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Highlights, India vs South Africa, 3rd Test, Day 1 at Johannesburg, Full Cricket Score: SA 6/1 at stumps

Date: Wednesday, 24 January, 2018 21:18 IST Match Status: Match Ended
Venue: The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

India in South Africa 3 Test Series 2018 3rd Test Match Result India beat South Africa by 63 runs

187/10
Overs
76.4
R/R
2.45
Fours
24
Sixes
0
Extras
26
194/10
Overs
65.5
R/R
2.96
Fours
24
Sixes
0
Extras
23
247/10
Overs
80.1
R/R
3.08
Fours
22
Sixes
2
Extras
29
177/10
Overs
73.3
R/R
2.41
Fours
18
Sixes
1
Extras
13
  • That brings us to the end of today's coverage. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did to bring it to you. Join us tomorrow at 1.00 pm for Day 2 proceedings. Until next time, it's time to say good bye. 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance cricket journalist in Johannesburg

    End of day 1. India know what to do and in four pacers they have the wherewithal to do it. What they don't have are the runs. Another 30-40 and South Africa would have been under the pump. Right now, they will be elated with the first day's work. Long road ahead for India to make it 2-1 from here, atleast at stumps today.     

  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar's 30-run cameo towards the end of the Indian innings certainly looks a handful now that they have removed Aiden Markram early. The pitch certainly isn't an easy one to bat on, and the Indian pacers certainly have bowled with fire in the six overs that they got to bowl before stumps on Day 1. Let's see how they fare on the following day — negating the ABD-factor and grabbing hold of every opportunity that comes along their way will be crucial for them to grab a first innings lead. 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance cricket journalist in Johannesburg

    End of day 1. India know what to do and in four pacers they have the wherewithal to do it. What they don't have are the runs. Another 30-40 and South Africa would have been under the pump. Right now, they will be elated with the first day's work. Long road ahead for India to make it 2-1 from here, atleast at stumps today.     

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    India v South Africa, 3rd Test, Day-1 summary:   1st session - 45/2 (27 overs) 2nd session - 69/2 (26 overs)  3rd session - 79/7 (29.4 overs) Overall - 193/11 (82.4 overs)    

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance cricket journalist in Johannesburg

    Lovely shape and movement from Kumar and India draw first blood. Markram gone... You expect this from Bhuvi... India need more of the same! 

  • After 6 overs,South Africa 6/1 ( Dean Elgar 4 , Kagiso Rabada 0) Bumrah bowls what will be the last over of the opening day, with Rabada surviving six deliveries as South Africa reach 6/1 at STUMPS on the opening day of the third and final Test. Elgar, standing at the non-striker's end, took his gloves off well before the last delivery was bowled, not expecting Rabada to set off for a single whatsoever.

  • After 5 overs,South Africa 6/1 ( Dean Elgar 4 , Kagiso Rabada 0) Bhuvneshwar gets the second delivery to straighten along the fourth stump line while kicking up higher than usual, making it near unplayable for Elgar. The southpaw opener struggles to adjust to the line of Bhuvneshwar's deliveries, and would be happy to stay put at his crease at the end of the over. Second maiden for Bhuvneshwar. 

  • After 4 overs,South Africa 6/1 ( Dean Elgar 4 , Kagiso Rabada 0) Bumrah continues from the other end, with the South Africans in a bit of a spot right now. Elgar gets hit on his elbow off the third delivery, and walks away from the crease in pain, needing some medical attention. After taking a few minutes to recover, Elgar punches the ball down the ground for a couple of runs. Guides the next one towards fine-leg for a single. Three off the over. 

  • After 3 overs,South Africa 3/1 ( Dean Elgar 1 , Kagiso Rabada 0) Bhuvneshwar doesn't take too long to get the first wicket, with Markram getting an outside edge while trying to fend a back-of-length delivery that angles away from his bat. The Proteas send Rabada as the nightwatchman, with Kohli fielding four slips and a gully. Wicket-maiden for Bhuvneshwar, who seems to be breathing fire right now. 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance cricket journalist in Johannesburg

    Lovely shape and movement from Kumar and India draw first blood. Markram gone... You expect this from Bhuvi... India need more of the same! 

  • OUT ! Bhuvneshwar snares one early! Angles one away from Markram after pitching it short of length, with the right-handed opener nicking it to Patel behind the stumps. SA 3/1 Markram c Patel b Bhuvneshwar 2(8)

  • After 2 overs,South Africa 3/0 ( Dean Elgar 1 , Aiden Markram 2) Bumrah shares the new ball with Bhuvneshwar, and starts off with a maiden, as Elgar opts to leave the deliveries alone, taking is time to adjust to the awkward angle. 

