Bumrah's five swing Test India's way
- Author: Tabitha Byrd Jan 26, 2018,
Jan 26, 2018, 1:42
Virat Kohli removed Bhuvneshwar from the other end, and brought in Hardik Pandya for the last over before the break. Eleven wickets fell on day 1 of the third Test in Johannesburg on Wednesday.
By the time the umpires knocked down bails for the day, India had managed only 187 runs in their first innings.
Rabada‚ who soaked up the pressure by playing sensible cricket and frustrated the Indian bowlers by leaving risky balls and punishing the bad ones‚ was removed agonisingly close to his highest Test score of 34‚ scored against New Zealand in Hamilton previous year.
Bhuvneshwar bowled a superb spell of 6-5-1-1 that mirrored Philander's effort of 8-7-1-1 from day one.
After bundling out India cheaply, South Africa will look to gain a significant first innings lead and dent the visitors further. The second innings will be very important.
Apart from Amla, none of the frontline batsmen showed the same circumspection as nightwatchman Kagiso Rabada (30), who batted for over two hours to frustrate the India bowlers in the morning session before he was out five minutes before lunch.More news: Lawmakers said to be behind Huawei's continued USA carrier woes
India will resume on day three on 49/1, 42 runs ahead of South Africa.
Before close of play on Wednesday‚ the Proteas lost opener Aiden Markram for two runs from the bowling of Kumar.
Amla hit seven fours having decided that shuffling across his stumps and working the ball to the leg-side gave him the best opportunity to score and negate the swing and seam movement. Predictably, he scored predominantly through the leg-side; as his innings progressed, he jumped so far outside off to expose middle and leg, backing himself to pick balls bowled straighter and doing so successfully until flicking Bumrah down the throat of deep backward square-leg after almost four hours at the crease.
Bumrah gets rid of Faf du Plessis.
Instead, the support came in the form of night-watchman Kagiso Rabada (30) and allrounder Vernon Philander (35). India back in the game! 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.