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RESULT
3rd Test, Johannesburg, January 24 - 27, 2018, South Africa v India 2018
187 & 247
(T:241) 194 & 177

India won by 63 runs

Player Of The Match
30, 3/44, 33 & 1/39
bhuvneshwar-kumar
Player Of The Series
94 runs • 15 wkts
vernon-philander
India 1st Innings
South Africa 1st Innings
India 2nd Innings
South Africa 2nd Innings
Match Details
India 1st Innings 
BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Murali Vijay c †de Kock b Rabada832411025.00
KL Rahul c †de Kock b Philander0714000.00
Cheteshwar Pujara c †de Kock b Phehlukwayo501792618027.93
Virat Kohli (c)c de Villiers b Ngidi541061469050.94
Ajinkya Rahane lbw b Morkel927441033.33
Parthiv Patel c †de Kock b Morkel22249009.09
Hardik Pandya c †de Kock b Phehlukwayo0511000.00
Bhuvneshwar Kumar c Phehlukwayo b Rabada3049724061.22
Mohammed Shami c Rabada b Philander816211050.00
Ishant Sharma c du Plessis b Rabada01222000.00
Jasprit Bumrah not out 0723000.00
Extras(b 10, lb 8, nb 2, w 6)26
TOTAL76.4 Ov (RR: 2.43, 353 Mts)187
Fall of wickets: 1-7 (KL Rahul, 3.1 ov), 2-13 (Murali Vijay, 8.4 ov), 3-97 (Virat Kohli, 42.4 ov), 4-113 (Ajinkya Rahane, 51.4 ov), 5-144 (Cheteshwar Pujara, 61.3 ov), 6-144 (Parthiv Patel, 62.2 ov), 7-144 (Hardik Pandya, 63.2 ov), 8-163 (Mohammed Shami, 67.5 ov), 9-166 (Ishant Sharma, 72.1 ov), 10-187 (Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 76.4 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
Morne Morkel1754722.76848011
51.4 to AM Rahane, 136 kph, full on leg, and Rahane is given! He decides to review, does Rahane. The no-ball check is fine, is it sliding down? The only way Rahane gets away with this is if it's missing leg stump completely. It is not. Clipping the side of leg stump and the umpire's call stands. Kohli is bemused, not entirely sure why. It was right in the slot for a flick, one of the more productive areas for Rahane, but he just plain misses it. The ball may have moved further too. That's more not out than out, but not a bad decision because if the pad wasn't there, it would have clipped the leg stump.. 113/4
62.2 to PA Patel, caught behind! He goes for the cut - there's just a tiny bit of room, he takes the shot on. It's one of his favourites, but he doesn't account for Morkel's ability to extract bounce, even from helpless pitches. Goes off the top edge and de Kock does beautifully to leap up, shove his hands up over his head, to his right and take it, while making it look ever so easy. 144/6
Vernon Philander19103121.631025001
3.1 to KL Rahul, caught behind! Inside edge, deflects off the thigh pad, de Kock needs to dive to his left, always the wrong side for a wicketkeeper, and he pulls off a good grab. It's no fun being an opener in conditions like this, against a bowler like Philander who keeps pegging away on a good length, in line with off stump, demanding a shot, and laughing in your face with just the tiniest bit of movement to beat the middle of the bat. 7/1
67.5 to Mohammed Shami, taken at mid-off this time! Shami swings. He loses the grip of his bat as he swings. And the ball goes off the toe end offering a simple grab to Rabada. 163/8
Kagiso Rabada18.463932.08974010
8.4 to M Vijay, caught behind! Runs on this pitch, against this attack, are a mere illusion. This is a full ball - perhaps even a half-volley to a batsman who isn't hanging back, desperate to have a little more time to read the direction of seam movement - and Vijay goes at it with all hands. The cover drive becomes an outside edge and South Africa celebrate again. 13/2
