India hold edge after Bumrah five-fer trouble South Africa
India 187 & 49-1 (Rahul 16no) v
South Africa 194 (Bumrah 5-54)
Third Test, Johannesburg, day two
Jasprit Bumrah picked his maiden five-wicket haul as India made a strong comeback on the second day as they dismissed South Africa for 194 and later stretched their lead to 42 runs with nine wickets in hand at stumps on day two of the Johannesburg Test.
Rabada-Amla frustrate India:
South Africa started the day with a score of 6 for one, trailing India by 181 runs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3-44), India's best bowler on the tour struck in the seventh over when Dean Elgar (4) nicked one behind the stumps but despite the ball moving around, nightwatchman Kagiso Rabada (30) and Hashim Amla (61) tried to weather the new ball attack. In the 28th over, India reviewed a LBW decision against Amla with Ishant Sharma (1-33) being the bowler but the decision stayed with umpire's call.
The duo added 64 runs for the third wicket and just at the stroke of lunch, India managed to get a breakthrough when Rabada edged one to the slips as South Africa ended the session with a score of 81 for three.
Amla completes fifty but Bumrah opens the floodgates
On resumption, Ishant produced a beauty to trap AB de Villiers (5) LBW but India failed to review the original call of not out. However, he did not last long as Bhuvneshwar managed to breach his defence. Things could have been even better for India as Amla was given out LBW in the 41st over but the decision was overturned after a South Africa review. This is when Bumrah (5-54) came into the picture and changed the game on its head. First, he castled Faf du Plessis (8) and soon had Quinton de Kock (8) caught behind as South Africa went into tea with a score of 143 for six.
Amla, who completed his fifty fell shortly after that as he was caught in the deep to give Bumrah his third wicket and from there on only Vernon Philander (35) showed some resilience. However, India did well manage to keep South Africa down to 194 runs with Bumrah completing his maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricket.
India make decent start amid new opening combination
Trailing by seven runs, India decided to opt for a left-right opening combination with Parthiv Patel (16) joining Murali Vijay (13). The move did seem to work for the visitors as he hit three boundaries in his brief stay before Philander (1-11) had Parthiv caught at gully. Nevertheless, Vijay and Lokesh Rahul (16 not out) consolidated with an unbeaten 32-run stand to take the score to 49 for one at stumps. They now lead South Africa by 42 runs with nine wickets in hand as the game is evenly poised.
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