Elgar, de Kock centuries help Proteas reach 385/8 at stumps

Elgar, de Kock centuries help Proteas reach 385/8 at stumps

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Visakhapatnam, Oct 4 : Brilliant centuries by Dean Elgar 160 and Quinton de Kock 111 helped South Africa reach 385/8 in 118 overs against India at stumps on day three of the first Test of the three-match series here at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium on Friday.

South Africa resumed their innings from earlier score of 39/3. Elgar 160 off 287 (18 fours and 4 sixes) kept Indian bowlers under check. De Kock also played a good innings 111 off 163 (16 fours and 2 sixes). Skipper F du Plessis also contributed scoring half century 55 off 103 (8 fours and a six).

It was experienced off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin 5/128 who put brakes on Proteas batting line-up South Africa still trail by 117 runs with 2 wickets remaining in the innings. When stumps were called off Keshav Maharaj 3 off 14 and Senuran Muthusamy 12 off 60 were at the crease.

Earlier India declared their first innings at 502/7.

The visitors who lost 8 wickets out of which 7 wickets were taken by the Indian spinners. Ashwin scalped 5/128 in 41 overs and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja 116/2 in 37 overs while ishant Sharma 44/1 in 14 overs.

Elgar completed his 12th career century while de Kock scored his 5th century. Elgar was caught by Pujara in Jadega's spell while de Kock was bowled by Ashwin.

This was Elgar's first century against India. He along with de Kock added a crucial 164 runs for the sixth wicket partnership.

Skipper F du Plessis also completed his 20th half century when he was caught by Pujara and bowled by Ashwin at 55. Elgar and du Plessis chipped in 115 runs for fifth wicket.

Bavuma was lbw by Ishant at 18 off 26 (3 fours). On Thursday, Ashwin picked wickets of Markram and de Bruyn. On Friday he scalped wickets of du Plessis, de kock and Philander while Jadeja gave a breakthrough in form of Elgar.

The moment Jadeja grabbed wicket of Elgar he completed 200 wickets becoming the quickest left-arm spinner to achieve this milestone in 44 Test.

Others who are in line-up are Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath from 47 Test while left-arm spinner India's Bishan Singh Bedi from 51 Test. (UNI)