New Delhi: Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami struck early on day three and it needed a gritty fifty from Faf du Plessis and a solid partnership with Quinton de Kock to give South Africa hope. However, Ashwin removed de Kock and when du Plessis fell for 64, South Africa were in danger of being faced with a massive deficit. However, Keshav Maharaj and Vernon Philander shared a record partnership for the ninth wicket to keep the fight going for South Africa. However, Ashwin struck towards the fag end of the day and bowled the Proteas out for 275, giving India a 326-run lead. Will India enforce the follow-on tomorrow?16:30 hrs IST: Ashwin traps Rabada LBW and ends with four wickets. South Africa all out for 275 and India have taken a lead of 326 runs. Will they enforce the follow-on tomorrow? Remains to be seen16:17 hrs IST: WICKET! Finally, the partnership is broken. Ashwin floats a flighted delivery on leg stump, Maharaj dances down the track but glances it straight to Rohit Sharma at leg slip. Ends a fantastic knock from Maharaj. South Africa 273/9, still trailing by 328 runs.15:59 hrs IST: The partnership between Philander and Maharaj has crossed 100 and Philander nears a fifty with a glorious on the up drive through extra cover off Umesh Yadav. South Africa 266/8, still trailing by 335 runs.15:57 hrs IST: With two fours off Ravindra Jadeja, Keshav Maharaj has ensured that South Africa have at least crossed Virat Kohli’s individual score. South Africa 262/8, still trailing by 339 runs.15:35 hrs IST: Keshav Maharaj slams his maiden fifty. He and Philander continue to frustrate India and this might force Kohli to rethink his strategy. South Africa 244/8, trailing by 357 runs.15:18 hrs IST: Maharaj and Philander have now played close to 30 overs now. This partnership has crossed 60 and India are struggling big time. South Africa 230/8, still trailing by 371 runs.14:49 hrs IST: The second new ball has been taken. India will be hoping for a breakthrough. South Africa 212/8, still trailing by 389 runs.14:46 hrs IST: India have not yet taken the second new ball as South Africa continue to frustrate India. The Proteas are 212/8, still trailing by 389 runs.14:13 hrs IST: The tail has yet again furstrated India. South Africa 197/8, still trailing by 404 runs.14:03 hrs IST: The lower order have once again lasted for over 40 overs now. India really have a big problem in bowling the tail out. South Africa 195/8, still trailing by 406 runs.13:37 hrs IST: Maharaj and Philander continue to frustrate India. Once again, the Indian bowlers are struggling to run through the tail and this might hurt them in the long run. South Africa 181/8, still trailing by 420 runs. 13:22 hrs IST: Keshav Maharaj and Vernon Philander are stitching a decent stand and South Africa are 170/8, still trailing by 431 runs.13:04 hrs IST: WICKET! Finally, the resistance has ended for Faf du Plessis. Quicker ball pushed through outside off, du Plessis stabs at it and the edge goes to slip where Kohli takes the catch. Superb knock from du Plessis but South Africa are still trailing by a massive margin. South Africa 162/8, trail by 439 runs.12:57 hrs IST: Du Plessis and Vernon Philander are stonewalling and making decent progress. After a slow start in which Philander scored just 1 off 33 balls, the batsman cracks a couple of boundaries off the spinners. South Africa are 157/7, trailing by 444 runs.12:26 hrs IST: WICKET! For the first time, Senuran Muthusamy is dismissed in Tests. Jadeja traps him LBW and India are into the tail now. How much more can Faf du Plessis hold on? South Africa are 139/7, still trailing by 462 runs.11:37 hrs IST: That is lunch on day 3. South Africa could have claimed the session as theirs but Quinton de Kock’s departure, in addition to Theunis de Bruyn’s soft dismissal have tilted the balance towards India. Faf du Plessis has stood tall amidst the ruins, with South Africa at 136/6, still trailing by 465 runs.11:20 hrs IST: WICKET! Quinton de Kock is stunned. He just does not want to go. The flatter one from Ashwin, De Kock hangs back and plays down the wrong line but the ball clips the top of the bails and he has to walk back. South Africa are 128/6, still trailing by 473 runs.11:17 hrs IST: With back-to-back boundaries off Jadeja, Faf du Plessis notches up his 21st fifty. It has been a fighting knock from the skipper who is leading from the front. South Africa 124/5, still trailing by 477 runs.11:06 hrs IST: De Kock drills Jadeja to the deep cover fence for a