Bumrah shines as India fight back

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- Associated Press, JOHANNESBURG

Jan 26, 2018-

India’s Jasprit Bumrah took a maiden five-wicket haul and only a Hashim Amla half-century gave South Africa parity in the third and final Test on Thursday.

Bumrah mowed through South Africa’s middle and lower order on the green track at the Wanderers for a career-best 5-54, a return that included the wicket of South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, clean bowled by a ball that swung miles to clatter into Du Plessis’ stumps as he failed to play a shot. Bhuvneshwar Kumar contributed 3-44, and also exploited the prodigious swing and pace, as South Africa was rattled out for 194 in their first innings--a lead of just seven after India struggled to 187 batting first.

By stumps on the second day, the third and final Test was racing toward a result with India 17 overs into their second innings and 49-1 for an overall lead of 42 runs. Both teams have the chance to take control of the game on the third day: Every precious run India makes on such a tough wicket for batsmen magnifies South Africa’s already uphill task of batting last. South Africa, with five fast bowlers in their lineup, could still wrestle control if wickets tumble early on the third day, as they’ve done on the first two days.

KL Rahul was 16 not out for India and Murali Vijay 13 not out at stumps. India’s experiment of opening their second innings with wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel failed as he fell for 16 to Vernon Philander. Amla’s 61 off 121 balls for South Africa was an innings of guile and grit, and kept the match on an even keel. Amla was part of the only two meaningful partnerships for South Africa as he put on 84 with nightwatchman Kagiso Rabada (30) and 44 with tailender Philander (35).

Apart from those three, no other South African batsman made it to double figures.

Summary

India 187 & 49-1 (L Rahul 16*, P Patel 16; V Philander 1-11) lead South Africa 194 (H Amla 61, V Philander 35; J Bumrah 5-54, B Kumar 3-44) by 42 runs at stumps on second day

Published: 26-01-2018 09:20

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