After losing an entire day's play on Monday, the first Test match between South Africa and India became an instant hit with pacers making their mark in a sport that has become a batter's game. 18 wickets for 270 runs on Day 3 at SuperSport Park, Centurion -- that's how it unravelled. First, Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada toyed with the Indian batters, who could add only 55 runs to their overnight score of 272/3. Then, Indian pacers returned the favour in kind with Mohammed Shami claiming a fifer even as Jasprit Bumrah sprained his ankle. At the close of play on Tuesday, India were 16/1 in six overs for a lead of 146 runs, with debutant Marco Jansen claiming the wicket of Mayank Agarwal in the final over. Earlier, South Africa were dismissed for 197 in reply to India's first innings total of 327. In another Boxing Day Test, Australia destroyed England to claim the Ashes 3-0. And the star was another pacer, debutant Scott Boland. Catch Day 3 highlights and cricket scores of the first SA vs IND Test match:
9:29 PM IST: Stumps
Shardul Thakur (4 off 5) gets a streaky four off the last over, past the packed cordon. KL Rahul unbeaten on 5 off 19. And that's all for today. Stumps. India's lead now 146 runs. 18 wickets on a fascinating day of cricket. IND - 16/1 (6) & 327; SA - 197
9:25 PM IST: Jansen On Hat-trick
First bowling change and Marco Jansen strikes. A beauty to send Mayank Agarwal back. Caught behind. The Indian opener, who survived a similar nick in the first innings, goes for four off 14. India lead by 142 runs. Shardul Thakur is the nightwatchman. IND - 12/1 (5.2) & 327. SA - 197
9:00 PM IST: India 2nd Innings
Kagiso Rabada with the new ball. KL Rahul takes the strike, and his opening partner is Mayank Agarwal.
8:53 PM IST: Innings Break
Jasprit Bumrah with the final wicket of South Africa's first innings. A wild swing from Keshav Maharaj and is caught at third man by Ajinkya Rahane. He goes for 14 off 19, and South Africa are all out for 197 in 62.3 overs. India take a lead of 130 runs.
8:47 PM IST: Shami Fifer
Fifer and 200th Test wicket for Mohammed Shami. Another catch for Rishabh Pant. Kagiso Rabada (25 off 45) goes. Lungi Ngidi joins Keshav Maharaj in the middle. South Africa trail by 134 runs. SA - 193/9 (61.5)
8:43 PM IST: Bumrah Back
Jasprit Bumrah is fit to bowl. He hits Keshav Maharaj on the riff with a shortish delivery. One leg bye from the over. His figures: 1/12. South Africa trail by 134 runs. SA - 193/8 (61)
8:24 PM IST: Eight Down
Marco Jansen is given LBW out. South Africa take the review but the decision is upheld. Jansen is gone for 19 off 42, and the 37-run stand is broken. Second for Shardul Thakur. South Africa trail by 146 runs. Keshav Maharaj is the new man. SA - 181/8 (57)
8:10 PM IST: Proteas Fight
Marco Jansen (15 off 36) and Kagiso Rabada (17 off 26) fighting hard. They are in an unbeaten 27-run stand from 50 balls. 31 runs and a wicket in the last ten overs. Jansen just hit Shardul Thakur for a four. South Africa trail by 156 runs. SA - 171/7 (55)
7:41 PM IST: Shami Again
And what a moment. A peach of a delivery from Mohammed Shami to induce a nick. Temba Bavuma goes for 52 off 103. 100th dismissal for Rishabh Pant in Test cricket, in 26 matches. And the fastest do so for India. Kagiso Rabada is the new man. South Africa trail by 183 runs. SA - 144/7 (46.4)
7:39 PM IST: Fifty For Bavuma
Temba Bavuma hits Mohammed Shami for a four, off the second ball, to reach his fifty, in 101 balls. Ten fours so far. South Africa trail by 183 runs. SA -144/6 (46.2)
7:27 PM IST: Another One For Shami
Mohammed Shami gets his third. A half-volley and Wiaan Mulder can't resist the temptation. Faint edge and Rishabh Pant takes a low catch behind the wickets. A 29-run stand broken. Mulder goes for 12 off 36. Debutant Marco Jansen is the new man. South Africa trail by 194 runs. SA - 133/6 (43)
7:03 PM IST: Players are back for the post-tea session. This will be an extended session, by half an hour.
