India on brink of Test sweep over South Africa


India on brink of Test sweep over South Africa

... Dean Elgar suffers concussion

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

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RANCHI, India (AFP) — Pace duo Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav had India on the brink of a series whitewash after South Africa crumpled while following-on in the third Test, as batsman Dean Elgar was diagnosed with concussion after suffering a wincing blow to the helmet.

At the end of the third day the tourists were on 132-8, trailing India by 203 runs, with replacement batsman Theunis de Bruyn on 30 and Anrich Nortje, on five.

De Bruyn came in under the new concussion sub rule after opener Elgar took a nasty hit on the helmet from a short Yadav delivery and had to retire hurt on 16.

The impact left the opener shaken as he lay on the ground getting physio assistance.

South Africa said late yesterday that Elgar was “assessed by the team's medical staff and diagnosed with concussion”.

“The opening batsman will be closely monitored over the next 24 hours, followed by reassessment every 24 hours until signs and symptoms resolve,” the team said in a statement, adding the soonest he can return to play is in six days' time according to concussion protocols.

Events did not improve for South Africa, however, with Shami claiming three wickets, including South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis for four, while Yadav struck twice.

Zubayr Hamza, top scorer in South Africa's first innings, indicated that his teammates had concentrated too much on India's spin threat and been taken by surprise by the fast bowlers.

“I would say, based on the general thought of playing in India, you'd assume that it would be tougher to play against the spinners,” said Hamza, who made 62 in his team's first innings.

“I wouldn't say we underprepared against the seamers. I will just say that maybe we should have prepared more mentally, in terms of playing them in whatever conditions that we were faced.”

South Africa's first innings ended on 162 earlier as they chased India's 497-9 declared.

Opening batsman Rohit Sharma put India in command of the match with his maiden Test double century on Sunday. He made 212.

India won the first two Tests by big margins in Visakhapatnam and Pune.

India 1st innings 497-9 dec (R
Sharma 212, A Rahane 115; G
Linde 4-133)
South Africa 1st innings
(overnight) 9-2, Z Hamza 0, F du
Plessis 1)
D Elgar c Saha b Shami 0
Q de Kock c Saha b Yadav 4
Z Hamza b Jadeja 62
F du Plessis b Yadav 1
T Bavuma st Saha b Nadee 32
H Klaasen b Jadeja 6
G Linde c Rohit b Yadav 37
D Piedt lbw b Shami 4
K Rabada run out (Yadav) 0
A Nortje lbw b Nadeem 4
L Ngidi not out 0
Extras (b8, lb3, nb1) 12
Total (all out, 56.2 overs) 162
Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Elgar), 2-8
(de Kock), 3-16 (du Plessis),
4-107 (Hamza), 5-107 (Bavuma),
6-119 (Klaasen), 7-129 (Piedt),
8-130 (Rabada), 9-162 (Linde)
Bowling: Shami 10-4-22-2, Yadav
9-1-40-3, Nadeem 11.2-4-22-2
(nb1), Jadeja 14-3-19-2, Ashwin
South Africa 2nd innings (followon)
Q de Kock b Yadav 5
D Elgar retired hurt 16
Z Hamza b Shami 0
F du Plessis lbw b Shami 4
T Bavuma c Saha b Shami 0
H Klaasen lbw b Yadav 5
G Linde run out (Nadeem) 27
D Piedt b Jadeja 23
T de Bruyn not out 30
K Rabada b Ashwin 12
A Nortje not out 5
Extras (b5) 5
Total (8 wickets, 46 overs) 132
To bat: L Ngidi
Fall of wickets: 1-5 (de Kock),
2-10 (Hamza), 3-18 (du Plessis),
4-22 (Bavuma), 4-26 (Elgar,
retired not out), 5-36 (Klaasen),
6-67 (Linde), 7-98 (Piedt), 8-121
Bowling: Shami 9-5-10-3, Yadav
9-1-35-2, Jadeja 13-5-36-1,
Nadeem 5-0-18-0, Ashwin 10-3-
Toss: India
Umpires: Richard Illingworth
(ENG), Nigel Llong (ENG)
TV Umpire: Chris Gaffaney (NZL)
Match referee: Richie Richardson

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