India vs South Africa Highlights, 3rd Test, Day 2 in Ranchi: Bad light forces stumps after Shami, Umesh give body blows to SA
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India vs South Africa Highlights, 3rd Test Day 2: That will be stumps on Day 2. The umpires have taken the bails off and the covers have come in. That will be it from Ranchi today. South Africa have reached 9 for 2 and trail India by 488 runs. But boy South Africa will be relieved. They were all at sea in front of some hostile fast bowling by Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav. They lost both their openers with only 8 on the board before the umpires told Virat Kohli to bring the spinners on.
Earlier, Virat Kohli declared after India posted 497 runs on the board. Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane were the stars with the bat. Ravindra Jadeja chipped in with a solid 50 and Umesh swung his way to 31 quick runs and this is when the skipper called his players. The task will be cut out for South Africa.
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Stumps on Day 2
That will be stumps on Day 2. The umpires have taken the bails off and the covers have come in. That will be it from Ranchi today. South Africa have reached 9 for 2 and trail India by 488 runs.
Bad light stops play
This is not good news. The umpires have decided that it has gone too dark now. The players are walking off. Thankfully, there is no rain so there is still hope of the play resuming. But boy South Africa will be relieved. They were all at sea in front of some hostile fast bowling by Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav. They lost both their openers with only 8 on the board before the umpires told Virat Kohli to bring the spinners on. South Africa have reached 9 for 2 in reply to India’s 497/9 declared.
Maiden to start for Nadeem
Very good start to his Test career for Shahbaz Nadeem. The umpires told Virat Kohli that he has to bowl the spinners otherwise they will offer the bad light to batsmen, the Indian captain took it and threw the ball to debutant Shahbaz Nadeem and he didn’t disappoint. An accurate first over to keep the pressure on.
Umesh gets de Kock
OUT! What a ripper! If Shami’s was a good one, this one from Umesh Yadav was even better. He was crunched for a boundary in the previous ball and he came back with back of a length delivery that took off from length. De Kock got himself in a tangle and just like in case of Elgar, it kissed the gloves and landed straight into Saha’s gloves. South Africa are in a real trouble at 8/2
Boundary for de Kock
FOUR! Just a touch from de Kock and the ball races away through the backward point region for a boundary. It was just a tad wide from Umesh and all de Kock did was to transfer his weight to the backfoot and just stroke it through the gap.
What a start for India
OUT! Snorter from Mohammed Shami. The first one was down the leg side but this one was bang on. Pitched around middle, just held the line, cramped Dean Elgar for room and he couldn’t get the bat out of the away. The ball kissed his gloves and rested in Saha’s hands. Elgar departs for a second ball duck. What a start for India.
Day 2, session 3
The Indian players are out there. It has gone very dark at Ranchi but the Indian players don’t care, they are raring to pick up a few South African wickets. Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock sure will have other ideas. It will be Shami with the new ball for India, Here we go
Kohli has declared
The Indian captain has seen enough, he calls his players in. The misery ends for South Africa, India have posted 497 runs on the board. It has become extremely gloomy out there and this is when, the hosts would want to claim few South African wickets.
Jadeja chugging along
This has been another responsible innings by Jadeja. His promotion to number 6 is suiting him pretty well and this another huge positive for the Indian side. They are on course to breeze past 500 as things stand right now.
Brings up an impressive 50 and out comes that sword.
Saha has been castled
Linde strikes and this time, he gets rid of Saha. It was the arm ball and it sneaks between Saha’s bat and pad to dislodge the stumps. India have crossed 400, and they have also lost 6 wickets. With the light fading, will their approach change?
Rohit has joined an exclusive club
Rohit Sharma now has joint most international tons by openers in a calendar year.
Sedate period for South Africa
Finally the bowlers are managing to string together few dot deliveries and this could help them buy a wicket. Jadeja is willing to bide his time and Saha looks solid at the other end.
India should aim for 500
This pitch is a true one and as such, India should look to bat deep and aim for a score in excess of 500. Jadeja has settled in nicely and in Wriddhiman Saha, he has an able accomplice.
He departs soon after
That was another short ball which was aimed at his head, Rohit wants to hook it away, does not get the required timing and is caught at long leg. End of a stunning innings and it had to be Rabada who got that wicket. Rohit is dragging himself off the field as the dressing room rises in unison to applaud him.
Double hundred for Rohit
That ball was short from Ngidi and Rohit thwacked it away over deep mid-wicket for a maximum to register a maiden double century. The dressing room stands and applauds the effort. It has been a fantastic innings by the opener, he has absolutely dominated the proceedings today.
Rohit was the star of the session, he has stayed unbeaten on 199. Ajinkya Rahane galloped to his 11th Test ton as India have absolutely dominated South Africa in that session. Faf looked clueless and barring Rabada, no other bowler looked threatening at all. India are right on top here and they can bat South Africa out of the Test match.
Rohit motors on
There is no stopping Rohit, he is eyeing his maiden double century and looks supremely focused to bat on and on. And well, Dane Piedt is copping another assault today.
He was looking fidgety and now has to take the long walk back. The ball was on off stump, he wanted to open the face of the bat and run it down to third man. However, he has only managed to nick it behind and Klaasen does not make any mistake this time, good catch by him!
These two are powering ahead
South Africa have not helped their cause by being sloppy all morning and now they are being put to the sword. Both Rohit and Rahane have gone after Piedt and India have raced past 300. Absolute domination this morning, South Africa are completely clueless.
