Centurion. The fast bowlers led by Mohammed Shami gave India a big lead in the first innings on Tuesday on the third day of the first Test against South Africa. Due to continuous rain on the second day, the fast bowlers were getting help from the pitch. 268 runs were scored in the day and 18 wickets fell. The Indian team, playing ahead of 272 for three in the morning, could only reach 327 runs in the first innings, but they took a strong lead of 130 runs by dismissing South Africa for 197 runs.
India to South Africa Against (IND vs SA) had to bat again in the last session of the day. By the end of the third day’s play, he has scored 16 runs for one wicket in his second innings and his total lead has gone up to 146 runs. KL Rahul, who scored 123 runs in the first innings, remains at the crease after scoring five runs. In the morning, Ngidi (6 for 71) and Kagiso Rabada (3 for 72) took India’s remaining seven wickets within 55 runs, then the Indian fast bowlers wreaked havoc despite Jasprit Bumrah’s injury.
Mohammed Shami took 5 wickets for 44 runs
Mohammed Shami took five for 44, Bumrah (2 for 16) and Shardul Thakur (2 for 51) took two wickets each while Mohammad Siraj (1 for 45) took one wicket. South Africa looked in some good shape only during the 72-run partnership for the fifth wicket between Temba Bavuma (52) and Quinton de Kock (34).
Mayank returned to the pavilion after scoring 4 runs in the second innings.
In India’s second innings, Mayank Agarwal scored only four runs and was caught behind the wicket on the first ball of Marko Jensen. Jensen, playing his first match, had a hat-trick opportunity as he took the last wicket in India’s first innings, but nightwatchman Shardul Thakur (four not out) did not allow him to achieve the feat. In the South African innings, Bumrah gave India the first success by getting captain Dean Elgar (one) caught by wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant on the fifth ball of the innings itself.
Jasprit Bumrah had to leave the field due to sprain
Shami bowled Keegan Pietersen (15) on the third ball after lunch. The ball on his almost half-volley took the inner edge of the bat and got caught in the wickets. After this, he scattered the bails from the off-stump of Aiden Markram (13). Bumrah had to leave the field due to ankle twist, but as soon as Siraj, who handled the ball, came in his place, Rossi van der Dussen (three) was caught by Ajinkya Rahane in the street to make the score 32 for four. He would also have got the wicket of Quinton De Kock on the next ball but Rahul could not take the catch at third slip. After this, Bavuma and Dekock made some good shots. Bavuma instilled his confidence by hitting two fours on Siraj and also hit two consecutive fours on Shardul Thakur. Meanwhile, de Kock hit a six at long off. The sight of the day, however, was Bavuma’s straight drive on Thakur in the third session.
Temba Bavuma hits 16th Test half-century
Earlier, however, de Kock played Thakur on his wickets, which ended his partnership with Bavuma. After the tea break, Shami got Viaan Mulder (12) caught behind the wicket. Bavuma completed the 16th Test half-century by hitting a beautiful four on Shami but was caught by the wicketkeeper after a ball. Pant completed 100 hunts in Test matches with this catch. Rabada (25) and Marco Jensen (19), playing his first Test, put on a reliable 37-run partnership for the eighth wicket. Thakur also ended the partnership by lbw to Jensen while Shami took the fifth wicket of the innings as Rabada and the 200th wicket in Test matches.
Ngidi and Rabada showed up
The South African batsmen meanwhile also took advantage of the absence of Bumrah, who had to leave the field during his sixth over due to an ankle sprain. He bowled in the third session and ended South Africa’s innings by taking the wicket of Keshav Maharaj (12). In the morning session on the pitch of SuperSport Park, Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada made a splash. Both of them continuously bowled full length balls between the pace and bounce they got from the pitch.
Ashwin did not get any success
However, Rabada gave India the first blow in the morning by dismissing Rahul on a short pitch ball. Rahul could not pull the ball raised to the height of the rib and gave an easy catch to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock. Ajinkya Rahane (48) could not complete the half-century. He tried to drive the length ball off Ngidi, but it took the edge of the bat and caught it in Dekock’s safe gloves. Rabada’s extra bounce for Ravichandran Ashwin (four) took the edge of the bat and waved in the air. Taking an angle from Ngidi, the ball hit the bat and pad of Pant (eight) and went to the forward short leg fielder. Shardul Thakur could also score only four runs. Bumrah (14) and Shami (eight) hit two fours each to take the score to 327 runs.