- Team India was named on the third day of the Centurion Test.
- At the end of the day’s play, India scored 16 runs for the loss of one wicket in the second innings.
- India is leading by 146 runs over South Africa
Team India was named on the third day of the first Test between India and South Africa in Centurion. The Indian batsmen disappointed in the beginning of the day, but in the end the bowlers made up for it. At the end of the day’s play, India scored 16 runs for the loss of 1 wicket in the second innings and are 146 runs ahead of the hosts.
Team India started the third day with 272 runs. Team India could only add 55 more runs in front of the deadly bowling of Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada. Ngidi took 6 and Rabada got 3 wickets during this period. KL Rahul played the highest innings of 123 runs for Bharat and Team India was bundled out for 327 runs in the first innings.
After this, the South African team, who came out to bat, was harassed by the Indian bowlers from the very beginning. Apart from Temba Bavuma, none of the players managed to cross the 40-mark. Bavuma scored a brilliant half-century during this period.
Mohammed Shami took 5 wickets for India. This is the 6th paw of his Test career. With this, Shami also completed 200 wickets in the longest format of cricket. He has become the 11th and 5th fast bowler overall to take 200 Test wickets for India.
268 runs were scored in the day and 18 wickets fell. Playing ahead of 272 for three in the morning, the Indian team 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 had to bat again in the final session of the day. At the end of the third day’s play, he scored 16 for one in his second innings, taking his total lead 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. Shami took five wickets for 44 runs, 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). In India’s second innings, Mayank Agarwal scored only four runs and was caught behind the wicket on the first ball of Marko Jensen.
Jenson, 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 breakthrough by getting captain Dean Elgar (one) caught by wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant on the fifth ball of the innings itself. Shami bowled Keegan Pietersen (15) on the third ball after lunch. His almost half-volley, the ball took the inner edge of the bat and got caught in the wickets.
He then smashed the bails off the off-stump of Aiden Markram (13). Bumrah had to leave the field due to an ankle twist, but Siraj, who handled the ball, came as soon as Rossi van der Dussen (3) was caught in the gully by Ajinkya Rahane to make the score 32 for four. He would also have got the wicket of de Kock on the next ball but Rahul could not take a catch at third slip. After this, Bavuma and De Kock made some good shots. Bavuma boosted his confidence by hitting two fours on Siraj and also hit two consecutive fours on Shardul Thakur. Meanwhile, de Kock hits a six at long off.
The scenic shot of the day, however, was Bavuma’s straight drive on Thakur in the third session. Earlier, however, de Kock played Thakur on his wicket, 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 wickets 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 with Jensen leg before while Shami took the fifth wicket of the innings as Rabada and the 200th wicket in Test matches. 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).
Ngidi and Rabada made a splash in the morning session on the SuperSport Park pitch. Both of them consistently bowled full length deliveries between the pace and bounce from the pitch. 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 a simple 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 got caught in Dekock’s safe gloves. Rabada’s extra bounce for Ravichandran Ashwin (four) took the edge of the bat and waved in the air. The ball taking an angle from Ngidi hit the bat and pad of Pant (eight) and went to the forward short leg fielder. Thakur could also score only four runs. Bumrah (14) and Shami (eight) hit two fours each to take the score to 327 runs.