Eleven wickets fell on day 1 of the third Test in Johannesburg on Wednesday. Given the condition of the Wanderers pitch, Indian bowlers should be raring to go on day 2 of what is shaping up to be a low-scoring and exciting Test match. Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave India the perfect start at the fag end of the opening day with the wicket of Aiden Markram. India, 2-0 down in the Three-Test series, have never lost at the Wanderers and if the bowlers can bowl the right areas and the fielders can take the catches, Virat Kohli’s team can hope for a consolation victory. Follow live cricket score of India vs South Africa, third Test, Day 2 here. (LIVE SCORECARD)
1:38 PM IST: Ishant Sharma is breathing fire from the end. He gets an edge too off Elgar but it doesn’t carry to third slip. South Africa 7/1
1:35 PM IST: Bhuvi begins off with a maiden that had an angled delivery. Dean Elgar clearly looked to be in discomfort tackling. it. India need more of those.
1:30 PM IST: Time for live action. Dean Elgar to take strike. Bhuvi to start the proceedings.
1:26 PM IST: We are just four minutes away from the live action. Fair to say Bhuvneshwar Kumar will hold the key to India’s chances here.
1:17 PM IST: India’s bowling attack has the quality and depth. Remember that India had bowled out South Africa for 84 in 2006 at the Wanderers.
1:14 PM IST: It’s a beautiful sunny day in Jo’berg. But Wanderers is quite empty. Shaun Pollack says the ball will seam. If the Indians can exploit the cracks some 6-8 metres away, the ball can do a bit.
1:08 PM IST: We are running live scores of two lovely games – Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka and Pakistan vs New Zealand.
1:05 PM IST: Welcome to our live coverage. Just 25 minutes away from what should be a fascinating day’s cricket. Meanwhile, South Africa have named their ODI squad for the first three matches against India. Lungi Ngidi has won a place and he deserves to get a match.
On a day of struggle for the batsmen on Wednesday, India were bowled out for 187 in 77 overs to which the Proteas replied with 6 runs for the loss of Markram’s wicket in a tricky six overs before the close. (DAY 1 HIGHLIGHTS)
As always, one will only know how good the Indian total is after both sides have completed their first innings but an initial impression is that it is not a good deal short of par. If South Africa can get anything in the region of 250, one would imagine that they will hold a strong hand.
The Wanderers pitch has already come in for criticism. Former captain has said that it is a batsman’s nightmare and has urged ICC to look into such strips