72.1 to I Sharma, taken! Rabada's second for the day. Faf is an exceptional slip fielder, he knows exactly what he has to do. It's full on off, this one doesn't move much, which is why it finds the edge. Philander had been moving it too much. Takes a thick outside edge. It's low to Faf, but he realises it's straight at him, so the third slip fielder can't dive across to his left to intercept it. So he goes forward quickly and takes a quality catch, makes hard catches look really simple.. 166/9
76.4 to B Kumar, 136 kph, caught at wide mid-on and India's innings is shut out for 187. A bouncer around middle and leg, Bhuvneshwar can't time his pull, is very late on the stroke. So the timing is bad, chipped to Phehlukwayo, who runs to his right and takes a good catch!. 187/10
Lungi Ngidi1572711.80794000
42.4 to V Kohli, edged and taken this time. AB de Villiers somehow takes it, at third slip. A tad overpitched outside off, Kohli sees a run-scoring opportunity and drives, but the ball moves away ever so late. He moved wider of the crease, and found just enough lateral movement to find the outside edge. It flies to third slip, where de Villiers has not seen it. And the ball is flying to him at an awkward height - go reverse cupped or hands down. In the end, he does neither but takes it. Excellent captaincy from du Plessis, against Kohli in fine form, it could have been so easy to push the third slip away to a defensive position, but he had the third slip with lots of lateral movement on this surface.. 97/3
Andile Phehlukwayo712523.57293000
61.3 to CA Pujara, the edge! The Pujara edge! It exists! His gameplan has been to play with soft hands, and the original line. Against the other quicks, the ball moved far too much, so he got beaten on the outswinger, or he took blows on the inswinger. Phehlukwayo pitches this up outside off, gets just the tiniest slant going into the right-hander, enough to snatch the nick. 144/5
63.2 to HH Pandya, top edge and it's gone straight up and de Kock pulls off another stunner! He runs halfway to the boundary. Running back, as well, looking over his shoulder. The ball swirls in the air, veering to the right. De Kock adjusts his bearing, reaches out and takes it superbly. Pandya's probably going to get a little flak for the shot he's played - a vicious pull when he has no room to free the arms - but with only the tail left, he probably felt he had to get as many runs as quickly as possible.. 144/7
South Africa 1st Innings 
BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Dean Elgar c †Patel b Kumar440530010.00
Aiden Markram c †Patel b Kumar2890025.00
Kagiso Rabada c Rahane b Sharma30841306035.71
Hashim Amla c Pandya b Bumrah611212397050.41
AB de Villiers  b Kumar519330026.31
Faf du Plessis (c) b Bumrah819271042.10
Quinton de Kock c †Patel b Bumrah822301036.36
Vernon Philander c Bumrah b Mohammed Shami3555755063.63
Andile Phehlukwayo lbw b Bumrah917332052.94
Morne Morkel not out 982220112.50
Lungi Ngidi c †Patel b Bumrah022000.00
Extras(lb 14, w 9)23
TOTAL65.5 Ov (RR: 2.94, 328 Mts)194
Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Aiden Markram, 2.3 ov), 2-16 (Dean Elgar, 12.3 ov), 3-80 (Kagiso Rabada, 29.6 ov), 4-92 (AB de Villiers, 36.4 ov), 5-107 (Faf du Plessis, 41.4 ov), 6-125 (Quinton de Kock, 47.2 ov), 7-169 (Hashim Amla, 59.5 ov), 8-175 (Vernon Philander, 62.2 ov), 9-194 (Andile Phehlukwayo, 65.3 ov), 10-194 (Lungi Ngidi, 65.5 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
Bhuvneshwar Kumar1994432.31914020
2.3 to AK Markram, edged and gone. Bhuvneshwar strikes early. He didn't need to play at the previous one, he didn't need to play at this. Back of a length outside off, Markram stays tall, looking to defend the ball. Against a new ball, on a seaming pitch, I see no reason why Markram had to play at that, he did, the ball moves away and takes the outside edge. Well bowled, but bad shot.. 3/1
