Nagpur- We saw a breathtaking day of Test cricket on day two of the Third Test between South Africa and India at the Vidarbha Stadium on Thursday where 273 runs were scored and 20 wickets fell. Reports Piet Lategan.
After the Proteas resumed on 11/2 they fell apart only to be skittled for a atrocious 79 all out in their first innings in just 33.1 overs, their lowest total since their readmission in 1992. It was only JP Duminy who offered any resistance by scoring 35 while Indian spinners, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, took nine wickets between them.
The Proteas then bowled out India for 173 in 46.4 overs as Imran Tahir took 5/38 and Morné Morkel 3/19. That meant that the Proteas will have to score 310 runs for victory in the remaing three days in the Test. They struggled to 32/2 after 14 overs at the close of play on day two, still 278 runs away from an unlikely victory.
The placid pitches in Test cricket in India are sure to yield results.