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Kohli, Rahane inspires India to set daunting fourth innings target

Virat Kohli inspired an Indian middle and lower-order attack as the visitors were able to set a daunting fourth innings target on day three of the Third Sunfoil Freedom Test Match at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Friday.

India managed to set the Proteas a victory target of 241 before they were bowled out in their second innings some hour and a quarter before the close of play. The Proteas had reached 17/1 in their response before Dean Elgar was felled by a short-pitched delivery and this plus the rain shower that followed caused the umpires to suspend play for the day some 20 minutes ahead of the scheduled close.

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Heroic Amla earns Proteas slightest of advantages

Hashim Amla has played many bigger and longer innings for the Proteas but for skill, adaptability and by no means least sheer courage his latest effort was right up there with the best.

He finished on 61 off 121 balls with 7 four but, if you consider that the other five specialist batsmen in the South African top order made 27 runs between them, you would have been left wondering where the home side would have been without him.

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Proteas bowl India out cheaply on testing surface

The Proteas achieved their first objective of bowling India out cheaply on day one of the 3rd Sunfoil Freedom Test match at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium but they well have reached the close reflecting that they could have done even better.

On a day of struggle for the batsmen India were bowled out for 187 in 77 overs to which the Proteas replied with 6 runs for the loss of Aiden Markram’s wicket in a tricky 6 overs before the close.

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Markram fit, Proteas consider all-pace attack for Wanderers green-top

Proteas opening batsman, Aiden Markram, has been passed fit for selection for the third Sunfoil Test match against India starting at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Wednesday. Markram injured his left quadricep during the 135-run win in the second match at Centurion, and was unable to field during India’s second innings.

The return of the opener brings welcome stability to the top of the order, as the selectors are once again faced with a selection conundrum for the Wanderers green-top. Captain, Faf du Plessis, says they will be keeping their ‘options open’ – including the possibility of an all-pace attack – as the Proteas look to seal a 3-0 series victory.

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Philander eyeing series whitewash against India

The Proteas are aiming for nothing less than a series whitewash ahead of the third Sunfoil Freedom Test match against India starting at the Bidvest Wanderers stadium on Wednesday. Proteas bowler, Vernon Philander, insists that the match is not a ‘dead-rubber’, but rather an opportunity to strengthen their dominance over the visitors with one eye on the ICC Test rankings.

A 3-0 series win will take the Proteas level with India at the top of the ICC Test rankings – India will remain first by a decimal point- with the four-match series against Australia in March providing an opportunity for the team to topple India by the April 3rd cut-off date.  

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