India vs South Africa 3rd Test Day 2: The final session started off with Vernon Philander and Hashim Amla continuing to pile on runs, taking their side closer to India’s 1st innings total. Jasprit Bumrah provided the much-needed breakthrough of Amla, who departed for 61, flicking one straight to Hardik Pandya at midwicket. Mohammed Shami sent Vernon Philander on a short delivery soon after, as he departed for 35. Morne Morkel and Angile Phehlukwayo took South Africa past India’s total to give lead to South Africa. Jasprit Bumrah took twice in one over to bowl out South Africa for 194, with a lead of 7 runs. He took his first ever 5-wicket haul in Test cricket. Coming out to bat in the later half of the final session, India decided to make a change in the batting order and promoted Parthiv Patel to the opening position in place for KL Rahul. The wicketkeeper played a few glorious strokes before he departed for 16 runs. A terrific diving catch by Aiden Markram sealed his fate. KL Rahul and Murali Vijay settled the side after the early dismissal. India reached 49/1 at stumps on Day 2, leading South Africa by 42 runs. (INDIA vs SOUTH AFRICA FULL SCORECARD)
India vs South Africa 3rd Test Day 2 highlights
08:55 pm IST: India reach 49/1 at stumps on Day 2 of the third Test. It has bee a good stand between KL Rahul and Murali Vijay who have ensured they do not lose any more wickets after early wicket of Parthiv Patel. India has a lead of 42 runs.
08:45 pm IST: It might be too soon to ask but what should be a good total from here on for South Africa to chase? India would think anything over 250 would be challenging on this surface.
08:30 pm IST: Meanwhile, Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling effort has earned him a few compliments. He took his maiden five-wicket haul in the Test at Wanderers.
Well done @Jaspritbumrah93 for ur 1st 5 wicket haul in test cricket..let’s bat well guys anything over 175 is gonna be winning total I guess the way ball is behaving #IndvsSA Cammon guys let’s do this 🇮🇳💪👊
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) January 25, 2018
08:25 pm IST: Quinton de Kock is looking in serious discomfort. He hurt his fingers while batting and the duties behind the stumps has not helped him at all. This could aggravate into something serious.
08:15 pm IST: KL Rahul has come out after Parthiv Patel’s dismissal which would mean Cheteshwar Pujara will come 2nd down followed by Virat Kohli at No. 5. This has completely changed India’s batting order and it might go on to hurt India.
08:05 pm IST: WICKET! Parthiv Patel is gone and what a terrific diving catch by Aiden Markram to dismiss the wicketkeeper. Vernon Philander gets the wicket but the credit should go to Markram who took the catch cleanly. Patel departs for 16, INDIA 17/1.
07:55 pm IST: Parthiv Patel is doing the scoring here and the left-handed batsman has already scored two boundaries. India have now taken lead over South Africa.
07:45 pm IST: Change in plans for India and it is Parthiv Patel who is coming out to open the innings with Murali Vijay instead of KL Rahul. Will the change in batting order change India’s fortunes with the bat?
07:30 pm IST: WICKET! And that’s five-wicket haul for Jasprit Bumrah and India has bowled out South Africa for 194. Lungi Ngidi departed on duck as he edged one to Parthiv Patel.
07:28 pm IST: WICKET! Jasprit Bumrah gets his 4th wicket as he gets the wicket of Angile Phehlukwayo. He pitched it short and the ball just struck his pads. Umpire took no time in raising his finger. He went for a review and the replay showed it was hitting off-stumps.
07:15 pm IST: FOUR! Glorious strike by Morne Morkel to give South Africa the lead in the first innings at Wanderers. South Africa lead by 2 runs over India and this will put pressure on Indian skipper Virat Kohli.
07:08 pm IST: WICKET! And it Mohammed Shami who strikes this time. Pitched it short and Philander goes for a mistimed pull. Good judgment by Jasprit Bumrah to ensure he takes the catch. He goes for 35. SA 175/8
06:55 pm IST: WICKET! Jasprit Bumrah gets the much-needed breakthrough and it is the danger man Hashim Amla who departs on 61. Bumrah rams it on the pads and the batsman flicked it straight to Hardik Pandya at midwicket. SA 169/7
06:40 pm IST: This partnership has closed down the gap between India and South Africa and the hosts are trailing now just by 28 runs. India need to take quick wickets to stop Proteas from taking the lead.
06:30 pm IST: Back after Tea. We have an exciting session in store for us and India will look to bowl out South Africa as soon as possible while the hosts will look to take the lead over India. Bhuvneshwar Kumar to start with the ball.
06:10 pm IST: South Africa reach 143/6 at Tea on Day 2, trailing India by 44 runs. Hashim Amla has kept the fighting spirit for Proteas going while Vernon Philander chipped in with some quick runs late in the session.
06:00 pm IST: Hardik Pandya comes back into the attack as the second session draws near close. He will look to provide a wicket here just before Tea to put in the driver seat.
05:50 pm IST: FIFTY FOR HASHIM AMLA! It is his 37th Test fifty and it has come at a time when South Africa really needed to stick it out in the middle. It has been a good day with the ball for the visitors and wickets have kept tumbling on regular occassion. But Amla has kept the fighting spirit going.
05:45 pm IST: Tea is just round the corner! India need to get the wicket of Hashim Amla if they want lead in the first innings. South Africa are slowly getting closer to the total of 187. Philander is with Amla and he can bat a bit. This won’t be easy for India
05:35 pm IST: A wicket for India at last. Quinton de Kock gets an inside edge and Parthiv Patel takes a good catch behind the stumps. Bumrah has another wicket and it is a big one for India. Philander the new man in for South Africa
05:20 pm IST: India need to get Hashim Amla out. If he gets set, which he looks like, it will be very difficult for India to bowl South Africa out before taking the lead. Quinton de Kock is also a dangerous batsman so these two need to be India’s target now
05:03 pm IST: GONE! Faf du Plessis lets one go through and it hits the off-stump. Bumrah gets a wicket and the South Africa captain won’t be happy bout his decision to leave the ball. It came back into his as well. Bumrah’s foot was very close to crossing the crease.
