During the second day of the third Test in South Africa’s tour of India, the visitors were in dire straits. India fast bowler Umesh Yadav drew first blood when he scalped South Africa opening batsman Quinton de Kock in his first over.
Yadav shared the new ball with fellow pacer Mohammed Shami and he gave the Proteas plenty of headaches. Umesh Yadav actually sent a soaring bouncer and trapped the southpaw in an awkward position. Eventually the indecisive de Kock ended up gloving it to India wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha.
The 26-year old could only muster a paltry 4 runs from 6 balls, courtesy one boundary. Evidently, South Africa’s gamble to make de Kock the opener didn’t yield any rewards. With the visitors including another specialist wicket-keeper in Heinrich Klaasen, de Kock was announced to open the batting.
In the previous over, the South African nightmare had only just begun when Shami sent Dean Elgar packing for a duck. Having witnessed two Indian fast bowlers bouncing out overseas batsmen on Indian pitches, former captain Sunil Gavaskar was practically celebrating in the commentary box.
Much like yesterday, play was once again been called off due to bad light. India sending back the South African opening pair in the first five overs have further strengthened their position in the match. The visiting team currently trails by 488 runs.
After India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to bat yesterday, India posted 497/9 dec. in 116.3 overs. It was a 267-run partnership between opening batsman Rohit Sharma (212) and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane (115) which put India in a dominating position today.
So, once the batsmen did their job of tormenting the Proteas bowlers, it was the Indian bowling units turn to give batsmen that sinking feeling. It is safe to say that India put themselves in a prime position to clinch the third test.