Vernon Philander took six for 42 with Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada claiming two wickets in South Africa's win    AFP
Vernon Philander took six for 42 with Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada claiming two wickets in South Africa’s win AFP

India s day went from good to worst in a matter of a session against South Africa. With rain spoiling Day Three of the Cape Town Test, both teams were eager to play in the middle and entertain the crowd. The penultimate day of the Test proved to be quite a topsy-turvy affair that eventually went in favour of South Africa.

Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami s rage: India needed a special show from their bowlers if they wanted even a sniff at a win. It was Shami who pulled things back from the hosts, snatching Hashim Amla and Kagiso Rabada in quick successions.

Bumrah soon got into the act and tore apart their batting line-up. He claimed the wickets of Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock and AB de Villiers. In no time South Africa s innings came to a close at lunch, leaving India 208 to win.

Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan’s resistance: After failing in the first innings, both Vijay and Dhawan had a lot to prove. The pair played out a hostile spell of fast bowling to give India a decent start. Vijay looked completely out of confident, though. However, Dhawan seemed the more assuring.

Their stand was broken when Vijay fell to Vernon Philander.

India collapse: Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Wriddhiman Saha were under a lot of pressure to pull India out trouble. Despite the millions of laurels back home, the famed batting line-up failed for a second time in a row.

All combined, they added 50 of India’s 208.

Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar saves India blues: Coming together at a lowly 82 for 7, the pair of Ashwin and Bhuvi guided India to respectability. Both batted with calmness and used cricketing shots to defy South Africa any momentum.

They slowly added 49 runs and had South Africa under pressure with India s target getting nearer by the over. Ashwin fell for 37 and thus started the fall.

Vernon Philander owns Cape Town: Home town hero Philander led from the front. He scalped India s most prized possessions: Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. Kohli misjudged the line of the ball, while Rohit fell trying to poke away from his body.

He soon rocked India s lower middle-order, which has been a thorn for teams in the recent past. His march began with Ashwin, who was looking to take the match away from hosts grasp.

His next wickets were of Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah. He finished with career-best figures of 6 for 42, his 12th five-wicket haul.

Both teams clash on January 13 at Centurion.