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Day 4: India crush South Africa to win 3rd Test by 63 runs

Jasprit Bumrah, Indian Captain Virat Kohli and teammates celebrate the dismissal of South Africa batsman. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 27, 2018, 03.27 PM (IST)

Indian bowlers made an absolute mockery of the formidable South African batting, after taking seven wickets in quick succession on day four of the third and final test match.

India dismissed second innings of Proteas at 177 runs and clinched a 63-run win at Johannesburg.

Pacer Mohammad Shami's five-wicket haul played a crucial role in this big win for India. 

Dean Elgar played a spectacular knock and remained unbeaten at 86 runs after facing 240 balls.   

At tea, South Africa were 136 for the loss of three wickets and eye a series whitewash while chasing 241 against India.

A 64-run partnership between Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla frustrated the opponents, before Ishant Sharma struck and ended Amla's stellar innings at 52.

He also sent Faf du Plessis back to the pavilion without letting him cause any serious damage. 

Bumrah too took two crucial wickets of AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock, further helping India inch India closer to a single match.

Later, Shami took advantage of new players being on the crease and quickly dismissed Vernon Philander and Andile Phehlukwayo, bringing the Men in Blue to the driver's seat. 

Starting from their overnight score of 17/1, South Africa made steady progress. Jasprit Bumrah (0-20) completed his over from last evening, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar (0-20) and Mohammed Shami (1-15) started off proceedings properly.

On day one, India were bowled out for 187 runs in their first innings after opting to bat. Virat Kohli (54) and Cheteshwar Pujara (50) scored contrasting fifties while Kagiso Rabada finished with 3-39.

On day two, Jasprit Bumrah (5-54) picked up his maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricket as South Africa were bowled out for 194 in their first innings. Hashim Amla scored 61.

On day three, brave knocks from Virat Kohli (41) and Ajinkya Rahane (48) carried India to 247 in their second innings before play was halted early on account of dangerous pitch.