India Vs South Africa 3rd Test, Day 1
Bhuvneshwar scored 30 runs with the bat before picking the wicket of Aiden Markram on the first day of the third and final Test in Johannesburg. (Photo: BCCI)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar struck early on for India, picking the wicket of South African opener Aiden Markram on the first day of the third and final Test at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Wednesday.
India got that one scalp before stumps as South Africa ended the day at 6/1 after 6 overs, trailing India by 181 runs.
Markram edged a delivery from Bhuvneshwar to wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel as the pitch offered plenty to the all-seam attack from both sides.
During the Indian innings, Kagiso Rabada scalped three to help South Africa bowl out India for 187, despite a number of dropped catches from the hosts.
The hosts, however, will be pleased with their day’s work after India had won the toss and elected to bat.
The key wicket was that of Virat Kohli (54), though he was twice dropped off relatively simple chances when on 11 and 34. He was finally removed when Lungi Ngidi (1-27) induced an edge to AB de Villiers at third slip.
De Villiers bruised the middle finger of his right hand in taking the catch and had to leave the field for treatment.
Cheteshwar Pujara (50) was the only other Indian batsman to post a half-century, with his patient innings taking 179 deliveries as he tried to stifle the home attack.
He had a slice of early luck when given not out after Ngidi struck him on the pads. South Africa did not review umpire Ian Gould’s decision and replays showed the ball would have hit leg stump.
Pujara’s vigil came to an end when he edged all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo (2-25) to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock, one of five dismissals for the gloveman.
Rabada (3-39) was perhaps the pick of the home bowlers, both fast and accurate. He removed opener Murali Vijay (8), caught by De Kock, before grabbing the wickets of Ishant Sharma (0) and the stubborn Kumar (30).
Morne Morkel (2-47) and Vernon Philander (2-31) also chipped in with wickets but were guilty at times of bowling with too much width, failing to make the batsmen play.
The home side has already claimed the series with an unassailable 2-0 lead but are chasing a first clean-sweep against India.
Source – India Today