Johannesburg: Shardul Thakur gave a tremendous comeback to the Indian team in the match. On the second day of the Johannesburg Test, Shardul took seven wickets to wrap up South Africa’s first innings at 229 runs. Shardul took 7 wickets for 61 runs and broke many records. However, India’s second innings got off to a disappointing start. Lokesh Rahul and Mayank Agarwal returned immediately. Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara, who were struggling to save their place in the team, played responsibly and saved Team India’s innings. At the end of the day, India have taken a 58-run lead with 85 for two. Pujara is on 35 and Ajinkya is on 11.
In India’s second innings, Lokesh (8) and Mayank (23) were dismissed by Marco Jansen and Oliver respectively. Ajinkya and Pujara started the innings at 44 for two and by the end of the day, India were 85 for two to take a 58-run lead. Pujara is on 35 and Ajinkya is on 11.
Earlier in the second session, South Africa were all out. South Africa took a 27-run lead over India in the first innings. Sharmul Thakur managed to take 7 wickets for 61 runs in his 17 overs. In this spell, Shardul also bowled three unbeaten overs. Shardul Thakur’s penetrating bowling helped South Africa to find a good rhythm in the beginning but could not build a big score. Among other bowlers from India, Mohammad Shami took 2 wickets. Jaspreet Bumrah took 1 wicket.
In reply to India’s 202, Mohammad Shami knocked out opener Aiden Markram (7) in the fourth over. Captains Dean Elgar and Keegan Peterson played cautiously. The pair were still in form the next day. Shardul Thakur ended his 74-run partnership off 211 balls. Dean Elgar was dismissed for 28 (120 balls). Peterson completed his first half-century, giving the team a 100-run lead. Shardul then sent back Peterson (62) and Rasi van der Dussen (1).
Africa were 102 for four. However, Temba Bavuma and Kyle Vereyan added to Team India’s headache. He led Africa to a half-century partnership for the fifth wicket. But, once again Shardul ran. He caught Vereyan (21) trapped. Half of Africa’s team returned for 162 runs. After that, Bauma started playing aggressively and completed his half century by hitting fours to Shardul, but on the next ball, Shardul made him wait for the tent. Rishabh caught a beautiful catch behind Bavuma’s wicket for 51 runs.
Keshav Maharaj and Marco Janssen added 38 off 48 balls for the eighth wicket to seal Africa’s lead in the first innings. While breaking the tie, Jaspreet bowled Maharaj for 21 runs. Shardul then sent back the other two batsmen.