The decider test match of the three-match series between India and South Africa is being played at the Newlands Stadium in Cape Town. India’s batsmen have disappointed a lot in the ongoing test series against South Africa. Barring the first innings of this series, Indian batsmen have been seen struggling completely. But India’s fast bowlers have turned the tide of the match with their brilliant performances in all three matches.
Indian fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Shardul Thakur have taken five-wicket hauls during this series. In the first innings of the first match of the Test series, Mohammed Shami played an important role in stopping Africa’s innings within 200 runs by taking five wickets. In the first innings, Shami took 5 wickets for 44 runs in 16 overs. During this, he bowled the maximum 5 maiden overs. In this match played at Centurion, India won by 113 runs.
In the first innings of the second match, Shardul Thakur took 7 wickets to give runs to the South African batsmen. In this innings, Shardul took 7 wickets for 61 runs in 17.5 overs. However, despite his brilliant performance, the Indian team had to face defeat by 7 wickets in the second Test.
This is the first time 3 different Indian pacers took five-fors in 3 consecutive Tests of a series.
Mohammed Shami at Centurion
Shardul Thakur at Johannesburg
Jasprit Bumrah at Cape Town#SAvIndia
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) January 13, 2022
Indian team’s star bowler Jasprit Bumrah, who came out with the intention of creating history, performed brilliantly on the second day of the deciding Test match. In the first innings of the third match too, Jasprit Bumrah, the leader of the Indian fast bowling attack, took five wickets to get India back in the match. Bumrah took 5 wickets for 42 runs in 23.3 overs. During this, he bowled the maximum 8 maiden overs.
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At the same time, this is the first time that three different bowlers of India have taken five wickets in three consecutive matches in a Test series. Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli are present at the crease. Indian team lost 2 wickets for 57 runs in the second innings. Both the openers KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal have returned to the pavilion. India have a lead of 70 runs so far. South Africa scored 210 runs in the first innings while Team India scored 223 runs in their first innings.