Mohammed Shami has taken three wickets as India are on top in the Ranchi Test against South Africa. (Photo Credit: PTI)
South Africa's bowlers had struggled for two days to take just nine wickets. However, India's bowlers, in one and a half days, have taken 18 wickets. This major difference has been the story of India's dominance against South Africa. A thorough all-round performance by the bowlers, led by the pace duo of Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav and well backed up by Ravindra Jadeja and debutant Mohammed Shami helped India come closer to a 3-0 whitewash of South Africa at the JSCA stadium in Ranchi on Monday.
17:25 hrs IST: The light has deteriorated and that will be stumps. India will be back tomorrow to take the remaining two wickets and inflict a 3-0 whitewash on South Africa for the first time.
17:10 hrs IST: Play has been extended till 17:30 hrs IST as India look to take the remaining two wickets. De Bruyn is holding firm and South Africa are 132/8, still trailing by 203 runs.
17:00 hrs IST: WICKET! Kagiso Rabada slogs aimlessly and Ashwin gets his 15th wicket of the series. South Africa are 121/8, still trailing by 214 runs.
16:43 hrs IST: WICKET! Mindless cricket from Piedt and India are three wickets away from a win. Flatter ball and drifting in, Piedt dances down the track and looks to slog over deep midwicket, he misses and the ball knocks the leg stump out. South Africa are 97/7, still trailing by 238 runs.
16:38 hrs IST: Theunis de Bruyn and Dane Piedt have all but ensured that the Test match goes into the fourth day. Yet, it does not change the fact that South Africa have been woeful in the Tests. The Proteas are 97/6, still trailing by 238 runs.
16:19 hrs IST: WICKET! Superb stuff from Shahbaz Nadeem. George Linde turns Ashwin to square leg and sets off for a quick single, Nadeem swoops in and scores a direct hit at the bowler's end to catch him short of the crease. South Africa are 67/6, still trailing by 268 runs.
16:10 hrs IST: Wriddhiman Saha has gotten injured after a ball from Ashwin hit his thumb. He is walking off and Rishabh Pant will keep wickets. South Africa 65/5, still trailing by 270 runs.
15:34 hrs IST: WICKET! India inch closer to a victory. Umesh Yadav gets a good length ball to jag back in off the deck, Heinrich Klassen is trapped on the crease and he is given the marching orders. South Africa 36/5, still trailing by 299 runs.
15:22 hrs IST: George Linde and Heinrich Klassen are surviving out there as India look to take more wickets. South Africa are 36/4, trailing by 299 runs.
15:09 hrs IST: Elgar has retired hurt. South Africa have a concussion substitute but have not used it yet. South Africa are 29/4, trail by 306 runs.
14:38 hrs IST: BANG! Oh dear! This is not looking good. Umesh bangs a bouncer and it hits Dean Elgar flush on the middle of the helmet. He is down and is not looking in good shape. South Africa 26/4, trailing by 309 runs. That will also be Tea.
14:32 hrs IST: WICKET! South Africa are just falling apart here. No fight whatsoever. Full ball in the channel outside off, Temba Bavuma has a poke at it and Saha takes the catch diving low to his right. South Africa are 22/4, still trailing by 313 runs.
14:24 hrs IST: WICKET! Shami on fire and that is the end of the South Africa skipper. This match could get over today itself. Good length ball and it nips back in sharply, du Plessis is caught on the crease and is trapped in front. South Africa are 18/3, still trailing by 317 runs.
14:13 hrs IST: The South African players are withstanding a fierce spell from Umesh and Shami. South Africa are 16/2, still trailing by 319 runs.
14:00 hrs IST: WICKET! It goes from bad to worse for South Africa. Shami bowls a fullish ball and it straightens on off stump, Zubayr Hamza plays down the wrong line and the off stump is pegged back. South Africa are 10/2, still trailing by 325 runs.
13:54 hrs IST: WICKET! Brilliant from Umesh Yadav! Good length ball angled across, it cuts back in off the deck and holds its line, De Kock plays down the wrong line and the ball hits the back thigh pad to detonate the off stump out of the ground. South Africa 5/1, trail by 330 runs.
13:43 hrs IST: India have enforced the follow on. With two full days to go, this is a good move.
13:38 hrs IST: WICKET! Nortje's vigil has ended as Shahbaz Nadeem traps him plumb in front. South Africa 162 all out and India lead by 335 runs.
13:31 hrs IST: WICKET! Finally, the stand is broken. Umesh Yadav strikes. Full ball outside off and it is in the driving zone, Linde is sucked in the drive and the outside edge flies to Rohit Sharma at slip. South Africa 162/9, trail by 335 runs.
13:16 hrs IST: Once again the South African tail is showing better application and fight than the top and middle order. South Africa 160/8, trailing by 337 runs.
12:57 hrs IST: Anrich Nortje survives a hostile spell from Mohammed Shami and George Linde is batting with calm and composure on his debut. South Africa 153/8, trailing by 344 runs.
12:22 hrs IST: WICKET! Total harakiri by South Africa. Never run on a misfield and South Africa commit the crime. Rabada drives to mid off but Umesh misfields. They decide to take the run and Umesh scores a direct hit. South Africa 130/8, trailing by 367 runs.
12:16 hrs IST: First over of the day, wicket! First over after lunch, wicket! Top ball from Shami. Good length delivery and it cuts back in off the seam, Dane Piedt is trapped on the crease and is rapped on the pads. South Africa 129/7, trailing by 368 runs.
11:21 hrs IST: WICKET! Sublime bowling from Jadeja. South Africa are yet again crumbling. Flatter ball drifted in on middle and leg stump line, Heinrich Klassen looks to cover the line and defend but the ball spins away and hits the top of off stump. South Africa 119/6, trail India by 378 runs.
11:07 hrs IST: WICKET! Brilliant from Nadeem. Proud moment as he gets his maiden Test wicket. Nadeem floats a flighted delivery outside off and it spins away, Temba Bavuma is drawn forward and he is out of the crease, Saha whips the bails off in a flash and Nadeem is jubilant. South Africa 107/5, trail by 390 runs.
11:03 hrs IST: WICKET! If you cannot get him LBW, get him bowled. After India squander a review to an LBW, Jadeja gets this delivery to drift in and hold its line, it skids through and Hamza is on the backfoot. He tries to jam it out but the ball thuds into the leg stump. South Africa 107/4, trail by 390 runs.
10:55 hrs IST: Hamza and Bavuma are making steady progress and for the first time after the first innings in Vizag, the Proteas players are showing some application. South Africa are 106/3, trailing by 391 runs.
10:33 hrs IST: Zubayr Hamza smashes a six down the ground and notches up his maiden fifty. Superb knock from Hamza and South Africa are 81/3, trail by 416 runs.
10:20 hrs IST: Hamza is finding the boundary on a regular basis and he is tackling both pace and spin well. Bavuma is giving him sold support as the partnership goes past fifty. South Africa are 68/3.
10:01 hrs IST: Hamza and Bavuma are striking boundaries but India are still creating chances. South Africa are 41/3.
09:50 hrs IST: Temba Bavuma steadies the nerves with a couple of boundaries and South Africa are 25/3
09:35 hrs IST: WICKET! After being hit for a boundary, Umesh responds with a brilliant ball. Good length ball and it straightens at pace, it is the perfect legcutter, Faf du Plessis is beaten all ends up and is cleaned up. South Africa 16/3.
09:30 hrs IST: A warm welcome to the third day of the Ranchi Test. South Africa are facing an uphill task and they will be once again subject to trial by both spin and pace from India.