Pant and Kohli steadied India’s ship after a horror begin to the day noticed them lose Cheteshwar Pujara on the second ball after which Ajinkya Rahane within the very subsequent over. Pujara tried to look a brief ball from Marco Jansen however Keegan Petersen, at leg slip, dived to his proper and accomplished a surprising one-handed catch. Rahane, alternatively, went for a tame poke off Kagiso Rabada however the additional bounce took the glove-edge to keeper Kyle Verreynne and evaded him however Dean Elgar took the catch at first slip on the rebound.
Pant regarded assured on the crease, mixing management with aggression and placing away something unfastened that is been on supply, from South Africa’s bowlers, in the direction of the boundary rope. Pant started by crunching Rabada for 2 boundaries off again-foot on each side of the wicket. He drove effectively by means of off-aspect off Lungi Ngidi and smacked Duanne Olivier by coming down the pitch and lofting over additional cowl.
Pant’s counter-assault allowed a affected person and targeted Kohli to take his time and solidify himself from the opposite finish. With the bounce changing into a menace, Kohli was prepared to depart all the pieces which was threatening and used gentle arms whereas defending, with something drifting down the leg-aspect to be glanced for boundaries. Pant then launched Keshav Maharaj over lengthy-on for a six and reached his first Test fifty in opposition to South Africa with a brace by means of mid-wicket to carry stability to India’s second innings.
Brief scores: India 223 in 77.3 overs and 130/4 in 43 overs (Rishabh Pant 51 not out, Virat Kohli 28 not out; Kagiso Rabada 2/45) lead South Africa 210 all out in 76.3 overs (Keegan Petersen 72; Jasprit Bumrah 5/42) by 143 runs