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Pujara scored his maiden Test century against South Africa
India’s batting duo of Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored a spectacular century, and Virat Kohli, who amassed a stellar half-century, showed no mercy as South Africa were completely worn down during the third day of the third Test in Johannesburg.
Pujara and Kohli were well supported by the pace duo of Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma, both of whom took four wickets apiece.
Starting out the day on 213/6, South Africa batsman Faf du Plessis and pace bowler Vernon Philander managed to convert their 67-run partnership into a 80-run partnership, during which Philander brought up his half-century, before being caught by Ravichandran Ashwin at first slip off the bowling of Khan.
Philander’s fantastic knock of 59 came off 86 balls and included seven boundaries.
Dale Steyn managed to score 10 runs before being caught by Rohit Sharma in the slip cordon off the bowling of Sharma.
Du Plessis was dismissed the very next over as he was caught behind off the bowling of Khan for 20.
Morne Morkel was on his way back to the pavilion just a few overs later as he was clean bowled by Khan for seven.
Khan and Sharma were the pick of the Indian bowlers with four wickets apiece, while Mohammed Shami snapped up two as South Africa were bowled out for 244, giving India a 36-run lead.
With a lead of 36 runs in hand, India got off to a rocky start as opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan was caught by Jacques Kallis at second slip off the bowling of Philander for 15.
Dhawan’s wicket was an extremely special one for Philander as it was his 100th Test wicket.
Philander became the fastest South African bowler to claim 100 Test wickets, taking only 19 matches to do so.
Murali Vijay and Pujara made up for the early loss of Dhawan with a 70-run partnership before Vijay was caught behind off the bowling of Kallis.
From that point on it was all India as Pujara and Kohli put together a magnificent unbeaten 191-run partnership, during which Pujara brought up his sixth Test century and Kohli his half-century, before stumps was called.
Pujara finished on 135 off 221 balls, which included 18 boundaries, while Kohli remained undefeated on 77 off 132 deliveries, which included eight boundaries.
Philander and Morkel picked up one wicket each.
India ended the day on 284/2 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:30 local time or 08:30 GMT.