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South Africa Vs India Live Score (TEST)

Date: Monday, 08 January, 2018 23:11 IST Venue: Newlands, Cape Town Match Status: Match Ended

South Africa beat India by 72 runs

286/10
Overs
73.1
R/R
3.91
Fours
39
Sixes
2
Extras
6
209/10
Overs
73.4
R/R
2.85
Fours
30
Sixes
1
Extras
14
130/10
Overs
41.2
R/R
3.16
Fours
18
Sixes
2
Extras
2
135/10
Overs
42.4
R/R
3.18
Fours
17
Sixes
0
Extras
1
  • Right then. 15 overs left in the day. Close to 50 minutes left. Can India see out a wicketless period? How many can the Proteas pick tonight? The action resumes in a bit as Faf du Plessis has his teammates in a huddle.
  • There is plenty of movement on this pitch but did India really bowl well? Bhuvneshwar Kumar did, from one end but received no support from the other. Even the usually reliable Mohammed Shami struggled bowling into the wind and when he did get the chance to bowl from Bhuvi's end, did not get more than 1 wicket. Bumrah and Pandya were ordinary while Ashwin was hardly used. Had the team bowled as a unit, they might have restricted South Africa to 200.
  • When Bhuvneshwar started proceedings with the new ball, it seemed like South Africa would not even cross 150. But then AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis restored some parity before India struck back. At 142/5, they would have hoped to restrict the Proteas to under 230 but the last 5 wickets added more than what the top half managed. Even if you look at the last 3 wickets, 65 runs added is very useful.
  • Not quite sure how would both camps be feeling at the moment. Winning the toss but not even making 300. Or having had the opposition at 12/3, allowing the rest to rake up 274. Either ways, this is an we-are-always-in-the-game total.
  • 73.1 OUT! LBW! That is a dead duck. Ashwin bowls this very straight and Morkel, who is well across his stumps to defend, misses the ball and is hit on the pads. So plumb that Ashwin does not even bother appealing. Saha appeals though and the umpire's finger is up in a flash. SOUTH AFRICA HAVE BEEN BOWLED OUT FOR 286.
  • 72.6 Full and straight, driven straight back but Bumrah does well to stop it with his right leg, deflecting the ball to cover. 286/9
  • 72.5 A short ball, rising steeply, pulled towards deep square leg for a single.
  • 72.4 On middle and off, pushed down towards mid off.
  • 72.3 This one comes back in a long way, Morne feels for it but misses as the ball sneaks between bat and pad.
  • 72.2 Full and outside off, pushed towards mid off.
  • 72.1 Full and outside off, pushed towards cover. Steyn initially waits, thinking that Murali Vijay will stop it from cover but then he does not get across in time and allows the ball to go past him to long off. Now Steyn takes the single. Must be confident, giving The Giraffe almost the entire over to face.
  • 71.6 Oho. Something interesting. On seeing that the Indians are not trying anything different, Morne tries something different. He jumps across his stumps, almost a month in advance, to signal a slog sweep perhaps. Ashwin sees that and gives it extra loop. Morkel is ready for the ball but it never reaches him. Eventually, he defends. 284/9
  • 71.5 Very full outside off, calmly pushed towards long on for a single.
  • 71.4 Fuller this time, pushed towards the off side.
  • 71.3 Outside off, watchfully blocked.
  • 71.2 Full again, pushed towards the bowler.
  • Morkel comes rushing over to have a chat with his partner. Not quite sure what...
  • 71.1 Full and outside off, Steyn comes forward and defends.
  • 70.6 A bouncer to end the over, Morne ducks. 283/9
  • 70.5 The batsman has driven that ball straight back.
  • 70.4 Nice effort. Outside off, DS opens the face of the bat and dabs it towards third man. But Rohit Sharma dives to his right from third slip and saves some crucial runs. Just a single taken.
  • 70.3 TOP EDGE, DOES NOT CARRY AGAIN! A short ball at the body of the batsman, Dale backs away and plays a pull with his eyes closed. The ball lobs off the top edge but Bumrah cannot get across the pitch in time to catch that.
  • 70.2 Almost... Full and outside off, Steyn swings hard but only succeeds in getting a thick inside edge onto his pads. The ball ricochets away past the off stump towards the slips.
  • 70.1 A low full toss outside off, driven towards mid on.
  • 69.6 Full and outside off, pushed towards long off for a run. 282/9
  • 69.5 Outside off, Steyn gets right behind that and defends.
  • 69.4 Not surprising. A swing down the ground, almost to the fielder at long off. Just a single.
  • Morne Morkel is the last man in. Don't think he can have the patience to hang around. This could be all over in a flash.
  • 69.3 OUT! That is a very good catch and Ashwin has his first wicket! Short in length outside off, Rabada looks to cut but is too close to the ball and nicks it. There is a big noise and deflection and Saha does extremely well to take it with a leap. Rabada does not go but he is sent on his way by the umpire. No review thought of by the batsman, so that is 9 down.
  • 69.2 On middle and leg, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 69.1 Full and outside off, driven straight to the bowler.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin is back into the attack. Just the 5 overs for him so far.
  • 68.6 Outside off, another play and a miss. Finally a yorker from Bumrah, albeit a bit wide but at least he tried something different. 280/8
  • 68.5 Ball hits the batsman low on the pads. The batsmen have run through for a single. The umpire signals a leg bye.
  • 68.4 Outside off, nips back in, Rabada misses his tuck and is hit on the pads.
  • 68.3 The batsman goes for the hook but misses the line of the delivery.
  • 68.2 Bangs it in short, Rabada goes for the pull but misses.
  • 68.1 On a length around off, watchfully defended.
  • Jasprit Bumrah is back on.
  • 67.6 Full on middle, flicked beautifully through mid-wicket for a couple. 279/8
  • 67.5 More luck to the Saffas. A short ball around off, Rabada looks to pull but the ball gets high on him and takes the top edge. However Bumrah cannot get to the ball from mid on. A single taken.
  • 67.4 Full and wide outside off, steered behind point for a run. Kohli is showing his frustration now...
  • 67.3 Works this through mid-wicket and gets a single.
  • 67.2 EXCELLENT CATCH! But not out. No bat at all and the Indians are not bothering to review. Down the leg side, Rabada looks to tuck it fine and the ball goes off something behind. Wriddhiman Saha flies to his right and takes it with his glove and then appeals. Kettleborough is as calm as a tree during a twister.
  • 67.1 Down the leg side, Rabada works it through backward square leg. Shikhar Dhawan hares after it from square leg and dives to his left and stops the ball. Two runs taken.
  • 66.6 The batsman has punched that ball through the off side. They pick up a single. 272/8
  • 66.5 Fourth play and a miss in the over.
  • 66.4 Bat on ball this time, pushed towards mid-wicket.
  • 66.3 Hat-trick of plays and misses now. Frustrating really, for India. They are not able to get the edge at all. And if they get one, it is not carrying.
  • 66.2 Again. Good bowling but just too good to not get the edge. Rabada pushes at it without moving his feet and misses again.
  • 66.1 On a length outside off, a play and a miss.
  • Really nice and funny to see the predictions of passionate Indian fans sometimes. Here is one called Jigsy - When South Africa were 12/3 - he predicted they could get all out under 100. Then, when the AB-Faf partnership was brewing, it became over 300. Then, when the duo was dismissed, it became 230. Following that, when Maharaj's catch was dropped, it rose to 300 again. Now, with India struggling to pick up these remaining wickets, it has risen to 350-400! Frustrating for Indian fans to be honest as the bowlers are really struggling to dismiss the tail. The top order was dismissed in a jiffy!
  • 65.6 Nips back in a long way, Dale looks to flick but misses. Is hit on the pads and Bhuvi appeals but nothing in it. 271/8
  • 65.5 Bouncer! The batsman does well to evade it.
  • 65.4 Around off, watchfully blocked.
  • 65.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 65.2 Full on middle, pushed straight to mid on.
  • 65.1 Around off, defended from the crease.
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar gets another opportunity to try and take a fifer.
  • 64.6 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total. 271/8
  • 64.5 Down the leg side, worked away for a single.
  • 64.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 64.3 Outside off, a play and a miss.
  • 64.2 The batsman appears to have been struck on the thigh pad.
  • 64.1 Down the leg side, flicked away for a single.
  • 63.6 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot for a couple. The stand moves to 10 from 13. 268/8
  • 63.5 A short ball outside off, Kagiso goes for the pull but gets a thick inside edge onto his body.
  • 63.4 Pushes this towards mid off for a single.
  • 63.3 FOUR! FLAMBOYANT! Oh wow... Dale... full and outside off, Steyn comes forward and drives it straight down the ground, past mid off and into the boundary!
  • 63.2 A short ball outside off, Steyn throws his bat at that and gets a thick edge over the slip cordon. Two runs to third man.
  • 63.1 Terrific field placement from Virat Kohli again. His captaincy has been on target today. Many times, we see tailenders getting useful runs through third man and fine leg. Kohli realizes that and has blocked that region. A poor delivery, down the leg side, Rabada gets a tickle on it and the ball races down but straight to fine leg. Just a single. That fine leg too, is very, very, very, very fine. Almost like a leg gully is standing at the ropes.
  • 62.6 EDGED, SHORT AGAIN! Full and outside off, Steyn throws his bat at that but the ball takes the outside edge. However, it dies in front of Pujara at first slip. Are they standing a bit too far? This is not the first occasion that the ball has not carried. 258/8
  • 62.5 Outside off, another lifter, DS pushes but misses.
  • 62.4 That is a brute, a short ball outside off, climbing steeply, Dale takes his eyes off the ball while trying to play that and it went off the gloves. But did not carry to second slip. Steyn getting a taste of his own medicine.
  • 62.3 A length ball, on middle, Steyn gets across and looks to tuck but the ball goes away from him down the leg side.
  • Dale Steyn is the next man in. Can the Proteas get to 300 from here?
  • 62.2 OUT! Ashwin, you beauty! The Indian bowlers were struggling to pick up wickets and the partnership has been broken by a run out! That is why fielding drills are so important. Lazy, very lazy from Maharaj. He worked this wide of mid on and set off for a single. For a change, Ravichandran Ashwin, CHARGED on to the ball. Yes, he charged. But perhaps Maharaj did not expect that because he just tried to get back. Ashwin fired a throw at the striker's end and hit the stumps! There was not much excitement from the bowler or the fielder but India's slip cordon was very excited, especially Kohli who was over the moon in appealing. It was referred upstairs and yes, replays confirm that laziness has cost Maharaj his wicket! Against the run of play. A crucial 37-run stand has been broken. Fine knock by Maharaj.
  • Direct hit! Is Maharaj gone? This could be a momemtum-changing moment...
  • 62.1 That is a jaffa! But not a wicket. On a length outside off, Maharaj looks to defend but the ball comes back in a long way and goes just over the stumps!
  • 61.6 Outside off, angling away, Kagiso feels for it but misses. 258/7
  • 61.5 The batsman goes after a wide one and misses.
  • 61.4 Outside off, Rabada has another push and a miss.
  • 61.3 Around off, watchfully defended.
  • 61.2 Short and outside off, cut away for a single.
  • 61.1 A short ball around off, Maharaj pulls but misses.
  • 60.6 On a length outside off, Kagiso pushes but misses. 257/7
  • 60.5 That is what is required! Variety! It is the name of a general store near my residential area. But that is not what I meant. Don't want to sound like I am hungry. By variety, I mean variations in the length. India have been bowling only length or short to these numbers 8 and 9 and finally, Shami realizes that yorkers are also allowed in Test cricket. But Rabada digs it out.
  • 60.4 A short ball outside off, Rabada goes for the pull but misses.
  • 60.3 Around off, defended watchfully.
  • 60.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 60.1 Outside off, Rabada feels for it but misses.
  • 59.6 On a length on middle, Maharaj looks to flick but the ball goes off the inside edge through fine leg. Two runs taken. 257/7
  • 59.5 Around off, watchfully blocked out.
  • 59.4 The batsman picked that bouncer early and let it through to the keeper.
  • 59.3 Down the leg side, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 59.2 Fullish, on middle, Rabada looks to work it against the line, but gets a leading edge wide of Murali Vijay at short cover. Two more runs.
  • 59.1 Around off, watchfully defended.
  • Hardik Pandya is back on.
  • 58.6 A short ball outside off, KM punches it through point but Dhawan dives to his left at short point and saves runs. 252/7
  • 58.5 Outside off, a loose shot from Keshav, a flay and a miss.
  • Interesting field placement from Virat Kohli. He has got a man, Shikhar Dhawan to be specific, at short point. Maharaj has played quite a few shots through that region, getting on top of the bounce and has not bothered to keep the ball down. He might have to start bothering now.
  • 58.4 Down the leg side, clipped behind square leg for a couple. The tail is wagging... the stand is already worth 31 from 50 balls.
  • 58.3 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total.
  • 58.2 SIX! Oh hello! Rabada wants to have some fun! Not the easiest balls to hit but boy, does Rabada care? On a length, outside off, Kagiso just swings it casually, as if a net session is going on. But the timing is so sweet that the ball sails over mid-wicket! 250 up for SOUTH AFRICA and this now looks like a good score.
  • 58.1 Full on middle, pushed straight to mid on.
  • 57.6 Another bouncer, same reaction. 243/7
  • 57.5 Bouncer! The batsman does well to evade it.
  • 57.4 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 57.3 Short and outside off, punched through the off side for a single.
  • 57.2 Pushes this straight to mid on.
  • 57.1 Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him.
  • 56.6 Another bouncer, ducked under. 241/7
  • 56.5 Bouncer! The batsman does well to evade it.
  • 56.4 Full and straight again, driven straight back but Bhuvi gets his hand in the way and stops it.
  • 56.3 Around off, watchfully defended.
  • 56.2 Full and on middle, driven straight back to the bowler.
  • 56.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • 55.6 Confusion, confusion! Should we, shouldn't we? Everything is safe as India are not alert. KR punches this down the ground and takes a start. Mohammed Shami gets across from mid on and puts in a dive but does not stop the ball cleanly. Now here is the joke. Rabada initially wants the single and hence Maharaj responds. But then Rabada sees Shami and stops. Meanwhile, Maharaj continues to run. Now, he sees his partner and stops. Turns back to go into his crease but now, seeing that Shami has not stopped the ball cleanly, Kagiso calls for the run. He also collides into Bumrah but no one in the field is even remotely interested that there is a run out chance on offer. 241/7
  • 55.5 Landed around middle, defended from the crease.
  • 55.4 Down the leg side, Kagiso misses his flick and is hit on the pads.
  • 55.3 Outside off, comes on a bit later than Maharaj expected, but is worked to the leg side for a single.
  • 55.2 Played to the point region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 55.1 Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
  • Interesting thoughts from the on-air commentators. Both the South Africans, Kepler Wessels and Mike Haysman, are of the opinion that the pitch will not ease out tomorrow. Michael Holding, on the other hand, reckons that Day 2 will be the best day to bat and then the pitch will start to crumble. Also there are some showers forecast for Sunday and Monday, so that will aid the bowlers. Nice contrast... One against two. It was a nice thing to hear when Holding asked - 'You don't think tomorrow will be the best day to bat?' And both Wessels and Haysman replied in unison - 'NO.'
  • 54.6 Slightly short outside off, Keshav punches it through point and gets a couple. 238/7
  • 54.5 Outside off, Maharaj feels for it but misses.
  • 54.4 Down the leg side, flicked away for a run.
