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Rabada gets three as India restricted to 187

  • Published at 08:28 am January 25th, 2018
Rabada gets three as India restricted to 187
Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada took three wickets as South Africa bowled India out for 187 to take the opening day honour on a seaming wicket in the third and final Test match at the Wanderers in Johannesburg Wednesday. South Africa were six for one in reply at the close, with opener Dean Elgar (four) and nightwatchman Rabada (0) to resume today as the host look to build a sizeable first innings lead on a difficult pitch. Aiden Markram (two) was the only South African wicket to fall as he edged a delivery from Bhuvneshwar Kumar to wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel, with the pitch giving plenty of encouragement to both sides' all-seam attack. The host will be pleased with their day's work after India had won the toss and elected to bat, despite having dropped catches, eschewed what would have been a successful review and at times bowled too short and wide. The key wicket was that of Virat Kohli (54), though he was twice dropped off relatively simple chance when on 11 and 34. He was finally removed when Lungi Ngidi (1-27) induced an edge to AB de Villiers at third slip. De Villiers bruised the middle finger of his right hand in taking the catch and had to leave the field for treatment. Cheteshwar Pujara (50) was the only other Indian batsman to post a half-century, with his patient innings taking 179 deliveries as he tried to stifle the home attack. He had a slice of early luck when given not out after Ngidi struck him on the pad. South Africa did not review umpire Ian Gould’s decision and replays showed the ball would have hit leg stump. Pujara's vigil came to an end when he edged all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo (2-25) to wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock, one of five dismissals for the gloveman. Rabada (3-39) was perhaps the pick of the home bowlers, both fast and accurate. He removed opener Murali Vijay (eight), caught by De Kock, before grabbing the wickets of Ishant Sharma (nought) and the stubborn Kumar (30). Morne Morkel (2-47) and Vernon Philander (2-31) also chipped in with wickets but were guilty at time of bowling with too much width, failing to make the batsmen play. The home side had already claimed the series with an unassailable 2-0 lead but are chasing a first clean-sweep against India. BRIEF SCORE South Africa 6/1 in six overs (Elgar 4*, Markram 2) trail India 187 in 77 overs (Kohli 54, Pujara 50) by 181 runs
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