Test Pitches in India 'Boring and Loaded in Favour of Batsmen' - Vaughan

India's captain Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja run between the wickets

India's captain Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja run between the wickets

Earlier in the day, India captain Virat Kohli enforced the follow-on and invited the visitors to bat again.

They look set for a series defeat if the evidence from day 3 is anything to go by, after reaching stumps trailing by 326 runs, with the possibility of getting started on their second innings in the fourth morning should the hosts enforce a follow-on.

Maharaj aggravated his right shoulder - which had been injured while fielding on Friday - as he smacked Shami for four while on 17, but he bravely fought on to earn a first Test half-century in a 132-ball knock.

Quinton de Kock, such a vital figure in the order, tried to slog sweep his ninth delivery and was bowled by the canny Ravindra Jadeja (3/52).

However, Philander and Maharaj had other ideas with a disciplined, dogged partnership amid hot and humid conditions. That was the opening India were looking for as Kagiso Rabada fell in the same over edging one to Rohit Sharma in the slip cordon before Jadeja completed the formalities trapping Maharaj leg-before-wicket.

Skipper Faf du Plessis then came out to bat could not form a partnership with Bruyn as the latter was caught behind off Umesh Yadav's delivery. R Ashwin took a couple of wickets in the first session.

That will be it.

He also surpassed Dilip Vengsarkar's tally of 6,868 runs to climb to the seventh position in the list of players with most runs for India in the longest format of the game.

Mumbai: India maintained their formidable home record by crushing South Africa by an innings and 137 runs in the second Test at Pune to clinch the three-Test series with a match to spare on Sunday. Steve Waugh had 37 wins whereas Ricky Ponting had 35.

The last time the world's top-ranked Test side lost a Test series at home was in 2012 when England beat them 2-1. The 30-year-old scored an unbeaten 254 supported by Mayank Agarwal's century and half-centuries from Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Jadeja posting a daunting first innings score of 601 for five wickets. Ashwin was the most successful bowler in the first innings with four wickets to his name.

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