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Eng Vs Pak 2020, 1st Test: Day 3 – England Bowlers Bring Back The Hosts Into The Game

The third day of the first game of the England vs Pakistan Test series at Old Trafford (Manchester) was full of thrilling actions. While the visitors Pakistan managed to gain 100+ lead at the end of the hosts England’s first innings, England bowlers brought the hosts back into the game strongly with the dominant bowling performances.

Starting the day on their overnight score of 92/4, England managed to score 219 runs before losing their all wickets in their first innings. Beginning their second innings with the lead of 107 runs, Pakistan ended the day on 137/8 with the lead of 244 runs.

England innings: Ollie Pope scored 62 runs; Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah picked four wickets

Overnight English batsmen Ollie Pope and wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler started the day patiently. But after settling the 65 runs partnership for the fifth wicket, Pope was dismissed by the teenage Pakistan fast-bowler Naseem Shah with a superb delivery. While Pope completed his fifty in the early overs of the day, he was dismissed for 62 runs off 117 balls (8 fours).

Ollie Pope, England
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Then, Buttler built up the 32 runs partnership with Chris Woakes, but the wicketkeeper-batsman was bowled by the leggie Yasir Shah after scoring 38 runs. At the very late moment, Stuart Broad once again played a crucial cameo knock of unbeaten 29 runs off 25 balls (4 fours and only six) but just failed to secure the trailing less than 100 runs.

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Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah bagged four wickets as he finished with the bowling figures of 18-2-66-4. Also, pacer Mohammad Abbas (2/33) and another leg-spinner Shadab Khan (2/13) took two wickets each while the fast-bowlers Shaheen Shah Afridi (1/51) and Naseem Shah (1/44) scalped one wicket each.

Yasir Shah, Pakistan
Yasir Shah (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

Pakistan innings: Batsmen failed to reach the 30s

In their second innings, Pakistan lost their wickets at the regular intervals as the visiting batsmen failed to reach the 30 runs mark in this innings yet. Only Asad Shafiq (29), wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan (27) and opener Abid Ali (20) have managed to score the 20-run mark in this innings. At the stumps of the day, Yasir Shah (12*) and Mohammad Abbas (0*) were not out at the crease.

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England pacers Stuart Broad (2/23), Chris Woakes (2/11) and Ben Stokes (2/11) bagged two wickets each while the off-spinner Dom Bess (1/40) picked up one wicket.

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England Vs West Indies 2020, 3rd Test: Day 3 – England Start Dreaming To Win The Series After An All-Round Domination Day

The hosts England smell the Test series win against the West Indies after their dominating performances on the entire third day of the ongoing third and final match of this Test series at Manchester.

Starting the day on their overnight score of 137/6 in the first innings, the Caribbean team managed to escape from the follow-on but they were bundled out for just 197 runs. Leading by 172 runs, England declared their second innings on 226/2. Chasing down the 399 runs target, West Indies finished the day on 10/2.

England pacer Stuart Broad picked up a total of six wickets on the day three

Overnight Caribbean batsmen, captain Jason Holder and wicketkeeper-batsman Shane Dowrich started the morning with new hope as their partnership added 41 runs. After the crucial 68 runs partnership for the seventh wicket, Holder was dismissed for 46 runs. The last three partnerships only managed to add combinedly 19 runs. Dowrich (37 runs) was the last batsman to lose the wicket in that innings, while the English pacer Stuart Broad took all the four wickets in that morning.

Broad finished that innings with the incredible bowling figures of 14-4-31-6 as he registered his 18th five-wicket haul in Test career.

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Stuart Broad (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

The English top-order batsmen dominated in their second innings. The openers Rory Burns and Dom Sibley set the 114 runs partnership, which was England’s first 100+ opening partnership in a home Test in four years.

