Hope to capitalise on the lead: Bumrah

26 January 2018, 01:42 | Kristine Mills

South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada turned batsman to defy India’s bowlers on the second day of the third and final Test on Thursday

South Africa`s Kagiso Rabada watches his shot. Reuters

It proved why he is considered one of the greatest batsmen of his generation and, more importantly, it has kept South Africa in this Test as they look to secure a 3-0 series whitewash over India.

Indian cricketing legend Sourav Ganguly, who recently backed Virat Kohli after India's failure in the Test series against South Africa, has slammed the Wanderers wicket for the Johannesburg Test. There are no dead-rubbers when we play any team in the world.

So at lunch on day two South Africa trail by 106 runs with seven wickets in hand.

Amla used the review to perfection to hold the South African innings together and scored his 37th Test half-century off 98 balls. "This is a total new experience for me", the Ahmedabad pacer said. Find us on Facebook too! "We are focusing on what we have to do right now".

KL Rahul, dropping down to No. 3, and Vijay were rarely asked probing questions for the rest of the day. India's experiment of opening its second innings with wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel failed as he fell for 16 to Vernon Philander. Since 1996, this is only the 2nd Test match where spinners didn't even bowl a ball in the first two innings of a Test.

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However, incoming batsman Hashim Amla (32 not out) and Rabada (30) stiched a crucial 64-run partnership for the third wicket to put things back in control for South Africa, leaving the visitors struggling.

"He batted very well", Amla said of Rabada's efforts. "No one can hide from the fact that you can get out every ball". I don't think you are in, on this wicket.

Opener Dean Elgar (4) was the other batsman out in the morning session after South Africa had resumed on six for one.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, recalled to the team after being surprisingly left out for the second test, led India's bowlers with 2-17 after he dismissed Aiden Markram late on Wednesday and Elgar early on Thursday. While Kohli looked to attack the bad deliveries and hit a few crisp drives, he also got a life in 11 when Philander dropped a dolly running in at covers off Rabada. He tried to hit the ball on the rise only to miss the handsome inswinger from Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

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