  • 54.3 Around off, defended watchfully.
  • 54.2 A bouncer outside off, Rabada sways away from the line.
  • 54.1 Full on middle, pushed towards mid on.
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar with one more attempt for a fifer.
  • 53.6 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone. 235/7
  • 53.5 Down the leg side, Kagiso works it through square leg. Ravichandran Ashwin takes ages to get to the ball and Rabada wants the second but Maharaj sends him back.
  • 53.4 That is a fine shot. It is not the first time he has pierced that region today. On a length outside off, Maharaj gets on top of the bounce and punches it through the covers. Dhawan chases it and keeps the batsmen to a single. Just do a Ctrl + F on those words - top of the bounce.
  • 53.3 Tucks this through square leg for a single. The stand moves to 10 from 19 balls.
  • 53.2 Oohhh.... a leading edge now. On a length again, outside off, angling away, Rabada is early into his flick and gets a leading edge, which lands short of cover.
  • 53.1 On a length around middle, pushed past the bowler towards mid on.
  • The players are back out in the middle. How many can the South African tail add? Here is Bumrah to kickstart proceedings. Rabada to face...
  • ... Day 1, Session 3 ...
  • The average score at this venue in the last 10 games is 374. But don't think South Africa will be too concerned with their score right now. They will be aiming for 250 and anything more will be a bonus. A long but terrific final session awaits us. Join us back at 1530 LOCAL (1330 GMT).
  • India managed to get rid of both de Villiers and du Plessis quickly after Lunch but then a 60-run stand in 54 balls between de Kock and Philander revived the Proteas again. However, once more, India managed to remove those two and ended the session with momentum in their favour.
  • 123/4 in 27 overs in this session. Another great couple of hours of cricket. India have gone attack, attack, attack while South Africa went counter-attack, counter-attack and counter-attack.
  • 52.6 Outside off, coming in, watchfully blocked out. TEA ON DAY 1! 230/7
  • 52.5 Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 52.4 On a length outside off, Rabada is squared up as he looks to defend and the ball squirts off the outside edge behind point. A single taken.
  • 52.3 Works this wide of mid-wicket and gets a single.
  • Should be the final over before Tea...
  • 52.2 Now down the leg side, Keshav swivels but does not make any contact with the intended pull.
  • 52.1 Wide outside off, left alone.
  • 51.6 The batsman appears to have been struck on the thigh pad. One run added to the total. Leg bye signalled by the umpire 228/7
  • 51.5 Now he goes for the pull but only manages a thick inside edge onto his pads.
  • 51.4 FOUR! Stunning shot. On a length outside off, Maharaj waits for the ball to come and dabs it past second slip to third man!
  • 51.3 Comes in a long way, Keshav misses his tuck and is hit on the pads.
  • 51.2 Gets right behind the line and defends.
  • 51.1 Outside off, Maharaj gets on top of the bounce and punches it through the covers for a couple.
  • Hardik Pandya is back on. Around 8 minutes to go to Tea...
  • 50.6 EDGED, BUT SHORT! Landed outside off, KR feels for the ball and gets a thin outside edge. However, the cherry dies on its way to the keeper. A wicket maiden for Shami. Normally, maidens do not matter much in a Test match but in this one they do. India need to keep a lid on the scoring rate as well. 221/7
  • 50.5 Outside off, comfortably left alone.
  • 50.4 On a length outside off, Kagiso feels for it but misses.
  • 50.3 A bouncer to greet Rabada who is the least bothered.
  • Kagiso Rabada comes in at number 9, replacing Philander.
  • 50.2 OUT! Bowled! Shami gets his man this time. He maintains his length, just outside off and gets it to nip back again. Philander tries to play it this time but is comprehensively beaten. The ball goes past the bat and just clips the top of the bails and that will do! Big wicket for India under the circumstances. Philander was looking aggressive and could have taken the score close to 300.
  • 50.1 How did that miss the stumps? Brave leave! On a length outside off, Philander shoulders arms. The ball comes back in a long way and jussssst misses the off stump!
  • 49.6 Works it straight to short mid-wicket. 221/6
  • 49.5 SIX! Ho ho ho! Maharaj goes downtown! Flighted outside off, Maharaj comes down the track and sends it sailing over the sightscreen!
  • 49.4 Works it straight to short mid-wicket.
  • Mid on is pushed back.
  • 49.3 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 49.2 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 49.1 On middle, flicked through the leg side for a single.
  • 48.6 Outside off, left alone. 214/6
  • 48.5 Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 48.4 FOUR! Beautiful shot. On a length outside off, Maharaj gets on top of the bounce and punches it through the covers for a boundary!
  • 48.3 FOUR! Full and wide outside off, Maharaj slashes hard and gets a boundary through gully to third man!
  • 48.2 Full and outside off, driven towards mid off.
  • 48.1 A bouncer outside off, Maharaj lets it through to the keeper.
  • Mohammed Shami is back on.
  • 47.6 Down the leg side, flicked through the leg side for a single. 206/6
  • 47.5 The batsman has driven it through mid on. They pick up a single.
  • 47.4 Short and outside off, Philander gets across and punches it through point but straight to the fielder.
  • 47.3 Pushes this back to the bowler.
  • 47.2 The ball takes the outside edge and goes towards the slip region.
  • 47.1 Full on middle, driven towards mid on.
  • 46.6 The batsman fails to put bat on ball. 204/6
  • 46.5 Short and outside off, punched through the covers for a run.
  • 46.4 A bouncer outside off, Vernon lets it sail through.
  • Okay... umpire Kettleborough has a friendly word with Bhuvi for running on the danger area... Does not look like an official warning.
  • 46.3 The batsman picked that bouncer early and let it through to the keeper.
  • 46.2 EDGED, BUT DROPPED! That slip cordon curse still haunts India! It was the second slip fielder back home but here it is the third. Full and outside off, Maharaj pushes at it loosely and gets a thick outside edge. It flies straight to third slip where Shikhar Dhawan gets across and shells it. Hurts his fingers as well. A single taken.
  • 46.1 Wide outside off, left alone.
  • 45.6 Action replay of the previous delivery. 202/6
  • 45.5 On middle and off, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 45.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 45.3 A touch shorter, on middle, worked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 45.2 This time he gets right in line of the delivery and defends.
  • 45.1 Full and outside off, Philander comes forward to play at that but misses.
  • 44.6 Outside off, left alone. 202/6
  • Keshav Maharaj is the new man in, at number 8, replacing de Kock. India now into the tail.
  • 44.5 OUT! Caught behind! No fifty for de Kock. Another beautiful ball from Kumar and he has his 4th wicket. On a length outside off, angling in, de Kock is forced to play at that but at the last moment, he thinks of leaving it alone. Is late and the ball goes off something to the keeper. Saha is confident and straightaway appeals and the umpire raises his finger! Philander has a chat with de Kock regarding the review who seems to indicate that he has nicked it. Though, he looks like a confused person actually. For a second, I thought he was asking Philander whether there was an outside edge.
  • 44.4 Outside off, angling in again, pushed towards the leg side.
  • 44.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 44.2 FOUR! That is an amazing shot. On a length, around off, angling in, worked wide of mid on for a boundary.
  • 44.1 Down the leg side, flicked through the leg side for a couple.
  • 43.6 Short and outside off, cut through point for a single. 196/5
  • 43.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 43.4 BOWLED! NO, DROPPED! That is technically of course. Loose from de Kock, as he reaches out to drive this through the off side with his feet away from the body and drags it on. Luckily for him, the ball goes onto the pads of Saha, missing the off stump by a whisker.
  • 43.3 Down the leg side, flicked away for a run.
  • 43.2 Full and just outside off, Philander comes forward and defends.
  • 43.1 On middle, de Kock works it past the short leg fielder for a single.
  • 42.6 A rare bouncer outside off, Philander thinks about the hook but then bails out. 193/5
  • 42.5 Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 42.4 Full on middle, pushed towards mid on.
  • 42.3 Landed outside off, Quinton angles his bat down towards third man and runs it down but Shikhar Dhawan makes a good stop to his left from second slip.
  • 42.2 A length ball on the pads, Quinton tucks this through square leg. The fine leg fielder starts to jog to his right but then conveniently gives it up, on seeing square leg rush across who had greater distance to travel. Two runs taken and that brings up the 50-RUN STAND IN 39 BALLS. De Kock has scored 34 of those.
  • 42.1 Short and outside off, Philander flays this behind point and this time Kohli has protection in the deep. Just a single.
  • 41.6 Full and outside off, QdK lunges to defend but there is a massive gap between bat and pad and the cherry almost goes through. The ball goes off the inside edge back to the bowler. 189/5
  • 41.5 Fuller, finally, outside off, pushed towards mid off.
  • 41.4 Outside off, punched in front of point for a couple.
  • 41.3 Straighter, punched back to the bowler.
  • 41.2 Short again, this time it is cut straight to backward point.
  • 41.1 EDGED, FOUR! Ashwin almost strikes straightaway. Short and outside off, de Kock looks to cut but the ball spins away and bounces. Hence an outside edge is induced but it flies past slip to the third man fence! De Kock moves to 30 from just 22 balls! His 6th boundary as well.
  • First sign of spin. Ravichandran Ashwin into the attack now.
  • 40.6 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 183/5
  • 40.5 FOUR! Deliberate. Philander is going for broke here. A short ball outside off, Philander flashes and flashes hard. Gets it over the slip cordon and down to the third man fence.
  • 40.4 Outside off, a play and a miss.
  • 40.3 FOUR! London looking, Tokyo turning! Philander had no idea about that. The ball was pretty much full outside off and Vernon looked to flick it through the leg side. But the ball swung in appreciably and almost went past the bat. Just at the right moment for Philander, the willow came down and the ball went off the leading edge past gully to third man!
  • 40.2 Outside off, Quinton taps it towards gully, has a look at his partner and completes an easy single.
  • 40.1 That is a beauty. Full and outside off, de Kock feels for it but gets beaten.
  • 39.6 Full and outside off, driven sweetly but straight to widish mid off. 10 from the over! 174/5
  • 39.5 Another cover drive but this time the timing is not that great. Murali Vijay gets to the ball from the close-in position and the batsmen return for the second.
  • 39.4 Full again, outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 39.3 FOUR! Even better! Full and wide outside off, Philander leans and drives it to the other side of Ashwin this time, through the covers for a boundary!
  • 39.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 39.1 FOUR! FANTASTIC! This bloke can hold the bat too. Half volley outside off, Philander comes forward and drives it through mid off. Ravichandran Ashwin puts in a valiant dive from extra cover but comes second as the ball goes past him.
  • Time for Drinks.
  • 38.6 FOUR! Beautiful! Fullish delivery around off, de Kock leans into it and caresses it nonchalantly through wide mid off. That has come off the middle of the bat and away she whistles to the fence. 164/5
  • 38.5 In the channel outside off, no real movement on that. Quinton lets it go.
  • 38.4 FOUR! Easy runs on offer again and gleefully accepted! Short and a bit of room on offer, de Kock steers it past the slip cordon. The second slip fielder puts his hand up to indicate to the fielder in the deep but realizing that he has a lot of ground to cover, he himself runs after it. However, both the fielders don't reach and a boundary results.
  • 38.3 Overpitched delivery, eased off the front foot to mid on.
  • 38.2 That was indecisive! On a good length outside off, de Kock goes for a slash without any foot movement and gets a bottom edge. He is lucky that the ball didn't roll back onto the stumps.
  • 38.1 Fullish delivery, driven crisply to mid off who stops it and tumbles over.
  • Kumar is back on. Good move from Kohli.
  • 37.6 On a length outside off, Philander pokes at it and gets beaten. 156/5
  • 37.5 Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman.
  • 37.4 Full and tailing in sharply, Philander falls over a bit as he takes it on the pads. No appeal as the ball is sliding down leg.
  • 37.3 Shortish ball outside off, placed past point for a run.
  • 37.2 Angling in substantially, de Kock is once again tentative as he gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 37.1 Fullish delivery, kept out watchfully.
  • 36.6 Angling down leg, tucked around the corner for a run. 13 from the over. 155/5
  • 36.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 36.4 FOUR! Nicely done! Fractionally overpitched, caressed through covers for the third boundary of the over. The pressure has been released.
  • 36.3 FOUR! Easy runs on offer! Short and wide, de Kock flays it through backward point to find the boundary.
  • 36.2 FOUR! Shot of the match so far! Fullish in length on off, de Kock shows the full face of the bat and caresses it down the ground. Holds his pose after playing that as he watches the ball cross the ropes. Timing and grace written all over it.
  • 36.1 Played with the angle to mid-wicket this time.
  • 35.6 In the zone outside off, left alone. 142/5
  • Vernon Philander is the new man in.
  • 35.5 OUT! Another one goes down and Kohli sets off for a celebratory run! He is absolutely pumped up, shows how much this wicket means for India. Yet again a top Protea batsman has thrown his wicket away. Short and a bit of room on offer, du Plessis goes for a cut but only manages to get a nick behind. Saha gets low to his right and takes a fine catch. India are once again on top. The South African skipper will be disappointed.
  • 35.4 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 35.3 Not Out! Just a matter of centimeters has saved the skipper! Fullish delivery around off, angling in appreciably. Du Plessis comes forward tentatively and tries to keep it out but misses to get pinged on the pads. The Indians roar in an appeal but the umpire doesn't budge. Kohli is confident and signals the 'T'. The replays roll in. The Snicko doesn't spot anything. Time for the Hawk Eye. Well, the impact is not in question as the batsman has been hit in line but the ball just clips the bails. The decision could have gone either way, I tell you those fine margins in cricket. Faf lives on but India retain the review again.
  • Indians once again feel that they have got Faf du Plessis. It is regarding an LBW decision. Seems real close to the naked eye but the impact might just save him.
  • 35.2 FOUR! Good length delivery on middle, straight on this occasion. Du Plessis clips it beautifully through mid-wicket for back-to-back boundaries.
  • 35.1 FOUR! Classy, everything right about that shot! On a length on off, du Plessis leans ahead and his head position is spot on. Gets to the pitch of the ball and drives it with pure timing through wide mid on to pick up a boundary. Sit back and admire!
  • 34.6 Sits deep in the crease and blocks it with a straight bat. 134/4
  • 34.5 Angling into Quinton who is again tentative and gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 34.4 Driven towards the mid on region. One run added to the total.
  • 34.3 FOUR! Poor delivery and duly punished! With that, du Plessis's 16th Test fifty comes up. He has been sensible and battled through tough times. Needs to carry on now. Short ball and room on offer, Faf slaps it through point for a rocketing boundary.
  • 34.2 Fractionally overpitched and straight this time, easy pickings for Quinton as he clips it through wide mid on. Shami gives it a long chase but is a bit slow. Manages to save a run for his side though.
  • 34.1 Absolute peach! De Kock had no clue about it. Bumrah from around the wicket bowls a back of a length ball outside off. It keeps on coming in with the angle as Quinton hops to keep it out but the ball whizzes past his outside edge.
  • 33.6 Full length ball attacking the stumps, eased to mid on. 126/4
  • 33.5 Hangs back to the good length delivery and defends it solidly.
  • 33.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 33.3 Hurled on a fuller length well outside off, du Plessis lets it go.
  • 33.2 Good shot for no runs! Short delivery, sits up nicely for the skipper. He nails the pull but finds the man at short mid-wicket who makes a good save.
  • 33.1 Good length ball outside off, holding its line. Faf lets it go.
  • Quinton de Kock comes out to bat.
