The trend for the series continued, as the South African batting lineup was made to look like an under 11 school side by the Indian bowlers. The only difference this time being that the pacers too chipped in with significant scalps. The day began with Ajinkya Rahane getting to the fifth ton of his test career, and making it evident, that he was indeed among the best. Soon, R. Ashwin got to his half century, to take India to a healthy first innings score.
South African openers got off to a reasonable start but failed to cash in, as Elgar was dismissed by Umesh Yadav. Bavuma batted really well, but he was undone by a straighter one from India’s Wonder Boy, Ravindra Jadeja. That was just the beginning of the procession, as Jadeja, along with the pacers ran misery. Umesh and Ishant bowled with a lot of discipline and were duly rewarded. Some ordinary shot selection from South Africa meant that Jadeja registered yet another five-wicket haul.
Barring AB De Villiers, no Proteas batsman looked to settle in and it was just a matter of time before they were bowled out, in less than two sessions. The day ended, with India leading by 213 runs in the first innings.
Below, are the statistical highlights for the second day’s play.
1. 1987. The year when an overseas pacer took a five wicket haul in Delhi last. Kyle Abbott repeated the feat after 28 years.
2. 3. The number of ducks Faf Du Plessis has to his name in this series so far.
3. 36. South Africa’s highest opening stand in this series.
4. 98. The stand between Rahane and Ashwin was the highest of this series.
5. 9. The number of catches taken by Rahane in this series so far.