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Elgar, de Kock orchestrate stunning fight back for South Africa

17 innings passed since a Proteas opener hit a fifty in a Test match in Asia until Elgar’s 163.

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Elgar, de Kock orchestrate stunning fight back for South Africa
Dean Elgar scores 287-ball 163. Photo: BCCI

Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock struck brilliant hundreds leading South Africa to avoid the threat of a follow-on and reach 385/8 at stumps on Day 3 of the first test against India on Friday.

While Elgar finally lost his wicket scoring a magnificent 160 runs, de Kock remained there till the penultimate overs of the day and reached into a century. His 163-ball 111 procured quite a tough day for Indian bowlers.

After two days of total domination in Vishakhapatnam when the home team laced 502 runs losing 7 wickets in their first innings, Indian bowlers encountered strong fight back from Elgar and de Kock turning the equation for South Africa.

They put on 164 runs for the sixth wicket, allowing South Africa to ease past the follow-on mark, which is the highest ever sixth-wicket partnership for South Africa against India as well their highest for the sixth wicket in Asia.

Elgar overcame South Africa’s opening owes in Asia in style. 17 innings have been passed since a Proteas opener hit even a fifty in a Test match in Asia until Elgar’s 163 on Friday.

His innings was composed of 18 fours and 4 sixes. Meanwhile De Kock accumulated the second highest score by a Proteas player in his 1st Test innings in India. Top of the list is Andrew Hall who scored 163 runs in Kanpur in 2004.

Responding to India’s massive first innings total of 502/7 declared, South Africa at one stage, was reeling on 34/3.

Ravichandran Ashwin hold the nerve to bring some relief for India returned with an innings figure of 5 for 128 bowling 41 overs.

India’s giant first-innings score was established on an astounding opening stand of 317 runs between Mayank Agarwal (215) and Rohit Sharma (176).

In another development, Indian spinner Ravindra Jadeja has became the fastest left-hander bowler to grab 200 Test wickets surpassing Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath. Jadeja took 44 matches to reach into the milestone.

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