3rd Test, Day 2: South Africa 9/2 at stumps, trail India by 488 runs
- South Africa were reeling at 9/2 as Shami and Umesh sent the South African openers back in the hut inside first five overs
- Earlier, India declared their first innings at 497/9d
- Rohit (212) cracked his maiden Test double ton while Rahane scored his 11th Test ton before getting out in the morning session
Bad light forced early stumps on the second day of the third and final Test between India and South Africa in Ranchi on Sunday. Poor visibility meant the India players walked back to the dressing room barely five overs into the South African first innings after the tea break. India declared their first innings at 497/9 after Rohit Sharma (212) struck his maiden double century while Ajinkya Rahane (115) scored his first hundred at home in three years. Tea was also called when skipper Virat Kohli called his last two batsmen back. Pacers Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami sent back both the openers as South Africa finished the day at 9 for 2, trailing India by 488 runs in the first innings.
That will be early Stumps on Day 2 after bad light stops play. SA 9/2 at close and trail by 488 runs #TeamIndia… https://t.co/EkzjXGfJbe— BCCI (@BCCI) 1571567515000
That's stumps at Ranchi! 🇮🇳 497/9 dec (116.3 overs) 🇿🇦 9/2 (5 overs) What was your favourite moment of the second… https://t.co/tnnCyay6ZB— ICC (@ICC) 1571567200000
South Africa 9/2 after 5 overs. Trail India by 488 runs.
Zubayr Hamza 0*
Faf du Plessis 1*
Mohammed Shami 1/0
Umesh Yadav 1/4
The day's play has been called off due to bad light. It's stumps on Day 2
3:37 pm: And now the covers are coming on. Further play seems improbable now.
3:25 pm: The players have walked off the field but umpires are still out in the middle accessing the situation.
Bad light stops play after a ferocious start by India's new-ball attack! They've reduced South Africa to 9/2 after… https://t.co/yaafYzszmd— ICC (@ICC) 1571565843000
3:20 pm: And, bad light has interrupted play once again. Umpires had asked Virat Kohli to go with the spinners as it was getting too dark. Kohli obliged but the umpires now feel that the light has deteriorated further. The play has been stopped for now. However, there are chances of resumption if light gets better.
End of 3rd over: Shahbaz Nadeem starts off his Test debut with a maiden. Right on the mark in his first over. It's spin from both ends now as Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack. SA 8/2
End of 2nd over: OUT! Wicket on the final ball of the over for Umesh Yadav. What a start this has been from India pacers. Peach of a delivery from Umesh as Quinton de Kock he no clue about that one. Gets the glove and he departs after scoring 4 runs. Both the Proteas openers are back in the hut. SA 8/2
0.2 Overs: OUT! Four byes off the first ball and wicket off the second! Eventful start to the South Africa innings. Dean Elgar (0) walks back for a two-ball duck, as a faint edge from its bat finds its way into Saha's gloves. 4/1
The last session of the day gets underway, with Mohammed Shami running in with the red cherry in his hand.
Rohit Sharma's (212) maiden double Test ton was the highlight of the second session as India declared their first innings on 497/9 at tea on Day 2 of the Ranchi Test. Resuming on 199 post lunch, Rohit smacked Lungi Ngidi for a six in the deep to get to the landmark figure. But soon after that, Kagiso Rabada ended the stupendous effort from Rohit. Ravindra Jadeja and Wriddhiman Saha then took the India innings forward but Saha was castled by George Linde. Jadeja too departed after scoring 51. Ashwin failed to make an impact with the bat but Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami cameos took India to 497/9. Linde (4/133) was the most successful bowler for South Africa.
Tea, Day 2: India 497/9d
Rohit Sharma 212
Ajinkya Rahane 115
George Linde 4/133
Innings Break! That's it from the India innings as the Captain calls for a declaration. #TeamIndia 497/9d https://t.co/Zva8hFaQaM— BCCI (@BCCI) 1571563009000
And, Virat Kohli has called his batsmen back! India have declared their first innings on 497/9. What an effort this has been from the lower order batsmen. Umesh Yadav 10-ball 31 blitz propelled India to 497. And Virat and Co. feels that's sufficient for them. It's tea time as well in Ranchi!