04:55 pm IST: A big appeal from Bhuvneshwar and India for a LBW against Amla and Ian Gould gives it out. Amla reviews it and the impact is way outside off. Survives again
04:40 pm IST: 100 up for South Africa in the first innings for the loss of four wickets. They should not be any trouble for them in taking the lead from India. Can India stop them from doing that? Bowlers need to step up
04:33 pm IST: WICKET! A wicket for Bhuvneshwar Kumar and it is of AB de Villiers. A brilliant delivery that comes back into De Villiers who has a big gap between bat and pad. It goes between the two and rattles the stumps. India have South Africa at 92 for 4
04:25 pm IST: Another lifeline to Amla. The ball came back into Amla, who had shuffled across his stumps. Umpire said not out but Bhuvneshwar was confident so he asked Kohli to review. Everything went India’s way apart from the hitting. It was umpire’s call but looks very close.
04:22 pm IST: Twice in the Bhuvneshwar over that AB de Villiers has played it with soft hands and it has not carried to the slip fielders. There is no power in the shot so it is falling short of the fielders.
04:15 pm IST: Ishant Sharma has his tail up with a cracker of an over first up after Lunch. De Villiers has left a couple of deliveries outside the off-stump. A watch start after Lunch from South Africa
04:04 pm IST: A big shout for a leg-before from Ishant and Indian fielders but umpire is not convinced. India decide against the review. Replays show it is going to hit the wickets. India miss a chance to review here
04:00 pm IST: India a lead of only 106 runs now. Hashim Amla and De Villiers won’t give India too many chances but the bowlers need to put extra effort to take the wickets and keep India in the match
03:26 pm IST: Lunch on Day 2 in Johannesburg. India managed to take two wickets but South Africa scored 75 runs which will hurt India. South Africa are 81 for 3 and only 106 behind India’s total of 187 runs in the first innings.
03:20 pm IST: WICKET! Ishant Sharma gets Kagiso Rabada! A short delivery that bounces too much. Rabada gets a leading edge and it flies to gully. India have a wicket before Lunch. South Africa 3 down
03:17 pm IST: Amla shuffles across again. The ball is coming back into him but because he is way across his stumps, he flicks it behind the wickets. Four runs for him. Nice way to tackle the swing there
03:10 pm IST: Too easy for Amla to put these away! It is a half-volley which is driven through covers for four! Brilliant batting. There looks no problem in the pitch now. South Africa would like to go to Lunch without losing another wicket.
03:05 hrs IST: Close chance for India! Ishant brings one back to hit Amla on the pads. Looks in line but umpire says not out. Kohli reviews it but it is umpire’s call on height. Amla survives, India retain review!
03:02 pm IST: Rabada is clearly taking on the Indian bowlers. He comes down the pitch to Mohammed Shami and lofts him over mid-off for four! South Africa are 61 for 2 and half and hour to go for Lunch
02:57 pm IST: FOUR! A walk across the stumps from Rabada and he flicks it through leg-side for a four! That is a beautiful shot from Rabada. It must be a thorn in India’s flesh that a nightwatchman is scoring runs with ease against them
02:50 pm IST: Amla has neutralised the Indian bowlers. He is moving forward, decides early to leave the outside off delivery. Anything on stumps is getting away for four!
02:45 pm IST: Kagiso Rabada with a top shot and gets a four. South Africa move on to 45 for 2. Rabada has a big smile on his face. He is clearly enjoying this innings and knows that is the only play to approach this. Amla is also showing confidence
02:37 pm IST: Hashim Amla tries to pull a short ball from Bumrah but gets a top edge. It flies over the slip cordon and Amla gets a four! Lucky runs for South Africa but they need them
02:30 pm IST: First hour of day’s play done in Johannesburg and India have done well to have South Africa 29 for 2. But they need more wickets. Rabada came in as the nightwatchman and India will like to get him out as soon as possible
02:10 pm IST: This pitch is clearly for the pacers. No batsman is batting confidently on this wicket so far. Indian pacers are also beat the outside edge of the again and again. Hashim Amla is the new man in for South Africa.
01:55 m IST: WICKET! Bhuvneshwar Kumar is rewarded for his good bowling. Dean Elgar has finally edged the ball which was beating him outside off stump. Parthiv Patel takes the catch
01:49 pm IST: This is top bowling from India. Ishant and Bhuvneshwar beating the outside edge constantly. India still without a wicket though. They need to get a couple of early wickets to put pressure on South Africa
01:39 pm IST: Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar with two top overs. They beat the outside edge of the batsmen’s bat. Both have their tail up. This pitch is very challenging to bat on. Top stuff from India
01:30 pm IST: A probing over from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He beats the outside edge of Dean Elgar’s bat on four deliveries out of five. Top stuff! He mixed it up as well. Unfortunately for him, Elgar did not edge any
01:25 pm IST: Kagiso Rabada and Dean Elgar are out in the middle for South Africa. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has the ball in hand. South Africa resume at 6 for 1. Big day of Test cricket coming up
Bhuvneshwar took the first wicket for India to have South Africa 6 for 1 at Stumps. India will once again try and bowl out South Africa as soon as possible. They need those early wickets
India bowled out for 187. South Africa 6 for 1 and India now need to take some quick and early wickets to make a comeback in this Test match at Johannesburg. The second day of the game begins in Johannesburg in a short while.