A DANGEROUS pitch introduced play to an in depth 20 minutes early through the third Check match between South Africa and India.
With the residence facet chasing an unlikely goal of 241 within the third and remaining take a look at on Friday, umpires Ian Gould and Aleem Dar known as a halt on proceedings after Proteas opener Dean Elgar was struck on the helmet by a brief ball from seamer Jasprit Bumrah.
South Africa had been 17 for one on the shut, with Elgar 11 not out and Hashim Amla on the different finish on 2, nonetheless needing 224 for victory of their second innings.
With the batsmen unable to belief the bounce, the umpires and match commissioner Andy Pycroft will now need to determine if play can resume on Saturday morning.
Solely two exams have beforehand been known as off because of unplayable situations, each within the West Indies involving England, however on every event that was on the primary morning of the sport.
India may really feel aggrieved to have misplaced 20 minutes on the finish of day after their very own batsmen took physique blows of their second innings.
South African opener Aiden Markram (four) failed for the second time within the take a look at when he edged a rising ball from Mohammed Shami to wicketkeeper Partiv Patel to offer India an early breakthrough.
India had earlier confirmed admirable bravery in posting 247 of their second innings, with their remaining 4 wickets including what could possibly be a significant 99 runs as they took the assault to the bowling.
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Ajinkya Rahane (48), not picked for the primary two exams of the collection, performed some elegant pictures in tough situations, whereas captain Virat Kohli (41) confirmed resilience earlier than he was bowled by an excellent in-swinging supply from the decide of the South African bowlers, Kagiso Rabada (Three-69).
Rabada additionally produced a yorker to take away Murali Vijay (25) with the final ball earlier than lunch, after which took an excellent one-handed catch off his personal bowling to take away Hardik Pandya (four).
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Vernon Philander (3-61) and Morne Morkel (3-47) chipped in with wickets for the home side.
South Africa have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, but are seeking a first ever clean-sweep over India.