South Africa vs India, 3rd Test, Day 2 Stats Review: Jasprit Bumrah's five-fer puts India on command

South Africa vs India, 3rd Test, Day 2 Stats Review: Jasprit Bumrah’s five-fer puts India on command

Can Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara stitch a big partnership to set South Africa a big total?

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)

India’s spearhead Jasprit Bumrah took a five-wicket haul and recorded his fourth-best figures in Tests to bowl South Africa out for 210 in the first innings of the third and final Test at Newlands in Cape Town. Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami both snared two wickets each to hand India a slender lead of just 13 runs.

For the Proteas, opener Aiden Markram’s poor form in the series continued as he became Bumrah’s first victim in the morning when he got out for just eight runs. Keegan Petersen achieved his best Test score of 72 as he was the only half-centurion and silver lining for South Africa on the second day. Rassie van der Dussen and Temba Bavuma both got slight starts but couldn’t go on and steady the South African innings as the hosts were troubled by the Indian pace battery.

Openers KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal both fell cheaply in the second innings for ten and seven runs respectively. Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli both remained not out at Stump’s with India’s score at 57/2. With a lead of 70 runs, the unbeaten duo would like to add more runs on the third day to take the visitors in a comfortable and commanding position. The Proteas will be looking to get these two wickets as early as possible with out-of-form batters Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant set to follow next.

Meanwhile, here are some of the important stats and numbers from South Africa vs India, 3rd Test Day 2:

100 – Virat Kohli became the sixth Indian to complete 100 catches in Test matches.

72 – Keegan Petersen recorded his highest Test score. His previous best score of 62 came in the second Test of the ongoing series.

7 – Jasprit Bumrah has now equalled Kapil Dev and Irfan Pathan for Indian pacer with most five-wicket hauls (7) after 27 Tests.

5 – Mohammed Shami dismissed Temba Bavuma for the fifth time in Tests. The pacer has also dismissed Jonny Bairstow, BJ Watling, and Kagiso Rabada as many times.

4 – Mayank Agarwal became Kagiso Rabada’s victim for the fourth time. Pat Cummins has also accounted the Indian batter for as many times.

7 – Bumrah took his seventh five-wicket haul in Test matches. He equaled Jason Holder and Tim Southee and is now joint-top with them for picking up as many hauls since 2018.

38.6 – Umesh Yadav boasts the best strike rate by a bowler with a minimum of 50 Test wickets since 2018. Pakistan’s fast bowler Hasan Ali is on second for his strike rate of 39.1

14 – Agarwal has now scored just one fifty in his last 14 innings in away Tests.

5/42 – Bumrah recorded his fourth-best bowling figures in a Test innings. His top three spells are 6/27 against West Indies in 2019, 6/33 against Australia in 2018, and 5/7 against West Indies in 2019.

45.40 – Ravichandran Ashwin’s average of 45.40 in South Africa is his least in SENA countries.

5 – Bavuma got out to Shami for the fifth time in his Test career which is the most he has been dismissed against. England’s pair of Stuart Broad and Moeen has got him out four times.

3 – Bumrah became the third Indian bowler to take a five-for in Tests at Cape Town. Harbhajan Singh and S Sreesanth both took five-fors in the 2011 Test match.