India vs South Africa: Rishabh Pant was dismissed for a duck on day 3 of 2nd Take a look at© AFP
Workforce India had been off to an ideal begin on day 3 of the 2nd Take a look at towards South Africa in Johannesburg because the skilled duo of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane batted fluently to place collectively a century partnership to extend the vacationers’ lead. Each Pujara and Rahane batted beneath excessive stress, however confirmed their class towards a robust South African tempo assault to slam respective half-centuries. However their good work was undone as Kagiso Rabada despatched the duo again into the pavillion in fast succession.
Rahane contributed 58 earlier than getting caught behind whereas Pujara was trapped LBW for 53 by a Rabada in-cutter. India had been all of the sudden beneath stress at 163/4 and all eyes had been on the pair of Hanuma Vihari and Rishabh Pant to take the lead past 200 runs.
However the Indian wicket-keeper batter determined to go after Rabada with out spending any time on the wicket and ended up shedding his wicket within the course of. Pant gave Rabada the cost however the paceman bowled a brief supply and Pant’s try and get bat on ball led him to get a faint edge, which was pouched behind the wicket, because the southpaw departed for a duck.
Pant has typically scored necessary runs for the workforce together with his slam bang type of batting however he has additionally misplaced out on a number of events. Former India captain and batting legend Sunil Gavaskar got here down closely on Pant for enjoying such an irresponsible shot.
“You’ve got two new batsmen on the crease and then you definately noticed that shot from Rishabh Pant. Forgettable, no excuses for that shot, no excuses. None of that nonsense about that being his pure recreation. There needs to be some sense of accountability proven. As a result of there are others taking the blows. There’s guys like Rahane and Pujara who’ve taken it on their physique. So that you additionally struggle it out,” a miffed Gavaskar stated on commentary.
He went on so as to add that there will not be “any form phrases” for Pant within the dressing room too. India had been right down to 167/5 on the time of Pant’s dismissal, with an total lead of simply 140 runs.
There was additional harm finished by the South African bowlers as Lungi Ngidi despatched again Ashwin, who was wanting good with the bat once more.
India went into lunch at 188/6, main by 161 runs.
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