Bhubaneshwar Kumar, who made a comeback in the 3rd and final test of the series, once again proved why he is one of the spearheads of the Indian bowling attack by getting both the South African openers out to bring India back into the game after a relatively poor batting performance. Playing for pride in the 3rd and final test of the series after having lost the series, India needed something special to gain any sort of winning momentum going into the ODI series and it came from none other than Kumar.
It was an excellent spell of swing bowling from the swing master Bhuvi which certainly made the South African batsman struggle in the line outside the off stumps. Their batsmen kept on playing and missing and Kumar was unlucky not to have picked more than 2 wickets in his opening spell. Kumar was however brought on following the wicket of night watchman Kagiso Rabada when AB De Villiers came to the crease. Despite being South Africa’s best batsman in the series, de Villiers did not look comfortable with the ball moving around ever since he arrived at the crease and was eventually undone by a big inswinger by Kumar. He was earlier fortunate to survive a close LBW call which would have saw him heading towards the pavillion had it been reviewed by Kohli.
Kumar set up the dismissal of de Villiers brilliantly with four outswingers before unleashing a big inswinger, to which De Villiers had no answer. The way he bowled certainly make the captain and team management wonder about the mistake they made by leaving him out of the 2nd test match after a top-notch performance in the first match of the series.
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