South Africa vs. India, 1st Test: Day 3 Scorecard and Report from Johannesburg

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South Africa vs. India, 1st Test: Day 3 Scorecard and Report from Johannesburg
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India took a firm grip on the first Test after finishing Day 3 in Johannesburg on 284-2 in their second innings, a lead of 320 over South Africa.

1st Test: South Africa v India at Johannesburg
SA 1st Inns: 245 (75.3 Overs)
Batsman Dismissal Runs Minutes Balls
F du Plessis c †Dhoni b Khan 20 141 77
VD Philander c Ashwin b Khan 59 113 82
DW Steyn c RG Sharma b I Sharma 10 17 12
M Morkel b Khan 7 14 9
Imran Tahir not out 0 8 4
Extras (lb 4, w 1, nb 3) 8
Bowling O M R W
Z Khan 26.3 6 88 4
Mohammed Shami 18 3 48 2
I Sharma 25 5 79 4
R Ashwin 6 0 25 0
India 2nd Inns: 284-2 (78 Overs)
Batsman Dismissal Runs Minutes Balls
S Dhawan c Kallis b Philander 15 32 21
M Vijay c †de Villiers b Kallis 39 155 94
CA Pujara not out 135 221
V Kohli not out 77 132
Extras (b 5, lb 5, w 8) 18
Bowling O M R W
DW Steyn 21 4 64 0
VD Philander 18 5 53 1
M Morkel 2 1 4 0
JH Kallis 14 4 51 1
Imran Tahir 11 0 55 0
AB de Villiers 1 0 5 0
JP Duminy 11 0 42 0

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The hosts started the day 67 runs in arrears but lost their last four first innings wickets for just 31 to be bowled out for 244, a deficit of 36.

An unbroken third wicket partnership of 191 between Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli then put the tourists into a position of great strength.

The Proteas were hindered by an injury to Morne Morkel; the fast bowler suffered a sprained ankle just before lunch and was unable to take the field for the rest of the day.

Starting the day on 213-6, Vernon Philander did bring up his third Test half-century before falling for 59, caught at slip off Zaheer Khan.

Ishant Sharma had Dale Steyn caught in the slips for 10 to claim his fourth victim, while Zaheer then picked up the wicket of Faf du Plessis for 20 and clean bowled Morkel (7) to also claim four scalps.

Philander became the fastest South African to 100 Test wickets when Shikhar Dhawan edged to Jacques Kallis at slip after making 15, and the match was delicately poised with India 31-1 at lunch.

That score had advanced to 93 when fellow opener Murali Vijay (39) was strangled down the leg side with AB de Villiers taking the catch off Kallis.

The bizarre sight of De Villiers removing his wicketkeeping pads to bowl the final over before tea followed, before India took a stranglehold in the final session thanks to Pujara and Kohli.

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Pujara recorded his sixth Test century in just his 16th match off 168 balls with 13 boundaries and was unbeaten on 135 at the close.

First innings centurion Kohli continued his superb form and was 77 not out at stumps with eight boundaries in his innings.

South Africa are guaranteed to maintain their top position in the ICC rankings regardless of the result, but India could move to within a point with a 2-0 victory in the two-match series.

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