114.4 overs: BANG! SIX! Mohammed Shami joins the party. It's raining fours and sixes at the moment in Ranchi. Shami charges down the track against Dane Piedt and hoicks it straight down to collect his first maximum. IND 490/9
112.4 overs: OUT! Umesh Yadav blitzkrieg finally comes to an end. After smacking three sixes off George Linde he goes for the fourth one but mistimes. Skies the ball and wicket keeper Klaasen makes no mistake. 31 off just 10 balls as his entertaining knock comes to an end. IND 482/9
112 Overs: Umesh Yadav is in and he makes it clear what he is sent in to do. Two balls, two sixes! He puts the wheels on India's scorecard that now reads 462/7.
111.4 Overs: OUT! And Jadeja falls soon after reaching his fifty, out for 51 as Linde gets his third wicket. India 450/7
Fifty for Jadeja! The 13th of his Test career! The all-rounder's good run with the bat continues. India's 450 up as well, 450/6 in 111.3 overs
110 Overs: Jadeja (46*) breaks the shackles off the last ball of the over, as the left-hander gets down on his knee and drags Linde from outside the off-stump to hit him through mid-wicket for his fourth four. India 438/6
109 Overs: Jadeja is into the 40s but India's scoring rate has hit a roadblock of sorts. Just 12 runs in the last five overs. India 431/6
107 Overs: SA have put together a couple of quiet overs as runs dry up for the Indian pair of Jadeja (33*) and Ashwin (3*). India 422/6
103.3 overs: WICKET! Through the gate. George Linde scalps Wriddhiman Saha for 24. Arm ball and it goes right through between the bat and pad of Saha. Second wicket for Linde on debut. IND 417/6
OUT! | IND: 417-6 Linde does it again, he's just dismissed Saha. Clean bowled through bat and pad as Saha played f… https://t.co/5yzQ7Yh3eo— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) 1571559613000
End of 101st over: FOUR! Boundary to end the over. Exquisite from Wriddhiman Saha. Hits Lungi Ngidi through extra covers to collect his second boundary. India in total control at the moment. IND 406/5
We are 100 overs into the Indian innings now. Ravindra Jadeja and Wriddhiman Saha have added 30 runs after Rohit… https://t.co/LTnKSkDP7x— ICC (@ICC) 1571558402000
400 up for India!
Wriddhiman Saha 16*
Ravindra Jadeja 28*
IND 400/5 after 99.2 overs
End of 96th over: A seven-run over after the drinks break from George Linde. Anrich Nortje will continue for South Africa from the other end. IND 393/5
Drinks | IND: 386-5 The Proteas have opted for the pace to try & make another breakthrough. DYK? Earlier in the s… https://t.co/T3wj9zLEfN— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) 1571556801000
End of 94th over: Another tidy over from George Linde comes to an end. Just three runs from it. Both Ravindra Jadeja and Wriddhiman Saha looking to rotate strike at the moment. IND 386/5
End of 92nd overs: South Africa bowlers now looking to tighten the screws. Just seven runs in the last three overs. Both Kagiso Rabada and George Linde are hitting the ball in the right areas post lunch. And, we have a change in bowling as Anrich Nortje comes in to replace Rabada. IND 378/5
End of 89th over: A Rohit Sharma wicket and a run from Kagiso Rabada over. South Africa finally get the wicket they were looking for. Can the Proteas bounce back from here? Wriddhiman Saha is the new man in for India. IND 371/5
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Breakthrough! | IND: 370-5 OUT! Kagiso Rabada provides the breakthrough for the Proteas. He bangs one, in short, S… https://t.co/eBttXa1tDT— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) 1571555102000
88.1 overs: OUT! And an entertaining journey comes to an end. Rohit Sharma falls on 212 off 255 balls. Kagiso Rabada gets the priced wicket. Rohit goes for the pull but finds the fielder at fine leg. Everyone from South Africa camp congratulate Rohit for his stupendous effort. He makes the long walk back. IND 370/5
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100 ✔ 150 ✔ 200 ✔ @ImRo45 you beauty 😍 https://t.co/FDMXsjlwcr— BCCI (@BCCI) 1571555007000
200 for Rohit Sharma!
Hitman gets to his maiden double Test ton. What an effort this has been from Rohit. What a series he has had as an opener. A total of 28 fours and 5 sixes in his knock so far. Gets there with a six off Lungi Ngidi in the deep. He has single-handedly controlled the India innings and has taken them to a commanding position. 200 out of 363 runs have come out of Rohit's bat. IND 363/4
End of 86th over: Lungi Ngidi start off with a maiden as watchful Rohit plays the over cautiously. He is still stuck on 199.
Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja resume India innings post lunch on Day 2. will start the proceedings for South Africa. Rohit on 199. IND 357/4
Rohit Sharma looked unstoppable once again as the hitman crossed his previous best score (177) in the morning session on Day 2 of the third and final Test in Ranchi. India were 357/4 at lunch with Rohit unbeaten on 199, just a run away from his maiden Test double ton, alongside Ravindra Jadeja on 15. Resuming on 274/3 both Ajinkya Rahane (115) and Rohit started cautiously but then picked up the pace. Both took on the South Africa bowlers and smacked them all over the park. In the process, Rahane got to his 11th Test ton -- his first on home soil since 2016 -- off 169 balls. Rohit followed it up with his second 150-plus total of the series. After his ton Rahane looked to accelerate but edged one off George Linde to wicket-keeper Heinrich Klaasen. Rohit smacked a couple of boundaries in the penultimate over to breeze through the 190s but remained unbeaten on 199 in the final over of the first session. George Linde was the lone wicket-taker for South Africa in the morning session as he broke a mammoth 267-run fourth wicket stand between Rahane and Rohit.
It has been an absolutely brilliant morning for #TeamIndia as Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane dominated the proceed… https://t.co/vPfBXVp7DX— BCCI (@BCCI) 1571551579000
Lunch, Day 2: India 357/4
Rohit Sharma 199*
Ajinkya Rahane 115
Kagiso Rabada 2/82
And, Kagiso Rabada completes the final over before the lunch break. seven runs from it including a four on the fifth ball of the over off Ravindra Jadeja's bat. Rohit Sharma will go back on 199 not out.
Second new ball taken by South Africa! And Kagiso Rabada is back in the attack. IND 332/4 after 82 overs
80.4 overs: Review from South Africa! Dane Piedt traps Rohit Sharma on the pads but it looks like that the ball has pitched outside leg. Original decision from the umpire is not out. And the hawk-eye confirms it. Ball pitching outside leg. South Africa lose review. Rohit survives! IND 324/4
George Linde bowls the 80th over with the old ball. The second new ball is now available for the Proteas. IND 323/4
78.1 overs: FOUR! Another boundary for Rohit Sharma and he has now crossed his previous best score in Tests. With the boundary Rohit moves to 178, which takes him past his highest personal total (177) that came against West Indies in 2013 at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. IND 320/4
End of 76th over: A wicket-maiden from George Linde as he also breaks the 267-run partnership between Rahane and Rohit in the over. South Africa finally have the breakthrough. Just what they needed before the second new ball. Can they now capitalize or will Rohit continue to frustrate them?
Ravindra Jadeja comes in at No.5
75.3 overs: OUT! George Linde gets first first Test wicket in form of Ajinkya Rahane. Heinrich Klaasen takes a sharp catch behind the stumps as Rahane, who was looking fidgety after his ton fails to cut the ball properly. Rahane walks back after scoring 115. IND 306/4
End of 72nd over: An eventful over straight after the drinks break comes to an end. A boundary on the fourth ball followed by a missed stumping chance. Big opportunity missed by new wicket-keeper Heinrich Klaasen off Dane Piedtas Ajinkya Rahane survives. 250-run partnership also came up in that over between Rahane and Rohit Sharma. IND 289/3
George Linde finishes off the final over before the drinks break. 14 overs were bowled in the first hour and 60 runs were scored by Ajinkya Rahane (101*) and Rohit Sharma (159*) in that period. IND 284/3 after 72 overs
150 up for Rohit Sharma!
A sensational effort from the hitman. Gets to his third 150-plus score in Tests. His second of the ongoing series. Takes a comfortable single off George Linde to get to the 150-run mark. IND 274/3
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100 for Ajinkya Rahane!
An exceptional knock from the India vice-captain. First ton for Rahane on home soil since 2016. His 11th overall in Tests. Gets there in 169 balls. IND 268/3
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Here it is! A stupendous 11th Test CENTURY for #TeamIndia vice-captain @ajinkyarahane88 👏👏 #INDvSA https://t.co/bm4QIoL2Hg— BCCI (@BCCI) 1571546818000
67.1 overs: FOUR! Too straight from Lungi Ngidi and Rohit Sharma flicks the ball fine to collect four runs. Rohit moves to 135. Both Rohit and Ajinkya Rahane now looking confident out in the middle. Seventh boundary of the morning for India. IND 257/3
End of 66th over: FOUR! Ajinkya Rahane finishes Lungi Ngidi over with a boundary. Outside off from Ngidi and Rahane cuts the ball through the vacant point region to collect four runs. Rahane moves to 96. 250 also comes up for India!
