Mohammed Shami leaves South Africa’s stumps flying, batsmen floored - Hungama Khabar
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Mohammed Shami leaves South Africa’s stumps flying, batsmen floored

Mohammed Shami bowled out four batsmen from South Africa on Day 5. This is only the second time an Indian fast bowler has bowled out four batsmen in a Test inning. At the presentation ceremony, Shami was formally handed over the stump he had broken.

Mohammed Shami hit a few rare records with his rampant spell of 5/35 on the final day of the first Test match between India and South Africa in Visakhapatnam on Sunday, but it was his wicket-taking that made his performance possible. The method was the most spectacular in recent times by a fast bowler in Indian conditions.

Four of his five wickets were dismissals. This is only the second time an Indian fast bowler has dismissed four batsmen in an innings – Jasprit Bumrah’s spell in the recent series vs West Indies.

Mohammed Shami broke the spine of South Africa’s middle-order with the wickets of Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock.

 

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Mohammed Shami leaves South Africa’s stumps flying, batsmen floored - Hungama Khabar

 

Bavuma was the first to go. He looked foolish, offering Shami a defensive stroke, but the ball was nowhere to be seen near the ball, which crashed into his middle and off stump. To make matters worse for Bawuma, she swam in after delivery.

The next two wickets – du Plessis and de Cock – came in quickly. Du Plessis proceeded to offer a poor decision to drop the ball first, as he came back to hit his off-stump. De Cock, out for a duck, misses an inswinger from Shami and his furniture is also razed.

Mohammed Shami was probably happiest with the de Kock’s wicket. Not only did D Cock score a century in the first innings, but it also happened that Shami stumped D Cock when he dismissed him.

At the presentation ceremony after the day’s play, Shami was formally handed a broken stump.

Dane Piedt became the fourth player from South Africa, which Shami started in the afternoon session. Shami then claimed for Rabada’s wicket that he completed his fifty. India won by 203 runs. The teams will now travel to Pune for the second Test.

 

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