Starting from where they left off, Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin batted in fine fashion to help India post a respectable total of 334. While Rahane scored his maiden ton in India, Ashwin bettered his average at home by scoring yet another half century, After a eighth wicket partnership of 98 Rahane finally perished to Imran Tahir at the score of 127.
Ashwin continued to battle with Umesh Yadav and got his half century before skying a short ball from kyle Abbott into the hands of AB De Villers in 118th over. Abbott struck again in that over by trapping Ishant Sharma LBW in front of the stumps and ended the Indian innings on 334. Abbott emerged as the pick of the bowlers by bagging 5 for just 40. Piedt remained on 4 for 117 and Tahir took the lone wicket of Rahane.
In reply, South Africans showed spinning track or not, their batsmen were just not ready to cope with quality spin bowling. Umesh Yadav started the damage by picking up Dean Elgar before tea. After tea Jadeja promptly sent other opener Bavuma back to the pavilion. Once Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis and J P Duminy were back in the pavilion, it seemed to be an encore of the previous test matches. AB De Villiers became the highest scorer of the innings with 42. Only 4 South African batsmen got to double digits. Ravindra Jadeja broke the top middle order with 5 as Ashwin and Umesh picked 2 each. With 213 in front, India have not enforced follow on.