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Bhuvneshwar Kumar Clean-Bowled South African Players Leaving Coach Dale Benkenstein Flabbergasted

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| January 6 , 2018 , 18:22 IST

India is currently touring South Africa for the ongoing triple format series and the men in blue are killing it with their brilliant performance on the field. On Day 1 of the opening test at Newlands, Capetown, pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar created destruction in the rival's gang by reducing their team to 12/3 within the first half hour of the match.

His outstanding field play left the South African batting coach Dale Benkenstein in complete awe while urging him to leave the stadium. "Luckily our phones get taken away otherwise I would have been looking for an Uber to get back to the hotel," he said.

Bhuvneshwar started his wicket-taking spree with South Africa's leading batsman Dean Elgar during 2017 on the third ball of the match. Dean's opening partner soon followed his footsteps and made way to the pavilion Aiden Markram for five before Hashim Amla edged an attempted back-foot drive.

Impressed by his bowling performance, Dale mused, "They are a quality bowling attack and at that stage, I was sitting there wondering how we were going to score a run." However, India staggered a bit at the batting front after bowling the host team for 286.

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The day closed with India scoring 28 for three, with skipper Virat Kohli leaving the field with just 5 runs on board. The aggressive half-centuries by AB de Villiers and captain Faf du Plessis enabled Team South Africa to score an honourable total.

Benkenstein praised his team players stating, "the class and genius of AB de Villiers and the tenacity of the captain". The two players partnered for 114 runs for the fourth wicket with De Villiers hitting four fours off Kumar's fifth over.

"That one over from AB changed the game," commended Benkenstein. "He made the bowlers worry about their lengths. That partnership got us back in the game and brought belief back in the change room," he added.

Benkenstein expressed that the last 51 minutes of play were loved by the South African audience due to their four-man pace attack including Quinton de Kock and Philander's sixth-wicket stand of 60 off 54 balls. "Those runs down the order in tough conditions were vital," admitted Benkenstein.