India vs South Africa: India win third Test by 63 runs
JOHANNESBURG: India Won the third cricket Test against South Africa by 63 runs after bundling out the hosts for 177 in their second innings on the fourth day, here on Saturday. In a dramatic turnaround, South African lost their last eight wickets for 53 runs as India remained unbeaten at Wanderers. Chasing 241, South Africa were placed comfortably at 124 for two at one stage but their innings folded for 177 following a dramatic collapse. Dean Elgar, who took a nasty blow on his helmet yesterday and forced early stumps, was top scorer for his side with a fighting unbeaten 86-run knock. Brief Scores: India 1st innings: 187 and 247 South Africa 1st innings: 194 and 177 all out in 73.3 overs (Dean Elgar 86 not out, Mohammed Shami 5/28, Ishant Sharma 2/31, J Bumrah 2/57). Elgar and Hashim Amla frustrated India with an unbeaten 64–run stand, taking South Africa to 69 for one at lunch on a pitch that appears to have become less threatening in the third and final Test here. The hosts need another 172 runs to win. At the break, Amla was batting on 27 runs (61 balls, 4 fours) while Elgar was unbeaten on 29 runs (100 balls, 3 fours). This was after play was delayed due to heavy morning rains in Johannesburg. The team arrived on schedule at the Wanderers but had to wait for better conditions for play to resume. The umpires — Aleem Dar and Ian Gould – had two inspections at 10 am and 10.30 am (local time). After the second inspection, they were happy enough to allow play to resume 30 minutes later. Finally the game began at 11 am local time, with all three sessions rescheduled, after an hour’s delay. The morning session was 90 minutes long. Starting from their over: score of 1711, South Africa made steady progress. Jasprit Bumrah (0–20) completed his over from last evening, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar (0-20) and Mohammed Shami (1- 15) started off proceedings properly.
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