India vs South Africa Match Update | Shahbaz Nadeem Makes Debut in Third Test

Publish On: 19 Oct, 2019 12:54 PM | Updated   |   Sj Desk  

South Africa edged the first session after losing the toss and being asked to field. Kagiso Rabada bowled a fiery opening spell and claimed the scalps of Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara before Anrich Nortje had Virat Kohli trapped LBW. Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane rebuilt India's innings, with the opener on 38 and Rahane on 11. India ended the first session at 71/3. Agarwal edged one to Dean Elgar at third slip while Pujara was trapped LBW for a duck. Rohit and Rahane will look to consolidate further in the second session, with India in need of a big partnership.

Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem, who was called up to India's Test squad on the eve of the third and final Test against South Africa at Ranchi, was handed his debut on Saturday (October 19).

The 30-year old has been on the periphery of a call-up for the past few seasons and has been a consistent performer in the domestic circuit as well as in India A tours.

Nadeem plays his domestic cricket for Jharkhand and will be making his debut in his home ground, the JSCA Stadium.

Nadeem's stocks have been on the rise ever since 2015-16 Ranji Trophy season when he picked up 51 wickets. He was a part of the India A side for the recent tour of West Indies, where he topped the wicket-takers' list with 15 scalps, including 10 in the first game.

Nadeem also picked 8 wickets in the two four-day games for India A against South Africa A prior to the Test series.

Kuldeep has played six Tests, but was not a part of the XI for the first two games of the ongoing series with R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja being the two spinners in the Indian XI.