Umpire Chris Gaffaney gives Ishant Sharma the second official warning for running on the pitch. Next time if the umpire finds Ishant running in the danger area, he will be not allowed to bowl for the rest of the first innings.
Ravichandran Ashwin completes the final over before the drinks break. India on top at the moment as an excellent first hour of play comes to an end. South Africa still reeling at 71/5 with skipper Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock looking to steady the Proteas innings.
End of 26th over: FOUR! Boundary to end the over. This time the ball takes the outside edge off Du Plessis’ bat and goes through the gap between the slip and the gully fielder. A disappointing over from Ishant Sharma comes to an end.
25.2 overs: FOUR! And straight after the warning Ishant gives away a freebie to Faf du Plessis. Wide outside off and Du Plessis hits it through covers to collect four runs.
First official warning for Ishant Shamra for running on the pitch!
End of 24th over: Tidy start from Ishant Sharma. Bowling change from other end as well. Ravichandran Ashwin comes into the attack for the first time.
End of 23rd over: Another good over from Umesh Yadav comes to an end. Quinton de Kock collected a boundary from it as well but overall a tidy over. India looking to build more pressure on the Proteas with chatter around the stumps. And it’s the first bowling change of the day! Ishant Sharma comes in for the first time on Day 3. He replaces Mohammed Shami.
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20.6 overs: OUT! Umesh Yadav gets going from the other end as well. This time its Theunis de Bruyn, who edges the good length delivery from Yadav. Wriddhiman Saha takes an excellent catch behind the stumps. De Bruyn departs for 30 as the Proteas are in big trouble now.
50 up for South Africa!
Faf du Plessis takes a couple of runs as 50 comes up for South Africa in 19.3 overs.
19.1 overs: Dangerous leave from Faf du Plessis. The ball just goes over the top of the off stump. Mohammed Shami looking in good rhythm. He is bowling in an excellent channel at the moment.
17.3 overs: OUT! And the tight clustered slip cordon is straight into action. A sharp catch from Virat Kohli at fourth slip and night watchman Anrich Nortje departs early on Day 3. Shami gets his second wicket. More trouble for South Africa.
End of 17th over: A tidy first over from Umesh Yadav. Just a single from it. Mohammed Shami will continue. Four slips and a gully for him now.
End of 16th over: An eventful first over from Mohammed Shami comes to an end. Early movement in the air and off the pitch for Shami. Umesh Yadav will share the ball with Shami from the other end.
15.3 overs: FOUR! On the pads from Mohammed Shami and Theunis de Bruyn with exquisite timing on that one. Plays the ball beautifully through mid-wicket to collect first boundary of the day. South Africa and De Bruyn are off the mark on Day 3.
Players and umpires are making their way to the field. It’s going to be an exciting morning session as South Africa eye comeback. Overnight batsmen Theunis de Bruyn and night watchman Anrich Nortje are at the crease. Mohammed Shami will start the proceedings for India on Day 3.
Here we go!
Pitch report, Day 3: “There is some rough developing, but it shouldn’t worry the batsmen a lot. The odd ball will turn and misbehave, but it’s still a good batting pitch,” said Sunil Gavasakar and Murali Kartik.
9:10 am Team India is building towards another weekend win as Virat Kohli & Co resume their march towards what looks like a second consecutive victory on the cards against South Africa in the Pune Test. It’s Saturday morning, and Timesofindia.com welcomes you back for all the updates on day-three of the second Test.
On the second day, as captain Virat Kohli hit a career-best 254 not out at the MCA Stadium, the South Africans found themselves standing in front of a mountain of runs as India declared at 601/5.
At stumps, the visitors’ scorecard wore a struggling look at 36/3 as the hosts look to take a series-winning lead in the three-Test rubber.
Umesh Yadav, who replaced Hanuma Vihari in the eleven for this Test, then dismissed the Proteas’ openers Dean Elgar (6) and Aiden Markaram (0), while Mohammed Shami sent Temba Bavuma (8) back to the hut.
Theunis de Bruyn (23*) was in the middle with night-watchman Anrish Nortje (2*) when stumps were drawn at the end of second day’s play.