Shami's 3 pulls pressure string against SA on Day 4

 . Last updated on January 16, 2018, 5:26 PM
Shami's 3 pulls pressure string against SA on Day 4
Mohammed Shami took down three wickets in the mid-sessions of Day 4.

Jasprit Bumrah, the series debutant believes there are still lot to play in the current Test match against South Africa. The close of Day 3 ended on a depriving note for India as the bowlers could not take the advantage of the emerging condition. Under lights the centurion pitch just started to support excellent seam movement. However, the rain interrupted the match and the day’s play was call off just five overs after it resumed in the evening session. Bumrah clipped away the top two wickets of Aiden Markram and Hashim Amla cheaply. AB de Villiers started to beat at consecutive deliveries, but the wicket was growing more treacherous for batsman.

Hence, India bowlers could have a good advantage. Skipper Virat Kohli even talked to Chris Broad, the match referee, desperate to play more, but lights were just too dim. Keeping aside the negativities, Bumrah commented that India never gets too disappointed because there was “still lot of play left in the match.” The bowler said the momentum was good and the team wants to carry on with it.

As the match resumed after the rain, the ball stopped swinging because it became wet on both sides. The condition was discussed on-field to find a solution to the issue, revealed Bumrah. Per the bowler, the condition after the third day play is still balance for both the sides, but it would also depend on if India could get early wickets in the next day play. Team India is ready to create pressure on South Africa the following day.

In the next day play, India was successful to tackle AB de Villiers and the middle order. However, the home team’s score-line remained intact. AB de Villiers scored 80 runs, while Dean Elgar added 61 as overnight batsmen. It was Mohammed Shami who headed the attack taking down three wickets in the early sessions of Day 4. As 65 overs were bowled in the inning, South Africa scored 200 runs losing 5 wickets.

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