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IND vs SA 3rd Test: India scored 57/2 in second inning on day two, leading by 70 runs over Proteas

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IND vs SA 3rd round: India 57/2 on stumps, takes 70-run lead

Reflexes

  • The Indian team got off to a bad start as the starters failed once again
  • In the second inning, India scored 24 runs in 5.5 overs for the loss of two wickets.
  • Mayank became a victim of Kagiso Rabada after scoring 7 runs, while Rahul returned to the pavilion after scoring 10 runs and giving Marco Jensen his wicket.

After beating South Africa by 210 on the second day of the third Test at Newlands on Wednesday, India posted 57 of two in 17 overs in the second inning, leading the Indian team to a 70-run lead. Captain Virat Kohli (14) and Cheteshwar Pujara (9) are present in the undefeated crease.

In the third session, South Africa rallied to 210 in the first innings with a 13-run lead. Only two wickets fell.

During this, Mayank Agarwal (7) fell victim to Kagiso Rabada, while KL Rahul (10) scored runs and returned to the pavilion by giving Marco Jensen his wicket. At that point, in the second inning, India scored 24 runs in 5.5 overs for the loss of two wickets.

Following this, Pujara and Captain Kohli, who ranked third and fourth together, handled the innings and added important runs for the team. Meanwhile, they both also saw some excellent bat shots, after which by the end of the second day’s game, India’s score reached 57 runs for the loss of two wickets. Captain Kohli (14) and Pujara (9) shared 33 runs on 69 balls in the area. With this, India took a 70-run lead against South Africa.

Earlier in the first session of the second day, South Africa, playing 1/17, lost Aiden Markram’s wicket on the second ball of the first over when Bumrah pitched them for 8 runs. After this, Keshav Maharaj, who arrived as a night watch party, struck four fours on the Indian pacemakers. But Maharaj came clean after scoring 25 runs on Umesh’s ball. By then, South Africa’s score was 45/3 in 20.5 overs.

Rassie van der Dussen, who came in fifth, along with Pietersen, scored runs for South Africa and coped well with the Indian attacking rhythm. Meanwhile, the duo also pushed some poor deliveries to the limit, bringing South Africa’s score to 100/3 by lunch on the second day. Pietersen (40) and Dusan (17) together shared an 88-ball save and 55 runs in the area.

In the second session, South Africa’s 100/3 hitters Pietersen and Dussen took on Indian pitchers and both made quick runs for the team. The long association between the two (67) was broken by Umesh, when Kohli caught Dusan for 21 runs.

Thereafter, Temba Bavuma in shape came to bat. Bavuma looked good against the Indian attack, while Pietersen at the other end played a better game to complete his half century. He has hit 9 fours in this inning. Together they shared a partnership of 42 runs on 97 balls.

But Mohammed Shami sent Bavuma (28) and Kyle Verne to the pavilion without opening an account in an over, which brought India back into the game. After that, just before tea, Bumrah landed a seventh blow to South Africa when he cleanly dropped Jensen with 7 runs, leading the Proteas to 176/7 in the second session. Pietersen is still on the fold after scoring 70 runs.

Playing ahead of South Africa 176/6 in the third session after the tea break, they lost their set to batter Pietersen in the first over when Bumrah caught him on Pujara slides for 72. After this, Kagiso Rabada ( 15) was also soon dismissed by Shardul Thakur. By then, South Africa’s score was 200/9 in 71.3 overs.

Meanwhile, late hitters Duane Oliver and Lungi Ngidi added some crucial runs for the team, which could narrow the run gap a bit. But Bumrah got his fifth spot by firing Ngidi, reducing Africa to 210 in 76.3 overs, giving India a 13-run lead in the first inning.

Jasprit Bumrah took the most five wickets for India. At the same time, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami took two plots each, while Shardul Thakur took one plot.

Keegan Pietersen scored 72 runs for South Africa. Following this, Temba Bavuma (28) and Keshav Maharaj played a 25-run inning.

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Brief scores:

India 223 in second inning 57/2 in 17 overs (Captain Virat Kohli 14 not out, KL Rahul 10, Kagiso Rabada 1/25, Marco Jensen 1/7) South Africa 210/10 in 76.3 overs (Keegan Pietersen 72, Temba Bavuma 28, Jasprit Bumrah 5/42, Umesh Yadav 2/64, Mohammed Shami 2/39).

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