The third day of the third test between South Africa and India took a sharp turn when a DRS decision went in favor of South African captain Dean Elgar, leaving the Indian team bewildered and angry. With the hosts needing 212 to win the game, Elgar was the prized scalp and the Indians appealed spiritedly when a delivery from Ravichandran Ashwin crashed into the lefty’s pads. Veteran referee Marius Erasmus raised his finger to send the Indians into jubilation.
Elgar, who seemed unconvinced, decided to review the decision. From the initial replays it looked like the ball was going to hit the stumps, but somehow the hawk eye ball tracking technology showed that the ball would not have hit the stumps and the decision was overturned. This left the entire Indian team in shock and they decided to let their feelings be known by speaking into the microphone.
Apart from Indian captain Virat Kohli, Ashwin and goalkeeper Rishabh Pant, vice-captain KL Rahul also joined and criticized the opposition and the DRS.
KL Rahul said as heard through the stump microphone:
“The whole country is playing against 11 guys.”
Elgar was finally sacked in the last part of the day’s game, but by then he had created a solid platform for the hosts along with Keegan Petersen.
The morning session of day four could prove vital as the entire series could be decided in the early hours.
South African hopes are pinned on Keegan Peteresen, who is batting 48 runs and looked extremely calm and collected during the battle in the middle on Thursday.
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The Indians, on the other hand, will be aiming for quick wickets, especially from their pacers, as the wicket continues to offer decent off-the-pad movement and bounce.
The Indian team is yet to win a test series in South Africa, but that could change in a matter of a couple of sessions.