India vs South Africa 3rd Test: India on the cusp of historic whitewash over South Africa

first_img No data available! scorecard graphs Rajarshi Gupta RanchiOctober 21, 2019UPDATED: October 21, 2019 17:13 IST Indian players celebrate the wicket of Bavuma in Ranchi (AP)HIGHLIGHTSIndia need 2 wickets to complete a dominant Test victory over South AfricaAfter being asked to follow-on, South Africa were 132 for 8 at stumps on Day 3Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami were India’s heroes with the ball on MondaySouth Africa lost a staggering 16 wickets on the third day of the third Test in Ranchi and were left staring at a massive defeat to India who have been ruthless in their pursuit of a 3-0 whitewash.Both teams will return to the ground on Tuesday as India look to pick up the final 2 wickets to complete their first-ever whitewash over South Africa in a Test series.India had won the first Test in Vizag 203 runs and the second Test in Pune by an innings and 137 runs. South Africa hoped to show more character in the final Test in Ranchi but India were too good for the visitors.Resuming at their overnight score of 9 for 2, South Africa offered no resistance on the third morning. Already buried under Rohit Sharma’s 212 and India’s mammoth 497 for 9 declared, the Proteas had their task cut out to avoid a 3-0 whitewash.Umesh Yadav bowled a peach of a delivery to remove South Africa captain Faf du Plessis early before Zubayr Hamza and Temba Bavuma stalled the Indian attack for a short while.But the Hamza – Bavuma partnership was nowhere near enough. Sure Hamza looked aggressive and played a few sterling shots in his 62 but the need of the hour was a blockathon that could have driven India’s bowlers to some kind of frustration.Instead, Hamza was done in Ravindra Jadeja while Bavuma was stumped by Wriddhiman Saha to become Shahbaz Nadeem’s maiden Test wicket in successive overs after the duo had resisted for the better part of the morning.advertisementDebutant George Linde looked good for his 37 but even without R Ashwin taking a first-innings wicket, the Indian bowling attack was far too potent for the South Africans.Umesh Yadav took 3 wickets while Mohammed Shami, Nadeem and Jadeja picked 2 wickets apiece as South Africa were blown away for 162.Virat Kohli then broke Mohammad Azharuddin’s record when he enforced the follow-on for the 7th time. South Africa were in immediate trouble after Shami and Umesh rocked their top-order once again.Umesh Yadav drew first blood in the first innings when he removed Quinton de Kock and Mohammed Shami, in a furious burst, removed Zubayr Hamza, Faf du Plessis and Bavuma to leave South Africa reeling.At the stroke of tea, Dean Elgar was hit on the side of the helmet by a Umesh Yadav delivery – South Africa decided to use their concussion substitute and Theunis de Bruyn walked out to bat alongside Dane Piedt after Heinrich Klaasen fell to Umesh when play resumed in the final session of the third day.Dane Piedt and de Bruyn tried to delay the inevitable but a horror shot by Piedt allowed Jadeja to get his first wicket of the maiden wickets – with 6.2 overs left for the day at that stage, India were keen to pick up the remaining 3 wickets to wrap up a dominant win.Also Read | Ranchi Test: Virat Kohli breaks Mohammad Azharuddin record as India bully South AfricaAlso Read | Ranchi Test: Umesh Yadav emulates Courtney Walsh with 5th successive 3-wicket haulFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow India vs South AfricaFollow Umesh YadavFollow Mohammed ShamiFollow Ranchi Test advertisement India vs South Africa 3rd Test: India on the cusp of historic whitewash over South AfricaIndia vs South Africa 3rd Test, Day 3: After Rohit Sharma’s 212, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja came to the party with the ball as India closed in on a crushing victory over South Africa. view more view less commentary Nextlast_img read more