IND vs SA 3rd Test: Sehwag and Gambhir are passed by Rahul and Mayank

IND vs SA 3rd Test: Sehwag and Gambhir are passed by Rahul and Mayank

IND vs SA 3rd Test: KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal, India’s opening combo, continued to excel in South Africa, adding another batting record to their tally. After winning the toss and electing to bat first in the third and final Test of the series in Cape Town, the Karnataka teammates contributed 31 runs for the first wicket.

Before nicking a Duanne Olivier delivery to wicketkeeper Kyle Verreynne, Rahul reached 12 runs. Mayank was also killed when his bat took a heavy outside edge against Kagiso Rabada and the ball landed in the slips with Aiden Markram. Rahul and Mayank returned with low scores, but they became the first Indian opening pair to hit 200 runs in a Test match.

Rahul and Mayank are now atop the list of Indian opening pairs with the most runs scored on South African soil. Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir were formerly ranked first and second, respectively, with 184 runs. With 153 runs, Wasim Jaffer and Dinesh Karthik are in third place.

Wasim Jaffer and Dinesh Karthik, who reached 153 in the Cape Town Test in 2007, and Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag, who scored 137 in the Centurion Test in 2010, became the third Indian opening partnership in Test history to sew a 100-run stand in a match in South Africa.

It was also the second time in 52 innings at the site that a visiting opening pair had put on a century partnership in a Test match in South Africa.

Meanwhile, India is attempting to win their first-ever Test series in the Rainbow nation. In the series decider at the Newlands, skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first in gloomy circumstances.

In the set-up, he replaced Hanuma Vihari, while Mohammed Siraj was replaced in the starting eleven by Umesh Yadav, who had a hamstring injury in the previous Test in Johannesburg.

The pitch appears to be in good condition, with grass on it, although runs on the board have worked well in the past at this location. After that, we’ll use our bowlers’ abilities to put pressure on them,” Kohli said at the toss.

“It was difficult to choose between Ishant (Sharma) and Umesh, but he has bowled quite well recently.”

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