India vs South Africa Highlights, 3rd Test, Day 3: India two wickets away from series cleansweep, SA 132/8 at stumps
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Highlights: South Africa finish 132/8 at stumps on Day 3. Indian seamers Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami toppled the top order, while Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin combined to dismember the middle order. India are just two wickets away from series clean-sweep. Earlier, India posted 497/9d in the first innings and then bowled out Proteas for 162 in the first innings. Kohli enforced the follow-on on the visitors.
India vs South Africa, Highlights:
Finally, the umpire thinks there is no light and there actually is not. The stumps have been called. South Africa reach 132/8 at stumps. India need two wickets to win.
Play extended by 30 minutes
The play has been extended by 30 minutes, considering the result is on the cards. Remember this has been the most productive partnership for Proteas throughout the series - the 9th wicket stand.
Huge appeal for caught behind, but the umpire is not interested. Kohli uses his review and it goes to a waste. SA 121/8
Ashwin gets a breakthrough as Rabada tries to slog it, gets a thick edge and it has been caught by Jadeja at point. SA 121/8
Ravindra Jadeja has cleaned up Dane Piedt who decided to charge ahead and slog it for a big one. Missed the spin on the bowl, went in too early into the shot and paid the price. SA 98/7
Harsha Bhogle’s tweet sums it up
Harsha Bhogle gives an accurate description of the day’s proceedings:
Who would have thought when the teams were announced on Saturday that de Bruyn would be batting and Pant would be behind the stumps!— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 21, 2019
DIRECT HIT! Shahbaz Nadeem gets a perfect direct hit and George Linde is caught outside crease. South Africa go six wickets down. SA 67/6
Wriddhiman Saha has copped one on the finger and he is now walking off the field. Rishabh Pant is coming on as a substitute fielder for India, and he will keep the gloves.
Nadeem has had a good debut with the ball so far. He is looking to build on a good reputation as a Test bowler, and he will be eager to get a couple more here.
Dane Piedt and George Linde in middle
Dane Piedt and George Linde are in the middle and are digging their feet in. Shahbaz Nadeem comes into the attack and he will be eager to get a wicket or two here.
So, Elgar has been replaced by De Bruyn
“Elgar is concussed and won’t be batting: de Bruyn is his replacement” - Graeme Smith confirms on broadcast.
Update on Dean Elgar
ESPNCricinfo reports: Word from the South African camp to: “Dean Elgar is still being assessed and we are following the standard ICC concussion protocol. Will send an update as soon as there is one to send.”
GONE! Umesh Yadav has trapped Heinrich Klaasen on the pads and the finger goes up. The ball hits the middle stump and the batsman has to walk back. SA 36/5
Klaasen and Linde defending
This is purely defending from South Africa now. The two batsmen in the middle Heinrich Klaasen and George Linde are just stomping down on all the deliveries.
Theunis de Bruyn will be Elgar’s concussion sub
Theunis de Bruyn will be Elgar’s concussion sub, according to Cricinfo. He will come out to bat in Elgar’s place.
Elgar replaced by concussion substitute
Dean Elgar will play no further part in the Test as he has been replaced by a concussion substitute. He suffered a head blow just a ball before Tea.
Back after Tea
We are back after Tea. Elgar has not returned on the field - he was hit on the head. Klaasen is joined on the other end by George Linde. Into the final session of the day now. SA 26/4
Tea has been taken
Dean Elgar has been smacked on the head by Umesh Yadav, he sinks to his knees and looks dazed. The physio rushes out, the Indian players tend to the batsman as the umpires take Tea on Day 3. South Africa are on the mat, they have already lost 4 wickets after being asked to follow on.
What a spell, what a sight, Test cricket is alive, Test cricket is alive and kicking, Indian fast bowlers are breathing fire. Length ball on off stump, moves away just a toucch, takes Bavuma’s outside edge and gobbled up by Wriddhiman Saha. SA are sinking here, the are sunking fast.
Sensational stuff by Shami
This is one heck of a spell by Shami, that seam is bold and upright and it is getting the ball to move around. Also, the pitch .And he has trapped right in front of the stumps. The captain takes the review - well he is gone and he takes the review as well. 3 reds!
What South Africa need to save the match
This IND v SA 3rd Test has been completely tilted in India’s favour of the match. But if Proteas want to change the current scenario, they need two players to stick it out in the middle. This is how VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid saved the Test for India against Australia all those years ago. Faf du Plessis and Dean Elgar have to do something similar here on.
Shami gets a wicket!
GONE! What an absolute jaffa from Mohammed Shami and Zubyr Hamza has been cleaned up by a stunner from the Indian seamer. SA 10/2
JAFFA! Umesh Yadav has completely knocked down Quinton de Kock’s stumps to pieces with an absolute gorgeous delivery. South Africa 5/1
South Africa out to bat again
Mohammed Shami starts the attack in the 2nd innings. Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock out to open the innings again for Proteas. 2nd innings - here we go!
