India’s stand-in captain K. L. Rahul engaged in a verbal exchange with his South African counterpart Dean Elgar after his dismissal in the second Test.
Rahul was one of the top performers for India with the bat during the first innings. The second Test saw him hit 50 runs before India were bowled out for 202. However, he failed to replicate that form in the second innings, falling for a paltry 8 runs.
However, he was unhappy with the way he was dismissed. Aiden Markram caught low catch that didn’t look clean. The umpires went to check it upstairs, and the third umpire showed that Markram’s fingers were underneath the ball. As a result, they gave the wicket to South Africa.
The former Punjab Kings captain was not impressed with it and was spotted shaking his head. He then got into an altercation with the South African players as he exited the pitch.
Rahul engaged in a verbal exchange with Elgar, with both players speaking simultaneously for a few seconds.
This was not the first time such an incident happened during the series. Rassie van der Dussen was given caught behind by the umpire right before lunch. Rishabh Pant took the catch to take van der Dussen out, but the legality of the dismisaal was questioned.
India lost Rahul cheaply and Mayank Agarwal followed for 23 runs. However, the out-of-form duo in Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane rallied to add an unbeaten 41-run stand. Pujara scored 35 runs while Rahane scored 11.
With their efforts, India ended the day at 85/2. They now lead their opponents by 58 runs with everything there to play for.
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