India scored only 198 runs in the second innings on the basis of Rishabh Pant’s century and set a target of 212 runs for victory in front of South Africa.
India took two wickets in the second innings of South Africa.
India and South Africa (India vs South Africa 2021Cape Town Test between (Cape Town Test) has reached an exciting position, where hosts South Africa look to be in a strong position. In response to the target of 212 runs from India, South Africa made 101 runs for the loss of two wickets till the end of the third day’s play. For South Africa, captain Dean Elgar and Keegan Pietersen (48 not out) put their team in a strong partnership, but Jasprit Bumrah (48 not out) on the last ball of the day.Jasprit Bumrah) raised hopes of a comeback for India by taking the wicket of Elgar. However, the match still looks in favor of South Africa, who need just 111 runs in the next two days, while India need to take 8 wickets.
South Africa did not start well in response to the target of 212 runs from Team India. Mohammed Shami soon returned the pavilion to the team’s opener Aidan Markram. Markram was caught by KL Rahul at third slip. Shami took the wicket of Markram for the fourth time in this series. India expected to put pressure on South Africa from here, but Elgar and Pietersen turned those intentions away.
The Elgar-Peterson partnership and the DRS controversy
Like in the first innings, Pietersen once again started troubling the Indian bowlers. The South African batsman made some excellent shots and got the boundary. Elgar, on the other hand, kept getting lucky and on two occasions his catch fell just a few inches before the slip. One such big donation was given to Elgar with the help of DRS. Elgar was given LBW out by the umpire off Ravichandran Ashwin.
Elgar sent it to the third umpire at the last moment and ball tracking showed that the ball had gone a few millimeters above the bails. Due to this the entire team including Indian captain Virat Kohli got very angry and many types of comments were made by the Indian players on the stump mic.
Pietersen and Elgar took the team past 100 runs, but Jasprit Bumrah got the wicket of Elgar (30) in the last over of the day. Elgar tried to flick the ball going outside Bumrah’s leg-stump, but Rishabh Pant took the best catch behind the wicket. The umpire gave it not out, then India took a review and this time the decision went in India’s favor.
Pant’s brilliant century, everything else failed
Earlier, the flop show of the batsmen continued in India’s second innings as well. Cheteshwar Pujara (9) and Ajinkya Rahane (1) were dismissed in the first two overs of the day. Captain Virat Kohli shared a 94-run partnership with Rishabh Pant, but Kohli’s (29 runs, 143 balls) patient innings too was settled after lunch. Only Rishabh Pant batted for India, who faced the South African bowlers firmly and scored the fourth century of his Test career in 133 balls. He became the first wicketkeeper from India and Asia to score a Test century in South Africa. Pant returned unbeaten on 100. Marco Yanson (4), Kagiso Rabada (3) and Lungi Ngidi (3) got success from South Africa.