India vs South Africa (IND vs SA) 3rd Test, Day 3: The hosts maintained their dominance over South Africa in the third and final Test as they are now just two wickets away from completing a clean sweep in Ranchi. Resuming their first innings after a dreadful start, South Africa batsmen put up another shoddy performance as they were bundled out on 162 in the first innings.
Enforcing the follow-on after taking a substantial lead of 332 runs, the Indian bowlers made sure that the hosts maintain their dominance. The pace battery led by Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav scalped five wickets, while R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja chipped in with one wicket each. At the close of play on Day 3, the Proteas were batting on 132/8 and are trailing by 203 runs. Theunis de Bruyn and Anrich Nortje will resume the proceedings on the fourth day.
Freedom Trophy, 2019JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi 15 November 2019
India 497/9 dec (116.3)
South Africa 162 (56.2) & 133 (48.0)
Match Ended ( Day 4 - 3rd Test ) India beat South Africa by an innings and 202 runs
India vs South Africa 3rd Test, Day 3 highlights:
After striking 16 times in the day India are now just two wickets away from completing a clean sweep over South Africa. At the close of play on Day 3, SA were batting on 132/8 and are trailing by 203 runs. Theunis de Bruyn and Anrich Nortje will resume the proceedings on the fourth day.
Rabada's innings comes to an end as R Ashwin picks up his first wicket of the match. The batsman went for a wild drive but fails to get his timing correct as he slices the ball high in the air, before it is calmly collected by Jadeja at backward point. The batsman after scoring 13. SA: 121/8
Dane Piedt charges down the track but fails to make any contact with the ball as Ravindra Jadeja cleans him up on 23. It was a slightly quicker delivery and the ball goes through the gap between the batsman's body and the bat, knocking off the leg stump. SA: 98/7
Direct hit and gone!
A direct hit by Shahbaz Nadeem and that will bring George Linde's 55-ball resistance to an end. He pushes the ball towards the backward square and tries to sneak a quick single. However, Nadeem is quick on to the ball and takes an aim at the non-striker's end, knocking off the stump. More trouble for the visitors as they lose their sixth man. While India need four more wickets to win the contest, South Africa are still trailing by 268 runs.
Pant replaces injured Saha
Wriddhiman Saha gets injured as R Ashwin's delivery hits him on the fingertips. Saha leaves the field, Rishabh Pant dons the wicketkeeping gloves for the first time in the Test series. SA - 65/5
After two boundaries by George Linde (23*) in the previous over, Dane Piedt (8*) goes for the maximum straight down the ground and succeeds and provides something positive for South Africa. And Linde hits another four to Ravindra Jadeja. But is it going to be enough? Highly unlikely. 19 runs from the last two overs though. SA are 62/5 after 22 overs.
In the stumps is the ball, and Heinrich Klaasen is off after being trapped by Umesh Yadav, who bags his second of the second innings! What a dangerous ball filled with pace, which sums up the day the seamers have had today. SA are 36/5 after 16.1 overs.
Running down the clock
Heinrich Klaasen and George Linde are doing well to take the game into the fourth day as they are holding firm. Both are on 5* so far. A boundary by the spinner sees them scoring seven runs off Umesh Yadav's over. SA are 36/4 after 15 overs.
When the going gets tough, the tough gets going
Gets worse for South Africa. Elgar can't resume his innings so it is Klassen and Linde already. Maybe it is effectively 26-5 but more important, hope Elgar recovers soon.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 21, 2019
Linde comes in place of Elgar
Umesh Yadav restarts the proceedings against George Linde, who has replaced Dean Elgar after his head injury. Heinrich Klaasen remains on the other side. SA are 26/4 after 10 overs.
Elgar's down, and it's tea time!
Umesh Yadav looking for India's fifth unleashes a might fierce ball, and it hits straight in the head of Dean Elgar. And he is down now. He did hit a boundary off the first ball of the over though. And because of that injury, the tea break has been called. The visitors trail by 309 runs. SA are 26/4 after 9.3 overs.
Mohammed Shami gets his third, and now, it's Temba Bavuma. The batsman went to defend it quite high up, but is edged and taken by Wriddhiman Saha. South Africa are looking without any hope here, as they are four down and still trailing by 313 runs. SA are 22/4 after 8.3 overs.
No captain's knock
Faf du Plessis fails to make a mark once again. Mohammed Shami gets rid of him with an inswinger that was kept a little low. Du Plessis reviews but it goes in vain. The skipper registers another single-digit score. SA are 18/3 after 7 overs.
The umpires have to get busy again, as they have to plant the wicket yet again as it is Mohammed Shami who has bowled out a South African this time! Zubayr Hamza goes back to the pavilion twice on the same day on a duck. Indian bowlers are simply unplayable today. SA are 10/2 after 2.3 overs.
And there's the wicket! Umesh Yadav uproots the wicket of Quinton de Kock in the first ball of his second innings. South Africa's story continues in the same manner. SA are 5/1 after 1.1 overs.
Elgar, de Kock out again
Out on the crease together again in less than twenty-four hours, Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock begin South Africa's second innings chasing an Indian lead of 335 runs. Mohammed Shami opens the over and concedes five runs. de Kock with a boundary off the first ball. SA are 5/0 after the first over.
South Africa have to come out again
After leading by 335 runs, India have enforced the follow-on. This is the first instance of South Africa following-on in two consecutive Tests in 18 years.
