India lead South Africa by 141 runs with 5 wickets remaining.

Wicked bounce on wicket leaves many bemused in South Africa vs India Test

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Day three of the India vs South Africa Test in Johannesburg has been the cause of controversy, with cracks on the wicket on the pitch at the Wanderers Stadium producing a wicked bounce.

Opener Murali Vijay went for 25 after facing deliveries from South African medium pacer Morne Morkel with the score at 62-3 in the second session.

Most of Morkel's bowls hit Vijay on the glove or the inside of his leg after taking lethal bounces off of the turf.

The score is currently 148/5 with Ajinkya Rahane and Hardik Pandya in bat for the away side after India made 187 and South Africa racked up 194 in the first innings.

Captain Virat Kholi was dismissed after 41 in the second session.

Michael Holding, the former West Indies fast bowler and television commentator present at the Wanderers Test, was infuriated by the quality of the wicket.

"Two out of 100 [is my rating for the pitch]. It's a s**t pitch. You can interpret that.

"They should have called it off when Vijay got hit. This is not a cricket pitch, this is dangerous. Call it off, forget it. You can't play cricket on that.

"I have no idea what has gone wrong, but I know it's not a good cricket pitch. The last time I saw something like this, the match was abandoned - in Jamaica 1998, and it didn't even last this long."

Kepler Wessels, the former South Africa captain and television commentator, also said: "The unfortunate thing is that nobody minds movement off the surface, but it's the uneven bounce that's the problem and it is quite dangerous from a batting point of view when you have pace attacks bowling around the 140 mark, tall bowlers hitting the deck hard.

"It is dangerous and it's not ideal. I have seen pitches like this around the world but, as we keep saying, you want a good contest between bat and ball and this one is not providing that. I'd give it a 3 out of 10."

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