Shami becomes third quickest Indian pacer to 200 Test scalps Photograph:( AFP )
Indian pacer Mohammed Shami claimed a five-fer on Day 3 of the Centurion Test and also reached the 200-wicket club; being the third-quickest among India pacers.
After Day 2 being washed out, India and South Africa resumed the first Test on Day 3 on Tuesday (December 28). An action-packed day came to an end with 18 wickets falling during the course of the day's play as Mohammed Shami and Lungi Ngidi attained five-fers for their respective sides.
India resumed at 272-3 and quickly fell for 327. Ngidi returned with 6 for 71 but the South African bowlers' efforts got derailed as the Dean Elgar-led line-up were dismissed for a paltry 197 in the first innings, handing a mammoth 130-run lead to the Virat Kohli-led visitors at the SuperSport Park, Centurion. Shami was the chief wicket-taker for Team India, claiming an impressive 5 for 44 as he was rewarded for maintaining a disciplined line and length throughout. The pacer accounted for the wickets of Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma and the likes to handover the advantage to India.
With his five-fer, Shami joined the 200-wicket club; becoming the fifth Indian overall and the third-quickest speedster to achieve the feat from the country.
Kapil Dev - 434 in 227 innings
Zaheer Khan - 311 in 165 innings
Ishant Sharma - 311 in 185 innings
Javagal Srinath - 236 in 121 innings
Shami - 200 in 103 innings
After the Proteas fell for 197, India went to stumps losing the wicket of opener Mayank Agarwal as the right-hander fell for 4. Shardul Thakur was promoted up the order as KL Rahul and the fast-bowling all-rounder took India to 16/1; with an overall lead of 146. India will look to set up a target of anything over 275 as rain and thunderstorm is predicted for the final day's play.