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3rd Test: Bumrah leads India's comeback on Day 2

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21:09   Bumrah leads India's comeback on Day 2


India 49-1 (17 ovs) & 187 vs SA 194 | Scorecard


Jasprit Bumrah picked up five wickets to bowl out South Africa for 194 and keep India's hopes alive on Day 2.

India wiped off the slender first-innings lead of seven runs before they reached 49 for one at stumps on Day 2, to take an overall lead of 42 runs.

Promoted to open the innings, Parthiv Patel was caught off an inside edge by Aiden Markram off pacer Vernon Philander for 16.

Murali Vijay was unbeaten on 13 at stumps, while Rahul was not out on 16 to help India finish with a slight upperhand.

Earlier, Bumrah polished off South Africa's tail with quick wickets to finish with career-best figures of five for 54, while the impressive Bhuvneshwar Kumar claimed three for 44.

Hashim Amla top-scored with a gutsy innings of 61, while nightwatchman Kagiso Rabada pitched in with a handy 30 and Philander stroked an useful 35 lower down the order.
21:03   India reach 49-1 at stumps on Day 2


India 49-1 (17 ovs) & 187 vs SA 194 | Scorecard


Morne Morkel comes into the attack. Rahul clips the third ball behind square on the leg side as Lungi Ngidi makes a diving stop on the fine leg fence to keep it down to two.

Vijay has looked much better in this innings, than in the previous five innings before this.

He strides forward confidently and punches the full delivery from Rabada into the covers for a single.

South Africa have bowled wide or either too short and the Indian batsmen have been to able most of the deliveries.

Vijay gets the edge off Morkel, but it goes past the slips for a four. Two balls later, he slaps a short ball square on the off-side for a couple of runs.

Pacer Lungi Ngidi comes into the attack in place of Rabada. Rahul taps the fourth ball on the leg side and runs across for a single.

Vijay is struck on the pads off the last ball as South Africa appeal for leg before but it is turned down.

Rahul looking quite solid as he drives Ngidi through the off-side for a four before he picks a single off the fifth ball.

Morkel to bowl the final over of the day. Morkel beats Rahul with the first ball courtesy of some bounce before the right-hander glances the third ball fine for four leg byes.

The last ball is drive into the covers where the fielder does well to stop it to end the first day.

India end the day on a high as they reach 49 for one at stumps on Day 2, with an overall lead of 42 runs.

Vijay has looked solid on 13 from 49 balls, while Rahul made 16 from 38 balls.
20:36   India lose Parthiv early after SA post 194


India 29-1 (10 ovs) & 187 vs SA 194 | Scorecard


KL Rahul gets off the mark with a risky single to midwicket and is lucky that Ngidi was unable to pick up the ball cleanly or else he was in with a chance.

Vijay is not shuffling across in this innings and has been quite comfortable with his leaves outside the off-stump.

But Rabada produces a beauty, nearly unplayable delivery which bounces quite a bit to beat Vijay's defensive prod.

He slaps the next ball through the off-side but AB de Villiers quickly gets the ball back and keeps it down to one.

The next ball is full but wide as Rahul drills it through the covers for a four.

In the next over, Vijay gets an inside edge off Philander but there is no fielder at short leg which helps him get a single.

Three balls later, Rahul also gets a thick inside edge which goes through the same region.

India have done well to see out the initial spell from the new ball as they reach 22 for one in 10 overs, with a lead of 22.
20:10   India lose Parthiv early after SA post 194


India 17-1 (5 ovs) & 187 vs SA 194 | Scorecard


India make a surprise change at the top of the order as Murali Vijay walks out to open the innings with Parthiv Patel, who comes at the top in place of KL Rahul.

Vernon Philander opens the bowling for the Proteas. Vijay looks to clip the first ball on the leg side but misses before he offers no stroke to the next five balls.

Kagiso Rabada takes the new ball ahead of Morne Morkel, who was hit on the fingers while batting.