12.3 to D Elgar, outstanding bowling! India have been searching for this ball all morning. The one that pitches in line with leg stump. The one that draws the left-hander forward. The one that seams away just enough to snatch the edge through to the keeper. Can't do much about that except shake your head and walk off.. 16/2
36.4 to AB de Villiers, what a ball! Takes a peach to bowl AB neck and crop! Pshaw. This is swing. And it's devastating swing. The ball starts at about sixth stump. And then hurtles in at middle with a vengeance. AB doesn't get a full stride forward. He brings out a forceful shot down the ground. Even then the ball zips through the defences and middle stump is flattened. 92/4
Jasprit Bumrah18.525452.86909010
41.4 to F du Plessis, lets it go and loses his off stump! He stands and stares at the pitch, perhaps wondering why it hasn't made the ball bounce over the wickets. But Bumrah, when he pitches it up, gets balls to skid through and there's that exaggerated angle into the right-hander as well.. 107/5
47.2 to Q de Kock, inside edge to the keeper. De Kock goes for the on-the-up drive and presents a big gap between bat and pad. Bumrah exploits it with just enough help from the pitch, making the ball move against the angle, miss the middle, snag a good chunk of wood through to Parthiv. 125/6
59.5 to HM Amla, oh he's gonna rue middling that shot. After being beaten; tested on the inside and outside edges, he hits it perfectly off the sweet spot. A very full ball on leg stump - the kind he makes disappear - ends up in the hands of deep square leg. India celebrate. They still have a slight lead. And the last specialist batsman is gone. What an innings though from the Mighty mighty Hash. That little change to his technique; the bravery to do so on viciously tough conditions and the aptitude to not just survive but thrive.. 169/7
65.3 to AL Phehlukwayo, strikes him on the full in front of leg and he's gone. But Phehlukwayo has reviewed. A Bumrah full toss. And it's a pretty devastating full toss too. Fast, swinging in just enough that the batsman's flick shot is of little use. HawkEye returns three reds. 194/9
65.5 to L Ngidi, maiden five-for! He completes it with a short ball down leg, which Ngidi gloves through to the wicketkeeper. Parthiv takes a fine catch, running to his left and then putting in the dive.. 194/10
Ishant Sharma1423312.35685000
29.6 to K Rabada, taken at gully and it's a sharp catch too from Rahane, getting his hands up in front of his face and snagging it reverse cup. So Rabada has to go, after exceeding everyone's expectations save perhaps his own, done in by a peach of a ball. Back of a length on leg stump, hurtling away off the seam, squaring up the batsman and taking the edge at the high part of the bat. Standing ovation for the nightwatchman who has blunted 84 deliveries, from the new ball too.. 80/3
Mohammed Shami1204613.83546020
62.2 to VD Philander, superbly judged catch at long leg! Bumrah's the man, watching the ball intently, moving to his right simultaneously and taking a big pressure catch. The bouncer works and Shami finally has something in the wickets column. Gets it to climb high enough so when the batsman goes for a hook, he can't really control the shot because the ball keeps getting big on him. Top edge results and a good catch seals the exciting passage of play. 175/8
Hardik Pandya20301.50100000
India 2nd Innings 
BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Murali Vijay  b Rabada251271941019.68
Parthiv Patel c Markram b Philander16152030106.66
KL Rahul c du Plessis b Philander1644632036.36
Cheteshwar Pujara c du Plessis b Morkel110150010.00
