Damp outfield delays start of day four at the Wanderers

Indian players watch the big screen waiting for the third umpire to review an LBW decision during the second day of the third Test against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Thursday

Indian players watch the big screen waiting for the third umpire to review an LBW decision during the second day of the third Test against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Thursday

As he received treatment, the umpires came together and match referee Pycroft emerged from his office, strode down the stairs to the playing field, and went to talk with them.

Conditions remained hard for batting but there were none of the extreme bounces and deviations that prompted the umpires to halt play shortly before the scheduled close on Friday.

Having come through both of them, he had to battle it out again in the middle, getting hit on the hand in the second ball of the day as Bumrah completed the over that was halted the night before. According to the MCC manual, if the umpires reckon the pitch is too risky for play to continue, they shall first bring this to the ICC match referee's notice.

Chasing 241, South Africa were 17 for 1 when Elgar was hit was short pitch delivery by the Indian pacer.

Sharma had pitched it just short of a length and outside off stump, but the movement generated left Du Plessis with no answer as he was clean bowled.

Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, who top-scored for his team with 48, said conditions were challenging but not risky.

The Third Test between South Africa and India will resume on Saturday despite fears over the Wanderers pitch which was described as "dangerous" and caused an early stoppage on Friday, officials said. I think our guys showed great guts through the four days.

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De Villiers had earlier dropped Kohli off Morne Morkel when the India skipper was batting on 32 while Vernon Philander dropped one early in the first session when Kohli was on 11. Ajinkya Rahane, whose exclusion from the first two Tests led to severe criticism of team's selection policy, showed what Indian team missed out earlier in the series with his dogged 48-run knock. Unfortunately, Dean Elgar got hit on his head, and I hope he's fine. When Bhuvi and I were batting, we were not thinking about the wicket. "We're willing to play".

Virat Kohli, Vijay and Rahane all got hit through the day when Kagiso Rabada was bowling. "It is not unsafe, it is completely similar for both teams". "I hope Elgar is fine, but I don't think the pitch is too unsafe". His fellow commentator Kepler Wessels called the pitch risky as the pitch was not suitable for a good contest between bat and ball.

Chahal or Axar? Who will take more wickets for India? Kohli made 27 runs off 47 balls off those lengths at a strike rate of 57.44.

The captains and match officials met after the stoppage and the only official word was that play had been called off for the day.

Gibson: "With regards to where the pitch is at the moment and the decision-making around it, there are four umpires and a match referee and it's up to them".

From the beginning of the match, the ball was kicking off length from Corlett Drive End but on Friday the ball started rearing up from Golf Course End as well. "They prepared this wicket so we want to play".

Yes, but the match referee must consider whether this would place either side at an unfair advantage, given the play that had already taken place on the unsafe pitch.

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