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We can do this again: Kohli after Johannesburg win

27 January 2018

During the Indian second innings too, several players had taken blows on their hands and bodies, leading to several discussions between the umpires earlier in the day. I hope Elgar is fine, but I don't think pitch is too risky.

Gibson said they want resumption of play in the third Test but the conditions should be safe for batting.

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However, it was announced later in the evening that play would continue as scheduled on Day 4, and that the umpires and match referee will continue to monitor the situation and take a call if the pitch deteriorates further. Otherwise it will be abandoned as a draw.

India clinched a pride-saving win in the third test against South Africa on Friday, a victory on a poor and unpredictable pitch that almost caused the game to be called off, but ultimately gave Virat Kohli's top-ranked team something to take from a tour of discontent.

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Virat Kohli-led India retained the No.1 position on the ICC Test Championship rankings and held onto the mace they won in 2016 thanks to their win in the third Test, although South Africa took the series. They initiated deliberations with both the captains, players were called off the ground and play never resumed after that. And today is the day when the least wickets fell and the strike rates were the highest. We can't complain about this wicket Our aim is to play this Test, and our aim is to play. And we knew that when they lose a couple of wickets, guys coming in are going to be nervous because this is Johannesburg, we are not playing in India. Kohli and Vijay batted away close to 20 overs when batting looked the most hard thing on the earth - in the first session. No wonder Rahane was angry with the play being called off.

Elgar and Amla put on 119 for the second wicket before India's bowlers roared back into the contest. The bowlers were outstanding, I mean to take all the 60 wickets in the series, we haven't done it ever before away from home.

The incident completely overshadowed the test, and the series, between the two top-ranked teams in the world. The ball that hit him on the helmet was actually a short ball and not a length ball that just reared off. "We still want to play cricket".

And a match between the same two teams in Antigua in February 2009 was called off after 10 balls because a soft outfield was regarded as unsafe for bowlers and fielders. After the second inspection, they were happy enough to allow play to resume 30 minutes later.

Even on a wicket, that was bordering on "unfit" because of its dangerously unpredictable bounce, India's path to victory on the fourth day was not straightforward.

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

"When so much is happening on the wicket you can get over-excited".

Indian team manager Sunil Subramaniam also revealed that Indian players wanted to play the game despite South Africa's objection, however, the decision didn't depend on their opinion. We never complained about it being a risky wicket. Play was called off because the ball hit Dean Elgar on the helmet.

The delivery that hit Dean Elgar was bone of contention at the South African media conference.

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We can do this again: Kohli after Johannesburg win