Elgar blow ends day three on treacherous Wanderers pitch

Play was cut short on day three of the final Test between South Africa and India due to safety concerns after Dean Elgar was struck on the helmet batting on an increasingly treacherous pitch at the Wanderers.

Seamer-friendly conditions and an unpredictable surface had batsmen grimacing again and bowlers licking their lips from day one, but India dug in to post 247 all out in their second innings - setting South Africa 241 to complete a 3-0 series whitewash.

A number of batsmen took blows on each of the first three days, but umpires Ian Gould and Aleem Dar brought the players off after Elgar was hit on the grille by a rising delivery from Jasprit Bumrah.

There was uncertainty when Elgar left the field along with Hashim Amla and the India players after the umpires consulted match referee Andy Pycroft, with South Africa 17-1.

Stumps were called after captains Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli headed to meet the match referee with rain starting to fall.

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