Rishabh Pant was in his usual batting flow on Day 3 of the third Test against South Africa. He came in at a time when India had lost both Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane in the space of a few deliveries.
The duo failed once again and could well be axed from the upcoming home season. Following their fall, it was Pant and Virat Kohli who rebuilt the innings from thereon and stitched a 50-run partnership, taking India to Lunch safely.
After the break, Pant dished out the punishment to Keshav Maharaj, as he smashed two sixes in a row. The first one was a trademark slog-sweep with one hand off the handle while the other one was a much more traditional loft down the ground.
In the process, the ball happened to disappear into the stands and with no spectators allowed, it took quite a while for the ball to come back. South African pacers, Kagiso Rabada and Marco Jansen were seen searching for it.
Watch SA pacers searching for the ball after Rishabh Pant’s six here:
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At the start of Day 3, India was 57/2 but they lost both Pujara and Rahane inside the first two overs. At 58/4, the hosts were right on top but Kohli and Pant began the resolute comeback. While the former defended, Pant took the aggressive route as he usually does.
At Lunch, they were 130/4 with a total lead of 143 on the board. They need at least 100 more runs to give their bowlers enough time and runs to defend the total.