India’s top-order gave them an edge over South Africa at the stumps of day two in Johannesburg, where both teams are playing the last Test of the Freedom Series. Despite giving a 7-run lead to their opponents, India overtook the deficit and took 42-run in their favor as India’s scorecard reads 49/1.
First, Indian bowlers were breathing fire in the morning and South African batsmen were clueless in front of them.
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Jasprit Bumrah deserved all praises as he grabbed his maiden fifer (5/54) in the Test cricket. He started with the wicket of Faf du Plessis and went to take another four wickets in the process. Hashim Amla’s dismissal proved to be the most vital one as India denied hosts from a big deficit.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, too, was exceptional throughout the day and he took three wickets including the most important wicket of veteran AB de Villiers. South Africa’s first innings ended at 194 and gave them something to show as proof of being ahead in the match.
However, in response, India’s top-order responded well in their last innings of this tour and showed application for the first time in this series. Team management gave a shocker by sending Parthiv Patel upfront KL Rahul and this moved proved ordinary, but his 16 runs successfully helped India to negotiate a small deficit of South Africa.
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KL Rahul looked in good touch during his 16, while Murali Vijay seems to be strong and held one end firmly. Tomorrow, India will be eyeing to bat throughout the day to post a mammoth target and win a consolation game at the end.