Visakhapatnam - Dean
Elgar and Quinton de Kock centuries helped South Africa fight back
on Friday as the tourists reached 385 for eight in response to India's
mammoth first-innings 502.
De Kock, a wicketkeeper-batsman, made
111 and put on a key 164-run stand with Elgar, who scored 160, to thwart
the Indian bowling attack on day three of the first Test in
Champion off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin though
kept chipping away to claim his 27th five-wicket haul and first since
August 2017 in 66 Tests.
At stumps, the Proteas still trail by 117 runs as they chase India's first innings score of 502 for seven declared.
Senuran Muthusamy, on 12, and Keshav Maharaj, on three, were at the
crease at stumps as 98 overs were bowled in the day to make up for lost
time due to thunderstorms on day one.
De Kock completed his fifth
Test hundred in the final session with a six off Ashwin before
eventually being bowled by the off-spinner.
Ashwin, who rattled
the South African top-order with his twin strikes on day two, struck
again with the wicket of Vernon Philander for nought.
left-handed Elgar, who started the day on 27, led his team's revival
after they slipped to 63 for four in the morning session.
put on 115 runs with skipper Faf du Plessis for the fifth wicket to take
the attack to the opposition bowlers with some positive batting.
spin partner Ravindra Jadeja also made it count with Elgar's wicket in
the final session as he moved to 200 Test scalps.
started the day on 39-3 but fast bowler Ishant Sharma struck early,
taking overnight batsman Temba Bavuma low for 18.
Jadeja also posed problems and nearly got Elgar on 74 but wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha spilled the chance.
opener Mayank Agarwal set the tone for the hosts' dominance of the game
with his 215 and a 317-run opening stand with Rohit Sharma, who hit 176
of India's giant score.
An over-enthusiastic fan caused a brief
security scare in the afternoon session as he rushed on the field to get
a selfie with the India captain Virat Kohli.
Kohli, who is
treated as a national hero, was taken by surprise by the intrusion in
between overs when the youth tried to hug him before taking a picture
and touching the star player's feet.
Kohli tried to order the
teenager off and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane also intervened but the
persistent fan stayed on the field for more than two minutes.
Security officers eventually overpowered him as he ran off, while the crowd roared and clapped.