New Delhi: South Africa resume day three’s play on 65/2 with Hashim Amla (4) and night-watchman Kagiso Rabada (2) at the crease. On day two of the first Test, South Africa restricted India to 209 runs and took a 77-run lead. The South Africa vs India first Test coverage continues on Sony Ten 1, Sony Ten 1 HD in English and Sony Ten 3, Sony Ten 3 HD in Hindi. The free online live streaming of the SA vs IND will be available on SonyLiv. You can follow the live score updates of the match here.
The hosts have taken a lead of 142 runs as all-rounder Hardik Pandya’s fighting knock of 93 lifted India out of the hole but that didn’t stop South Africa from getting a 77-run first-innings lead. Pandya (93) rekindled India’s hopes of a fightback with a classic counter-attacking half-century but fell shy of seven runs to reach his second Test century.
Coming in at the fall of Ravichandran Ashwin when the Indians were tottering at 81/6, Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (25) forged a 99-run eighth-wicket stand to take India past 200-run mark. The struggling Indian innings came to a recovery with a blistering inning from Pandya — who was tactically sent down the order. The Baroda right-hander hit 14 boundaries and one hit over the fence in his 95-ball innings.
Complimenting Pandya, Bhuvneshwar played a perfect second fiddle getting off the mark in the 32nd delivery he faced. The seamer presented full face of the bat, going on the defensive, allowing Pandya to go after the bowling.
For the Proteas, pacers Vernon Philander (3/33) and Kagiso Rabada (3/34) shared six wickets while Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel contributed with two scalps each. (With IANS inputs).