India vs South Africa 2nd Test 2019: Faf Du Plessis Leads Protea’s Resilience with a Fighting Half-Century, Hosts Still Ahead by 418 Runs at Tea on Day 3
Faf du Plessis scored a fighting half-century and shared a vital 75-run stand with wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock, but South Africa were still far from comfort at Tea on Day 3 of the 2nd India vs South Africa Test match in Pune. Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami combined to leave the visitors starring at another humbling lesson with their top five batsmen back in the hut with only 53 runs on board. And when the pitch dried up, Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja paired up to take the next three Protes wickets. South Africa were on 183/8 at the end of the second innings on Day 3 of the second Test match.
If there was ever an example of bowlers hunting in pairs, this was it. The seamers first dismantled South Africa’s batting order by sharing the top five wickets before the spin duo came to remove the visiting sides’ most experienced players and leaving South Africa in the middle of nowhere. The De Plessis-De Kock duo -- two most experienced players in this Proteas team -- restructured the South African innings after Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami had run through their entire top order.
Yadav, who fetched a wicket with his only second delivery in over a year, removed set batsman Theunis de Bruyn (30) just overs after Shami had sent back night watchman Anrich Nortje. Du Plessis and Quinton de Kock then shared a 75-run partnership between themselves before Ahsiwn had both in between Jadeja’s wicket of Senuran Muthusamy.