After batting for almost two days straight, India showed their lethal touch with the ball as well on Day 3 in Pune. Virat Kohli has a decision to make with the option of follow-on available as well heading into the penultimate day of the clash.
Having cleaned up the top order on the second day itself, the Indian seamers took things right from where they had left. Two quick wickets left the Proteas reeling at 53-5 before captain Faf Du Plessis and Quinton de Kock joined forces to do some damage control.
The 75-run stand for the sixth wicket was broken by Ravichandran Ashwin after managing to bamboozle Quinton de Kock all over. The spinners took things over to pick up the remaining wickets despite heavy resistance from the tail order.
Keshav Maharaj and Vernon Philander were involved in a massive 99-run stand for the ninth wicket. The spinner managed to get his maiden fifty in the process as well.
Maharaj was eventually dismissed for 72 while Philander stayed unbeaten for 44 for which he faced 192 deliveries.
At Stumps on Day 3, South Africa’s first innings ended with the wicket of Kagiso Rabada. The Proteas managed to score 275, handing India a lead of 325 runs.