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IND vs SA: Mohammed Shami’s ‘claw’, African lion piled on 197, India tightens its grip

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Team India has strengthened its position in the ongoing first Test against South Africa in Centurion. Team India bundled out South Africa’s first innings for 197 runs after scoring 327 runs in the first innings. The batsmen of the host team could not face the Indian bowlers and kept on losing wickets at regular intervals. Temba Bavuma scored 52 runs for him, while Quinton de Kock scored 34 runs. For India, Mohammed Shami took the highest 5 wickets, while Bumrah and Shardul Thakur had two wickets each.

After failing to make a big score of six wickets from Lungi Ngidi, India pushed South Africa on the back foot by taking South Africa’s five wickets till tea break on Tuesday on the third day of the first Test match here. His other 5 wickets were also settled just before the stumps. Due to incessant rain on the second day, the pitch was helping the bowlers. In the morning, Engidi and Kagiso Rabada took advantage of this and took India’s remaining seven wickets within 55 runs, then later the Indian fast bowlers also enjoyed the favorable conditions.

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Jasprit Bumrah dismissed captain Dean Elgar (one) on the fifth ball of the innings. Taking his angle, the ball coming out of the off-stump took the outer edge of Elgar’s bat and Rishabh Pant took a brilliant catch by diving to the left. Shami bowled Keegan Pietersen (15) on the third ball after lunch. His almost half-volley, the ball took the inner edge of the bat and got caught in the wickets. He then smashed the bails off the off-stump of Aiden Markram (13).
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Bumrah had to leave the field due to an ankle twist but Siraj, who handled the ball instead, got Rossi van der Dussen (3) caught by Ajinkya Rahane in the street as soon as he came. He would have also got the wicket of de Kock on the next ball but Rahul could not take a catch at third slip. After this, Bavuma and de Kock took the responsibility very well. Bavuma boosted his confidence by hitting two fours on Siraj and also hit two consecutive fours on Shardul Thakur. Meanwhile, de Kock hits a six at long off. De Kock played Thakur on his wicket which ended his partnership with Bavuma.

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South Africa’s score was at one point 32 for four, after which Temba Bavuma (31 not out) and Quinton de Kock (34) added 72 runs for the fifth wicket. Other than that there were no major partnerships for South Africa. During this, however, Jasprit Bumrah remained out of the field for a long time due to injury. The South African batsmen meanwhile also took advantage of the absence of Bumrah, who had to leave the field during his sixth over due to an ankle sprain.

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Playing ahead of 272 for three in the morning, India scored 327 runs in their first innings. Engidi took six wickets for 71 runs in 24 overs. He got good support from Rabada who took three wickets for 72 runs which included the wicket of centurion KL Rahul (123). India, however, did not take long to shake South Africa’s top order.

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