Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla have done a fine job thus far. But soon after tea, Ishant was back in the wickets column. India's lead is now 192 runs. "Rest decision is with umpires and match referee", he said. They went for lunch without losing any wicket - the first wicketless session of the Test.
A number of Indian batsmen showed no lack of courage, with the recalled Ajinkya Rahane a standout as he defied the pitch and some hostile bowling from the Proteas pacemen to top score with 48, which could prove decisive if the Test goes into a fourth day. It's a amusing game. In an interview, he said, "No one can hide from the fact that you can get out every ball".
Update: The play will start at 2:30 pm IST.
One of the biggest credits to this team in this Test is they wanted to be there, and they were not wary of batsmen having to face the hard conditions first up despite being under pressure.
Shami was the only bowler to take a wicket. If the captains agree to continue, play shall resume.
Bumrah, in this third test, ripped through the middle-order and cleaned up the South African tail with career-best figures of 5-54 as India bowled their hosts out for 194. "The last time I saw something like this, the match was abandoned in Jamaica in 1998, and it didn't even last this long". If it was that short on a wicket of normal bounce, it would've gone way over my head and given me some time to get out of the way. It came off at the right moment. I tried to stay for as much as possible and runs came.
The delivery which dismissed Markram lifted and seamed away, while the ball which struck Elgar lifted sharply off a good length. This is not a cricket pitch, this is risky.
At the other end, Amla crossed 50 off 134 balls, his 38th in Test cricket.
Elsewhere, England couldn't recover from a nightmare start as their hopes of a whitewash in the series were ended following Australia's win in the fourth one-day global in Adelaide.
India captain Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay temporarily halted South Africa's charge as they put together a 43-run partnership. "We're not just going to accept putting our bodies on the line". We were just focussing on playing that particular delivery.
Rabada, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel each took three wickets amid generally inconsistent bowling.
On Friday, India displayed tremendous resolve against unpredictable bounce and movement off the surface.
Hashim Amla displayed great skill and concentration in tackling the new ball to reach a steady 27 not out. But the wicket tells you that the bowlers tend to do a bit more. But if you had asked me 2-1 before the series, I'd have taken it hands down.
"We are the deserved series winners and I am very proud of my team".