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India Vs South Africa 2019/20: First Test (Day Three) – South Africa Fights Strongly With Twin Centuries; But India Are Still On Top After Managing Late Wickets 

India Vs South Africa 2019/20: First Test (Day Three) – South Africa Fights Strongly With Twin Centuries; But India Are Still On Top After Managing Late Wickets
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South African batsmen fought very well on the day three of the first Test of the three-match Test series against the hosts India at Visakhapatnam. However, the late wickets have put back the hosts on the top.

At the stumps of the day three of this Test match, South Africa scored 385/8 in their first innings. While the hosts India scored 502/7 decl. in their first innings, the visitors are still trialling by 117 runs.

South Africa started the crucial day three on their overnight score 39/3. Inside the first half-an-hour, Temba Bavuma (18 runs) lost his wicket after the Indian pacer Ishant Sharma trapped him for lbw. Later, a video revealed that the Indian captain Virat Kohli planned that wicket earlier when he was discussing with Ishant.

Struggling on 63/4, skipper Faf du Plessis provided a solid partnership with the opening batsman Dean Elgar. At lunch, South Africa scored 153/4.

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Faf du Plessis (Image Credit: Twitter)

In the early second session, Faf completed his half-century as well as they provided a century partnership. Soon after completing his half-century, Faf (55 runs) was caught out at the leg-slip in Ravichandran Ashwin‘s over. Before that wicket, Elgar and Faf had the 115 runs partnership for the fifth wicket.

Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock scored centuries for South Africa

Then, Elgar provided more solid partnership with the wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock. Elgar completed his 12th Test century in 175 balls after hitting a sixer. Meanwhile, de Kock stretched the team’s total with some good boundaries as he completed his half-century in 79 balls.

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Dean Elgar (Image Credit: Twitter)

Before the tea break, Elgar-de Kock completed their 100 runs partnership for the sixth wicket. At tea, South Africa scored 292/5.

South Africa crossed the follow-on target (303 runs) at the very early third session of the day. Elgar reached the 150-run mark in 269 balls.

After Elgar-de Kock had the 162 runs partnership for the sixth wicket, left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja finally dismissed Elgar. Cheteshwar Pujara took a good catch at square leg after Elgar’s bat found a top edge. It was the 200th Test victim for Ravindra Jadeja, who achieved this milestone in 44 Test matches. Before getting out, Elgar scored 160 runs off 287 balls with 18 fours and four sixes.

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Ravindra Jadeja (Image Credit: Twitter)

Soon after that wicket, Quinton de Kock reached the three-figure mark. He completed his fifth Test century by hitting a sixer during facing the 149th ball. After the 28 runs partnership for the seventh wicket with the debutant Senuran Muthusamy, de Kock lost his wicket. Ashwin bowled the set batsman, who scored 111 runs off 163 balls (16 fours and 2 sixes).

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Quinton de Kock (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

Comeback man Ashwin completed his 27th five-wicket haul after dismissing Vernon Philander (0) through the bowled.

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Ravichandran Ashwin (Image Credit: BCCI Twitter)

At the end of the day, Muthusamy and Keshav Maharaj were batting on 12 and 3 runs respectively.

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