  • 32.6 OUT! Chopped on! First Test wicket for Bumrah and he will cherish this for a long time. A sad end to a knock which promised so much. Bumrah steams in and lands it on a fullish length around off. Gets the ball to seam in a touch after pitching. De Villiers goes for a booming drive down the ground but gets an inside edge which goes onto the disturb the furniture behind. The third umpire checks for the no ball but Bumrah's front foot is right on the popping crease this time. A rash shot from AB and he has paid the price for it. End of the brilliant 114-run stand. Can India capitalize on this opportunity? 126/4
  • 32.5 Crowd catch! Fractionally overpitched around off, de Villiers drives it on the bounce to Ashwin at short extra cover.
  • 32.4 Fuller length ball, shaping in, clipped with the angle to the leg side for a couple.
  • 32.3 Taps this one with soft hands to scurry across to the other end.
  • 32.2 Make the batsman play Bumrah! Same length but it is wider outside off. Faf makes another leave.
  • 32.1 Good length ball outside off, Faf plants his front foot across to allow it through. This time Bumrah's front foot is behind the popping crease, good adjustment from him.
  • 31.6 Back of a length outside off, punched firmly off the back foot to the off side. 123/3
  • 31.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 31.4 Angling in appreciably, nudged through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 31.3 Good length ball outside off, placed past point for a single.
  • 31.2 Fuller in length, angling in, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 31.1 That ball has taken the inside edge of the batsman and thudded into his pads.
  • 30.6 In the zone outside off, wider this time. Faf doesn't flirt with it. 121/3
  • 30.5 Outside off, Faf lets it go.
  • 30.4 Fuller length ball outside off, Faf goes at it but gets a soft edge towards the slip cordon.
  • 30.4 Not Out! Bumrah has done the crime of overstepping but fortunately for India, there was no bat as well. Full length ball going down the leg side, du Plessis looks to clip it away but seems to have got a faint nick to it. Saha grabs it and goes up in a confident appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Kohli's body language is positive too and heads towards the keeper and the bowler. Saha says there are two noises. The skipper finally challenges the decision. Time for the replays. There is nothing behind the popping crease for Bumrah. That puts the argument to bed. Oh lord! The bat is miles away from the ball. It came off the pads actually. However, the good thing for India is that they don't lose the review.
  • A big moment in the game for India. They are confident that they have got their man caught down the leg side. Du Plessis is the man in question.
  • 30.3 Another one on a length outside off, Faf doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 30.2 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 30.1 Another play and a miss! In the probing channel around off, Faf pokes at it but gets beaten.
  • 29.6 Full delivery outside off, driven through point for a run. 120/3
  • 29.5 A appeal for a caught behind but not paid any heed to. In the corridor of uncertainty, angling in a bit. Faf comes forward gingerly in an attempt to block it but the ball whizzes past his outside edge as it carries to Saha. The keeper and Kohli are interested but the umpire stays put. There was no edge, confirm the replays.
  • 29.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 29.3 Brilliantly bowled! In the blockhole around off, Faf is alert to it and does well to jam it down the track.
  • 29.2 Well bowled! On a good length outside off, shoots off the deck. Du Plessis plants his front foot across and makes an assured leave.
  • 29.1 Fullish delivery outside off, left alone.
  • 28.6 A bit closer to the off stump this time but not close enough to make de Villiers play who remains circumspect in approach. 119/3
  • 28.5 Too wide this time, AB doesn't bother to play at it.
  • 28.4 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 28.3 Shortish again, good bounce on that. AB rises with it and makes a good leave.
  • 28.2 Short of a length on offer, punched off the back foot for a run.
  • 28.1 Back of a length outside off, eased through backward point for a run.
  • 27.6 FOUR! Well played! Fuller in length around off, du Plessis leans into it and strokes it down the ground. Gets it past a crouching Pandya and the ball races to the fence. 117/3
  • 27.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 27.4 Overpitched this time, driven crisply to the man at mid on who is standing a bit up.
  • 27.3 Too good a delivery! In the zone of apprehension, angling in initially and forcing Faf to play at it. He does so and gets completely foxed as the ball leaves him at the last moment after pitching.
  • 27.2 In the zone outside off, left alone.
  • 27.1 FOUR! Streaky runs! Pandya won't mind it all. On a driving length outside off, du Plessis accepts the invitation and goes for a flash drive but gets an outside edge. Yet again the ball goes through the gap between the slip cordon and the gully fielder for a boundary. That brings up the 100-run stand up between these two. A remarkable recovery for South Africa.
  • Pandya to bowl from the other end.
  • 26.6 Fractionally overpitched around off, AB comes forward and defends it calmly. 109/3
  • 26.5 Similar length delivery outside off, this time AB is watchful to allow it through.
  • 26.4 That's a brute of a delivery! Nip, bounce, carry, probing channel, you name it. Short of a length around off, leaving de Villiers. He pokes at it gingerly and is beaten all ends up.
  • 26.3 Back of a length outside off, de Villiers tries to play it with a horizontal bat but mistimes it to the extra cover region.
  • 26.2 On a driveable length outside off, AB resists the temptation and leaves it alone.
  • 26.1 Full length ball on off, shaping in. AB covers the line and nudges it through mid-wicket to get going after Lunch. A couple taken.
  • We are back for the afternoon session. AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis to resume their innings. Jasprit Bumrah to bowl first up after Lunch. Here we go...
  • ... Day 1, Session 2 ...
  • If you are just looking at the scorecard now, you would say - 'Oh okay - 107/3, South Africa's session, India did well to pick up three wickets.' What you will not understand is that India perhaps missed out on having the Proteas 5 down by Lunch. After being 12/3, to stage such a recovery is tremendous. The pitch is now starting to ease out and the visitors need to get a breakthrough soon, else, this could start to get a bit tricky for them. Join us back at 1310 LOCAL (1110 GMT) for the second session.
  • AB did what he does best - attack. He launched into the Indian bowlers and did not spare any loose bowlers. His approach did put the Indians back a bit and though they did not bowl poorly, the inconsistency was seen. He got a perfect foil in skipper Faf du Plessis and the result of that counter-attack is - the duo has staged a 95-run stand in just 127 balls with 59 of those belonging to Mr. 360 degrees.
  • South Africa could have been in deeper trouble had Bhuvi got good support. However, Shami was struggling bowling into the wind and could not quite sustain the pressure. As s result, the Proteas got some respite from one end. And then, that one man - A B C D E - AB can do everything - took centre stage.
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar reminded us of the Starcs, the Hazlewoods, the Steyns and the Andersons with the swing and movement. Not that Bhuvi is not capable of bowling like that but his seam presentation was upright and perfect. He made life difficult for the batsmen which is an understatement. Elgar and Markram got a beauty and some persistent nice bowling induced a false shot from Amla.
  • Test cricket is alive. What a session. First 29 balls, 3 wickets - bang, bang, bang. Then a counter-attack. Boy, this morning has given us everything that we wanted.
  • 25.6 Outside off, left alone. LUNCH, DAY 1! 107/3
  • 25.5 FOUR! Outstanding shot. On a length outside off, du Plessis rocks back and punches it behind point, past the diving gully fielder and gets another boundary.
  • 25.4 Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
  • 25.3 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 25.2 Outside off, punched off the back foot for a single.
  • 25.1 FOUR! WHOOSH! Gone in a flash. A short ball outside off, de Villiers dispatches that via a front foot pull through mid-wicket and the ball races away.
  • Should be the last over before Lunch...
  • 24.6 Full and wide outside off, Faf looks to drive but there is no feet movement and he gets a thick inside edge onto his pads. 98/3
  • 24.5 Down the leg side, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 24.4 Full and outside off, driven towards widish mid off.
  • 24.3 Around off, coming in a long way, AB misses the line and gets hit on the pads.
  • 24.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • Getting a bit boring now... yawnnn.... guess that is why I missed Hardik Pandya coming on to bowl... apologies....
  • 24.1 Landed outside off, left alone.
  • 23.6 Full and outside off, defended watchfully. 97/3
  • 23.5 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 23.4 One more leave outside off.
  • 23.3 Landed outside off, let through.
  • 23.2 Banged in short, pulled through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 23.1 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar is back. Can India strike before Lunch?
  • 22.6 The batsman watches the bouncer go way above his head. 96/3
  • 22.5 Full and wide outside off, driven wide of mid off for a couple.
  • IamPrash - 'Yeah!!!!! AB! AB! AB! He should score a century. Even double century would do! But India should win.' Quintessential Indian and AB fan.
  • 22.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 22.3 Down the leg side, flicked through mid-wicket for a brace.
  • 22.2 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. One run added to the total.
  • 22.1 FOUR! Hat-trick of boundaries! Half century for de Villiers. His 41st in this format. Much needed for the Proteas. AB in form and this boundary, both. A length ball outside off, AB rocks back and punches this through the covers and gets a boundary. Welcome back, AB.
  • 21.6 FOUR! Loose from Bumrah! The length is a tad short outside off, Faf punches it on the up and gets it through cover-point for another boundary! 87/3
  • 21.5 FOUR! FABULOUS! The South Africans are looking for punishing anything loose and this is another example. Full and wide outside off, du Plessis leans and then drives it beautifully between cover and point to the fence!
  • 21.4 Full and down the leg side, AB misses his flick and is hit on the pads. They scamper across for a quick leg bye.
  • 21.3 Close! A length ball outside off, de Villiers looks to punch it on the up through the off side but is too close to the ball and ends up getting a thick bottom edge. The cherry hits him on the pads and then goes back onto the bat. Luckily for him, the second ricochet goes to the off side.
  • 21.2 Full and straight, driven right back to where it came from.
  • 21.1 On a length outside off, left alone.
  • 20.6 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 78/3
  • 20.5 Landed outside off, plenty of away movement, let through.
  • 20.4 FOUR! That one bad ball in a Shami over. It has been a regularity this morning. After bowling three good balls, he dishes a half volley on the pads. A hungry Faf senses lunch is around the corner but wants to have whatever is on offer even on the field. Flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Moves to 21 and has been a perfect foil to his former skipper.
  • 20.3 Outside off, this time a better shot, punched on the up to point.
  • 20.2 Full and outside off, pretty wide, Faf lunges to initially open the face of the bat and play the ball to third man but then he realizes that he is too far from the cherry and pushes it to point instead. Very risky shot.
  • 20.1 Full and outside off, de Villiers leans into the shot and drives it through the covers. Three runs to the total.
  • 19.6 Landed outside off, let through again. 71/3
  • 19.5 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 19.4 Howzzat??? Du Plessis is down. But not out. Excellent from Bumrah again. He bowls this full, really well, swinging this into the batsman. Faf looks to flick but falls over in his attempt and misses the ball. Is hit on the pads and Bumrah appeals but Kettleborough is as still as a rock. Going down the leg side.
  • 19.3 Nicely done. Both by the bowler and batsman. Bumrah keeps it full outside off and du Plessis looks to play at that. The ball then swings away, inducing the outside edge but Faf plays it with soft hands, which means the ball does not carry to the diving second slip fielder.
  • 19.2 Landed outside off, shouldered arms to.
  • 19.1 Full and down the leg side, flicked away for a single.
  • 18.6 Back of a length outside off, another defense from Faf. 70/3
  • 18.5 Stays back in his crease and blocks.
  • Nice analysis from Sunil Gavaskar on air. Everyone is wondering as to why Shami has started to bowl well now after struggling with the new ball. Sunny says that with the new cherry, Shami was bowling into the wind, hence struggling. Now, he has replaced Bhuvi with the wind behind his back and is revelling.
  • 18.4 Landed outside off, nice outswing after pitching, left alone.
  • 18.3 Taps it to the off side and takes off for a single.
  • 18.2 Fuller in length this time, watchfully kept out.
  • 18.1 On a length outside off, a compact AB defends.
  • 17.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 69/3
  • 17.5 Excellent batting. Just taps it to the off side and takes a quick run.
  • 17.4 FOUR! Supreme shot. Slightly full outside off, AB comes forward and drives it on the up over the bowler and through mid off. Bhuvneshwar Kumar at extra cover gives up as soon as the ball went past him.
  • 17.3 Rash shot. A short ball outside off, AB looks to pull but is early into the shot. The bottom edge results, onto his pads and then down beside the pitch on the leg side.
  • 17.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 17.1 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 16.6 That is a peach. On a length outside off, Faf is drawn forward to push but gets beaten by the prodigious away movement. 64/3
  • 16.5 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 16.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 16.3 NOT OUT it is! Correct decision in the end. The ball indeed bounced in front of Kohli. But what a ball. Shami finally getting some rhythm. On a length outside off, seems pretty harmless but then the ball kicks off alarmingly. Faf is caught unawares and looks to push at that. The ball goes off the outside edge but lands short of Virat Kohli at second slip. There is no jubilation as such and Kohli straightaway says he is not sure. Replays are pretty much sure that it is not out.
  • Out, gone! Is Faf the fourth wicket? No one seems confident. Kohli is not claiming the catch, saying he is not sure. The umpires take it upstairs but the soft signal is NOT OUT.
  • 16.2 Outside off, played straight to cover.
  • 16.1 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 15.6 Shaping in appreciably, de Villiers tries to defend it but gets an inside edge onto his pads. 64/3
  • 15.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 15.4 In the channel outside off, left alone.
  • 15.3 Full and coming in, clipped around the corner for a run.
  • 15.2 FOUR! Nicely done! Bumrah overcooks this one again around off, du Plessis punches it on the up past the man at mid off and the ball rockets to the fence. That brings up the 50-run stand between the duo. They have been flirting with danger but have succeeded so far. A good counter-attack till now.
  • 15.1 FOUR! Well played! This will give the skipper confidence. Full ball outside off, du Plessis leans into it and creams it through extra cover for a gorgeous boundary.
  • 14.6 Good length outside off, nipping in. De Villiers leaves it alone. 55/3
  • 14.5 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 14.4 Short and room on offer, cut hard but straight to the man at backward point.
  • 14.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 14.2 FOUR! Shot! In complete control of this one. Good length ball around off, de Villiers picks it up nonchalantly over mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 14.1 FOUR! Streaky runs! De Villiers is living dangerously. Good length ball outside off, jagging in appreciably. De Villiers hops and tries to force it through covers but gets a thick inside edge over the stumps. The ball beats the keeper and rolls to the fine leg fence. 50 up for South Africa.
  • Shami is back on.
  • 13.6 Full ball outside off, defended besides the pitch on the off side. AB wants a run but is rightly sent back. 47/3
  • 13.5 FOUR! The skipper is looking really uncomfortable! Short delivery, angling down the leg side. The ball gets big on du Plessis as he attempts a hook shot. Ends up gloving it wide of Saha and finds the fine leg fence.
  • 13.4 Shortish and a touch of width on offer, punched firmly towards backward point where Pandya does well to stop it with a slide. A run taken.
  • 13.3 Full length ball around off, de Villiers puts his head down and defends it with a high elbow.
  • 13.2 Good length delivery, holding its line. AB plants his front foot across to allow it through.
  • 13.1 Short of a length outside off, played with an open bat face to backward point.
  • Time for Drinks.
  • 12.6 Full length ball on off, nudged to mid-wicket. 42/3
  • 12.5 Tough times for the skipper! Almost, almost took the edge! In the zone of apprehension, shaping away after landing. Du Plessis fishes at it but is beaten all ends up.
  • 12.4 Angling in sharply, patted to mid on.
  • 12.3 Similar length outside off, played off the outer half to backward point.
