The Indian bowlers dominated the day three of the ongoing Pune Test against the visiting side South Africa. In the reply of 601/5 (decl.), South Africa only managed to score 275 runs before getting all out in their first innings. The hosts India are leading by 326 runs at the stumps of the day.
South Africa started the important day three on their overnight score 36/3. In the third over of the day, nightwatchman and Test debutant Anrich Nortje (3) lost his wicket. Indian pacer Mohammed Shami picked up that wicket with the short delivery after the captain Virat Kohli grabbed a good catch at the fourth slip.
Just a few overs later, the other overnight batsman Theunis de Bruyn lost his wicket on 30 runs. Wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha grabbed a brilliant catch to dismiss de Bruyn. It was the third wicket in this innings for the Indian pacer Umesh Yadav.
From 53/5, South Africa tried hard to return in the game
Struggling on 53/5, the visiting captain Faf du Plessis and wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock put a solid sixth-wicket partnership. In that first session of the day, they were growing well. After the 75 runs partnership for that wicket, Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin broke that partnership with a superb delivery. Ashwin’s delivery totally surprised Quinton de Kock who had no clue how he was bowled. Before that dismissal, Quinton scored 31 runs off 48 balls with the help of seven fours.
At lunch, South Africa were struggling on 136/6 while captain Faf was batting on 52 runs. He completed that half-century in 64 balls.
Once again in the third over of the second session, South Africa lost a wicket. Indian left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja trapped Senuran Muthusamy for lbw. Though the Indian players had the half-hearted appeal, bowling end umpire Nigel Llong raised his finger to give that out. After consulting with the skipper, Muthusamy went for the review. Though the impact was outside off, Muthusamy failed to change that decision due to not offering a shot at that moment.
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Faf du Plessis and Vernon Philander had the 23 runs partnership before Ashwin dismissed Faf. After scoring 64 runs off 117 balls (9 fours and only six), Faf had an outside edge and Rahane grabbed that at slip. At that moment, the visitors were struggling on 162/8.
Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj put the 109 runs partnership for the ninth wicket
Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj put a great fight at the late moment. They managed to put an impressive 109 runs partnership for the ninth wicket. Keshav Maharaj hit his first Test half-century in 96 balls. After scoring a brilliant 72 runs off 132 balls (12 fours), Maharaj finally lost his wicket just a few minutes before the end of the day. Ashwin once again took that wicket.
The day ended after Ashwin took the last wicket of that innings by dismissing Kagiso Rabada (2). Vernon Philander was not out on 44 runs off 192 balls (six fours).
Among the Indian bowlers, Ravichandran Ashwin had the impressive bowling figures of 28.4-9-69-4. Also, the pacers Umesh Yadav bagged (3/37) and Mohammed Shami (2/44) got three and two wickets respectively. Ravindra Jadeja took the other one wicket of that innings.