Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid. (Photo: BCCI)

Last Update on: December 29th, 2021 at 03:12 pm

India head coach Rahul Dravid had the opportunity and honour to ring the bell at the Centurion to indicate the start of play on Day 4 at Centurion. The former Indian captain has had good memories of playing in South Africa having captained the Indian team to their first-ever Test win on this soil and perhaps rightly so, deserved to ring the bell.

An eventful Day 3 puts India in the driver’s seat

Rahul Dravid, Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami. Credits: Twitter

India were simply brilliant on an opening day having ended it on 272/3. With rain playing spoilsport on the second day, Day 3 was expected to be a moving day. South Africa made a strong comeback in the opening session as both Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi were bowling with their tails up. India lost 7 wickets for just 55 runs and got bowled out for just 327.

However, 327 was still a challenging score on this pitch and South Africa didn’t get off to the best of starts. The Proteas lost their opening four wickets for just 32 runs and were in deep trouble. That is when Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock got together for a crucial half-century stand. But once De Kock’s wicket fell, India were right back into the game. Bavuma’s half-century was perhaps the only saving grace as India took a lead of 146 runs by the end of the day’s play.

With Day 4 in progress, India still have eight wickets in hand at the time of writing and will look to swell that lead as much as possible in order to have enough time to bowl South Africa out and take a 1-0 lead in the series.

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