  • 12.2 Beautifully bowled and well played as well! Back of a length outside off, shoots off the deck. Du Plessis does well to get up on his toes and play it towards point.
  • 12.1 On a length outside off, holding its line, left alone.
  • 11.6 Brilliant way to finish the over. On a length around off, seaming in. De Villiers tries to keep it out but gets an inside edge onto his pads. If he missed that, he could have been adjudged LBW. 42/3
  • 11.5 In the zone outside off, AB lets it go.
  • 11.4 Another one that nips in prodigiously. De Villiers looks to counter it by coming forward but misses. The ball swings in late as Saha dives to his left and gets some glove on it. Deflects the ball towards fine leg and a couple of byes result.
  • 11.3 Bumrah is making the ball talk. Lands it on a length outside off and gets it to jag back in. De Villiers hops to keep it out but the ball goes past his inside edge and through to the keeper.
  • 11.2 The batsman has pushed it to the cover region. One run added to the total.
  • 11.1 Full ball outside off, left alone.
  • 10.6 The batsman was beaten and missed the line of the delivery. 39/3
  • 10.5 FOUR! Well played, de Villiers! It was a great delivery but AB was equal to the task. Rises to the back of the length delivery to control the edge through the gap between the slip cordon and gully fielder. He took his bottom hand off while playing that and gets a boundary.
  • 10.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 10.3 Fullish delivery, eased to mid on for a swift single.
  • 10.2 Ooh.. that must have hurt! Good length delivery around off, shaping in. Du Plessis gets in an uncomfortable position and misses to get hit on the knee. That will sting.
  • 10.1 On a drivable length outside off, du Plessis goes for a drive but gets an outside edge towards Dhawan but the ball falls well short of him. He dives and makes a good stop. Gets a pat from Kohli.
  • 9.6 This one swings the other way. Good stuff from Bumrah. On a fullish length outside off, shaping away this time. De Villiers doesn't fiddle with it. 34/3
  • 9.5 Great take from Saha! Fullish ball outside off, de Villiers lets it go. It swings in a long away after going past the batsman. Saha dives full length to his left and saves four runs for his side.
  • 9.4 Angling in substantially, clipped to fine leg to rotate strike.
  • 9.3 In the channel outside off, nipping in. Faf knows where his off stump is and makes an assured leave.
  • 9.2 The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact.
  • 9.1 Full and tailing in, tickled to fine leg for a single.
  • The debutant, Jasprit Bumrah comes into the attack. All eyes will be on him. He has been in terrific form in limited-overs cricket. Can he come out with flying colours in the longest format of the game as well?
  • 8.6 Good cricket! Taps the fullish delivery to covers for a single. 17 from the over, good one for South Africa. 32/3
  • 8.5 FOUR! Much more authoritative this time! Back of a length and room on offer, de Villiers pounces on it and slaps it aerially through the backward point region for a rocketing boundary.
  • 8.4 FOUR! Flashy but effective! Graeme Smith on air says that this is what South Africa need at the moment, a counter-attack. Good length ball in the zone outside off, de Villiers throws his bat at it but gets a thick outside edge in the gap between the slip cordon and the gully fielder. Another boundary results, the third of the over.
  • 8.3 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 8.2 FOUR! Another false stroke but things are going de Villiers' way at the moment. Overpitched outside off, AB de Villiers goes for another expansive drive, this time through backward point but doesn't get it where he intended. The ball flies through the cover-point region and rolls for another boundary.
  • 8.1 FOUR! Not off the meat of the bat but gets the desired result! On a drivable length outside off, De Villiers accepts the invitation and goes for a booming drive. Ends up getting it off the outer half of the bat through the point region for a boundary.
  • 7.6 Good length ball outside off, leaving du Plessis after pitching. The batsman covers his stumps and makes a good leave. A maiden, India have been right on the money. 15/3
  • 7.5 Similar length delivery around off, defended stoutly off the back foot this time.
  • 7.4 Brilliant bowling from Shami. Bowls this on a back of a length of around off and gets it to jag back in prodigiously. Du Plessis hops to tackle it but gets beaten to wear it on the thigh pads.
  • 7.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 7.2 Jittery is the skipper! Pokes at a delivery in the corridor of uncertainty. A tinge of away seam movement catches him off guard.
  • 7.1 Good length ball outside off, Faf hangs back and points his bat skywards to allow it through.
  • 6.6 Similar length ball outside off, shaping away. De Villiers strides forward and taps it with an open bat face towards backward point. 15/3
  • 6.5 Fullish delivery, patted off the front foot down the track.
  • 6.4 If he missed that, he would have been a candidate for an LBW. Fuller in length on middle and off, de Villiers is a little late in bringing his bat down but manages to play it towards fine leg. A couple taken.
  • 6.3 In the corridor of uncertainty, nipping in. AB plants his front foot across and sees it through safely.
  • 6.2 A loud appeal for an LBW but not given. In the zone of apprehension, moving in a touch. De Villiers prods forward tentatively to defend it but seems to have got an inside edge onto his pads. Kumar is confident but the umpire stays put. The replays show that there was a clear edge.
  • 6.1 Short of a length outside off, holding its line. AB punches it firmly off the back foot to the point region.
  • 5.6 Another one outside off, testing Faf's presence and he makes an assured leave. 13/3
  • 5.5 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 5.4 In the channel outside off, the skipper leaves it alone.
  • 5.3 A stifled appeal for an LBW turned down! Angling in substantially on a fullish length, in fact the sharp inward movement is taking it down the leg side. Du Plessis misses his flick to get pinged on the pads. A casual enquiry from India but they bail out of the appeal soon.
  • 5.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 5.1 Fuller in length, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 4.6 Back of a length outside off, tapped with an open bat face towards point. Pandya's teammates shout and tell him to throw at the bowler's end but he has a shy at the keeper's end. Misses the target and an easy run results. Another productive over for India. 13/3
  • The sun is shining brightly but things are looking gloomy for the South Africans. The skipper, Faf du Plessis is the new man in. A captain's knock is the need of the hour.
  • 4.5 OUT! It is going all downhill for the hosts! Who would have thought they will have such a horrid start in familiar conditions. On the contrary, India on whom a lot of hopes were pinned have come out firing on all cylinders. A horrible shot really from Amla. In the corridor of uncertainty, the ball seams away a touch after pitching. Amla without any footwork tries to force it through covers but only manages to get a thick outside edge behind. Saha moves to his right to take a regulation catch. Third wicket for Kumar, he is making it a nightmare for the opposition batsmen.
  • 4.4 Kumar keeps probing away in that off stump channel. Amla shows good composure to remain circumspect in approach and allows it through.
  • 4.3 In the zone outside off, left alone.
  • 4.2 On a length well outside off, swinging away, Amla doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 4.1 Another play and a miss! On a length outside off, shaping away after pitching. Amla pushes at it tentatively but only connects with thin air.
  • 3.6 On a length on off, de Villiers hangs back and answers it with a straight bat. 12/2
  • 3.5 On a good length outside off, played with an angled bat to point.
  • 3.4 Fuller in length, swinging in, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 3.3 This one is wide outside off, left alone.
  • 3.2 FOUR! Brilliant! De Villiers is off the mark in style. Full and attacking the stumps, AB clips it with beautiful timing through mid-wicket to find the fence.
  • 3.1 Full and on the pads, clipped to fine leg for a run.
  • Ab de Villiers comes out to bat.
  • 2.6 OUT! South Africa in tatters early up! The decision to bat first on a juicy track is proving to work against them. Kumar with another breakthrough. He bowls a fullish delivery around off and gets it to swing in a touch. Markram is again in two minds whether to leave it or play at it. This time he is really late in bringing his bat down and is hit flush on the pads. The Indians appeal in unison and the umpire raises his finger. The opener walks across to Amla but doesn't take the review. Rightly so, as the Hawk Eye shows that the impact was umpire's call and it was hitting the stumps. First single digit score for Aiden. India right on top. 7/2
  • 2.5 FOUR! Crisp! First boundary of the innings. Fractionally overpitched around off, Markram punches it through mid off for a boundary.
  • 2.4 Kumar is really testing Markram. Lands it in that probing off stump channel, the opener is not sure to play at it or leave it but in the end, he opts to do the latter. Is a bit late but is safe.
  • 2.3 Hangs back to the good length delivery and answers it with a straight bat.
  • 2.2 There is a lot of sideways movement and Kumar is exploiting it to great effect. Lands it on a fuller length around off, seams away after pitching. Aiden feels for it and gets foxed.
  • 2.1 In the corridor of uncertainty, Markram doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 1.6 Ooh... good bowling! Full and attacking the stumps, Amla does well to get his bat down in time and clips it through mid-wicket. Ashwin gives it a long chase and keeps it down to a couple. 3/1
  • 1.5 Good game awareness from Markram but poor stuff from India! Back of a length ball around off, Markram taps it towards point and sets off. Pandya is placed a little deep and hence, there is an easy single on offer which has been accepted.
  • 1.4 In the zone outside off, holding its line. Markram points his bat skywards to allow it through.
  • 1.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 1.2 Hurls this one way outside off, moving further away. Aiden has nothing to do with it.
  • 1.1 Starts off with a fullish delivery outside off, a bit of nibble in the air. Markram has his feet moving and defends it stoutly.
  • Mohammed Shami to share the new ball from the other end.
  • 0.6 Another beauty! In the corridor of uncertainty, Amla pokes at it but is beaten again. Dream start for India. 0/1
  • 0.5 Loses his radar this time and slips this one down the leg side, Hashim goes for the clip but the ball brushes his pads and carries to the keeper.
  • 0.4 Welcomes Amla with a peach of a delivery! In the zone of apprehension, angling in initially to square Amla up but nips away after hitting the deck substantially. The right-hander is foxed all ends up.
  • Hashim Amla comes out to bat. Early stutter for South Africa. Can Amla steady the ship for them?
  • 0.3 OUT! What a start for India! It is their strike bowler, Kumar who has nipped Elgar out with a dream delivery. Big celebrations among the players. He runs in with good rhythm from over the wicket and lands it in the probing off stump channel. Elgar has to play at that but then the ball moves away appreciably after pitching. Dean gets an outside edge. No problem for Saha behind the stumps as he pouches it safely. A duck for the southpaw. He had a terrific 2017 but fails to begin 2018 well.
  • 0.2 Another one down the leg side but closer to the stumps this time, Elgar falls over a bit in an attempt to flick it but gets beaten.
  • 0.1 Starts off with a loosener. Swings this one way down the leg side, Elgar has no trouble in letting that go.
  • The players get ready for their respective National Anthems. After the completion, we are set to get underway. The Indian team is in a huddle getting a pep talk from their skipper, Virat Kohli. Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram stride out to bat. Bhuvneshwar Kumar to start off the proceedings with the new cherry. Three slips and a gully in place. Here we go...
  • India skipper, Virat Kohli says that as the surface is not that hard, they would have bowled first. Mentions that they would have liked to exploit the conditions first up so feels that this is not a bad toss to lose. Informs that there are three seamers, one spinner and an all-rounder in Hardik Pandya. States that Bumrah makes his Test debut. Praises that the pacer has been sensational in recent times and deserves to play. Feels that the tour to Australia set things up for them and they have adopted a positive mindset. Ends by saying that they are confident heading into this game.
  • South Africa skipper, Faf du Plessis says that it is a tricky call. Adds that the track will be slow to begin with but will quicken up as the game progresses. Mentions that there has been a lot of grass in the last couple of years. Informs that when they played Sri Lanka here last time, it was a bit slow initially but juiced up later on. Adds that everyone is fit in the team. States that they are going in with four seamers and one spinner which means that there is one less batsman. Ends by saying that unfortunately, Bavuma misses out.
  • TOSS - South Africa win the first toss of the series and opt to bat.
  • Shaun Pollock doing the pitch report says that it is green in appearance. However, he adds that it is not as hard as earlier. States that if the ball pitches on the green areas, it will seam around. Opines that a few bare patches make the track a little two-paced. Feels that the first hour will belong to the bowlers. Reckons that India will bowl if they win the toss while South Africa will prefer to bat as the sun in shining in home conditions.
  • South Africa, on the other hand, will feel composed in home conditions. Faf du Plessis returns as skipper for the side while Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander are making their way back after a long injury layoff. A full strength side will be the reason their confidence will be sky high. With AB de Villiers also in the team, the hosts are a force to reckon with. They start off as favourites but do not count the Indians out. A cracker of a contest awaits us!
  • With the gorgeous Table Mountain in the backdrop, there is no better sight in world cricket. To add to the picturesque scenery, blue and bright skies welcome us at the Newlands. Perfect day for getting India's tour of South Africa underway. Leading into the series, the visitors have worked really well hard in the nets to acclimatize to the conditions. It is really an acid test for them in conducive conditions for swing bowling. Virat Kohli needs to inspire his men to play to their strengths and come out with flying colours. Good news in the tourists' camp as Shikhar Dhawan has been declared fit for this game but it remains to be seen whether India go for him or the more conservative KL Rahul. As far as bowling is concerned, they have a really potent pace battery.
  • India will be happy with Hardik's innings but they will be disappointed with their batting effort. They will realize that they missed out on a brilliant opportunity on getting a big lead. Days 2 and 3 will be perhaps the best days to bat on this track with it easing out a bit. Now, it is upto their bowlers to try and restrict South Africa to 150 or less. Plenty of time left in this match, so either ways, a result is likely. Stay tuned for the Proteas' second innings...
  • Good bowling from Philander and Rabada, picking up 3 wickets apiece while Steyn and Morkel struggled, with 2 scalps each. The Proteas would be worried with Steyn's heel as they could be both, a batsman and a bowler short in the second innings.
  • Not much time taken by South Africa to wrap things up after the Tea break. They came in with a new plan to Hardik Pandya and cramped him for room, eventually getting his wicket as well. After scoring 286, the Proteas would accept a lead of 77 gleefully but the momentum is with the Indians right now, as at one stage, they looked to be conceding almost double of that lead.
  • 73.4 OUT! Edged and taken. The Indian innings finally ends. Full and outside off, Bumrah has a tame poke inside the line and only succeeds in nicking it to Dean Elgar at fourth slip who catches it this time. SOUTH AFRICA GET A LEAD OF 77!
  • 73.3 Landed outside off, a play and a miss.
  • 73.2 The batsman picked that bouncer early and let it through to the keeper.
  • 73.1 A short ball down the leg side, Bumrah looks to pull but misses.
  • 72.6 Full and wide outside off, MS swings hard but misses. 209/9
  • 72.5 FOUR! Much better from Shami. Full and wide outside off, Shami throws his bat at it and gets a thick outside edge which flies over point and reaches the fence! The deficit is now down to 77. The stand is worth 10.
  • 72.4 The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball - but fails. Four in a row.
  • 72.3 Three in a row. Full and wide outside off, Mohammed pushes but misses once more.
  • 72.2 A loose shot again but why is he so tentative? He looks to play the cover drive without moving his feet and misses again.
  • 72.1 Landed outside off, Shami looks to play the cover drive but misses.
  • 71.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 205/9
  • 71.5 Excellent yorker on off, Jasprit just about digs it out and the ball goes off the outside edge. Does not carry to de Villiers at third slip.
  • 71.4 Down the leg side. Bumrah misses his flick and is hit on the pads.
  • 71.3 FOUR LEG BYES. Down the leg side, Shami misses his tickle but the ball goes off his thigh pads past the keeper to the fine leg fence.
  • 71.2 The batsman has played it to the point region.
  • 71.1 Landed outside off, Bumrah reaches out to drive but misses.
