The Proteas had India by the scruff of the neck after reducing them to 39-3 in the first session. It all went downhill for the visitors after that as Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane struck an unbeaten stand of 185.
The third test began on an eventful note as skipper Faf Du Plessis sent Temba Bavuma as a proxy skipper to get the Proteas out of the toss curse. While the tactic failed, it was a blessing in disguise as the bowling attack managed to be right on cue in the initial stages of the first session.
Kagiso Rabada’s fiery first spell claimed the wickets of the in-form Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara. While Anrich Nortje’s debut was marked after Virat Kohli became the pacer’s first victim in test cricket.
Reeling at 39-3, the Mumbai lads rescued India with a solid stand. The Hitman saw off the first session and proceeded to accelerate as the day progressed. He also shattered the record for the maximum sixes scored in a single test series en route his third century of the series.
Only 58 overs could be played before bad light and rain intervened to force an early stop in proceedings in Ranchi.