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SA vs Ind, 2nd Test, Freedom Trophy 2021-22: Dean Elgar-led SA holding fort, at 118-2 chasing 240

South Africa need 122 runs to win with eight wickets in hand at Johannesburg.

SA vs Ind, 2nd Test, Freedom Trophy 2021-22: Dean Elgar-led South Africa holding fort, at 118-2 chasing 240
Elgar-Petersen added 46 runs for second wicket on Day 3 (©AFPviaGettyImages)

Brief Scores: South Africa 118-2 (D Elgar 46*, R Ashwin 1-14) & 229 (K Petersen 62, T Bavuma 51, S Thakur 7-61) need 122 runs to beat India 202 (KL Rahul 50, R Ashwin 46, M Jansen 4-31, K Rabada 3-64) & 266 (A Rahane 58, C Pujara 53, L Ngidi 3-43)

On a wonderful day of Test cricket yesterday, Shardul Thakur injected new life to India with career-best figures of 7-61 against South Africa who ended up taking a little lead in the first innings. But the positive Indian batters didn’t waste much time to finish the day with a 58-run advantage. With every run after the 230-mark, the home captain, Dean Elgar started to look a bit nervous about the chase.

The 22-yards at Wanderers on Day 3

Nothing odd was expected on a Day 3 strip at Wanderers. The bright sunshine had dried it up and eventually few of the cracks would open up as the day would progress. There was a chance of some spin with footmarks of the fast bowlers but the variable bounce could be the hardest for a batter to negotiate.

Session 1: Rabada breathes fire in run-flowing session; India stretch lead to 161