Rishabh Pant scored a fantastic century, but South Africa dominated Day 3 of the third test against India at Newlands Capetown on Thursday.
At the start of Day 3, the visitors were dealt with a big blow as Cheteshwar Pujara (9) fell to a brilliant catch at leg slip by Keegan Peterson off Marco Jansen. Kagiso Rabada then got into the act by dismissing Ajinkya Rahane (1) to a peach of a delivery, gloving to Dean Elgar at slip cordon.
Virat Kohli along with Pant stitched together a solid 94 run stand for the fifth wicket before the former edged a Lungi Ngidi delivery to Markram at second slip for 29.
The likes of Ravichandran Ashwin (7), Shardul Thakur (5), Umesh Yadav (0), Mohammed Shami (0) and Jasprit Bumrah (2) failed to contribute as India were bowled out for 198, with an overall lead of 211. Wicket keeper Pant was left stranded on 100. In the process he also became first Indian wicketkeeper to score a century in South Africa.
For the Proteas, Marco Jansen was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4/36, while Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi claimed three wickets each.
Chasing 212, South Africa lost Aiden Markram (16), as he edged a Mohammed Shami delivery to KL Rahul at third slip.
Elgar on 22 was given out leg before wicket to Ravichandran Ashwin. However the Proteas skipper took the review and survived, as the ball tracking indicating the delivery was missing the stumps much to the frustration of the Indian players.
The South African skipper Elgar and Peterson (48)* featured in 78 run stand for the second wicket before the former perished caught down the leg side by Pant off Jasprit Bumrah. The Indian skipper Kohli went for a review and India managed to overturn the original decision of not out to out.
Stumps at the end of Day 3
India second innings- 198 all out. (Rishabh Pant 100, Marco Jansen 4/36, Kagiso Rabada 3/53, Lungi Ngidi 3/21) vs South Africa second innings 101/2. ( Peterson 48*, Elgar 30) need a further 111 more runs.