Resuming from 51 at lunch, Pant slog-swept Keshav Maharaj after which stepped out to smash one over lengthy-off for consecutive sixes. Virat Kohli’s affected person keep of 142 balls on the crease ended with him falling for the temptation of driving a large outdoors the off-stump supply. In a quest to attain sooner, Kohli gave a thick edge on the drive to a leaping Aiden Markram at second slip.
Ravichandran Ashwin was dropped by Markram at second slip off Ngidi. But the fitting-hander could not make full use of the reprieve, chasing a large ball from Ngidi and slicing to Marco Jansen at gully. Shardul Thakur bought off the mark with a lower by means of level however was drawn into the drive off Ngidi and nicked behind to keeper Kyle Verreynne.
Pant, fairly till then, smoked Duanne Olivier over vast lengthy-on for a six after which hooked a brief ball over sq. leg for a 4 to take India’s lead nearer to 200. But he was working out of companions from the opposite finish as Umesh Yadav edged behind to Verreynne off Rabada.
Pant bought a reprieve at 88 as Keshav Maharaj charging in could not maintain on to the possibility at backward level off Kagiso Rabada. Mohammed Shami appears to drag Jansen, however solely managed to provide a prime-edge to Rassie van der Dussen close to quick leg. Pant hit flat to lengthy-off, the place Temba Bavuma dropped the catch and allowed the ball to go for a boundary.
Pant reached a effectively-deserved century with a pull by means of sq. leg off Jansen with each member of the Indian staff applauding from the dressing room. Jansen ended the Indian innings by having Jasprit Bumrah give a catch to Bavuma at cowl-level to select his fourth wicket of the match.
Earlier, Pant had performed an important function with Kohli to get India on observe 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. Though Ngidi, Rabada and Jansen made some blows publish-lunch, however Pant ensured he hung round to take India’s lead past 200.
Brief scores: India 223 in 77.3 overs and 198 all out in 67.3 overs (Rishabh Pant 100 not out, Virat Kohli 29; Marco Jansen 4/36, Lungi Ngidi 3/21) in opposition to South Africa 210 all out in 76.3 overs (Keegan Petersen 72; Jasprit Bumrah 5/42), South Africa want 212 runs to win