New Delhi. Two Tests started in Melbourne and Centurion from the next day of Christmas i.e. 26 December. The match was between the 4 best teams of the test. On the one hand, in Melbourne, England had to fight a battle of saving credibility against hosts Australia. So on the other hand, team India was expected to score big in Centurion. Yesterday ie Tuesday was the third day of this test. But in both the Tests, the fast bowlers wreaked havoc on the batsmen. In both the Tests, 24 wickets fell on the third day and all came in the account of fast bowlers. In Melbourne, on the third day itself, Australia wrapped up England for 68 and won the match and the Ashes series. At the same time, India also could not score a big score in Centurion and on the third day 7 batsmen returned to the pavilion within just 69 balls.
Scott Boland, who made his debut for Australia from the Melbourne Test itself, bundled out England for 68 runs within just 21 balls on the third day of this Test. He took 6 wickets for just 7 runs in the second innings. He did the feat of taking five wickets in just 19 balls. He bowled four overs and conceded only seven runs while throwing a maiden.
The balls on which Boland showed the way to the pavilion to Jonny Bairstow and English captain Joe Root. By the way, throwing the ball is the dream of any fast bowler. Apart from Boland, Mitchell Starc also wreaked havoc on the English batsmen. Starc took 3 wickets for 29 runs in 10 overs. But he clean bowled Ben Stokes on the ball bowled at a speed of 145.4 km. Stokes tried to play the shot while staying in the line of the ball. But this ball of Starc took his middle stump.
Ngidi wreaks havoc on India
The second day of the Centurion Test between India and South Africa was washed out due to rain. Team India started the third day with a score of 272/3. But Lungi Ngidi did not give the Indian batsmen a chance to settle down and within 55 runs, 7 Indian batsmen reached the pavilion. India’s first innings was reduced to 327. In this, the role of Ngidi was the most important. He took 6 wickets for 71 runs in 24 overs.
Shami covers D.Africa cheaply
Now it was Mohammed Shami’s turn. He did not disappoint Team India and the way Team India was piled up on the third day. On the same side, Shami also dismissed the host team cheaply. South Africa’s first innings ended on 197 runs. Shami took 5 wickets for just one run. During this, he also completed his 200 wickets in Test cricket by dismissing Kagiso Rabada. He became the 11th bowler to do so for India. But in terms of strike rate, the highest wicket taker is ahead of Anil Kumble and Kapil Dev.
This test was also special for Shami. Because he completed the century and double century of the wickets on the same team South Africa and the same ground Centurion. He also became the first bowler to do so. Apart from Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Shardul Thakur also took two wickets each for India. One wicket came in the bag of Mohammad Siraj.