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19 Oct 2019, 17:34 IST
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India batsman Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma made his third century of the sequence and Ajinkya Rahane was additionally closing in on 100 as India hit again after a poor begin on day one of many third Take a look at in opposition to South Africa in Ranchi.

Kagiso Rabada took two early wickets in a powerful new-ball spell and India – who gave a debut to Shahbaz Nadeem – have been 39-Three when Anrich Nortje eliminated Virat Kohli for 12.

That was nearly as good because it acquired for a Proteas aspect that included 5 adjustments – with Heinrich Klaasen and George Linde handed Take a look at bows – as an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 185 between Rohit (117 not out) and Rahane (83no) put India in management.

Rohit punished the Proteas assault with a mix of beautiful timing and energy in his new function on the prime of the order and Rahane performed with nice fluency in an aesthetic knock.

India have been 224-Three when unhealthy gentle introduced play to a untimely finish as they bid to safe a 3-Zero whitewash.

Rabada (2-54) roared in to lift South Africa’s spirits after their hammering in Pune final week, the in-form Mayank Agarwal (10) edging the paceman to Dean Elgar at third slip off the ultimate ball of the fifth over.

Cheteshwar Pujara quickly adopted with out scoring when he was struck on the again pad and given leg earlier than wicket, with Rabada then denied a 3rd wicket as Rohit overturned an lbw determination.

Nortje claimed the massive scalp of Kohli, who made a Take a look at-best 254 not out final week, by getting one to nip again in and strike the skipper bang in entrance.

Rohit and Rahane noticed India by to 71-Three at lunch and performed with nice freedom because the runs flowed within the afternoon session, Rabada twice taken for 13 in an over.

The aggressive Rohit and Rahane attacked Dane Piedt and the opener reached three figures for the sixth time within the longest format by disdainfully dispatching the spinner for one in all 4 sixes in his imperious knock.

Rahane additionally lofted Piedt down the bottom for six, whereas Linde bowled with affordable management, however the breakthrough was not forthcoming and solely 58 overs had been bowled when stumps have been drawn beneath darkish clouds.