Twitter Reactions: Lungi Ngidi's six-fer devastates India in first session of day three of opening Test

Lungi Ngidi picked six wickets in the first innings.

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Lungi Ngidi. (Photo by CHRISTIAAN KOTZE/AFP via Getty Images)

Day one of the Boxing Day Test between India and South Africa was dominated by the Indian batters. KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal added 117 runs for the first wicket. Rahul went to score a century to become only the second Indian opener to achieve this feat in SA. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane also made some significant contributions.

The second day of the Test match was washed away due to rain and both Rahane and Rahul came out to bat on the third day to start from where they left on day one. But, the Indian batters didn’t have the same effect on the South African bowling attack.

The Indian batters had no answer to the questions put forward by Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi. Rabada dismissed Rahul for 123 runs in the 94th over. Rahul tried to play a pull shot of Rabada’s bowling but, it got a faint edge and was caught by Quinton de Kock. Rahul made the highest score for India.

Rahane, who looked pretty solid with his approach on the first day was the next man to be dismissed. Ngidi dismissed Rahane in the 97th over as he tried to play a cut shot and couldn’t connect it properly. Rahane missed a well-deserved half-century as he made 48 runs.

India’s middle-order failed to perform the designated task

India saw a massive collapse after Rahane’s wicket. Rahane was dismissed when India had put a score of 291 runs on the board. Rabada and Ngidi quickly dismissed the rest of the team. India could add only 36 runs to the total and lost five wickets.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to this massive collapse

Rabada picked three wickets for 72 runs. Ngidi was the best bowler for South Africa as he picked six wickets in 24 overs while giving away 71 runs. Marco Jensen, who made his debut for South Africa in this game also picked his maiden wicket. Jensen dismissed Bumrah for 14 runs, and he was the last man to depart for India. At the time of writing, India has already picked one wicket as Bumrah dismissed skipper Dean Elgar early on.

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