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Live streaming of India vs South Africa 3rd Test Day 3 in Johannesburg is available online. India dimissed South‚ÄČAfrica for 194 in the first innings on Day 2 and took a 42-run lead at stumps with Murali Vijay steadying the ship

The wicket was similar for both teams.

Batsmen from both teams had received similarly unplayable deliveries across the course of the Test, with some balls deviating sideways by an enormous amount and others either shooting low or exploding up at the batsmen. The South African team wanted a clean sweep pf the series by winning all three Tests.

Kohli and Rahane added 34 in quick time after lunch before a good spell by Kagiso Rabada, who bowled Kohli for 41 and then caught Hardik Pandya off his own bowling, reduced India to 148 for six.

"What about (the fact) when they were bowling short balls to our bowlers?"

Shami ended with figures of 12.3-2-28-5, while Jasprit Bumrah (2/57), Ishant Sharma (2/31) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/39) shared the other five wickets.

Despite the preparations for the tour and warm up matches, India has performed rather terribly versus South Africa in their current tour.

"In pressure situations, when wickets go down in Test cricket, it's very hard to come back", the Indian captain said.

"This is not a cricket pitch, this is risky". Lot of these guys play with us in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as well so we know them really well also. "You can not call it a unsafe wicket".

Having lost the first two Tests, India will be desperate for play to continue as they look to bowl the Proteas out cheaply.

They prepared this wicket, we never told them to prepare a track like this. "We knew that if we played better in pressure-situations than them, then we would win", he said. Today we had the highest strike rates and the least wickets.

"I hope Elgar is fine, but I don't think the pitch is too risky, " Rahane said.

IBTimes India has compiled a list of reactions to India's valiant batting show on Day 3 of the ongoing Johannesburg Test. Both these batters worked wonderfully in tandem, but what followed next was completely unexpected.

Hashim Amla continued to tame the surface expertly as he played some sublime strokes on the leg-side to reach 27 off 60 deliveries. But batting against the new ball is challenging. When you combine cracks with a fast wicket, it can become unsafe. This was ideal. Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla played really well, although it was not easy. Everyone was talking about his innings, and how he played. "Unfortunately, Elgar got hit on his head, and I hope he's fine". While skipper Virat Kohli had a point to prove after the team's No. 1 Test status was being questioned, post the losses in the first two games of the series, deputy Ajinkya Rahane had been dropped from the games in Cape Town and Centurion citing lack of form. But he returned like a man possessed and stroked his way to a near half-century on a very tough wicket. "Quite excessive movement. And although I would say that wasn't good enough, on our performance, we were outplayed by India", he offered. On day three, the wicket didn't play great.

Two days out from the match, there was a generous covering of green grass on a surface baking under a hot sun, with groundsman Bethuel Buthelezi saying in a weekend newspaper interview that he was planning on preparing a "green mamba" - which South Africans understand as a green pitch offering venomous assistance to seam bowlers. I was just thinking about going aggressive.

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