Indian batters Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane carried their brilliant performance they left from overnight and stretched their partnership to 111 runs. Both the batters used their immense experience to bail out their team from a tricky situation as they shifted their gears from playing defensively to attacking.
Rahane was the wrecker-in-chief particularly in the first session as he slammed eight boundaries and a six to Marco Jansen, it was very important for him to play that knock after the pressure he was pumped into over his poor batting form.
Both Rahane and Pujara were dismissed by Kagiso Rabada in quick succession with the onus was on Pant to escalate India’s lead in order to set a huge target for the Proteas.
In the 39th over of India’s second innings, Rabada bowled a short ball to Pant that pinged his gloves but didn’t go aerial. But the very next delivery, Pant came down the track to smash Rabada’s short ball, which he got a thin edge to his counterpart Kyle Verreynne behind the stumps.
Rabada ended up with figures of 3/77 as Lungi Ngidi (3/43) and Marco Jansen (3/67) supported him to bowl out the visitors at 266 even though Hanuma Vihari led the team’s fightback with an unbeaten 40-run knock.
South Africa need 122 runs more to win the second Test with eight wickets in hand
India set the Proteas a target of 240 as their opener Aiden Markram, who has been under fire throughout the series, showed great intent as he stroked an array of boundaries against Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami.
Makram seemed unstoppable with his free-flowing shots as he raced to 31 runs from 38 balls. Shardul Thakur, who nabbed seven wickets for India in the first innings, once again came to the team’s rescue as he trapped the South African opener before the wicket for LBW.
Keegan Petersen carried his form in the second innings as he built a partnership with his skipper Dean Elgar and smashed a couple of boundaries against Bumrah’s bowling. The right-handed batter was adjudged LBW off Ravichandran Ashwin’s sharp off-breaker.
South Africa were 118/2 at the end of the gameplay of Day 3 Elgar remaining undefeated on 46 despite taking some nasty blows on his body in the final few overs. The Proteas need 122 runs more to win while India needs eight wickets to clinch their first Test series win in South Africa.
The pitch at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg offers assistance for the pace bowlers. The bounce and seam movement will make life difficult for the batters to navigate the genuine pace as is the nature of the pitch. The outfield as usual will be quick and the batsmen will get value for the shots. As the day progresses spinners will become handy and pacers could be able to extract reverse swing.
Average 1st Innings score: 313
Average 2nd Innings score: 280
Average 3rd Innings score: 252
Average 4th Innings score: 206
Highest total scored by a team in an innings at the venue: 652/7 (146 overs) by Australia vs South Africa
Lowest total recorded by a team in an innings at the venue: 49/10 (29.1 overs) by Pakistan vs South Africa
Weather forecast for Day 3 between India vs South Africa second Test in Johannesburg
The weather forecast for Day 4 between South Africa vs India second Test doesn’t look as promising as it was for the first three days and rain showers are expected in the latter part of the day which can also spoil the entire day’s play.