WATCH: Umpire Nigel Llong's delayed decision to rule him out leaves Senuran Muthusamy stunned in 2nd Test
Umpire Nigel Llong's delayed decision to rule him out left South African all-rounder Senuran Muthusamy in disbelief during the third day's play of the second Test between India and South Africa at the MCA Stadium in Pune on Saturday. Muthuswamy was dismissed lbw by Ravindra Jadeja after scoring just 7 runs off 20 balls and ended up costing South Africa a review after he was not convinced by Llong's late decision.
The incident happened in the 45th over of the South African innings when Muthuswamy was facing Jadeja. The left-arm spinner bowled one on the fourth-stump line and the ball generated a massive turn to struck the South African batsman on his pads. Jadeja and the rest of the Indian players instantly burst into an appeal but Llong appeared unconvinced, initially. However, as soon as the Indian players stopped appealing, the umpire raised his finger leaving Muthuswamy stunned.
The South African went for a review but replays showed the ball was hitting the stumps ensuring his dismissal. He departed for a low-key score failing to make much of an impact with the bat as Jadeja bagged his first dismissal of the day.
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In pursuit of India's massive total of 601 runs in their first innings, South Africa were reduced to 33/3 at stumps on Day 2. The Indian bowlers didn't let their intensity reduce on the third day as they once again tormented the South African batting line-up with the pacers running riot. Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav were quick to leave South Africa struggling on 53/5 after removing Temba Bavuma and Anrich Nortje early.
However, Faf du Plessis then posted a 75-run stand with Quinton de Kock for the sixth wicket to pull things back for the visitors. Ravichandran Ashwin then struck to dismiss De Kock before accounting for Faf's dismissal. He later also broke the 109-runs stand between tail-enders Keshav Maharaj (72) and Vernon Philander (44) to get India a much-needed breakthrough. He finished the day with Kagiso Rabada's wicket to take his tally to 4/69 in his 28.4 overs.
South Africa were skittled out for 275 by Indian bowlers handing India a formidable lead of 326 runs at stumps. India will become the first side to enforce a follow-on on South Africa in a Test match in the last ten years if captain Virat Kohli and the team management decide to invite the Proteas to bat again on Day 4.