India stretch lead

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Birthday boy Shikhar Dhawan was batting on 20 at the break with Cheteshwar Pujara on 27, their blooming third wicket association already worth 43 runs.

Having decided against enforcing follow-on, the hosts, who have already taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-test series, walked out to bat for the second time in the match and lost two quick wickets to slump to 8-2.

Morkel drew first blood with a short delivery to dismiss opener Murali Vijay caught behind, even though the batsman pointed to his arm-guard to suggest he did not nick it before leaving the field shaking his head.

Rohit Sharma was sent ahead of Pujara, who was hit on the arm while fielding at short leg on Friday, but the batsman could not justify his promotion.

The right-hander, who scored one in the first innings, was out for a golden duck after a fuller Morkel delivery eluded his tentative prod and rearranged his stumps.

Dhawan and Pujara looked largely unperturbed against the South African bowlers and will return after the break hoping to bat South Africa out of the contest. – Reuters

Despite losing two early wickets, India stretched their lead to 264 runs on day three of the final Test against South Africa.

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