Oh dear South Africa! Piedt angles one ball across Rahane from around the wicket. Rahane over balances and is out of his crease but well, Klaasen makes a meal of that and India keep marching on. Rock bottom?
Rohit marches on
- first opener to hit two 150+ scores in a series against SA
- eighth player overall
- first Indian
- first since Michael Clarke in 2012/13
100 for Rahane
It has been an extremely fluent innings and this century will give him a lot of joy. A Test century at home after a span of 3 years, superb from the right-hander. India are right on top here in Ranchi.
The pitch looks extremely good
The 200-run partnership has been raised. These two have been excellent and they are looking very positive against a South African attack which does not seem to have any teeth. Brilliant start to the day for India.
Rahane gets cracking
Top stroke, leans into the delivery and then creams it past covers to collect his first boundary of the day. He looked extremely fluent yesterday and it has been a good start to the day’s proceedings.
All set to roll
Rohit takes guard, Rabada runs in with the ball. Two solid blocks to get things rolling on Day 2. South Africa need to break this partnership as soon as possible to get back into this contest.
“This pitch has played a lot better than it looks. Huge cracks and rough patches. The good areas are still in tact. Looks rough and abrasive, the rains might help hold it together. If the ball keeps landing in the driving zone and the soil gets loose, then it might do something, but there are still runs to be scored before something like that happened.” - Sanjay Manjrekar and Sunil Gavaskar
“We hadn’t really struck with the new ball on this tour, so it was about time it happened. We were a touch unlucky as well, so I wanted us to try our best to capitalise. Three down after 10 overs would’ve been nice, they were three down after 17, so it was a tick for us.”
Play will start at 9.30 am. The middle session today will be extended by half hour to somewhat make up for lost time. South Africa need to start with intent and look to separate these two and get into the lower order as soon as possible and then attack them with the second new ball.
Rohit displays hunger
A video of unbeaten centurion Rohit Sharma shouting ‘not now’ as the skies turned grey just before he smashed a six to reach his third hundred of the series took social media by storm as India took on South Africa on the opening day of the third and final Test in Kolkata on Saturday.
Read more about it here.
Rain may affect the second day’s proceedings as well in the third and final India-South Africa Test, the local weatherman predicted in Ranchi. “There is a possibility of thundershowers and lightning at isolated places in Ranchi. Chances are less by Monday onwards,” an official of the Indian Meteorological Department, Ranchi, said.
India batting coach speaks
“He is too good a player to not play all formats. Opening the batting with him was the right decision. And the number of runs he has scored, he has settled the issue (of opening) for the time being.
“If somebody of his stature starts coming good at the top of the order, that changes everything for the team, even when you are touring. He is such an experienced player; I don’t think you need to tinker with his technique. He just had to make some mental adjustments vis-a-vis his gameplan,” said Vikram Rathour.
Nortje rues slip-up after strong start in Ranchi Test
“We were definitely better as in the previous Test. We just tried to control the game little bit better. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get another wicket... It would have been nice to have them four-five down,” Nortje said after the first day’s play.
First time in 87 years!
During the third Test encounter in Ranchi, Agarwal missed out on a big score but Rohit was back at it as he slammed his third ton of the series and as a result, achieved a feat that has never happened in the storied cricketing history of India. This is now the most centuries scored by Indian openers in a Test series since they started playing cricket way back in 1932. This is the first time ever that the batsmen have scored five centuries in a series as the previous record was held by Sunil Gavaskar who single-handedly scored four tons against West Indies in 1971. (Complete story)
Rohit the record breaker
Rohit broke the record of West Indies batsman Shimron Hetmyer, who had hit 15 sixes against Bangladesh in November 2018. The record for most sixes in a Test series by an Indian belonged Harbhajan Singh who had hit 14 sixes against New Zealand in 2010. (Read full story here)
Day 2 promises action
Hello and welcome to the live coverage of Day 2 of India vs South Africa 3rd Test at JSCA International Sports Complex in Ranchi. Day 1 had a proxy captain, some hostile fast bowling followed by imepeccable batting from India’s Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane, who will start afresh in their quest to bat South Africa out of this Test.
Day 1 recap
Opener Rohit Sharma hit his third century of the series to lead India’s charge after they lost early wickets against South Africa on day one of the third Test on Saturday. Sharma, on 117, combined with Ajinkya Rahane, on 83, to put on an unbeaten 185-run stand after the hosts were wobbling at 39-3 following their decision to bat first in Ranchi.
India reached 224 for three when bad light stopped play in the final session. It began to rain as well and no further action was possible. Sharma and Rahane ensured that India, who have already taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, denied the opposition bowlers any wickets after lunch.
Kagiso Rabada got two early scalps in a fiery morning spell and fellow paceman Anrich Nortje claimed his maiden Test wicket after he trapped India skipper Virat Kohli lbw for 12.
Sharma, who hit twin centuries in his debut game as an opening batsman at the start of the series, then steadied the innings along with Rahane, who completed his 21st Test fifty. Sharma played it cool to fifty then soon launched an attack with a barrage of sixes, reaching his sixth Test hundred with his fourth hit over the fence amid loud applause from the home crowd.
The duo from Mumbai have recorded India’s best fourth-wicket stand against South Africa after surpassing the 178 between Kohli and Rahane in the second match.