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3rd Test: India Want to Continue Game on ‘Dangerous Pitch’

Johannesburg: Umpires had to stop the play before time on the third day of the third and final day of the third Test between South Africa and India because of concerns over the Johannesburg pitch.

According to BBC, umpires were forced to stop the match early after cracks in the Wanderers pitch widened.

This caused inconsistent, exaggerated bounce and excessive seam movement. The condition made life impossible for batsmen.

The play was halted after the South African opener Dean Elgar was hit on the helmet grille by a bouncer from India’s Jasprit Bumrah – the fourth blow he had suffered.

After the umpires and match referee conferred, the play was ended for the day.

No decision has yet been announced over whether the game – which still has two days remaining – will resume on Saturday.

Earlier, players from both sides had been hit by rising deliveries, with India opener Murali Vijay struck five times in the first session alone.

Captains Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli were then called into a meeting with referee Andy Pycroft in accordance with International Cricket Council regulations.

Those ICC rules state that play can resume if the captains agree but if not, the umpires – Pakistan’s Aleem Dar and England’s Ian Gould – and the referee must decide whether it is possible to improve the playing conditions sufficiently for play to resume.

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