South Africa vs India, 3rd Test - Live Cricket Score, Commentary

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The sun is out and with a lot of fielders in the deep, they collect five easy runs. Dhawan takes a single off the first ball. Pujara defends the next five delivery. A fielder is placed at long leg with the broadcaster showing the replays of Pujara's unwarranted pull shot in the first innings.

Only one slip in place. Shows England are on the backfoot. Pujara gets forward and defends when the ball is tossed up, whenever Rashid tries to push the ball through Pujara made him pay with couple of boundaries. He is into the 20s. The sun has come out and it is almost as if conditions are in favour of India here in this match, returning a favour from the poor luck at Lord's.

Meanwhile, Pujara is scoring at plus strike rate too. The lead has liberated Indian batsmen. Short and wide from Rashid. Short third man's chase ends in vain. Racing towards the run mark. Only a wicket in first hour's play for England.

Have lot to ponder. Umpire call for drinks. Full on the pads from Woakes. Dhawan this time takes advantage. Times the flick well as the ball hurries off the turf.

Pujara with couple of spectacular shots to the boundary in the over. He gets forward and unfurls a gorgeous straight drive past mid on. Pujara leaves and blocks the next five deliveries as Woakes maintains tight lines. He has provided hosts with the first breakthrough. They need more of that. Can he deliver an Edgbaston-like spell here for his side?

Seven runs including a boundary from Pujara in the over, ends with an edge past the slips for a couple. Bowled through the gate Rahul was starting to take some liberty and not playing as tight. Pujara now out to bat. You get the feeling that this make or break for him with squad for the next two Tests to be picked after this match.

Three runs off it. Nothing malicious as both players wear a smile followed by an handshake. Dhawan turns the strike off the fourth ball with a single to deep square leg and Rahul gets superb delivery that was angled in and kept coming at him, in fact goes through him taking a little inside edge that beats the diving Bairstow behind the wickets and into the fine leg. Two plus opening stands for India in a Test outside Asia:. Here's Ben Stokes, replaces Stuart Broad. Back-to-back run partnership for Rahul and Dhawan.

Stifled appeal for a leg before shout in the over against Dhawan, the pitching was in question there. In the air and just wide of cover point fielder's grasp.

Dhawan cuts it through the offside, the fielder might have even got a fingetip there. Rahul has been in imperious mood here. He has looked to make use of the first 15 overs before the ball starts doing something. Two boundaries — one each for the batsmen — as England leak nine runs off the over. Going almost six an over. India are in complete control of the third Test with a massive lead of They might have missed out with a few runs with the bat in the first innings, but their bowlers handed them a huge advantage, after running through England's batting order in the afternoon session.

Hardik Pandya led the way with his maiden five wicket haul in the Test, giving a lead of runs. Rahul and Dhawan with yet another run stand in the second innings, followed by another partnership, before Dhawan fell to Rashid. Pujara and skipper Kohli guided the team to for any further loss. Kohli, having compiled his 18th test fifty, carried on confidently and looked set for his 23rd test hundred, and second of the series, until tempted to drive at a rare Rashid turner which Ben Stokes gobbled up at slip.

He had been given a ripple of applause as he came on to bowl in the morning but, not at his best, delivered 15 wicketless overs for 54 runs. Woakes looked the potential game-changer again, having Dhawan caught at slip for 35, trapping Rahul lbw for 23 and tempting Cheteshwar Pujara 14 into a hook on the stroke of lunch which went straight into the hands of Rashid on the boundary.

Kohli was doubtless unimpressed as he faced the prospect of having to bail out a sinking ship again but he found an assured partner in year-old Rahane.

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