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India vs South Africa, 3rd Test, Day 4: Petersen helps Proteas maintain edge on Session 1

Keegan Petersen

Cape Town, January 15: South Africa maintained their edge over India on Day 4 of the third Test at the Newlands, and they need a further 41 runs to win the Test and series. Currently, the series is locked at 1-1.

At lunch, South Africa are 171 for 3 chasing 212 for a victory. Rassie van der Dussen (22) and Temba Bavuma (12) are at crease.

They lost the wicket of Keegan Petersen for 82, who chopped Shardul Thakur on to the stumps. It was the only wicket that South Africa lost in the first session of the day.

Resuming their second innings, South Africa got off to a cautious start as Petersen and van der Dussen stitched a 54-run stand for the third wicket. Shardul Thakur removed Petersen in the first session but van der Dussen and Temba Bavuma dug in to keep South Africa on top.

On Thursday (January 13), Elgar and Keegan held their ground as South Africa gained full control against India on Day 3.

Needing 212 to win, South Africa openers Aiden Markram and Dean Elgar saw out seven overs, but the 23-run opening stand finally came to an end as Mohammed Shami got the better of Markram (16) in the eighth over.

Petersen joined Proteas skipper Elgar in the middle and the duo kept moving the scoreboard along.

Elgar was given out on the field off the bowling of R Ashwin in the 21st over but the left-handed batter reviewed the call, and replays showed that the ball was going over the stumps, and hence the decision was overturned.

It seemed that Elgar and Petersen would ensure that South Africa did not lose more wickets before the close of play, however, Jasprit Bumrah removed the Proteas skipper reducing South Africa to 101/2.

Brief Scores: India 223 and 198; South Africa 210 and 171/3 (Keegan Petersen 82, Dean Elgar 30; Shardul Thakur 1-22).

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Story first published: Friday, January 14, 2022, 16:32 [IST]
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