South Africa vs India 3rd Test Day 3: Third Test to continue despite dangerous Wanderers pitch

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The umpires inspect the pitch at the Wanderers after the players were taken off

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The third Test between South Africa and India at the Wanderers in Johannesburg will continue after the players were taken off towards the end of the third day due to the pitch being too dangerous.

Prior to that occurring, South Africa were set a target of 241 to win, but lost opener Aiden Markram early on in their chase.

Starting off the day on 49/1, India were dealt an early blow as Lokesh Rahul was caught by South Africa captain Faf du Plessis at second slip off the bowling of Vernon Philander for 16.

Cheteshwar Pujara only made one run before he too was caught by Du Plessis at second slip, but only off the bowling of Morne Morkel.

India captain Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay temporarily halted South Africa’s charge as they put together a 43-run partnership.

However, once Vijay was clean bowled by Kagiso Rabada for 25, Kohli followed soon after as he suffered the same fate after scoring 41.

Kohli made history during his knock as he surpassed MS Dhoni to become India’s highest scoring Test captain.

Hardik Pandya failed to make a major contribution with the bat as he was caught and bowled by Rabada for four runs.

Despite the flurry of wickets, Ajinkya Rahane and Bhuvneshwar Kumar rescued India as they amassed a 55-run partnership before Rahane was caught behind off the bowling of Morkel for 48.

Mohammed Shami struck a useful 28-ball 27, while Kumar went on to score 33 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Morkel.

India ended up being bowled out for 247, which set South Africa a target of 241 to win, when Jasprit Bumrah was dismissed by Vernon Philander for a duck.

Morkel, Rabada and Philander picked up three wickets apiece, while Lungi Ngidi chipped in with one.

Chasing 241 to win, the Proteas lost Markram early on as he was caught behind off the bowling of Shami for four runs.

However, things took a dangerous turn towards the end of the day as Dean Elgar was struck on the helmet off a delivery from Bumrah.

As soon as that happened, the umpires took the players off due to the unsafe conditions.

Shortly after, the rain came and play was brought to an end for the day.

Elgar and Hashim Amla amassed an unbeaten 12-run partnership, with the former scoring 11 off 32 balls, which included a solitary boundary, and the latter remaining undefeated on two.

Shami was the only bowler to take a wicket.

South Africa ended day three on 17/1 and will continue batting on Saturday at 10:00 local time or 08:00 GMT.

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