Resuming at the overnight score of 342 for five, Team India lost Amit Mishra (28) early in the day. Then VVS Laxman (143 not out) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (132 not out) plundered the South African bowling and declared the first innings at 643 for six. Laxman and Dhoni have put on a record 259-run partnership for the seventh wicket. The Indians now have a strong grip over the final Test with a mammoth 347-run first innings lead.
The South African opening batsmen faced just five balls and were six for no loss when bad light stopped play on the third day. With two days left and the Eden Gardens track expected to deteriorate, the SA team is faced with the daunting of saving the game.