South African team was struggling to score runs on the third day of the second Test match. The visitors are not able to set themselves in the field in front of the Indian bowlers. To get a better knowledge of local conditions, Amol Muzumdar was selected as the batting coach of Proteas in this Test series. Former South African cricketer Herschelle Gibbs targeted Mazumdar’s coaching after South Africa lost the wickets early.
On the second day in the Pune ground, Virat Kohli‘s double century, Ajinkya Rahane‘s half-century and Ravindra Jadeja‘s 91 runs contributions helped the hosts to set the big total of 601 runs. The Indian skipper declared the innings ahead of the day to give the chance to bowlers.
Umesh Yadav, who has made the comeback to the team after a long time, took the wickets of both the opening batsman. Mohammed Shami was also successful in taking the wicket of Temba Bavuma and leaving the Proteas losing their first three wickets at just 36 runs at the end of the second day.
India started the third day with Shami taking the wicket of Anrich Nortze and Theunis de Bruyn getting out on the ball of Umesh Yadav. The spinners also got the wickets, removing Quinton de Kock and Senuran Muthusamy. Skipper Faf du Plessis set himself and scored a half-century but was not able to convert it into big numbers and lost the wicket at Ravichandran Ashwin‘s ball.
Amol Muzumdar surrounded by questions
Former South African cricketer Herschelle Gibbs is not happy with the performances of South Africa. Gibbs targeted Amol Muzumdar who is appointed as the batting coach of Proteas. Gibbs questions on Muzumdar’s coaching style on Twitter.
“And we heard such good reviews about the local batting consultant, wonder what his thoughts are #INDvsSA #sscricket,” Herschelle Gibbs tweeted.
— Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) October 12, 2019
On the fifth day of the first Test match, the Proteas were also not to save that game while they had to chase the 395 runs target. They lost all the crucial batsmen early and handed the victory to India. Similarly, the visitors are not able to set themselves in the Pune ground.