Virat Kohli (c) b Rabada41791316051.89
Ajinkya Rahane c †de Kock b Morkel48681326070.58
Hardik Pandya c & b Rabada411230036.36
Bhuvneshwar Kumar c †de Kock b Morkel33761142043.42
Mohammed Shami c de Villiers b Ngidi2728321296.42
Ishant Sharma not out 716251043.75
Jasprit Bumrah c Rabada b Philander0713000.00
Extras(b 5, lb 12, w 12)29
TOTAL80.1 Ov (RR: 3.08, 384 Mts)247
Fall of wickets: 1-17 (Parthiv Patel, 4.6 ov), 2-51 (KL Rahul, 18.6 ov), 3-57 (Cheteshwar Pujara, 21.6 ov), 4-100 (Murali Vijay, 40.5 ov), 5-134 (Virat Kohli, 49.2 ov), 6-148 (Hardik Pandya, 53.1 ov), 7-203 (Ajinkya Rahane, 67.3 ov), 8-238 (Mohammed Shami, 74.4 ov), 9-240 (Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 77.2 ov), 10-247 (Jasprit Bumrah, 80.1 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
Vernon Philander21.156132.88988000
4.6 to PA Patel, out caught at third slip! Looks like a lose lbw shout at first, but there's a big inside edge on this. He's looking for the flick again with his feet moving belatedly as he tries to drag this against the angle. From outside off. Big deflection onto his pad and it lobs up a few yards in front of Markram at gully. Dies on him rapidly but he leaps and slides and holds on. 17/1
18.6 to KL Rahul, Philander drags the batsman forward and draws the outside edge, which is pouched by Faf du Plessis at second slip. Smart, chest-high catch from the SA captain. Rahul fails to add to his overnight score. Philander dangled it up full and wide outside off, it wobbles away further. Rahul goes searching for the ball with a loose push away from the body and nicks it behind. One can bring two or three or four on this pitch. 51/2
80.1 to JJ Bumrah, .... and Philander immediately wraps up India for 247. Full and slanting away outside off, Bumrah swipes against the angle and skies a catch to Rabada at midwicket. 247/10
Kagiso Rabada2356933.001046110
40.5 to M Vijay, bowled him! The defence has been so good from Vijay, but Rabada has found a way through it. Falls before lunch. Superb bowling. Fires a yorker, in at middle stump. Vijay looks to get the bat down but he's late on it. 100/4
49.2 to V Kohli, Fast offcutter at 143ks, breaks through the defences of Kohli and hits the off stump. Back of a length, swerves back in, Kohli presses forward but the deviation is so sharp that it beats him and knocks back the off stump. Nevertheless, top innings on a pitch with wild variations in bounce. Forty-one runs at a strike-rate of over 50 on this pitch is gold. 134/5
53.1 to HH Pandya, plucks it one-handed in his follow through. Length ball outside off, Pandya walks down the pitch and pokes at it with hard hands. Nowhere near the pitch and it's an instinctive grab from Rabada as this lobs back at him. Throws it back towards the batsman - probably also instinctive - and apologises straightaway. 148/6
Morne Morkel2164732.231013120
21.6 to CA Pujara, Bursts from a good length, straightens away, snatches the outside edge, and flies to the right of Faf at second slip. Batting keeps getting tougher at Jo'burg. Angling in, Morne, as often, generates extra bounce, the pitch assists him, and the outside edge is found near the shoulder of the bat. The line was pretty close to off stump or on, which meant Pujara had to play. What a snorter from Morkel - that was unplayable. 57/3
67.3 to AM Rahane, another appeal for a catch down the leg side, Rahane has tickled this behind off the bat. Umpire Gould raises his finger and sends Rahane back. SA third-time lucky. Belting catch from de Kock, he pulls out a full-length dive to his left and snags a two-handed catch. Full and angling down the leg side, if Rahane had got more bat onto it, it would have rolled away to the boundary. Forty eight at a strike-rate of 70.58. Played, Rahane. Will it turn out to be a match-winning innings?. 203/7
