Indian batter Ajinkya Rahane was adjudged LBW by the on-field umpire, Allahudein Paleker, but not before initially denying South African bowler, Kagiso Rabada‘s appeal.
The incident took place in the first session on Day 3 of the Johannesburg Test. India was well-placed courtesy of a stunning counterattack from Cheteshwar Pujara and Rahane, who bought up their 100-run partnership.
The duo scored at almost 5 rpo throughout their alliance in the middle, something that is seldom expected of them. Things were going great for the Indian side before Rabada got one ball to misbehave off the pitch and induced a faint edge off Rahane’s willow.
The South Africans went up confidently in their appeal but Paleker turned it down initially. Moments later, when the Proteas began pondering over a review, Paleker raised the dreaded finger, signaling that Rahane was out. Having known that he edged it, Rahane walked off but not before contributing 58.
Watch the incident involving Ajinkya Rahane’s dismissal here:
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Rahane, Pujara bring up their respective fifties
Both Rahane and Pujara started out positively in the morning, scoring boundaries off almost every over. None of the bowlers could maintain their lengths for prolonged periods of time and ended up leaking runs as India’s lead swelled past the 100-run mark.
Luckily for the hosts, their trusted pacer, Rabada, turned on the heat and began troubling the Indian batsmen. He removed Rahane with a peach before trapping Pujara right in front of the stumps for an LBW decision. As things have panned out, a target of 200 runs could well be a winning total on the bouncy Johannesburg pitch.