Amla holds South African innings together

Amla holds South African innings together

Amla holds South African innings together

India pegged back South Africa with wickets at regular intervals but Hashim Amla held the innings together with a gritty half-century as the hosts reached 143 for 6 at tea on day two of the third and final cricket Test here.

India had made 187 in their first innings and South Africa trailed them by 44 runs. Amla was batting on 54 along with Vernon Philander (13 not out) at the break.

After lunch, Ishant Sharma (1/28) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/34) struck for India.

Bhuvneshwar clean-bowled AB de Villiers' with an inswinger while Bumrah (2/37) dismissed Faf du Plessis (8), who was out shouldering his arms to an inswinging delivery.

Amla survived some close calls. On 33, he was given not out off Bhuvneshwar even as the ball seemed to be clipping the leg stump. The decision stayed in his favour on umpire's call.

Again on 41, he was adjudged leg before off Bhuvneshwar but the batsman went for DRS and it showed the ball was missing off-stump.

Amla added 18 runs with Quinton de Kock (8) who was behind off Bumrah as South Africa were reduced to 125 for six.

India's fight-back though was cut short as Philander added 18 runs with Amla until tea even as the second new ball is due shortly.

Brief scores: India: 187 all out.

South Africa: 143 for six at tea (Hashim Amla 54 not out; Kumar 3/34).

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