[VIDEO] Mohammed Shami rattles Faf du Plessis and Temba Bavuma's stumps with two stunning deliveries
Mohammed Shami was bowling in full-throttle on the final fifth day of the first Test between India and South Africa in Vizag on Sunday. India won the game by 203 runs after successfully defending the target of 395 runs Shami was the destructor-in-chief for the Virat Kohli-led side as he picked up a five-wicket haul to help India bundle out the visitors on 191 runs in a hefty-chase of 395. Shami bowled an exceptional spell where four out of his five dismissals were clean bowled.
On Sunday, South Africa resumed their chase from 1/11 and were quickly reduced to 70/7 by the Indian bowlers, who kept taking wickets at regular intervals. Ravichandran Ashwin drew the first blood for India with the wicket of Theunis de Bruyn in the 12th over before Shami got into action and removed Temba Bavuma, Faf Du Plessis and Quinton De Kock in no time.
Bavuma became his first scalp of the day after the pacer bowled a brilliant back of the length delivery to the right-hander, who was not expecting it to keep as low as it did. The ball sneaked through the youngster's defence before castling his stumps as he went on the ground failing to control the delivery.
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Shami then bowled a brilliant in-swinger which jagged back in and rattled the South African skipper's stumps leaving him stunned. Du Plessis had left the ball anticipating it to be an out-swinger but the ball swung in and sent the off-stumps in the air. Shami followed up the dismissal by removing De Kock in his next over.
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Shami's perfect seam position and his ability to consistently clock good pace helped him outclass the South African batsman on a dry wicket with little movement on offer for the pacers. He became only the fifth Indian bowlers after Karsan Ghavri, Kapil Dev, Madan Lal and Javagal Srinath to take five wickets in the fourth innings of a Test match at home.
Shami was well complemented by Ravindra Jadeja, who picked up a four-wicket haul and Ashwin, who got a solitary wicket in the fourth innings of the game. Ashwin top had a fantastic return to Test cricket after missing out on the West Indies series as he finished with total eight wickets under his belt becoming the joint-fastest bowler to take 350 Test wickets with Sri Lankan great Muttiah Muralitharan.