Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned with figures of 4/87 on Day 1 of the first Test
Bhuvneshwar selected three wicket in his first 3 overs
This was Bhuvneshwar’s 3rd four-wicket haul
India bundle South Africa out for 286.
Ravichandran Ashwin chose up two wickets while Mohammed Shami, debutant Jasprit Bumrah and all-rounder Hardik Pandya cracked in with one wicket apiece.India had a devastating start with Murali Vijay(1), Shikhar Dhawan(16 )and captain Virat Kohli( 5)falling without contributing much.Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn and Morne bowled probing spells as India crawled to 28/3 at the close of play on the first day, still tracking South Africa by 258 runs.Cheteshwar Pujara was batting on 5 and Rohit
Sharma, who replaced Ajinkya Rahane in the playing XI, was at the other end at nought.”Incredible day, that’s how Test cricket is. To be honest, we might have bowled better.
We provided 25-30 runs additional. Just wished to bowl in great areas. Desired to get the batsmen out caught behind or in the slips.
Understood it does not swing much in South Africa, “Bhuvneshwar said.Bhuvneshwar snagged opener Dean Elgar with simply the 3rd ball of the day and then in the next 2 overs had Aiden Markram and Hashim Amla dismissed inexpensively to have the house side reeling at 12 for three inside only the 5th over.” In Test cricket, top
of off-stump is an area where every batsman is vulnerable. He’s( Hashim Amla) the sort of batsman who can make big hundreds if he starts. Extremely pleasing to obtain him out. Never felt the wicket would be slow. Idea there would be lateral motion
and that’s exactly what took place. Overall we’re happy with the method we’ve bowled, “he added.AB de Villiers, who returned after a long injury layoff staged a battle back as he took on Bhuvneshwar, striking four 4s off him in an over as he relentlessly punished loose deliveries.De Villiers reached his 50 off just 55 deliveries. Du Plessis was more scrupulous at the other end.India’s early inspiration was ended by a 114-run partnership for the 4th wicket in between De Villiers and Du Plessis, who assaulted the Indian bowlers and penalized loose deliveries.De Villiers was bowled by Bumrah after lunch for 65 runs while Du Plessis scored 62 prior to flashing at a large shipment and handing all-rounder Hardik Pandya his first wicket of the three-match series.”AB is finest in the world. You have to be at your finest to bowl to him. His counter-attack harmed us. It’s going to be difficult( the way forward). We understood these are the situations we’ll have to tackle with,”he said.Bhuvneshwar made complete usage of grass-covered track and had South Africa, who choose four seamers themselves, in early trouble.He had Elgar caught behind by Wriddhiman Saha as he moved the ball far from the left-hander and then Markram leg prior to for five runs in the third over of the day.Amla(3 )followed soon afterwards as he flashed at a delivery on off stump and nicked it behind to Saha.The right-arm swing bowler bagged his fourth when he got the outdoors edge of Quinton de Kock simply prior to tea.Vernon Philander and De Kock continued to press the run rate past 4 per over before the latter opted for 43 off 40 balls and Philander was bowled by Mohammed Shami for 23. De Kock was the assailant striking the
ball at 107.50 in his 60-run collaboration with Vernon Philander for the 6th wicket.The 27-year-old likewise came close to finishing his five-wicket haul when he found the
outdoors edge of Keshav Maharaj’s bat just for Shikhar Dhawan to spill a guideline capture it at the third slip.
(With inputs from Reuters)