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

Lee WalkerUK Managing EditorDecember 20, 2013

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 18: Virat Kohli of India hits a boundary during day 1 of the 1st Test match between South Africa and India at Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on December 18, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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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)
F du Plessisc †Dhoni b Khan2014177
VD Philanderc Ashwin b Khan5911382
DW Steync RG Sharma b I Sharma101712
M Morkel b Khan7149
Imran Tahirnot out084
Extras(lb 4, w 1, nb 3)8
Z Khan26.36884
Mohammed Shami183482
I Sharma255794
R Ashwin60250
India 2nd Inns: 284-2 (78 Overs)
S Dhawanc Kallis b Philander153221
M Vijayc †de Villiers b Kallis3915594
CA Pujaranot out135221
V Kohlinot out77132
Extras(b 5, lb 5, w 8)18
DW Steyn214640
VD Philander185531
M Morkel2140
JH Kallis144511
Imran Tahir110550
AB de Villiers1050
JP Duminy110420

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.


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.