Indian wicket-taker batsman Rishabh Pant hit one of the best bats of his Test career as he remains unbeaten in 100 overs against South Africa in the ongoing third Test.
Earlier in Day 3, India lost wickets to Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane in quick succession as the Proteas aimed to limit the visitors to a paltry lead.
Rishabh Pant hits amazing bat against South Africa on challenging field
pants join captain Virat Kohli At the crease as India teetered at 58/4 at the end of the 19th inning. Kohli meticulously tries to avoid throws from his body line.
The Indian captain used his unseen stoic defensive skills to avoid being dismissed. Kohli managed to hang around the crease longer than his previous innings.
But he can’t score enough points to keep the team’s scoreboard running, so it’s up to Pant to deliver those important points.
Pant, who was criticised for taking unnecessary shots, orchestrated India’s lead with aggressive batting, slashing and slamming the South African bowler.
Not only did he hit bad shots, but he showed a huge temptation for good shots with his brilliance. He hit one and hit Duanne Olivier’s free throw line for a near-wide six.
Before that, he hit six in a row against South Africa’s left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj in the 48th inning.
Pant batted at 71 when Kohli batted Lungi Ngidi to Aiden Markram’s outside pitch on the second turnover.
That ended up being a 94-point game between Pant and Kohli, who had just contributed 15 points in this league.
Kohli’s wicket left the South African bowlers exposed for India’s tail end as they were reduced to 189 for nine wickets even though Pant’s counter-knock had opened.
Rishabh pants shine in a hundred bold shades: Ravi Shastri
Pant hit Rabada’s boundary to move to 98 and got a single inch close to his hundred on his last ball. On the next play, he spun to pull it over the square leg, completing his fourth 100 percent.
Former India head coach Ravi Shastri called Pant’s bat a classic and bold one that saved India from its predicament.
“The pants dazzled with a hundred sheer bold brilliance and taste. Simply amazing boy. What an entertainer,” Shastri tweeted.
Pant knocked down six fours and four sixes in his undefeated batting as India were eliminated by 198 and the Proteas called for a chase of 212 to win the series tiebreaker.
South Africa finished Day 3 with a 101/2 victory and they still needed 111 points to win as Keegan Petersen scored 48.