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Rory Burns and Dom Sibley (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

After Sibley (56) was trapped lbw by the Caribbean Test skipper Jason Holder, England Test captain Joe Root joined the crease with Burns. Their partnership quickly added 112 runs for the second wicket but Burns just missed out his Test century for just 10 runs as he was dismissed by Roston Chase after scoring 90 runs. Root remained not out on 68 runs off 56 balls (8 fours and only six) as he declared the innings after Burns’ dismissal.

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Joe Root (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

At the beginning of the fourth innings, West Indies batted for just six overs before the day’s play finally ended. However, even in that very short time, Stuart Broad managed to take two wickets as those dismissed batsmen were opener John Campbell (0) and nightwatchman Kemar Roach (4). Another opener Kraigg Brathwaite (2*) and Shai Hope (4*) managed to save their wickets at the stumps of the day. Broad is now only one wicket away to complete his 500 Test wickets.

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England Vs West Indies 2020, 1st Test: Day 3 – England Openers Provide Steady Start After West Indies Manage 100+ Lead

The third day of the Southampton Test between England and West Indies was very exciting, but the visiting side is in a comfortable position at the stumps of the day. While the Caribbean top and middle-order batsmen were much positive, the new English Test captain Ben Stokes brought something to cheer up for the England side in the last session of the day.

West Indies started the third day of this Test match on their overnight score 57/1. Opener Kraigg Brathwaite and no.3-positioned batsman Shai Hope, who remained unbeaten on the last night, set up the 59 runs partnership for the second wicket. While Hope scored 16 runs, Brathwaite added 45 runs on the third day morning and scored 65 runs before losing his wicket.

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Kraigg Brathwaite (Image Credit: Twitter)

West Indies’ middle-order wicketkeeper-batsman Shane Dowrich scored a crucial fifty

While the West Indies were losing their wickets, Shamarh Brooks (39 runs), Roston Chase (47 runs) and the wicketkeeper-batsman Shane Dowrich (61 runs) played the valuable knocks. Also, Chase and Dowrich built up the 81 runs partnership for the sixth wicket, which helped the visitors to manage the 100+ lead at the end of their first innings.

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Shane Dowrich (Image Credit: Twitter)

In the third session of day three, West Indies were bowled out for 318 runs. While England scored 204 runs in their first innings, West Indies managed to earn the 114 runs lead.

The 81st England Test captain Ben Stokes, who is leading the English team for the first time, was the best bowler during the visitors’ first innings as he finished with the bowling figures of 14-5-49-4. Also, the experienced pacer James Anderson bagged three wickets (3/62), while the off-spinner Dom Bess (2/51) got two wickets and pacer Mark Wood (1/74) took the only other wicket.

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Ben Stokes took four wickets on the third day (Image Credit: Twitter)

With the second new ball, England managed to take the last five wickets in 22 overs, while the Caribbean team added 83 runs. In this period, Stokes added three wickets in his account.

England finished the day on 15/0

Before the end of the third day, England batted ten overs in the second innings where they managed to score 15/0, and they are still trailing by 99 runs. Opener Rory Burns scored 10 runs while another opener Dom Sibley was not out on five runs.

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New Zealand Team Clarifies Injury Status Of Kane Williamson

On Sunday (23rd February), New Zealand cricket team has clarified about the injury status of their captain Kane Williamson.

At present, the hosts New Zealand are playing the first game of the two-match Test series against the visitors India at Basin Reserve (Wellington). On day two (22nd February) of this Test match, when Kane Williamson came to bat, he received a blow on the middle finger of his right hand while facing the first ball.

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Kane Williamson (Image Credit: Twitter)

The tall Indian pacer Ishant Sharma welcomed the Kiwi captain with that delivery. It was a painful blow as the physio had to come out to check Kane Williamson. However, Williamson batted with that injury and scored the crucial 89 runs off 153 balls (11 fours) before losing his wicket on the same day.

No fracture, Kane Williamson is wearing a light protective guard

Kane Williamson underwent an x-ray ahead of the morning session of the day three of the ongoing Wellington Test. The team has latter confirmed that there was no fracture in the middle finger of his right hand. The New Zealand captain will continue the game by wearing a light protective guard.

