The third day of the second Test between India and South Africa was an enthralling one. While Indian batters scored at a quicker rate, South African bowlers were also at their best. Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, and Marco Jansen scalped three wickets each while Duanne Olivier took one. For India, the under pump duo of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane scored half-centuries. Shardul Thakur and Hanuma Vihari also chipped in with crucial contributions.
The combined effort from the batters helped India set a target of 240 runs for South Africa to achieve in the second innings. Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram started well with a flurry of boundaries. Markram, in particular, looked in a good rhythm.
This all sets the tone for an exciting game on Day 4 of the Johannesburg Test. But what does the weather forecast says? Will rain gods allow the play to take place?
Let’s have a look at the session wise weather forecast for Day 4, January 6
What to expect on Day 3?
Looking at the weather forecast, the chances of a complete day’s play on Day 4 looks dull. However, if the rain gods show some mercy on the cricket fans, a result of the second Test may be possible. India have not set a very big total but still, the vulnerable South Africa middle-order against a potent India pace attack makes up for an interesting game of Test cricket.
The pitch has a few cracks that can be exploited by the Indian bowlers. Although the Jo’burg pitch is not known for assisting spinners, Ravi Ashwin will have a role to play. Apart from him, India will look at India's best bowler from first innings, Shardul Thakur. His knack of breaking partnerships will come in handy on Day 4 for India.