India go 42 in front after Bumrah five

Cheteshwar Pujara

The other wicket to fall was that of Dean Elgar for only four runs after he nicked the ball to Indian wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel‚ who dived low to his left to claim an easy catch from the bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Cheteshwar Pujara spent nearly 90 minutes and exactly 54 balls to get off the mark in the first day of the third and final Test at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

India captain Virat Kohli will resume after the interval on 24 not out, along with the patient Cheteshwar Pujara, who took an astonishing 54 balls to get off the mark, and is five not out. Pujara showed what is expected of the top-order batsmen in a team after skipper Virat Kohli won the toss on the opening day of the third Test at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg and chose to take the bold step of batting first in overcast conditions.

If anything, both bowlers probably bowled just that little short, beating the bat time without number without catching the edge, until Bhuvneshwar confirmed his mastery over Elgar by finally getting the length right and forcing him to nick to Parthiv for a 40-ball four in the day's seventh over. Proteas appeared to be in a commanding position at stumps on day 1. The second innings will be very important. India saw a nine-series winning streak that took it to No. 1 come to a halt in South Africa and is playing to avoid a first whitewash in six years, and a first ever whitewash in South Africa. Aiden Markram was the first batsman to fall, with pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar providing the breakthrough. He tried to hit the ball on the rise only to miss the handsome inswinger from Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Earlier, nightwatchman Kagiso Rabada frustrated the Indian bowlers for 114 minutes as South Africa reached 81 for 3 in 31 overs at lunch.

Team India celebrates the wicket of Faf du Plessis.

India were battling to stay in the game at that point against the seaming ball, but had two pieces of luck before lunch. India were on top at that moment, South Africa 62 behind at 125 for 6. The decision looked a bit unfair as the review said the ball was kissing the leg stump and the on-field umpire's decision stood.

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