What we know after a bruising day at the Wanderers

Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli celebrates with teammates after winning the third Test against South Africa cricket team at Wanderers cricket ground in Johannesburg on Saturday

Meanwhile, Indian Vice-Captain Ajinkya Rahane, while admitting the pitch to be a challenging wicket, said it was not a unsafe one. They were told that the variable bounce will be more pronounced with the new ball.

Though Amla and Elgar batted bravely‚ the Indian quick bowling quartet of Bhuveneshwar Kumar‚ Ishant Sharma‚ Bumrah and Mohammed Shami did not attack the stumps enough as most deliveries were bowled at short of a length and outside off-stump.

Rahane, who was dropped in the first two fixtures made a splendid return in the final Test justifying his selection with a fine display with the willow.

Rahane, also got a lucky escape in the 60th over when a catch was put down by Andile Phehlukwayo off a Rabada delivery - who could have easily picked up his third wicket of the session. "I don't think we expected it to behave in the way it did", Gibson added.

The Mumbai batsman said that India tailenders also had to deal with short deliveries and they batted without raising any objections over the pitch. "Everybody talked about how he played", he said. "I would give it 3 out of 10".

Ajinkya Rahane (48), not picked for the first two tests of the series, played some sublime shots and said the game should continue. The wicket was similar for both teams. The umpires soon had a brief discussion among themselves and then with the skippers, before they went to meet the match referee. That ball (Elgar) was back of length, hard length. "Not unsafe, it is completely similar for both teams". "We still want to play cricket". No one can hide from the fact that you can get out every ball. "But I don't think the wicket is too unsafe". I hope Dean Elgar is ok.

"No, when me and Virat were batting, and after that when I was batting with Bhuvi, it was completely their decision". It takes half a second to leave the bowler's hand and reach the batsman.

"India over the course of the three days have utilised the conditions better than we did", the coach said. We had not asked for this wicket.

Only two other Tests have been abandoned because of unsafe playing conditions - both in the West Indies, in matches against England, in Jamaica in 1998 and Antigua 11 years later.

The blow to Elgar's helmet came after he was hit on the right hand, and then in the midriff. We have to be prepared to play on these kinds of wickets. "Umpires are the final judges on the fitness of the ground, regardless of the views of either of the captains". If not, the umpires and match referee have to decide whether it is possible to effect repairs to the pitch so that play can resume. Both had scored 30 each in the first innings and without that India would have had a comfortable 300 to defend.

Former West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding, a cricket great and working as a TV commentator at the Wanderers, said earlier in the day - when India batsman Murali Vijay was hit a number of times - that the game should be stopped.

At the Wanderers, Gould and Dar came together to speak on a number of occasions during the day's play, but it took the blow to Elgar's head to force them to act.

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