JOHANNESBURG: Play was referred to as off due to a harmful pitch at Wanderers Stadium on Friday after South African batsman Dean Elgar was hit on the grille of his helmet by a brief ball.
Umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould had consulted earlier due to uncommon bounce and deviation on a pitch which former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar described as “harmful”.
After Elgar was struck late within the afternoon by a sharply lifting supply from India’s Jasprit Bumrah, match referee Andy Pycroft joined the umpires on the sector and the third day of the third and ultimate Test was halted.
South Africa, set 241 to win, have been 17 for one.
Solely two Test matches have beforehand been deserted due to harmful circumstances.
In January 1998, England have been 17 for 3 towards the West Indies at Sabina Park in Jamaica when the umpires stopped play due to a hazardous pitch.
And a match between the identical two groups in Antigua in February 2009 was referred to as off after 10 balls as a result of a delicate outfield was considered harmful for bowlers and fielders.
Indian captain Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane had set an attacking instance as India took management of the match, scoring 247 of their second innings.
Umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould referred to as off play after they have been joined on the sector by match referee Andy Pycroft.
The captains and match officers met after the stoppage and the one official phrase was that play had been referred to as off for the day.
There had been ideas in the course of the day that play may be halted due to a harmful pitch however with India having accomplished their innings any choice to desert the match was all the time more likely to be controversial.
It turned clear that demons remained within the pitch when Mohammed Shami had Aiden Markram caught behind within the second over and Bhuvneshwar Kumar hit Elgar with a painful blow on the best hand within the subsequent over.
The supply which dismissed Markram lifted and seamed away, whereas the ball which struck Elgar lifted sharply off a superb size.
The pitch was the topic of intense discussions by the umpires and a gathering in match referee Pycroft’s workplace, attended by groundsman Bethuel Buthelezi and native officers, in the course of the lunch break, when India have been one hundred for 4.
There have been areas on an excellent size on each ends of the pitch the place the bounce was unpredictable.
Kohli and Rahane added 34 in fast time after lunch earlier than an excellent spell by Kagiso Rabada, who bowled Kohli for forty one after which caught Hardik Pandya off his personal bowling, lowered India to 148 for six.
However with the ball going softer, Rahane and Kumar, adopted by Shami, attacked some wayward bowling. India´s final 4 wickets added ninety nine runs — essential in a low-scoring match.
The innings was marked by good operating between the wickets, whereas the decrease order batsmen went for his or her photographs, to the frustration of the South African bowlers.
Rahane, who was not chosen for the primary two Tests, made his runs off sixty eight balls and hit six fours in a brave stand given the circumstances.
After his partnership with Kohli set the tone for the afternoon, he and Kumar added fifty five for the seventh wicket, with Kumar happening to attain 33 to finish a collection the place he made helpful contributions in every of his 4 innings.
With India already in an excellent place, Shami swung arduous after Rahane had been dismissed, hitting two sixes in an innings of 27 off 28 balls.
Rabada, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel every took three wickets amid usually inconsistent bowling.
Dropped catches additionally weighed closely. Elgar put down an easy catch at gully off Morne Morkel when Kumar had 15 and the full was on 178, then Rahane was dropped at deep level by Andile Phehlukwayo off Kagiso Rabada when he was on 38 and the entire was one hundred eighty.
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