India vs South Africa 3rd Test Highlights: Indian top order trembles once again. Team India suffered two early jolts. Now, the onus is on the middle order. Earlier, the team won the toss and chose to bat in the third test against South Africa. The series might be done and dusted but the pride will still be at stake when the Indian cricket team takes on South Africa in the third and final Test of the series at Wanderers. Led by Virat Kohli, team India might be the number one side in ICC Test rankings for now but if South Africa wins this Test, it will close in on the gap. Virat Kohli has come under the scanner on this tour for his team selection and needs to get the playing XI right if he wants to win the match. KL Rahul got injured but got fit in time to play a part in this game which means that Shikhar Dhawan warms the bench again. Also, Ajinkya Rahane was brought into the playing XI in place of Rohit Sharma. South Africa, on the other hand, looks more stable unit and hace opted to play with five fast-bowlers by dropping Keshav Maharaj. The India vs South Africa 3rd Test LIVE Score is 25/2.
Here are India vs South Africa, 3rd Test Day 1:
4:43 PM: This Indian innings is turning out to be so similar to the 2006 test’s Indian 1st innings….jaffar and sehwag were gone early, dravid and Sachin consolidated with a 60 something stand and then Ganguly who was making a comeback played an aggressive innings tonjust about score enough runs for Indian pacers….!!!
4:41 PM: After lunch, this is the new India I am looking at. Much more confident, much more relaxed. Kohli is now firing shots at his own will.
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— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 24, 2018
3:28 PM: At LUNCH India is 45/2. Pujara and Kohli still between the 22 yards.
3:21 PM: That was a fierce cut, reminded me of a Sachin clip I was watching a few days ago (155 in Bloemfontein) where he just kept cutting and pulling the bowlers every time they erred. What a knock it was. Did not know that Kohli has added the ‘square cut’ to his repertoire
3:14 PM: Cheteshwar Pujara is practising abstinence. No matter what the fans say, he has made his mind- “NOT GONNA SCORE BUDDIES.”
3:11 PM: Loving this deliciously slow run rate. Something exciting about it ironically.
3:08 PM: Finally Pujara has opened his run tally. 1 run off 54 balls.
Here he comes, the man of the moment @NgidiLungi is introduced to the attack as a replacement for the phenomenal @VDP_24, whose opening spell in his 50th Test reads 8-7-1-1 #ProteaFire #SAvIND #SunfoilTest pic.twitter.com/bpS9iV2pYR
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 24, 2018
2:43 PM: I believe Pujara has contributed a lot by facing most of Philander’s balls himself. Philander has been significantly tough even on Kohli
2:48 PM: Remember the Headingley test match? India batted on a green top against conventional wisdom to win the test. Always take the pressure up first instead of batting last in a test match. This is not my view but that of Sourav Ganguly – India’s most successful overseas test captain!
2:44 PM: Thirty of the 31 balls Pujara has faced has come from Philander.
2:41 PM: If this Test match indeed gets over within 3 days it’s not because of pitch or poor test match performance …it has to be only because of brainless, arrogant team selection…considering pitch and conditions both teams should have played 6 batsman …but both the teams want to dominate each other not to grind it out…
Bit uncomfortable with the decision to be a batsman short and play five seamers. But it is a brave call.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 24, 2018
2:35 PM: I fail to understand Kohli’s tactics here. There is a difference between being aggressive and overdoing it. And Kohli more often does the later. You went in with five seamers. Good. That’s aggression there. And you chose to bat. That’s…. You as a captain need to accept the fact that even Dravid would have found it difficult to score in this pitch first up. What message are you sending to the bowlers? We have five of you but won’t give you the best of the conditions
2: 10 PM: OUT! Murali Vijay gives an easy catch to Faf. Rabada strikes in his first over and India are two down in no time.
2:02 PM: Umpire’s call saves Cheteshwar Pujara as he survives a LBW decision off the bowling off Philander. Pujara was run-out in both the innings at Centurion and he will be looking to set the record straight with a good run-filled show in Johannesburg.
1:42 PM: The first over was followed by two good maiden overs by South African bowlers. And, they got the return in the form of KL Rahul. The Indian opener got out without opening his account.
1:32 PM: A good first over by Morne Morkel. There are was pace, bounce and movement. Murali Vijay did well to negotiate too. Seven runs came from that one and India is on its way. The live score is 7/0 after 1 over. Vernon Philander will bowl from the other end.
1:28 PM: And, we are live! Murali Vijay and KL Rahul are in the middle for India. Morne Morkel has the new ball in his hand. The conditions are perfect for the fast-bowlers. Let’s see what South Africa can do.
1:20 PM: Apart from Rahane, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has also made a comeback to the playing XI in place of Ravichandran Ashwin. So not just South Africa, but India is also playing with five fast-bowlers.
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 24, 2018
1:10 PM: Good afternoon folks, the update from the middle is that Virat Kohli has won the toss and he has elected to bat first. KL Rahul is playing despite the injury concerns and Ajinkya Rahane too has made a comeback to the team.
Here are the playing XIs for India vs South Africa 3rd Test:
India: Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Parthiv Patel(w), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah
South Africa: Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Lungisani Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo