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India vs South Africa, 3rd Test Day 1 at Ranchi, Highlights: As it happened

India vs South Africa, 3rd Test, Day 1: Follow highlights and scorecard of the third and final Test between India and South Africa at Ranchi.

By HT Correspondent | Oct 19, 2019 20:19 IST

India vs South Africa, 3rd Test, Day 1 As it happened:Opener Rohit Sharma hit his third century of the series to lead India’s charge after they lost early wickets against South Africa on day one of the third Test. Rohit, on 117, combined with Ajinkya Rahane, on 83, to put on an unbeaten 185-run stand after the hosts were wobbling at 39-3 following their decision to bat first in Ranchi. India reached 224 for three when bad light stopped play in the final session. It began to rain as well and no further action was possible. Rohit and Rahane ensured that India, who have already taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, denied the opposition bowlers any wickets after lunch.

Follow highlights of India vs South Africa 3rd Test Day 1 here:

15:50 hrs IST


The plug has been called off the day, and the play has been called off due to bad light. India finish 224/3 at stumps.

15:45 hrs IST

Latest update

As per an update on Cricbuzz, the rain has stopped in Ranchi and it has got much brigher. Will we get some more game? Well, *fingers crossed*!

15:22 hrs IST

Latest update

It seems that the conditions have gone darker. The ground staff has also put covers on the pitch as it seems to be raining as well. Things aren’t looking good at the moment.

15:10 hrs IST

Latest update

It’s all gloomy here at the JSCA Stadium Complex in Ranchi. The umpires are still out in the middle assessing the conditions. The weathers has been topsy turvy today, sunshine one time and dark the other. Let’s hope the sky clears up soon.

15:02 hrs IST

Bad light stops play

The players are back into the hut as bad light has stopped play in Ranchi. India’s score reads 224/3 with Rohit batting on 117 and Rahane unbeaten on 83. The partnership between the two is worth 185.

14:58 hrs IST

Stat attack

Rohit and Rahane are continuing to add runs to their partnership and they have now set a new record. This is now the highest fourth wicket partnership for India against South Africa in Tests.

179*: Rohit Sharma - Ajinkya Rahane (Ranchi 2019/20)

178: Virat Kohli - Ajinkya Rahane (Pune 2019/20)

145: Rahul Dravid - Sourav Ganguly (Johannesburg 1996/97)

14:52 hrs IST

Rahane moves into 80s

Linde bowled a bit full and Rahane got to the pitch of delivery and flicked the ball for a boundary towards mid deep mid wickets. This is Rahane’s 8th four of the innings as he moves into his 80s now.

14:46 hrs IST

Reverse swing in action

Nortje is making the ball to reverse swing and that is troubling the Indian batsmen a bit. Rohit Sharma inside edged the ball onto the leg side for a single and it could easily have gone and hit the stumps if the edge was a bit more faint. The Proteas will have to exploit this ball as much as possible.

14:40 hrs IST

Steady start for Proteas

George Linde and Anrich Nortje concede just three runs from first two overs after Tea. South Africa will hope the bowlers continue to bowl in this fashion to put some pressure on the batsmen. Both Rohit and Rahane have looked really steady so far in the innings.

14:32 hrs IST

Third session begins

Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane are back on the crease as India are set to resume innings after Tea. The two Indian batsmen seemed in imperious form in the second session and the duo will look to continue the same in the final session.

14:21 hrs IST

World record for Rohit

Rohit, who now has 4 sixes in the innings broke the world record for most sixes by a batsman in a series. Read full story - Rohit Sharma breaks world record for most sixes in a Test series

14:12 hrs IST

Second session ends

Anrich Nortje concedes just one run off the final over before Tea as India head into the break at 205/3. Rohit Sharma is batting on 108 while Ajinkya Rahane is unbeaten on 74. The duo have put together 166 off 220 deliveries to put the hosts into a comfortable position in first innings.

14:06 hrs IST

Maiden over

Finally some respite for the Proteas as Anrich Nortje bowls a maiden over to Ajinkya Rahane. South Africa have been conceding runs at a brisk pace and that is a big cause for concern for the visitors. They need to break this partnership soon otherwise India are on their way to another big total here.

14:00 hrs IST

Partnership keeps on growing

Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane have now put together 150-run stand and India are in a very good position. It seemed like a tough job after India lost three early wickets, however, Rohit and Rahane have ensured India’s good position on the first day. India have also crossed the 200-run mark now.

13:54 hrs IST

First six for Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane joins in the party and hits Piedt for a flat six down the ground. Rahane has been scoring runs at a brisk pace and his strike rate reads 66 thus far. India are now closing in on 200-run mark in their first innings.

13:49 hrs IST

Stat attack

Rohit brings up his century with a huge six.

He completes 2000 Test career Runs

6th century of his Test career.

3rd century of the series (in 4 innings).

All his 6 centuries have come at home.

13:42 hrs IST

Rohit brings up century in style

Piedt bowled another length delivery outside the off stump and Rohit hit the ball over long off fielder’s head for a huge six. With that Rohit brought up his century in style. This is Rohit’s sixth century in the longest format and third of the series.

13:35 hrs IST

Another six for Rohit

Piedt bowls a length delivery outside the off-stump and Rohit clobbers it over long-on fielder for a six. He didn’t time the ball well but his strength took the ball over the fence. Third six of the innings for Rohit as he moves into his 90s now.

13:29 hrs IST

Four and six

Piedt bowled a full delivery outside the off stump and Rahane hit the ball towards deep point for a boundary. Then, off the last ball of the over, Rohit hit the ball over long off for a huge six to enter his 80s. India are scoring runs at a good pace and South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis will be concerned now.

13:23 hrs IST

Stat attack

Half century comes up for Ajinkya Rahane

21st half century in tests

6th half century at home in tests.

4th half century of year 2019

4th half century against SA in tests

13:17 hrs IST

Fifty for Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane now brings up his half-century and it has come off 70 deliveries. This is Rahane’s quickest fifty in India and he has hit 8 boundaries so far. This is Rahane’s 21st half-century in the longest format.

13:10 hrs IST

Century partnership

Rohit is now trying to up the ante as he hits his third boundary in as many overs. With that, 100-run partnership comes up between Rohit and Rahane. The two batsmen are starting to score runs freely and that doesn’t bode well for the Proteas.

13:02 hrs IST

No stopping Rohit

Rohit Sharma hits his 8th boundary off George Linde towards the leg side. He gets on to the pitch of the delivery and flicks it for a boundary towards mid wicket. The partnership between Rohit and Rahane enters 90s now and they have steadied the Indian ship after early blows.

12:54 hrs IST

STATS - Rohit Sharma

11th half century in tests

6th half century at home in tests.

8th 50+ score in last 9 innings in India in tests.

Rohit sharma completes 500 runs against SA in tests

SA is the 1st team against whom he completes 500 runs in test

He needed 34 runs to complete 500 runs against SA in test

12:37 hrs IST


FOUR! Rohit Sharma hits it straight for a boundary and he brings up his fifty in style. This is his 8th half century in 9th consecutive innings.

12:30 hrs IST

Another boundary - 100 up for India!

Ajinkya Rahane has been given too much width, he gives himself room and launches it hard for a boundary towards mid-on. The ball races towards the ropes.

In the next delivery from the next over, Rohit gets an edge which goes into the gap between 2nd and 3rd fielder. India cruise past 100-run mark.

12:19 hrs IST

3 boundaries in an over

India off to quick start after Lunch. Kagiso Rabada has been struck for 3 boundaries in this over, one from Rohit and two from Rahane. It seems like the hosts are looking to counter-attack in the 2nd session.

12:10 hrs IST

Play resumes after Lunch

George Linde starts the attack in the 2nd session. Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma are out to take the guard for India. HERE WE GO!

11:31 hrs IST

Lunch on Day 1

Good resistance from Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane in the first session after Virat Kohli’s dismissal. The duo take hosts to 71/3 at the end of first session. We will return with more updates after the break. Stay tuned.

11:30 hrs IST


Rohit Sharma gets a short one from Nortje and he has pulled it for a six. First big hit of the day and it comes from Rohit’s bat. He is looking comfy in the middle now.

11:17 hrs IST

50 up for India!

FOUR! Rohit Sharma hits a gorgeous hook for a boundary towards long-on as India cross the 50-run mark.

11:10 hrs IST

WATCH: Kohli in splits after SA’s ‘proxy captain’ theory fails at toss

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis’s record at the toss in away Tests has not been great. Before the third Test in Ranchi against India, the Proteas skipper had lost six tosses in his last six matches. At the pre-match press conference, Du Plessis said that he might bring in his deputy Temba Bavuma for the toss on Saturday morning for a change in luck. Bavuma, indeed came into the middle for the toss with du Plessis and made the call when India captain Virat Kohli flipped the coin.


