Ranchi, Oct 21: South Africa middle-order batsmen would be looking to offer some resistance to the Indian bowling line-up as they come out to bat on Day 3 of the third Test match here in Ranchi on Monday (October 21).
Faf du Plessis and Zubayr Hamza are the overnight batsmen for the tourists and they would resume batting from 9 for 2. Their openers Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock were dismissed cheaply by Indian pacers before stumps on Day 2.
Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami shined with the new ball for the hosts after their skipper Virat Kohli declared the innings at 497/9. Indian bowlers would now be looking for the remaining wickets and dismiss Proteas cheaply in their first innings.
Here's how the match on Day 3 panned out:
That's Stumps! South Africa are 132/8 in 46 overs. They survive one more day.
Umpires have given India another over to bowl. Jadeja will be bowling.
Umpires check the light and give the hosts one over to bowl. Ashwin will bowl the final over before stumps.
Wicket! Kagiso Rabada (12) mistimes Ashwin and Jadeja takes a simple catch to end his knock. SA - 121/8.
SA reach 117/7 in 42 overs. Two more overs remain for stumps.
100 up for SA in the second innings. They reach 104/7 in 39 overs.
Wicket! Ravindra Jadeja ends Dane Piedt's resistance on 23. Piedt has been clean bowled after facing 73 deliveries. SA - 98/7 in 36.4 overs.
SA 97/6 after 36 overs. Theunis de Bruyn - 16* and Dane Piedt - 23* have forged a partnership of 30 runs for the 7th wicket.
Ravindra Jadeja is brought into the attack. India looking for quick wickets to wrap this game up. 11 overs remaining in the day's play.
SIX!! De Bruyn walks down the ground and hammers Nadeem for a maximum straight down the ground.
Theunis de Bruyn comes to the crease as Dean Elgar's concussion replacement.
Who would have thought when the teams were announced on Saturday that de Bruyn would be batting and Pant would be behind the stumps!— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 21, 2019
Run Out! George Linde (27) gets dismissed in an unlucky fashion via throw from Nadeem. SA - 67/6 in 28.3 overs.
Wriddhiman Saha walks off the field as he's injured his finger. Rishabh Pant will perform the wicketkeeping duty now as a substitute.
A maiden over from Shami. South Africa 62/5 in 23 overs.
SIX!! Dane Piedt hammers Ravindra Jadeja for a maximum off Jadeja. This is the first big hit of the Protea innings.
Wicket! Umesh Yadav traps Klaasen (5) plumb in front and the umpire doesn't hesitate in raising his finger. SA - 36/5.
Spin to win?? Kohli introduces Ravindra Jadeja in the attack.
SA resume batting but Dean Elgar hasn't stepped in to bat. Klaasen walks out with George Linde to start batting after the tea break.
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
Tea! Dean Elgar suffers a blow on his helmet off a bouncer from Shami and falls down immediately. The physio rushes in to check the concussion but the umpires decide to call it an early tea. SA 0 26/4 in 9.3 overs in their second innings.
Wicket! Temba Bavuma (0) edges and Saha pouches him behind the stumps. Shami gets another. SA - 22/4.
Wicket! Mohammad Shami bowls another brilliant delivery and traps Faf du Plessis (4) in front. The SA skipper goes upstairs but in vain. The Proteas (18/3) are in a disarray now.
Wicket! Shami joins the party as he uproots Zubayr Hamza's off stump. Hamza departs for a duck and SA are 10/2 in 2.3 overs.
Wicket!! Umesh Yadav is on fire! The Vidarbha speedster clean bowls Quinton de Kock with a beauty as the off-stump cartwheels in the air. SA - 5/1
Four! Quinton de Kock gets off the mark with a boundary off Shami.
Protea openers Quinton de Kock and Dean Elgar are once again in the middle to begin the second innings for their side. Mohammad Shami starts with the new ball.
Wicket! Shahbaz Nadeem traps Anrich Nortje (4) in front to get his second wicket in the match. He goes upstairs to review but in vain. SA all out for 162 and India skipper Virat Kohli has enforced the follow-on as the visitors are still 335 runs short.
Wicket! Umesh Yadav breaks the partnership. George Linde (37) nicks and Rohit Sharma takes a well-judged catch in the gully. SA - 162/9 in 55.1 overs.
Bowling change for India! Umesh Yadav has been introduced in the attack in 54th over as the partnership between Nortje (4) and Linde (35*) reached 30. SA - 160/8 in 53 overs.
SA tailenders have shown the most resistance.
South Africa's 9th wkt partnerships have now faced 100 overs this series - more than any other wicket.— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) October 21, 2019
The stand bw Linde & Nortje is now 80 balls long - SA's five opening stands have cumulatively faced 76 balls (the shortest for SA for any wkt this series)#INDvSA
150 up for South Africa. The tail-enders are once again frustrating Indian bowlers. SA - 153/8 in 46 overs.
Review lost! India went upstairs to review the LBW call against George Linde. But the ball-tracking showed it was missing the leg-stumps. India have lost both their reviews now.
Ouch!! Short-pitched delivery from Shami hits Nortje's right elbow. That must have been painful as the SA physio rushes in immediately.
Run Out! Direct hit from Umesha and Rabada departs for a duck. SA - 130/8.
Wicket! Shami strikes in the first over after lunch break. Dane Piedt (4) has been trapped in front and SA are seven down. SA - 129/7 in 36.4 overs.
Lunch! South Africa reach 129/6 in 36 overs, they trail India by 368 runs. 120 runs were scored in 31 overs in this session and 4 wickets were lost.
