After yet another dismal batting show, India needed to come out all guns blazing with the ball and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah did exactly that on day one of the Johannesburg Test.
After conceding a single run on the very first ball of the innings, Bhuvneshwar beat Aiden Markram with a peach of a delivery, as he started the proceedings on a solid note. Jasprit Bumrah was equally impressive, troubling the Proteas openers with his pace and bounce before Bhuvneshwar drew the first blood by removing Markram. The pacers constantly troubled the batsmen, but South Africa managed to cling on and finish the day on 6 for one.
Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was very impressed with the Indian pacers’ effort and took to Twitter to praise them.
“Loving this bowling spell by @BhuviOfficial and @Jaspritbumrah93 ball moving like snake ? bite it?.. top class,” he wrote on Twitter.
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) January 24, 2018
Meanwhile, the batsmen once again failed to get going, as India were all out for just 187. Openers KL Rahul and Murali Vijay continued their poor form with the bat, scoring 0 and eight, respectively. Half-centuries from Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara steadied the ship, but once they got dismissed, India’s innings was totally derailed, as they lost their last six wickets for just 43 runs.
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