South Africa made a strong comeback on the third day of the first Test after they scored 385/8 before the stumps were called. Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis frustrated the Indian bowlers and put a partnership of 115 before Du Plessis was removed by R Ashwin for 55.
Elgar on the other side continued his onslaught and struck a magnificent 160 before Cheteshwar Pujara held on to a stunned in the deep to dismiss the left-hander.
.@OfficialCSA‘s batsmen applied themselves well to recover from a shaky start.@ashwinravi99 once again showed his worth in this format.
It is going to be an interesting last 2 days in this Test. Looking forward to it.#INDvSA@deanelgar @QuinnyDeKock69 pic.twitter.com/eOMRSej9vb— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 4, 2019
While Elgar showed a lot of resistance against the Indian bowling attack, wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock continued his form from the T20Is and notched up a century in the first innings. South Africa though still trail by 117.
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For India, it was Ashwin who added three more wickets to take his tally to 5 wickets so far in the innings.