India end Day 1 with 206-run lead over South Africa in the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town. At Stumps on Day 1, South Africa were at 17/1 and they lost their captain Dean Elgar early in the first innings. India were bowled out for 223 runs in the first innings where Virat Kohli scored 79 runs and Cheteshwar Pujara returned back to the pavilion after registering 43 runs to his name.
Meanwhile, South pacer Kagiso Rabada has said that the game is in the control at the conclusion of Day 1 but the batters will have to grind keep them in the game.
“The game is in the balance. Obviously, we would have liked to win the toss. But we did well to restrict them for 223 but we are going to have to bat well,” Rabada said in the media interaction after the day’s play.
“I think our biggest strength is that we’re just relentless and resilient and that forced us to learn quickly. You’re always going to learn when you’re playing opposition. So I think that holds us in good stead for the future.”
Talking about the conditions, he said: “There’s still a quite a bit in that wicket. We don’t have any control over the conditions. It looks a perfect Test wicket where batters have to grind. I think it’s not going to change much tomorrow.” Playing in his 50th Test, Rabada was outstanding with figures of 4/73 which included the prized scalp of India captain Virat Kohli (79).