India need two wickets to complete a whitewash over South Africa but they will have to wait until Tuesday morning to do it.
Though R Ashwin remains on top of the wicket charts, it was Shami and Umesh Yadav who exposed a weakness South Africa would not have dreamed they had, especially not in the subcontinent.
South Africa have been surprised by short balls, beaten by pace and caught off guard by bowlers who attack the stumps, the very same thing they have seen their own attack do, season after season. But this is the season of change and India have shown in this series how much they have evolved.
At the end of play on Day3, South Africa finished at 132/8. South Africa still trail India by 203 runs after folding for 162 in their first innings and being made to follow on. Mohammed Shami struck thrice in a fierce opening spell while Umesh Yadav chipped in with two of his own. Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin picked up one each as South Africa’s slump continued. Earlier, Umesh Yadav took three wickets and found support in Shami, Jadeja and debutant Shahbaz Nadeem, who picked two wickets each, as India bowled out South Africa cheaply in the first innings.