The second test match being played between South Africa vs Team India in Johannesburg is now moving towards the result. The third day of the game was very exciting. India set a target of 240 runs for the African team to win. Chasing it, the host African team started well and scored 118-2 runs till the end of the third day’s play. Now India needs 8 wickets to register victory from here and the African team will have to score 122 runs.
Africa score 118-2
Chasing the target of 240 runs given by Team India, the openers of South Africa’s team put on 47 runs for the first wicket. This partnership was broken by Shardul Thakur and Aiden Markram was run for 31 (38). But then captain Dean Elgar, along with Keegan Peterson, took his team’s score forward rapidly. Then Ravichandran Ashwin got Pietersen back in the team by LBW on the score of 28.
But then captain Dean Elgar and Russe van der Dussen showed determination to keep the Indian bowlers craving for wickets till the end of the day’s play. Yes, Elgar has returned unbeaten on 46 (121) and Dusain 11 (37). The score of the host team is 118-2. Now from here the African team needs 122 runs to win the match, while the Indian bowlers have to take 8 wickets to create history.
India set a target of 240 runs
Indian cricket team could not get a good start in the second innings. Since both the openers were dismissed early. But then Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane made a century partnership to get the team out of trouble. Ajinkya Rahane, playing on 58 runs with 8 fours, was walked by Kagiso Rabada and got his team back. Soon after, he showed the way to the pavilion by dismissing Cheteshwar Pujara (53) LBW.
But during this Pujara and Rahane batted very well. Pujara hit 10 fours in his innings. Although there was a lot of hope from the wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant, who came to bat after this, but he was dismissed for zero without opening the account. While Hanuma Vihari held one end till the end.
Ravichandran Ashwin added 16 more Shardul Thakur Played a cameo of 28 runs and played an important role in taking the team to a good score. At the same time, Bumrah scored 7 runs and Shami-Siraj got out without opening the account. In the end, Hanuma Vihari returned unbeaten on 40 (84). In this way, India scored 266 runs in the second innings and set a target of 240 runs to the hosts.