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Morkel strikes early as India reaches 51-2 at lunch

Morkel takes 2 early wickets as India reaches 51-2 at lunch on 3rd day of New Delhi test

Morkel strikes early as India reaches 51-2 at lunch

NEW DELHI (AP) -- South Africa paceman Morne Morkel claimed two early wickets Saturday as India reached 51-2 in its second innings for an overall lead of 264 at lunch on the third day of the fourth and final test.

Morkel dismissed opener Murali Vijay for 3 and Rohit Sharma for a duck in quick succession before Cheteshwar Pujara (27) and opener Shikhar Dhawan (20) forged a useful partnership.

India, which decided not to enforce the follow-on after a taking 213-run first-innings lead Friday, started its second innings cautiously Saturday morning in the face of some sharp bowling from Morkel and Kyle Abbott.

Morkel bowled a productive spell of seven overs with the new ball during which he often troubled the batsmen.

He had opener Vijay caught behind off a vicious bouncer that was taken one-handed high up by wicketkeeper Dane Vilas. However, replays suggested that the ball had grazed Vijay's arm-guard and the batsman too indicated that it had hit him there.

Morkel was on a hat trick after dismissing Vijay off the last ball of his third over and bowling Rohit first ball of his fourth. Rohit, promoted up the order number three, missed a good-length delivery that kept low as India fell to 8-2.

India has already taken a winning 2-0 lead in the series to hand South Africa its first away-from-home series loss in nine years.

Updated : 2021-09-17 19:37 GMT+08:00