Indian pacemaker Mohammed Siraj copied the famous celebration of Manchester United icon Cristiano Ronaldo when he received Rassie van der Dussen’s wicket on the third day of the first Test against South Africa at Centurion on Tuesday.
The jubilation, which footballers all over the world like to copy, found its way for the first time in an international test match.
In the game, van Der Dussen found Siraj’s pace too hot to handle and the outside edge was comfortably snapped into the gutter by Ajinkya Rahane.
SIRAJ 🔥🔥 this celebration 💉🥵 pic.twitter.com/97fxWjhmn5
– FAST. (@ chirutha_18) December 28, 2021
Meanwhile, Siraj’s peers lived up to their reputation by running through the South African top half and cutting the hosts down to 109 for 5 at tea after Lungi Ngidi’s six-wicket yield capped visitors to 327 on day three of the first test.
After a good hit day at the beginning, the heavy showers on the second day spiced up the field so that up to 12 wickets were lost in the first two sessions.
– Premier League India (@PLforIndia) December 28, 2021
If India lost seven of them for just 55 runs in the morning because Ngidi 6 for 71 and Kagiso Rabada’s complementary 3 for 72, Mohammed Shami (2/16), Jasprit Bumrah (1/12), Mohammed Siraj (1st) / 29 ) and Shardul Thakur (1/27) all came into play on a flavorful deck with lots of moisture.
Thanks to India for losing Bumrah to a sprained ankle for much of the second session, the intensity did not decrease, even after Temba Bavuma (31 strokes) and Quinton de Kock (34) 72 runs for the fifth wicket had added.
De Kock’s loose take of a long hop from Thakur pulling you back onto your stumps literally landed the Proteas in the dump.
This was after Bumrah rolled a gorgeous length with a tiny movement that made Dean Elgar slap one to Rishabh Pant.
When a change came, Shami bowled an in-cutter that broke Keegan Peterson’s defense and then a late leg-cutter that hit Aiden Markram’s outside edge.
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