Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is inching closer to his fourth Test ton as he is batting with the tail on day 3 in the Cape Town Test. Things looked good for India with Pant adding a 94-run stand with Virat Kohli (29). However, the wicket of Kohli opened the floodgates for the hosts who took four wickets post-lunch.
In between wickets falling at the other end, Rishabh Pant tried to play an extraordinary short in the very first ball of the 60th over. He went down the ground and threw his hands trying to hit the ball over deep cover. In the process, he lost the grip on his bat which fell exactly in the opposite direction in the square leg. To Pant’s disappointment, there was no run for him on this occasion as the ball was fielded by a fielder in the deep.
Interestingly, none of the South African fielders helped by picking up the bat for him. At last, Pant himself picked up the bat again and was seen taking the blessings off his bat before facing the next ball. In other words, he was showing compassion to the bat.
Watch – Rishabh Pant’s Bat Slips From His Hands As He Hits A Shot on Day 3 In Cape Town:
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In the very next ball, he drove it through deep cover but did not take a single. Instead, he jogged through to point and came back to entertain the crowd. He is trying out all his shots with only the tail-enders left to bat.
India losing quick wickets in the second session, brought back the hosts into the game who are now on the lookout to dismiss the opposition as soon as possible. India’s lead is over 200 now with the final two wickets left.
South Africa chased down 240 required to win in the second Test in Johannesburg and is aiming to limit the opposition to as few as possible. The Virat Kohli-led side can become the first Indian side to win a Test series in South Africa. The three-match series is currently tied on 1-1.