6:42 PM IST: Tea
Mohammed Siraj with the final over before tea. A maiden to Wiaan Mulder and another session for India. 88 runs and four wickets. Mulder (4 off 16) and Temba Bavuma (32 off 79) in an unbeaten 5-run stand in 23 balls. South Africa trail by 218 runs. SA - 109/5 (38)
6:28 PM IST: Thakur Strikes
Shardul Thakur with his fifth over and he knocks out Quinton de Kock's off stump. Chopping a wide ball and gets an inside edge. 72-run stand broken. De Kock goes for 34 off 63. Wiaan Mulder is the new man, and he hits the first ball for a four. South Africa trail by 219 runs. SA - 108/5 (35)
Meanwhile, Jasprit Bumrah is back.
6:23 PM IST: Review
Missing everything. And India waste a review. A vociferous Mohammed Siraj convinces an equally determined Virat Kohli to take a review. Ball cutting back sharp but missing the leg. And Temba Bavuma survives. Umpire stands vindicated. South Africa still trail by 223 runs. SA - 104/4 (33.5)
6:09 PM IST: 100 Up
Ravichandran Ashwin with his sixth over. Quinton de Kock takes a single off the first ball to bring up 100 for South Africa. They still trail by 227 runs. SA - 100/4 (31.1)
5:56 PM IST: Fifty-run Stand
Ravichandran Ashwin continues. Quinton de Kock takes a single off the first ball, and a fifty-run stand in 92 balls with Temba Bavuma. De Kock then hits the next ball for a six, the first of the innings. Nine from Ashwin's fourth over. South Africa trail by 237 runs. SA - 90/4 (28).
5:36 PM IST: Bumrah Update
"Jasprit Bumrah has suffered a right ankle sprain while bowling in the first innings. The medical team is monitoring him at the moment. Shreyas Iyer is on the field as his substitute," a BCCI said in a statement.
The pacer sprained while bowling the penultimate delivery of the sixth over.
5:21 PM IST: Fifty Up
Shardul Thakur with his second over. Quinton de Kock hits the first two balls for fours. Fifty up for South Africa. They still trail India by 270 runs. SA - 57/4 (20)
5:00 PM IST: U-19 Asia Cup group match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh cancelled due to COVID-19. Bangladesh will now play India in the semis.
4:44 PM IST: Siraj Gets His First
Rassie van der Dussen (3 off 18) survives a nick off the fourth ball, dropping just in front of Virat Kohli at the second slip. But it doesn't really bother India as Mohammed Siraj gets his man the next ball. Edges and Ajinkya Rahane takes a fine take. South Africa trail by 295 runs. Quinton de Kock is the new man. SA - 32/4 (12.5)
4:37 PM IST: 2nd For Shami
Mohammed Shami does it again. Aiden Markram (13 off 34) is bowled. Top of the off. A beauty of a delivery. Temba Bavuma joins Rassie van der Dussen in the middle. South Africa still trail by 297 runs. SA - 30/3 (11.5)
4:14 PM IST: Shami Strikes
Mohammed Shami takes only three deliveries after lunch to rock the Proteas. Keegan Petersen drags one and is bowled. He goes for 15 off 22. South Africa still trail by 302 runs. SA - 25/2 (7.3)
4:10 PM IST: Players are back for the post-lunch session.
3:33 PM IST: Lunch
Jasprit Bumrah with the last over before lunch. Keegan Petersen hits the fourth ball for a four. A brilliant cover drive. Aiden Markram is the other unbeaten batter. Five from the over, Mohammed Shami got his first over before that. South Africa still trail by 306 runs. SA - 21/1 (7)
3:24 PM IST: Bumrah Continues
Jasprit Bumrah bolwing in tandem with Mohammed Siraj. A single from his third over. SA - 15/1 (5)
3:06 PM IST: Bumrah Strikes
And what! Jasprit Bumrah strikes. Dean Elgar gets an unplayable delivery. Lenght so good and the feet not moving. Stuck in the pitch and easy for Rishabh Pant behind the wickets. Keegan Petersen is the new man. SA - 2/1 (0.5)
3:03 PM IST: Proteas Innings Starts
Jasprit Bumrah with the new ball. Dean Elgar takes the first strike. His opening partner is Dean Elgar.
2:53 PM IST: Innings Break
Marco Jansen gets his maiden Test wicket. Jasprit Bumrah (8 off 9) caught by Wiaan Mulder. 55 runs for seven wickets in 15.3 overs. Some collapse. And the wrecker in chief, Lungi Ngidi - 6/71. This is the second-worst collapse for India after three down. Only behind 41/7 against Sri Lanka in 1997/98 -- 512 all out from 471/3. IND - 327 (105.3).