Shahbaz Nadeem has been the most successful bowler for India in the first-class cricket in the last four years.
Most wickets in first-class matches in India since 2015:— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) October 21, 2019
209 - Shahbaz Nadeem (46 mat)
194 - Ravindra Jadeja (36)
190 - Akshay Wakhare (50)
172 - Jalaj Saxena (46)
169 - R Ashwin (31)#IndvSA
Wicket! Ravindra Jadeja cleans up Klaasen (6) with another peach of a delivery. It was an unplayable delivery from the left-arm spinner. India are on top. SA - 119/6.
Indian bowlers whose maiden wicket have been via stumpings: WV Raman (Courtney Walsh) M Venkataramana (Desmond Haynes) Asish Kapoor (Carl Hooper) Shahbaz Nadeem (Temba Bavuma)
@sanjaymanjrekar was the wicket keeper who stumped Carl Hooper off Ashish Kapoor's bowling in Mohali...!!!— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) October 21, 2019
Two new batsman at the crease now. George Linde replaces Bavuma.
WICKET!! Two quick wickets for the hosts here. Following Hamza's wicket in the previous over, Nadeem pus up his first wicket as he removes Bavuma. Bavuma surprised by the turn as it bounces past his outside edge and Saha makes no mistake behind the wickets.
Heinrich Klassen is the new batsman in as India get their second wicket of the day before lunch.
WICKET!! And Jadeja hands India the important wicket. After losing a review just in the previous delivery, Jadeja gets his man on the very next. Hamza's fight comes to an end as Jadeja plays a similar delivery to his previous over and hits the leg stump to remove the SA batsman and break the partnership. Important wicket for the hosts as Hamza looked set for a classy knock. Hamza walks back to the pavilion having scored 62 off 79.
And maiden over from Nadeem
Now the skipper brings Shahbaz Nadeem into the attack
Jadeja keeps the SA duo in check, giving away just one run off his over
FOUR more! Hamza cuts it away towards point with ease for the second boundary off the over
FOUR! And just when things were slowing down, Bavuma hits Ashwin for a boundary. A fine sweep from Bavuma as the ball races away to fine leg
Just one run off Jadeja's over. The hosts keep the visitors in check.
Maiden over from Ashwin! Jadeja, Ashwin have managed to slow down the SA innings following the drinks break. But the hosts will hope to pick up another wicket before lunch on Day 3.
Three dot balls to begin Ashwin's spell. Can he keep the boundaries away in this over?
A much-needed maiden over for the hosts from Ravindra Jadeja.
Two runs to end Ashwin's over.
FOUR!! Bavuma puts this away towards point as the slow delivery from Ashwin lets Bavuma time his shot well and he sends it away for a boundary
Jadeja keeps the boundaries in check after the drinks break, giving away just a run in his over
Time for the drinks break: After losing Faf du Plessis just three minutes into the day's play, both Hamza and Bavuma have helped SA build a partnership. These two look set in the middle and could notch up a big partnership for the visitors.
FOUR!! Bavuma times it well and he flicks Umesh's delivery to the midwicket fence for a boundary
Hamza brings up his maiden 50 off just 57 deliveries.
This is a superb half century by Zubair Hamza. In his debut Test, team in dire straits, he’s shown strong nerves, sound defence and unafraid to play attacking strokes when warranted— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) October 21, 2019
SIX!! Maiden half-century for Zubayr Hamza! No better way to bring in your maiden 50 as Hamza hits Ashwin for a maximum. Hamza takes on Ashwin on the last ball of his over and strikes it well over mid-on to bring in his half-century
After losing Faf at the beginning of the day, Zubayr Hamza and Temba Bavuma have done well to steady South Africa's innings.
FOUR! Perfect timing as Zubayr Hamza uses the pace as he glides it behind point for a boundary of Umesh Yadav's second delivery off the over
Umesh back into the attack after Ashwin finished his over giving away 9 runs.
FOUR!! Another boundary off Ashwin. This time Bavuma takes a risk. Despite a second slip in place he plays the reverse sweep which races between Mayank Agarwal's legs for a four.
FOUR! After two consecutive dots, Zubayr Hamza hits Ashwin for a boundary. Azma drives it in the gap between cover and mid-off.
A dot to begin Ashwin's over.
R Ashwin has been introduced in the attack by skipper Kohli in search of a wicket. SA - 51/3 in 13 overs.
Indian fast bowlers are consistently out-bowling their counterparts. In India and abroad. Can’t remember a more potent Indian Test bowling attack till date. #IndvSA— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 21, 2019
Four! Zubayr Hamza plays a brilliant straight drive off Mohammad Shami. Four! Hamza guides the ball towards third man region and gets another boundary off Shami. 50 up for South Africa with those boundaries.
4,4! Back-to-back boundaries from Hamza off Umesh and SA reach 37/3 in 10 overs.
Shami bowls his second over with Three slips, Gully, and Backward point.
5 runs conceded by Umesh from his second over of the day. SA - 21/3 after 8 overs.
Temba Bavuma is the new batsman. Shami bowls the second over of the day and starts with a maiden over. SA - 16/3.
Wicket! Umesh strikes on the fifth ball of the day with a beauty. Faf du Plessis (1) was beaten by that delivery and the ball just kissed the bails to dismiss the batsman clean bowled. SA - 16/3.
FOUR! First runs for South Africa. Easy pickings for Zubayr Hamza as Umesh bowls into his pads.
Day 3: Zubayr Hamza and Faf du Plessis are in the middle to resume innings for South Africa. Umesh starts the proceedings with the ball for India.