Trailing by 206 runs, South Africa ended Day 1 of the ongoing third and final Test against India in Cape Town with their noses slightly ahead. With the visitors getting bundled out for a meager score of 223, the hosts were 17 for one at stumps on Tuesday. Despite a cautious start, the Proteas ended up losing the crucial wicket of their skipper, Dean Elgar, who was dismissed by Jasprit Bumrah with a peach of a delivery.
In the fourth ball of the fifth over, Jasprit Bumrah bowled a length delivery, angling across the southpaw opener. The line – so close to the stumps – and length forced the South African skipper to play at it. He tried to go with soft hands but ended up getting an outside edge to the first slip where Cheteshwar Pujara made no mistake in taking a comfortable catch. Such was the delivery that Elgar was left utterly clueless after edging the ball towards the first slip.
Here is the video of the brilliant delivery from Jasprit Bumrah to Deal Elegar:
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Deam Elgar could only manage to score three runs off 16 balls. His opening partner Aiden Markram remained unbeaten and registered eight runs off 20 balls. Meanwhile, nightwatchman Keshav Maharaj managed to stay at the crease and added six runs to the scoreboard.
Earlier on Day 1, the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli registered a half-century, scoring 79 runs off 201 balls. His gutsy knock also consisted of 12 fours and a six. Cheteshwar Pujara narrowly missed out on a fifty, slamming 43 runs off 77 balls.
Kagiso Rabada and Marco Jansen were in top form for South Africa’s bowling department, taking four and three wickets respectively. Duanne Olivier, Lungi Ngidi, and Maharaj bagged a dismissal each. With the series locked at 1-1, India is eyeing a historic Test series win in the rainbow nation.