The men in blue kept their dominance alive on Proteas during the third day of the second Test also. All thanks to the stalwarts of Indian pacing unit Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav who made the ideal use of their home pitch at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Saturday. After declaring their first innings at a 601-run stand with the help of Virat Kohli’s path-breaking double century on day 2, Indians kick-started their bowling action fiercely against powerful Proteas batsmen on Saturday. As a result, both the explosive openers of South Africa, Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram lost their respective wickets to Umesh Yadav in just the first four overs of their innings.
While chasing down such a monumental target of 602 runs in the first innings, Proteas have a worst possible start against India as their big-hitting batsman Dean Elgar dismissed by star pacer Yadav after scoring just 6 runs off 13 balls. While his opening partner Aiden Markram also walked off the field after facing just two deliveries and zero run in the game. This was then followed by a string of Proteas wickets in the lop-sided match as both Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami kept attacking for their side.
At lunch, South Africa was struggling at a 136-run stand with the loss of six crucial wickets and experienced skipper Faf du Plessis alongside Senuran Muthusamy were batting at 52 and 6 respectively. Now the Proteas have left with only one hope Faf du Plessis in the match. If the African skipper Faf also lost his wicket to destructive Indian pacers then the visitors will be completely whitewashed and eventually, hosts will clinch the series with a successful win.
The way India is moving in the first innings of the second Test, it seems like they will easily seal the three-match Test series with 2-0 win. It will be interesting to see whether Faf du Plessis will be able to save his drowning side in the first innings of the second test or India will again dominate the win at the home ground. As of now, South Africa is reeling at 144/7 in just 49.3 overs.