A ruthless South African bowling sink India again as Virat Kohli’s men collapse at Johannesburg in the first day of the third test.
South Africa 6 for 1 (Bhuvneshwar 1-3) trail India 187 (Kohli 54, Pujara 50, Rabada 3-39) by 181 runs.
Setting the Scene:
India have already lost the test series after consecutive defeats at Cape Town and Centurion.
South Africa made a solitary change as Andile Phehlukwayo came in for Keshav maharaj.
India went with a couple of changes, Ajinkya Rahane came in as Rohit Sharma was dropped while Bhuvneshwar Kumar also made a return to the side in the expense of Ravi Ashwin.
Winning the toss India chose to bat but the green pitch took the toll of the Indian openers. Both Vijay and Rahul departed early but Pujara and captain Kohli steadied the ship for them. Pujara was defensive while Kohli attacked, and built a solid partnership. The seam movement and the quality of the Proteas bowlers was not an easy thing to deal, but both were looking good in those alien conditions. Kohli played his shots while Pujara was rock solid with his defense and both scored half centuries. Pujara took 179 balls to reach his fifty and only opened his mark after playing 54 deliveries.
Kohli and Pujara scored fifties to steady the Indian batting
But apart from Kohli and Pujara, nobody fought till Bhuveshwar Kumar and India bundled from 114 for 3 to a mere 187. Rahane, Patel, Pandya couldn’t cross single digits and Rabada finished off with a 3 for. Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s gritty 30 at the end has given Indians something to bowl at.
South African bowlers again rocked the Indian batting
India are not completely out of it as the Proteas have found it difficult as well in the seaming conditions. Bhuvneshwar has starred with the ball as well by picking up the wicket of in form Aiden Markram before the stumps. At the end of the first day South Africa are 6 for 1 and behind by 181 runs.