India vs South Africa: India under pressure on Day 4

The scoreboard announces the calling off of the game during the third day of the first Test cricket match between South Africa and India at Newlands in Cape Town. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa Jan 08, 2018, 08.06 AM (IST)

The first innings for India was quite unfortunate when bowlers did their bit by holding the South African side for 286 but the India batting order was shattered by the Proteas pacers when Indian side somehow saved the follow-on.

The top batsmen and stars of Test cricket could not perform, only Hardik Pandya went on the thrilling counter-attack by scoring 93 crucial runs for his team but missing an elusive century. He also took 2 quick wickets of Aiden Markram and Dean Elgar before the wrap-up of the second day of the first Test against South Africa.

When all the batsmen were falling into the trap of South African bowlers then Hardik found a determined ally in Bhuvneshwar Kumar, together they made a partnership of 99 runs. He also denies the talk of pitch behaviour and additional swing by playing some handsome strokes.

As the 3rd-day play was called off due to the heavy rains. Now, Indian bowlers have less time to strike again because fewer overs now, around 200 overs are left in the game. Though, the rain proved to be a salvation for India side. If the Proteas had taken a huge lead on Day 3 then it would have become impossible for India side to save the game from there.

Hashim Amla and Kagiso Rabada will continue their game on day 4 as the weather reports say zero precipitation and a bright sunny day to have a game of cricket.

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With an advantage of 142 runs and 8 wickets in hands, South Africa is set to take a huge lead. But still, there is enough time to get a result as the forecast is better for Day 4 and Day 5 as well.

Now, India bowlers will be under an immense pressure of taking wickets, meanwhile, Ashwin can also produce results by taking some wickets on the damp pitch.

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