2:50 PM IST: India's Best Period
A little fightback from India. Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj in an unbeaten 19-run stand for the last-wicket. South Africa operating with wicketless Wiaan Mulder and Marco Jansen. Surprise! IND - 327/9 (105)
2:30 PM IST: Nine Down
Lungi Ngidi continues to rock. Mohammed Shami (8 off 9) goes. Caught behind. Nothing much to write about. Following the script. Six for Ngidi. Scott Boland in Centurion! Mohammed Siraj is the last man. And some breather. Drinks. In the last ten overs: 36 runs and six wickets. IND - 308/9 (100.5)
2:24 PM IST: Thakur Departs
Kagiso Rabada strikes again. Shardul Thakur looks to play on the up but his front foot is nowhere near the pitch. Faint edge and is caught behind. He goes for four off eight. Jasprit Burmah is the next match. IND - 304/8 (100)
2:17 PM IST: A Fifer
And just like that a fifer for Lungi Ngidi. Pitches up and Rishabh Pant hits straight to forward short leg. Easy catch for Rassie van der Dussen. Dangerous Pant goes for eight off 13. Mohammed Shami joins Shardul Thakru. IND - 296/7 (98.2)
2:11 PM IST: Ashwin Also Goes
Game on. A leading-edge and Ravichandran Ashwin is gone for four off five. Easy catch for Keshav Maharaj at cover. Three wickets in no time. Shardul Thakur is the new man. IND - 296/6 (97.4)
2:04 PM IST: Rahane Goes
And India lose another. Lungi Ngidi extracts extra bounce and Ajinkya Rahane nicks it. He goes for 48 off 102. Ngidi's figures so far: 4/56 in 20.4 overs. Ravichandran Ashwin joins Rishabh Pant. Centurion pitch starts to unravel. Always a pacer's paradise! IND - 291/5 (96.4)
1:49 PPM IST: Rahul Goes
Kagiso Rabada strikes. The pacer bangs in short and takes the glove with the 8th ball of the ball. KL Rahul is caught behind. He goes for 123 off 260. A 79-run stand in 157 is broken. Rishabh Pant will join Ajinkya Rahane in the middle. Expect some fireworks. IND - 278/4 (94)
1:42 PM IST: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the 2021 edition of the ICC Awards, "celebrating and rewarding the top performances across men’s and women’s international cricket throughout the year."
And the categories are:
Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year, Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy for ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year, ICC Men’s Test Cricketer of the Year, ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year, ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year, ICC Men’s T20I Cricketer of the Year, ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year, ICC Emerging Men’s Cricketer of the Year, ICC Emerging Women’s Cricketer of the Year, ICC Men’s Associate Cricketer of the Year, ICC Women’s Associate Cricketer of the Year, ICC Spirit of Cricket Award, ICC Umpire of the Year.
1:35 PM IST: Playing Times (SAST)
Here are the updated playing times. The plan is to bowl 98 overs today.
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1st session: 10:00 - 12:00
2nd session: 12:40 - 15:10
3rd session: 15:30 - 17:30
Overs for the day - 98 oversDecember 28, 2021
1:30 PM IST: Play Starts
Lungi Ngidi to Ajinkya Rahane (40). KL Rahul unbeaten on 122. They are already in a 73-run stand.
1:10 PM IST: Weather update
After a washout on Day 2, the weather is bright and a full day's play is expected. There will be some kind of moisture because of the rain yesterday. The forecast is also clear today.
After Monday's play was completely washed out, both India and South Africa will be redrawing their game plans. With more rain expected later in the week, it will be interesting to see how long India bat on Tuesday. Will India try to score at least 300 and unleash their bowlers on a South African batting lineup?
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The much-touted South African pace attack was well handled by the Indian top order. Lungi Ngidi (3/45) was the only wicket-taker for the hosts and he was lucky too. Kohli's wicket was a gift as the Indian captain chased a wide ball and nicked it.
KL Rahul will start at his overnight score of 122 and Ajinkya Rahane, another Indian veteran who is in dire need to score a big one and secure his Test future, is batting on 40. This Rahul-Rahane duo has put on 73 runs for the fourth wicket and is looking good for more.
The series is the first assignment away from home for new India coach Rahul Dravid and India is searching for their first win in South Africa on their eighth Test tour to South Africa.