Rishabh Pant’s Defiant Century, South Africa Require 111 Runs More To Win Series
Cape Town Test:
In Cape Town Test the problem of India’s middle-order is not ending in this innings as well when the day started India was 57 for 2 with a lead of 70 onboard, but soon it became 58 for 4 Pujara and Rahane both went into successive overs of the day.
despite losing two wickets the hopes of Indian fans didn’t lose as they still have captain Kohli on the crease and he got Rishabh Pant as his new partner, on one hand, Kohli was playing the waiting game tiring of the bowlers and on the other hand, Rishabh Pant didn’t miss any chance of scoring the runs.
Both of them added 94 runs for the fifth wicket and as it was looking that both will take the Indian team to a safe total, Virat Kohli manages to poke the ball outside the off-stump and threw his wicket away.
Once Virat got out it became very easy for South African pacers to start cleaning up the Indian tail, first, it was Ravi Ashwin then Shardul Thakur, and on the other hand, Rishabh Pant was getting short of partners from another end.
But he kept on fighting and completes the fourth century of his career(first against South Africa), and he was able to take India’s score to 198 and the lead to 211.
with just 212 require to win the match and the series the South African openers started positively, as Aidem Markram didn’t shy from playing his shots he made 16 runs off 22 balls and all those runs came from the boundary.
but he wasn’t able to carry on his innings and he got out to Mohammad Shami, then Keegan Peterson and Dean Elgar steadied the innings and made sure that India do not take any wickets further.
But as the day was getting close in the final over, Jasprit Bumrah took the wicket of Dean Elgar and gave India hope if there is any.