10:50 hrs IST


Anrich Nortje has trapped Virat Kohli with an inswinger. The umpire has given it but India will review. It goes to Umpire’s call and it means Kohli will have to walk back. India are 39/3

10:40 hrs IST

Rohit, Kohli getting steady

Rohit and Kohli are starting to find their feet now. The two are defending brilliantly. It had been a beautiful opening spell from Rabada, and now he might be given some rest.

10:28 hrs IST

Kohli is off the mark

FOUR! FOUR! Virat Kohli makes the most of the two straying deliveries from Anrich Nortje, as he manages two boundaries towards deep backward square leg. He looks to be in fine touch.

10:20 hrs IST

Rohit gets a lifeline!

Rabada gets his third and India are in serious trouble now. He has trapped Rohit Sharma and the umpire gives it straightaway. Rohit calls for review - there appears to be a nick on it. SAVED BY THE DRS!

10:11 hrs IST

LBW appeal

GONE! Pujara has been trapped by Kagiso Rabada. A huge appeal but the umpire is not interested. Proteas review. Three reds and Pujara departs for a duck. IND 16/2

10:08 hrs IST

Rohit gets away with a boundary!

Rohit Sharma gets away with a boundary! Beautiful shot from him - pitched outside off stump, just a little bit of bounce and Sharma pounces on it. This will build some confidence.

10:05 hrs IST

Rohit’s slow start

In 18 balls, Rohit Sharma has just scored 2 runs. It has been a smart start for him so far. As the pacers are able to swing from both ends, he is giving himself time to settle in.

09:52 hrs IST


Rabada strikes! Pitched outside off stump and Mayank Agarwal gets a thick edge. The ball lands safely in the hands of Elgar at slips. BIG BLOW to India. IND 12/1

09:41 hrs IST

Good start for India

There has been some movement with the ball for Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi. But so far, Mayank and Rohit are handling the pressure brilliantly. The first hour remains crucial.

09:30 hrs IST

Rohit, Mayank out to bat

Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal out to bat for South Africa. Kagiso Rabada starts the attack for South Africa with the ball. HERE WE GO!

09:22 hrs IST

Rahane - ‘It has not been one-sided’

“I don’t think it has been one-sided. When we play in India people always say it will be one-sided. But we follow our processes, work really hard and never take things for granted. In the Test Championship every match is important and the points matter a lot. Vizag match was very important. South Africa had their moments but we have seized the important moments. We thought Vizag and Pune were good to bat on not rank turners. Credit to the bowlers especially the fast bowlers who bowl wicket to wicket. Shami, Ishant and Umesh have been very good. We have to develop (taking 20 wickets) that and if you want to win Test matches you have to take 20 wickets. The bowling unit is very important. I am really happy with the way I am batting right now starting from West Indies. Taking one match at a time and not thinking too far ahead.”

- Ajinkya Rahane says at the toss

09:15 hrs IST

Five changes for Proteas

South Africa (Playing XI): Dean Elgar, Quinton de Kock, Zubayr Hamza, Faf du Plessis(c), Temba Bavuma, Heinrich Klaasen(w), George Linde, Dane Piedt, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi

09:10 hrs IST

Faf speaks after losing the tosss

“It shows that it isn’t meant to be. Important toss as this looks the driest surface of the series. It’s about the first innings really and we need to put runs on the board when we bat. One forced change with Aiden (Markram). Few other changes as well. Quinton will open the batting. Hopefully he can put pressure on the Indian bowlers, like what Rohit has done for India. Heinrich Klaasen comes in as the wicket-keeper. We’ve gone in with five bowlers to take the 20 wickets and hopefully we can. Starting in India is a tough challenge and all teams that have played here will vouch for it. We did compete well in the first game but it didn’t go our way last game.”

- Faf du Plessis

09:05 hrs IST

TEAM NEWS - Ishant Sharma sits out

BIG call from India. Ishant Sharma sits out to make way for Shahbaz Nadeem.

