India vs South Africa, 2nd Test, Day 3: Proteas dismissed for 275, hosts lead by 326 at Stumps
India vs South Africa, 2nd Test, Day 3: Follow highlights and scorecard of India vs South Africa 2nd Test Day 3.
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India vs South Africa 2nd Test Day 3 As it happened: India bowled out South Africa for 275 to take a massive 326-run first innings lead on day three of the second Test. The Umpires declared end of day’s play immediately after Kagiso Rabada was trapped in front of wicket by spinner R Ashwin. South Africa began the day at 36 for three but a rearguard action through Keshav Maharaj (72) and Vernon Philander (44) helped them cross the 250-run mark. Faf du Plessis also contributed 64 runs in the Proteas’ fight. Ashwin (4/69) and Umesh Yadav (3/37) shared seven wickets between them.
Follow highlights of India vs South Africa 2nd Test Day 3:
Huge lead for India at Stumps
The hosts have taken a 326 run lead in the first innings and it seems they will enforce the follow-on tomorrow. R Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers for India as he scalped four wickets. Umesh Yadav ended innings with three while Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja scalped two and one respectively.
Kagiso Rabada is the last batsman to fall and he is dismissed by R Ashwin for 2. He was trapped LBW by Ashwin but went for the DRS. Replays showed the ball was hitting the leg stump and with that South African first innings came to an end.
Rabada has to step up
If Philander has to cross the 50-run mark and continue this dogged fight from South Africa, Rabada has to stay at the crease and build a partnership with Philander. Maharaj has shown what can happen if you apply yourself in the middle and same will be the case if Rabada keeps himself in check.
R Ashwin has done the trick for India as he gets rid of Keshav Maharaj for 72. The right hander flicks the ball into hands of Ajinkya Rahane at leg slip. Proteas are nine down now as Ashwin picks his third wicket of the innings.
Hundred overs bowled
India have now bowled 100 overs and South Africa’s score reads 266/8. The 100th over of the innings was a maiden from R Ashwin. India are still looking for a way to end this partnership and so far they have failed to do so.
Philander and Maharaj have added 100 runs off 231 runs and runs are starting to come freely now for visitors. Maharaj is batting on 67 while Philander is batting on 37. India need to break this partnership in order to end the innings soon.
Umesh brought back
Umesh Yadav has been brought back into the bowling attack as the spinners failed to get the wicket of Maharaj and Philander.
In the air
Maharaj took his chance against Jadeja, the ball went up in the air. But he did not middle the delivery. However, Ashwin was unable to reach the ball as it dropped in a safe zone.
Keshav Maharaj drove a high ball towards Ashwin. It was a difficult chance and Ashwin got his hands to it but could not hold on to it. Maharaj also completed his half-century in the same over.
Another four for Maharaj
Ishant Sharma manages to produce and edge off Keshav Maharaj but the ball flies past the slip fielders for a boundary. Seventh four of the innings for Maharaj and he seems to be comfortable batting against the new ball.
Ishant eyes first wicket
So far in the innings, Ishant Sharma remains the only bowler who hasn’t picked up a wicket. He has bowled 9 overs, conceded 30 runs including one wicket. He has bowled well but hasn’t been rewarded for it.
No breakthrough for India
Faf du Plessis was dismissed in 59th over when South Africa’s score read 162/8. Since then, South Africa have reached 223 in 85 overs. Keshav Maharaj and Vernon Philander have added 61 runs since and India have failed to pick even one wicket.
Flurry of boundaries
Six overs have been bowled after Tea and South Africa have scored five boundaries. Indian bowlers have been leaking runs and Virat Kohli won’t be a happy captain. Although India had put up a huge score to be concerned so soon, these two tailenders scoring at a good rate to shift the mood a bit in the visitors’ camp.
Resistance from the SA tail
2nd time in this series SA’s 9th wicket stand has put on a fifty runs stand.
