2nd Test Live: Shami removes night-watchman Nortje early on Day 3

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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 for 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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