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FOUR! Rohit Sharma hits Lungi Ngidi through square-leg region to collect a boundary as 200-run partnership comes up between him and Ajinkya Rahane for the fourth wicket. IND 241/3 after 63.4 overs.
BOWLING CHANGE | IND 237/3 Ngidi is into the attack. #INDvSA #ProteaFire https://t.co/vQFQag9mHq— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) 1571545476000
62.4 overs: FOUR! Another excellent shot from Ajinkya Rahane. Leans forward against Kagiso Rabada's half-volley and finds the gap. The ball races to the fence. Rahane moves into the 90's. IND 237/3
End of 61st over: FOUR! Rohit collects a boundary on the final ball. Full length delivery from Kagiso Rabada and Rohit times his on-drive to perfection. IND 232/3
59.3 overs: FOUR! Lovely cover drive from Ajinkya Rahane. Over-pitched delivery outside off from Anrich Nortje. Rahane leans forward drives the ball through the gap to open the scoring for India on Day 2. Exquisite from Rahane! IND 228/3
Tidy start from Kagiso Rabada. A maiden! Rohit Sharma looking careful as the ball is showing signs of movement in the air and off the pitch. Anrich Nortje to share the ball with Rabada from the other end. IND 224/3
Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane are out in the middle to resume India innings on Day 2. Kagiso Rabada will start the proceedings for South Africa. Two slips and a gully for him. Rohit to face the first ball. Here we go!
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Pitch Report, Day 2: "This pitch has played a lot better than it looks. Huge cracks and rough patches. The good areas are still intact. Looks rough and abrasive, the rains might help hold it together. If the ball keeps landing in the driving zone and the soil gets loose, then it might do something, but there are still runs to be scored before something like that happened," said Sunil Gavaskar and Sanjay Manjrekar.
Weather looks clear at the moment. But chances of rain in the afternoon are 88 percent. Day 2 proceedings begin in 20 minutes.
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Hello and welcome to the Live coverage of Day 2 of the third Test between India and South Africa in Ranchi.
DAY 1 RECAP:
Rohit Sharma continued his sensational run as a Test opener with his third hundred of the series, allowing India to regain control of the proceedings after a top-order collapse in the third and final game against South Africa. With India reduced to 39 for three, Rohit (117 batting off 164 balls) and Ajinkya Rahane (83 batting off 135) shared an unbeaten 185-run stand to stage the home team's remarkable recovery.
India were 224 for three before bad light, followed by rain, forced an early end to play on day one with only six overs possible in the final session.
With his stellar effort, Rohit, who hammered 14 boundaries and four sixes, became the first Indian opener since Sunil Gavaskar to score more than two centuries in a Test series. Gavaskar had achieved the feat way back in 1970.
Rohit's Test century number six came with a massive six off spinner Dane Piedt. It was a typical knock from India's limited overs captain as he exercised caution when Kagiso Rabada was steaming in the morning before going for his strokes.
If that was not enough, Rahane matched him at the other end and brought up his 21st half-century off just 70 balls.
Piedt, who was included in place of Senuran Muthusamy, cut a sorry figure against Rohit's fury, giving away 43 runs in his six overs.
Debutant left-arm spinner George Linde, who replaced an injured Keshav Maharaj, ended the day with tidy figures of 11-1-40-0.
Such was the Indian duo's dominance after lunch that Rabada, who had a fiery opening spell of 7-4-15-2, looked listless in the second spell that read 4-0-30-0.
Rahane matched Sharma shot for shot and at one point even had a better strike rate than his explosive Mumbai partner as he notched up his fastest half-century in India. Sharma, however, had a testing opening session as he survived on seven after reviewing an LBW successfully. He also survived a run out chance when he was out of crease but Zubayr Hamza's throw from point missed the stumps.
Uneven bounce with a few staying really low greeted the Indian openers in the morning as Rabada and Lungi Ngidi made full use of the conditions to give the visitors their best start of the series.
Rabada got rid of opener Mayank Agarwal (10) and Cheteshwar Pujara (0) inside the first-hour of play. The first breakthrough came in Rabada's third over when the the pacer swung it away with Agarwal edging it to Dean Elgar at third slip. Rabada went on to dismiss Pujara for a duck in his fifth over following a successful review by the South Africans after the on-field umpire Richard Illingworth turned down an lbw appeal. But it was Nortje who earned the biggest wicket as he sent back Pune Test's double centurion Kohli after the skipper failed to read one that came back in sharply.
Kohli took the review but only to be turned down with an umpire's call and the skipper went back to the pavillion frustrated.