Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh): South Africa, who were in a spot of bother at 39/3 wickets at stumps on day two fought back to end day three at 385/8.

Dean Elgar (160) and Quinton de Kock (111) managed to help South Africa recover from a 117-run deficit

Dean Elgar and Temba Bavuma played cautiously and added 24 more runs to the overnight score, before Bavuma (18) was trapped leg before wicket. South Africa still had a mountain to climb.

It was skipper Faf du Plessis and Elgar who held on to the pitch until lunch to ensure stability at the crease in the morning session

Resuming after lunch at 153/4 after lunch, the proteas ensured the momentum shifted their way with a 115-run partnership.

Faf du Plessis’ run at the crease came to an end after he fell to Ravichandran Ashwin at 55.

Elgar was a formidable force to reckon with and brought up his century, after he partnered with Quinton de Kock.

South Africa had lost just the one wicket in the session before tea.

It seemed as though Elgar and de Kock wanted to make up for lost time in the post-tea session. Elgar raced past the 150-run mark. Ravindra Jadeja dismissed Elgar for 160 bringing a close to the 164-run partnership.

Jadeja became the quickest left-arm bowler to take 200 Test wickets.

However, de Kock soldiered on for the Proteas and brought up his hundred 5 overs later.

Ashwin came to the rescue once again to dismiss de Kock for 111. South Africa were at 370/7, but Ashwin wasn’t done yet. Six runs later he bowled out Vernon Philander for a duck.

At the end of the day three, Muthusamy (12) and Keshav Maharaj (3) remained at the crease