India vs South Africa 2021-22: Jasprit Bumrah Late Strike Puts India in Command

Bumrah celebrates the fall of Rassi Van De Dussen.

Jasprit Bumrah reduced South Africa to 94/4 to remove VD Doosan and T Maharaj.

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South Africa batted really well on the fourth day, but late wickets from Rassi van der Dussen and T Maharaj ensured that India went to the dressing room to gain the upper hand. South Africa lost the wicket of Aiden Markram but came back really well despite some accurate bowling from the visitors. Captain Dean Elgar led the way with a half-century. He was accompanied by VD Doosan as the duo put on a 40-run partnership after being reduced to 34/2. Shami was again on the money after giving a shock to South Africa in his very first over. But Jasprit Bumrah was at the top of the bowlers registering figures of 2/22. His last wicket came on a scorching yorker. Earlier, he dismissed Dangerman VD Doosan to a nip-backer, breaking his off-stump.

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Earlier, India suffered a collapse after lunch as they lost the wickets of Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara at short notice. But Rishabh Pant held on to the fort and stitched a crucial 32-run partnership with Ravi Ashwin which ensured that India put up a formidable score on the board. Pant was dismissed after a cameo as India set a target of 305 runs. India had a sense of deja vu after lunch as another downfall. Similar to their first innings where they were bundled out for 327 despite being 278/3 at one stage. After lunch, Kohli was dismissed on the first ball, while Pujara was dismissed while playing from the leg-side. Meanwhile, Rahane was taken aback by Marco Jensen’s speed and got stuck in the deep.

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Earlier, Team India had a mixed first session against South Africa on the fourth day of the Boxing Day Test at Centurion’s SuperSport Park. The visiting team has crossed the 200-run lead, but at the same time their in-form batsman KL Rahul is back after scoring 23 runs. Rahul batted with a cautious stance in the opening phase and was hit with a blow to his finger. His concentration was a bit and Lungi Ngidi took full advantage of it and got the first wicket of the innings.

However, India quickly recovered from Rahul’s departure as skipper Virat Kohli took charge with Cheteshwar Pujara in the middle. Kohli looked confident with his approach from the first ball as he propelled Pujara from the other end after every defensive shot.

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