He bowls a beauty to beat left-hander Parthiv outside the off-stump. He tries to fend the next ball but it goes over the slips for a four to get India off the mark.

Vijay sees off another over from Philander when he doesn't have to use his bat, watching everything sail through to the keeper.

Parthiv wipes off the lead as he glances Rabada fine on the leg side for a four. Another ball on the leg side is flicked fine for another single.

Vijay leaves the next two balls alone, he has faced 14 balls and hasn't had to touch any one of them so far.

Vijay gets off the mark with a single on the leg side before Parthiv gets a leading edge past the slips for two runs.

Philander drifts on the pads as Parthiv clips it through the leg side for a four.

Philander makes the first breakthrough with the wicket of Parthiv, who is brilliantly caught by Markram on the off-side after the left-hander had got an inside edge.

Parthiv tries to flick it again but gets a thick inside edge on to his pads and Markram does well to react quickly and come up with a superb catch diving forward.

India reduced to 18 for one, with a lead of just 11 runs. KL Rahul, who opened in the first innings, walks in at No. 3.
19:36   Bumrah claims 5; SA bowled out for 194


SA 194-all out (65.5 ovs) vs India 187 | Scorecard

Bumrah bowls Phehlukwayo with one that slants across him but he gets the yorker wrong as the ball slips down the leg side.

The left-hander then misses a full toss and is given out leg before wicket. He decides to take the DRS with South Africa already eight down.

The Hawkeye show that the ball is going on to hit the leg stump as Phehlukwayo is out leg before wicket for nine.

Lungi Ngidi is beaten off the first ball he faces, short and wide outside the off-stump as he has a casual poke.

Bumrah completes his five-wicket haul as Ngidi is caught down the leg side off a short ball as the right-hander tries to pull and wicketkeeper Parthiv comes up with a good diving catch to his left.

Bumrah finishes with impressive figures of five for 54 as South Africa are bowled out for 194, with a slender lead of seven runs.

Bhuvneshwar did well to take three for 44, while Ishant and Shami claimed one wicket each.
19:29   Philander out for 35 but SA take the lead


SA 194-8 (65 ovs) vs India 187 | Scorecard

Bumrah trying the bouncers against the tall Morkel, who is happy to duck under it and gets a wide.

But once its pitched up, Morkel clips it square on the leg side for a four and then smashes the fourth ball down the ground for another boundary to give South Africa the lead.

Bumrah responds with a fast bouncer which hits Morkel on the fingers as he tries to fend it and another player has called for the physio.

Andile Phehlukwayo is looking quite good in the middle. Nothing has troubled him so far and he has defended quite solidly. He plays cracking cover drive off Shami, beating the fielder at mid-off for a four and then picks a single off the fifth ball.

Shami bowls a bouncer which rises quite high and Morkel does well to keep it down.
19:17   Philander out for 35, SA lose 8th wicket


SA 180-8 (63 ovs) vs India 187 | Scorecard

Bumrah nearly strikes again in his next over as Philander gets the edge but it flies between the slips and gully for a four and he takes a single off the next ball.

Shami finally bags a wicket, and it is the crucial one, that of Philander, who falls after a handy innings of 35.

Philander goes for the pull but gets the top edge as Bumrah does well to judge it on the fine leg fence and take the catch cleanly inches from the boundary ropes.

Shami bowls another short ball but it slips down the leg side to Morne Morkel, who manages to clip it fine for a single.

Andile Phuhlukwayo gets off the mark in confident fashion, crashing a full delivery from Shami through the covers for a four to bring South Africa within seven runs of the lead.
19:01   Amla out for 61, SA 7 down


SA 169-7 (60 ovs) vs India 187 | Scorecard

Philander seems to be in some pain after that blow in the previous over as every time he hits the ball he immediately takes the right hand off the handle.

Bumrah comes into the attack in place of Ishant, who gets just one over in the post-tea session before he is taken off.

