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India vs South Africa 3rd Test, Day 1 Highlights: At Stumps, Proteas 17/1 and trail by 206 runs

India vs South Africa 3rd Test Day 1 Highlights: South Africa are trailing by 206 runs at the end of days play.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: January 12, 2022 3:27:57 pm
India's bowler Jasprit Bumrah, left, celebrates with teammates after bowling South Africa's batsman Rassie van der Dussen, during the fourth day of the Test Cricket match between South Africa and India at Centurion Park in Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

India vs South Africa 3rd Test Day 1 Highlights: South Africa were 17/1 at stumps in reply to India’s first innings total of 223 all out on the opening day of the series-deciding third Test on Tuesday. Opener Aiden Markram and night-watchman Keshav Maharaj were batting on 8 and 6, respectively, at the close of play. Jasprit Bumrah dismissed the home team skipper Dean Elgar (3) cheaply after the Indian innings ended in 77.3 overs.

Batting first, India’s returning captain Virat Kohli top-scored for the visitors with a 79 off 201 balls, hitting 12 boundaries and a six in the process. Playing in his 50th Test, Rabada finished with impressive figures of 4/73, while Marco Jansen snared 3/55.

Playing XI:

India: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(C), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant(WK), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav

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

Match EndedIndia tour of South Africa, 2021/22 - 3rd Test

South Africa

210 (76.3) u0026 212/3 (63.3)


223 (77.3) u0026 198 (67.3)
Match Ended ( Day 4 - 3rd Test )
South Africa beat India by 7 wickets

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

21:32 (IST)11 Jan 2022

The hosts finish the day 206 runs behind in the first innings. The wicket of Elgar in that mini-session was a massive boost for India.

Brief Scores:
India 1st innings: 223 all out in 77.3 overs. (Cheteshwar Pujara 43, Virat Kohli 79; Kagiso Rabada 4/73).
South Africa 1st innings: 17/1 in 8 overs.

21:31 (IST)11 Jan 2022
4 maidens in a row from Bumrah

This is top-class stuff from Bumrah as he continues to build pressure on the South African batsmen. He has bowled four overs and is yet to concede a run.

21:17 (IST)11 Jan 2022
Bumrah strikes early

Boom Boom Bumrah. He picks up the big wicket of the South African captain Dean Elgar for three runs. He was squared up completely and edges it to first slip. Pujara takes the catch. SA: 10/1 after 4.4 overs


21:08 (IST)11 Jan 2022

Just over half an hour left in the day and a tricky period for the Proteas to negotiate. 
Avg 1st inngs score in Cape Town last five Tests: 287
India: 223

20:46 (IST)11 Jan 2022
Ngidi wraps things up!

Shami is caught at point by Bavuma off Ngidi's bowling. India bowled out for 223 runs in the first innings - one man stand for Team India, Kohli with 79 runs and for South Africa, Rabada took 4 wickets. 

20:40 (IST)11 Jan 2022

Ever since scoring his maiden double century (his 12th career 100) in North Sound in June 2016, this is the first time the number of half-centuries (28) has exceeded centuries (27) for Virat Kohli in his Test career.

20:29 (IST)11 Jan 2022
Watch: How Kohli fell for 79

Here is how Kohli fell to Rabada--

20:27 (IST)11 Jan 2022
Kohli departs

Rabada gets rid of the dangerous Virat Kohli after he feathers one behind. Kohli's knock comes to an end with him scoring 79. A valiant effort by the Indian skipper. IND: 211/9 after 73 overs


20:18 (IST)11 Jan 2022
Drinks are on the field

The highest score for Kohli since Jan 2020 bettering 74 in Adelaide in Dec 2020 in Tests. Now he's playing freely because he's got the license. The first half of Kohli's innings was about to control as much as possible, he was eyeing that 100 from the start. IND: 210/8 after 71 overs

20:16 (IST)11 Jan 2022
Bumrah departs without scoring

WICKET! Bumrah gone too. He was promoted up the order but he is walking back without scoring. A good delivery from Rabada. IND: 210/8 after 70.5 overs 

20:06 (IST)11 Jan 2022

But Thakur doesn't last long and falls to Keshav Maharaj, caught by Keegan Petersen! Hard hands from Thakur, and that was his fault. First wicket in last five home Tests for Maharaj. Last wicket was Mark Wood in Port Elizabeth on 17 Jan 2020. IND: 205/7

20:02 (IST)11 Jan 2022
SIX! What a SHOT!

What was that shot... Six!!!! Shardul Thakur has hit a six against Kagiso Rabada over the point - What a shot. Probably this can be the shot of the day. 

19:52 (IST)11 Jan 2022
FOUR! Kohli in full flow
19:44 (IST)11 Jan 2022

Ashwin walks as Jansen finds his edge and Verreynne does the rest. Virat Kohli continues to wage a lone battle but he needs someone to stay with him. IND: 175/6 after 62.5 overs

19:36 (IST)11 Jan 2022
How has Kohli been so far?

Kohli left 50 percent of the 158 deliveries it took to reach his 50. That is the second highest number since 2006, only Cook vs Australia in 2009 was higher with 50.6 percent. Only 1 other time has Virat leftover 40 percent of deliveries on his way to 50, 2012 in Perth. (Via Cricviz)

19:29 (IST)11 Jan 2022
Pant gone!!

And gone!!!! Rishabh Pant walks. Caught by Keegan Petersen. Huge blow for India just as the partnership was blossoming. 

19:27 (IST)11 Jan 2022
50 for Kohli

And Kohli gets his 50 in style. And with that Kohli gets his first 50 of this series. Gritty and matured batting from the Indian skipper.

19:22 (IST)11 Jan 2022
Pant hits one

Regular boundaries keep on coming for India as Pant hits one off Ngidi. It's uppish but wide of the fielder. Might have been out some other day but Indian batters are riding their luck. IND 159/4.

19:05 (IST)11 Jan 2022
Here we go again

And we are back from Tea for the last session of the day. Kohli starts strong with a great boundary off Ngidi. 5 from that over ultimately. India are 146/4 after 55 overs.

18:41 (IST)11 Jan 2022
Tea time

We go for tea as Kohli and Pant hold fort for India. Virat Kohli asking Pant to stay calm and leave the deliveries if possible. That will probably be the strategy from here on out. IND 141/4.

IND vs SA 3rd Test: Victory at Cape Town could define Kohli captaincy era The Indian cricket team members leave the field at the end of the third day of the 2nd cricket test match between South Africa and India at the Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. (AP Photo)

The series-decider in Cape Town is replete with symbols. It’s where, four years ago, Virat Kohli embarked on world conquest; it’s where Jasprit Bumrah made his Test debut four years ago; it’s where India have twice come tantalisingly close to securing their first series win in South Africa. Should they achieve it this time — the only outpost of the cricketing globe they have never conquered — it could end up defining Captain Kohli and his generation. But should they lose, the series could signal the end of an era. Conversely, if South Africa sustain their turnaround after losing the first Test, it could herald a much-needed resurgence.

As with most deciding fixtures, there is a sense of heightened anticipation. South Africa’s tenacity has breathed life into what was forecast as a one-sided series, more so after the visitors steamrolled the hosts in the first Test. South Africa suddenly seem buoyant; they have shed anxiety and fear. “We have a great record here. We are looking forward to it. South Africa’s pacers have always enjoyed themselves here,” skipper Dean Elgar said before the match. Read More

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