Thakur takes five South Africa wickets

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  • Shardul Thakur
    Shardul Thakur
    Indian cricketer
  • Dean Elgar
    South African cricketer
  • Keegan Petersen
    South African cricketer

India's Shardul Thakur has taken five wickets to leave the second Test against South Africa evenly-poised at the Wanderers.

Thakur claimed three wickets in five overs on Tuesday morning to tip the balance of play back India's way after Keegan Petersen scored a maiden Test half century.

He later returned to break a burgeoning partnership between Temba Bavuma and Kyle Verreynne, dismissing both batters.

At the second interval South Africa were 7-191, 11 runs behind India's first innings 202.

Thakur took the wickets of captain Dean Elgar, Petersen and Rassie van der Dussen, with the last ball before lunch, his figures then reading 3-11. By tea he had taken 5-43.

Elgar and Petersen offered stoic resistance for the first 90 minutes of the morning as the South Africans resumed on 1-35 overnight, but both survived precariously as they were subjected to a barrage of accurate bowling from the tourists.

Elgar took 55 minutes and 32 balls before adding to his overnight score of 11 in a patient display of concentration while Petersen was able to keep the scoreboard ticking over.

Elgar's innings ended as he got an outside edge to Thakur and was caught behind by wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant for 28 off 120 balls

Petersen reached his first Test 50 with a boundary and quickly moved onto 62, but paid the price for one expansive shot too many as he was caught in the slips.

Van der Dussen, whose place in the Test team is under threat, struggled again with the hostile bowling and got an inside edge to Pant to depart for just one. Replays suggested the ball may not have carried, though television pictures are notoriously inconclusive with such dismissals.

Bavuma and Verreynne added 60 in 20 overs but after they perished Kagiso Rabada swiftly followed.

India are 1-0 up in the three match series and looking for a first series success in South Africa.

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