India. It will be a huge win for this inexperienced South African team, which is ravaged by controversies in the recent past. SA: 88/1 in 24 overs

19:39 (IST)05 Jan 2022
Here's Ashwin!

R Ashwin into the attack as India is looking for another breakthrough. Dean Elgar (31*) and Keegan Petersen (19*) have put on 35 runs for the second wicket. South Africa need 158 runs to win the Test match. SA: 82/1 in 22 Overs

19:35 (IST)05 Jan 2022
Indomitable spirit of Dean Elgar!
19:30 (IST)05 Jan 2022
Siraj into the attack!

Mohammed Siraj is into the attack for the first time. He has pulled up his hamstring in the first innings. South Africa need 163 runs to win the Test match. SA: 75/1 in 19.5 Overs 

19:12 (IST)05 Jan 2022
SA steady after Markram wicket!

Dean Elgar (20*) and Keegan Petersen (9*) are looking rock solid after the fall of Aiden Markram wicket. South Africa need 179 runs to win the Test match. SA: 61/1 in 16 Overs 

18:45 (IST)05 Jan 2022
Thakur strikes!

It's that man again. Shardul Thakur strikes for India. Markram is absolutely plumb. Brilliant from Thakur, he provided the much-needed breakthrough for India. Markram gone for 31. South Africa need 193 runs to win. SA: 47/1 in 10 Overs 

18:33 (IST)05 Jan 2022
Shardul with the ball!

Shardul Thakur will start off with the ball for Team India in the final session of the day. Shardul (7/61) was a wrecker-in-chief in the first innings, best bowling figure by an Indian pacer in South Africa.  Proteas need 240 runs to win the Test match. SA: 38/0 in 7.5 Overs 

18:14 (IST)05 Jan 2022

An intriguing battle between South Africa openers and Indian new ball bowlers. Elgar and Markram are off to a positive start in the 240 runs chase. South Africa need 206 runs to win the match and level the three-match Test series. SA: 34/0 in 7 Overs 

18:05 (IST)05 Jan 2022

Definitely short of the day by Aiden Markram. He leans into the drive, gets into a good position, and drives this elegantly past covers for a boundary. South Africa need 211 runs to win the match.SA: 29/0 in 6 Overs 

17:51 (IST)05 Jan 2022
Positive start from SA openers!

It has been a cautious start by the South African openers. Dean Elgar didn't have much strike, while Markram is looking solid and had already hit three boundaries. South Africa need 224 runs to win the Test and level the series. SA: 16/0 in 3 Overs 

17:46 (IST)05 Jan 2022
Bumrah with the new ball!

The second session of the 2nd Test between India and South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg witnessed a tense moment on the field when Jasprit Bumrah and Marco Jansen exchanged heated words in a mid-pitch confrontation. Read

17:38 (IST)05 Jan 2022

Since 2018, South Africa have never chased a target of above 200 in Tests! South Africa need 240 runs to win the test match and draw the series. South Africa 0/0 

Deficit overcome, a lead building, India stay on track at Wanderers

South Africa's batsman Temba Bavuma, front, reacts after being dismissed India's bowler Shardul Thakur, during the second day of the 2nd Test Cricket match between South Africa and India at the Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

The second ball of the second day of the Wanderers Test from Mohammed Shami leaped at Dean Elgar, who fended it safely to point. The last ball of the day from Keshav Maharaj spun and bounced at Cheteshwar Pujara, who edged it softly past slip for his seventh four and took India’s lead to 58 with eight wickets standing.

What ensued in between those two deliveries was not only utterly absorbing cricket, but also the build-up of several narratives that are hurtling towards one grand denouement at the Bullring. The headline story of the day was, of course, how Shardul Thakur transformed his golden arm into a goldmine extracting one precious wicket after another. Before Thakur ripped through the South African batting line-up, the morning had been about the craft and threat of Shami and Jasprit Bumrah pitted against the grit of Elgar and the elegant promise of Keegan Petersen. (READ FULL STORY)

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