boundary and the fifty-run partnership is up between him and du Plessis. The South Africa skipper launched Jadeja over long on for his first six and slowly, South Africa are looking more assured. The Proteas are 105/5.10:54 hrs IST: Faf du Plessis survives an LBW appeal off Ashwin as the ball was going over the stumps. South Africa are 84/5 and this partnership will be key for their survival.10:37 hrs IST: Du Plessis and De Kock are making steady progress but the Indian bowlers are maintaining the pressure. South Africa need to bat out of their skins and they have reached 72/5.10:01 hrs IST: WICKET! It was only a matter of time. Good length ball and in the channel outside off, Theunis de Bruyn is undone by the extra zip and a hint of bounce off the deck and he edges it to Wriddhiman Saha who takes a good catch diving to his right. South Africa are 53/5.09:50 hrs IST: Faf du Plessis uncertainly leaves a short of a length ball from Shami and the inside edge just misses the stumps while Theunis de Bruyn creams a four to deep cover. South Africa are 49/4.09:43 hrs IST: WICKET! India strike and Shami gets the wicket. Back of a length delivery outside off and it hurries onto Anrich Nortje, he looks to run it down to third man but the ball takes the outside edge and it flies to Kohli at fourth slip who takes a catch diving to his right. South Africa 41/4.09:36 hrs IST: Mohammed Shami starts well with an inswinger that nearly crashes into the off stump of Theunis de Bruyn but the Proteas batsman flicks a boundary past mid on. South Africa 40/3.09:27 hrs IST: A warm welcome to day 3 of the Pune Test between India and South Africa at the MCA Stadium. South Africa are facing an uphill task. They are chasing 601 and are already three down. 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DIT will face Mary I today, while UL host NUIG in Limerick and GMIT take-on UUJ in Carnmore.Those games will all throw-in at 2 o’clock today, while there’s a half-past two start at the Mardyke where UCC will face LIT.There’s a further three matches later this evening as Maynooth University travel to Belfield to take-on UCD while DCU host local rivals St Pats/Mater Dei and IT Carlow go up against Waterford IT. Those matches will all get underway at 7pm.
Bruno Fernandes has continued the form he showed the last season was no fluke as he is in red hot form already this season.According to The Sun, the Portuguese international had three assists in one game for Sporting CP’s 3-1 victory over Portimonense.This was the transfer that just never happened.There was talk of a deal close to being agreed with Manchester United. Then there was the done deal with Tottenham Hotspur, that never came to a conclusion.There are still rumours involving several cubs from Italy. There is even a possible last resort signing from Real Madrid of they don’t get anyone else.The 2018/19 season was miraculous, unbelievable and phenomenal for central midfielder Bruno Fernandes.They read, played 53, scored 32 and 18 assists.There was so much speculation, surrounding the player, yet also so many question marks.Was it a one-off, or could he do it again?Was it because the Portuguese league is so weak and could it be done in a top European league?These are valid questions, that remain unanswered. Obviously, the latter can only be addressed if he makes a move to the bigger leagues.However, he hs already started to answer the first.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.The 24-year-old has played four games so far, scored one and has four assists.To give you an idea of the magnitude of his achievements, he has more assist in his last game alone (3), than Manchester United’s Jessie Lingard has had is his last 37 games.Obviously, there is no chance of a summer move to the English Premier League.The likes of Pochettino and Solskjaer may be kicking themselves after their indifferent starts to the season.But there is still a chance of one of Europes Elite to come calling.If he continues this kind of form going forward. Surely it is only a matter of time before someone takes a chance on signing him.The only stumbling block seems to be Sporting’s valuation of 64 million Euros.That will surely only increase if he has a season like last year. 64 million may prove to a bargain as Sporting will only want more if the player proves last season as no fluke.Today, Bruno Fernandes had more assists (3) in 90 minutes than Jesse Lingard has had in his last 37 games. pic.twitter.com/3MgFdC7CSq— UtdArena. (@utdarena) August 25, 2019