Indian pacers reduce Proteas to 143-6 at tea on Day 2

Indian pacers reduce Proteas to 143-6 at tea on Day 2

Javier Howell
January 26, 2018

"That is what we always expect them (South Africa) to do (bowl nagging lengths)".

Four Indian pacers have claimed a five-wicket haul in South Africa, on eight occasions.

Philander said that following the four-day break, the players are feeling fresh and ready for the third Test.

A half-hour later, Bumrah produced a break-back to rattle Faf du Plessis's off-stump. Kumar speared his delivery through de Villiers' defenses as South Africa lost 4-45 in the middle part of its innings.

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South Africa ended the day at 6 for 1 after losing opener Aiden Markram. Predictably, he scored predominantly through the leg-side; as his innings progressed, he jumped so far outside off to expose middle and leg, backing himself to pick balls bowled straighter and doing so successfully until flicking Bumrah down the throat of deep backward square-leg after almost four hours at the crease. The visitors will be hoping to restrict Proteas to a paltry score. There is no dead-rubber game for us, we will prepare as well as we can over the next two days to make sure we are ready come Wednesday. Even after a brilliant show by the two, lack of support from the others ensured that the Indian innings folded up for 187 with Kagiso Rabada finishing with figures of 3/39. The left-hander looked unsure against Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and perished soon. Pujara then found a partner in Parthiv Patel and the two took India to tea on 114/4. So, India off to a good start.

Cheteshwar Pujara spent nearly 90 minutes and exactly 54 balls to get off the mark in the first day of the third and final Test at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

Not only Indian, but South African batsmen are also facing trouble in dealing with the pace and bounce the wicket is offering to the pace bowlers.

South Africa, who have already won the three-match series, were 81 for three at lunch in reply to India's first innings total of 187 at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. Where there had been only seam and bounce on the first day, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma found swing as well first up, putting the overnight batsmen through a searching examination.