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Kane Williamson (Image Credit: REUTERS/Martin Hunter)

The hosts New Zealand are controlling the game very well from the beginning of this match. After winning the toss, the hosts’ skipper Kane Williamson chose to bowl first. The Indian team were bundled out for 165 runs on the day two morning. Apart from the Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane (46) and opener Mayank Agarwal (34), no other Indian batsmen reached the 30-run mark in that innings.

Among the New Zealand bowlers, the debutant Kyle Jamieson (4/39) and the experienced pacer Tim Southee (4/49) both took four wickets each.

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In reply, New Zealand scored 348 runs in the first innings of this match and have taken the lead of 183 runs. Apart from Williamson’s 89 runs, opener Tom Blundell (30), Ross Taylor (44), Colin de Grandhomme (43), Test debutant Kyle Jamieson (44) and Tren Boult (38) also scored some crucial runs.

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Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor (Image Credit: Twitter)

The Indian pacer Ishant Sharma (5/68) got five wickets in that New Zealand innings. Also, the off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (3/99) took three wickets.

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India Vs Bangladesh 2019/20: First Test (Day Three) – India Register Comfortable Victory After Another Successful Day For Indian Bowlers

On day three of the Indore Test, the hosts India secured an easy victory by an innings against the visitors Bangladesh. With this victory, India have taken the 1-0 lead in the two-match Test series with one to go.

Bangladesh started the day three after India declared their first innings on their overnight score of 493/6. The visitors started the day by trailing 343 runs.

Once again the Indian bowlers dominated over the entire Bangladesh batting line-up. Apart from some late fight, Bangladesh lost their wickets at regular intervals. All the top three batsmen even failed to reach the double-digit scores. Only three batsmen reached the 20-run mark in that innings. These batsmen are Mushfiqur Rahim, wicketkeeper-batsman Liton Das and Mehidy Hasan Miraz.

Rahim scored 64 runs off 150 balls (7 fours). Rahim put 63 runs partnership for the sixth wicket with Liton Das and 59 runs partnership for the seventh wicket with Miraz. While Liton scored 35 runs, Miraz added 38 runs. In their second innings, Bangladesh were all–out on 213 runs. The visitors lost this match by an innings and 130 runs.

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Mushfiqur Rahim (Image Credit: BCCI Twitter)

Among the Indian bowlers, pacer Mohammed Shami (4/31) bagged four wickets and the off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (3/42) scalped three wickets. Also, Ishant Sharma (1/31) took one wicket and Umesh Yadav (2/51) grabbed the other two wickets in that innings.

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India were always in control during this match

Earlier, Bangladesh won the toss and decided to bat first in this opening Test of this series. On day one of this Test match, India bundled out the visitors for just 150 runs.

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In reply, most of the Indian batsmen dominated in their first innings as they took the scoreboard close to the 500 runs mark. Opener Mayank Agarwal once again showed his outstanding batting skills as he hit his second Test double-century and scored 243 runs in 330 balls (28 fours and 8 sixes).

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Mayank Agarwal (Image Credit: Twitter)

Cheteshwar Pujara (54), Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane (86) and Ravindra Jadeja (60*) also scored 50+ runs in that innings.

Apart from Bangladesh pacer Abu Jayed (4/108), all other bowlers failed to put the challenging fight in that Indian innings.

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India Vs South Africa 2019/20: Third Test (Day Three) – Statistical Highlights

On Monday (21st October), during the day three of the Ranchi Test, the Indian bowlers totally dominated on the hopeless Proteas batsmen.

South Africa started the day on their overnight first innings score of 9/2 and they were bundled out for just 162 runs. At the stumps of day three, South Africa were battling on 132/8 in their following on innings.

