WION Web Team Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Jan 08, 2018, 08.06 AM
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.