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Grim progress for India against wasteful Proteas

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KL Rahul India

That's why South Africa are not only choosing between Maharaj and a fifth seamer but also between Maharaj, a fifth-seamer, an extra allrounder and an extra batsman, as they ponder whether they will need more security in the batting department.

South Africa, 2-0 up in the 3-game rubber, returned to bat in the last few overs remaining in the final session and too had their own little share of hurt as Bhuvneshwar Kumar sent back Aiden Markram for just 2.

The Proteas five man pace attack dealt with India's batting lineup in short order after the tourists won the toss and elected to bat.

Shikhar Dhawan also spent some time at the nets before the two openers Murali Vijay and KL Rahul made a decision to give each other throwdowns.

Pointing out that the pitch is not easy to bat on, Pujara opined that the South African batsmen will struggle to score as well.

Murali Vijay's dismal run continued.

The pacers were given a break after two days at the nets as Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav and Shardul Thakur bowled to the Indian batsmen.

On 32, Kohli also tried a rash cut off a wide Morne Morkel ball though the shot and resultant edge surprised AB de Villiers, who couldn't hold on at slip. Shastri did not score a single run for 68 continuous deliveries.

Kohli survived two dropped chances before registering his fifty.

After India lost the openers cheaply, Pujara dug deep.

Rabada was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Philander, Morkel and Phehlukwayo snapped up two wickets apiece.

Watch The Video Here:Look at the reaction of Team India's members after Puajara scored his first runs after 54 balls.

An outside edge off Phehlukwayo ended his 179-ball vigil at the crease but it was a fighting innings from Pujara which exemplified his penchant for doing the dirty work for the team.

The plucky Cheteshwar Pujara (5 off 66) provided another highlight of the morning.

Rahane was dismissed by Philander but a retrospective no-ball call afforded him another chance.

"For him, he's built this aura and for him maybe to find a level where he can connect with all his players, to get to a level where can get the Indian team to be as successful as he is, that's something that he, when I watch him, is grappling with", Smith said.

All of a sudden, Indian went from 144-4 to 144-7. With so much seam movement available, you had to either wait for a rank delivery or take the risk of going after decent ones. Quinton de Kock makes no mistake again, as he takes a good catcht to complete the dismissal. Either way, there will be no letting up, not with a series against Australia looming."Once again, India will come back with a point to prove", said Du Plessis."They're a proud team, and we're expecting a good challenge".

India are not completely out of it as the Proteas have found it hard as well in the seaming conditions. At the end of the first day South Africa are 6 for 1 and behind by 181 runs.

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