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Bavuma lauds Maharaj-Philander's 'spectacular' rearguard act

India seemed all set to wrap up South Africa's feeble riposte to their gargantuan 601 midway through the second session, when Faf du Plessis's fight came to an end. Day 3 in Pune had been all about India until that point, to the extent that the 14,000 people that made it to the stands on the weekend, despite all the hassles, cheered to the tunes of Virat Kohli's constant gesturing. But there was a late defiance still in store.

When Keshav Maharaj, still carrying a shoulder injury, joined Vernon Philander, the latter had already batted like ...

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