Indian all-rounder Shardul Thakur bowled a magnificent spell of 7/61 on Day 2 of the second Test in Johannesburg as the Proteas were bowled out for 229.
Thakur first broke the 74-run alliance between Dean Elgar and Keegan Petersen as he sent the former back to the dressing room. Thakur used his back of length delivery that poked Elgar’s edge to Rishabh Pant behind the stumps.
He later dismissed the well-set Keegan Petersen with a wide length ball that shaped away and kissed the batter’s outside edge before flying to Mayank Agarwal at the second slip.
At the stroke of lunch, the all-rounder got Rassie van der Dussen, though the catch taken by Pant wasn’t clear but the batter was declared out as umpires failed to give an explicit verdict on the dismissal.
Thakur once again separated the set duo of Temba Bavuma (51) and Kyle Verreynne (21) as he got both the wickets in successive overs to achieve his maiden five-wicket haul.
Thakur later picked the last two wickets of Marco Jansen and Lungi Ngidi to restrict South Africa’s lead to just 27 runs, that India managed to get past in the eighth over of their second innings.
Although Indian openers KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal departed at the end of the day, senior batters Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane remained firm at the crease and took India’s lead to 58 at the end of the day’s play.
The pitch at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg offers assistance for the pace bowlers. The bounce and seam movement will make life difficult for the batters to navigate the genuine pace as is the nature of the pitch. The outfield as usual will be quick and the batsmen will get value for the shots. As the day progresses spinners will become handy and pacers could be able to extract reverse swing.
Average 1st Innings score: 313
Average 2nd Innings score: 280
Average 3rd Innings score: 252
Average 4th Innings score: 206
Highest total scored by a team in an innings at the venue: 652/7 (146 overs) by Australia vs South Africa
Lowest total recorded by a team in an innings at the venue: 49/10 (29.1 overs) by Pakistan vs South Africa
Weather forecast for Day 3 between India vs South Africa second Test in Johannesburg
According to accuweather.com, the temperature of Johannesburg city of South Africa on January 5 is 16° Celcius in the morning with 87% humidity. There is a chance of rain showers interrupting the gameplay in either the second or third session of the third day’s play as weather reports show a 40% chance of precipitation.