2nd Test Live: Ashwin ends frustrating stand



105.3 overs: OUT! Ashwin gets the final wicket in form of Kagiso Rabada and South Africa are all out in the first innings for 275. India take a 326-run first innings lead.

101.4 overs: OUT! Ashwin finally breaks the 109-run stand. Tossed up delivery from Ashwin and Keshav Maharaj finds the bottom half of the bat. Hits the ball straight into the hands of Rohit Sharma at leg slip. An excellent 72-run knock from Maharaj comes to an end.

100.2 overs: FOUR! And once again the edge runs to the fence. Ravindra Jadeja is unlucky once again. Keshav Maharaj plays it with soft hands and the ball goes past Ajinkya Rahane. 12th four of the inning for Maharaj. SA 270/8

96.5 overs: FOUR! FOUR! Keshav Maharaj cracks back to back boundaries off Ravindra Jadeja and 100-run partnership comes up between Vernon Philander and Maharaj for the 9th wicket. South Africa now trail by 339 runs in the first innings. SA 262/8

Umesh Yadav starts off with a 1-run over. Change of ends for Ravindra Jadeja! SA 254/8

Change in bowling for India! Umesh Yadav comes back into the attack. Replaces Ravindra Jadeja. SA 253/8 after 95 overs

250 comes up for South Africa!
Keshav Maharaj takes a couple off a miss-hit towards long on and South Africa cross 250-run mark. What an effort this has been from Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj. South Africa’s first inings deficit gets under 350. SA 251/8 after 93.1 overs.

End of 93rd over: After Ravindra Jadeja’s maiden, Ashwin follows it up with a five-run over post he drinks break. The partnership between Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj has not moved to 87. SA 249/8

50 for Keshav Maharaj!
Gets to his maiden fifty in Test cricket. And appreciation from the dressing room follows. What a knock this has been from Maharaj. He has batted beautifully with a sore shoulder. Another testing hour passes by for South Africa. They have now reduced their first innings deficit to 357. Drinks also arrive in the middle.

FOUR! Short and outside off from Ashwin and Keshav Maharaj cracks it through covers to collect four runs. Gets past his highest Test score.

Spin from both ends now for India! Ashwin comes into the attack as he replaces Ishant Sharma. Ravindra Jadeja starts off with a maiden. SA 230/8 after 88 overs.

End of 87th over: FOUR! Boundary to end the Ishant Sharma over. This is excellent batting from Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj. Without taking any risks, both have taken South Africa’s innings forward. Now this has forced Virat Kohli to go with the spinners. Ravindra Jadeja has the ball in hand. A slip, a gully and a silly point for him.

End of 84th over: The partnership between Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj has now moved to 60. These two might just have avoided an innings defeat for South Africa. Seems India pacers are now struggling against them. SA 221/8

81.6 overs: FOUR! New ball feels the boundary rope for the first time. Length delivery outside off from Mohammed Shami and Vernon Philander guides it through the backward point region to pick up four runs. Shami’s first over with the second new ball comes to an end. Ishant Sharma will share it with Shami from the other end.

New ball taken!
And, Virat Kohli takes the second new ball after Ravindra Jadeja’s over. Mohammed Shami will have a go with it. Three slips and a gully for him. SA 212/8 after 81 overs.

Second new ball available for India!
South Africa 208/8 after 80 overs.
Vernon Philander 28*
Keshav Maharaj 27*

200 comes for South Africa!
Keshav Maharaj goes over the top against Ravindra Jadeja. Hits him in the vacant long on region for a four as 200 comes up for South Africa after 78.3 overs.

Welcome back to the final session on Day 3. Mohammed Shami has the ball in hand. Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj resume for South Africa innings. India just three overs away from the new ball.