Amla picks a quick single on the off-side before Philander keeps out an awkward delivery which bounces more than expected and he does well to keep it down.

The last ball is a snorter, moving away with a lot of bounce and Philander must consider himself lucky not to have got an edge on it.

Another bowling change as Shami replaces Bhuvneshwar, who bowled a short spell of just two overs.

Amla keeps the scoreboard ticking as he picks up another quick run, dropping a short ball on the off-side and setting off immediately.

The next ball again bounces a bit more as Philander has to fend it on the off-side. But he rocks back and gets on one leg before slapping the next ball from Shami through the covers for a four.

Philander is playing a crucial knock with the bat here, he has stroked his way to an useful innings of 27.

Bumrah beats Philander outside the off-stump with the extra bounce before he steers the next ball through the gully region for two runs.

The third ball again bounces as Philander is hit on the gloves but the ball falls just short of wicketkeeper Parthiv.

However, Bumrah strikes two balls later with the big wicket of Amla, who hits one straight to the fielder at deep midwicket.

Amla walks back after a good innings of 61 from 121 balls, as South Africa are reduced to 169 for seven.
18:48   Amla hits half-century to keep India at bay


SA 159-6 (57 ovs) vs India 187 | Scorecard

Bhuvneshwar, India's best bowler in the match, will kick off proceedings with the ball in the post-tea session.

Amla shuffles across and turns the second ball on the leg side for one before Philander pulls the last ball for another single.

Ishant from the other end. Philander gets a leg bye from the first ball as he fails to connect with the flick before Amla picks a single on the off-side.

The last ball is short and wide and sits up nicely to be hit as Philander smacks it through the covers for a four.

In the next over, Bhuvi gives Amla some width who slaps it through the covers for two runs and then takes one to fine leg.

Philander then drives Bhuvneshwar on the up through the covers for a four as runs start to flow after the tea break.

An angry Bhuvneshwar then puts some extra effort and gets the ball to kick off length, hitting Philander on the gloves.

South Africa have scored 16 runs from three overs after the tea break to take the score to 159 for six in 57 overs.
18:15   Amla hits half-century to steer SA to 143-6 at tea


SA 143-6 (54 ovs) vs India 187 | Scorecard

Hashim Amla hit an unbeaten half-century to steer South Africa to 143 for six at tea on Day 2 of the third and final Test.

Amla battled hard to score 54 from 110 balls, having hit seven fours, while Philander was unbeaten on 13.

India kept chipping away at the wickets as they dismissed AB de Villiers (5), Faf du Plessis (8) and Quinton de Kock (8) quickly in the post-lunch session.

However, Amla kept the Indian bowlers at bay with his gutsy half-century as the Proteas went into the interval, trailing the visitors by 44 runs with four wickets in hand.

The key for India in the post-tea session would be the wicket of Amla, who would be looking to bat as long as possible and give South Africa some lead, which could prove vital on this lively wicket.
18:03   Amla hits half-century to keep India at bay


SA 139-6 (52 ovs) vs India 187 | Scorecard

Shami settling into a good line and length, keeping it in the channel just outside the off-stump. Amla defends the first five balls before he clips the last ball to fine leg to complete his fifty from 98 balls.

Bumrah bowls a superb delivery as Amla is beaten outside the off-stump before he takes a single two balls later.

In the next over, Philander takes on the short ball from Shami but fails to make proper connection as the ball falls safely on the leg side for a couple of runs.

Ishant comes back as Philander clips him fine for one. Amla walks across and gets a short ball which he looks to glance but is struck on the gloves as it falls away from wicketkepeer Parthiv.

Amla sustains another painful hit on the gloves as they physio comes out to attend.

Philander offers no stroke to the last ball as it bounces just over the stumps.

