SA vs IND 2nd Test, Day 3 Stumps: Elgar puts the hosts in front as Proteas need 122 runs to win;

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SA vs IND 2nd Test, Day 3 Stumps: Elgar puts the hosts in front as Proteas need 122 runs to win – With six sessions remaining in the second Test against India at The Wanderers in Johannesburg, South Africa needs 122 runs to win.

South Africa bowled India out for 266 in the second innings and then got off to a good start, scoring 118/2 at the Stumps on Wednesday. South Africa began the chase carefully, with skipper Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram surviving a difficult phase before tea on Day Three. Beginning the final session of Day 3 on 34/0, Shardul Thakur gave the tourists their long-awaited breakthrough, trapping dangerous-looking Markram in front of the wickets for LBW with the penultimate ball of the 10th over. SA’s opening scored 31 points in 38 seconds.

SA vs IND 2nd Test, Day 3 Stumps: Elgar puts the hosts in front as Proteas need 122 runs to win

After that, Keegan Petersen joined his captain at the crease, and the pair continued to frustrate the Indian bowlers. After experimenting with various speed combinations, KL Rahul decided to go with the experienced Ravichandran Ashwin, and the spinner quickly delivered when he removed Petersen. The Proteas batsman hit 28 runs off 44 balls before Ashwin caught him in front of the wickets in the 28th over.

After that wicket, Elgar was joined by Rassie van der Dussen, and the pair guaranteed that the hosts finished the day with eight wickets.

Earlier, India added 78 runs after lunch in the second session to set South Africa a target of 240. Hanuma Vihari stayed undefeated on 40, while Shardul Thakur scored 28 runs from 24 balls.

South Africa’s Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, and Marco Jansen all took three wickets to dismiss India for 266.

South Africa battled back with four wickets late Wednesday morning in the first session. On Day Three, Pujara and Rahane added 70 runs to the overnight total before South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada gained the breakthrough. Rabada caught Rahane behind for 58 runs after trapping Pujara at the front of the stumps. The right-handed bowler didn’t stop there, dismissing Rishabh Pant as India lost their third wicket on Wednesday.

With their individual fifties, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane had stabilised the ship for India, but Rabada dismissed both hitters to lead South Africa’s fightback on Wednesday morning.

Scores in Brief: India 202/10 and 266/10 (Cheteshwar Pujara 53, Rahane 58; Kagiso Rabada 3-54), vs South Africa 229/10 and 118/2 (Dean Elgar 46*, Aidram 31; Ravichandran Ashwin 1-14).

(With ANI Inputs)

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