India vs South Africa, 3rd Test, Day 3: Records broken
The Indian bowlers came up with a ruthless performance as they picked up 16 wickets on Day 3 of the third Test in Ranchi on Monday. As a result, India are on the verge to inflict a 3-0 series whitewash over the visitors, besides staying unbeaten in the ICC World Test Championship. Here are the records broken on Day 3.
South Africa began the day on 9/2 from Day 2, as skipper Faf du Plessis was the opening victim of the day in the first over by Umesh Yadav. While they were 129/6 at lunch, they were bundled for 162 post lunch. Leading by 335 runs, Kohli enforced the follow-on, as the batsmen continued to collapse, with they ending the day at 132/8.
Umesh Yadav bowled brilliantly. He has claimed 11 wickets in the series. However, what was even interesting was his consistency, as he has become the first Indian pacer to claim three or more wickets in five consecutive innings at home.
South Africa have undoubtedly been poor with the bat in the series, with Dean Elgar being their only batsman to go past the 200-run mark. However, it is their openers who have disappointed the most, as their average opening stand in this series was 4.83, which has been their lowest in any Test series (minimum of five innings).
Spinner Shahbaz Nadeem made an impressive debut in the match, claiming 2/22 in the innings. However, the interesting part was his maiden Test wicket, when he dismissed Temba Bavuma off a stumping. As a result, he has now become the fourth Indian to claim his maiden Test wicket via stumping, after WV Raman, M Venkataramana and Asish Kapoor.
Enforcing follow-on indicates how much the captain has faith in his bowlers, and the current bowling attack has won the trust of skipper Kohli. After enforcing the follow-on on Monday, Kohli has now enforced the most number of follow-ons as the Indian captain. He went past the previous record of seven by Mohammad Azharuddin. Among others are MS Dhoni (5) and Sourav Ganguly (4).