Rishabh Pant scored a brilliant century in the Cape Town Test

Rishabh Pant scored a century on the third day of the second test against South Africa© AFP

India’s wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant scored a scintillating century in India’s second innings on the third day of the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town. It was a typical innings of Pant’s style as he counter-attacked against the South African bowling, despite wickets falling all around him. He was involved in a 94-run partnership with skipper Virat Kohli, which pulled India out of a difficult position.

On the third morning after veteran batsman Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane fell for two quick wickets, Pant took his time to leave. He needs to have good technique and patience to clear the opening blasts of the South African fast bowlers before playing his shots.

Pant sprinted to the boundary and ran ahead while Kohli dropped the anchor at the other end. Once Kohli got out and wickets started falling all around him, Pant knew he had to put pressure on the accelerator to get crucial runs for his team.

He did exactly that and took India’s lead past 200 runs on his way to reach his fourth century in Test cricket.

Pant hit six fours and four sixes and reached the figures of three.

The southpaw’s innings comes immediately after he was severely criticized for playing a hasty shot to get out during India’s second innings in the second Test in Johannesburg.

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Before the start of the third Test, skipper Virat Kohli backed the youngster.

Pant eventually remained unbeaten on 100 as India were bowled out for 198 in the second innings. South Africa were set a target of 212 runs to win the Test and the series.

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