3rd fifty runs stand of SA’s 9th wicket in IND
91 by S Muthusmay and D Piedt
60 by PS de Villiers and AA Donald
50* by KA Maharaj and VD Philander
Philander and Maharaj have put together 50-run stand for South Africa to keep them afloat in the innings. They have taken 130 balls to go past the 50-run mark. More importantly, they have kept the Indian bowlers at bay. New ball has been taken by India now.
200 up for Proteas
Keshav Maharaj hits a boundary off Ravindra Jadeja and with that South Africa have crossed the 200-run mark in the innings. The partnership between these two batsmen is also worth over forty now.
Final session begins
Mohammed Shami bowls the first over after Tea and it was successfully negotiated by South African batsman Keshav Maharaj. It was a maiden over from Shami to begin the proceedings. Ravindra Jadeja will bowl the second over now.
Second session ends
The players are making their way back into the hut as umpires have called for Tea. South Africa end second session at 197/8 and they trail India by 404 runs. Philander and Maharaj have added 35 runs off 111 deliveries to keep them alive in the first innings. Umesh Yadav remain the pick of Indian bowlers as he has scalped three wickets while R Ashwin and Mohammed Shami have picked two wickets each.
Visitors near 200
Despite wickets falling, South Africa have somehow edged closer to the 200-run mark. They had lost half their side for 53 and from there on, their lower order has done well to taken them to this position. It must be noted that they remain in trouble but credit to them for this display.
Third boundary for Maharaj
Keshav Maharaj may have conceded a lot of runs in the first innings but he is not giving a good account of himself, as a batsman. The right-hander picks up his third wicket of the day by hitting a half-volley from Jadeja towards long-on. This must be very frustrating for the India skipper as Maharaj and Philander have added 28 runs off 90 deliveries now.
Spinners bowling in tandem
Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin are bowling in tandem now as India look to end this innings. Maharaj and Philander have shown they can bat and Indian bowlers will have to earn their wickets.The tailenders are giving their all, something the top-order failed to do in the innings.
Umesh Yadav bowled a big wide and Keshav Maharaj went hard at it and the ball took an edge for a boundary past the slip fielders. South Africa are edging closer to the 200-run mark with these two bowlers batting their heart out in the middle.
Good defensive display
South Africa batters Keshav Maharaj and Vernon Philander have been defending the ball really well so far. The duo have faced 45 deliveries and scored 13 runs in their brief partnership. India will look to end the innings soon in order to put further pressure on the visitors.
Umesh returns into attack
Virat Kohli has introduced Umesh Yadav into the attack as he looks to end this frustrating stand between Philander and Maharaj. It has been a sensational return into the team for Umesh who has scalped three crucial wickets in the innings.
Visitors staring at follow-on
India need just two more wickets and they will have the opportunity to enforce the follow-on. It has been a very poor day for South Africa as they have been undone spectacularly by Indian bowlers. Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj will now look to delay the inevitable.
Ashwin gets Faf for the fourth time which is the joint most dismissals by a bowler to dismiss the South Africa skipper along with Suranga Lakmal, Rangana Herath, Ravindra Jadeja , Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and James Anderson.
Faf du Plessis’ innings finally comes to an end as he is dismissed by R Ashwin, who picks his second wickets of the innings. The SA skipper fails to read a straighter one and the ball takes an edge and goes into the hands of Rahane at slips. The visitors are 8 down now.
Rohit into the attack
Rohit Sharma has been introduced into the attack amid huge cheer from the crowd. India skipper Virat Kohli is looking to break this budding partnership with something unusual. The duo have added 14 runs off 69 deliveries so far with their dogged display.
SA cross 150
Vernon Philander hits a Ravichandran Ashwin towards mid wicket for his first boundary of the innings. With that, South Africa have crossed the 150-run mark in the innings. However, it must be noted that they aren’t out of danger what so ever as they still trail by 449 runs and have lost seven wickets.
1st run for Philander
Vernon Philander is off the mark. His first run in this tour and also his first run against Ravindra Jadeja. That’s quite a monkey off the back. Now for a better partnership with captain du Plessis.
