Temba Bavuma of the Proteas (Gallo)
Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock again reprised their salvage roles to pull South Africa to 109/5 at tea on the third day of the first Test against India at SuperSport Park in Centurion.
While South Africa still trail India by 218 runs, this 72-run stand for the fifth wicket has all but averted the threat of the follow-on.
When South Africa sank to 32/4 in the 13th over after Rassie van der Dussen (3) picked out Ajinkya Rahane off Mohammad Siraj (1/29), the prospect of South Africa batting again at tea was a distinct possibility.
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However, they lost De Kock (34) just before tea when he chopped Shardul Thakur (1/27) onto his stumps to end the stand while Bavuma (31*) survived a review after Mohammad Siraj’s vociferous appeal for a leg before wicket that Marais Erasmus correctly ruled not out.
In the face of accurate and bellicose bowling that was anchored by Mohammed Shami’s (2/16) excellent spell of 2/9 in five overs that contained four maidens, SA were quick to realise that reaching 128 to avert the follow-on instead of having eyes on India’s first innings of 327 was the immediate goal.
Having lost Dean Elgar (1) when he feathered Jasprit Bumrah (1/12) to Rishabh Pant just before lunch, Keegan Petersen (15) and Aiden Markram (13) were put under pressure by Shami’s fine bowling.
Markram had a life on 13 when he was dropped by Pant off Shami, but the bustling fast-bowler, who also induced an inside-edge from Petersen that cannoned into his stumps just after lunch in the eighth over, also castled Markram with one that kept low in the 12th over to leave SA struggling at 30/3.
Then Van der Dussen’s wicket fell, helping to make light work of India losing Bumrah to an ankle injury in the 11th over.
After a fizzing opening spell, Bumrah rolled his ankle while following through on the second last ball of his sixth ball.
Operating from the Hennops River end, Bumraj was extracting bounce and movement. Siraj replaced him from that end and after accounting for Van der Dussen, he engaged in an engrossing cat-and-mouse battle with Bavuma.
He repeatedly tried and succeeded in drawing the Proteas vice-captain forward, but just couldn’t get the edge.
The 50-stand came off 92 balls and when the 134-ball alliance was broken by Thakur’s breakthrough, De Kock was visibly upset.
His wicket, despite Wiaan Mulder’s resistance, opened up SA’s tail to India’s dogged pack that may look to get their batters in by the end of the day to force a result after the weather-enforced loss of the entire second day.
Scores in brief:
India: 327 (KL Rahul 123, Mayank Agarwal 60, Ajinkya Rahane 48, Lungi Ngidi 6/71, Kagiso Rabada 3/72, Marco Jansen 1/69)
South Africa: 109/5 (Quinton de Kock 34, Temba Bavuma 31*, Mohammed Shami 2/16, Jasprit Bumrah 1/12, Shardul Thakur 1/27)
South Africa trails by 218 runs
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