Dean Elgar has been one of South Africa's good opening batsman for the last few years. Elgar's second Test series in India began on a high note when he had played a solid knock of 160 in the first Test at Vizag. He then had a couple of bad innings after which he scored 48 in the second innings of the Pune Test match. Prior to the third and final Test at Ranchi, while talking about his team's chances in the final Test match, Elgar had also criticised Indian hospitality after which he had faced backlash from Indian fans on social media. Now, Elgar has given the fans another chance to take a dig at him.
The South African innings started in the third session of Day 2 after India had declared their innings at 497/9. On the first delivery, the Proteas got a lucky boundary in the form of byes. On the following delivery, Shami bowled short of a length delivery around off stump which Elgar looks to leave but unfortunately, the ball hits the back of his bat and Wriddhiman Saha makes no mistake behind the stumps as Elgar's short stay at the crease comes to an end for a duck. After his dismissal, he was also trolled on social media. Here are some of the reactions.
Coming out to bat at number nine, Umesh Yadav had lasted for any 10 deliveries but he scored a quickfire 31 which included five sixes at a strike rate of 310. Playing his 43rd Test, Yadav's explosive batting helped him register his highest score in red-ball cricket. Meanwhile, he also shattered some a few records as a batsman as well. The bowler whom Umesh had hit for five maximums was left-arm spinner George Linde who was making his debut. Nonetheless, he had a forgettable debut as he was first smashed by Umesh for two consecutive sixes and then for three more maximums in his next over. Nonetheless, Linde got his man in that over itself. Meanwhile, the speedster has now become the first batsman to register the fastest 30-plus score in Test cricket as he surpassed former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming who had scored an unbeaten 31 off just 11 deliveries against South Africa back in 2004. At the same time, Umesh also became the second Indian player after the great Sachin Tendulkar to hit two sixes off the first two deliveries. India declared their innings at 497/9.