  • Jasprit Bumrah shares the new ball with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, bowling the second over from the Corlett Drive End. 

  • After 1 overs,South Africa 3/0 ( Dean Elgar 1 , Aiden Markram 2) Bhuvneshwar bowls the first over of the South African innings, with Elgar setting off for a run off the very first delivery, nudging the ball towards extra-cover. Markram gets off the mark himself three balls later, guiding it towards the leg side for a couple of runs. Three off the over.  Meanwhile, Kohli's not standing in the slips today — instead he's decided to relocate himself to mid off. Wonder if we'll get to hear his running commentary from that position or not. 

  • South African openers Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram are out at the centre and will have to face five overs before stumps. Bhuvneshwar Kumar to start the proceedings for India. 

  • After 76.4 overs,India 187/10 ( Jasprit Bumrah 0 , ) Rabada bowls from round-the-wicket with an FSL in place. Bhuvi stays cautious for the first couple of deliveries, and his brave resistance comes to an end after getting a top-edge off the fourth delivery that results in a sliding catch for Phehlukwayo near mid-on. End of what was a fine counter-attack by Bhuvi, and the 30 runs off his bat could very well prove crucial later given how the pitch is behaving.  The pacers were seen darting back to the pavilion as the Indian innings ended 13 short of the 200-run mark, with Bhuvneshwar likely to start off with the new ball.  India bowled out for 187 in their first innings! 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance cricket journalist in Johannesburg

    Was refraining from sending that last update... Because India have been bowled out for 187, falling short of 200. Mind you, they still have something to bowl with. Lot better than 160. However, truth told, this has been a torrid innings after opting to bat first. Then again, why would you bat first on this pitch?     

  • OUT! The Indian innings finally comes to an end, with Bhuvneshwar getting a top-edge off a pull that lobs the ball over towards mid-on, where Phehlukwayo collects after a slide! IND 187 all out.  Bhuvneshwar c Phehlukwayo b Rabada 30(49)

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance cricket journalist in Johannesburg

    21-run partnership this so far... for the 10th wicket. Bhuvneshwar Kumar doing an invaluable job again. And to think he didn't play the last Test.... these are vital runs. India are closer to 200 now than they were when Pandya departed. It looked that they would finish at 160. This could be the difference. India have something to bowl at.     

  • After 76 overs,India 187/9 ( Bhuvneshwar Kumar 30 , Jasprit Bumrah 0) Ngidi returns to the attack in the 76th over, though that doesn't affect Bhuvneshwar's attacking intent, as he makes room for an inside-out slog that sends the ball flying over mid off. Bhuvi survives again after getting a top-edge while trying to duck off a short ball off the penultimate delivery, with the cherry landing safely near backward square-leg. Five off the over. 

  • FOUR ! Valuable runs being collected by Bhuvneshwar right now, as he makes room for himself and goes inside-out in his slog. The ball runs away to the long off fence. IND 186/9

  • Ngidi brought back into the attack in the 76th over, replacing Phialnder from the Golf Course End. Chance for all five pacers to collect two pacers each. 

  • After 75 overs,India 182/9 ( Bhuvneshwar Kumar 25 , Jasprit Bumrah 0) Bhuvneshwar skies one towards mid on after miscuing a slog off the fourth ball of the over. Ngidi though, fails to judge the catch correctly, and ends up spilling it, allowing Bhuvi to return for a second. Bhuvneshwar chips the next one over cover, with Faf failing to get his hand to the ball despite a leap, giving the batsman another couple of runs. Bhuvi sets off for the non-striker's end despite not getting bat on ball off the last delivery, keeping strike for the following over. He surely will get a lot of pats on his back in the dressing room if he can stretch the Indian innings to 200 now...

  • After 74 overs,India 177/9 ( Bhuvneshwar Kumar 21 , Jasprit Bumrah 0) Bhuvneshwar guides the ball towards square-leg off the first delivery of the over, collecting a double, and follows it up with a slog down the ground off the next ball, collecting his third boundary. Bhuvi runs the ball down to third man off the penultimate ball. Seven off the over. 

  • FOUR ! Bhuvneshwar makes room for himself, and lofts the ball over the non-striker's head for a four! IND 176/9

  • After 73 overs,India 170/9 ( Bhuvneshwar Kumar 14 , Jasprit Bumrah 0) Rabada strikes as soon as he is brought back into the attack in place of Morkel, with du Plessis collecting a safe catch at second slip off a bottom edge of Ishant's bat. Unusual appeal for lbw by Rabada off the third delivery, with the umpire signalling four byes after the ball runs down fine-leg. Faf reviews, and the only thing that changes are the four byes being signalled as leg-byes instead. What's more, the ball seemed to have deviated massively after landing on a crack outside off — making the ball look like a fast off-break. 

