Shami reaches 200: wicket landmark

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Pace bowler Mohammed Shami bowled India into a strong position on the third day of the first Test against South Africa at SuperSport Park in Centu-rion on Tuesday.

Shami took five for 44 as South Africa were bowled out for 197 in reply to India’s first innings total of 327. His haul saw Shami become the 11th Indian to take 200 wickets in Tests. India reached 16 for one at the close, an overall lead of 146 runs on a pitch which is likely to offer increasingly uneven bounce over the remaining two days.

In contrast to the first day, when India made 272 for three, it was a day for the bowlers as the match resumed after the second day was rained off. With an extra half hour added to make up for the lost overs, 18 wickets fell for 268 runs.

South African fast bowlers Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada bowled the hosts back into the match as India lost seven wickets for 55 runs at the start of the day.—APP

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