Live score, India vs South Africa, 2nd Test cricket match, day 4: Elgar, van der Dussen resumes the hunt when the game finally starts

Day 3 report: South Africa were 118-2 at the stump on Wednesday, chasing 240 to win the second Test and equalize the series against India, which put a potentially fascinating end to the game at Wanderers.

The test swung back and forth on day 3 as India sat on the brink of a dominant series-clinching position in its second innings of 155-2, only to falter and lose its last eight wickets for 110 runs.

India were eventually ruled out for 266, giving South Africa a glimpse of victory and a chance to send the series to a crucial test in Cape Town next week. South Africa were 122 runs away from doing so with eight wickets left.

But nothing was guaranteed on a wearing Wanderers surface that has bothered the batsmen through the first three days and where India’s four-man pace attack looked threatening.

India’s bowlers struck twice before the end, removing Aiden Markram for 31 as the opener was about to step in. Medium-tempo Shardul Thakur had that breakthrough to add to this amazing seven-wicket move in the first half.

Ravichandran Ashwin caught Keegan Petersen lbw in 28 to see the back of South Africa’s top scorer in the first half. It was also a rare wicket for a slow bowler this test.

South Africa captain Dean Elgar held on to pieces for his 46 not out, and after being hit on the grill by his helmet by a bouncer from Jasprit Bumrah. Rassie van der Dussen fought for over an hour with Elgar for his 11 not out.

Top-ranked India have never won a test series in South Africa and can change that with victory in Johannesburg after a big victory in the first test.

It seemed like a likely outcome earlier on the third day as the experienced pair of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane both reached half-centuries and put 111 runs to the third wicket for India.

At the time, India seemed on track to set South Africa at an unattainable goal.

Kagiso Rabada intervened with a burst with three wickets before lunch, removing Rahane for 58, Pujara for 53 and the dangerous Rishabh Pant for a duck.

He found support from other fast bowler Lungi Ngidi and India were on the rack – only to return.

Hanuma Vihari, a late call to the Indian team after captain Virat Kohli was ruled out with injury, provided solid resistance for his 40 not out and Thakur showed his ability with the bat to help set a competitive goal.

Thakur joined five fours and a six in his free-swinging innings at 28. It may have lasted only 24 deliveries, but the way he attacked South Africa’s bowling seemed to swing momentum back in India’s favor.

As a mark of how good India’s bowling has been and the scale of the challenge ahead for South Africa, the home team must make its highest total so far in the series to win the test.

With input from AP

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