Proteas all out for 335, Ashwin pick four wicket

Proteas all out for 335, Ashwin pick four wicket

Markram and a struggling Dean Elgar (31) put on 85 for the first wicket before Elgar went down the wicket and was caught by Murali Vijay at silly mid-off, checking a drive when Ashwin bowled the ball a bit shorter so that Elgar could not reach the pitch of the ball.

South Africa profited with what could be crucial first innings runs through this period, before Rabada was superbly caught by, ironically, Pandya at deep mid-wicket as he attempted a hook off the excellent Ishant Sharma (3-46). However the 42 runs he shared for the eight wicket with Du Plessis, may yet prove crucial in this match.

Contrary to expectations, there was no assistance for the fast bowlers and Ashwin carried the bowling attack, taking two for 53 in an unchanged 17-over first spell before coming back to bowl another lengthy spell.

Patel was playing in place of Wriddhiman Saha, who had a hamstring injury. KL Rahul is going to replace Shikhar Dhawan while Ishant Sharma is replacing Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The post-lunch session promises to be interesting.

South Africa's Aiden Markram fell six runs short of what would have been a sparkling century.

He dealt with disdain whenever the Indian pace bowlers erred in line and length and was also good against Ashwin.

The third session was fruitful for the Indians as they claimed the key wickets of Amla, AB de Villiers (20).

Markram edged a delivery from spinner Ravichandran Ashwin to wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel on 94 coming from 150 balls as he was denied a third test century in his seventh innings.

When they resume on Sunday, Keshav Maharaj and skipper Faf du Plessis will resume on respective scores of 10 and 24 and add significantly on the scoreboard and to give India something to think about.

Afterwards, du Plessis and Maharaj held the fort as South Africa reached 269/6.

Pandya made the pick-up off his own bowling, turned and ran Amla out. He brought the session to a reassuringly solid close, playing out successive maidens as Vernon Philander probed away with Quinton de Kock standing up to the stumps. With the surface not assisting shots down the ground or into the covers, du Plessis smartly used his crease to manufacture runs into the leg side and square on the off side.

Du Plessis was at the centre of the next run-out, too, except this time he was the one not interested in a single.

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