The unpredictability of the wicket contributed to the dismissal of Murali Vijay, who was bowled off an inside edge by a ball from Kagiso Rabada which cut back at him and kept low. Debutant Ngidi, who came on as first change, took a wicket with his first ball of the innings when Lokesh Rahul played a loose forcing shot off the back foot and was caught at backward point.
? If Dale Steyn doesn't get you, Kagiso Rabada will. ? If Kagiso Rabada doesn't get you, Morné Morkel will. ? If Morné Morkel doesn't get you, Vernon Philander will. ? If Vernon Philander doesn't get you, Lungi Ngidi will. ? South Africa's bowling attack.#SAvIND pic.twitter.com/gO4VRDNsGB— bet365 (@bet365) January 16, 2018
Ngidi, playing in only his tenth first-class match, took two for 14 in six overs. South Africa could have had a fourth wicket when Cheteshwar Pujara was beaten by a ball from Morne Morkel. Wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock started to appeal but was not supported by Morkel or the slip fielders, but replays showed a faint edge. The slowness and uneven bounce of the pitch made for slow going as South Africa ground out 258 in their second innings. There was some bright batting early in the day when AB de Villiers and Elgar added 54 runs in the first hour, taking their third-wicket partnership to 141.
End of an intriguing day at SuperSport Park. An outstanding spell by @NgidiLungi has put SA well on top with his spell of 6-2-14-2. India have a big job on the final day #ProteaFire #SAvIND #FreedomSeries pic.twitter.com/cF9kZUg7cS— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 16, 2018
But De Villiers was caught behind for 80, made off 121 balls, and Elgar followed soon afterwards. Mohammed Shami dismissed both batsmen and finished with four for 49, taking three wickets in four overs before lunch. He said India's bowlers had given "110-120 percent" on a slow pitch which had kept low from the first day. "Today we were looking to give away as few runs as possible and we wanted to attack them fully and bowl in good areas as much as possible," Shami added. South African captain Faf du Plessis and Vernon Philander put on a painstaking 46 in 26 overs to ensure India would have to chase more than 250. Du Plessis was ninth out for 48 off 141 balls.
WICKET! Into the attack comes Lungi Ngidi and he strikes first ball when Rahul cuts him straight to backward point for 4. India are 16/2. Target 287 #ProteaFire #SAvIND #SunfoilTest pic.twitter.com/kIyiu1GSen— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 16, 2018