South Africa were staring at follow-on with eight wickets down but Vernon Philander (23*) and Keshav Maharaj (21*) frustrated India with a stubborn partnership as the visitors went to tea at 197/8 on Day 3 of the Pune Test. Resuming on 136/6 after lunch, South Africa continued their free fall as spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin got rid of Senuran Muthusamy and Faf du Plessis respectively in the second session. Jadeja first trapped Muthusamy in front of the stumps soon after lunch and then Ashwin dismissed the Proteas skipper with an absolute beauty to end his resistance on 64. Philander and Maharaj then added 35 runs off 111 balls for the ninth wicket as the bowlers failed to wrap up the South Africa tail quickly.

Tea, Day 3: South Africa 197/8, trail by 404 runs
Faf du Plessis 64
Umesh Yadav 3/32

And, Ravindra Jadeja finishes the final over before the tea break. Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj showcased excellent resistance in the second half on the second session. But South Africa still trail by 404 runs.

Keshav Maharaj looks fine after getting addressed by the physio. He will continue the fight for the Proteas.

75.2 overs: FOUR! Short pitched delivery from Mohammed Shami and Keshav Maharaj pulls the ball in style to collect four runs. But, it seems like he has hurt his shoulder again while attempting the shot. South Africa physio is out on the field.

End of 73rd over: A slip, a gully and two men at short mid-wicket as Mohammed Shami comes back into the attack. The ball is reversing. Can Shami work out his magic?

End of 71st over: Maiden from Ashwin but Vernon Philander (20*) and Keshav Maharaj (10*) continue to frustrate India. The partnership between the two has now moved to 21 off 75 balls. South Africa inch closer to 200-run mark. Second new ball is just nine overs away. SA 183/8

End of 69th over: Short burst for Umesh Yadav as Virat Kohli opts for spin both ends again. Ashwin will once again share the ball with Jadeja as he comes into the attack. SA 181/8

End of 65th over: Another tidy over from Ravi Ashwin. A maiden! Umesh Yadav will continue from the other end. He is getting to reverse the ball but Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj showing resistance. SA 171/8

Bowling change for India! Umesh Yadav comes in to replace Ravindra Jadeja. SA 170/8 after 63 overs

End of 61st over: Another probing over from Ravi Ashwin after the drinks break comes to an end. Ravindra Jadeja to continue from the other end. SA 168/8

Drinks Break!
South Africa 167/8 after 60 overs.
Vernon Philander 14*
Keshav Maharaj 4*

59.3 overs: FOUR! Keshav Maharaj gets off the mark with a boundary. Guides Ravindra Jadeja’s delivery fine on the leg side to collect four runs. SA 167/8

58.3 overs: OUT! Talisman Ashwin strikes again. Gets Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis out with an absolute beauty. The ball straightens after pitching and takes the outside edge of Du Plessis’ bat. Ajinkya Rahane at first slip takes a good catch. Du Plessis’ resistance comes to an end on 64. SA 162/8

56.5 overs: FOUR! Second boundary in the over. Vernon Philander with another good shot. This time down the ground. He moves to 13 off 48 balls. SA 161/7

Change of ends for Ashwin as he replaces Ravindra Jadeja to bowl from the Pavilion End. But still a tidy maiden over from Rohit Sharma.

Surprise bowling change from India! Rohit Sharma comes into the attack. Replaces Ashwin. SA 153/7 after 55 overs.

150 up for South Africa!
Vernon Philander pushes Ashwin’s delivery through mid wicket region and the ball races to the fence. Philander gets his first boundary as well. SA 152/7 after 53.4 overs

48.5 overs: First official warning for Ravindra Jadeja as well! Jadeja runs on the danger area while appealing for an LBW. Umpire Nigel Llong is quick to react and raises the finger. Ishant Sharma already has two warnings and now it’s Jadeja.