  • The South Africans have decided to review after an lbw appeal by Rabada was turned down by the umpire. What's more, the umpire signals four byes, with the ball running down fine-leg. The only change after the review — umpire Dar signals leg-byes instead of byes.

  • OUT! Wicket number two for Kagiso Rabada! Ishant gets a bottom edge that flies in the direction of du Plessis at second slip. The SA skipper lunges forward to collect the catch safely. IND 166/9 Ishant c du Plessis b Rabada 0(12)

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    This is the first time after 2014 that five South African pacers have atleast taken a wicket in a same Test innings. The last time it happened against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo in 2014.    

  • Kagiso Rabada brought back into the attack in the 73rd over, replacing Morkel from the Corlett Drive End. 

  • After 72 overs,India 166/8 ( Bhuvneshwar Kumar 14 , Ishant Sharma 0) Bhuvneshwar dances down the track, and smacks the ball towards mid off, though he is interecepted by a fielder. Fourth delivery sees him guide the ball through the covers for a couple of runs. Two off the over. 

  • After 71 overs,India 164/8 ( Bhuvneshwar Kumar 12 , Ishant Sharma 0) Ishant chips the ball towards the leg side, with Ngidi failing to get close to the ball after running in from short midwicket. Another maiden for Morkel — his fifth off 17 overs. 

  • After 70 overs,India 164/8 ( Bhuvneshwar Kumar 12 , Ishant Sharma 0) Philander bowls a couple of leg-cutters to Bhuvneshwar in his 17th over, getting a decent amount of deviation off the deliveries. collecting his 10th maiden in the process. Meanwhile, the supporters start singing 'Noksi Sikelel iAfrika', the national anthem, in the stands. 

  • After 69 overs,India 164/8 ( Bhuvneshwar Kumar 12 , Ishant Sharma 0) Bhuvneshwar collects a single off the second delivery after driving the ball through cover. We have another Ishant vs Morkel face off after the duel at Centurion, with the latter bowling from around the wicket with a forward short-leg in place. Ishant survives the next four deliveries, often shuffling to his right to take the inside-edge out of the equation. One off the over. 

  • After 68 overs,India 163/8 ( Bhuvneshwar Kumar 11 , Ishant Sharma 0) Shami chips the ball in the direction of substitute fielder de Bruyn at mid on once again, with the ball landing short yet again. Shami ultimately perishes after living dangerously for some time now, lobbing one over to Rabada at mid off after hitting off the toe end of his bat. Wicket maiden for Philander, whose figures at the end of the over read 16-9-22-2. 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance cricket journalist in Johannesburg

    Poor from Pandya really... and India's tail has been exposed. It's a long tail at that. Ashwin, in hindsight, was a better pick as all-rounder for this game. Can bat well on these sort of pitches and gives you element of spin if you need it at a later stage, especially with four frontline pacers playing.     

  • The players are having a drink after Shami's dismissal. Looks like the Indian innings won't last the session. 

  • OUT ! Easy a dismissal as it can get, as Shami lobs the ball up in the air off the toe-end of his bat to get caught by Rabada at mid off. Second wicket for Morkel! IND 163/8 Shami c Rabada b Morkel 8(16)

  • Philander returns to the attack from the Golf Course End, replacing Phehlukwayo. 

  • After 67 overs,India 163/7 ( Bhuvneshwar Kumar 11 , Mohammed Shami 8) Shami cuts the ball through the off side off the second delivery of the over, collecting two off it. Shami brings Bhuvi back on strike with a single off the next delivery. Bhuvneshwar opens the face of his bat off a fuller delivery from Morkel off the penultimate delivery, finding the gap between third slip and gully. Seven off the over. 

  • FOUR ! Bhuvneshwar opens the face of his bat, and guides the ball through the gap between gully and third slip! IND 163/7

  • After 66 overs,India 156/7 ( Bhuvneshwar Kumar 7 , Mohammed Shami 5) Bhuvneshwar drives the ball towards the gap between midwicket and mid on off the third delivery of the 66th over, getting only a single on the occasion. Shami chips the ball towards wide mid on off the next ball, with the ball landing just short of substitute fielder Theunis de Bruyn. Two off the over. 

