With all the talk surrounding the pitch finally settling down a bit, India and South Africa took the field today morning in Jo’Burg, with the fans from both countries anticipating a day to remember for both nations in the Test format.
Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla walked out to the centre in the morning with the tough task of keeping the Indian bowlers at bay, on a track that was spitting venom.
But the demons in the track seemed to have gone to sleep in the first session, with the ball refusing to do much in the middle.
Amla and Elgar, who had initially come out with the idea of surviving, ended up scoring freely in the middle.
And it was only until Amla played an uppish on-drive that Ishant was able to dismiss Amal(thanks to a brilliant catch from Pandya).
India sniffed a little opening, as ABD walked into the middle. ABD though took the attack to India, driving the ball and playing with some intent.
And against the run of play, Bumrah got one to jump off a length, hit ABD on the glove and presented Rahane with a very easy catch at gully.
The Indians were ecstatic, with Virat Kohli leaping high in the air and punching it, to show how much the wicket meant to him and the Indian side.
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South Africa had the advantage all through the day today, but in the last half an hour or so, the balance of power shifted to India, with those two massive wickets.
South Africa need 105 runs to win the test match and India need to pick up 7 more wickets. Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis are currently at the crease for South Africa and would be hoping for the pitch to behave normally for at least the next hour or so.