End of 47th over: Back to back maidens from the India spinners. Both Ashwin and Jadeja bowling exceptionally well at the moment. SA 139/7

44.2 overs: OUT! Ravindra Jadeja traps Senuan Muthusamy in front soon after lunch. Umpire Nigel Llong takes a long look at it and then rules Muthusamy out. The latter goes for the review but its umpire’s call. Muthusamy departs for 7. SA 139/7

Tidy start from Ravindra Jadeja post lunch. Just one run from it. Spin from both the ends for India post lunch as Ashwin comes into the attack. SA 137/6

Welcome back! Faf du Plessis and Senuran Muthusamy resume South Africa innings post lunch. Ravindra Jadeja to start for India. Two slips in place for him.

India pacers provided early advantage on the third morning with two quick wickets and then Ravichandran Ashwin removed Quinton de Kock just before lunch as South Africa’s struggle continued in the first session on Day 3 of the Pune Test. Resuming on their overnight total of 36/3, South Africa reached 136/6 at the break. The Proteas got off to a troubled start early as they lost night-watchman Anrich Nortje (3) and Theunis de Bruyn (30) inside the first 30 minutes. Skipper Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock then tried to steady the Proteas ship with a 75-run sixth wicket stand but Ashwin then produced an excellent delivery to castle De Kock for 31. Du Plessis (52*) and Senuran Muthusamy (6*) were at the crease when umpires called for lunch. For India, comeback man Umesh Yadav took his wicket tally to three (3/27) while Mohammed Shami went to lunch with figures of 2/28.

Lunch, Day 3: South Africa 136/6
Faf du Plessis 52*
Umesh Yadav 3/27
Mohammed Shami 2/28

Ashwin bowls an excellent over as the first session on Day 3 comes to an end. South Africa end at 136/6 with Du Plessis unbeaten on 52.

40.2 overs: Dropped! Virat Kohli at short mid-wicket drops Senuran Muthusamy off Ravindra Jadeja. Full-length dive from Kohli and he gets there, but fails to hold on to the ball. Muthusamy gets lucky on that occasion. SA 135/6

37.6 overs: OUT! Ashwin castles Quinton de Kock with a beauty. An excellent delivery to get rid of the left-hander. Takes the top of the off stump. First wicket for Ashwin. South Africa six down as De Kock falls just before lunch. SA 128/6

50 for Faf du Plessis!
The Proteas skipper in counterattack mode now. He is dealing in boundaries at the moment. Collects two fours off Jadeja’s over. Gets to his 21st Test fifty with a boundary on the final ball of the over. 8 fours and a six in Du Plessis innings so far. SA 124/5

So, spin from both the ends now for India. Change of ends for Ashwin. But he gives 7 runs from the other side. Ravindra Jadeja to continue from the other end.

100 up for South Africa!
50-run partnership also comes up between Faf du Plessis (31*) and Quinton de Kock (25*). Square drive from De Kock off Ravindra Jadeja and 100 comes up for South Africa in 34.1 overs.

33.5 overs: FOUR! Through the on side for four. On the pads from Mohammed Shami and Faf du Plessis hits it through mid-wicket region to collect a boundary. SA 99/5

31.6 overs: FOUR! Quinton de Kock finds the fence off Mohammed Shami. Over-pitched from Shami and De Kock drives the ball beautifully through covers to collect his fifth boundary. Change in bowling for India as Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack. SA 88/5

End of 31st over: Big LBW appeal from Ashwin on the final ball of the over against Faf du Plessis. Umpire rules not not and after a thorough discussion and consultation from wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha, Virat Kohli decides not to go for the review. The Proteas batsmen are living dangerously at the moment. SA 84/5

End of 28th over: Ishant Sharma bowls the final two deliveries of his over from round the wicket. Ashwin to continue from the other end after the drinks break. SA 71/5

Umpire Chris Gaffaney gives Ishant Sharma second official warning for running on the pitch. Next time if the umpire finds Ishant running in the danger area, he will be not allowed to bowl for the rest of the first innings.

Drinks Break!
Ravichandran Ashwin completes the final over before the drinks break. India on top at the moment as an excellent first hour of play comes to an end. South Africa still reeling at 71/5 with skipper Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock looking to steady the Proteas innings.

