It has not been a good start for South Africa in their first innings of the Centurion Test. The Indian bowlers have come back hard at them taking four quick wickets. Three of them fell in the post-lunch session with Mohammed Shami taking out Aiden Markram. He is inching closer to 200 Test wickets.
Aiden Markram was being seen as someone who would bat for long hours which was the need of the hour for the hosts. However, so far for them it has been a procession. The ball which dismissed Markram was a peach of a delivery. It pitched on the middle and leg stump and left Markram through the outside edge squaring him up from all ends. The ball did not bounce as much as Markram anticipated. However, it held its line and hit the top of off.
Mohammed Shami Nearing 200 Test Wickts
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Former Protean skipper Shaun Pollock said to Cricbuzz that a break on day two would help the bowlers more than the Indian batters and that is exactly how it panned out. Former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar also reiterated the same point which was made by Pollock.
“I think this rain break definitely benefits South Africa more than India because of the way the first day was gone, I think they were on the backfoot. At some stage, they might have had to fight for a draw so any time taken out of the game will assist them. It gives their bowlers a chance to recover after a heavy first day and with the covers that have been on, underneath that surface is going to get a bit moist” said Pollock.
Jasprit Bumrah Survives Injury Scare
So far, Shami has picked up two wickets Bumrah and Siraj has picked one each. In between his spell, Bumrah had to leave the pitch after rolling on his right ankle. The physio is currently assessing his injury and an update is expected. He is not on the pitch at the moment.
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He fell badly on his right ankle and winced in pain. Bumrah was soon attended by the Team India physio who took him out of the playing field for further inspection.