Brief Scores: India – 497/9 decl. (Rohit Sharma 212, Ajinkya Rahane 115; George Linde 4/133)

South Africa – 162 (Zubayr Hamza 62, George Linde 37; Umesh Yadav 3/40) & 132/8 (Theunis de Bruyn 30*, George Linde 27; Mohammed Shami 3/10)

Here are some of the statistical highlights of the day:

(Teams’ stats)

India

i) After the end of the first innings for both teams, the hosts India managed 335 runs lead.

  • India achieved the second-highest lead against South Africa at the end of both teams’ first innings in a Test match. The record is leading by 347 runs in Kolkata Test in February 2010.

ii) Indian pacers have already taken 10 wickets in this Test match.

  • It is the joint-most wickets for the Indian pacers in a home Test match against South Africa. In the previous Test of this series at Pune, Indian pacers recorded 10 wickets.

South Africa

i) In their first innings of this match, South Africa lost their last seven wickets for just 55 runs.

  • It is the second-lowest runs add for the last seven broken wickets for South Africa in their first innings of a Test match against India. The lowest record is 45 runs during the Kolkata Test in February 2010.

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i) The total no. of sixes in this Test series is 65.

  • It is the joint-most number of sixes in a Test series. During The Ashes 2013/14, Australia and England hit a total of 65 sixes.

(Players’ stats)

Umesh Yadav (India)

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i) Indian pacer Umesh Yadav managed the bowling figures of 9-1-40-3 during South Africa’s first innings. It was the fifth consecutive three-wicket haul for Umesh Yadav in home Test innings.

  • After the former Caribbean pacer Courtney Walsh, Umesh Yadav became the second pacer to claim three-wicket haul in five successive Test innings in India.

Virat Kohli (India)

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i) It is the eighth time when the Indian captain Virat Kohli enforces the opponents to follow-on.

  • It is the most times for an Indian Test captain to enforce the follow-on. Mohammad Azharuddin was the previous record-holder as he enforced the follow-on for seven times.

Faf du Plessis (South Africa)

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i) South African captain Faf du Plessis scored just five runs (1 and 4 runs) in this entire game.

  • It is the lowest aggregated score for a South African captain against India in a Test match when the Proteas captain batted both the innings of the game. Faf du Plessis was also the previous record holder with just 10 runs (8 and 2 runs) during the 2018 Johannesburg Test.
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India Vs South Africa 2019/20: Third Test (Day Three) – India On The Verge Of Completing Whitewash

The hosts India are on the verge of completing whitewash in the three-match home Test series against South Africa after dominating the day three of the Ranchi Test. Before this third and final Test match of this series, India already won the first two matches of this series.

While India scored 497/9 decl. in their first innings, South Africa scored just 162 runs in their first innings. At the stumps of day three, South Africa were batting on 132/8 in their following-on innings.

South Africa started the day three on their overnight first innings score of 9/2. On the fifth ball of the day, Proteas captain Faf du Plessis lost his wicket after Umesh Yadav’s superb delivery bowled him. South Africa went down to 16/3 after that wicket.

Another overnight batsman Zubayr Hamza fought hard with Temba Bavuma in that tough situation and managed that moment very well. In his third Test innings, Hamza registered his maiden fifty in 56 balls. Hamza and Bavuma brilliantly built up a strong partnership of 91 runs for the fourth wicket.

The left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja broke that partnership after he bowled Hamza who was batting on 62 runs off 79 balls. He hit 10 fours and only six in that innings.

South Africa faced a big collapse

The 31-year-old international debutant Shahbaz Nadeem got his first international wicket in his fourth over while he yet to concede a run. Nadeem dismissed Bavuma (32 runs) through the stumping and has opened his Test wicket account.

The next Proteas batsmen failed to stop that collapse. Test debutant Heinrich Klassen lost his wicket on six runs after Jadeja bowled him. At lunch, South Africa were batting on 129/6.

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Apart from the debutant George Linde, none of the other tailenders reached even the five runs mark. Linde and Anrich Norje were batting very patiently as they put 32 runs in around 18 overs.

