India vs South Africa 1st Test: Ashwin leads India fight after Elgar, de Kock epics

first_img Mayank Agarwal (IND) M. Agarwal (IND) Next vs (67.0) Super Over India Today Web Desk VisakhapatnamOctober 4, 2019UPDATED: October 4, 2019 17:14 IST de Kock and Elgar scripted a 164-run partnership to continue South Africa’s fightback (AP)HIGHLIGHTSSouth Africa ended Day 3 at the score of 385/8Dean Elgar hit 160, while Quinton de Kock scored a fluent 111Ravindra Jadeja picked up his 200th Test wicket in the form of ElgarSouth Africa finished Day 3 of the ongoing 1st Test in an assured position of 385/8, though still trailing India’s first innings total of 502/7 declared by 117 runs. While the tourists started the day in a precarious position on 39/3, the fact that they ended the day while keeping the Indians in the field all day was largely due to the twin centurions Dean Elgar (160) and Quinton de Kock (111). Tailenders Senuran Muthusamy (12) and Keshav Maharaj (3) were batting at the crease for South Africa when Stumps were called.With just 5 wickets in the whole day, the Indian bowlers toiled hard but were often at the receiving end of some defensive captaincy tactics and fielders not being alert to a few half-chances being created.One could not stop but feel for wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock who was visibly disappointed when he was bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin to gift him his 4th wicket of the game, with just over 7 overs remaining till Stumps. Ashwin later bowled Vernon Philander (0) to pick up his 27th 5-wicket haul in Tests.Earlier, Dean Elgar became the first South African to score a Test hundred in India since 2010 (Hashim Amla) as the opener led visitors’ valiant fightback on day three of the series-opener, here on Friday.After resuming the day at 39 for three, South Africa took tea at 292 for five to frustrate the Indian bowlers, who could manage only two wickets in 67 overs bowled today.Elgar and Faf du Plessis (55) shared 115 runs for the fifth wicket before Quinton de Kock joined the centurion in the middle.advertisementDu Plessis’ was the only wicket to fall in the extended afternoon session when Ashwin had the South African captain caught at leg gully against the run of play.The visitors made 153 runs in the session lasting 37 overs but still trail India by 210 runs. Elgar showed exemplary skills while batting in testing sub-continental conditions to score his 12th Test hundred.Indian spinners posed the biggest threat going into day three and he tackled them by mixing caution with aggression. He took the aerial route at the slightest opportunity to release pressure, smashing four sixes to go with 18 boundaries. Elgar got to the three figures in style, dispatching Ashwin for a spectacular six over the cow corner.After du Plessis’ dismissal in the 58th over, de Kock joined Elgar in taking the attack to the spinners.The wicketkeeper-batsman batted in limited-overs mode, collecting 16 fours and 2 sixes. Running out of options, India also tried part-time spinners Hanuma Vihari and Rohit Sharma but to little effect.Earlier, Elgar and du Plessis resisted the Indian attack with an unbeaten 90-run partnership which took South Africa to 153 for four at lunch.Considering what transpired in the final session on Thursday, South Africa were expected to surrender rather quickly but Elgar and Du Plessis played with positive intent against the Indian spinners.While Ashwin and Jadeja got more purchase out of the surface than the South Africa spinners, the pitch did not appear to have demons in it. The odd ball, though, did jump off the wicket.Ashwin, who looked menacing in the final session on Thursday, could not get a wicket in the morning. Both Elgar and Du Plessis were not afraid to use their feet against Ashwin, playing some lofted shots.Elgar made his intentions clear early on by going for the loft over mid-on even though it was a mishit for four. He grew in confidence from there on and was successful in executing the aerial hits and shots through the ground.Elgar, who like all South African batsmen had a forgettable tour of India four years ago, brought his 14th Test fifty with a single in the 40th over. A little later, the southpaw smashed Jadeja for two sixes and a four in the same over.The luck was also on his side when he was on 74 as Saha dropped a sharp catch off Jadeja. But in the end, Jadeja got his reward as Elgar top-edged a sweep into a running Cheteshwar Pujara’s hands, just as he looked set to last the whole day. With the wicket, Jadeja also completed 200 scalps in Tests and the 10th Indian to the feat.At the other end, Du Plessis too looked comfortable ever since he charged down the ground to Ashwin for the first six of his innings.Pacer Ishant Sharma picked up the sole wicket to fall in the session when he got one to jag back in sharply and trap Temba Bavuma (18) in front of the stumps.Also Read | Ravindra Jadeja fastest left-armed bowler to take 200 Test wicketsadvertisementAlso Read | India vs South Africa: Dean Elgar 1st South Africa batsman to hit a hundred in India in 9 yearsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow India vs South AfricaFollow Dean ElgarFollow Quinton de KockFollow Ravichandran Ashwin 191 South Africa 323/4 d 323/4 d Freedom Trophy, 2019 India IND 431 view more view less 215 (371) & 7 (31) commentary 431 502/7 d view full scorecard South Africa SA 1st Inns advertisement Scorecard Series Status: India lead the 3 Test series 1-0 Player Of The Match: Rohit Sharma (67.0) South Africa SA (63.5) India vs South Africa 1st Test: Ashwin leads India fight after Elgar, de Kock epicsSouth African batsmen responded to the challenge of facing the Indian spin attack with courage and determination as Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock hit centuries to help their side close in on India’s mammoth 1st innings total of 502 for 7 declared. graphs 191center_img Referee: Sir Richie Richardson (WI) Umpires: Chris Gaffaney (NZ), Richard Illingworth (ENG) and Nigel Llong (ENG) (136.0) Freedom Trophy, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 9:30 (Local Time) 7/145 (46.2) & 1/44 (20) 176 (244) & 127 (149) India (136.0) & Top Bowlers Top Bowlers Match Ended India IND 1st Inns Ravichandran Ashwin (IND) R. Ashwin (IND) India beat South Africa by 203 runs Freedom Trophy, 2019, 1st Test (63.5) Ravindra Jadeja (IND) R. Jadeja (IND) Top Batsmen Top Batsmen 502/7 d Rohit Sharma (IND) R. Sharma (IND) 2/124 (40) & 4/87 (25) India IND 2nd Inns South Africa SA 2nd Inns Toss: IND elected to bat No data available! Match Ended (131.2) & – (131.2)last_img

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