No.3 Cheteshwar Pujara raises his bat after completing a brilliant century against South Africa
, December 20. Reuters
India had a dream day 3 in the first Test against South Africa, winning every single session, and now the visitors will look to stamp their authority on the Proteas a little more when Day 4 comes calling.
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India will go into day four in prime control, after bulging their overall lead to 320, with Cheteshwar Pujara (135), supreme, and Virat Kohli (77), helping themselves to runs galore. India's second innings score overnight is 284 for two and the duo, with a couple of big-hitters still to come, will no doubt look to increase the lead as quickly as possible to bat South Africa out of the game.
At some point on Day 4, the India bowlers will come into action, and if they can continue their first innings performance, then South Africa could be in big trouble.
There really is no room to come back and win the series if you go down in the first Test, with only one more match remaining - starting on Boxing Day.
South Africa were seriously hampered by the loss of Morne Morkel to an ankle injury, with the fast bowler only able to send down two overs in the second innings, before nastily turning his ankle while fielding at fine-leg.
Morkel will bat in South Africa's second innings, "if absolutely necessary", but rolling his considerably dangerous arm over is out of the question, with the fast bowler also a big doubt for the second Test match.
"Morne landed awkwardly on his right ankle while fielding this afternoon," Proteas team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee said. "Clinical examination and a subsequent MRI scan confirmed a Grade 1 ankle sprain. The recovery period is usually 7-10 days and he is doubtful for the second test starting in Durban in less than a weeks time."
Lineups: South Africa: Smith, Peterson, Amla, Kallis, De Villiers, Du Plessis, Duminy, Steyn, Morkel, Philander, Tahir.
India: Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Rahane, Dhoni, Ashwin, Zaheer, Shami, Ishant.
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