South Africa are 139 for six in 52 overs, trailing India by just 48 runs.
17:42   De Kock out for 8, SA lose 6th wicket


SA 129-6 (48 ovs) vs India 187 | Scorecard

New batsman Quinton de Kock is beaten all ends up by the outswinger from Bhuvi, who manages to swing it a long way, and he does it twice in a row.

De Kock will feel a lot better after getting his bat to the third ball, defending it back to the bowler. Bhuvi switches to round the wicket but the left-hander manages to see off the rest of the over.

Bumrah beats Amla outside the off-stump with the outswinger before the right-hander taps the next ball on the leg side for one.

Mohammed Shami comes into the attack and he starts with a short wide delivery. And Amla makes the most of the opportunity as he crashes the loosener square on the off-side for a four and take his score to 48.

Amla has a close shave as he is sent back halfway down the track looking for a quick single but the fielder misses with the direct hit.

Shami has bowled just four overs so far and India need him to come up with a good spell if they are restrict South Africa to around the 150-mark.

De Kock drives a full delivery from Bumrah through the off-side for a couple before he gets an inside edge which narrowly misses the stumps and gets him a single.

Shami haas been disappointing so far. He bowls another loose delivery, short and a lot of width, as de Kock steers it behind square on the off-side for his first boundary.

He shuffles across a long way to the next ball as he looks to clip it but looks to have missed as it goes for a four.

The Indians appeal for LBW but interestingly the umpire calls it runs thinking the batsman might have got an inside edge.

The Indians take the DRS but turns out to be a poor review as the impact is on the leg stump and the ball is going down further as they lose one of their reviews.

Bumrah strikes with the wicket of de Kock who goes for big drive but gets an inside edge and is caught behind for eight.

Vernon Philander has come out with a positive intent as he pulls a short ball from Bumrah over midwicket for a four.
17:11   Du Plessis falls for 8, SA 5 down


SA 107-5 (42 ovs) vs India 187 | Scorecard

Bhuvneshwar bowls a full delivery as Amla clips it in style through midwicket for a four.

But the fast bowler gets revenge immediately as he gets Amla out leg before wicket with the incoming delivery.

Amla was late in bring his bat down as he decides to take the DRS. And it turns out to be a good call as the impact is outside the off-stump as Amla survives.

India not having any luck at all today with the LBW reviews. Amla steers the last ball past the gully fielder for a couple of runs.

Bumrah strikes with the wicket of Du Plessis, who offers no shot to the incoming delivery only to see it come back and hit the stumps.

Du Plessis walks back for eight as South Africa are reduced to 107 for five, still trailing India by 80 runs.

Quinton de Kock gets off the mark with a single to thirdman and Amla defends the last ball of the over.
16:58   Amla, du Plessis take SA past 100


SA 101-4 (40 ovs) vs India 187 | Scorecard

Ishant getting his inswingers bang on the mark, as Faf du Plessis can only come forward and defend. He gets another inside edge off the fifth ball for a single on the leg side.

Amla moves across a long way and gets himself outside the line to defend Ishant's full delivery. He clips the last ball but is unable to find the gap through midwicket.

Bhuvneshwar tries the incoming delivery but it is down the leg side as Faf flicks it to fine leg for one.

Bhuvi looking to target Amla's leg stump who shuffles across a long way and exposes his stumps. That passes very close to the leg stump.

He tries the leg side line again but this time Amla flicks it to deep square leg for one and du Plessis also picks up one.

Bumrah replaces Ishant and he gets some extra bounce forcing du Plessis to defend. He steers the next ball uppishly past the gully fielder for a four to bring up South Africa's 100, in the 40th over.

Bumrah bowls a beauty, getting it move away late as du Plessis is beaten all ends up before the last ball comes in and hits the right-hander on the pads.


16:41   Bhuvneshwar bowls de Villiers, SA 4 down


SA 93-4 (37 ovs) vs India 187 | Scorecard

Bhuvneshwar gets de Villiers to edge but it doesn't carry on the slips and it happens again two balls later as the slip fielder does well to stop it on the bounce and keep it down to just one.

