- Indian team got off to a bad start as the openers failed once again
- In the second innings, India scored 24 runs in 5.5 overs for the loss of two wickets.
- Mayank became the victim of Kagiso Rabada after scoring 7 runs, while Rahul returned to the pavilion after scoring 10 runs and giving his wicket to Marco Jensen.
After bowling out South Africa for 210 in the second day of the third Test at Newlands on Wednesday, India posted 57 for two in 17 overs in the second innings, taking the Indian team to a 70-run lead. Captain Virat Kohli (14) and Cheteshwar Pujara (9) are unbeaten on the crease.
In the third session, South Africa were bundled out for 210 in the first innings with a 13-run lead. Only two wickets fell.
During this, Mayank Agarwal (7) became the victim of Kagiso Rabada, while KL Rahul (10) scored runs and returned to the pavilion by giving his wicket to Marco Jensen. By this time, in the second innings, India scored 24 runs in 5.5 overs for the loss of two wickets.
After this, Pujara and captain Kohli, who came at number three and fourth together, handled the innings and added important runs for the team. Meanwhile, both of them also saw some excellent shots with the bat, after which India’s score reached 57 runs for the loss of two wickets by the end of the second day’s play. Captain Kohli (14) and Pujara (9) shared 33 runs in 69 balls at the crease. With this, India took a 70-run lead against South Africa.
Earlier, in the first session of the second day, South Africa, playing 17/1, lost the wicket of Aiden Markram in the second ball of the first over when Bumrah bowled them for 8 runs. After this, Keshav Maharaj, who came as a nightwatch match, hit four fours on the Indian pacers. But Maharaj became clean bowled after scoring 25 runs off Umesh’s ball. By this time South Africa’s score was 45/3 in 20.5 overs.
Rassie van der Dussen, who came in fifth place, along with Pietersen, scored runs for South Africa and faced the Indian pace attack very well. Meanwhile, some bad deliveries were also carried by the duo to the boundary, taking South Africa’s score to 100/3 by lunch on the second day. Pietersen (40) and Dusan (17) together shared a 88-ball 55-run stand at the crease.
In the second session, South Africa’s 100/3 batsmen Pietersen and Dussen took on the Indian bowlers and both made quick runs for the team. The long partnership between the two (67) was broken by Umesh, when Dusan was caught by Kohli for 21 runs.
Thereafter, in-form Temba Bavuma came to bat. Bavuma looked in good touch against the Indian attack, while Pietersen at the other end played a better game to complete his half-century. He has hit 9 fours in this innings. Together they shared a partnership of 42 runs in 97 balls.
But Mohammed Shami sent Bavuma (28) and Kyle Verne to the pavilion without opening an account in an over, which brought India back into the match again. After that, just before tea, Bumrah dealt a seventh blow to South Africa when he clean bowled Jensen for 7 runs, taking the Proteas to 176/7 in the second session. Pietersen is still at the crease after scoring 70 runs.
Playing ahead of South Africa 176/6 in the third session after the tea break, they lost their set to batsman Pietersen in the very first over as Bumrah got him caught at slips by Pujara for 72. After this, Kagiso Rabada (15) was also soon dismissed by Shardul Thakur. By this time South Africa’s score was 200/9 in 71.3 overs.
Meanwhile, the last batsmen Duane Oliver and Lungi Ngidi added some crucial runs for the team, which could narrow the run gap a bit. But Bumrah got his fifth wicket by dismissing Ngidi, reducing Africa to 210 in 76.3 overs, giving India a 13-run first innings lead.
Jasprit Bumrah took the most five wickets for India. At the same time, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami took two wickets each, while Shardul Thakur took one wicket.
Keegan Pietersen scored 72 runs for South Africa. After this, Temba Bavuma (28) and Keshav Maharaj played an innings of 25 runs.
India 223 in 2nd innings 57/2 in 17 overs (Captain Virat Kohli 14 not out, KL Rahul 10, Kagiso Rabada 1/25, Marco Jensen 1/7) South Africa 210/10 in 76.3 overs (Keegan Pietersen 72, Temba Bavuma 28 , Jasprit Bumrah 5/42, Umesh Yadav 2/64, Mohammed Shami 2/39).