India (Playing XI): Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shahbaz Nadeem, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami

09:04 hrs IST

Kohli speaks after winning the toss

“It’s a no-brainer to bat first on this one. I don’t think it’s gonna be slow but it will keep low. Should spin at a decent pace. As long as it turns with pace on the ball, we don’t mind the bounce. Just one change - Ishant has been given a break. Shahbaz Nadeem makes his debut. Unfortunately, Kuldeep couldn’t pull up. We checked on him yesterday but he didn’t respond well enough from his shoulder niggle. Nadeem is the local boy and it’s a dream debut.”

- Virat Kohli at toss

09:02 hrs IST

India win toss, elect to bat

South Africa’s luck has not changed - India win toss, elect to bat.

18:54 hrs IST

Nadeem to debut

Shahbaz Nadeem is set to make his Test debut for India. He was called as Kuldeep Yadav’s back up in the squad after the chinaman picked up a shoulder strain.


18:50 hrs IST

Pitch Report

“There’s every indication that this pitch will turn a lot more than in this series. It’s a surface where the spinners will be licking their lips. There are plenty of cracks and they’re quite loose as well, which means it will crumble. Expect loads of turn. Batting will be difficult but it will be about application, like the Australians showed here during their 2017 tour when they drew the game on a similar-looking pitch.”

- Sunil Gavaskar and Sanjay Manjrekar

08:40 hrs IST

JSCA distribute 5000 free tickets to Indian armed forces

In a move to pay tribute to the armed forces of India, the Jharkhand State Cricket Association has distributed 5000 free tickets of the India-South Africa 3rd and final Test among them. Virat Kohli and Co. entered Ranchi having already captured the three-match series 2-0. They registered comprehensive over victories of the visiting South Africa side in the first two Tests in Visakhaptnam and Pune.

The 5000 tickets were distributed among para-military forces, the army, local police and National Cadet Corps, said JSCA secretary Sanjay Sahay.


08:30 hrs IST

Du Plessis might send ‘someone else’ for a change of luck

The South Africa captain, who has now lost nine successive tosses in Asia, might send out someone else to toss the coin in the final Test starting Saturday at the JSCA International Complex Stadium. According to a report in Cricbuzz, du Plessis revealed this in a pre-match press conference on Thursday.

During the press conference, du Plessis had insisted on the fact that how his batters need to make the most of their first innings.


08:20 hrs IST

India Predicted XI for 3rd Test

The pitch is expected to assist the spinners a little more which might prompt India captain Virat Kohli to field an extra spinner in the expense of a fast bowler in the 3rd Test against South Africa.

Here’s India’s likely XI for the third Test match at Ranchi, starting on Saturday: READ MORE

8:10 hrs IST

How’s the pitch like?

A member of the ground staff described the 22 yards as “a typical Indian wicket”. A thin grass cover on the wicket is expected to aid the pacers in the first day but the spinners will come into play from Day 3 and dictate the outcome of the Test match.

7:59 hrs IST

A visitor in Ranchi

Ranchi’s favourite son MS Dhoni is likely to be in attendance when Virat Kohli’s boys square off against Faf du Plessis’ men. Sources in the know of developments said that Dhoni along with his childhood friend and former Jharkhand captain Mihir Diwakar will fly into the city early on Saturday morning from Mumbai and is expected to visit the ground on the opening day of the match to watch the two teams in action. (Read the full story)

7:48 hrs IST

Injury woes for South Africa

Keshav Maharaj was ruled out of this Test because of an injury and just a couple of days ago Aiden Markram too had to leave for South Africa after the opening batsman vented out his frustration and hit a hard object. The incident happened after Markram was dismissed cheaply in the 2nd innings of the Pune Test.

7:40 hrs IST

2nd Test in Ranchi

This will only the 2nd time when the JSCA International Sports Complex will be hosting a Test match. The first one was an India-Australia encounter in 2017 which ended in a draw with Steve Smith scoring a century and Cheteshwar Pujara replying with a double hundred.

7:35 hrs IST

Far from a dead rubber

World Test Championship has ensured that no Test match in a bilateral series is a dead rubber. 40 crucial points are there to fight for for both India and South Africa. This being a three-match series each victory counts for 40 points in the World Test Championship. India sit on the top of the table with 200 points, enjoying a healthy lead over the rest of the teams. South Africa, on the other hand, are still searching for their first points in the tournament.

7:30 hrs IST

Welcome to Ranchi

Hello and welcome the live coverage of India vs South Africa 3rd and final Test match at Ranchi. India have already won this series and considering the condition the South Africa side is in, there is not much hope of the result being any different this time around too.