Kohli-Pant power India to 130/4 at lunch

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Cape Town, Jan 13 : A half-century by Rishabh Pant and Virat Kohli’s resistance helped India reach 130/4 at lunch on Day 3 of the third and series-deciding Test against South Africa here at Newlands on Thursday. The visitors lead by 143 runs.

India, who were on 57/2, added 73 runs but lost two more wickets in the first session. Things did not start as per India’s plan as Marco Jansen got a wicket on the second ball of the day.

Cheteshwar Pujara (9) was sent back to the pavilion, thanks to a superb one-handed catch from a diving Keegan Petersen at leg-slip.

In the next over, Kagiso Rabada dismissed Ajinkya Rahane cheaply for one. The ball clipped his glove and flew high towards Kyle Verreynne who did his best to get a hand on it but then Dean Elgar took the rebound at first slip.

However, the on-field umpire didn’t give it and Elgar immediately went upstairs. The ultra edge confirmed that the ball had brushed the glove, reducing India to 58/4.

Wicket-keeper batter Pant took on Rabada for a couple of boundaries. He started the over with a pull shot which went over square leg and raced away, and then slapped into the gap at cover point to finish off the over.

The India captain, too, joined the party with two fours in an over. Kohli and Pant steadied the visitors and took India past the 100-run mark.

The duo brought up their 50-run partnership for the fifth wicket before Pant registered his first half-century against South Africa. Kohli (28 not out) and Pant (51 not out) saw off the first session.


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