  • 70.6 On middle and leg, blocked towards one of the two short leg fielders. 201/9
  • 70.5 A short ball outside off, Shami goes for the pull but misses and is hit on the arm.
  • Two short legs in place now.
  • 70.4 On a good length outside off, Shami defends watchfully.
  • 70.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 70.2 A short ball down the leg side, Shami tries to pull but the ball goes off the toe end of the bat towards leg slip.
  • 70.1 Landed outside off, Bumrah gets a snorter and tries to fend at it. The ball flies off the edge but wide of the man at gully. A single taken.
  • 69.6 Wide down the leg side, no trouble at all for the batsman. 200/9
  • 69.5 Another play and a miss as Mohammed plays inside the line.
  • 69.4 Landed outside off, Shami feels for it but is beaten by the late away movement.
  • 69.3 Full and outside off, pushed through the covers for a single to get off the mark.
  • 69.2 A bouncer on middle, Bumrah sways away.
  • Jasprit Bumrah is the last man in. How much can the last wicket add?
  • 69.1 OUT! Caught behind and Pandya walks! End of a brilliant innings and just unfortunate for Hardik that he could not get a ton. A short ball outside off, Hardik gets across and slashes hard but only nicks it behind. De Kock starts to appeal but sportsman Pandya walks. End of a terrific innings. Not sure about a game-changing one but definitely a momentum-breaking one.
  • 68.6 A short ball on middle, Pandya pulls this all along the ground through square leg for a run. 199/8
  • 68.5 Full and outside off, HP pushes this wide of mid off and gets a couple. The deficit is now down to 88.
  • 68.4 Backs away to the leg side and Morkel follows him, firing a yorker outside leg. Hardik just about digs it out but clutches his side in pain.
  • 68.3 Another bouncer, Hardik ducks this time.
  • 68.2 The batsman picked that bouncer early and let it through to the keeper.
  • 68.1 FOUR! BANG! A short ball outside off, Pandya backs away and crashes it through the covers for a boundary!
  • 67.6 Full and outside off, Pandya drives it towards mid off. But Rabada flings himself to his left and parries it to the fielder. A quick single taken. 192/8
  • 67.5 Ouch! That would have hurt. A short ball, on middle, Hardik swivels to pull but misses and gets hit on the box. He is immediately down in pain. He has the presence of mind to keep his bat in his crease as Rabada has a shy at the striker's end.
  • 67.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 67.3 Another bouncer on middle, this time HP ducks.
  • 67.2 Ha ha ha.... Hardik backs away this time, aiming to go over the off side but Morkel follows him and Hardik has to duck for cover! He smiles.
  • 67.1 A short ball on middle, Pandya gets across and looks to hook but misses.
  • Kagiso Rabada comes back on to try and bowl India out in this spell.
  • 66.6 Almost two in two! Full and outside off, pretty wide, could have been left alone but Shami chases it, just like Bhuvi but is lucky that he does not edge it. 191/8
  • Mohammed Shami walks in at number 10, replacing Bhuvi.
  • 66.5 OUT! Morkel finally breaks the 99-run stand! Not exactly a relief for South Africa but they at least get the 8th wicket. A length ball outside off, Bhuvi chases it and ends up getting a thick outside edge to de Kock behind. End of a valiant knock of 25 and importantly, a brilliant stand of 99. India now trail by 95.
  • 66.4 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 66.3 Similar ball, this time he quietly lets it go.
  • 66.2 Full and wide outside off, Kumar pushes but misses.
  • 66.1 Sloppy from South Africa. A short ball from around the wicket, Pandya gets across and attempts the hook but misses. De Kock fumbles and concedes a single. Morne was about to go for the catch appeal but then got angry on seeing Quinton drop it. The umpire signals a bye though.
  • 65.6 Brave leave. Landed outside off, BK lets it through but the ball goes straight on and just misses the off stump! 190/7
  • 65.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 65.4 Full and outside off, Bhuvi unfurls a lovely cover drive but hits Aiden Markram on his shin and deflects towards the man at extra cover.
  • 65.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 65.2 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 65.1 Full and outside off, Pandya reaches out and pushes it past slip towards third man. Morkel lumbers after it from short third man and somehow manages to prevent the boundary. Three runs taken.
  • 64.6 A wicket? Nope. Short and outside off, Bhuvi had a feel for it and there seemed to be some noise as the ball went past the bat. De Kock started to appeal but Morkel did not even bother. 187/7
  • 64.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 64.4 Landed outside off, this time Kumar has a poke but misses.
  • 64.3 Full and wide outside off, left alone.
  • 64.2 The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact.
  • 64.1 Landed outside off, left alone.
  • 63.6 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. 187/7
  • 63.5 On a length outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 63.4 Short and outside off, Kumar goes back and punches it through the covers or a single. The captain and batting coach applaud as the deficit is now down to double figures.
  • 63.3 Full and just around off, well blocked out.
  • 63.2 Fuller again, watchfully defended.
  • 63.1 Full and outside off, driven towards mid off.
  • 62.6 Around off, Pandya wants to tap and run but is sent back rightly. The ball had barely crossed the pitch and Keshav Maharaj had come in quickly from short leg. 186/7
  • 62.5 One more to that bouncer list, Pandya ducks again.
  • 62.4 Another bouncer, HP gets across and attempts the hook but misses.
  • 62.3 That is a rib tickler. South Africa are cramping Pandya for room so that he cannot play the ramp. This is around middle and Hardik gets across and just about fends it down.
  • 62.2 A bouncer now, Hardik ducks.
  • 62.1 Landed outside off, coming from around the wicket, Pandya thinks about playing at it initially but then lets it go.
  • Morne Morkel to bowl from the other end.
  • 61.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 186/7
  • 61.5 Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
  • 61.4 Full and down the leg side, flicked through square leg for a single.
  • 61.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 61.2 Full again, watchfully defended.
  • 61.1 Full and outside off, Pandya drives it through the covers where Faf du Plessis does well to stop the ball.
  • A picturesque Cape Town welcomes everyone back. Session 1 was South Africa, session 2 was India. How will this final one pan out? Plenty of overs left - 40. We are certainly not going to get all of those in. How much can India bring down the deficit to? 75? 50? Can they draw parity? Keshav Maharaj to start off proceedings to Hardik...
  • ... DAY 2, SESSION 3 ...
  • South Africa will still back themselves to bowl India out under 235. They will believe that this break will induce a wicket and getting rid of numbers 10 and 11 should not be too difficult. They struck immediately after Lunch and had India on the ropes. Then they let go of a massive advantage. They could have got a lead close to 175 at one stage. On the contrary, if Hardik stays for another 30 minutes, that deficit could quickly come down below 50 and it will then become a one-inning shootout. An interesting final session beckons. Join us back at 1530 LOCAL (1330 GMT).
  • The best thing about Hardik Pandya has been that he has played his natural game. He got a couple of chances and has made the most of those. And how well has Bhuvneshwar Kumar played? He could be in line for a half century of his own!
  • At 92/7, one might have thought it is done and dusted for India but this unbeaten 93-run stand between Pandya and Kumar has revived things. All of a sudden, the pitch seems to be devoid of demons and the Proteas look to be under pressure. Add to it, a Steyn-less attack could be less menacing for the Indians.
  • 109/3 in 25 overs! And 81 of those 109 have been from Hardik Pandya's bat. For the first time in this match, India's batsmen have taken the attack to the opposition and the visitors are firmly back in this game.
  • 60.6 Outside off, left alone. TEA ON DAY 2! 185/7
  • 60.5 Full on middle, played straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 60.4 Full and outside off, BK pushes it towards gully where AB de Villiers races after it from third slip and gets to the ball, tries to pull it back but misses. Looks like the batsmen did not notice as they take only two.
  • Oh dear.... Steyn is limping off the field. Shaun Pollock on air reckons that it could be a blister. Either ways, more problems for South Africa. Vernon Philander will finish off the over.
  • Mind games... Steyn removes his shoe and then wears it again. Now Philander comes over with some advice. South Africa making sure that this is the last over before Tea. They are rattled.
  • 60.3 Almost.... on a length outside off, Bhuvi feels for it outside off and is beaten.
  • 60.2 Full and outside off, driven through mid off for a single.
  • 60.1 Full on middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 59.6 Full on middle, pushed towards mid on. 180/7
  • 59.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 59.4 Full and outside off, Kumar drives it through the covers for a couple.
  • 59.3 Full on middle, flicked towards short mid-wicket.
  • 59.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 59.1 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 58.6 Caught behind! No? Nope. A brute of a delivery nevertheless. A short ball outside off, Pandya feels for it but the ball suddenly lifts off nowhere and goes to de Kock. The Proteas appeal but the umpire is calm. South Africa do not review. 178/7
  • 58.5 Short and wide outside off, BK cuts it through point and gets a single.
  • 58.4 FOUR! HANDSOME! Half volley wide outside off, Bhuvi just leans into this one and drives it through the covers. The ball races away off the turf and meets the fence!
  • 58.3 Full and just outside off again, coming back in, Kumar defends it very watchfully.
  • 58.2 On a length outside off, cutting back in, defended from the crease watchfully.
  • 58.1 Landed outside off, played through point for a single.
  • 57.6 Landed outside off, nicely enticed, plenty of flight, slow turn, Kumar is drawn into the drive and is beaten. 172/7
  • 57.5 Full and outside off, watchfully batted out again.
  • 57.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 57.3 Full and just outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 57.2 On middle, very straight, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 57.1 Full on middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a single. The stand is now worth 80 from 93 balls.
  • 56.6 Short and wide outside off, punched through point for a run. 171/7
  • 56.5 Outside off, punched towards point where a misfield from Maharaj allows the single.
  • 56.4 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 56.3 FOUR! Off the edge but did not carry. But should have been stopped. Full and wide outside off, Kumar looks to drive but gets a thick outside edge which does not carry to Faf du Plessis at third slip who is lazy in getting down and the ball goes through!
  • 56.2 Another feel for the ball outside off and it misses the outside edge.
  • 56.1 On a length outside off, Kumar feels for it but misses.
  • Dale Steyn is back on. South Africa are feeling like how India were feeling when Maharaj was batting.
  • 55.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 12 from the over, could have had a wicket of Pandya. How costly will this prove? 165/7
  • 55.5 FOUR! That is powerfully struck! Full on off, Pandya gets down and sweeps it powerfully through square leg for a boundary!
  • 55.4 Full and outside off, Hardik defends it watchfully.
  • 55.3 STUMPING CHANCE MISSED! That is the second life for Pandya. He is living a charmed life, isn't he? Flighted outside off, Hardik comes down the track and swings wildly, only to miss. It should have been an easy stumping for de Kock but he is up a tad early and misses the ball, getting hit on the chest. Big moment again. South Africa under pressure now?
  • 55.2 SIX! Terrific shot! Flighted on middle, Hardik comes down the track and flicks it beautifully over mid-wicket and clears the ropes! The deficit is now down to 125!
  • 55.1 Smart batting. Full and down the leg side, Pandya works this through square leg and comes back for the second.
  • Forced change. Pandya will love this. Keshav Maharaj into the attack now. Can he break this stand?
  • 54.6 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone. 153/7
  • 54.5 One more delivery down the leg side, BK misses his flick again.
  • 54.4 On a length outside off, Kumar does not flirt with it.
  • 54.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 54.2 FOUR! Poor ball and punished! Full and down the leg side, Bhuvi tickles it past the keeper and gets it to the fine leg fence! The stand is now worth 61 from 76 balls! Bhuvi moves to 10 now.
  • 54.1 FOUR! GLORIOUS! Bhuvi into the act now! Half volley outside off, wide and inviting to drive, Kumar obliges and drives it through the covers for a boundary! The deficit is now 137.
  • 53.6 FOUR! What a way to bring up the 50-run stand! In just 74 balls. Morne digs it in short and Pandya pulls it into the ground through mid-wicket and gets a boundary. Moves to 63 from just 56 balls. 145/7
  • 53.5 Outside off, Hardik walks across but Morkel slants the ball in. Pandya is cramped for room and is beaten.
  • 53.4 Full and outside off, Kumar looks to drive but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads. The ball rolls to the off side and the batsmen take a quick run.
  • 53.3 Walks across his stumps and flicks it to the leg side for a single.
  • 53.2 On a good length outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 53.1 On middle and off, Pandya clips it through mid-wicket and gets a couple.
  • 52.6 Full and outside off, pushed towards cover for a single. The deficit is now 149. 137/7
  • 52.5 FOUR! He does it again! Must have immense confidence in his ability to play that shot. A short ball outside off, Pandya arches back and ramps it over the keeper to the fence behind!
  • 52.4 Outside off, Bhuvi taps it to the off side and finally gets off the mark on the 34th ball he faces! A single taken.
  • 52.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 52.2 And again. Another loose waft from Kumar, lucky not to edge that.
  • 52.1 Full and outside off, pretty wide, Bhuvi reaches out to drive but misses.
  • 51.6 A fine short ball, Hardik keeps it down nicely. 131/7
  • 51.5 Outside off, coming back in sharply, Pandya pushes but misses.
  • 51.4 A bouncer now, HP ducks.
  • 51.3 FOUR! Not cleanly hit but it will do to bring up Hardik's 2nd Test Fifty! Well played, son. You have fought fire with fire and forced South Africa to think differently. A length ball outside off, Pandya flays hard and gets it off the toe end of the bat but has enough on it to clear mid off.
  • 51.2 Hardik walks down the track and Morkel immediately bangs it in short outside off. The all-rounder is cramped for room but he adjusts well, dropping his wrists and then arching away.
  • 51.1 On a length outside off, Pandya punches it on the up straight to short extra cover.
  • 50.6 A bouncer to end the over, BK ducks. 127/7
  • 50.5 Full and wide outside off, Kumar looks to push but gets an outside edge to cover.
  • 50.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 50.3 Loose again. Almost a replica of the shot played on the first ball. Another miss.
  • 50.2 On middle and off, pushed towards mid on.
  • 50.1 Loose from Bhuvi... full and wide outside off, Kumar plays a cover drive well away from his body but connects with thin air.
  • 49.6 FOUR! AUDACIOUS! Short and wide outside off, Hardik crashes it through point and gets a boundary! Pandya doing to South Africa what AB did to India. The deficit is now down to 159. 127/7
  • 49.5 More runs. On a length outside off, Pandya flays it over cover and gets a couple. The stand is now worth 31 from 49 balls, of which Bhuvi's contribution is 0.
  • 49.4 Landed outside off, watchfully kept out.
  • 49.3 Full and outside off, watchfully defended,
  • 49.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 49.1 FOUR! He gets the ramp shot right this time! A short ball outside off, Pandya ducks and then plays the upper cut over the keeper to the third man fence! Some swagger in that shot, he immediately looked down after playing that. Moves to 41 from 38 balls.
  • 48.6 FOUR LEG BYES! Full and down the leg side, Kumar misses his flick and the ball hares past the keeper off Bhuvi's pads to the fine leg fence. The deficit is now 169. 117/7
  • Some issue with the ball. Looks like the thread has come off. Philander hands it to umpire Kettleborough who cuts it off with a scissor.
  • 48.5 Down the leg side, perhaps a scoring opportunity, but Kumar misses out on his flick.
  • 48.4 A short ball, face high, Bhuvi ducks.
  • 48.3 Oohhh.... he did not have any idea about that one. Very full outside off, HP looked to drive it through the off side but the ball came back in and went off the inside edge through square leg. A single taken.
