Centurian: In the lines of maverick bowling display of Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah, India bundled out South Africa for 258 on Day 4 in the second Test of the three-match series at the SuperSport Park here on Tuesday.
AB de Villiers (80) and captain Faf du Plessis (48) were the key contributors for the hosts. It is worth mentioning here that 249 is the highest successful chase here.
Mohammed Shami was the most successful among the Indian bowlers with figures of 4/49. Fellow fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma also shone with bowling figures of 3/70 and 2/40 respectively.
Starting the post-lunch session at 173/5, the South African tailenders batted patiently to frustrate the Indian bowlers.
Ishant bowled with pace and aggression, putting the Proteas batsmen under pressure on several occasions and was rewarded with a couple of wickets after lunch.
Philander was the very picture of resolute defence during his innings. But he eventually lost his patience and lashed out at an Ishant delivery which cost him his wicket.
Keshav Maharaj did not last very long before falling to another excellent delivery from Ishant just before tea.
Earlier, Shami took three wickets to pull India back into contention as they reduced South Africa to 173/5 at lunch.
Shami removed AB de Villiers (80), Dean Elgar (61) and Quinton de Kock (12) in the first session as the hosts managed to add 83 runs to their overnight score of 90/2.
The overnight partnership of de Villiers and Elgar threatened to take the game away from India. They had joined hands with South Africa struggling at 3/2 and on Tuesday, they continued from where they left off.
Both of them looked bright and maintained a very healthy rate in the first hour of the day with boundaries coming their way easily at regular intervals.
De Villiers was in control against the Indian bowlers while Elgar, who completed his ninth Test half-century, was resolute.
Shami broke the stand at 141 runs when a rising delivery kissed de Villiers’ gloves for an easy catch to waiting wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel.
Soon, Elgar pulled one straight into the hands of Lokesh Rahul at deep square leg as the hosts lost their fourth wicket for 151 runs.
It could have been 151/5 had Rahul pulled off a half chance at short-leg off du Plessis, who was then on six. Du Plessis struggled against off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and managed to push it to the right of Rahul.
Shami continued his impressive spell as he got rid of de Kock, who edged an away-moving ball to Parthiv, leaving his side at 163/5.
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