Linde scored 37 runs before Umesh Yadav dismissed him. In the next over, South Africa ended their first innings after Nadeem dismissed Nortje who scored four runs off 55 balls.

Among the Indian bowlers, Umesh Yadav (3/40) picked up three wickets while Mohammed Shami (2/22), Shahbaz Nadeem (2/22) and Ravindra Jadeja (2/19) scalped two wickets each.

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Umesh Yadav (Image Credit: BCCI Twitter)

Leading by 335 runs, India forced the visitors to follow-on.

Theunis de Bruyn came to bat as a concussion substitute for the visitors

There was no improvement during South Africa’s second innings (following on) of this match. At tea, the visitors were struggling on 26/4. Opener Quinton de Kock (5), Zubayr Hamza (0), captain Faf du Plessis (4) and Temba Bavuma (0) all lost their wickets cheaply.

The second session ended early after another Proteas opener Dean Elgar received a massive blow on his helmet when he was facing Umesh Yadav. Elgar immediately fell on the ground. Physio quickly came on the field and checked him. After that, Elgar decided to retire-hurt.

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Dean Elgar fell on the ground after suffering a blow on his helmet (Image Credit: BCCI Twitter)

At early of the third session, Heinrich Klassen lost his wicket cheaply again. Umesh Yadav trapped him for lbw while he just managed to score five runs.

The visitors lost their wickets at regular intervals in that session. After George Linde (27 runs) lost his wicket in a run-out, Theunis de Bruyn came to bat as the concussion substitute of injured Dean Elgar.

Later, Dane Piedt (23 runs) and Kagiso Rabada (12 runs) lost their wickets but de Bruyn (30*) remained not out till the end of the day. At the stumps of the day, de Bruyn was batting with Nortje (5 not out).

In that innings, Mohammed Shami (3/10) picked up three wickets while Umesh Yadav (2/35) bagged two wickets. Spinner Ravindra Jadeja (1/36) and Ravichandran Ashwin (1/28) took one wicket each.

In the second half of the last session, Rishabh Pant kept wicket for India as a replacement of injured Wriddhiman Saha.

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India Vs South Africa 2019/20: Second Test (Day Three) – Statistical Highlights

On Saturday (12th October), during the day three of the Pune Test, the hosts India continued their domination against the visitors South Africa.

The visiting team started the day three on their overnight score of 36/3 and managed to score 275 runs before losing their last wicket. The visitors are currently trailing by 326 runs.

Brief Scores: India – 601/5 decl. (Virat Kohli 254*, Mayank Agarwal 108; Kagiso Rabada 3/93)

South Africa – 275 (Keshav Maharaj 72, Faf du Plessis 64; Ravichandran Ashwin 4/69)

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Here are some of the statistical highlights of the day:

(Players’ stats)

Faf du Plessis (South Africa)

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i) South African captain Faf du Plessis scored 64 runs.

  • It was the fourth-highest individual Test score by a South African captain against India in India. 

South African Test captains who played 50+ scores in a Test innings in India

Player Runs scored Venue Year
Graeme Smith 73 Chennai 2008
Graeme Smith 71 Kolkata 2004
Graeme Smith 69 Kanpur 2008
Faf du Plessis 64 Pune 2019
Faf du Plessis 55 Visakhapatnam 2019
Hansie Cronje 50 Kanpur 1996

 

Ravichandran Ashwin (India)

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i) Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has taken 43 Test wickets against South Africa at home.

  • It is the most Test wickets at home by an Indian bowler against South Africa. On this day, Ashwin broke the record of Harbhajan Singh’s 42 home Test wickets against South Africa.

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Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj (South Africa)

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i) South African tailenders Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj put the 109 runs partnership for the ninth wicket.

  • It is the highest Test partnership for the ninth or lower wicket for the Proteas side against India. The previous record was 91 runs partnership between Senuran Muthusamy and Dane Piedt for the ninth wicket at Visakhapatnam in last Test match. 