  • 48.2 A bouncer on middle, Hardik ducks but didn't need to. Way too high.
  • 48.1 Oohhh... a length ball outside off, Pandya feels for it but the ball nips away off the seam. He is squared up and fends it in front of third slip.
  • Time for Drinks. South Africa are controlling the proceedings and are running away with the show. Disciplined bowling has brought in rewards. The big wicket of Pujara has led the visitors to slope downhill. India still trail by 174 runs and are staring down the barrel. They will expect Hardik Pandya to keep playing his shots and reduce the deficit.
  • 47.6 Sits deep in the crease and guides it to the man at gully. 112/7
  • 47.5 It is like stones are being pelted from a lighthouse. On a length outside off, appreciable bounce and carry on that as Kumar lets it go. His height allows him to get a lot of zip and cause a lot of trouble from uncertain angles.
  • 47.4 Nicely played! Shortish delivery attacking the body, Kumar hops and keeps it down towards short leg on the bounce.
  • 47.3 Good length ball outside off, holding its line. Kumar points his bat skywards to allow it through.
  • 47.2 Morkel in an attempt to bowl full slips it down the leg side. Kumar goes for a flick but only connects with thin air.
  • 47.1 Hops back to the short of a length ball and places it to point for a swift single.
  • 46.6 Good length ball outside off, left alone. 111/7
  • 46.5 Played to the point region by the batsman.
  • 46.4 Taps this one with soft hands towards cover-point and scurries to the other end.
  • 46.3 That was a brute of a delivery! Shoots off from a good length around off to catch Pandya unawares. He prods forward to counter it but the extra bounce and inward movement foxes him.
  • 46.2 A worse shot as compared to the previous one. Fuller in length outside off, swinging away. Pandya is in two minds and plays at it gingerly eventually but to no avail.
  • 46.1 Rash shot! Length delivery outside off, Hardik throws his bat at it in an attempt to go over covers but misses it completely. Rabada flashes a smile to the batsman.
  • 45.6 In the zone outside off, Kumar lets it go. 110/7
  • 45.5 Good game awareness! Full ball outside off, Pandya drives it crisply to mid off and sets off for a run. Kumar trusts his partner straightaway and responds. The throw comes at the keeper's end but Bhuvi makes his crease safely.
  • 45.4 Makes good use of the depth of the crease to play it with an angled blade towards gully.
  • 45.3 Good length delivery wide outside off, Hardik doesn't bother to play at it.
  • 45.2 FOUR! Elegant! Didn't try to hit it hard but just timed it. On a length outside off, Pandya leans ahead and creams it through covers. Away she whistles to the fence.
  • 45.1 Well bowled! Fullish in length outside off, shoots off the deck. Pandya doesn't flirt with it.
  • Morkel is back on. Pandya's counter-attack against Philander has forced this change.
  • 44.6 In the corridor of uncertainty, Kumar covers his stumps and makes an assured leave. 105/7
  • 44.5 This one is wide outside off, Bhuvneshwar doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 44.4 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 44.3 Fullish delivery, tailing in substantially. Kumar keeps it out off the inner half of the bat to mid-wicket.
  • 44.2 Sharp bouncer this time, outside off, Kumar sits underneath it.
  • A slight halt. Kumar moves away and stops Rabada in his delivery stride. Not sure what the reason was.
  • 44.1 Angling in appreciably, tucked with a closed bat face through mid-wicket for a single.
  • Kagiso Rabada comes back for another burst.
  • 43.6 Steyn loses his radar and hurls this way down the leg side, Kumar still goes after it but misses. 104/7
  • 43.5 Full and fast on off, Bhuvneshwar is alert to it and digs it out.
  • 43.4 Bouncer this time, Kumar ducks under it.
  • 43.3 Controlled edge! Good length ball outside off, shaping away a touch. Kumar feels for it and controls the edge towards the slip cordon.
  • 43.2 A play and a miss! Pokes at a ball outside off and gets beaten.
  • 43.1 Angling down the leg side, Kumar goes for a flick but misses.
  • 42.6 On a length outside off, Hardik lets it go. 12 from the over. 104/7
  • 42.5 FOUR! A counter-attack from Pandya! He knows how to play his natural game. Takes a couple of steps down the track and whips the fullish delivery aerially through mid-wicket for the third boundary of the over. He has unsettled Philander's rhythm.
  • 42.4 Gets right behind the line of the delivery and blocks it.
  • 42.3 FOUR! Crunched! Back of a length and room on offer, Pandya cuts it past the backward point region for a boundary.
  • 42.2 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 42.1 FOUR! Shot! Fullish ball around off, Pandya lifts it over mid off for a boundary.
  • 41.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 92/7
  • 41.5 Full ball outside off, Kumar pushes at it tamely and is beaten all ends up.
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar strides out to bat.
  • 41.4 OUT! A complete error in judgement and Saha departs! India exhaust their reviews. Fuller in length around off, shaping in sharply. Saha thinks that it will hold its line and points his bat skywards to take it on his pads. Steyn appeals vociferously and up goes the umpire's finger. However, Saha decides to challenge the decision. Time for the replays. There are three reds and the wicket-keeper batsman is a dead duck. India slip further.
  • India in all sorts of trouble! Saha looks dead to the naked eye but he has still opted for the review as this is the last recognized pair.
  • 41.3 Dropped! Huge moment in the game. Just now Elgar came into the gully position and he has put it down. On a length outside off, Pandya looks to force it through the line but gets a healthy edge toward Elgar. He is a bit late to react and the ball bursts through his hands. AB de Villiers dived to his right from third slip but to no avail. Elgar gets up and chases the ball to keep it down to a run. Pandya can be really dangerous.
  • Gully in place now.
  • 41.2 FOUR! Nicely done! Similar length ball outside off, Pandya waits for it and steers it through the vacant gully region to pick up a boundary.
  • 41.1 Almost took the edge! This is the way Pandya plays, if it comes off he looks pretty but if it doesn't fingers are raised. Back of a length delivery well outside off, Pandya flashes at it and gets beaten.
  • 40.6 Good length ball outside off, left alone. 87/6
  • 40.5 On a length on middle, Saha aims to clip it through but is early into it. Gets a safe leading edge towards the cover region.
  • 40.4 Testing Saha's patience with an away going delivery outside off, Saha plants his front foot across and makes a good leave.
  • 40.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 40.2 Another pitched up delivery, shaping in. Saha presents a water-tight defence towards cover-point.
  • 40.1 Full length delivery, Saha comes forward and blocks it solidly.
  • 39.6 Fuller in length, kept out watchfully. 87/6
  • 39.5 Played to the point region by the batsman.
  • 39.4 Sharp bouncer on middle, Pandya arches back and tries to ramp it over the keeper but misses.
  • 39.3 FOUR! Brilliant shot! Fullish and straight on this occasion, Pandya stays well-balanced and clips it nonchalantly through mid-wicket. The fielder from square leg covers a lot of ground to his left but only comes second best.
  • 39.2 A chirpy appeal for a LBW turned down! On a length on off, moving in. Pandya hangs back and looks to block it but is hit on the thigh pad. The umpire pays no heed to the shout. Height was clearly the factor.
  • 39.1 Fullish delivery around off, driven crisply through mid off for a couple.
  • 38.6 In the channel outside off, left alone. 81/6
  • Wriddhiman Saha comes out to bat.
  • 38.5 OUT! What a stunner! Take a bow, Quinton de Kock. He has grabbed some terrific catches behind the stumps and this one is right up there. Full length ball outside off, swinging away and encouraging Ashwin to go for an ambitious stroke. He obliges but goes at it half-heartedly. Ends up getting a faint nick. De Kock has his feet moving, generates good momentum with his left foot and leaps like a goalkeeper to his right to take a beauty. The good thing was that he landed softly on the ground and ensured that the ball doesn't pop out of his gloves. India are in dire straits now.
  • 38.4 In the zone outside off, shaping away. Ashwin plants his front foot across and lets it go.
  • 38.3 Good length around off, dealt with expertly from within the crease.
  • 38.2 The batsman has played it to the point region.
  • 38.1 On a good length, defended off the back foot.
  • 37.6 Angling down leg, Pandya tries to play it across the line but misses. 81/5
  • 37.5 The batsman gets an inside edge and the ball hits him on the pads.
  • 37.4 Not Out! Clearly off the thigh pad! Judicious use of the review. Similar delivery, Pandya is opened up in his stance and is late to bring his bat down. Seems that he has missed the ball and it goes off something into the gloves of de Kock. The hosts appeal in unison and the umpire raises his finger. Steyn is absolutely elated but Pandya challenges the decision instantly. Time for the replays. Well, the bat is miles way away from the ball and it had indeed came off the thigh pads.
  • The South Africans have their tails up and are running riot at the moment. Pandya has been caught behind but he straightaway goes for the review. Indication that it has come off the thigh pad. Let's find out.
  • 37.3 What a ripper! Fullish delivery on off, swinging away and squares Pandya up. He loses his balance, misses his flick and the ball whizzes past his outside edge and just goes over the stumps.
  • 37.2 The batsman has driven it to mid on.
  • 37.1 Down the leg side, Hardik goes for a clip but misses.
  • Dale Steyn to bowl from the other end.
  • 36.6 Played with an angled blade to point. 81/5
  • 36.5 Hangs back to the back of a length delivery and keeps it out watchfully.
  • 36.4 Down the leg side, Ashwin misses his glance.
  • 36.3 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • The fourth slip comes in place now. South Africa on full attack mode.
  • 36.2 FOUR! Nervy start! Fullish delivery outside off, Pandya goes for a drive but ends up getting a thick outside edge in the gap between the slip cordon and gully for a boundary.
  • Hardik Pandya strides out to bat.
  • 36.1 OUT! This is a big, big breakthrough for South Africa! A dream start after the break. Philander pitches it on a good length well outside off and gets it to move away after pitching. Pujara is guilty of poking at it and ends up getting a fat outside edge which flies towards third slip. Faf du Plessis dives to his right and takes a good low catch. You don't see the No. 3 batsman flirting with deliveries so wide outside the off stump. A poor shot and he pays a huge price for it. The backbone of the Indian side has been broken. He is walking back to the dressing room and is absolutely gutted. The South African players are rejoicing. 100th Test wicket for Philander in South Africa, a good achievement. The visitors still trail by 210 runs.
  • We are back. Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravichandran Ashwin to resume their innings. Will they keep the South African bowlers at bay? Mind you, the hosts are a champion side and will give it their all. Vernon Philander to bowl first up after Lunch. Three slips and a gully in place. Here we go...
  • ... Day 2, Session 2 ...
  • South Africa won't mind though as they have kept a lid on the scoring rate and are still ahead by 210 runs. Will either of the two conquer the territory in the afternoon session? Or will it be another phase of grinding it out? Join us shortly to find out.
  • The hosts came out breathing fire after the Drinks break. The young and fierce Rabada bowled with intent and breached the defense of the adamant Rohit. He troubled Ashwin initially as well but the batsman did well to play sensibly after that. On the other end, Pujara has been solid as a rock and remains unfazed by whatever has been thrown at him. The Protea bowlers have tested his patience by bowling it outside the off stump corridor but he has been as calm as a saint in leaving them. Plan B was to test him out with bouncers but he has had an answer to them as well.
  • It has been an attritional session of cricket. A contest of guarding territory and putting your foot forward inch by inch. India have scored 48 runs in 25 overs and have lost only one wicket. The pair of Pujara and Sharma were circumspect in approach and set a good example. They took their time and did well to survive the first hour. Agreed that the pitch has lost a bit of sheen but nothing can be taken away from the resilient duo. Philander was at his probing best and kept on hitting the good length area, something at which he is a genius at. His figures this morning read 6-5-1-0, tells you about his discipline.
  • 35.6 Good length ball around off, Ashwin camps back and blocks it towards mid off. THAT'S LUNCH ON DAY 2! 76/4
  • 35.5 Poor shot! No need to play such a shot at the stroke of Lunch. Short ball, going down the leg side. Ashwin takes on the pull with two men square in the deep on the leg side. Ends up gloving it and the ball lands beside him.
  • Pujara walks across to his partner and has a chat with him. Probably a tactic to ensure that this is the last over before Lunch.
  • 35.4 Angling down the leg side, Ashwin tries to glance it but misses.
  • 35.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 35.2 Down the leg side, Ashwin leaves it alone.
  • 35.1 In the air... but safe! On a length on middle, Ashwin is early into his clip and hence, gets a leading edge towards cover. Thankfully for him, the ball falls safely. A couple taken.
  • Might be the last over before Lunch.
  • 34.6 Hangs back to the length delivery and answers it with a straight bat. 74/4
  • 34.5 Testing Cheteshwar's patience with another delivery in the corridor outside off. He is cool as a cucumber and doesn't flirt with it.
  • 34.4 In the probing zone outside off, Pujara plays it with an angled bat face to point.
  • 34.3 Full length ball, shaping in, tucked with a closed bat face to mid-wicket.
  • 34.2 Gets right behind the line of the delivery and stonewalls it.
  • 34.1 Fuller in length, Pujara comes forward and buries it down the track.
  • 33.6 Short ball but down the leg side, left alone. 74/4
  • Michael Holding makes a good analysis on air. He notices that in this game, Steyn's seam position hasn't been that upright. The seam has tended to wobble and as a result, he hasn't had that much control over his bowling as he usually does. Mike Haysman adds that when he was at his peak, his seam presentation was impeccable.
  • 33.5 Length delivery angling down the leg side, turned around the corner for a run.
  • 33.4 Solid as a rock! Steyn keeps this on a fullish length around off, Pujara covers the line and defends it stoutly.
  • 33.3 On a good length outside off, moving away. Pujara covers his stumps and makes an assured leave.
  • 33.2 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 33.1 Steyn runs in with intent and attacks the stumps with a fullish delivery. Pujara tucks it uppishly towards the short mid-wicket fielder.
  • Dale Steyn comes back for a burst before Lunch.
  • 32.6 Fuller in length, shaping in, played with soft hands to mid on. 73/4
  • 32.5 Bouncer but down the leg side, easily evaded by Ashwin.
  • Kagiso Rabada has improved on his pace in this tour. When Bangladesh toured South Africa recently, he was bowling under 140 kph. He has upped the speed gun and is consistent bowling around 140-145 kph. He has been difficult to deal with so far.
  • 32.4 The batsman drives this through the covers. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 32.3 FOUR! Edged but he was in some control there! Good length delivery in the corridor of uncertainty, Pujara plays it with an angled bat in the gap between third slip and gully. Came out off the outer half of the bat but found the right direction to find the fence.
  • 32.2 Sharp bouncer, Che sits under it.
  • 32.1 Angling into Pujara, he sits deep in the crease and tucks it to the on side.
  • 31.6 Ashwin shuffles across to the full length delivery and taps it towards mid off. 68/4
  • 31.5 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 31.4 Educated edge once again. Full delivery outside off, swinging away. Ashwin chases it but the key is that he plays it with soft hands towards backward point. Maharaj dives to his left to make a good stop.
  • 31.3 Short delivery, ducked under by Ravichandran.
  • 31.2 In the zone of apprehension, moving away after pitching. Ashwin keeps his bat inside the line and lets it go.
  • 31.1 FOUR! In the air for a while but well-controlled! Morkel goes straight this time and bowls it on a length. Ashwin clips it aerially past the short leg fielder and the ball whistles away to the fence. He has looked solid so far apart from being tested at the beginning of his innings.
