Umesh Yadav
Umesh Yadav. Credit: BCCI

Team India fast bowler Umesh Yadav was on fire as he toiled with South African batsmen on day three in Ranchi. He picked three important wickets to help his side bowl out the visitors for a mere 162 runs and inflicting a follow on on them. He had an overall good outing as he drew the first blood in the second essay which helped the host inch closer to a whitewash.

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Umesh, who had to sit out in the first Test, clinched the wickets of Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, and George Linde to return with three for 40. Thus, he became only the second bowler in the history after West Indies legend Courtney Walsh to pick three-wicket hauls in five consecutive innings.

Previously, Umesh Yadav returned with figures of six for 88, four for 45, three for 37, and three for 22. Notably, Umesh also had a good game with the bat scoring a quickfire 31 off just 10 deliveries including five sixes. The Vidarbha pacer also provided India with a good start in the second innings making Quinton de Kock his prey for the second time in the match.

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Umesh Yadav delighted after cleaning Quinton de Kock. Credit: BCCI

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Mohammed Shami joined the party claiming three more in short order to leave the visitors 22 for four. On the stroke of tea Dean Elgar (16*) was struck on the helmet by a vicious bouncer from Yadav and was replaced in the match by Theunis de Bruyn after failing concussion tests.

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George Linde and Theunis de Bruyn provided some resistance but for not long. South Africa will need 203 runs more to make India bat with two wickets in hand to save the match which seems impossible.

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Ankush Das

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