SA vs IND: Rishabh Pant tries to hoick Olivier out of the park, bat slips out of his hands
Pant scored a brilliant century as India were bundled out for just 198 runs in the second innings.
Updated - Jan 13, 2022 7:00 pm
The ongoing third Test between South Africa and India is on a knife edge at the moment with bowlers dominating right from Day 1. After the visitors were restricted to 223 runs in the first innings, Jasprit Bumrah’s five-fer made sure India eked out a slender 13-run lead. However, South Africa came back well to pick quick wickets in the second innings only for Rishabh Pant to stand tall with a blazing knock.
Despite wickets falling at the other end, the southpaw kept his cool to make sure the lead is stretched past 200 runs. With tail-enders batting with him, Pant made sure to farm majority of the strike. In the process, he also tried to play a few strokes forcing Dean Elgar, the South Africa skipper, to set defensive fields for him.
The strategy led to Rishabh Pant looking to go for big shots early in the over as he avoided singles. In an attempt to play one of those big shots in the 60th over, the man hilariously lost the control of his bat. He stepped out to Duanne Olivier to smack him out of the ground in the first ball of the over.
Pant middled the ball brilliantly with the red cherry going to the boundary where the fielder was waiting. However, the bat slipped out of his hands and near square leg.
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India bundled out for 198 Rishabh Pant’s century
Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant completed a brilliant century off only 133 balls with six fours and four maximums. He tried his best to farm more strike and score runs but ran out of partners at regular intervals. Last five batters, India’s long tail, could add only 14 runs with Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav both bagging ducks. Thanks to Pant’s stunning unbeaten knock of 100 runs India could reach 198 runs in their second innings.
South Africa now needs 212 runs to win the Test and the three-match series as well. India, on the other hand, will be looking to pick early wickets in order to put early pressure on the hosts.