India pegged back at Mohali


India and South Africa are up against each other in the first test match at Mohali.

India were in a strong position at the end of day 2 with a lead of 142 runs and 8 wickets in hand. Earlier in day 2 they had dismissed South Africa for 184 runs and took a slender lead of 17 runs.

On day three Indian overnight batsman Kohli and Pujara took them through the first hour safely as India looked to set the Saffers a strict target on a turning Mohali pitch but the best part of the session was yet to come. In an incredible turn of events South Africa took 6 wickets for 24 runs and made a resounding comeback into the test match. Van Zyl was the man with the golden arm as he removed Kohli and opened the flood gates. The batsmen that followed Kohli could lacked the will to counter the African spinners and consequently were easily rolled over by the Proteas spin duo Harmer and Imran Tahir. Both the spinners had three wickets each by the time lunch was called on day 3. India were 185/8 and their lead was 202 runs.

Simon Harmer of South Africa celebrates the wicket of Amit Mishra of India during day three of the 1st Paytm Freedom Trophy Series Test Match between India and South Africa held at the PCA, I.S Bindra Stadium in Mohali, India on the 7th November 2015 Photo by Ron Gaunt / BCCI / SPORTZPICS

After the lunch interval the Proteas would look to grab the remaining two wickets quickly so that they could restrict the Indian to as low a total as possible because batting last on this pitch won’t be easy at all. Meanwhile India would look towards their keeper batsman Saha to calm the nerves in the dressing room by scoring few quick runs.