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PIX: Shami shines as India turn the screw on South Africa

Last updated on: December 28, 2021 21:54 IST
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IMAGES from Day 3 of the opening Test, played between South Africa and India at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Tuesday.

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Mohammed Shami

IMAGE: Mohammed Shami celebrates after dismissing Temba Bavuma. Photograph: Rogan Ward /Reuters

India seamer Mohammed Shami claimed his 200th Test wicket and completed figures of 5-44 as hosts South Africa were bowled out for 197 on the third day of the first Test on Tuesday.

India reached 16 for one in their second innings at the close, a lead of 146 that already looks imposing for the home side on a Centurion Park wicket that will get harder to bat on.

First-innings centurion KL Rahul (five not out) and nightwatchman Shardul Thakur (four) will resume on the fourth day trying to quickly move to a score that allows India to declare and have enough time to bowl the home side out again.

Mayank Agarwal (four) was the only wicket to fall in India's second innings as he edged debutant left-arm seamer Marco Jansen to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock.

Mohammed Shami

IMAGE: Mohammed Shami celebrates the wicket of South Africa's Aiden Markram. Photograph: Rogan Ward/Reuters

Eighteen wickets fell on the third day after no play was possible on Monday due to rain.

Shami led the Indian attack with a superb bowling display, eking out every ounce of assistance from the helpful conditions.

His haul included the wicket of South Africa's top-scorer Temba Bavuma, who had reached 52 when he edged to wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant.

Jasprit Bumrah

IMAGE: Jasprit Bumrah reacts after sustaining an injury. Photograph: Rogan Ward/Reuters

Bavuma put on 72 for the fifth wicket with De Kock (34) before the latter tried to guide a Thakur (2-51) delivery through gully but succeeded only in playing onto his own stumps.

Mohammed Siraj

IMAGE: South Africa's Rassie van der Dussen walks off after his dismissal as India players celebrate. Photograph: Rogan Ward/Reuters

It was a key moment in the game that swung the momentum back in India’s favour and exposed the South African lower order.

All the Indian seamers were among the wickets, Jasprit Bumrah (2-16) weighing in despite rolling his ankle and being forced to leave the field. He returned late on to pick up the last wicket.

South Africa's Lungi Ngidi celebrates with teammates after picking the wicket of India's Rishabh Pant

IMAGE: South Africa's Lungi Ngidi celebrates with teammates after picking the wicket of India's Rishabh Pant. Photograph: Rogan Ward/Reuters

Seamer Lungi Ngidi had earlier taken 6-71 as South Africa made light work of bowling India out after the visitors resumed on 272 for three. 

South Africa's Kagiso Rabada celebrates on dismissing India's KL Rahul 

IMAGE: South Africa's Kagiso Rabada celebrates on dismissing India's KL Rahul. Photograph: Rogan Ward/Reuters

Ngidi, who took a career-best 6-39 on debut against India at Centurion in 2018, helped South Africa claim the last seven wickets for the addition of only 55 runs in 15.3 overs.

South Africa's Lungi Ngidi celebrates the wicket of India's Mohammed Shami 

IMAGE: South Africa's Lungi Ngidi celebrates the wicket of India's Mohammed Shami. Photograph: Rogan Ward/Reuters
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