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Deepu corner: Dane Piedt's wicket was Shami's 50th in home Tests - eighth Indian fast bowler to do so; Shami's avg of 23.18 and SR of 45.6 is the best among the eight seamers
Rabada is run out!
Well, that rhymes but that's not the point. Umesh misfields at mid-off, recovers and finds Rabada's single short at the non-striker's end. 130 for 8
Shami strikes after lunch
Nipping in, staying a bit low and Piedt is caught in front. Sliding down leg though? Umpire doesn't think so. Ball-tracking says umpire's call on leg-stump, and so it is.
Lunch, Day 1
120 runs, four wickets. It was a shared session by the looks of it but once again, it was about India's resilience. They found a way past the 91-run stand between Bavuma and Hamza, the latter getting to his maiden Test fifty in a canter. But his dismissal to Jadeja's arm ball meant South Africa lost a couple more towards the end of the session, which by the way had started with Faf du Plessis losing his off-stump. Full lunch report here. Back in a bit....
Maiden wicket for Nadeem
Three balls later, Bavuma decides to use his feet and is completely beaten by the turn and bounce. Saha too good behind the stumps, Bavuma not so much. Looked in the middle of melting forward defence as he missed the ball. Maybe it is too hot there after all.
Jadeja breaks the stand, gets Hamza
Oh finally. FINALLY. You just don't make room and expose your stumps to Jadeja. Hamza will know now. A ball after India hosed a review on him, he makes room, is completely befuddled by the skid on this arm-ball, and loses his leg-stump. Disappointing end to a spirited innings from Hamza. South Africa may just have found a long-haul No. 3 here...
Ashwin's off-break a bit off
He started round the wicket today, took some tap, then went over the wicket to good effect in an over where he beat Bavuma's outside edge a couple of times. But in general, Ashwin's gone for 37 in six overs. So yeah, not a great start for the offie as compared to Jadeja who's kept things tight and made things happen from the other end. Well, as I write that, Kohli's patience has run out. Nadeem brought in.
Maiden Test fifty for Hamza
He has looked so assured in the middle. Defending with a purpose, and attacking with some more of that. He's been soft through the slip cordon, knowing there's still enough in this pitch for the seamers, and then has been authoritative with his drives, be it off the pacers or Ravi Ashwin. He's taken full toll of the fullish lengths India have bowled for the edge. Even hit Ashwin out of his experimental round-the-wicket angle.
With Bavuma, Hamza has also brought up a a fifty-run stand at run a ball. Take that, India!
Pitch is more active than passive
Sorry for that abominable headline but the Next time they say that Indian pitches are "flat", we'll have this morning's highlights of Shami and Umesh bowling. It's deviated sideways and it's been up and down too. Umesh had one skittling below Bavuma's bat in his second over of the day. Shami beat Bavuma too, but this time on the outside edge with extra bounce. Hamza is battling out a blister on his hand but has played a couple of good shots. For how long they can keep doing this is the question.
Faf du Plessis loses his offstump uh-gain
That's a peach to bowl fifth-ball on a new day. And impossible to play. As Faf would tell you. Angling in and just moving away enough, Faf's off-stump likes taking a bit of beating every now and then, and it does so too here as well. Kohli-cam is in overdrive... Ranchi, huddle up and fill the stadium . This morning can be fun. South Africa 16 for 3
Pitch report: You can always check out our live commentary page for that but I just have to mention how it compares the pitch to Dev Anand....
Hello and welcome
This series feels like a groundhog day. You wake up, you start the coverage and you witness India bloody South Africa's nose with the bat, and then with the ball. There's no escape, no break from this pattern that's become a microcosm for Test cricket in India these days. The occasional sessions that do in fact sway in South Africa's favour don't matter in the larger scheme of things. We don't remember them. We are all taken by the recency bias. All we remember is India's bullishness, and that pirouette Nataraja-pull from Rohit Sharma. Welcome to Day 3. Referring to it as the "moving day" has been banned by my editor....
But Day 2 wasn't just about Rohit and Rahane. It was also about India's sustained faith in Jadeja who's edged out his contenders, writes Ganesh Chadrasekaran.
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