Vernon Philander’s all-round performance rescued South Africa both with the ball and the bat on Day 2 in the First Test at Johannesburg. The hosts finished the day’s play at 213 for 6 in 66 overs with a deficit of 67 runs to wipe before getting into the lead.
The third ODI at Centurion may have been rained out, but there was something to cheer for India’s lanky fast bowler Ishant Sharma, as he became the 16th Indian and the fifth fastest among countrymen to grab 100 wickets in one-day internationals.
The third and final ODI at Centurion ended on a damp note as rain ensured that not even a single ball was bowled in the Indian run chase. The teams meet again in Johannesburg for the First Test which begins on the 18th.
Ishant Sharma’s one over completely overshadowed everything else that transpired in the match at Mohali. We look back at a few significant occurrences in the game that people might not remember because this match will pretty much be logged in the memory of Indian fans as the one Ishant Sharma gifted to Australia.
In one of the previous articles this writer had stated that ‘Ishant Sharma’s ineffectual bowling is a major headache for Dhoni’. The way the third ODI panned out on Saturday at Chandigarh, the words also sound prophetic.