𝗦𝗜𝗜𝗜𝗨𝗨𝗨𝗨 reaches South Africa: Siraj’s celebration goes viral

Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj copied the famous celebration of Manchester United icon Cristiano Ronaldo when he got Rassie van der Dussen’s wicket on day 3 of the first Test against South Africa in Centurion on Tuesday.

The celebration, often copied by footballers around the world, found its way, probably for the first time, into an international test match.

In the match, van Der Dussen found that Siraj’s pace was too warm to handle, and the outside edge was comfortably snatched into the gap by Ajinkya Rahane.

Meanwhile, Siraj’s colleagues lived up to their reputation by running through the South African top half and reducing the hosts to 109 for 5 by tea after Lungi Ngidi’s six-wicket move limited the visitors to 327 on day three of the first Test.

After a good beating day at the start, the second day’s heavy showers spiced up the pitch to such an extent that as many as 12 wickets were lost in the first two sessions.

If India lost seven of them for an addition of only 55 runs in the morning due to Ngidis 6 for 71 and Kagiso Rabada’s complementary 3 for 72, Mohammed Shami (2/16), Jasprit Bumrah (1/12), Mohammed Siraj (1 ) / 29) and Shardul Thakur (1/27) all got started on a spicy deck with a lot of underlying moisture.

Thanks to India that despite losing Bumrah in a better part of the second session due to a sprained ankle, they did not let the intensity drop even after Temba Bavuma (31 batting) and Quinton de Kock (34) had added 72 runs for the fifth wicket.

De Kock’s loose shot from a long jump from Thakur, who saw him pull one back on his stumps, literally put the proteas in the landfill.

This was after Bumrah bowled a beautiful length with a slight movement that made Dean Elgar edge one to Rishabh Pant.

When Shami came in as a change, Shami threw an in-cutter that broke Keegan Peterson’s defense, then bowled a late leg-cutter that hit Aiden Markram’s outer edge.


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