When South Africa were about to begin the day at 39 for 3, it looked as if they will fall apart to the Indian spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin. At least that was the feeling that the final few overs of day 2 left everyone with. But South Africa started the day positively and captain Faf du Plesis along with Dean Elgar started a fightback, which was later followed by Quinton de Kock.
While du Plesis perished after a half century, Elgar became the 200th victim for Jadeja, but not before scoring 160 runs. Quinton de Kock also reached his century and just when he threatened to continue batting, Ashwin completely outfoxed the wicket-keeper batsman with some beautiful spin bowling.
Beating de Kock off two consecutive off-spinners, he outwitted the left hander by bowling the third ball straighter, which went thorugh the defence of the batsman who anticipated it to spin.
Watch Ashwin dismissing de Kock:
— Jatin hasija (@j_hasija) October 4, 2019
SA have shown admirable resistance, but long way behind still match. If India get lead of 90-100, SA’s position gets precarious. Playing Ashwin and Jadeja on 5th day will make excruciating demands on technique & temperament. Few overseas teams have survived this
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) October 4, 2019
Ashwin was making a comeback into the test team after quite a while, and immediately picked up a five wicket haul. The Tamil Nadu off-spinner was full of praise for the South African batsmen, who dominated the third day of play.
“It’s a proper Test match pitch. You expect both sides to bat well, don’t you? I thought they batted really well, Elgar and de Kock batted really well. We probably gave too many runs in the morning session. Credit needs to be given where it has to be given,” Ashwin told reporters.
He further went onto praise Dean Elagar, who led the South African comeback with a massive hundred.
“He has made a big hundred. We all know how good a player Dean Elgar is. I enjoyed the challenge with him, he played some shots. Elgar has made runs all over the world, he is a fierce competitor,” he said.