Amla again shuffles across and is hit on the pads as the umpire turns down the LBW appeal.

Infact, Bhuvi turns instantly and insists for the DRS even before asking captain Kohli.

And luck is again not on India's side as the Hawkeye deems that the ball would have clipped the top of the stumps and the decision stays with the umpire's call.

When India didn't take the DRS, the ball was going on to hit the stumps and when they did take the DRS, the decision stayed with the umpire's call.

Interestingly, Umpire Ian Gould signalled to the TV umpire after the decision was referred that Amla might have got some bat on it. Did that make him rule it not out? If there was no bat, would he have ruled Amla out?

The umpire's call is crucial in LBW decisions when the ball is clipping the stumps and not hitting it on the full, hence that signal by umpire Gould about the inside edge makes that decision controversial.

AB steers the next ball past the gully fielder for three runs and Amla takes a quick single off the next ball.

There is a fielder placed at leg slip as Ishant again gets the ball to come in sharply which Amla clips to fine leg for one.

De Villiers has another close shave as he throws his bat at a wide ball and is beaten. That was so close to the edge!

He learns from the mistake and offers no shot to the last three balls.

Bhuvneshwar tries a bouncer at Amla but it goes too high above the batsman and is called a wide for height.

Amla takes a single before Bhuvneshwar bowls AB de Villiers through the gate with the incoming delivery.

The right-hander goes for the expansive drive through the off-side but misses it completely and is bowled for five.

Faf du Plessis gets a cracking delivery first up, the incoming delivery which comes in a long way and bounces quite a bit, hitting him on the thigh pads.

He comes forward to the next ball and picks a single off an inside edge to get off the mark.
16:26   Amla keeps India's bowlers at bay


SA 83-3 (34 ovs) vs India 187 | Scorecard

Ishant to start off with the ball for India after the lunch break. Amla defends the first two balls and then takes a single off the third ball to square leg.

AB de Villiers is beaten by a full incoming delivery but the leg before appeal is turned down. However, India decide against take the review with the Hawkeye showing that the ball would have gone on to hit the leg stump.

India missed out on a big opportunity to claim the key wicket of AB de Villiers by not taking the review!

Coach Ravi Shastri signals out from the dressing room, while captain Virat Kohli is left shaking his head in disbelief.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar from the other end. He keeps to a line just outside the off-stump as Amla shuffles across and offers no shot to the wide ones.

Ishant looking to hit the cracks on length and get the ball to jump on the batsmen. AB gets another one which leaps off the crack as he hit on the gloves and it goes fine on the leg side for one.
15:37   Amla steers South Africa to 81-3 at lunch


SA 81-3 (31 ovs) vs India 187 | Scorecard

Nightwatchman Kagiso Rabada's stubborn resistance left the Indians frustrated on a lively wicket in the morning session on Day 2.

Rabada played a handy innings of 30, adding 64 runs for the third wicket with Hashim Amla, who was unbeaten on 32 at the break.

South Africa reached 81 for three in 31 overs at the lunch interval in reply to India's 187 all out.

The hosts managed to score at a good rate, as they added 75 runs in 25 overs, while losing two wickets in the morning session.

Bhuvneshwar struck early on the second day when he had Dean Elgar caught behind for four but Rabada kept the Indian bowlers at bay as the hosts weathered the storm in the first hour.

The pacers got a lot of assistance but they failed to find the edge, especially Rabada, who was beaten quite a lot, but somehow managed to hang on.

India will be looking to claim a few quick wickets after the break or else South Africa could run away with the match with a big lead in the first innings.
15:24   Rabada out for 30, SA lose 3rd wicket


SA 80-3 (30 ovs) vs India 187 | Scorecard

Bhuvneshwar comes back as Amla gets a thick outside edge which goes on the bounce through the slips for two runs followed by a single.