It’s started to turn
This is not good news for South Africa. With a high chance of India making them bat again, the pitch has started to show signs of assisting the spinners. There were at least two deliveries from Jadeja that spun past the bat and when Jadeja’s ball turns then he becomes even more dangerous. Worrying signs for South Africa.
Jadeja tarps Muthusamy
OUT! Three reds! South Africa lose Muthusamy and a review. What a brave decision that was from umpire Nigel Llong. But in the end it turns out to be the correct one. Jadeja strikes just after lunch. South Africa slump further. It was a delivery outside off stump, it spun back but Muthsamy shouldered his arms to allow the ball to hit his pads. There was no shot offered so that impact didn’t matter, so all the ball had to do was hit the stumps and it hawk-eye showed it would have.
Day 3 session 2
We are back after lunch break. The players have made their way out . It will be Ravindra Jadeja to start the proceedings for India. Senuran Muthsamy has taken guard. Here we go
Lunch Day 3
What beauty to end his over from R Ashwin. And that will be lunch on Day 3 South Africa have been reduced to 136 for 6. A bit hard to say to whom this session belonged to South Africa scored 100 runs but it will be perhaps safe to go with India as they have picked up three more wickets to take complete control of the second Test. The counter-attacking partnership between du Plessis and de Kock did put India under pressure for a brief period but Ashwin’s beauty to dismiss de Kock strengthened India’s control further. For South Africa, it was Faf du Plessis’ attacking fifty that kept them afloat.
Ashwin gets de Kock
OUT! BOWLED! What a delivery from R Ashwin. It needed something special and it came from India’s premier off-spinner. Pitches around leg and middle, grips and spins past de Kock’s bat to hit the top of off. The fact that Ashwin got it to straighten from around the stumps foxed de Kock. He in fact couldn’t believe that the ball actually hit the stumps but the umpires confirm and quietly advise him to take the long walk back. India have broken the threatening stand. South Africa six down.
Fifty for du Plessis
A flurry of boundaries from the South African captain. 3 fours in this over from Jadeja, he’s not letting the Indian spinners settle at all. This also brings up his fifty off just 64 balls. South Africa are giving it back to India, we finally have a contest on our hands.
Again the 6th wicket stand for South Africa doing the rescue act. Sixth fifty plus stand for 6th wicket for South Africa in IND and 2nd of the Series after Elgar and QDK
5th fifty plus stand between Faf and QDK in Tests.
SIX! Powerful shot over the bowler’s head by du Plessis! Jadeja floats this one on middle and off, du Plessis gets on the front foot and smashes it down the ground for a maximum. First runs conceded by Jadeja in this innings.
Intent from South Africa
This good positive intent from Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock. They have got a boundary at least in four of the last six overs. This won’t please Virat Kohli, he likes to control the proceedings, likes to dry out the runs and then go for wickets. Finally some resistance from South Africa and it’s coming perhaps from their best batting pair.
2nd Warning for Ishant
Problems for Ishant Sharma early on. He gets a second warning for running on the danger area. Virat Kohli is having a chat with umpire Chris Gaffaney and so does the bowler. The pacer shifts to round the wicket.
du Plessis gets going
Two fours from Faf du Plessis’ bat. The second one a bit streaky, came from the outside edge but du Plessis will take all of them. The first one was a cracking shot though. It was slightly overpitched from Ishant Sharma and du Plessis planted his front foot to drive through the cover point region.
Milestone for Faf
Faf completes 2000 Test runs as a captain. 3rd South African captain to reach this landmark in Tests after Graeme Smith and Hansie Cronje.
FOUR! Gorgeous from de Kock! This is right off the meat! Full on off, de Kock this time commits himself to the drive and creams it through covers for a boundary. South Africa need more of that.
