Virat Kohli took no time to bring Jasprit Bumrah back into the attack as soon as South Africa’s Marco Jansen arrived at the crease on Wednesday. The pacer, who was involved in a heated war-of-words with Jansen in the second Test, dismissed the 6 ft 8 inches-tall player at the stroke of tea, reducing the hosts to 176/6.
During India’s second innings in the Wanderers Test, Jansen bounced a couple deliveries that hit Bumrah on his shoulder. The Indian tail-ender responded by dusting it off and showed no signs of pain. After bowling a third short ball, which Bumrah missed completely, Jansen walked up to the batsman and gave him a stare. Bumrah stared back and words were exchanged. The situation was immediately diffused by umpire Erasmus.
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Cut back to Cape Town. Jansen arrived at the crease when South Africa had lost two quick wickets courtesy Mohammed Shami. the 21-year-old was immediately greeted with some steamy bowling, Jasprit Bumrah employed against him. Skipper Virat Kohli also kept sledging the Protean.
When Jansen’s cover drive, during his 26-ball stay, couldn’t get past the off-side field, Kohli was heard saying,” Oh yes what a shot lad, no run.”
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Bumrah then castled Jansen with a fullish delivery, angled just right to breach the batsman’s defence. The off-stumo was knocked down. And Bumrah stared at Jansen. Kohli, too, gave the South African a send off.
India, riding on Virat Kohli’s 79, posted a 223-run first innings total. In reply, South Africa were eight wickets down for 183 after Tea on Day 2.