Amla makes lone stand as South Africa close in on India total

26 January, 2018, 01:44 | Author: Laura Christensen
  • India's batsman Lokesh Rahul right leaves the crease after being dismissed as South Africa's Kagiso Rabada watches on during the third day of the third cricket Test match between South Africa and India at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg

Kumar produced an in-swinger to get rid of AB de Villiers for 5 that was as impressive as Bumrah's to du Plessis.

India pacer Jasprit Bumrah said on Thursday that he was happy to clinch his maiden five-wicket haul in Tests against South Africa and hopes his side will capitalise on the lead. Virat Kohli removed Bhuvneshwar from the other end, and brought in Hardik Pandya for the last over before the break.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has done wonders with the ball too in the first innings and has rattled the South African batting line up. The left-hand batsman, who had a very good day behind the stumps earlier, made a typically brisk and cheeky start before being brilliantly caught off the inside-edge and pad by Aiden Markram diving forward at third slip, but he seemed to have done enough to put the South African quicks off their rhythm.

After bundling out India cheaply, South Africa will look to gain a significant first innings lead and dent the visitors further.


The Indian bowlers will be desperate to remove Amla and De Villiers as soon as possible in the second session.

At stumps, South Africa were placed at 6 for one with Dean Elgar (4) and Kagiso Rabada (0) at the crease. Apart from Pujara and Kohli, Bhuvnesh Kumar (30) was the only batsman to reach double digits. He tried to hit the ball on the rise only to miss the lovely inswinger from Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Captain Faf du Plessis (8) also misjudged a seaming delivery from Jasprit Bumrah (2-34) as he left a ball that cannoned into the top of off-stump. Rabada (3-39) was the pick of the home bowlers. He hit six fours during his stay at the crease, the highlight being a brilliant cover drive off Shami. India back in the game! Umpire Ian Gould turned down the appeal and South Africa did not review the decision.

For the Proteas, it was a collective effort from the likes of Morne Morkel (2/47), Vernon Philander (2/31), Kagiso Rabada (3/39), Lungisani Ngidi (1/27) and Andile Phehlukwayo (2/25). Through application, pluck and deserved luck, Amla and Philander ate into the Indian total by putting on 44 priceless runs when Bumrah catalysed the beginning of the end.

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