Shardul returns to India by 7 wickets, takes a lead of 58 runs against South Africa


India Lead By 58 Runs Against South Africa: A career-best seven-wicket haul from pacer Shardul Thakur helped India stop South Africa from taking a good first innings lead on the second day of the second cricket Test on Tuesday, though India had a poor start in the second innings. . In reply to India’s 202 runs, South Africa scored only 229 runs in the first innings. The hero of this performance of India was Thakur, who took seven wickets for 61 runs in 17.5 overs. By the end of the second day’s play, India had scored 85 runs for two wickets, that is, they have a lead of 58 runs.

Cheteshwar Pujara, who is trying to save his career, is playing 35 off 42 balls and Ajinkya Rahane scoring 11 runs in 22 balls. Both will be in charge of playing big innings on the third day tomorrow to give India a good score and save their career by saying goodbye to the poor form. India’s start was very poor and both the openers returned to the pavilion on the score of 44. KL Rahul, captaining in place of Virat Kohli, fell victim to Marco Jensen after scoring eight runs while Mayank Agarwal (23) was sent to the pavilion by Duane Olivier. Since then, Pujara and Rahane shared an unbroken partnership of 41 runs in 8.2 overs.

For India, the second day’s bowling was the bowling of Thakur, who took three wickets in the first session, two wickets each in the second and third sessions. He got Jenson (21) caught by Ravichandran Ashwin in the last session and ended South Africa’s innings by getting Lungi Engidi (0) behind the wicket at the hands of Rishabh Pant.

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Earlier in the post-lunch session, South Africa added 89 runs but lost three wickets out of which Thakur took two. First, he dismissed Kyle Verne, who returned after scoring 21 runs. After this Temba Bavuma was caught behind the wicket by Rishabh Pant. Bavuma lost his wicket on the very next ball after completing his half-century by hitting a four on the previous ball. Bavuma scored 51 runs in 60 balls with the help of six fours and a six that hit Ashwin. Kagiso Rabada could not even open the account and Shami got him caught in the hands of Mohammad Siraj standing at mid-on.

Before lunch, Thakur sent Dean Elgar (28 off 120 balls) and young Keegan Pietersen (62 off 118 balls) to the pavilion. This is Pietersen’s first half-century in Test cricket. After this, at lunch, Rasi van der Dussen was dismissed, who scored just one run in 17 balls. However, this catch of Rishabh Pant behind the wicket was seen touching the ground.

At one point South Africa’s score was 88 for one wicket but they lost three wickets within 14 runs in half an hour. Jasprit Bumrah took one wicket for 49 runs in 21 overs, while Mohammed Shami took two wickets for 52 runs in 21 overs. Ashwin and Siraj also did not get any success.

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Thakur got the host captain Elgar caught behind the wicket by Pant. At the same time, Pietersen diddge his short pitch ball and was caught by Mayank Agarwal at second slip. Pietersen’s earlier highest Test score was 19 runs. He hit nine fours in his innings. He put on 74 runs for the second wicket with Elgar but after that Thakur came and turned the picture of the match.



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