India vs South Africa 3rd Test Day 1 Highlights: Rohit, Rahane dominate after Rabada show

India vs South Africa 3rd Test Day 1 Highlights: Rohit, Rahane dominate after Rabada show

India vs South Africa (IND vs SA) 3rd Test, Day 1 Highlights: Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane rescued India after Kagiso Rabada wreaked havoc with the new ball

IND vs SA 3rd Test Day 1: India have a 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

India vs South Africa (IND vs SA) 3rd Test Day 1 Live Score Streaming Online: India got off to their worst start in the ongoing Test series losing three wickets early on in the innings. Kagiso Rabada wreaked havoc with the new ball as he got the wicket of Mayank Agarwal followed by Cheteshwar Pujara, who left for a duck. Virat Kohli became Anrich Nortje’s debut Test wicket as umpire’s call went against him. But Rohit Sharma held on to one end and went on to score his sixth Test hundred, his third in the series. The fourth-wicket partnership between him and Ajinkya Rahane has helped India recover, where the latter got to his 21st Test half-century in the second session. Before bad light and rain stopped play, India were 224 for three wickets from 58 overs.

Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first on a spinner-friendly Ranchi pitch. Faf du Plessis walked out with a proxy-skipper at the toss to make the call but it did not work in visitors’ favour. Shahbaz Nadeem, the local lad gets rewarded for his performance in the domestic circuit as he makes his Test debut. Du Plessis made five changes in the side, with George Linde and Heinrich Klaasen making their Test debut and Lungi Ngidi playing his first Test on the tour replacing Vernon Philander. Quinton de Kock will open the batting in Aiden Markram’s absence and Klaasen plays as a wicketkeeper-batsman.

Freedom Trophy, 2019JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi 14 November 2019

India 497/9 dec (116.3)


South Africa  162 (56.2) & 133 (48.0)

Match Ended ( Day 4 - 3rd Test ) India beat South Africa by an innings and 202 runs

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India vs South Africa 3rd Test, Day 1 Highlights:

And it's stumps!

The inevitable has arrived and the play has been called off due to rain. IND end the first day at Ranchi on 224/3 after 58 overs. All thanks to Rohit Sharma's brilliant sixth Test century and his partner, Ajinkya Rahane's 21st Test half-century. Kagiso Rabada the better performer for the Proteas for inflicting some early pain to the hosts, after helping his team bring India down to 39/3 in the first session. More to play for tomorrow, only if weather permits though.

Oh oh!

Play interrupted

And bad light ruins the good show of consistency by India at Ranchi. Just six overs into the third session, the play stops after India added 19 more runs to their tally. Rohit Sharma's on 117* and Ajinkya Rahane's on 83*. IND are 224/3 after 58 overs.

Play resumes

The batsmen are out, and George Linde starts off the proceedings in the third session. Just the one run from the over, as Rahane took a single in the first ball of the over. IND are 206/3 after 53 overs.

Time for some Tea!

With a massive session runrate of 4.62, India close the second session as the play disbands for tea break. With Rohit Sharma on 108* and Ajinkya Rahane on 74*, India have really upped the ante off late. 134 runs in the second session without a wicket. IND are 205/3 after 52 overs. 

Two hundred up

With 16 runs coming off the last three overs, it's fair to say that India has recovered quite well from their early implosion. Both Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane are holding firm, whilst playing confidently, with them maintaining their partnership at 161 in the Anrich Nortje over. Maiden over. IND are 200/3 after 50 overs. 

Rohit hits hundred

Rohit Sharma gets to his Test century at JSCA Stadium, Ranchi in MS Dhoni style. Rohit hits Dane Piedt for a maximum to get to his sixth Test century. He gets to the three-figure mark from 130 deliveries. IND are 184/3 after 46 overs.


Ajinkya Rahane gets to his 21st Test half-century from 70 deliveries, his quickest in India. Rahane played a slow inning in the Pune Test. Meanwhile, Dane Piedt introduced into the attack. IND are 149/3 after 39 overs.

Drinks break

Rohit Sharma has shifted gears in the second session. India have scored at almost five runs per over in the first hour of this session. Rohit has moved to 75 whereas Ajinkya Rahane is just one run away from his reaching his 21st half-century. IND - 147/3 in 38 overs

100-run partnership

This is exactly what India needed, a partnership. The Mumbai batsmen Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane have played the fast bowlers well so far. They have not had much of a problem against the spin either. IND - 139/3 in 37 overs


Rohit Sharma gets to his 11th Test fifty. The Indian opener has been remarkable as a Test opener. This is his 9th fifty-plus score in 11 innings at home.  IND - 115/3 in 30 overs

100 up!

Two boundaries from Kagiso Rabada's over. Rohit Sharma's edge goes past the slip fielder. Ajinkya Rahane gets two boundaries. Rahane has been exceptional in this innings so far. He is into the 40s, almost scoring run-a-ball. 13 runs from Rabada's over. IND - 111/3 in 29 overs

Second session underway

George Linde continues after the lunch break. Faf du Plessis may persist with him for a while keeping in mind the left-arm spinner will be bowling to two right-handed batsmen. Rohit moves into the 40s with a boundary off the fourth delivery of the over. Five runs from the over. IND - 76/3 

Lunch break

Bowl short to Rohit Sharma and he will not spare you irrespective of the format. Anrich Nortje tries to surprise Rohit with a bouncer but the extra pace helped the latter to hit it over the boundary. Two boundaries from Nortje's over. IND 71/3 from 23 overs at lunch break

George Linde into attack

Debutant George Linde into the attack. The left-arm spinner created a few problems for Rohit Sharma in his first over. Just a single from the over. IND - 61/3 in 22 overs

50 up!

Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane are trying to rebuild the innings after three wickets early in the first session. Rohit is batting on 23 from 53 deliveries whereas Rahane has faced 15 deliveries and scored 6 runs. IND - 51/3 in 20 overs

Kohli departs

Virat Kohli is not a happy man walking back to the dressing room as umpire's call works in South Africa's favour. Anrich Nortje gets his debut Test wicket, that too of Kohli. The Indian skipper departs for 12, outclassed by an in-swinging delivery. IND - 39/3 in 15.3 overs

First signs of aggression

Rohit Sharma plays his trademark pull shot off the front foot to hit a boundary. Lungi Ngidi comes back into the attack and bangs one short, gets the treatment it deserved. Seven runs from the over. IND - 39/2 in 15 overs

Kohli off the mark

Virat Kohli gets off the mark,  two boundaries off Anrich Nortje's over. South Africa are surely missing their swing bowler Vernon Philander. IND - 25/2 in 12 overs

DRS saves Rohit

Kagiso Rabada thought he had his man. A loud appeal and the umpire Richard Illingworth raised his winger. Rohit Sharma went for the review straightaway as the inside edge off his bat was even visible to the naked eye. The DRS works in India's favour, Rohit is at the crease enduring Rabada's fiery spell. IND - 17/2 in 11 overs

Nortje into the attack

Anrich Nortje replaces Lungi Ngidi. Nortje remained wicketless on his Test debut. The fast bowler is in the side whereas Vernon Philander has been excluded despite his performance in the lower with the bat. Just a single from his first over. IND - 17/2 in 10 overs

Pujara bags a duck

Cheteshwar Pujara is out for a rare duck. Kagiso Rabada trapped him with an in-swinger. The umpire's decision was reversed, judicious use of the DRS from Faf du Plessis. Rabada has been outstanding with the new ball today. He welcomes Virat Kohli with a fiery bouncer. IND - 16/2 in 9 overs


Rohit Sharma is trying hard to curb his limited-overs nature. Rohit has been beaten flashing his blade at the odd delivery outside the off-stump. The opener gets a boundary off an outside edge of the bat, his first of the innings. Meanwhile, Cheteshwar Pujara has looked scratchy at the start of his innings so far. IND - 16/1 in 8 overs


Kagiso Rabada strikes. Fuller delivery to Mayank Agarwal and it takes an outside edge off the bat carries to slip fielder Dean Elgar. Agarwal falls for 10. IND - 12/1 in 5 overs

Back-to-back maidens

Indian openers have been cautious on the Ranchi pitch so far. The odd ball is keeping low surprising the batsman. Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi have been impressive so far. IND - 7/0 in 4 overs

Good start for Ngidi

Lungi Ngidi playing his first Test on the tour looks in good rhythm opening the bowling from the other end, Just one single from the over. IND - 7/0 in 2 overs

First innings underway

Kagiso Rabada opens the bowling, hint of swing for him on the first delivery as he beats Mayank Agarwal. The Indian opener scores a boundary off the fourth delivery. As expected the ball is keeping low as Sunil Gavaskar said. IND - 6/0 in 1 over

Playing XIs

SA XI: Dean Elgar, Quinton de Kock, Zubayr Hamza, Faf du Plessis(c), Temba Bavuma, Heinrich Klaasen(w), George Linde, Dane Piedt, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi

IND XI: Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shahbaz Nadeem, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami

Faf du Plessis makes major changes

In Aiden Markram, wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock will open the batting for South Africa. Faf du Plessis makes as many as five changes in the squad. George Linde and Heinrich Klaasen make their Test debut. Zubayr Hamza replaces Theunis de Bruyn, Dane Piedt replaces an injured Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi replaces Vernon Philander. Klaasen will be keeping the stumps. 

Nadeem makes debut

Shahbaz Nadeem, the local lad makes his Test debut.

"Just one change - Ishant has been given a break. Shahbaz Nadeem makes his debut. Unfortunately, Kuldeep couldn't pull up. We checked on him yesterday but he didn't respond well enough from his shoulder niggle. Nadeem is the local boy and it's a dream debut. We'll have to continue to work hard and look to win sessions of cricket. That's the only message I look to pass on," Virat Kohli said at the toss.

Toss update

Virat Kohli wins toss, elects to bat first. Faf du Plessis walked out with Temba Bavuma to make the call but it did not go in South Africa's way. South Africa lose the toss once again. 

Pitch report

Former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar says that the ball is expected to help the spinners. India will be tempted to play three spinners. It is going to be a tough decision for Faf du Plessis to chose between Lungi Ngidi and an extra spinner. 

Weather update

Ranchi weather is expected to be mostly cloudy throughout the day with thunderstorms in the latter half of the first and third session. This makes the toss all the more important. 

Final Test

Hello and welcome to India vs South Africa 3rd Test live blog. Once again, the toss will play a crucial role as the captain winning the toss would like to bat first. Faf du Plessis may use someone else to make the call at the toss as he has not had much luck of late. 


India: Virat Kohli (c), Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vc), Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill

South Africa: Faf du Plessis (c), Temba Bavuma (vc), Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock, Dean Elgar, Zubayr Hamza, George Linde, Senuran Muthusamy, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Vernon Philander, Dane Piedt, Kagiso Rabada, Rudi Second