End of 26th over: FOUR! Boundary to end the over. This time the ball takes the outside edge off Du Plessis’ bat and goes through the gap between the slip and the gully fielder. A disappointing over from Ishant Sharma comes to an end. SA 76/5

25.2 overs: FOUR! And straight after the warning Ishant gives away a freebie to Faf du Plessis. Wide outside off and Du Plessis hits it through covers to collect four runs. SA 63/5

First official warning for Ishant Shamra for running on the pitch!

End of 24th over: Tidy start from Ishant Sharma. Bowling change from other end as well. Ravichandran Ashwin comes into the attack for the first time. SA 58/5

End of 23rd over: Another good over from Umesh Yadav comes to an end. Quinton de Kock collected a boundary from it as well but overall a tidy over. India looking to build more pressure on the Proteas with chatter around the stumps. And it’s the first bowling change of the day! Ishant Sharma comes in for the first time on Day 3. He replaces Mohammed Shami. SA 57/5

20.6 overs: OUT! Umesh Yadav gets going from the other end as well. This time its Theunis de Bruyn, who edges the good length delivery from Yadav. Wriddhiman Saha takes an excellent catch behind the stumps. De Bruyn departs for 30 as the Proteas are in big trouble now. SA 53/5

50 up for South Africa!
Faf du Plessis takes a couple of runs as 50 comes up for South Africa in 19.3 overs.

19.1 overs
: Dangerous leave from Faf du Plessis. The ball just goes over the top of the off stump. Mohammed Shami looking in good rhythm. He is bowling in an excellent channel at the moment. SA 49/4

17.3 overs: OUT! And the tight clustered slip cordon is straight into action. A sharp catch from Virat Kohli at fourth slip and night watchman Anrich Nortje departs early on Day 3. Shami gets his second wicket. More trouble for South Africa. SA 41/4

End of 17th over: A tidy first over from Umesh Yadav. Just a single from it. Mohammed Shami will continue. Four slips and a gully for him now.

End of 16th over: An eventful first over from Mohammed Shami comes to an end. Early movement in the air and off the pitch for Shami. Umesh Yadav will share the ball with Shami from the other end. SA 40/3

15.3 overs: FOUR! On the pads from Mohammed Shami and Theunis de Bruyn with exquisite timing on that one. Plays the ball beautifully through mid-wicket to collect first boundary of the day. South Africa and De Bruyn are off the mark on Day 3. SA 40/3

Players and umpires are making their way to the field. It’s going to be an exciting morning session as South Africa eye comeback. Overnight batsmen Theunis de Bruyn and night watchman Anrich Nortje are at the crease. Mohammed Shami will start the proceedings for India on Day 3. Here we go!

Pitch report, Day 3: “There is some rough developing, but it shouldn’t worry the batsmen a lot. The odd ball will turn and misbehave, but it’s still a good batting pitch,” said Sunil Gavasakar and Murali Kartik.

9:10 am Team India is building towards another weekend win as Virat Kohli & Co resume their march towards what looks like a second consecutive victory on the cards against South Africa in the Pune Test. It’s Saturday morning, and Timesofindia.com welcomes you back for all the updates on day-three of the second Test.

On the second day, as captain Virat Kohli hit a career-best 254 not out at the MCA Stadium, the South Africans found themselves standing in front of a mountain of runs as India declared at 601/5.
At stumps, the visitors’ scorecard wore a struggling look at 36/3 as the hosts look to take a series-winning lead in the three-Test rubber.
Umesh Yadav, who replaced Hanuma Vihari in the eleven for this Test, then dismissed the Proteas’ openers Dean Elgar (6) and Aiden Markaram (0), while Mohammed Shami sent Temba Bavuma (8) back to the hut.
Theunis de Bruyn (23*) was in the middle with night-watchman Anrish Nortje (2*) when stumps were drawn at the end of second day’s play.


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