On Day 3 of the decider third test, Rishabh Pant scored a brilliant 100* which helped India to set up a competitive target of 212 runs for the hosts to chase down with 2 days remaining. India managed to score just 198 for 10 in the second innings with pacers Marco Jansen (4/36) Kagiso Rabada (3/53) and Lungi Ngidi (3/21) shared all wickets among them and made it impossible for the Indian batters to even touch the 200 mark in the second innings.
The umpires called for a tea break after the Indian second innings ended. The Struggle of Cheteshwar Pujara (9) and Ajinkya Rahane (1) continued and the Indian middle order yet again collapses while skipper Virat Kohli added 29 off 143 balls on the other hand did his best to stay at the crease as long as possible before Lungi Ngidi got rid of him.
The hosts started their second innings on a strong note posting 101/2 on the board, the South African skipper Dean Elgar was looking good before Jasprit Bumrah got rid of him before stumps, thanks to DRS which lead to overturning the outfield not-out decision. Keegan Petersen is still on the crease scoring 48 runs with his bat, who had also scored 72 in first innings.
India 1st innings: 223/10 in 77.3 overs. (Virat Kohli 79, Cheteshwar Pujara 43; Kagiso Rabada 4/73) and 2nd innings: 198/10 (Rishabh Pant 100*, Virat Kohli 29; Marco Jansen 4/36) lead South Africa 1st innings: 210/10 in 76.3 overs (Keegan Petersen 72; Jasprit Bumrah 5/42, Mohammad Shami 2/39) and 2nd innings 101/2 (Keegan Peterson 48*; Jasprit Bumrah 1/29) by 110 runs.