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Players and umpires are making their way to the field. It’s going to be an exciting morning session as South Africa eye comeback. Overnight batsmen Theunis de Bruyn and night watchman Anrich Nortje are at the crease. Mohammed Shami will start the proceedings for India on Day 3. Here we go!
Pitch report, Day 3: “There is some rough developing, but it shouldn’t worry the batsmen a lot. The odd ball will turn and misbehave, but it’s still a good batting pitch,” said Sunil Gavasakar and Murali Kartik.
9:10 am Team India is building towards another weekend win as Virat Kohli & Co resume their march towards what looks like a second consecutive victory on the cards against South Africa in the Pune Test. It’s Saturday morning, and Timesofindia.com welcomes you back for all the updates on day-three of the second Test.
On the second day, as captain Virat Kohli hit a career-best 254 not out at the MCA Stadium, the South Africans found themselves standing in front of a mountain of runs as India declared at 601/5.
At stumps, the visitors’ scorecard wore a struggling look at 36/3 as the hosts look to take a series-winning lead in the three-Test rubber.
Umesh Yadav, who replaced Hanuma Vihari in the eleven for this Test, then dismissed the Proteas’ openers Dean Elgar (6) and Aiden Markaram (0), while Mohammed Shami sent Temba Bavuma (8) back to the hut.
Theunis de Bruyn (23*) was in the middle with night-watchman Anrish Nortje (2*) when stumps were drawn at the end of second day’s play.