77.2 to B Kumar, Morkel runs in from around the wicket and bounces out Bhuvneshwar. Tickled off the splice to De Kock for a simple catch. Short, angling away, fended behind. 240/9
Lungi Ngidi1223813.16524000
74.4 to Mohammed Shami, Shami hoicks and finds AB at deep square leg. Short on middle, he rocks back and muscles it straight to the fielder. He walks away with 27 off 28 balls. His strike-rate of 96 on this pitch is the fantasy of every batsman. 238/8
Andile Phehlukwayo301505.00121010
South Africa 2nd Innings (T: 241 runs)
BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Aiden Markram c †Patel b Mohammed Shami4771057.14
Dean Elgar not out 862403569135.83
Hashim Amla c Pandya b Sharma521402405037.14
AB de Villiers c Rahane b Bumrah613161046.15
Faf du Plessis (c) b Sharma29240022.22
Quinton de Kock lbw b Bumrah0112000.00
Vernon Philander  b Mohammed Shami1018221055.55
Andile Phehlukwayo  b Mohammed Shami034000.00
Kagiso Rabada c Pujara b Kumar035000.00
Morne Morkel  b Mohammed Shami014000.00
Lungi Ngidi c sub (KD Karthik) b Mohammed Shami46191066.66
Extras(b 7, w 6)13
TOTAL73.3 Ov (RR: 2.40, 356 Mts)177
Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Aiden Markram, 1.6 ov), 2-124 (Hashim Amla, 52.4 ov), 3-131 (AB de Villiers, 55.6 ov), 4-144 (Faf du Plessis, 60.6 ov), 5-145 (Quinton de Kock, 63.1 ov), 6-157 (Vernon Philander, 67.3 ov), 7-157 (Andile Phehlukwayo, 67.6 ov), 8-160 (Kagiso Rabada, 68.6 ov), 9-161 (Morne Morkel, 69.5 ov), 10-177 (Lungi Ngidi, 73.3 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
Bhuvneshwar Kumar1843912.16904100
68.6 to K Rabada, taken at first slip. Rabada's airy-fairy drive pings off the outside edge and lands safely in Pujara's hands. Reward for Bhuvi banging away on a good length. Gets enough seam movement away from the angle from around the wicket to beat the middle of the bat but not the entire thing.. 160/8
Mohammed Shami12.322852.24625000
1.6 to AK Markram, has he edged that? Yes he has! It's a short ball swinging away, very wide outside off. It's not one he should be playing as an opener. He probably thinks that way too, but his decision to leave comes to him late, after he has already opened his arms to try and cut. It lifts a touch and he fends away from the body. A thin edge, gratefully pouched by Parthiv. 5/1
67.3 to VD Philander, chops on going for a pull shot. There's no feet here. All hands, forcing the ball when it's not quite short enough for the shot, or wide enough for that matter.. 157/6
67.6 to AL Phehlukwayo, knocks him over! An uncertain forward press from Phehlukwayo to a pretty full, fast delivery outside off. Piggy-backs off the inside edge and onto the stumps. Double-wicket over and the Wanderers is stunned. 157/7
69.5 to M Morkel, yorker! From looking under par to unplayable! It's 137 kph. It's from around the stumps and it's hunting the base of middle stump. Morkel cannot do anything to stop the gory spectacle. India are one wicket away. 161/9
73.3 to L Ngidi, another appeal for caught behind and the wicketkeeper is confident enough to signal the DRS himself. Back of a length delivery that Ngidi thrusts his hands at.... and there's a noise as the ball passes the bat... Ultra-Edge confirms it... Shami has five! India win!. 177/10
Jasprit Bumrah2135722.71933010
55.6 to AB de Villiers, taken at gully. India are back. A back of a length delivery kicks up a bit more than de Villiers thinks, it also straightens enough to snatch the edge right off the shoulder of the bat and settle safely in Rahane's hands. This X-factor is why India persisted with Bumrah on this tour and despite looking their weakest bowler in this innings, he has dismissed one of the world's best batsmen. 131/3
