Azharuddin punished the South African attack, hammering 15 boundaries as India, starting the day at 7 for 1 for an overall lead of 67 runs, reached 270 for 5 at the close. South Africa scored 177 in reply to India's first-innings total of 237.
Azharuddin, who scored a brisk hundred plus a half century in the second Test, added 71 runs for the fifth wicket with his captain, Sachin Tendulkar. India, who have not lost a home series since their 1986-87 loss to Pakistan, won the opening Test in Ahmedabad, but South Africa levelled the series with a crushing 329-run victory in Calcutta.
Third day; India won toss
INDIA - First Innings 237 (S R Tendulkar 61, W V Raman 57; P R Adams 6-55).
SOUTH AFRICA - First Innings 177 (A Kumble 4-71; J Srinath 3-42).
INDIA - Second Innings
(Overnight: 7 for 1)
N R Mongia lbw b Klusener 18
A Kumble c Gibbs b De Villiers 42
S Ganguly c McMillan b Symcox 41
*S R Tendulkar c Richardson b Klusener 36
M Azharuddin not out 88
R S Dravid not out 33
Extras (b4 lb5 nb1) 10
Total (for 5, 94 overs) 270
Fall: 1-2 2-41 3-91 4-121 5-192.
Bowling (to date): De Villiers 21-10-49-2 (2nb); Klusener 22-6-62-2; McMillan 16-6-36-0; Cronje 10-4-15-0; Adams 12-0-57-0; Symcox 13-1-42- 1.
Umpires: S Venkataraghavan (Ind) and D R Shepherd (Eng).Reuse content