SA face worst day in 83 years as 16 wickets crash in Ranchi

SA face worst day in 83 years as 16 wickets crash in Ranchi

22.10.2019

SA face worst day in 83 years as 16 wickets crash in Ranchi

Proteas were dismissed for 162 in 56.2 overs by India and followed on 335 behind

Cape Town — The last time SA faced a set of results worse than what looms for their Test team in India on Tuesday‚ Nelson Mandela had yet to join the ANC.

That is likely to change in Ranchi‚ where the visitors have two wickets in hand to score the 203 runs they need to make India have to bother with batting again in the third and last Test of a rubber that has become ever more wretched for the South Africans.

For a side who have spent more than a third of the previous 10 years — 42 of the 120 months — as the No 1-ranked Test team‚ and who were still in that spot less than four years ago‚ this is more a crash than a fall from grace.

By then‚ they will hope‚ the messy details of what happened on Monday will not be as raw in their consciousness as now.

Hamza‚ in only his third Test innings‚ played like someone with significantly more experience and made a flinty 62.

Less than three hours after he was dismissed for the first time Hamza was back at the crease.

Quinton de Kock‚ Hamza‚ Faf du Plessis and Bavuma were all out by midway through the 10th over‚ when Dean Elgar ducked into a bouncer from Umesh Yadav that did not get up and was clanged a fearful blow on the side of the helmet.

This has not been a happy series for De Bruyn‚ what with him scoring only 52 runs from his first four innings.

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