IND v SA, Ranchi Test: Proteas reduced to 129/6 as Umesh, Jadeja pick two wickets apiece
South Africa battled on Monday to avoid the follow-on against India, with a defiant Zubayr Hamza making 62 on the third day of the third Test.
India’s bowlers reduced South Africa to 129/6 at lunch, still 169 short of being forced to bat again as they chased India’s 497/9 declared in Ranchi. George Linde, on 10, and Dane Piedt, on four were at the crease.
Paceman Umesh Yadav struck first in the opening over to get South African skipper Faf du Plessis bowled on his overnight score of one after the Proteas resumed on 9/2.
But a defiant Hamza hit a flurry of boundaries and put on 91 runs with Temba Bavuma, who made 32, for the fourth wicket.
Hamza, playing just his second Test after making his debut against Pakistan in Johannesburg in January, completed his first fifty with a six off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.
Ravindra Jadeja broke the stand after getting Hamza bowled on a delivery that spun, skidded and stayed low to rattle the leg stump. The left-arm spinner also bowled Heinrich Klaasen for six. Bavuma was stumped by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha.
Rohit Sharma put India in command of the third Test with his first Test double century on Sunday. He made 212. India are already 2-0 up in the three-match series.
India 1st innings: 497/9 declared.
South Africa 1st innings: 129/6 in 36 overs (Zubayr Hamza 62, George Linde 10 batting, Dane Piedt 4 batting; Ravindra Jadeja 2/12, Umesh Yadav 2/39).
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