Rabada growing in confidence as he takes a couple of steps down and whacks Bhuvi through the covers for a four. He clips the next ball uppishly through midwicket for two runs as Vijay fumbles while fielding the ball.

Another change as Ishant comes in from the other end. Amla again shuffles a long way and is hit on the pads but the leg before appeal is turned down.

India take the review but the decision stays with the umpire's call as the ball is going on to clip the top of the stumps.

Ishant gets Rabada to edge the last ball but it flies wide of the slips and goes for a four to take his score to 30.

Amla also looking to take control as he plays a nice drive through the covers off Bhuvneshwar for a four.

In the next over, Ishant gets one to bounce extra off the crack as Amla is hit on the body trying to defend it. He immediately calls for the physio after taking a blow on his ribs as the ball bounced off length.

Amla then gets back at the bowler with back to back boundaries. He clips the second ball fine on the leg side for a four and then clips the next ball uppishly over square leg for another boundary.

A single to Amla before Ishant makes the breakthrough with the wicket of Rabada.

Sent in as the nightwatchman Rabada has done his job with a vital innings of 30, before a thick outside edge was nicely snapped up by Rahane at gully.


15:04   Nighwatchman Rabada frustrates India


SA 52-2 (26 ovs) vs India 187 | Scorecard

Shami struggling with his rhythm as he bowls another big wide outside the off-stump to Amla.

Two balls later, he bowls it on the pads as Amla flicks it through square leg for three runs.

The last ball is beauty as Rabada is beaten yet again as the ball moves away and also bounced quite a bit.

Amla looks to break the shackles. He goes after a short ball from Bumrah but gets a top edge which flies over the slips and goes for a four.

But the last ball comes off the middle as Amla crashes it square through the off-side for the second four of the over.

Rabada slowly getting his eye in. He makes most of some width from Shami, hitting the pacer through the covers for his third four of the innings.

Rabada looks to pull Bumrah but can't get hold of it as it falls short of the fielder at midwicket. The last ball again moves away and beats Rabada, who has a poke at it.

Amla continues to shuffle across and get himself outside the line of the off-stump. The shine has worn off the ball which is 25 overs old now and batting has become a little bit easier now.

Rabada plays another cracking shot as he flicks a full delivery from Bumrah through midwicket for a four to take South Africa past the 150-run mark, in the 26th over.


14:45  


SA 29-2 (20 ovs) vs India 187 | Scorecard

It will be interesting how the likes of Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers cope with the fast bowlers on this lively wicket.

Rabada continues to play and miss as Ishant beats him a few times in the 14th over.

Amla gets off the mark with a single through point before Rabada is beaten a couple of times outside the off-stump by Bhuvneshwar.

Ishant has a couple of shouts turned down against Amla as the inswinger strikes him on the pads but the impact was just outside the line of the off-stump.

He then fends a short ball on the leg side for a single before Rabada continues to be beaten. The pacers are keeping a line just outside the off-stump and Rabada has already been beaten so many times in the morning.

Amla looks to shuffle and get outside the line of the off-stump as he watchfully sees off an over from Bhuvneshwar.

Jasprit Bumrah comes into the attack in place of Ishant. Rabada chips one on the leg side which evades the fielder at short leg for a single.

Bumrah then leaves Amla all at sea with some superb outswingers, who shuffles outside the off-stump and is beaten quite a few times.

South Africa's batsmen have enjoyed all the luck today with the ball not finding the edge despite coming close on so many occasion.

Mohammed Shami comes into the attack to replace Bhuvneshwar. He starts with one down the leg side as Parthiv does well with the dive to stop before Rabada is beaten off the next ball.

Shami then bowls a short ball way down the leg side and even Parthiv can't get to it to concede five wides.

Another short ball on the leg side as Rabada picks up a leg bye as Shami makes a poor start.

After being beaten so many times, Rabada plays a wonderful shot. Bumrah overpitches on the stumps as the left-hander flicks it in some style through midwicket for a four.

