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Thakur, 30, posted career best figures of 7-61 -- the best return by an Indian bowler in a test against South Africa -- and single-handedly removed the home top order after South Africa resumed on 35-1 overnight.

Thakur also took the last two wickets after the South Africa tail wagged, delivering potentially precious runs as the Wanderers wicket is expected to increasingly favour the seamers as the test progresses.

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