Indian pacer Umesh Yadav took his first wicket on the South African tour as he uprooted the middle stump of overnight batter, Keshav Maharaj, on Day 2 of the Cape Town Test.
Maharaj looked fluent during his stay at the crease and could have been a big thorn in the Indian side. He played a few crisp drives and cuts on the offside before being sent back by Umesh.
After bowling a few freebies, Umesh threw one right up and the ball swung back in sharply. Maharaj failed to account for the movement and played with a huge gap between the bat and pad.
The ball managed to sneak through the gap and crashed into the middle stump as the Indians were cock-a-hoop. It was the second wicket of the morning after Jasprit Bumrah had removed Aiden Markram on the second ball of the morning.
Watch Umesh Yadav uproot Maharaj’s stump here:
No better sight for a fast bowler than seeing the middle one getting uprooted ✔
Umesh Yadav has been a formidable pacer with a pretty simple bowling action 🙌
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However, the South African batter, Keegan Petersen and Rassie van der Dussen began forming a partnership for the fourth wicket. They took their time initially before launching into the tiring bowlers.
At Lunch, they took the hosts to 100/3, still trailing the Indians by 123 runs in the first innings. There were plenty of edges and plays and misses but the Africans rode their luck to pile on the runs.