South Africa’s seamers took centre stage as India slumped to 187 all out on day one of the third and final Test, at the Wanderers Stadium.
Kagiso Rabada bagged 3-39, while Andile Phehlukwayo (2-25), Vernon Philander (2-31) and Morne Morkel (2-47) bagged two wickets each to deflate the tourists, who must avoid defeat to stave off a whitewash.
South Africa closed the day on 6-1, 181 runs in arrears, after opener Aiden Markram edged Kumar behind in the third over of the reply.
India, who chose to bat on a green wicket, lost eight wickets for 142 runs despite half-centuries from Virat Kohli (54) and Cheteshwar Pujara (50) – both of whom rode their luck in an 84-run stand after coming together at 13-2.
Pujara took 54 balls to score his first runs – in which time he might have fallen lbw had South Africa appealed a close decision – and went on to hit eight boundaries before he was caught behind off Phehlukwayo.
Kohli received a life on 11 when Philander failed to hold a chance off Rabada, before De Villiers shelled an edge at third slip off a Morkel long hop when the batsman had 32.
De Villiers made amends – but suffered bruising in the process – when he plucked a sharp slip catch to remove India’s captain off the bowling of Lungi Ngidi.
India subsided, failing to score 200 for the third time in five innings this series, as Bhuvneshwar Kumar (30) became only the third batsman to reach double figures.
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