After declaring their first innings at 497 for nine, India reduced South Africa to 9/2 before bad light once again forced early stumps on the second day of the third and final Test at JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi on Sunday.
Here are the highlights!
# Faf du Plessis is the new batsman in!
# WICKET! Umesh Yadav strikes. Quinton de Kock (four) was caught by Wriddhiman Saha behind the wicket on the last delivery of the second over. South Africa 8/2 (2 overs)
# Quinton de Kock is the new batsman in!
# WICKET!! Mohammad Shami gives breakthrough to India as early as in the very second ball. Elgar was caught by Wriddhiman Saha behind the stumps to depart for a duck. South Africa 4/1 (1 over)
# Dean Elgar and Zubayr Hamza have walked down the crease to begin South Africa's innings. Mohammad Shami to open the attack for India.
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 20, 2019
# India declare their first-innings on 497/9 (116.3 overs)
# WICKET!! India are now down to nine wicket as Ravichandran Ashwin and Umesh Yadav depart in quick successions. While Ashwin (14) was caught by Klaasen behind the wicket on a Dane Piedt delivery on the 113rd delivery, while Yadav (31) was also caught behind the stumps on a George Linde's delivery in the 114th over. India 482/9 (114 overs)
# Umesh Yadav is the new batsman in!
# WICKET! Soon after bringing up his half-century, Ravindra Jadeja (51) was caught by Klaasen on the fourth delivery of the 112nd over by George Linde. India 462/7 (112 overs)
# Ravichandran Ashwin is the new batsman in!
# WICKET!! George Linde strikes again. Wriddhiman Saha (24) was clean bowled by the South African bowler on the third delivery of the 104th over. India 419/6 (104 overs)
# Seven runs off the last four overs. The hosts have now reached the 400-run mark. Jadeja (28) and Saha (16) are looking to stitch a stand after Rohit's dismissal. India 400/5 (100 overs)
# India have added 15 runs off the last four overs. India are approaching 400-run mark, with Jadeja (26) ad Saha (11) batting at the crease. India 393/5 (96 overs)
# 12 runs off the last four overs. Ravindra Jadeja and Wriddhiman Saha are completely batting at their respective scores of 20 and seven. India 383/5 (92 overs)
# Wriddhiman Saha is the new batsman in!
# WICKET!! After bringing up his maiden double ton, Sharma (212) was caught by Lungi Ngidi on the first delivery of the 89th over by Kagiso Rabada. India 371/5 (89 overs)
# DOUBLE TON!! Rohit Sharma (212) has brought up his maiden double century off 249 balls. He reached the mark with a six on the first delivery off the 88th over. India 370/4 (88 overs)
# India reach 357/4 at Lunch!
# 24 runs off the last five overs, including three boundaries. Rohit Sharma (183) continues to stand strong at the crease while Jadeja is batting at six. Jadeja got off the mark by whipping away the second delivery of the 78th over past short leg for a single. India 330/4 (81 overs)
# Ravindra Jadeja is the new batsman in!
# WICKET! George Linde bagged his maiden Test wicket as Ajinkya Rahane (115) was caught behind the wicket by Heinrich Klaasen on the third delivery of the 76th over. It was also maiden Test dismissal for Klaasen. India 306/4 (76 overs)
# 17 runs off the last five overs. Rohit (159) has crossed the 150-run mark besides stitching over 200-run partnership with Ajinkya Rahane (101). The duo is batting comfortably at the crease and is looking all set to take India past 300. South Africa, on the other hand, are desperately loolking for a wicket. India 284/3 (72 overs)
# CENTURY!! Ajinkya Rahane (100) has brought up his 11th Test century off 169 deliveries. He reached the mark by picking up a single on the first delivery of the 69th over. It is also his first Test ton at home since 2016. India 268/3 (68.1 overs)
# India have added 30 runs off the last five overs. Sharma (144) pulled back a fine leg boundary on the first delivery of the 68th over before he smashed Lungi Ngidi for two back-to-back boundaries in the same over. The Indian opener is nearing 150-run mark. India 267/3 (68 overs)
# 13 runs off the last four overs, including three boundaries. Sharma (122) smashed a delightful on-drive on the last delivery of the 61st over that beat mid-on to the fence for four runs, while Rahane (91) hit the fourth delivery of the 63rd over between cover and mid-off for a boundary. India 237/3 (63 overs)
# A good first over by Rabada as he conceded no runs to the hosts. Rohit and Rahane are currently batting at 117 and 83, respectively. India 224/3 (59 overs)
# Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane to resume India's first innings. Kagiso Rabada to open the attack for South Africa today.
# The second day's play will begin shortly!
#TeamIndia will resume Day 2 of the 3rd Test on 224/3.
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 20, 2019
After being reduced to 43/3 inside 16 overs, opener Rohit Sharma smashed an unbeaten knock of 117 while Ajinkya Rahane well-supported him with an unbeaten 83-run knock to guide India to 224/3 in the first innings before bad light forced early stumps on the first day of the final Test against South Africa in Ranchi on Saturday.
Opting to bat first in the dead-rubber clash, India made a worst possible start as they lost opener Mayank Agarwal (10), first drop Cheteshwar Pujara (duck) and skipper Virat Kohli (12) cheaply.
However, Rohit Sharma notched up his third century of the series as opener while Rahane brought up his 21st fifty as the duo shared a crucial unbeaten 185-run stand to put India in command.
Earlier, the Virat Kohli-led side clinched the Test series against South Africa with a game to spare when they registered a crushing win by an innings and 137 runs in the second Test at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.
The hosts had also dominated South Africa in the all three aspects of the game in the opening Test as well, registering a comfortable 203-run win in Visakhapatnam.
While India are looking to complete series whitewash against South Africa, the Faf du Plessis-led side are aiming to end the tour of India on a winning note.