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13 Jan 2022
India were in a spot of bother when wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant joined skipper Virat Kohli in the middle against South Africa in the second innings in Cape Town. The visitors had lost Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane early on the third day and the side needed someone to provide the resistance.
Pant along with Kohli did exactly what the doctor ordered. While the captain once again showed a lot of patience and frustrated the South African bowlers in the first session of play, Pant played his natural game but in a cautious manner.
He did send the bad deliveries to the boundary rope but also defended the good ones as the left-hander went on to notch up a half-century.
India were 130/4, leading by 143 runs with Kohli at 28* and Pant unbeaten at 51 when the lunch was taken. The visitors would now look to capitalise on the partnership that Pant and Kohli have stitched in the first session.
The Virat Kohli-led side had earlier taken a 13-run lead in the first innings after South Africa were bowled out for 210 in reply to 223.