South Africa were 17 for 1 at stumps on the opening day of the third Test after the hosts bundled out India for 223 in their first innings at Newlands, Cape Town on Tuesday.
India won the toss and elected to bat but the top and middle-order crumbled without much of a fight with the exception of captain Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara.
Both Indian openers KL Rahul and Mayank Aggarwal were back in the pavilion with the score at 33. India went to lunch with the scoreboard reading 75 for 2.
Pujara was out for 43 and out-of-form Ajinkya Rahane was dismissed for 9 to leave India tottering at 116 for 4. Rishab Pant failed to capitalise on a good start and fell for 27. Kohli played patiently to top score with 79 from 201 deliveries. He was the ninth wicket to fall with the score at 211 before the visitors folded up for 223 off 77.3 overs.
Kagiso Rabada was the pick of the South African bowlers with 4 for 73 from 22 overs while Marco Jansen picked up 3 for 55 from 18 overs.
The South African innings got off to a shaky start with captain Dean Elgar falling to Jasprit Bumrah for 3 with the score at 10. Aiden Markram and nightwatchman Keshav Maharaj prevented any further damage to take the hosts to 17 at the close of play.
India 223 (Virat Kohli 79, Kagiso Rabada 4/73)
South Africa 17/1