India started the Day 3 with the score of 57/2 leading by 70 runs. in the exciting third and final test match between India and South Africa which is underway at Newlands in Cape Town. Indian wicket-keeper batter Rishabh Pant scored a brilliant unbeaten 100 to help India set a 212-run target for South Africa, who concluded the day’s play with 101/2.
Rishabh Pant fought back well; South Africa eyes to clinch the series win
Struggling with the form, the duo of Cheteshwar Pujara, and Ajinkya Rahane had a lot to prove but they once again failed to impress. They were dismissed for low scores in the second innings. It was the youngster Rishabh Pant who rose to the occasion and fought back against the hosts.
He scored a brilliant hundred under challenging conditions. Pant also became the first Asian wicketkeeper to score a Test ton in South Africa. He added 95 runs with captain Virat Kohli for the fifth wicket. The Indian captain was also composed but added just 29 runs to his name in 143 balls. The Men in Blue were ultimately bundled out for 198 runs in the third innings. For South Africa, Marco Jansen was the pick of the bowlers with his four wickets, Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada picked three wickets each.
South Africa were given a target of 212 runs. Eyeing to started the innings on a high note, failed to execute it. They lost their first wicket early in the chase of 212 runs. Pacer Mohammed Shami removed Aiden Markram on a sharp delivery. Proteas skipper Dean Elgar was removed by Jasprit Bumrah on the last ball of Day 3 after adding 78 runs with Keegan Petersen for the second wicket. The Indian pacers have troubled South Africa batters so far and would be willing to make a turnaround on the Day 4 of the decider match.