IND vs SA 2nd Test: South Africa tightens grip on second Test, just 122 runs away from victory

South Africa vs India 2nd Test Day 3: South Africa scored 118 runs in 40 overs in response to India’s target of 240 at the end of the third day’s play of the second Test at the Wanderers in Johannesburg. Now Proteas need 122 runs to win. At the same time, India will have to take eight wickets to win the series on African soil for the first time. Therefore, the fourth day in Johannesburg is expected to be important and exciting. Whereas, captain Dean Elgar (46) and Rassie van der Dussen (11) are at the crease after scoring runs. For India, Shardul Thakud and R Ashwin took one wicket each, as Thakur dismissed Aiden Markram (31) for runs, while Ashwin sent Keegan Pitterson (28) to the pavilion.

Earlier, chasing India’s target of 240, South Africa had a good start as their opening batsman Markram (24) and captain Elgar (10) scored 34 runs without losing any wickets till tea. The team still needed 206 runs to win. At the same time, 40 overs were to be bowled on this day.

At the same time, due to Shardul Thakur (28) and Hanuma Vihari’s unbeaten 40, India set South Africa a target of 240 runs. South Africa have never chased more than 220 at this venue. Fifties from Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara and Thakur and Vihari in the first session did a great job to take India’s lead past 200.

Thakur got India back with the ball on the second day. He took 7 wickets in his name. Resuming with a lead of 161 at lunch, Thakur hit several boundaries off Marco Jensen. Due to the brilliant batting of Thakur and Vihari, India’s lead reached beyond 200. Meanwhile, after Jansen dismissed Thakur, Mohammed Shami also got a quick walk. Vihari and Jasprit Bumrah hit a four and a six, respectively, off Kagiso Rabada, but were dismissed by Lungi Ngidi in the next over.

After this, India’s second innings was reduced to 266 runs. At the same time, Vihari remained unbeaten on 40 runs. In this way, India gave a target of 240 runs to the Proteas. Earlier, in the opening session, Rahane and Pujara made quick runs while attacking the South African bowlers. But the hosts came back in the second session, taking four for 37 as Rabada worked to send Pujara, Rahane and Rishabh Pant to the pavilion early.

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