 

Keshav Maharaj (South Africa)

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i) Coming to bat at no.10, South African tailender Keshav Maharaj scored 72 runs.

  • It is the second-highest knock in a Test innings by a no.9 or lower-order South African batsman against India. The record is 102* by Lance Klusener at Cape Town in January 1997.
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India Vs South Africa 2019/20: Second Test (Day Three) – Fighting South Africa All-Out On 275 Runs

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.

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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.

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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

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Keshav Maharaj and Vernon Philander (Image Credit: BCCI Twitter)

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.

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Keshav Maharaj (BCCI Twitter)

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.

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India Vs South Africa 2019/20: First Test (Day Three) – Statistical Highlights

The visitors South Africa played fighting cricket against the hosts India on the day three of the ongoing first Test of the three-match Test series at Visakhapatnam.

South Africa began the day three (4th October) on their overnight score of 39/3. With the help of solid two centuries, the visitors have scored 385/8 at the end of the day. They are still trailing by 117 runs.

Brief Scores: India – 502/7 decl. (Mayank Agarwal 215, Rohit Sharma 176; Keshav Maharaj 3/189)

South Africa – 385/8 (Dean Elgar 160, Quinton de Kock 111; Ravichandran Ashwin 5/128)

Here are some of the statistical highlights of the day:

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(Teams’ stats)

South Africa

i) South African left-handed batsmen have already scored a total of 283 runs in this innings.

  • It is the most aggregated runs by the South African left-handed batsmen in a Test innings against India. The previous record was 261 runs during the Bengaluru Test (second innings) in March 2000. 

 

(Players’ stats)

Faf du Plessis (South Africa)

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i) South African captain Faf du Plessis scored 55 runs.

  • It was the fourth-highest individual Test score by a South African captain against India in India. 

South African Test captains who played 50+ scores in a Test innings in India

Player Runs scored Venue Year
Graeme Smith 73 Chennai 2008
Graeme Smith 71 Kolkata 2004
Graeme Smith 69 Kanpur 2008
Faf du Plessis 55 Visakhapatnam 2019
Hansie Cronje 50 Kanpur 1996

 

Dean Elgar (South Africa)

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i) South African opener Dean Elgar scored 160 runs.

  • It was the third-highest individual Test score by a South African opener against India. The top two records in this list are 196 runs by Herschelle Gibbs (at Port Elizabeth in November 2001) and 163 runs by Andrew Hall (at Kanpur in November 2004).

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Ravindra Jadeja (India)

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i) Playing his 44th Test match, Indian left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja completed his 200 Test wickets.

  • Ravindra Jadeja becomes the fastest left-arm bowler to claim 200 Test wickets. Former Sri Lankan left-arm spinner Rangana Herath was the previous record holder who achieved this feat in 47 Tests. 

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Quinton de Kock (South Africa)

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i) South African wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock scored his second Test century at away venue.

  • Quinton de Kock becomes the first South African wicketkeeper-batsman to hit more than one away Test century. 

 

ii) Wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock scored his fifth Test century.

  • It is the joint-second most Test centuries for a South African wicketkeeper-batsman. Former South African wicketkeeper-batsman Mark Boucher also hit five Test centuries. Former Proteas cricketer AB de Villiers is leading this table as he hit seven Test centuries as a wicketkeeper-batsman.

 

iii) South African wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock scored 111 runs.

  • It is the highest individual Test score by a South African wicketkeeper-batsman against India. Only AB de Villiers scored the other Test century against India as a South African wicketkeeper-batsman. In the Johannesburg Test in December 2013, wicketkeeper-batsman AB de Villiers scored 103 runs.  

 

Ravichandran Ashwin (India)

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i) Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin claimed his fifth five-wicket haul in Test cricket.

  • It is the most number of five-wicket hauls in Test cricket for an Indian bowler against South Africa. Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and the former pacer Javagal Srinath both managed four times Test five-wicket hauls against South Africa.
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