Cape Town: Dean Elgar and Keegan Pietersen took their ground to watch South Africa gain full control against India on the third day of the ongoing third Test at Newlands, Cape Town, here on Thursday.
At stumps, South Africa were 101/2 – the hosts still needed 111 runs to win. Pietersen (48 *) is currently unbeaten at the crease. Needing 212 runs to win, South African openers Aiden Markram and Dean Elgar saw seven overs, but the opening stand of 23 runs eventually came to an end as Mohammed Shami dismissed Markram (16) in the eighth over.
Keegan Pietersen joined Proteas captain Elgar in the middle and the two continued to carry the scoreboard along. Elgar was dismissed on the field in the 21st over off Ravichandran Ashwin, but the left-hander reviewed the call, and replays showed the ball was going over the stumps, and so the decision was reversed.
In the end, it looked like Elgar and Pietersen would make sure that South Africa don’t lose more wickets before the end of the game, however, Jasprit Bumrah made sure that should not happen as they got the better of Elgar (30). Reduced South Africa to 101/2.
Earlier, Rishabh Pant scored an unbeaten century as India were bundled out for 198 in the second innings, setting South Africa a target of 212 runs. For the Proteas, Marco Jensen took four wickets, while Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi took three wickets each.
As India were bundled out for 198, it became the first instance of a side getting all out 20 wickets in a Test match.
Brief scores: India 223 and 198; South Africa 210 and 101/2 (Keegan Pietersen 48*, Dean Elgar 30; Mohammed Shami 1-22). (ANI)
First published:13 January 2022 at 10:09 pm