Jasprit Bumrah dismissed AB de Villiers © AFP
Jasprit Bumrah dismissed AB de Villiers © AFP

After the initial struggles, South Africa looked set to make India pay courtesy AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis’ century stand. The duo added 114 runs for the fourth wicket before Jasprit Bumrah-Hardik Pandya got India  back. At present, South Africa are 230 for 7 at tea, and require their lower order to stretch the total beyond 275.

Bumrah starts with ABD

De Villiers looked threatening. Du Plessis had stated ahead of the Cape Town opener, “What’s important with AB is that he is fresh and hungry to score big runs. He has had a good break. He feels mentally strong and he wants to put in big performances, so I think that’s half the battle already.” The South African genius lived up to the expectations, and took a liking towards in-form Bhuvneshwar Kumar and struggling Mohammed Shami. Nonetheless, Bumrah troubled him out of the lot.

In the first session, de Villiers managed only 8 runs off Bumrah’s four overs (dot per cent of 79.16). Post lunch, Bumrah bowled a full length delivery and found the gap between de Villiers’ bat and pads. In this way, Bumrah commenced his Test career with a big scalp.

Nothing new for Bumrah

Faf followed suit. The South African skipper fell to Pandya’s accuracy. While Pandya’s good length delivery almost had him out. Faf was saved by virtue of umpire’s call. An agitated Pandya dropped the next ball outside off stump. Faf didn’t offer a shot. Nonetheless, he went for a drive in the very next delivery, and edged it to Wriddhiman Saha.

India bounced back with two quick wickets.

De Kock’s affinity towards Indian bowlers 

Amidst the fall of wickets, Quinton de Kock continued to dominate. He played with straight bat, drove and cut with purpose and found boundaries at regular intervals. He added a fifty-run stand with Vernon Philander off 39 balls, and looked set to add vital runs down the order. De Kock, who likes pace on the ball, played it late and kept Virat Kohli thinking.

Bhuvneshwar , however, again came to the rescue and got a thick edge off De Kock. The left-hander fell for an impressive 40-ball 43.

India could have seen the back of Maharaj too. Bhuvneshwar got an edge off him, only to be let down by Shikhar Dhawan at third slip. India’s slip catching woes continued…

Note: This is Dhawan’s fourth dropped catch at slips since 2017.

Philander was the last to fall for 23. He was cleaned up by a peach off an inswinger by Shami.

Brief scores

South Africa 230 for 7 (AB de Villiers 65, Faf du Plessis 62, Quinton de Kock 43; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4 for 68, Mohammed Shami 1 for 43) vs India