Centurion Test: India at 35/3; still 252 runs short of win

Lynette Rowe
January 17, 2018

It also depends on the conditions. So you cannot mind that, but yes, sometimes you do feel inside that maybe I could have got five wickets. Kohli eventually guided India to 307 and the visitors, who resumed the day on 183 for five, managed to survive the first session. These are two very closely matched teams and on a lively surface - unusually so in that case - in Cape Town they threw a stack of haymakers at each other, before the outcome was settled.

"We were carrying a good momentum so we wanted to carry on". Parthiv Patel missed a simple chance offered by Elgar (on 29 then), who edged behind off Jasprit Bumrah (2/30) in the 25th over. What else could explain the six dropped catches in the Test? "We can only try and then the rest is dependent on luck".

Out of the 22 Test matches held at this venue, South Africa have registered the victory in 17 Tests, losing two and the remaining three ending in a draw. The gesture had a lot to say from the skipper after the fans lashed out at his wife Anushka Sharma after his failure in the first Test.

Ngidi, on his test debut, had 2-14 and produced the biggest celebration of the day, and maybe the test, for the South Africans when he trapped Kohli lbw seven overs from the end.

It was the flawless combination for South Africa, and with de Villiers in, the run-rate was never a problem, too. By no means was it an easy day. Seamers Ishant Sharma has looked pretty ineffective so far.

Calcutta/Centurion: Virat Kohli kept India alive in the second Test with a masterful hundred, before AB de Villiers turned the tide a bit in South Africa's favour on an eventful third day affected by rain and bad light.

The opener made his highest score - 61 runs - at this ground in the second innings. There was so much time left in the game. The couple got married in a resort named as "The Borgo Finocchieto".

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"I don't know what you guys are watching", said Shami when asked about this on Tuesday.

"It's working out, the wicket is playing into our favour", Elgar said.

That plan though didn't go to script, as Mohammed Shami was finding good areas and invariable bounce from the unusual SuperSport Park wicket.

"We were having a word with the umpires telling them that the ball is still wet", Bumrah confirmed. India lost M Vijay and Virat Kohli in the same manner; Vijay played on to one from Rabada that shot through at just above ankle height; Kohli was low to a nip-backer from Lungi Ngidi that went through at knee height. While the Indian batting line-up toppled badly, the skipper, Virat Kohli stood tall a the lone warrior for team India.

"He s a very special batsman, as we saw in the first innings". So we don't get too disheartened that this (resumption of play) didn't happen. We just need to execute our processes.

"I´ve played cricket here all my life and never seen a wicket like this", said Morkel.

Shami however said he was surprised getting a subcontinental pitch at a venue known to favour fast bowling.

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