Young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant (100 not out) scored a brilliant century as India set a target of 212 for victory in the third Test against South Africa. This is Pant’s third century outside Asia. Earlier, he had scored an unbeaten century of 159 runs against Australia in Sydney in 2018/19. At the same time, he played an innings of 114 runs against England in 2018.
– 114 Vs England at Oval, 2018.
– 159* Vs Australia at SCG, 2019.
– 97 Vs Australia at SCG, 2021.
– 89* Vs Australia at Gabba, 2021.
– 100* Vs South Africa at Cape Town, 2022.
– Rishabh Pant has some invaluable contributions in overseas in just 4 years. pic.twitter.com/O1zshMNGCe
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) January 13, 2022
India’s second innings ended on 198 in 67.3 overs before tea hour on the third day on Thursday. India had a 13-run lead in the first innings. Pant scored his fourth Test century. He scored this century on a pitch on which batting was considered very difficult. Pant hit six fours and four sixes in his unbeaten 100 off 139 balls.
After Pant, the second highest score of India’s second innings was captain Virat Kohli, who faced 143 balls and scored 29 runs with the help of four fours. Opener Lokesh Rahul contributed 10 runs. The third biggest contribution to India’s innings was 28 extra runs. For South Africa, Marco Yanson took four wickets for 36 runs while Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi got three wickets each.
India started playing today ahead of yesterday’s score of 57 for two, but things did not go according to India’s plan and they lost two big wickets in the very beginning. The South African bowlers cheaply dealt Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, both the experienced batsmen, within just one run. India’s fourth wicket fell in the form of Pujara on the score of 57 and Rahane on the score of 58. Pujara got nine off 33 balls with the help of two fours, while Rahane was dismissed after scoring one run in nine balls.
Young fast bowler Marco Yanson made Pujara his victim on the second ball of the day. Pujara was caught by Keegan Pietersen at leg-slip. In the very next over, Rabada walked Rahane. The ball hit his glove and went towards wicketkeeper Kyle Verne, but then the ball touched Verene’s glf and went into the hands of captain Dean Elgar standing at first slip and he did not miss the opportunity.
After this, however, captain Virat Kohli took over the innings along with Rishabh Pant. Both the batsmen not only stabilized the innings but also put pressure on the opposition bowlers by playing good shots. For the fifth wicket between the two batsmen, there was an important partnership of 72 runs in 144 balls. While Pant scored 51 runs off 60 balls with the help of four fours and a six, his eighth Test century and the first half-century against South Africa, skipper Kohli scored 28 runs off 127 balls with the help of four fours.