Two early wickets on the deciding day make it hard for team India to survive and score a good total.
A brilliant catch by Keegan Petersen has left everyone speechless, as Pujara is forced to go back to the pavilion, with Virat standing still.
Ajinkya Rahane’s poor performance continues as Rabada strikes his first wicket of the Day after captain Elgar decided to take DRS for the “not-out” decision by the umpire. Umpire was forced to change his decision as Rahane’s gloves spike edge, forcing him to go back early.
Rishabh Pant comes in, with captain Kohli hoping for a positive lefty-righty partnership.
With Team India leading by 77 runs, Virat Kohli is yet again expected and hoped to score runs for the team. Team India has not come out well with the bat, except Virat who led an example that runs can be made, only if you standstill. Only Keegan and Virat till now have managed to touch the crucial 70s.
We witnessed 22 wickets in the first two days, and have seen how the fired up pacers are hungry to send the batsmen back to the pavilion. India, losing Pujara by Jansen’s second delivery of this morning have made it tough to start this morning with a good total to be in the game. Rahane’s poor performance has made it worse for team India. Early wickets on Day 3 might snatch away the trophy from the Indian team.
With two fast-moving days, Day 3 can be a decider day, and with only 16 wickets left for the game to end, the fans will not be missing a single ball of today’s match.
All eyes are on captain Virat, who hopes for a good partnership from the other end to dominate this “wicket-taking” Test game. Team India doesn’t seem to have a down order backup, but Shardul and Shami have shown a glimpse of their magical shots, which can bonus the Indian team with some extra runs.
Kagiso Rabada and Marco Jansen will be ready to take revenge for their teammates as Keegan stood alone scoring a brilliant knock of 72, with wickets falling from the other end. We haven’t seen much from the spinners in this game, but hopes are high as the pitch’s play turns 3 days old with cracks encouraging a slight change in direction for Keshav and Ashwin. The pitch also seems more tricky than the first two days, helping the pacers more.
India now at 64-4, and leading by 77 runs are targeted to score a good total before allowing the hosts to come and bat for the one last time in the series. The game depends on the second innings of both teams. Statistically, any total of more than 300 runs will be tough to chase, but for that, the Indian batsman has to stay still and follow their captain’s example.
With the series at 1-1, it’s hard to say which team will take the trophy home, as both the teams are fighting hard with the pacers from both teams changing the game every moment. Let’s see who will have the last laugh.