Rabada is starting to frustrate the Indians now, having spent 52 balls at the crease already while scoring 11 runs. He has managed to see off the shine of the new ball after being sent in as the nightwatch late on Day 1.

South Africa are scoring slowly like the Indians did at the start of their innings to reach 29 for two in 20 overs.

India have done well to keep the South Africans tied up in the first over, conceding just 23 runs in 14 overs, while picking up the wicket of Elgar.
14:03   Bhuvneshwar dismisses Elgar, SA 2 down


SA 16-2 (13 ovs) vs India 187 | Scorecard

Rabada misses the flick yet again but ends up getting a single. Elgar continues to fish outside the off-stump and is beaten again by Bhunveshwar. He gets the edge off the last ball but it falls short of the slips.

Rabada struggling against the moving ball as Ishant bowls a couple of away moving deliveries which beats the left-hander.

The fifth ball is on the pads and Rabada punches it through square leg for a couple of runs.

In the next over, Rabada gets a thick outside edge which flies past the slips for a four before he is beaten again later in the over.

Bhuvneshwar makes the breakthrough with the wicket of Elgar, who finally gets the edge and is caught behind for four.

Hashim Amla gets a full delivery first up which he defends and then blocks the last two balls.
13:38  


SA 7-1 (8 ovs) vs India 187 | Scorecard

No surprise that Bhuvneshwar opens the bowling for India on Day 2. The first ball slants across Dean Elgar, who offers no shot. The second ball is on the stumps and moves as Elgar is squared up but he does well to block it.

Bhuvneshwar switches to round the wicket. Elgar is committed to the poke and is beaten and again off the next ball.

The fifth ball is a beauty, getting some extra movement to beat the left-hander and he repeats it off the last ball to end a splendid first over.

A surprise decision to bring in Ishant Sharma from the other end. He starts with one down the leg side to Kagiso Rabada and the next one as the left-hander looks to flick but misses and picks a leg bye.

The fourth ball moves away quite a bit as Elgar gets the edge but it falls short of the slip fielder.

The next ball bounces quite a bit after pitching as Elgar watches it go through before he is beaten off the last ball.

A tough couple of overs to start off the second day for Elgar.
12:44   India aim for early wickets on Day 2


SA 6-1 (6 ovs) vs India 187 | Scorecard

Welcome to the coverage of Day 2 of the third and final Test between South Africa and India in Johannesburg on Thursday.

After their below-par performance with the bat on the opening day, India would be keen to pick a few early wickets and look to make a comeback in the contest.

Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada took three wickets as South Africa bowled India out for 187 to take the opening day honours on a seaming wicket.

South Africa were six for one in reply at the close, with opener Dean Elgar (4) and nightwatchman Rabada (0) to resume on Thursday as the hosts look to build a sizeable first innings lead on a difficult pitch.

Aiden Markram (2) was the only South African wicket to fall as he edged a delivery from Bhuvneshwar Kumar to wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel, with the pitch giving plenty of encouragement to both sides' all-seam attacks.

India, who won the toss and elected to bat, were bowled out for 187 in their first innings.

The key wicket was that of Virat Kohli (54), though he was twice dropped off relatively simple chances when on 11 and 34.

Cheteshwar Pujara (50) was the only other Indian batsman to post a half-century, with his patient innings taking 179 deliveries as he tried to stifle the home attack.

Rabada (3-39) was perhaps the pick of the home bowlers, both fast and accurate. He removed opener Murali Vijay (8), caught by wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock, before grabbing the wickets of Ishant Sharma (0) and the stubborn Bhuvneshwar Kumar (30).

Morne Morkel (2-47) and Vernon Philander (2-31) also chipped in with wickets but were guilty at times of bowling with too much width, failing to make the batsmen play.

The home side had already claimed the series with an unassailable 2-0 lead but are chasing a first clean-sweep against India.