Elgar: Test should have been stopped earlier

   Jasprit Bumrah takes career-best 5-54 as India dismiss South Africa for 194 on day two of the third test

CARL FOURIE GETTY IMAGES Jasprit Bumrah takes career-best 5-54 as India dismiss South Africa for 194 on day two of the third test

The wicket was similar for both teams.

The test has now swung firmly in the favour of the tourists, who scored 99 runs for the loss of just two wickets on the seamer-friendly surface. It was completely the same for everyone.

"We required some character playing on a pitch that was very hard to play on, but our guys showed great guts and determination through the four days", India captain Virat Kohli said at the post-match presentation.

"I do think so, yes", Elgar said when asked if he felt that game should have been called off earlier. We were just sloppy.

Dean (Elgar) got hit in the face, he wasn't able to take evasive action.

The Wanderers' deck had the ball spitting and rising all day, but after India fought its way to 247, the catalyst for the decision was a delivery that reared off a length and hit South Africa's Dean Elgar in the helmet. Former South African cricketer Kepler Wessels and Pollock demanded to abandon the match. From the beginning, the ball was kicking off length from Corlett Drive End. They need to take as many wickets as possible when the red cherry possesses the shine. Even when Bhuvi and I were batting, or Vijay was batting against the new ball, we faced the same.

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In the 58th over, Rahane was hit by Rabada and the two umpires - Aleem Dar and Ian Gould - had a long chat in the middle and inspected the pitch before play resumed. They prepared it. We want to play on this. If the ball is there to be hit, I will play my shot and that's it, ' he said. Courageous knocks from Kohli (41), Ajinkya Rahane (48), Bhuvneshwar (33) and M Vijay (25) took them to 247. "Don't be in a hurry".

After Bhuvneshwar (3/39 in 9 overs) wreaked havoc reducing South Africa to 12 for 3 inside the fifth over, De Villiers (59 batting) and skipper Faf du Plessis (37 batting) added 95 runs for the unbroken fourth wicket to steady the ship. "The wicket was definitely challenging, but if you see our openers batted so well". We are playing in Johannesburg not in India, so we had to come out here and deal with what was given to us and we have dealt with it pretty well. Such pitches test skills to the utmost, add valuable experience and help players become complete cricketers. "We all knew when we came to South Africa that we would get wickets like this", said Sunil Subramaniam, India's manager.

Despite the flurry of wickets, Ajinkya Rahane and Bhuvneshwar Kumar rescued India as they amassed a 55-run partnership before Rahane was caught behind off the bowling of Morkel for 48.

South Africa would have drawn level on points had they completed a 3-0 series victory but can not now reach the top of the rankings before the 3 April cut-off date, even if they win all four home Tests against Australia starting in March.

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