Shahbaz Nadeem traps Anrich Nortje. Huge appeal and the umpire has given it. Nortje reviews. Is there a bat? Nope, doesn’t seem so. The ball tracking shows three reds. SA 162 all out, trail by 335 runs.
India have enforced the follow-on.
Umesh Yadav brought back into the attack and he breaks the partnership. Linde walks back for 37, after he edges it to Rohit Sharma at first slip. SA 162/9!
FACT: Throughout this India vs South Africa Test series, the 9th wicket stand has been their best partnerships.
Nadeem into the attack
Linde, Nortje has done a good job of frustrating Jadeja and Ashwin. Kohli has now given the ball to Shahbaz Nadeem. Can he break this 9th wicket partnership?
Linde batting on 35*
George Linde has shown he can bat as well. It has been a solid debut for him in this match. He would be hoping for a fifty here. Time for drinks break.
Should Nadeem be given more overs?
Shahbaz Nadeem has been called to make his debut in India vs South Africa 3rd Test, after 15 years of domestic cricket. But he has not been used much by Virat Kohli, as he continues to rely on Jadeja and Ashwin and the seamers to bowl bulk of overs.
India’s tailender woes in this series
This has been a trend throughout in this series. The bowlers often find it hard to get wickets lower down the order. This time it is not Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj duo. It is Anrich Nortje and debutant George Linde, who are building on a resistance.
Good debut for Linde in this IND vs SA match
India vs South Africa 3rd Test was the debut for George Linde. With the ball, he picked up four wickets and now has scored solid 29 runs. He is looking good at the moment and is leading Proteas’ resistance against spin bowling.
Ashwin has found his rhythm
The offie was not at his best before Lunch, but has hit his stride post the break. He has been tight and disciplined and getting the ball to spin and turn much more.
India have lost both their reviews
Not a very good review by the Indian team and now they have lost both their reviews. Linde is trying to be more expressive against Ashwin, while Nortje is facing a hostile spell from Shami.
Where is the resistance?
Yes, the South Africa side is inexperienced, yes, the Indian bowlers are relentelss, yes, the conditions are against the visitors, but there has been no display of any sort of resistance which has been the biggest disappointement so far.
Rabada is run out
That dressing room will be a quiet place, Rabada stroked one to mid off and took off, Umesh dives, stops the ball, quickly gets to his feet and knocks down the stumps to find the batsman miles short of his crease. SA have sunk very very quickly.
Bang, nails Piedt low on the pads and he has been sent packing. India on fire and Shami has started off on the money. This India vs South Africa contest is proving to be a one-sided affair, the hosts are right on top.
Shami to start proceedings after Lunch
First ball is on the money, lands it perfectly on a length and forces Piedt to defend it to point. South Africa need to hand in there for as long as possible.
Lunch break on Day 3
Excellent session for India - four wickets in the day. At one stage it looked Temba Bavuma and Zubayr Hamza will be able to save the session for Proteas. But the spinners brought things back. SA 129/6
Ravindra Jadeja produces a gorgeous delivery that has turned away from the batsman and knocked down the stumps. Klaasen walks back. SA 119/6
Shaaabaaaash Nadeem! The left-arm spinner gets his debut Test wicket as he entices Bavuma to step forward. But the batsman completely missed the ball, and Saha was quick to pounce on it and take down the stumps. SA 107/5
A gorgeous straight delivery from Jadeja and Hamza has been knocked over. He departs for 62 and finally the partnership has been broken. SA 107/4
Nadeem into the attack
This could be the shining moment in Shahbaz Nadeem’s career when he could break this partnership and get his maiden Test wicket.
Rohit Sharma’s cheeky response to reporters leaves everyone in splits - Watch
Rohit Sharma scored his maiden Test double hundred on Sunday against South Africa and he spoke to media people. But in typical Rohit fashion, he had a little fun with the reporters.
Spinners from both ends now
Ashwin and Jadeja are bowling in tandem now that the first hour of day’s play is up. There seems to be some turn on offer. India looking to break this partnership.
SIX! Zubayr Hamza brings up his half century with a six at long-on off Ashwin. He has looked good this morning and he is leading the fightback for Proteas.
Temba Bavuma and Zubayr Hamza have scripted 50-run partnership. The duo have a task at hands - to emulate Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane and save the match. It seems a tough ask, but for now, they are doing their job quite well.
Zubayr Hamza and Temba Bavuma are in the middle and are building a good partnership here. Spinners have come on and this means Proteas will get respite from the seamers with the new ball.
CHANCE! Umesh Yadav produces an edge from Hamza’s bat but the ball just fell short of Virat Kohli at first slip. Umesh is on fire at the moment.
Shami key bowler
Mohammed Shami is the key bowler for India in the first innings, even though he is known to produce his best in the 2nd innings. The first hour on this surface with the new ball is where the ball does the trick for seamers.
