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SA vs IND 3rd Test: Bumrah-Bhuvi wrap South Africa for 194
Johannesburg: South Africa though managed to take a small first inning lead of seven runs but Indian bowlers did a commendable job in dismissing the home team below 200-run mark after posting 187 in the first inning of the third and final Test at the Wanderers here on Thursday.
In the third session of Day 2, Indian bowlers led by Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar wrapped up a formidable South African team for 194 runs giving away a small lead.
Bumrah, who was moving the ball both sides on a though track for batsmen, completed a five-wicket haul while Bhuvi dismantled the Proteas top-order by taking three wickets. Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma managed to get a wicket each.
Hashim Amla was the top scorer for South Africa as he scored 61 runs off 121 balls and also smashed 7 boundaries. Vernon Philander also played a crucial inning of 35 runs off only 55 balls hitting 5 fours, when all the front-line batsmen struggled to face a fierce Indian pace attack.
Earlier, Kagiso Rabada, who had come in to bat as the night-watchman on Day 1, played a gritty inning of 30 runs off 84 balls. He had also smashed 6 fours in his inning.
None other batsmaan could get into the double figures while Andile Phehlukwayo and Morne Morkel scored 9 runs each.
Ab de Villiers (5 off 19) and Faf du Plessis (8 off 19) were dismissed on almost unplayable in-swinging deliveries by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, respectively.
Quinton de Kock also scored 8 runs before edging Bumrah to the wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel.
South Africa had lost both the openers [Dean Elgar (4 off 40) and Aiden Markram (2 off 8)] cheaply when there were only 18 runs on the board. But an important 64-run partnership between Amla and Rabada put the Proteas in a fighting situation.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has done most of the damage early in the inning as he dismissed both the openers on two amazing and almost unplayable away-going deliveries. Both of them were taken by the wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel.
Ishant Sharma stunned Rabada with a bouncing delivery which he edged to Ajinkya Rahane at the third slip.
Earlier, riding on the back of two gritty half-centuries by skipper Virat Kohli (54) and Cheteshwar Pujara (50), India had managed to score 187 runs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar had also contributed with the bat with a crucial 30-run inning off only 49 balls.
Now India needs to get some runs on the board to put South Africa under pressure and end the three match series on a winning note. Significantly, India has already lost the series 0-2.