After a wicketless first innings, India pacer Mohammed Shami was at his very best in the final day of the first Test against South Africa in Visakhapatnam. He left the Proteas skipper wondering as he dismantles his wicket with an inswing delivery.
After setting up a target of 395 runs banking another century from Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara’s 81, India got the all-important wicket of Dean Elgar as the host gave their bowlers 30 minutes to go hard at the South African batsman.
As the host needed nine more wickets on the final day, Ravichandran Ashwin provided the first breakthrough before Mohammed Shami joined the party. Ashwin cleaned off Theunis de Bruyn’s timber before Shami breaking Temba Bavuma’s wicket from the other end.
Since then, Aiden Markram and skipper Faf du Plessis looked to build a partnership banking on ones and twos. But a moment of brilliance from Shami gave India the all-important breakthrough as broke du Plessis timber.
Mohammed Shami pitched the ball short and way outside the off-stump forcing the South Africa skipper to leave the ball. But the ball seams back in appreciably and keeps low enough to peg back off-stump of du Plessis leaving him in splits.
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Meanwhile, Mohammed Shami continued his brilliance as he dismantled the timber of Quinton de Kock in the next over to have South Africa at 60 for five. India have broken the backbone of the Proteas in the morning session and it is only time now that they walk home with the game in the pocket.