  • 30.6 Rabada loses his radar and slips this one down the leg side, Che aims to glance it to fine leg but only connects with thin air. 64/4
  • 30.5 Peach! Rabada has been sensational so far. Shows how much he has improved in recent times and is one of the best young fast bowlers going around. Goes wide of the crease and angles in a length delivery substantially. Pujara tries to keep it out but the ball whizzes past his outside edge.
  • 30.4 Fractionally overpitched, driven crisply but fails to pierce the gap, straight to the man at extra cover.
  • 30.3 Edged but safe! Keeps nagging the batsman with another one in the probing off stump channel, at 144 clicks. Pujara plays at it with soft hands and gets a controlled edge towards gully.
  • 30.2 Fullish delivery again, outside off, stroked to covers for a quick single.
  • 30.1 Well played! Full length delivery on off, Ashwin shows the full face of the bat and drives it back to Rabada.
  • 29.6 Ashwin waits for the length delivery and places it through point for a single. 63/4
  • 29.5 A short delivery, slanting across Ashwin. He lets it go.
  • There is a fly leg slip in place now.
  • 29.4 Stays rooted to the crease and tucks it through mid-wicket to rotate strike.
  • 29.3 In the probing channel outside the off stump, Che remains circumspect in approach and allows it through.
  • 29.2 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket.
  • 29.1 Angling into Pujara who tucks it with a closed bat face to the leg side.
  • 28.6 Slips this one down the leg side, Ravichandran fails to flick it away. 61/4
  • 28.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 28.4 FOUR! Streaky! Sharp bouncer down the leg side, Ashwin is caught in a tangle as he fends it off from his gloves past de Kock and gets off the mark with a boundary.
  • The physio comes out and attends to Ashwin. He has been hit on the thumb of his left hand. Out comes the magic spray.
  • 28.3 Rabada is breathing fire at the moment! Bowls a shortish ball on middle, Ashwin looks to fend it off but the ball hits his glove and rolls towards point. That will sting.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin comes out to bat.
  • 28.2 OUT! The on-field call is upheld and India exhaust a review! This is a vital breakthrough for South Africa and it is the young Rabada who has brought joy on the faces of his teammates. He runs in with good rhythm and bowls a fullish delivery around off. Gets it to swing in prodigiously as well. Sharma aims to drive it down the ground but his bat comes from behind the pad and he falls over a bit as well. Ends up missing it completely and is hit flush on the pads. The Proteas roar in an appeal and the umpire raises the dreaded finger. Looks adjacent to the naked eye. Sharma walks across to Pujara and finally decides to challenge the decision. The Snicko doesn't spot any edge. Now, the Hawk Eye reveals three reds and Rohit is a dead duck. Rabada troubled him in the last over and has the last laugh. A resilient knock from the middle-order batsman comes to an end.
  • LBW! Given! Rabada has the breakthrough! Rohit Sharma is the victim but he has taken the review... what can save him?
  • 28.1 Slips this down the leg side, Rohit aims to play it across but misses.
  • 27.6 Another one outside off, Cheteshwar ignores it. 57/3
  • 27.5 On a length outside off, Pujara plants his front foot across to allow it through.
  • 27.4 FOUR! Poor delivery and duly punished! Searches for some swing but delivers this down the leg side. Pujara just helps it past de Kock to the fine leg fence.
  • 27.3 On a back of a length outside off, holding its line. Che lets it go.
  • 27.2 The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman.
  • 27.1 In the channel outside off, left alone.
  • 26.6 Fullish delivery, eased to mid on. A testing over from Rabada comes to an end. 53/3
  • 26.5 Another chirpy shout denied! Sliding down the leg side, Sharma aims to clip it but misses and the ball seems to have brushed the thigh pad on its way through to the keeper. De Kock is almost celebrating but Rabada is not confident at all. The umpire stays unmoved. Replays show that it was right off the thigh pad.
  • 26.4 A strong appeal for a caught behind has been denied! Good length ball in the avenue of apprehension, angling in sharply. Rohit tries to keep it out but seems to have missed it as the ball whizzes past his outside edge and settles into the gloves of the keeper. The Proteas appeal but it is turned down. De Kock has a look at his skipper but they don't take the review. Rightly so, as the replays show there was no edge.
  • 26.3 Short delivery, Sharma sits under it.
  • 26.2 FOUR! Streaky runs! An edge has been finally induced but it runs away for a boundary. On a driveable length outside off, Sharma goes for a booming drive but gets a thick outside edge. Fortunately for him, the ball flies in the gap between third slip and gully to run through to the fence.
  • 26.1 On a good length outside off, Rohit doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 25.6 Makes good use of the depth of the crease and taps it towards square leg. 49/3
  • 25.5 Shortish delivery outside off, Cheteshwar sways away from the line of the delivery.
  • 25.4 FOUR! All about timing and grace! Full length ball, straight on this occasion. Pujara maintains his balance and clips it beautifully through square leg. The fielder gives it a chase but the ball wins the race. Patience is a bitter plant that yields sweet fruits, that is the case with Pujara.
  • 25.3 Good length ball in the corridor of uncertainty, shapes away a touch. Pujara hops to deal with it but the ball takes the outer half of the bat and rolls towards covers.
  • 25.2 In the channel outside off, left alone.
  • 25.1 Fractionally overpitched around off, pushed off the front foot to mid off.
  • 24.6 Fuller in length, defended nicely with a straight bat. Rabada starts off with a maiden. 45/3
  • 24.5 Poor judgement from Sharma! He taps the length ball beside the pitch on the off side and sets off for a run. He is rightly sent back by Pujara. There was no run on offer.
  • 24.4 Oooh.. where did that come from? Shortish delivery outside off, deviates a long way after hitting the deck. Sharma has nothing to do with it. That probably pitched on a crack.
  • 24.3 That's a snorter! Similar length ball in that probing off stump channel, forcing Rohit to play. He hops and looks to fend it off and gets beaten.
  • 24.2 Back of a length ball on off, defended solidly off the back foot.
  • 24.1 Steams in from over the wicket and angles in a length ball appreciably. Sharma covers the line and defends it stoutly.
  • Both teams would be happy. South Africa will say India have not got away, managing just 17 runs in 13 overs this morning while the visitors will feel satisfied that they have not lost any wickets. Run rate is not that important. As a batsman spends more time at the crease, he will start to feel more comfortable and runs will start to come. Round 1 has belonged to India. Meanwhile, Kagiso Rabada comes into the attack.
  • 23.6 A bouncer to end a testing first hour. 45/3
  • 23.5 One more leave outside off.
  • 23.4 Now a bouncer, let through.
  • 23.3 A rare loose ball down the leg side, CP misses his flick.
  • 23.2 Outside off, comes back in, Cheteshwar looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
  • 23.1 Full and outside off, watchfully defended. Extra bounce again.
  • 22.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 45/3
  • 22.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 22.4 Nice running. Full and outside off, Pujara taps it to the off side and sets off for a single. Rohit initially says no but then responds.
  • 22.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 22.2 Full on middle, flicked towards mid-wicket again.
  • 22.1 Full on off, flicked towards short mid-wicket.
  • 21.6 On a length outside off, defended from the crease. 44/3
  • 21.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 21.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 21.3 Oops.... first blemish this morning. Morne Morkel bowls it short and Rohit thinks there is a scoring opportunity. He tries to pull but the extra bounce does him in. His bottom hand comes off the bat and the ball goes off the glove, wide of de Kock to the fine leg fence. However, Vernon Philander comes charging to his right from fine leg and prevents the boundary, keeping the batsmen to two.
  • 21.2 Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 21.1 On a length outside off, nicely defended.
  • Morne Morkel is on now.
  • 20.6 Outside off, watchfully defended. 41/3
  • 20.5 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 20.4 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 20.3 Outside off, Rohit feels for it but the ball goes away from him to beat the outside edge.
  • 20.2 Landed outside off, left alone.
  • 20.1 A length ball outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 19.6 A length ball on middle, worked past short leg but straight to square leg. 41/3
  • 19.5 A bouncer now, ducked under.
  • 19.4 Around off and outside off, pushed away watchfully.
  • 19.3 FOUR LEG BYES! Steyn loses his radar and slips this down the leg side, Pujara looks to flick but the ball goes off his pads past the diving Quinton de Kock to the fine leg fence.
  • 19.2 Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment.
  • 19.1 Around off, defended watchfully.
  • 18.6 Played to the point region by the batsman. Philander is yet to concede a run this morning. 37/3
  • 18.5 Ahh.... just outside off, a tentative RS feels for it and is beaten due to the late away movement.
  • 18.4 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 18.3 Full and outside off, driven towards mid off.
  • 18.2 This is even better. The ball is pitched on a length around middle which means Sharma has to play but the ball deviates off the pitch, past the outside edge and just over the stumps.
  • 18.1 A beauty. On a length outside off, Rohit feels for that ball but it shapes away at the last moment and beats him.
  • 17.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 37/3
  • 17.5 Some chin music for the batsman, he lets that bouncer through to the wicket-keeper.
  • 17.4 Plan B. The short stuff comes in. It is around off and Cheteshwar fends it in front of short leg.
  • The man from mid on is going back to the boundary. He stands exactly behind that fielder of short leg.
  • 17.3 FOUR! That has come out of frustration. Steyn was probably expecting the track to do something but it has not done much. Bowls it too straight and Pujara just works it through square leg. The timing is supreme and the ball races to the fence. The stand moves to 10.
  • 17.2 Full on middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 17.1 A bouncer outside off, pretty wild, way too high, left alone.
  • 16.6 Full and outside off, pushed with an open bat-face towards gully. Another maiden. 33/3
  • 16.5 Full and outside off, left alone this time.
  • 16.4 Full and outside off, watchfully kept out again.
  • 16.3 Outside off, moving away, pushed towards point.
  • 16.2 Just outside off, watchfully defended from the crease.
  • 16.1 Landed around middle and off, swinging away, watchfully defended.
  • 15.6 Slips this down the leg side, Pujara is not interested in playing that either. 33/3
  • 15.5 Landed outside off, angling in, this saint is not going to touch anything in that channel.
  • 15.4 More runs. Slightly short and wide outside off, Sharma punches it through the covers but the timing is not the best. It is stopped at the boundary and this time the batsmen take three.
  • 15.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 15.2 Around off, watchfully kept out.
  • 15.1 Finally India score this morning. Slight width outside off, Rohit pushes it behind point and takes a single. Dean Elgar chases it down but then fumbles while picking the ball up and Rohit pounces on the opportunity to come back for the second. Gets off the mark on the 18th ball.
  • 14.6 Landed outside off, left alone. 4 maidens in a row this morning... 28/3
  • 14.5 Outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 14.4 That shoots from nowhere. Philander marks his spot on the pitch and lands the ball exactly on that spot, somewhere between full and good, in the avenue of apprehension, Pujara comes forward to defend but then is taken aback by the bounce and is hit on the thigh pads.
  • 14.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 14.2 Landed outside off, pushed towards point.
  • 14.1 On a length outside off, watchfully defended.
  • A slight delay as Rohit is getting his bat repaired. A bit of a crack has developed on the willow. He is getting it taped up. All ready now. Oh wait. Now Pujara is having an issue with the sightscreen.
  • 13.6 Another indipper, Rohit watches it closely and then lets it go. Three maidens on the trot. 28/3
  • 13.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 13.4 Now the outswinger, RS is upto the mark and carefully blocks the ball towards cover. Watchful.
  • 13.3 Landed outside off, swinging in this time, a watchful Sharma defends compactly.
  • 13.2 Landed outside off, left alone.
  • 13.1 Full and just outside off, swinging away, defended watchfully.
  • 12.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 28/3
  • 12.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 12.4 Now he taps to the leg side and sets off for a non-existing single. The ball is barely beside the pitch and Philander reaches the ball in just four steps. Pujara is sent back in time though. In the meanwhile, Philander gets some football practice as he kicks the ball onto the stumps. Keshav Maharaj then comes running in from short mid-wicket and jokingly appeals for a run out.
  • 12.3 Slightly fuller this time, Pujara comes forward and taps it to the off side.
  • 12.2 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 12.1 On a length outside off, watchfully defended from the crease.
  • Vernon Philander to share the attack this morning with Steyn. Another issue with the sightscreen. There were plenty of these problems last evening as well.
  • 11.6 Full and outside off, a nice juicy outswinger, tempting to be driven but Rohit resists and lets it go. 28/3
  • 11.5 Outside off, on a length, shouldered arms to.
  • 11.4 Full and just outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 11.3 Played to the point region by the batsman.
  • 11.2 Another play and a miss outside off.
  • 11.1 Outside off, a play and a miss. Steyn has his hands on his head.
  • We are set to get underway. The sun is shining in all its glory and it is a perfect day for playing cricket. Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma stride out to bat. Dale Steyn to start off the proceedings with the ball. Here we go...
  • India's batting coach Sanjay Bangar is being interviewed near the sidelines. He says that Bhuvneshwar Kumar was on the mark. Credits de Villiers and du Plessis for their strokeplay. However, he adds that getting South Africa out for around 280 was a good achievement. Feels that getting 10-15 overs to bat was a good thing but their batsmen did not apply themselves. Reckons that a couple of shot selections were not up to the mark. Opines that there was a case of them being 35/0 at the start of Day 2. Informs that the first hour of today will be really vital for them. Feels that they are not the No. 1 team in the world without a reason. States that they have been through tough situations before but have come out strongly.
  • Shaun Pollock is out there on the field and is being interviewed by the experts in the press box. The former fast bowler says that South Africa are ahead at the moment. Mentions there will be movement in the first hour and he expects the hosts to take some wickets. States that when South Africa come to India, it is said that they are vulnerable against the spinning ball. Feels that the top four quality Protea bowlers can put any top side under pressure in home conditions. Reckons that Rohit Sharma can prove to be dangerous. Opines that because of the bounce and carry on this surface, you don't have to get a big stride forward. Adds that you have to get your eye in and build after that.
  • South Africa, on the other hand, have been persistent with their plans and have come out on top. Philander has been probing away in the fourth-stump channel while Steyn has provided him good company. They are likely to stick to what they have been doing because it has been reaping dividends so far. However, the good thing for the tourists is that the pair of Pujara and Sharma is still out there and they are pretty much capable of pulling the initiative back. Will the No. 1 Test side prove their mettle in testing conditions? Or will the hosts run away with the show? Expect a mouth-watering contest.
  • Hello and a warm welcome to the coverage of Day 2 of the Newlands Test. There will be a feeling lingering among many fans that India were found wanting against the moving ball yesterday. Perhaps the mentioned factor is not that much as compared to the batsmen throwing their wickets away. The pitch has bounce and seam movement but you need to apply yourself in order to flourish in the middle. It is the mindset which matters. Mental adaptability is of utmost importance and the visitors have failed to put that into effect so far.
  • ... Day 2, Session 1 ...
  • Right then, the match has tilted in favour of the Proteas and they have momentum on their side. It won't be an easy task to score runs against four top quality pace bowlers. If a cloud cover looms over the Newlands, the Indians might keep on falling like a pack of cards. To look at the bright side of things for the away side, their most solid batsman, Pujara is battling it out in the middle. Will the South Africans continue to run riot or will the tourists stand tall and fight fire with fire? Join us tomorrow at 1030 local (0830 GMT) to catch another absorbing day of play. Till then, cheers!
