Pace duo Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav yesterday claimed five wickets between them to put India on the brink of a series whitewash after South Africa crumbled while following-on in the third Test in Ranchi, India.
At the end of the third day, the tourists were 132-8, trailing India by 203 runs, with replacement batsman Theunis de Bruyn on 30 and Anrich Nortje on 5.
De Bruyn came in under the new concussion substitute rule after Dean Elgar took a nasty hit on the helmet from a short delivery by Yadav and had to retire hurt on 16.
The impact left the opener shaken as he lay on the ground getting assistance from the physio and officials called for early tea with the Proteas reeling on 26-4.
Events did not improve for South Africa as Shami claimed three wickets, including Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis for 4, while Yadav struck twice.
South Africa’s first innings ended on 162 earlier as they chased India’s 497-9 declared.
The hosts made them bat again and Yadav drew first blood, getting left-hander Quinton de Kock — who was promoted to open the innings — bowled for 5.
Shami took over and got first-innings half-century maker Zubayr Hamza for a duck with a delivery that rattled his off-stump.
The pace spearhead then got Du Plessis’ prized scalp and Temba Bavuma caught behind for another duck.
Spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin also took a wicket each to force an extension of the final session, but De Bruyn and Nortje survived the final few overs.
India wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha suffered a finger injury in the final session and Rishabh Pant took over.
According to the new rules, a team can replace an injured wicketkeeper.
The South Africa batting fell flat after starting the day on 9-2 in their first innings, with Yadav and Shami sharing five wickets between them.
Hamza, playing just his second Test, scored a battling 62 to offer some resistance during his 91-run fourth-wicket stand with Temba Bavuma, who made 32.
Opening batsman Rohit Sharma put India in command of the Test with his maiden double-century on Sunday. He made 212.
India won the first two Tests in Visakhapatnam and Pune by big margins.