Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Sports | By Brandy Patterson

Rain washes out day three at Newlands in finely-balanced test

Rain washes out day three at Newlands in finely-balanced test

India's batting line-up crumbled under the resolute pressure applied by South Africa's pace attack on the fourth day of the first test at Newlands on Monday.

India's defeat on a seam-friendly surface in Cape Town underlined the doubts over the No. 1 side's ability to win on green strips away from home, although neither sides' batsmen really profited on the testing track. South Africa made 286 all out in its first innings and bowled out the tourists for 209.

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Dale Steyn, playing his first Test in over a year following shoulder surgery, was unable to bowl after tea due to a bruised heel and could now miss the rest of the three-match series, with early estimates suggesting a recovery time of four to six weeks. But the visiting batsmen capitulated, with paceman Veron Philander scalping six wickets. But his dismissal, also to Philander, set off another collapse and India went from 131-7 to 135 all out.

Philander, who had started the proceedings with the wicket of opener Murali Vijay (13), came back for his second spell to break the brief 32-run fourth wicket stand between Kohli and Sharma.

Captain Faf du Plessis referred to the tactic as a bit of a gamble. A team spokesman said the injury was being assessed and treated.

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Rabada struck again with what became the last ball before tea‚ removing Wriddhiman Saha leg-before.

Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah were the pick of the bowlers with 3-wickets each while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya finished with 2 wickets each. Now he will not play in this match. India has never won a series in South Africa, losing five of the six it has played. By the end of the day's play, South Africa had scored 65 runs in 20 overs for two wickets in their second innings.

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