South Africa Vs India, 2018: Amazing track to bowl on – Bhuvneshwar Kumar
India has dramatically clinched the Wanderers Test by 63 runs after the hosts South Africa was going stronger to chase down the target of daunting 241 which further saw them being bundled out at 177 in 73.3 overs and however, clinched the interesting series 2-1 and Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been tremendous during the match.
Interestingly, the Proteas side lost last eight wickets in 46 runs which further saw Bhuvneshwar being adjudged Man of the Match for his superb all-around show.
The bowling spearhead Bhuvneshwar was further happy to bowl on the seamer-friendly surface.
“I enjoy batting when it comes to Tests. I tried to stay for as much as possible and runs came,” Bhuvneshwar told Shaun Pollock in the post-match press conference.
Moreover, the highlight of the day for South Africa was the second-wicket partnership of 119 between opening batsman Hashim Amla and left-handed Dean Elgar.
However, what unfolded at the stroke of tea saw Indian gaining the momentum with bowlers bowling their heart out on a surface which has been the paradise for bowlers.
“I’m happy. Whenever I get a chance, I try to do well. It came off at the right moment,” Bhuvneshwar said.
With the wicket of Hashim Amla when Hardik Pandya completed the low catch at short mid-wicket on the bowling of Mohammed Shami, who has been the bowling protagonist with the ball as he went on to claim the five-wicket haul.
Shami, prolific with the ball finished off the things in style while sending down 12.3 overs which saw him giving away 28 runs for his special five.
Impeccable with the ball, the visitors’ bowlers made a resounding comeback to see animated skipper Virat Kohli jumping in joy.
However, Dean Elgar was the lone warrior after wickets kept on tumbling at the other end on a track which has troubled the batsmen throughout.
“Amazing track to bowl on. Few awkward balls but overall it was a good wicket,” Bhuvneshwar maintained.
The left-handed batsman Elgar remained unbeaten on 86 off 240. He smashed nine boundaries and a six, as Lungi Ngidi was the last-man-to-go on the bowling off Mohammed Shami.
However, Ngidi, who was batting on four of six balls, saw declared out on the review when the replays suggested the ball has taken the healthy outside edge before settling into the gloves of Dinesh Karthik, who donned the gloves after Parthiv Patel was down with the broken finger.
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