India posted 49/1 in their second innings at the end of the second day of the third and final Test against South Africa on Thursday. Opener Murali Vijay and Lokesh Rahul were at the crease at stumps with the Indians leading by 42 runs. Rahul was batting on 16 while Vijay was unbeaten on 13.
Parthiv Patel, who had opened the visitors' second innings along with Vijay, was dismissed while attempting to flick South African pacer Vernon Philander to the on-side. Patel seemed to be in good knick, hitting three boundaries on his way to scoring 16 runs off 15 deliveries. Philander returned figures of 1/11 for South Africa.
Earlier, Jasprit Bumrah claimed his maiden five-wicket haul as South Africa were dismissed for 194 runs in their first innings. Bumrah returned figures 5/54 while fellow fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar clinched 3/44. Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami also picked up a wicket each.
Experienced batsman Hashim Amla was the highest scorer for the hosts with a fighting 61 off 121 balls. Philander produced a crucial innings of 35 runs lower down the order to help propel the Proteas past India's first innings total of 187 runs. Amla and Philander added 44 runs between them as the Proteas battled to tame the Indian pace attack.
India fought back in style in the second session by taking three quick wickets as South Africa went to tea at 143/6. Amla and Philander were together when the umpires called an end to the second session. Resuming the post-lunch session at 81/3, the Proteas witnessed a mini collapse, losing the wickets of AB de Villiers (5), skipper Faf du Plessis (8) and wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock (8) in quick succession to be reduced to 125/6.