Day 2, just like the first day witnessed 11 wickets, with South Africa losing out all their wickets, brings India to its second innings very early in the game. It’s just been 2 days and we are already witnessing the third innings of the game.
With Bumrah’s seventh five-fer, India gained an advantage to be back in the game. Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami too assisted India to gear up from the back foot.
India started slow with poor planning and inconsistency. India, at the start of the day did not get wickets, but managed to grab the opportunity as the pitch encouraged quick pacers to take wickets. India dominated the second session of the day and was looking good after Tea, bowling out South Africa for 210.
But with openers failing to score, India lost two early wickets and now all the eyes are on the experienced pair of Kohli-Pujara.
Keegan Petersen’s tough knock of 72 runs gave a positive fight for South Africans. Keegan failed to get a stable partnership and ultimately fell prey to Bumrah’s fabulous pace.
India are now leading by 70 runs with 3 days of game left to play. Virat Kohli, frustrated by the opening pair has a crucial role to play, since the 79-runs knock in the first innings grow expectations of him scoring once again. Virat seems to have a good start in the second innings and is batting at 14* runs with Pujara who is defending the team’s honor at 9* off 31 balls. India’s experienced pair hung up well for the last overs as the Protea pacers fired up the openers, sending them too early.
And at the end of the Day 2, the fight is balanced with winning chances being 50-50. This Test is moving too fast, and the impatient Indian fans hope the players to bring the Trophy home.
STUMPS on Day 2 of the 3rd Test.#TeamIndia 223 & 57/2, lead South Africa (210) by 70 runs.
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 12, 2022