India vs South Africa, Day 3: Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane Give Hosts Ascendancy
An unbeaten 133 runs stand for the fifth wicket between Ajinkya Rahane and skipper Virat Kohli has given India the upper-hand on Day Three of the fourth and final Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
Murali Vijay, who had been in good form throughout the series was undone by a Morne Morkel bouncer. Vijay looked surprised by the decision and also indicated that the ball had brushed his elbow guard and not the gloves. (All photos from BCCI, AFP)
Rohit Sharma's poor form continued even on Day three. Promoted up the order at number three, Rohit was comprehensively castled by Morne Morkel for a golden duck.
Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwarhwar Pujara then stabilised the innings after the early jolts. The duo put on a 45 runs stand, which helped India cross the 250-run lead.
Shikhar Dhawan got into a sort of a verbal spat with substitute fielder KL Rahul. Apparently there was some mis-communication of sorts between the two. Dhawan was however, seen apologising for his outburst.
Morne Morkel brought back for another spell ended Shikhar Dhawan's fight in the middle. The India opener was undone by a excellent yorker, which crashed onto Dhawan's leg stump. Dhawan was on his way back to the pavillion for 21.
Imran Tahir got into the action as he castled Cheteshwar Pujara for 28. The Indian batsman mis-read a quicker one from South African legspinner to leave the hosts in a precarious position.
Imran Tahir had a golden opportunity to remove Virat Kohli when he was on five. The umpire Bruce Oxenford had even given the decision in legspinners favour. However, Oxenford wanted to be sure about the no-ball and asked for a review. The replays indicated that the bowler had over-stepped thereby saving Kohli.
Virat Kohli and Ajiknya Rahane played sensibly as the duo stitched an unbeaten 133 runs stand which saw India cross the 400-run lead.
Virat Kohli meanwhile brought up his half-century off 70 balls. He reached the landmark with a single off Dean Elgar.
Ajinkya Rahane too scored his half-century in the process to ensure India take a big lead against the Proteas. The Mumbaiker reached the landmark with a brace off Kyle Abbot in 146 balls with five boundaries.