India in commanding position in Pune test against South Africa

Chasing India’s mammoth total of 601 runs,  South Africa were 197 for 8 in their first innings on the third day of the second cricket test against India at Pune when reports last came in. The visitors resumed their play at the overnight score of 36 for 3.  Mohammed Shami’s hostile morning spell and an acrobatic catch by Wriddhiman Saha were the highlights of the first session as India reduced South Africa to 136 for six at lunch.

South Africa’s most experienced pair of skipper Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock tried to resurrect the innings with a quick stand of 75 runs but Ravichandran Ashwin removed de Kock and put a halt to their partnership.

Yesterday, the Proteas lost early wickets in the last session of the second day’s play. Earlier, India declared their first innings at 601 for 5. It was a landmark day for Skipper Virat Kohli who first hit his 26th century and equalled Australia legend Ricky Ponting’s record for most Test hundreds as Skipper. After that, he surpassed Sir Don Bradman’s record of most 150 plus score as a captain. Kohli then hit a double century, 7th for him, and the most among Indian batsmen, eclipsing legendary Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag.

The Hindu

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