Rain washes out day three at Newlands in finely-balanced test

Rain washes out day three at Newlands in finely-balanced test

Jasprit Bumrah's Test debut at Newlands got better and lethal on Monday as the Indian pacer bowled an nearly unplayable spell of 3/39 in South Africa's second innings of the first Test, which included the wicket of home skipper Faf du Plessis (0) that reminded of the "perfume balls" bowled by the famous West Indian quartet of the '70s.

But India were dismissed for 135, with South Africa's Vernon Philander taking a career-best 6-42.

Steyn landed awkwardly during his run-up in India's first innings in the post-lunch session.

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Philander took two wickets off the last two balls of the game to end it as South Africa's decision to pick four fast bowlers and sacrifice a batsman on a tough batting strip ultimately paid off, although it was a close call after South Africa was shot out for just 130 in its second innings at the start of the day.

The series between top-ranked test team India and No. 2 South Africa will be decided over three tests, with matches in Centurion and Johannesburg to come. Even with Steyn out, Philander, Morkel, and Rabada form a formidable pace attack for South Africa.

Rohit Sharma was bowled comprehensively soon after Kohli went - and an over after he was dropped in the outfield.

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Ravichandran Ashwin top scored with 37 but Philander took the final three wickets in four balls to complete the victory. He managed to defend four balls from Bhuvneshwar Kumar but De Villiers was caught off Jasprit Bumrah in the next over by one of eight fielders stationed on the boundary. However, it will be tough ask for the Indian batsmen who were bundled out for 209 in their first innings. South Africa won the toss and elected to bat on a wicket that provided plenty of swing and seam for the fast bowlers.

Indian bowlers had given India big hopes after bowling out South Africa for 130 in their second innings, setting a target of 208 to win the match.

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