Except when he doesn't; when the bails fly off the grooves in choreographed betrayal, leaving the off-stump feeling as barren as the batsmen who are to follow. That's not a very inaccurate description of how Umesh Yadav got India rolling on the third morning, beating du Plessis with a hint of sideways movement with the fifth ball bowled in the session.
Who from South Africa can match Rohit Sharma's effort? As a result, with just two wickets in hand, play was extended. Eventually, play was called off due to bad light. De Bruyn, the substitute, looked in decent touch but everything seems a bit academic now.
South Africa on the verge of getting clean-swept The visitors have come across as a proud cricketing nation since perhaps the time South Africa toured England in Hopefully, they will make a comeback in the near future.
Meanwhile, for India, everything is going right. And the hosts will look to wrap it quickly tomorrow.
Linde is run out He was batting beautifully and a run out is how he will have to go. Shahbaz Nadeem with a sharp throw at the non-striker's end. Stuttering run and they could never decide whether to go through or not.
Theunis de Bruyn has been confirmed as the concussion replacement.
Another one for Umesh Gets the ball nipping in and gets Klaasen lbw. It's all too easy for the Indian fast bowlers at the moment. South Africa 36 for 5. Can this be all over today?
Dean Elgar retires hurt He hasn't come out to bat after Tea. George Linde has come out instead. Wasn't he batting a few minutes ago?
Jadeja has replaced Umesh Yadav as Shami continues to steam in Tea, Day 3 That Dean Elgar was hit on the helmet by Umesh Yadav and the Tea was taken three minutes before schedule should sum up the third afternoon for you.
It was another few hours of India's dominance in the series -- and at home. Virat Kohli enforced the follow-on for a record eighth time after South Africa were bundled out for , conceding a first-innings lead of runs. It was also the first instance of South Africa following-on in consecutive Tests since the tour of Australia.
Going into Tea on Day 3, South Africa were reeling at 26 for 4. Mohammed Shami was the wrecker-in-chief, picking three wickets out of those four.
Back soon Faf goes now Reviews but it returns three reds. Shami has deceived Faf by going wide of the crease. Gets him playing the initial angle but a bit of seam movement means the ball sneaks through and hits him on the pad.
Also keeps a bit low yea Pitches off and middle, moves away and takes the off-stump down. Very similar to Faf's dismissal earlier in the day. What's gotten into the Indian fast bowlers? They are so, so good.
India strike early and it's Umesh Yadav at the forefront again. He'd gotten de Kock with a short ball last evening and today he does it with a sharp and full delivery. Beat the outside edge and took the off-stump down. Nadeem bowls the slider and traps Nortje plumb in front.
He ends up with 4 runs from 55 deliveries.
Sums up India's frustration but they end up with a run lead. India have enforced the follow-on.. Finally a breakthrough Linde gets out on 37 off 81, leaving India frustrated not for the first time this season. In fact, South Africa's ninth-wicket partnerships have now faced overs this series - more than any other wicket.
So that should tell you the story.
Yadav beat Linde a couple of times in his previous over, entices the drive this time and gets the breakthrough. Deepu corner:Dane Piedt's wicket was Shami's 50th in home Tests - eighth Indian fast bowler to do so; Shami's avg of Well, that rhymes but that's not the point. Umesh misfields at mid-off, recovers and finds Rabada's single short at the non-striker's end.
Sliding down leg though?
Umpire doesn't think so. Ball-tracking says umpire's call on leg-stump, and so it is. Lunch, Day 1 runs, four wickets. It was a shared session by the looks of it but once again, it was about India's resilience.
They found a way past the run stand between Bavuma and Hamza, the latter getting to his maiden Test fifty in a canter. But his dismissal to Jadeja's arm ball meant South Africa lost a couple more towards the end of the session, which by the way had started with Faf du Plessis losing his off-stump.
Full lunch report here. Back in a bit Maiden wicket for Nadeem Three balls later, Bavuma decides to use his feet and is completely beaten by the turn and bounce. Saha too good behind the stumps, Bavuma not so much. Looked in the middle of melting forward defence as he missed the ball.