  • After 65 overs,India 154/7 ( Bhuvneshwar Kumar 6 , Mohammed Shami 4) Morkel continues from the other end, with the Proteas attack looking to polish the Indian tail off now. Shami gets a leading edge off the second delivery, with the ball landing safely at short cover. Shami gets a thick edge off the third delivery that carries high over short third man, and away to the third man fence. Four off the over. 

  • FOUR ! Shami edges the ball off a back-of-length delivery from Morkel, and the fielder placed at short third man fails to reach out to the ball despite a leap. Morkel's not happy with the field placement — he would've preferred someone at third man for the chance. IND 154/7

  • After 64 overs,India 150/7 ( Bhuvneshwar Kumar 6 , Mohammed Shami 0) Pandya goes for a pull off a short ball from Phehlukwayo, skieng the ball in the process which de Kock pouches near the circle after running behind him. Bhuvneshwar smacks the ball through extra-cover off the fourth delivery, and collects a double off the last ball to bring up the 150 for the visitors. 

  • FOUR ! Smacked through extra-cover by Bhuvneshwar! We all know Bhuvi can bat, and he will look to get some valuable runs on board before the inevitable end. IND 148/7

  • OUT ! Pandya has thrown his wicket away ! Attempts a front-foot pull off a short ball from Phehlukwayo, getting a thick edge as a result. De Kock runs back, and collects the catch near the circle. IND 144/7 Pandya c de Kock b Phehlukwayo 0(5)

India vs South Africa, 3rd Test, Day 1 at Johannesburg, latest update: Bumrah bowls what will be the last over of the opening day, with Rabada surviving six deliveries as South Africa reach 6/1 at STUMPS on the opening day of the third and final Test. Elgar, standing at the non-striker's end, took his gloves off well before the last delivery was bowled, not expecting Rabada to set off for a single whatsoever.

Meanwhile, Kohli's not standing in the slips today — instead he's decided to relocate himself to mid off. Wonder if we'll get to hear his running commentary from that position or not.

Preview: India will aim to avoid an embarrassing series whitewash and salvage some pride when they meet a confident South Africa in the third and final Test match which starts at the Wanderers Stadium here on Wednesday.

South Africa's Faf Du Plessis and India skipper Virat Kohi. Agencies

South Africa's Faf Du Plessis and India skipper Virat Kohi. Agencies

In the first two Test matches, India were outplayed in every department of the game. Skipper Virat Kohli also agreed that their opponents were way better.

But in the upcoming match, India will like to turn the tables and like to finish the series on a positive note.

However, it will not be an easy job for the Indians. With the conditions and pitch favouring the hosts, the visitors may find it tough to survive the full five days.

India could witness an archetypal South African wicket – hard and dry with plenty of bounce – which often provides lots of seam movement up front.

Spinners could also play an important role on the fourth and fifth days, so the inclusion of a tweaker could be helpful in the second innings.

In the batting department, apart from Kohli, all the other batsmen have totally failed to step up to the occasion.

Some of them are guilty of playing reckless shots – which would have worked on a slow pitch – in the first two Tests and coming into the third game, they will have got a measure of the task ahead.

The Indian team is full of stroke-makers like Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya. Their attitude of dominating the bowlers with a flurry of strokes will not work in the third match.

Instead, they must harness the art of controlling the South African pace quartet by curtailing their habit of going after each and every delivery.

Calls for the inclusion of Ajinkya Rahane, known for his quiet approach, instead of fellow Mumbaikar Rohit Sharma have grown over the last few days.

It will not be a surprise if either Lokesh Rahul or Rohit sit out, while Parthiv Patel may find himself in the openers' slot.

In their bowling department, seamers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Hardik Pandya, alongwith lone spinner Ravichandran Ashwin played sensibly but the fielding let them down.

On the other hand, South Africa will depend upon Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis to score the bulk of their runs.

Rookie pacers Lungi Ngidi, who was the man of the Match in the last game will be crucial once again along with Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada. Keshav Maharaj will be the lone spinner for the hosts and may play a crucial role in the second innings.

Squads

India: Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Parthiv Patel, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, Lokesh Rahul.

South Africa: Faf du Plessis (Captain), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper), AB de Villiers, Dean Elgar, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada. Duanne Olivier, Lungi Ngidi.

With inputs from IANS




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5313 121
2 South Africa 4484 115
3 Australia 4174 104
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 England 4829 99
6 Sri Lanka 4374 95
Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 7594 122
2 South Africa 6911 117
3 England 6871 116
4 New Zealand 6550 115
5 Australia 6376 112
6 Pakistan 4877 96
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3272 126
2 Australia 2513 126
3 India 3607 120
4 New Zealand 3013 116
5 West Indies 2538 115
6 England 2402 114