63.1 to Q de Kock, pins him lbw! Very little de Kock can do when a 139 kph delivery, pitching short, comes in at the height of the knee-roll. He can't adjust to the ball that quick, doing that much. Amid the celebrations, Kohli seems to point somewhere in a manner that suggests "stop talking.". 145/5
Ishant Sharma1633121.93794000
52.4 to HM Amla, splendid catch! It's the flick, the shot that has fetched Amla thousands of runs, even on this incredibly testing pitch. His world-renowned timing is on show too. But regardless of all that, Pandya has a job to do. He dives to his right, plucks it out of thin air and gives India the lift they need so badly. Amla walks back to a grateful Wanderers crowd, not to mention those team-mates back in the hut. He's played two ridiculously good innings. And now cedes the stage to another heavyweight batsman. 124/2
60.6 to F du Plessis, knocks him over as the ball keeps low. Ishant hits back of a length, it cuts back in off the seam, showing no indication it would for three-quarters of the distance down the pitch. Faf often has a gap between bat and pad because of that strange grip he's got, forcing his bat to come down from gully towards mid-on. The same happens here, after a little bit of shenanigans from the pitch. 144/4
Hardik Pandya611502.50292010
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MATCH DETAILS
New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
TossIndia, elected to bat first
Series
Season2017/18
Player Of The Match
India
Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Player Of The Series
South Africa
Vernon Philander
Series resultSouth Africa won the 3-match series 2-1
Match numberTest no. 2294
Hours of play (local time)10.00 start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00
Match days24,25,26,27 January 2018 - day (5-day match)
Umpires
Pakistan
Aleem Dar
England
Ian Gould
TV Umpire
England
Michael Gough
Reserve Umpire
South Africa
Adrian Holdstock
Match Referee
Zimbabwe
Andy Pycroft
CLOSE OF PLAY
Wed, 24 Jan - day 1 - South Africa 1st innings 6/1 (Dean Elgar 4*, Kagiso Rabada 0*, 6 ov)
Thu, 25 Jan - day 2 - India 2nd innings 49/1 (Murali Vijay 13*, KL Rahul 16*, 17 ov)
Fri, 26 Jan - day 3 - South Africa 2nd innings 17/1 (Dean Elgar 11*, Hashim Amla 2*, 8.3 ov)
Sat, 27 Jan - day 4 - South Africa 2nd innings 177 (73.3 ov) - end of match
MATCH NOTES
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
  • Wet Ground: South Africa - 17/1 in 8.3 overs (D Elgar 11, HM Amla 2)
  • 1st session: 11am-1230pm 2nd: 1310-1525 3rd: 1545-1800 Play can be extended to 1830 if necessary
  • Drinks: South Africa - 48/1 in 20.0 overs (D Elgar 21, HM Amla 14)
  • South Africa: 50 runs in 21.4 overs (130 balls), Extras 9
  • 2nd Wicket: 50 runs in 124 balls (D Elgar 26, HM Amla 16, Ex 9)
  • Lunch: South Africa - 69/1 in 28.0 overs (D Elgar 29, HM Amla 27)
  • South Africa: 100 runs in 40.5 overs (245 balls), Extras 12
  • 2nd Wicket: 100 runs in 238 balls (D Elgar 47, HM Amla 42, Ex 12)
  • Drinks: South Africa - 108/1 in 44.0 overs (D Elgar 49, HM Amla 42)
  • D Elgar: 50 off 153 balls (7 x 4)
  • HM Amla: 50 off 134 balls (5 x 4)
  • Tea: South Africa - 136/3 in 57.0 overs (D Elgar 61, F du Plessis 0)
  • KD Karthik kept wickets in place of PA Patel from 57.1 overs
  • South Africa: 150 runs in 65.4 overs (394 balls), Extras 13
  • Over 66.5: Review by India (Bowling), Umpire - Aleem Dar, Batsman - D Elgar (Struck down)
  • Over 73.3: Review by India (Bowling), Umpire - IJ Gould, Batsman - L Ngidi (Upheld)
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