India’s hopes of winning the Test at Centurion and leveling the series may hinge on Virat Kohli’s performance on day three.
India, who trail by 152 runs, need their captain to push on and score a big century from here. Kohli will resume on 85 not out this morning.
Hardik Pandya, who scored 93 in the first Test at Newlands, will join Kohli at the crease. So much is riding on this partnership as the visitors look to reduce the deficit before South Africa bat again.
The Proteas have to break this partnership – and dismiss Kohli in particular – as soon as possible. They will have to get the job done with the old ball, though, as the second new ball isn’t due for another 19 overs.
It will be interesting to see who captain Faf du Plessis backs from the outset. Keshav Maharaj has already been identified as a key player, given the track is offering some assistance to the spinners.
SA 335 (1st innings) – Aiden Markram 94, Hashim Amla 82, Ravi Ashwin 4-113, Ishant Sharma 3-46
India 183-5 (1st innings) – Virat Kohli 85 not out, Murali Vijay 46, Morne Morkel 1-47, Lungi Ngidi 1-26
India trail by 152 runs
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