Indian pacers knocked off South Africa for 210 runs on the 2nd day and acquired a 13 run lead. The bowler took a five-fer with support from Umesh Yadav, Shami, and Thakur. India went to gain a lead of 70 runs for the loss of two wickets at stumps on day 2. Speaking after the match, Bumrah said, “I was just focusing on what I had to do – my routines. There was nothing out of the ordinary. No anger (after how the second innings spell at Wanderers had turned out).
During Wanderers test, flames got high when Bumrah and Marco Jansen got close to a fight as the lanky left-arm bowler bowled kept on bowling multiple bouncers to India’s premier bowler. During SA’s chase of 240 runs, Bumrah was heard saying at the stumps microphone that he will see the SA side in the Newlands test match. The fast bowler took the perfect revenge on Marco Jansen at Newlands as his stumps were rattled by an incoming delivery from Bumrah.
India will look to consolidate their lead by a significant margin whereas South Africa will not want to chase anything over 250 runs as the wicket will remain conducive to fast bowling. Looking at SA’s chase at Wanderers, India will also look to stretch their lead to 300 atleast. When asked about the kind of score that India wants to set, Bumrah replied “There’s no magic number,” he says, to what could be a safe target to set for the hosts. “It’s a new ball wicket and there is some seam movement and swing with the new ball.”
Bumrah went wicketless in the Wanderers test match and came back strongly at Newlands with a five-fer, the seventh of his career. The bowler started his test career in 2018 at Newlands, Capetown and has now scalped 112 wickets in 27 test matches. India has been touring South Africa for nearly 30 years and are looking for their maiden test series win.