India wrests initiative as Thakur tears into Proteas batters

Shardul Thakur. (Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

Despite Temba Bavuma’s 51, India wrestled control of the second Test at the Wanderers thanks to Shardul Thakur’s magnificent five-wicket haul in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

Thakur removed five of the Proteas’ top six batters, including half-centurions Bavuma and Keegan Petersen (62), who gave South Africa a promising platform to start the day.

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Before departing, Bavuma had a bogey-free second session as he and Kyle Verreynne put together 60 runs from 124 balls to repair SA’s innings, which looked frazzled at 102/4 at lunch.

The limited-overs skipper even reached his 17th half-century and second of the series in style by launching Ravichandran Ashwin towards where Castle Corner would be filled were fans allowed in the stands for six.

However, he became Thakur’s fifth victim after he paddled one down the leg side straight into Rishabh Pant’s gloves, which sent the Indians into ecstasy.

The visitors were overjoyed with their comeback after Petersen threatened to take the game away from them earlier.

Thakur also saw off Dean Elgar (28), Rassie van der Dussen (1) and Verreynne (21) before Mohammed Shami added a second wicket to his personal collection by grabbing Kagiso Rabada’s scalp.

The Proteas went into the pavilion still 11 runs behind India’s 202 on 191/7, with Marco Jansen (2*) and Keshav Maharaj (11*) attempting to get their noses in front.

Scores in brief:

India: 202 all out (KL Rahul 50, Ravichandran Ashwin 46, Marco Jansen 4/31, Duanne Olivier 3/64, Kagiso Rabada 3/64)

SA: 191/7 (Keegan Petersen 62, Temba Bavuma 51, Shardul Thakur 5/43, Mohammed Shami 2/51)

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