The third day of the second Test match ended with South Africa scoring 275 runs and losing all the wickets. The day saw some good spells from the Indian bowlers and South Africa lower batsmen building a strong partnership. Keshav Maharaj contribution was most for the team.
On the second day of the second Test match, India scored a big total of 601/5 (decl.). South Africa batsmen were struggling in the first innings to score runs. They lost the three wickets of top-order batsmen after scoring 36 runs. Indian pacers Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami bowled very perfectly and quickly send back the Proteas top-order batsmen to the pavilion. Ravichandran Ashwin also picked the crucial wickets of Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock.
At the late day three, Keshav Maharaj and Vernon Philander put a strong century partnership. Indian bowlers were struggling to break that partnership. In the end, Ashwin picked the wicket of Maharaj who scored 72 runs and after some overs, Kagiso Rabada also got out by the spinner. South Africa was all out and are trailing by 326 runs. It will depend on the Indian skipper if the team chooses to bat on the fourth day.
It’s very sore: Keshav Maharaj about his shoulder
But the talk of the day was Keshav Maharaj as he scored 72 runs for the Proteas. At the end of the third day, he was asked about his performance and his struggle in the field. Maharaj opined that he had pain in his shoulder and work hard on the field.
He said, “It’s very sore (shoulder), I dived on it yesterday, lots of bruising, but hopefully, I will be fine going further into the Test series.”
He said that the pitch condition has now converted in more in favour of the bowlers. It will be a tough task for batsmen to score runs.
He added, “The wicket is deteriorating, it’s becoming difficult to score runs and Shami got it to reverse as well. It was tough, but think we managed it well.”