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Shami puts India on brink of series whitewash against SA


Indian bowler Mohammed Shami celebrates with captain Virat Kohli after dismissing South African skipper Faf du Plessis during day 3 of the 3rd cricket Test match at JSCA Stadium in Ranchi, on Monday. – PTI
 RANCHI, Oct 21: Indian bowlers, led by Mohammed Shami, pushed Virat Kohli and boys closer to a 3-0 whitewash as South Africa were left tottering at 132/8 at stumps on Day 3 after following on in the third and final Test at the JSCA Stadium on Monday.

At close of play, Dean Elgar’s concussion substitute Theunis de Bruyn was batting on 30 with Anrich Nortje (5) for company. While Shami has figures of 3/10 in the second innings, Umesh Yadav has picked two as the Indian pacers once again dominated the show.

Bundled out for just 162 in the first innings, the Proteas were forced to follow on and they trail India by 203 runs with just two wickets in the bag in their second essay. While bad light did force the players to go off the field after the Indians asked for an extra 30 minutes at the fall of the eighth wicket, the South Africans are only delaying the inevitable. To make matters worse for the Proteas, Elgar had to retire hurt post a knock on the helmet by a rising Umesh delivery just before the Tea break. India too had an injury concern as Wriddhiman Saha got hit on the finger of his left hand late and was replaced by Rishabh Pant in the last session of the day.

Earlier, a total of 16 wickets fell on Monday after South Africa resumed at 9/2. Umesh returned with figures of 3/40 in the first essay while Shami, debutant Shahbaz Nadeem and Ravindra Jadeja all scalped two wickets apiece. Ace off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, however, remained wicketless. For the tourists, Zubayr Hamza top-scored with 62.

Following on, there was no respite for the visitors as it was Shami who once again looked in lethal rhythm. He clean-bowled Hamza (0) first and then trapped skipper Faf du Plessis (4) in front as the score read 18/3. But the pacer wasn’t done and then sent back du Plessis’ ‘toss proxy’ Temba Bavuma for a duck, caught behind by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha. – IANS

SCORECARD

India 1st Innings: 497/9 declared

South Africa 1st Innings (Overnight 9/2 in 5 overs): Dean Elgar c Saha b Shami 0, Quinton de Kock c Saha b Umesh 4, Zubayr Hamza b Jadeja 62, Faf du Plessis b Umesh 1, Temba Bavuma st Saha b Nadeem 32, Heinrich Klaasen b Jadeja 6, George Linde c Rohit b Umesh 37, Dane Piedt lbw b Shami 4, Kagiso Rabada run out 0, Anrich Nortje lbw b Nadeem 4, Lungi Ngidi not out 0. Extras: (B-8 LB-3 NB-1) 12. Total: (All out in 56.2 overs) 162. Fall of wickets: 4-1, 8-2, 16-3, 107-4, 107-5, 119-6, 129-7, 130-8, 162-9. Bowling: Mohammed Shami 10-4-22-2, Umesh Yadav 9-1-40-3, Shahbaz Nadeem 11.2-4-22-2, Ravindra Jadeja 14-3-19-2, Ravichandran Ashwin 12-1-48-0.

South Africa 2nd Innings: Q de Kock b Yadav 5, D Elgar retired hurt 16, Zubayr Hamza b Mohammed Shami 0, F du Plessis lbw b Mohammed Shami 4, T Bavuma c Saha b Mohammed Shami 0, H Klaasen lbw b Yadav 5, GF Linde run out (Nadeem) 27, DL Piedt b Jadeja 23, TB de Bruyn not out 30, K Rabada c Jadeja b Ashwin 12, A Nortje not out 5. Extras: (b 5) 5. Total: (f/o, for 8 wkts in 46 overs) 132. Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-10, 3-18, 4-22, 5-36, 6-67, 7-98, 8-121. Bowling: Mohammed Shami 9-5-10-3, UT Yadav 9-1-35-2, RA Jadeja 13-5-36-1, S Nadeem 5-0-18-0, R Ashwin 10-3-28-1.

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