1st Test, Day 4 Live: India Look To Strike Early vs South Africa
The third day of the first Test between India and South Africa at Cape Town was washed out due to persistent rain without a ball being bowled. Despite the loss of an entire day, the match is set for a result with two more days to go. No early start today, which means that there will be extended sessions. If South Africa are in a position to set a target they will need a minimum of 70 overs and it could still be a thrilling end. India will look to strike early to put pressure on the opposition but the hosts still hold an upper hand. (Live Scorecard)
1st Test, Newlands, Cape Town, Jan 05, 2018
SA286/10 (73.1)&65/2 (20.0)75%Winning %
IND209/10 (73.4)9%Draw 16%
Day 3 | Stumps
lead by 142 runs
Earlier on Day 3, the rain did not stop at all and only picked up as the scheduled start time of play approached. It did stop raining post-lunch. The groundsmen even got down to work, with the umpires looking around, and the super soppers were put to use in order to dry the field. However, rain played spoilsport as it returned again after in the afternoon. After lunch, the Indian team too arrived at the ground. To use up the day, a few players, as well as support staff, made their way to the indoor nets' facilities.
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On day one, South Africa were bowled out for 286 runs in the first innings with Bhuvneshwar taking 4-87. India were reduced to 28/3 at stumps.
On day two, India finished with 209 runs in their first innings, surrendering a 77-run lead. South Africa were 65/2 at stumps with an overall lead of 142 runs. Hardik Pandya single-handedly kept his side in contention with 93 runs off 95 balls and then took 2-17 as well.
Dale Steyn, on his comeback to Test cricket, suffered a heartbreaking heel injury whilst bowling during the Indian first innings. He has been ruled out of the remainder of this Test, and the series as a result.