South Africa vs India, 2021-22: 1st Test, Day 3 Stats Review - Shami reaches a landmark, Ngidi's second five-fer and more stats

Can India set a big target for the Proteas?

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Mohammed Shami. (Photo by CHRISTIAAN KOTZE/AFP via Getty Images)

Proteas pacer Lungi Ngidi was the star when the play resumed after a rain-marred second day as he took 6 wickets for 71 runs, his second-best figures in Tests. The visitors lost wickets in clusters as KL Rahul couldn’t do much with Ajinkya Rahane yet again failing to reach a half-century. India’s lower order didn’t trouble the scorers much as they got bowled out for 327.

The home side faced difficulties against the Indian pace battery throughout the innings as they got bundled out for 197 runs handing India a lead of 130 runs. Only Temba Bavuma looked in touch as he completed his first Test fifty against India. For the tourists, Mohammed Shami was on song as he snapped a five-for and also reached the milestone of 200 Test wickets, making him the fifth Indian pacer to achieve the feat.

The 31-year-old pacer took his third five wicket-haul against the Proteas which is his most against any team in Tests. Japsrit Bumrah and Shardul Thakur too were amongst the wickets as they took two wickets each.

With India looking in complete control of the Test match with a lead of 146 runs, they would like to keep on scoring on the fourth day and set a massive target for South Africa. On the other hand, the hosts would again rely on their main pacers Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada to pick up wickets and try to avoid the big fourth innings target for them.

Meanwhile, here are some of the important stats and numbers from South Africa vs India, 1st Test Day 3:

2 – Lungi Ngidi recorded his second best figures (6/71) in an innings in Tests. He took a six-fer for the second time in his career. His previous such effort (6/39) also came against India in 2018.

200 – Mohammed Shami reached 200 wickets landmark in Tests.

5 – Mohammed Shami became the fifth Indian pacer to reach the milestone of 200 Test wickets.

15 – South African fast bowler Lungi Ngidi has now taken 15 scalps against India in Tests which is his most against any opposition.

23 – Ajinkya Rahane has now gone 23 innings (including one not out) without a century in Tests.

39 – Mohammed Shami has now taken 39 wickets against the Proteas in Tests which is his second most against any team.

52 – Temba Bavuma recorded his highest score against India in Tests.

29Quinton de Kock is now joint-fourth with Rod Marsh for wicketkeepers taking four or more catches 29 times in an international innings.

29 – The Mumbai batter Ajinkya Rahane has scored just two fifties and one century in his last 29 Test innings (including one not out).

3 – Mohammed Shami took his third five-for against South Africa in Tests which is his most against any team.

100 – Rishabh Pant completed 100 dismissals in Tests as wicketkeeper. He is the quickest Indian wicketkeeper to the milestone as well having reached the landmark in just 26 Tests. The next in the list are MS Dhoni and Wriddhiman Saha who completed 100 dismissals in Tests in 36 Tests each.

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