9 wickets for 900 runs: Nightmare for South Africa spinners in India

first_img No data available! advertisement graphs 9 wickets for 900 runs: Nightmare for South Africa spinners in IndiaIndia vs South Africa 2nd Test: South African spinners led by Keshav Maharaj are having a torrid time in India as they have already leaked 940 runs while taking a mere 10 wickets while the hosts keep on piling the misery over the tourists. scorecard view more view less commentary Ajay Tiwari PuneOctober 11, 2019UPDATED: October 11, 2019 21:05 IST Keshav Maharaj has leaked more than 500 runs in 3 innings while picking up 6 wickets (AP)HIGHLIGHTSKeshav Maharaj has picked 6 wickets in 3 innings but has conceded more than 500 runsDane Piedt and Senuran Muthusamy have combined to pick just 3 wickets so farSouth Africa’s cause hasn’t been helped by the poor performance of their spin departmentBy now, you must have already heard about all the records Virat Kohli broke en route his epic 254* on Day 2 of the ongoing 2nd Test vs South Africa in Pune on Friday. Whether it’s his new Test-best score or leading his countrymen with the most number of double hundreds. While all the talk on the 2nd day in Pune was dominated by Kohli, there was another double hundred for the taking but Kohli didn’t let it happen. This one would have belonged to South Africa.South Africa main spinner Keshav Maharaj finished a torrid day in the heat and humidity of Pune with the shambolic figures of 1/196 after bowling 50 overs. That’s actually a whole ODI innings bowled all by himself, however for little reward. As Kohli declared the Indian 1st innings at 601/5 as soon as Ravindra Jadeja fell in search of quick runs, it marked the end of Maharaj’s misery as well as he couldn’t get a chance to bowl anymore which in turn would have meant – at least by the way he has been going in the series – that he could have touched the figures of 200 runs conceded in the innings.And this is not the first time in the ongoing Freedom Trophy that Maharaj has missed out on conceding 200 runs in an innings. In the 2 innings of the 1st Test in Visakhapatnam, Maharaj returned figures of 3/189 (55 overs) and 2/129 (22 overs) respectively.So far, Maharaj has picked up 6 wickets in the series while conceding 514 runs – that’s a really poor average of 85.67 runs per wicket. His strike-rate looks even worse at 127 balls per wicket.advertisementOther SpinnersSouth Africa had earlier said that they had learned from their mistakes from their 2015 tour to India and this time they arrived with 2 more spinning options apart from Maharaj – Dane Piedt and Senuran Muthusamy. But, while Piedt was dropped for the 2nd Test after picking up just a solitary wicket in Visakhapatnam while giving away 209 runs, Muthusamy has so far bagged just 2 wickets (Kohli in Vizag and Jadeja on Friday) leaking 180 runs in 3 innings. Together, Piedt and Muthusamy have averaged 129.67 with the ball while striking every 147 balls!If you combine the figures of all the South Africa spinners (including part-timers Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram) the figure turns out to be an astonishing 940 runs for 10 wickets!Given their premier spinner coming up with such poor figures and his sidekicks faring even worse, there should indeed be no surprise at the predicament South Africa currently find themselves in the series. The visitors are currently trailing India 0-1 while, at Stumps on Day 2, they had already lost 3 wickets for 36 runs in reply to India’s 601/5 declared.Also Read | India vs South Africa: Virat Kohli 5th Indian to score 250 in a Test inningsAlso Read | Virat Kohli hits 7th Test double hundred, goes past Sachin Tendulkar and Virender SehwagFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Keshav MaharajFollow Dane PiedtFollow Senuran MuthusamyFollow India vs South AfricaFollow Virat Kohli Nextlast_img read more