Indian bowling unit put up a dominant show on Day 3 of the ongoing Boxing-Day Test to skittle South Africa for 197 in their first innings at Supersport Park in Centurion. Pacer Mohammad Shami was the pick of the bowler for the visitors, picking up a memorable five-wicket haul.
It was the sixth five-for for Shami in Test cricket, and only the second occasion such feat came in the first innings. The previous being was 5/112 vs Australia at the SCG in Jan 2015. Shami ran through the South Africa top-order, getting the wickets of Keegan Petersen (15) and Aiden Markram (13) before returning to dismiss well-set Temba Bavuma.
Bavuma was the highest scorer for Proteas in their first innings. The right-handed batter scored 52 runs before getting caught behind off Shami. The Indian speedster then removed Wiaan Mulder (12) and Kagiso Rabada (25) to complete his 5-for. With that wicket, Shami also entered the 200 Test wicket club.
Quickest to reach 200 wickets among Indian pacers:
- 50 – Kapil Dev
- 54 – Javagal Srinath
- 55 – Mohammed Shami
- 63 – Zaheer Khan/Ishant Sharma
Fewest balls to 200 Test wickets for India:
- 9896 – Mohammed Shami
- 10248 – Ravichandran Ashwin
- 11066 – Kapil Dev
- 11989 – Ravindra Jadeja
Apart from Shami, Jasprit Bumrah (2/16) and Shardul Thakur (2/51) bagged two wickets each, while Mohammad Siraj (1/45) picked up one scalp.
At stumps, India reached 16/1, leading South Africa by 146 runs. The visiting side lost opener Mayank Agarwal early after the batter was caught behind off left-armer Marco Jansen.
Earlier, India, in the first session, lost seven wickets for just 55 runs to get bundled out for 327. At one stage, the tourists were 272/3, but after losing overnight batters KL Rahul (123) and Ajinkya Rahane (48), the Indian lower-order witnessed a collapse.
Proteas pacer Lungi Ngidi bowled outstandingly well and picked up a stunning six-wicket haul. Apart from Ngidi, pacer Kagiso Rabada bagged three scalps, while Jansen got one wicket.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Stumps on Day 3 of the 1st Test.#TeamIndia 327 and 16/1, lead South Africa (197) by 146 runs.
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 28, 2021
That was a top class spell from Mohammad Shami. The seam position is a treat to watch. Has put India in a dominating position. #IndvsSA
— Venkatesh Prasad (@venkateshprasad) December 28, 2021
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) December 28, 2021
Sensational Shami. What an incredible feat to pick 200 Test wickets in just 55 games. 👏👏 #SAvInd
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 28, 2021
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) December 28, 2021
— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) December 28, 2021
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) December 28, 2021
🇮🇳🔥 CONGRATULATIONS! Mohammed Shami picks up his 2️⃣0️⃣0️⃣th Test wicket with a 5️⃣fer today – becoming only the 5th Indian pacer to reach this milestone 👊🏻
— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) December 28, 2021
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) December 28, 2021
Mohammed Shami in Tests:
100th wicket – v SA at Centurion, 2018
200th wicket – v SA at Centurion, 2021
Shami is the first player in Tests whose 100th wicket and 200th wicket came against the same team at the same venue.#SAvIND
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) December 28, 2021