Latest Cricket News: On the second day of the Johannesburg Test between India and South Africa, both captains — KL Rahul and Dean Elgar — engaged in a verbal sparring match. The incident occurred as a clearly upset Rahul was making his way back after being removed in the second innings by a Marco Jansen delivery.
With India on eight wickets, the stand-in captain nicked it to second slip, where Aiden Markram dove in front to take the catch. Rahul had no intention of leaving the field before the on-field umpires made their decision. The ball appeared to be under Markram’s palms on replays, and this was enough to persuade the third umpire, who ruled in favour of the hosts.
Rahul and his rival had a furious exchange of words after being given out, and Rahul went off the field shaking his head in astonishment. Rassie van der Dussen was adjudged caught behind by the on-field umpire at the stroke of lunch earlier in the day, in a similar occurrence.
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The legality of wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant’s catch has been called into doubt. There was no solid proof, however, that the ball bounced before entering the wicketkeeping gloves.
To overturn an on-field decision, Law 2.12 needs conclusive evidence which states, “Any decision can be changed by an umpire as long as it is done quickly. Aside from that, an umpire’s decision is final once made.”
In the third and last session of the day, India was dealt its first blow in the form of Rahul. In the second innings, Mayank Agarwal also went for 23, leaving the tourists at 44/2.
Shardul Thakur took seven wickets earlier in the day to dismiss South Africa for 229 in their first innings. With the ball, he took seven wickets for 61 runs, surpassing Harbhajan Singh as the Indian bowler with the highest innings stats in South Africa.
Shardul started by dismissing Elgar on 28 and then Keegan Petersen and Rassie van der Dussen in the first session. In the second session, the 30-year-old all-rounder dismissed wicketkeeper-batsman Kyle Verreynne, Temba Bavuma, Marco Jansen, and Lungi Ngidi. Apart from Thakur, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah each took two wickets on Day 2 to complete India’s turnaround. South Africa jumped out to a 27-run advantage.
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