Not even the third umpire can save South Africa from being bundled up, as Anrich Nortje is trapped by Shahbaz Nadeem. He departs for 4 from 55 balls, and South Africa trail by 335 runs. SA are 162-all out after 56.2 overs.
Finally! After almost a hundred balls, India have finally got their ninth wicket and it's Umesh Yadav for the third time. Kudos to George Linde for his defiant 37-run knock, but his edge to the slip is poor and is taken by Rohit Sharma. SA are 162/9 after 55.1 overs.
Slowly and slowly
Apart from a six in the 45th over by George Linde, the match has nothing to show for now. No runs, no wickets and hardly any excitement now as the pair of Anrich Nortje and Linde have formed a 27-run partnership. Just the seven runs from last five overs. SA are 157/8 after 50 overs.
Nortje, Linde delaying pain
Ever since Kagiso Rabada's dismissal, not much has happened except Anrich Nortje (2*) emulating his inner Jack Leach but for no avail though. Both him and George Linde (21*) can waste as many balls as they want, but the fact remains is that South Africa still need 155 runs to avoid follow on. SA are 143/8 after 44 overs.
Kagiso Rabada came, Kagiso Rabada saw, and Kagiso Rabada walks off! Umesh Yadav dismisses the Proteas pacer for a duck after an eagle-eyed throw. South Africa in utter shambles now. SA are 130/8 after 37.5 overs.
Mohammed Shami begins the second session, and with a wicket! He traps Dane Piedt with fearsome delivery on the fourth ball of the over. The hosts have been all over the Proteas like a pack of piranhas so far on the third day. The visitors need 169 more to avoid follow on. SA are 129/7 after 36.4 overs.
Time for lunch!
After a brilliant comeback breaking the partnership of Zubayr Hamza and Temba Bavuma, India have come back with all guns blazing through their spinners. With four runs from the last three overs, the bowlers have put George Linde and Dane Piedt under some heavy pressure. SA end the first session on 129/6 after 36 overs.
Ravindra Jadeja is on a roll now! After sending Zubayr Hamza back to the stands, he decides it's time for Heinrich Klaasen. He departs for 6, after failing to deal with an unplayable ball. SA are 120/6 after 32 overs.
Shahbaz Nadeem has got his first-ever Test wicket, and it's a beauty. His delivery completely befounds Temba Bavuma, escapes him and into the gloves of Wriddhiman Saha, who stumps out the South African. Utter jubilation for the 30-year-old debutant, while Bavuma leaves for 32. SA are 107/5 after 28.2 overs.
And there's the breakthrough for India! After a failed DRS attempt, Ravindra Jadeja finally gets his wicket, and what an important one, that of Zubayr Hamza. The 24-year-old impressed with his 62, but was bowled by the off-spinner. SA are 107/4 after 27.4 overs.
The run's are coming, and quite steadily. After just managing to score two runs from the last three overs, Temba Bavuma (31*) and Zubayr Hamza (62*) combine to hit Ravichandran Ashwin to get to the hundred mark for South Africa. 11 runs from the over, including two boundaries. SA are 106/3 after 25 overs.
Maiden fifty for Hamza!
If there's a way to bring up your maiden half-century in red ball cricket, then it shouldn't always be a six though, but that's what Zubayr Hamza chose. A brilliant hit to Ravichandran Ashwin, straight down the ground. Eight fours, one six and just 56 balls. SA are 81/3 after 18 overs.
Proteas on the frontfoot
South Africa have got back on their feet, with the pair of Zubayr Hamza (38*) and Temba Bavuma (17*) getting 26 runs from the last four overs. Ravichandran Ashwin came into the attack, and conceded nine runs. Can they replicate what Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane did? SA are 68/3 after 16 overs.
Umesh Yadav comes back with the ball, and it's a thick outside edge by Zubayr Hamza and it's just short. Virat Kohli ruing the flight of the ball, making him miss the opportunity to deal another blow to the visitors from the first slip. Just the one run off the over. SA are 42/3 after 12 overs.
Hamza shows authority
After getting caught sleeping two/three times, Temba Bavuma unleashes his second boundary of his innings to shatter Mohammed Shami's confidence. Zubayr Hamza follows it up three more times in the next over, agonising Umesh Yadav, and from what it seems, the South Africans have survived the post-wicket nerves. SA are 37/3 after 10 overs.
First over of the day, and Umesh Yadav strikes early and strikes hard! After getting hit for a boundary and a three by Zubayr Hamza, he bowls Faf du Plessis out on the first ball of his day. He departs having scored 1. What a start for the hosts! SA are 16/3 after 5.5 overs.
Rahane gets overdue spotlight
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Rohit's unchained melody
Statistics basically present some arid numbers. On Sunday at the JSCA Stadium, Rohit Sharma scored his maiden Test double hundred, thus becoming only the third Indian after Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag to do so in both Tests and ODIs. In the process, he also became the first Indian to notch up 500-plus runs in a Test series against South Africa. Numbers, though, are meant for artisans. Rohit’s batting is an artwork and its aesthetics far supersede dry numbers. | READ MORE |
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Hello and welcome to the live commentary of India facing South Africa in the third Test of the Freedom Series. After India put a massive total of 497/9 in the first innings, it's time for South Africa to overturn the lead. Can they do it? Or will they fall again at the hands of Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav? To find out, stay tuned!