Another one for Umesh
OUT! Excellent catch from Saha! Umesh strikes and the man who was looking very good departs. South Africa have half their side back in the pavilion. Brilliant ball from Umesh. He hits the deck hard around off, it is in the channel of uncertainty. The ball moves away off the deck. Theunis looks to punch it on the up but the ball takes a thick outside edge and goes to the right of Saha. He dives on that side and takes a superb catch. India are all over South Africa.
Quinton de Kock comes in to bat
Routine business for Shami
OUT! It’s all so easy for Mohammed Shami. He looked like getting a wicket on every ball in his spell last evening and he started off from he had left. Pitches on length, bounces a bit more than expected, gets the shoulder of the bat and flies to Ajinkya Rahane at 4th slip. Too good for a nightwatch, de Bruyn goes for 3. India have struck early on Day 3.
SA captain Faf du Plessis walks out to bat
Day 3 session 1
We are all set for live action. It will be Mohammed Shami with the new ball for India. He will be up against de Bruyn, who by far looked the best South African batsman on display. Here we go.
‘There is some rough developing, but it shouldn’t worry the batsmen a lot. The odd ball will turn and misbehave, but it’s still a good batting pitch,’ reckon Sunil Gavasakar and Murali Kartik in their pitch report.
How’s the weather?
After al talks of rain, thunderstorms a possible washout and what not, we have largely had an interruption-free (Stumps were taken on Day 1 slightly early because of bad light) two days. And it’s even brighter and sunnier on Day 3. So another intriguing day of test cricket can be expected.
VVS Laxman in awe of Kohli
“For a player like Kohli, batting at this level is like batting against your thought process and not against the bowlers. I’m really impressed with his precise footwork and effective shot selection. It’s amazing how he balances his stance, how he goes forward and plays the ball through the offside. He has the gift of noticing the gaps which puts pressure on the opposition captain and bowlers. He definitely had a different level of concentration today,” Laxman said.
Late burst from seamers
If Virat Kohli bossed the major part of Day 2. It was Umesh Yadav who took matters in his own hands in the last hour of play. Playing his first Test after more than a year, Umesh struck in his first over by nipping out Aiden Markram in his first over and then removing Dean Elgar a few overs later. Umesh showed exactly why he is regarded as one of the best fast bowlers on Indian pitches. And when he finished, it was Mohammed Shami who rocked South Africa by getting Temba Bavuma cheaply.
‘Captaincy helps me get big scores’
“I struggled to get big scores initially but then as soon as I became captain then you invariably just think about the team all the time, you can’t just think about your game. In that process you end up batting more than you can imagine that’s been the mindset for a long time now.” Talking about his unbeaten 254 here, the skipper said thinking about the team helped him play his marathon innings in hot and humid conditions,” said Virat Kohli
Kohli joins Fleming, Waugh and Cook in exclusive Test list
Courtesy of his latest run-filled outing, Kohli joined an exclusive list of captains who managed to score a century in their 50th Test as skipper of the side. Before Kohli, only Stephen Fleming, Steve Smith and Alastair Cook managed to achieve this unique feat.
Rahane lauds Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja
“The way we batted (took us to a score in excess of 600). There was assistance for fast bowlers, Mayank batted well. It was important to play that one hour really well in the morning. We were thinking about 500+,” Rahane said after the day’s play.
“The manner in which Virat and Jaddu batted, it looked so easy from the outside. I don’t think it’s a 600+ wicket, it’s a 450-500 runs wicket.
Jadeja being Jadeja!
During the Indian innings, Jadeja’s antics in the middle left Kohli smiling at the non-striker’s end. Jadeja had already been warned by on-field umpires for stepping inside the danger area.
Hello and welcome
Hello and welcome to our live blog on Day 3 of the 2nd test between India and South Africa. If there was a doubt that Pune pitch has nothing in it for the bowlers, it has been completely changed by the way India seamers bowled in the final session of the 2nd Day. After setting a massive total of 601 in the first innings, India picked up three wickets to rattle South Africa’s top order. Proteas will be looking to bounce back on Day 3, while India will hope to get quick wickets.