Stat attack - Faf dismissals
Faf du Plessis departs for 1
Back to Back single digit dismissals for Faf du Plessis
This is now his 2nd single digit score for year 2019 in tests (when he has got out)
This is the 10th time he has been dismissed bowled by pace bowler in tests
18th time he has been dismissed in between 1-9 runs in tests
This is the first time he has been dismissed by Umesh Yadav in tests
WOW! What a delivery by Umesh Yadav - just duped South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis with an absolute stunner. The stumps are flying in all directions. SA 16/3
HERE WE GO!
Hamza and Du Plessis out to the middle. Umesh starts the attack. Overcast conditions, and three fielders at slips for Hamza. This is Karan and I will take you through to the first half of the day’s proceedings.
Enoch Nkwe speaks
“We’ve struggled to respond to pressure at certain points. We understand this is a rebuilding phase but that’s no excuse. At certain times we’ve had opportunities to put India under pressure, but we haven’t been able to sustain it. Just looking at the team spirit, they understand it has been tough. They were determined to close the day with no wickets lost but the Indians were fired up and you could see how they wanted to put us on the back foot. It’s upto us, how we want to respond. We’ve had enough chats, it’s about the execution now.
Pitch Report - Day 3
“This pitch hasn’t aged at all, primarily because the sun has hardly come out. It’s a bit like how Dev Anand used to be, evergreen. The cracks are opening up, but ever so slightly. There are a few areas around the spinners’ length that is loose, but it the seamers who’re causing the problems here.”
- Sunil Gavaskar and Sanjay Manjrekar
There is a chance of rain at this moment in Ranchi. There are grey skies and the covers are on. Coach Ravi Shastri is being seen giving a pep talk and the covers are off. But it still remains cloudy as of now.
Laxman, Smith compile Dream Team to challenge India’s supremacy at home
When it comes to playing at home, there are few sides as dangerous as Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team. Since February 2013, they have not lose a single home series - a run that eclipsed the famous Australian teams led by Steve Smith and Ricky Ponting in the 1990s and the 2000s. In the period, they have won 11 series - a world record in Test cricket - and when it comes to matches, they have lost just one out of their last 31. With Kohli & Co running riot once again in the Ranchi Test, VVS Laxman and Greame Smith decided to compile a dream team which, in their opinion, will be able to compete against this Indian cricket team on home conditions.
Kohli’s hilarious reaction as Umesh lays waste to Proteas bowler
India’s Umesh Yadav showcased his skills with the bat on Day 2 of the 3rd Test in Ranchi when he smashed five sixes to score a 10-ball 31 runs after coming at no. 10. The right-handed batsman went after debutant South Africa spinner George Linde, as he helped his side reached closer to 500-run mark in the first innings. But apart from cricketing fans at the stadium, who were enjoying Umesh’s blitzkreig, the celebrations from the Indian captain Virat Kohli in the dressing room caught the attention.
Rohit Sharma keeps stress away as he piles on the runs
It could have been the longest and the most stressful lunch break of Rohit Sharma’s career when the first session of the final Test against South Africa on Sunday ended with him batting on 199. It was neither, he said. Frustrating, yes, but in this Freedom Series, Sharma’s left stress beyond the boundary. “I wasn’t thinking about it at all. I know it can get frustrating at times but there is nothing you can do about it. I just went back happy. 199 not out, I would take that any day,” said Sharma, who made 212, after another truncated day’s play here during the third Test.
George Linde speaks
Linde returned figures of 4-133 with his left-arm spin, providing some support to paceman Kagiso Rabada who had put the hosts in early trouble at 39 for three on day one.
“I didn’t expect to play Test cricket. So when I got the call-up I was quite nervous but luckily I had a few days to just settle,” the Cape Town-born Linde told reporters.
“Today few lessons learnt, especially at the end. But I will take four wickets on a debut.
Rohit on Rahane
“It shows how strong mentally he is and how hungry he is for runs which get India out of trouble. His Test career graph is always going forward step by step. If your middle-order is strong and you are confident that one guy will put his hand up and take the team forward whatever the situation, it augurs well for India. Very happy for him, he had wanted to post a big score for a long time.”
He was dominant on day 2 and in his own languid approach, Rohit Sharma has started off this new role as an opener in an excellent manner.
Opening in Tests presents a different challenge from what he is used to in white-ball cricket. “And a different challenge to batting at No.5 or No.7 at times. “Playing the first ball, compared to facing the ball after 30-40 overs where you need to play with a low backlift because the ball is older, softer and can keep low in India.
“There’s nothing in particular that I’ve done in terms of technique. (But) The new ball does something in whatever conditions you play... We saw in Ranchi and Pune that it did something (more) than (it) would overseas, in Australia for instance. I was allowing myself to take time rather than going after the ball,” he said