INDIA 6/0 (0.3 ov, KL Rahul 2*, Mayank Agarwal 0*, Kagiso Rabada 0/2) – Live – South Africa vs India 3rd Test Match Live Score, Summary

10.29am Good mates Mayank and Rahul are ready to go. As are the South Africans. Let’s go. This should be a cracking first session. Mayank has looked good in every innings on tour so far, but has just one half-century to show. He’s been in better form than the numbers may suggest. Rahul has been in imperious form. This should be an interesting first hour. Kagiso Rabada to take the new ball in his 50th Test

Three slips and a gully to begin with

The South African players take a knee.

It’s time for the anthems

Rahul Dravid is chatting with Pommie Mbangwa: “Nice wishes from friends, family. Thanks everyone. It’s a good reminder [laughs]. Defending sort of 240 in the last innings, you think of it as a pretty good score to chase, but the wicket didn’t do as much as we thought it might. Our bowlers, maybe height was a factor. SA came out there and batted really well in the second innings, played smartly. We had to come and bowl a bit with the wet ball, which wasn’t ideal but credit to SA. It’s been a close series, won the first game, tough fight in the second, so really excited for this one. At this level, you don’t motivate people to play the game. We could’ve contributed more with the bat in the first innings, in the second, shot-selection could’ve been better. We’ve spoken about it, exciting to be in these kinds of games, series. First morning of the first day of the series, we got 272 for 3. That’s the kind of batsmanship we’ve got, we know we can put up good performances. We’re got good balance in our attack. If we put runs on the board, we’ll be really competitive.”

It’s time for the toss. Heads says Kohli, heads it is. India opt to bat. They’ve won their third straight toss of the series

Virat Kohli, ahead of his 99th Test: “Can’t control what is above your head, pitch has grass, we understand that. Runs on the board has worked out well, we need to put runs on the board and then utilise the skills of our bowlers after that. Luckily my spasm healed in about three days, gutted it happened before the morning of the previous game. Fit and fine now. I come in for Vihari, Siraj misses out with a niggle, Umesh comes in. It was a tough decision between Ishant and Umesh. Umesh is bowling amazingly well. We’ve got great bench strength.”

Dean Elgar: “Ideally you want to bat first on this surface and given the overhead conditions it might not be a bad idea to bowl first. The cricket we have been playing the last few months been very special given the number of players we lost. The one good thing about having younger guys is they don’t come with scars. Guys like me have a bit of old-school mentality which we try to balance and implement that with what we have in the change room. We’re unchanged, what we’ve done in the last Test, got to give players credit in terms of balance and stability.”

The XIs for you

South Africa: Dean Elgar (capt), Aiden Markram, Keegan Petersen, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, Kyle Verreynne(w), Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Duanne Olivier, Lungi Ngidi

India: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav

Pitch report: The grass will give a bit more pace, there seems to be some moisture on this surface, reckons Hashim Amla. One end could offers more bounce and the other end could offer more lateral movement.

Moving on, Dean Elgar reckons this is South Africa’s biggest test in a long, long time. Talking of Elgar, how does one bowl at him? Here’s Aakash Chopra’s analysis.

9.46am And before I forget, it’s a very happy 49th birthday to Rahul ‘The Wall’ Dravid, India’s coach and former captain. What are your favourite Dravid memories? I’m listening (reading). Here’s some really warm reading for you. Vijeta Dravid on her perfectionist husband

Issac says: “One of my first memories of Dravid was when India was bowled out for 66 in SA in 1996-97, and he top scored. It was just a trailer of the big blockbusters to be rolled out!”

Kaustav: “Apart from the usual suspects (Headingley 2002, Kolkata 2001, Adelaide 2003 etc.) a very underrated Dravid innings was 91 not out in 2nd innings of 4th test (SCG) in the Aus tour of 2003-04. While most considered him a defensive batsman that day he was attacking from the go and playing for declaration.”

Ajit Joshi: “My favorite Dravid memory is when he and Shoaib Akhtar were locked in a glaze on India’s tour of Pakistan. That was epic. I have never seen Dravid so aggressive.”

So who comes in for Siraj? Tall swing bowler who can bowl dry when needed, or a skiddy swing bowler who might test both edges but could go for runs? Karthik Krishnaswamy analyses.

Alex thunders: “I am at a bit of a loss for words with Maharaj still being included? Zero wickets in this series and a bowlers expectation for runs… surely Magala gets in before Maharaj then?”

Here’s a glimpse of the surface:

Our experts Daryll Cullinan and Sanjay Manjrekar pick their South Africa and India XI respectively. Do you agree?

Ashwin opens our comments with some comedy gold (true fact), too: “When Ebadot Hossain last scored a Test run, Virat made a century. He made a run today, hoping for Virat to do his thing now.”

Early indications are South Africa are unlikely to make any changes to the XI that won at the Wanderers. That will mean there won’t be a debut for top-order batters Sarel Erwee and Ryan Rickelton, while seamers Glenton Stuurman and Sisanda Magala also have to wait their turn.

India will make two forced changes, at least. Virat Kohli coming back (you’d imagine) in place of Hanuma Vihari. One of Ishant Sharma or Umesh Yadav will replace the unfit Mohammad Siraj, who is down with a hamstring strain.

Is Newlands more pacer-friendly than Wanderers or Centurion? S Rajesh looks at some hard numbers and analyses it the way only he can.

Firdose Moonda with an early weather update from her part of town (where do you live, F?) — “Misty on my side of the mountain and should be cloudy all day. No rain expected.”

9.30am Hey there! Warm welcome everyone. It’s a beautiful day in Cape Town. A cloudy morning has given way to some sunshine and we’re all good to go. The scoreline reads 1-1 and there’s everything to play for in this Test, not least some crucial WTC points. It’s termed as India’s final frontier – and they couldn’t have hoped for a better opportunity than this to win a series in South Africa. I’m Shashank Kishore and with me on commentary today is Vishal Dikshit. Stay locked and hope you enjoy some cracking action.

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