India First Team To Enforce Follow-on On South Africa Since 2008



Author 2019-10-13 08:22:12


Team India enforced a follow-on after bowling out South Africa for 275 runs in the first innings of the second Test in Pune. Meanwhile, it is for the first-time India have enforced a follow-on on South Africa in the history of cricket.

After putting 601 for five declared in the first innings, the bowlers were upto their task once again. The South African showed no urge to battle it out in the middle as Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami shared five wickets to provide a major jolt to the visitors.

While it looked like they have found a way to tackle the Indian bowlers, Ravichandran Ashwin joined the party to remove the South African batters to keep them at bay. But a 109-run stand between Keshav Maharaj and Vernon Philander for the ninth wicket save the Proteas from humiliation.

imgRavichandran Ashwin. Credits: BCCI

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Maharaj looked in control of things adding 72 runs while Philander chipped in with 44 runs. While it seemed like they will take South Africa unscathed nut Ashwin once again stepped up to pick two quick wickets to bowl out the visitors for 275.

While the decision to follow-on was kept on hold for the next day as the umpires called for the day, speculations grew whether India will make South Africa bat once again. In the morning session of day four, Virat Kohli enforced the follow-on; thus becoming the first team since 2008 to make South Africa bat twice consecutively in a Test match.

imgRavichandran Ashwin celebrates a wicket. Credit: AP

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Besides, this is also the first time that the Asian Giants have enforced a follow-on on the Proteas. India once again bowled well as they look to pocket the series 2-0 with one match still to go.


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