Ranchi Test: Umesh Yadav emulates Courtney Walsh with 5th successive 3-wicket haul

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Author 2019-10-21 16:56:00

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Umesh Yadav has rattled South Africa with genuine pace in Ranchi Test. (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Umesh Yadav became only the second fast bowler to pick 3-plus wickets in five successive innings in India
  • Umesh emulated West Indies legend Courtney Walsh to this unique feat
  • Umesh Yadav's figures in his last five innings in India read- 6/88, 4/45, 3/37, 3/22 and 3/40

Umesh Yadav took the South African batsmen on a rollercoaster ride with his skiddy pace and reverse swing as he took 3 wickets in the first innings to bundle out the Proteas for a meager 162 on Monday.

With the wickets of Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis and George Linde, Umesh Yadav became only the second fast bowler to pick 3-plus wickets in five successive innings in India after West Indies legend Courtney Walsh.

Umesh Yadav's figures in his last five innings in India read- 6/88, 4/45, 3/37, 3/22 and 3/40. Yadav first removed the newly-promoted South Africa opener Quinton de Kock for 4 with an unplayable bouncer in the last session of Day 2.

India vs South Africa, Ranchi Test Day 3: Live Score

On day 3, India had an eventful first over as Yadav produced another unplayable delivery that swung late to unsettle the off-stump of du Plessis, who left the crease shaking his head. Yadav looked ominous and was unlucky a couple of times when Hamza edged it just short of Virat Kohli at first slip.

Later after tea, Umesh Yadav struck again to break the gritty 9th-wicket stand as he removed debutant Linde for 37. Yadav, in his first over after the drinks break, came around the wicket and induced the edge as Rohit Sharma took a sharp catch at the 2nd slip.

Earlier in India’s innings, Umesh Yadav swung the long handle to reap maximum rewards in Ranchi as he hit 5 sixes in his 31-run innings, which became the fastest 30+ score in Test history - at least in all games where ball-by-ball data is available. Umesh’s strike-rate of 310 is now the highest for an innings of 30 or more runs in Test history, beating by one delivery, the previous holder Stephen Fleming’s 31* off 11 balls.

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