Left Menu
Development News Edition

UPDATE 1-Cricket-Du Plessis falls after fifty, India eye big lead

Reuters | Updated: 12-10-2019 14:48 IST | Created: 12-10-2019 14:40 IST
UPDATE 1-Cricket-Du Plessis falls after fifty, India eye big lead
Image Credit: Twitter (@cricketworldcup)

Ravichandran Ashwin ended South Africa captain Faf du Plessis' resistance after the lunch break as India remained on course for a big first-innings lead on day three of the second test at Pune on Saturday. The touring side, trailing the three-test series 1-0, crawled to 197 for eight wickets at tea, still, 404 runs behind India's mammoth first innings total of 601-5 declared.

Vernon Philander was unbeaten on 23 with Keshav Maharaj 21 not out at the break, the pair has kept India at bay for over 18 overs during an unbroken ninth-wicket stand of 35. Fast bowlers Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami made early inroads before spinners Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja caused further damage to South Africa.

The Proteas relied heavily on du Plessis to first avoid the follow-on and then bid for a draw to keep the series alive but the right-hander fell for 64 after lunch to off-spinner Ashwin. Yadav's last appearance for India was at Perth against Australia in December and he was only included in the side for the second test with the Pune pitch sporting a tinge of green.

Having already dismissed South Africa's openers on Friday, Yadav sent back number three batsman Theunis de Bruyn for 30 with wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha taking a sharp catch. Shami had earlier picked up his second wicket and the first of the day for India in the third over by sending back nightwatchman Anrich Nortje.

Du Plessis and Quinton de Kock then fought back for South Africa and showed determination and positive intent against India's spinners during a 75-run stand after the side had been reduced to 53-5 at one stage. Ashwin broke the partnership by bowling out de Kock for 31 in a body blow to the touring side.

Du Plessis played some classic drives and effective sweep shots, hitting nine fours and a six before edging Ashwin to slip. Jadeja took out Senuran Muthusamy but Philander and Maharaj, who looked in pain batting with an injured shoulder, soldiered on for the touring side.



New farm bills in India: Focusing on farms or farmers?

... ...

Kenya’s COVID-19 response: Chaos amid lack of information

Confusing numbers and scanty information on how effective curfews and lockdowns have been in breaking transmission have amplified coordination and planning challenges in Kenyas response to COVID-19. Without accurate data, it is impossible t...

Farkhad Akhmedov: Calculating the price of impunity from the law

In insistences such as the battle over the Luna, Akhmedov has resorted to extreme legal machinations to subvert the High Courts decision and keep his assets from being seized. ...

Guinea’s elections hearken back to the autocracy and violence of its past

... ...


Latest News

'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' to pushed back to June 2021

Sony and Columbia Pictures have decided to delay Jason Reitmans upcoming movie Ghostbusters Afterlife. The new film is a direct sequel to Bill Murrays iconic supernatural comedy movies Ghostbusters 1984 and Ghostbusters II 1989.Afterlife wa...

Pakistan should have sufficient resources to prevent money laundering, terror: Report

Pakistan should ensure that they have sufficient resources devoted to monitoring the activities of anyone suspected of having been or still being involved in money laundering and terror financing to militant groups, said an anti-money laund...

18 members of transgender community community clear higher secondary course in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 22 PTI Eighteen members of the transgender community in Kerala have cleared their higher secondary equivalency course examination conducted by the Kerala State Literacy Mission Authority KSLMA with flying colours, en...

Altizon Recognized in the Gartner 2020 Magic Quadrant for Industrial IoT Platforms

Palo Alto California USAPune Maharashtra India, October 22 ANIPRNewswire Altizon, a global Industrial Internet of Things IIoT platform company, has been recognized by Gartner in the 2020 Magic Quadrant for IIoT Platforms. This is the third ...

Give Feedback