  • Mike Haysman catches up with Bhuvneshwar Kumar near the sidelines. The pace bowler says that it has been an amazing day of Test cricket. Mentions that they gave away 25-30 runs extra and could have bowled better. Adds that he wanted to bowl in good areas and it worked for him. States that they watched videos of the batsmen and chalked out plans. Opines that bowling in the fourth-stump channel did the trick. Praises Amla and calls him an outstanding batsman, one who goes onto get big hundreds once he gets his eye in. Is happy that they got rid him of quickly. Feels that there is lateral movement on offer and if you bowl to your strengths, you will get rewarded. Mentions that AB de Villiers is one of the best in the world and one has to be on target against him. Adds that his counter-attack hurt them. Ends by saying that the conditions are tricky and they will have to be on their toes.
  • Earlier, the hosts were tottering at 12/3 but they staged a remarkable recovery majorly due to the 114-run stand between de Villiers and du Plessis. A breezy knock from de Kock down the order also proved instrumental in taking his team close to 300 and Philander played the perfect foil to him. The Indians were good with the ball but lacked the teeth to run through the opposition. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the standout performer and finished with a 4-fer.
  • Credit to the South Africans for being on the money and making life difficult for the batsmen but there is literally no excuse for Vijay, Dhawan and Kohli. The skipper's dismissal was the most disappointing one for the tourists as he could have easily left that delivery outside off alone. Philander, Steyn and Morkel picked up a wicket apiece.
  • South Africa will be brimming with confidence while the Indians only have themselves to blame for not being able to respond well with the bat. They had around 40 minutes to play with but they were out of sorts. Difficult to fathom the mindset of the visitors as they didn't show proper resilience and even didn't have the conscience to see off the tricky period. You need to realize that this is a team game and the morale goes for a toss when you throw your wickets away.
  • 10.6 Poor over from Morkel. Doesn't make Pujara play again as he leaves the good length delivery well outside off. THAT'S STUMPS ON DAY 1! 28/3
  • 10.5 Make the batsman play Morkel! Bowls it wide outside off again, Pujara is not bothered to play at it.
  • 10.4 Pujara's love story with the leaves continue as he shoulders arms to a delivery wide outside off.
  • 10.3 Goes for a short ball but the line is well outside off. Third leave in a row.
  • 10.2 Another one in the same channel, Pujara is in no mood to flirt with danger.
  • 10.1 On a good length outside off, moving away. Pujara points his bat skywards to allow it through.
  • This will probably be the last over of the day. South Africa will be over the moon if they get another one.
  • 9.6 Moves inside the line and tucks it around the corner for a single. 28/3
  • 9.5 Wide outside off, Pujara is not bothered to play at that.
  • 9.4 On a length outside off, left alone.
  • 9.3 In the zone outside off, Che leaves it alone.
  • 9.2 Hangs back to the length delivery and answers with a straight bat.
  • 9.1 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • Kagiso Rabada to have a bowl now.
  • 8.6 That's a peach of a delivery! Good length ball around off, shoots off the deck and seams away after pitching. Sharma pokes at it and is beaten all ends up. 27/3
  • 8.5 Morkel goes around the wicket and bowls a short ball. It is leaving Sharma and he lets it go.
  • 8.4 Full and wide outside off, left alone.
  • 8.3 Short delivery, Sharma sways away from the line of the ball to evade it.
  • 8.2 Short of a length ball, kept out watchfully.
  • Rohit Sharma strides out to the middle.
  • 8.1 OUT! The big fish departs! Another example of an Indian batsman failing to come to terms with the Newlands track. Back of a length delivery outside off, seaming away after hitting the deck. No need for playing at it but the skipper goes chasing after it with a hop. Ends up getting a faint nick behind and de Kock does well to take a catch to his right. Look at Morkel, he is absolutely pumped up. Being the captain of the side, this is not the way you should play at the fag end of the day. Doesn't send the right signal to the following batsmen. India have been caught in shallow waters.
  • Morne Morkel to have a crack at the batsmen now.
  • 7.6 South Africa have been really intense on the field. Good length outside off, forced off the back foot towards point where Markram dives to his left to save certain runs for his side. 27/2
  • 7.5 FOUR! Nicely controlled! On a length on leg stump, Pujara tucks it past Maharaj at square leg who hares after it, puts in a slide near the fence but the ball wins the race.
  • 7.4 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 7.3 Close shave! Kohli tucks the length delivery towards mid-wicket and sets off. The tall Morkel moves to his right, does well to pick it in one motion and has a shy at the bowler's end but misses as Kohli rushes to get home. Tight run but the replays show that the skipper was fine.
  • 7.2 Fullish in length, some away swing on that. Kohli presses forward and defends it watchfully.
  • 7.1 Probing away in that off stump channel, Kohli plants his front foot across and allows it through.
  • 6.6 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single. 22/2
  • 6.5 In the corridor of uncertainty, Kohli makes an assured leave.
  • 6.4 Fuller in length outside off, played with an angled bat face through point for a couple.
  • 6.3 Wide outside off stump as Kohli makes an easy leave.
  • 6.2 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 6.1 On a length outside off, Kohli doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 5.6 Coming in with the angle, clipped to mid-wicket. 19/2
  • 5.5 Clipped off the pads towards backward square leg where Maharaj stops it with a slide. A run taken.
  • 5.4 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 5.3 Almost another wicket! Good length ball around off, Kohli is early into his tuck and ends up getting a leading edge which just falls short of Steyn. Nervous times for India. My colleague reminds me that the skipper got out in a similar fashion in a T20I game against Australia recently. Behrendorff was the bowler.
  • Virat Kohli is the new man in. His team is in some early trouble. Can he see off the trick phase today?
  • 5.2 OUT! How do you explain that shot? He has literally thrown his wicket away. With around 20 minutes left in the day and attempting such a kind of a shot is difficult to fathom. Back of a length ball on off, not the ideal length to go for the pull. However, Dhawan is adamant and goes for the big pull even though his head position is nowhere and his balance is not there as well. Ends up getting a top edge which skies in the air. For a moment, it is not clear where the ball is heading but the cameras spot it. It is coming down the track as Steyn doesn't budge in his followthrough and accepts the dolly. The southpaw will be gutted with himself.
  • 5.1 Well-disguised slower ball from Steyn. Off cutter on a length around off, eased crisply through covers for a brace.
  • 4.6 Good length ball around off, Pujara gets behind it and keeps it out watchfully. 16/1
  • 4.5 In the zone outside off, left alone.
  • No nightwatchman as Cheteshwar Pujara comes out to bat.
  • 4.4 OUT! Philander draws first blood! Consistently bowling nagging lines and lengths around that off stump channel has paid dividends for him and his side. On a driveable length outside off, drawing Vijay to attempt something ambitious. The right-hander was so good in being circumspect till now but this time he drives at it with minimal foot movement. An outside edge is induced and the ball flies towards Elgar at gully who takes it at chest height to his left. Ideal start for South Africa. They will be eager to nip another couple of wickets before the close of play.
  • 4.3 Good length ball closer to the off stump, Murali Vijay covers the line of the ball and buries it into the ground.
  • 4.2 Another one outside off as Vijay once again doesn't flirt with it.
  • 4.1 On a length outside off, holding its line. Vijay points his bat skywards to allow it through.
  • 3.6 FOUR! Streaky runs! Fullish delivery outside off, encouraging Dhawan to go for an expansive drive. He pushes at it tentatively but gets an outside edge past the gully fielder for a boundary. 16/0
  • 3.5 Fractionally overpitched, driven crisply off the front foot but straight to the man at mid off.
  • 3.4 Going down with the angle, Vijay shuffles a touch and looks to clip it away but the ball brushes his pads and rolls towards fine leg. A leg bye taken.
  • 3.3 Steyn pitches this one up and gets some swing. Vijay presses forward and defends it nicely.
  • 3.2 Back of a length delivery, angling in. Vijay is solid as a rock as he blocks it stoutly.
  • 3.1 Hangs back and plays this one with soft hands to steal a run.
  • 2.6 Sits deep in the crease and keeps it out watchfully. A probing over from Philander. 10/0
  • 2.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 2.4 Not Out! A review goes down the drain. To be honest, that was a horrible one. Fullish delivery in the corridor outside off, Vijay plants his front foot across and opts to pad it away as there was no inward movement on that ball. The Proteas roar in an appeal but the umpire is not convinced. De Kock is really excited and convinces his skipper to challenge the decision. Time for the Hawk Eye. Well the impact is outside off and the ball is holding its line as well. Need to be more wise while you opt for the DRS.
  • The Proteas are really ecstatic as they feel they have caught Vijay in front of the stumps. De Kock was the one who egged his skipper to take the review. Seems like that the ball didn't come back. Let's find out...
  • 2.3 Back of a length ball leaving the southpaw. Punched on the up through covers. Maharaj hares after it and does well to keep it down to a single.
  • 2.2 Shaping in nicely, tucked with a closed bat face towards square leg.
  • 2.1 On a good length outside off, Dhawan makes an assured leave.
  • 1.6 This is the good thing about Vijay. He doesn't flirt with deliveries outside the off stump. In the zone well outside off, left alone. Steyn starts off with a maiden. 9/0
  • 1.5 In an attempt to up the speed gun, he slips this one down the leg side. Vijay goes for a flick but misses.
  • 1.4 Fuller in length outside off, swinging away as well, encouraging Vijay to go for an expansive stroke. He resists the temptation and makes the third leave in a row.
  • 1.3 Almost a replica of the previous delivery as Vijay remains circumspect in approach and sees it through safely.
  • 1.2 In the zone of apprehension, a hint of away movement on that. Vijay points his bat skywards to allow it through.
  • 1.1 Solid in defense! Fullish around off, Vijay shuffles across and blocks it with a straight bat.
  • Dale Steyn to bowl from the other end. He is coming after a long layoff. Let's see how the speed gun fares.
  • 0.6 Hangs back to the good length delivery and keeps it out watchfully. 9/0
  • 0.5 FOUR! Glorious! One of Dhawan's trademark strokes. Fractionally overpitched outside off, Dhawan leans into it and caresses it through covers to find the fence.
  • 0.4 A huge, huge shout for an LBW denied! Good length ball around off, nipping in. Dhawan aims to keep it out but misses to get hit high on the pads. A vociferous appeal follows but the umpire pays no heed to it. Du Plessis has a chat with his teammates but doesn't take the review. Rightly so, as the replays show that it is very high.
  • 0.3 FOUR! Well played! On a good length around off, seaming away after pitching. Dhawan opens the face of the bat intentionally and runs it towards gully where the fielder dives but fails to stop it. A boundary results.
  • 0.2 In the zone outside off, left alone.
  • 0.1 Good way to start off the innings for India. Philander bowls a loosener first up, down the leg side. Vijay tucks it towards fine leg. It seems that the ball will speed away to the fence but Steyn is lightning across the turf as he covers a lot of ground to his right and saves three runs for his side.
  • A lot of improvement in Mohammed Shami's bowling this morning. He looked fitter and the results showed. He ended up with 3 wickets while Bumrah shred off his nerves, if any, with 3 scalps as well. Pandya and Bhuvi got 2 wickets each while Ashwin bowled just the solitary over.
  • When was the last time one saw an Indian seam unit take wickets not because of swing but because of hitting the deck? That is a tough question to answer. There was not too much of swing today and once the ball got soft, wickets were hard to come by, as the Maharaj-de Villiers stand showed. But the Indians showed their improvement in the seam department over the last 18 months, as they found out ways to get the wickets. 8 wickets in 21.2 overs for just 65 runs. Shocking for South Africa, brilliant by and for India.
  • We are short of adjectives to describe the way India have bowled in this session. Not because they picked up 8 wickets but just the effort put. They were on the money from the word go and Shami set the tone with his first over of the morning, removing Amla. It was then a procession, as wickets kept tumbling one after the other. After the openers, only de Villiers and Maharaj managed double figures for the Proteas.
  • It is surprisingly LUNCH as well on Day 4. There were close to 17 minutes remaining when AB was out, so one would have thought the Indian batsmen would need to bat for at least 1-2 overs before the break. Perhaps, the second session might be a 150-minute one.
  • 41.2 OUT! The catch is legal and South Africa have been bowled out with still some time left in the first session! What an inspiring bowling performance by the Indians. A short ball outside off, de Villiers rocks back and pulls it towards deep mid-wicket. For a second, it seems like he has cleared the ropes but Bhuvneshwar Kumar is placed by Kohli to perfection. De Villiers hits that like an archer shoots his arrow towards a target placed in front of him, and finds Bhuvi to perfection. The umpires check for the legality of the catch and replays show that the fielder is fine. INDIA NEED 208 TO WIN!
  • Got him! Has AB holed out? The Indians are ecstatic and the umpires are checking whether Bhuvneshwar touched the rope while attempting that catch...
  • 41.1 Landed outside off, de Villiers arches back and guides it towards third man. Does not take the single.
  • 40.6 Full and outside off, pushed towards cover. 130/9
  • 40.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 40.4 Full on middle, pushed towards long on. They do not run. The crowd cheers!
  • 40.3 On middle and off, defended towards cover.
  • Dale Steyn walks out to bat. Irrespective of how much he scores or how many balls he faces, have to applaud his gamesmanship. Team comes first and he is willing to bear the pain in the hope for some gain for his team.
  • 40.2 OUT! Bounced out! Let me type that again. MORKEL HAS BEEN BOUNCED OUT. How many times do you see a Saffa player bounced out by an Indian bowler? A short ball, on middle, Morne has nowhere to move as he ducks blindly. He ends up fending at the ball as it comes at his face, takes the gloves and lobs in the air. The entire slip cordon comes charging in but has the sanity to allow Saha to take the catch.
  • 40.1 A length ball on middle, Morkel looks to defend but misses and gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
  • 39.6 Short delivery, de Villiers goes for a pull across the line and misses. 130/8
  • 39.5 SIX! What a hit! He is a champion in surveying the field and picking his spots. Fullish delivery around off, de Villiers extends his arms and lifts it over long off to send it sailing over the fence. South Africa need a lot more of those.
  • 39.4 Fuller in length, driven crisply to the man at mid on.
  • 39.3 Fullish delivery, driven hard but straight to the man at covers.
  • 39.2 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • Another man moves out from the slip to the leg side boundary. Deep square leg it is.
  • 39.1 Back of a length ball outside off, de Villiers rises with the bounce and taps it to deep point. Doesn't take a run though, rightly so.
  • Jasprit Bumrah is back on. Expect yorkers now.
  • 38.6 More cheers! Morkel gets runs this time! This is angled into the southpaw and he comfortably tucks it behind square leg to pick up a couple of runs. THE LEAD CROSSES 200! 124/8
  • 38.5 What a cheer! The crowd is egging The Giraffe on. On a length, around middle, Morkel defends it towards mid-wicket and the crowd is happy as he survives a ball.
  • Morne Morkel is the last man in effectively, as Dale Steyn will not come out to bat. Hang on... Steyn is padding up...
  • 38.4 OUT! Caught behind! That is the 8th one down! On a length outside off, Maharaj pushes inside the line and gets a thick outside edge behind. Simple catch, India inching closer to batting. That is Wriddhiman Saha's 9th catch in this Test, the most by an Indian wicket-keeper in an away Test.
  • 38.4 WIDE. Another bouncer, another wide. Second of the over and Bhuvneshwar is frustrated. Not his fault. There seems to be some extra zip in this surface.
  • 38.3 Banged in short, Keshav pulls this straight to short mid-wicket who is a touch late to react. The ball lands in front of him and deflects away. Two runs taken.
  • 38.2 Around off, watchfully defended.
  • 38.1 FOUR! Slashed and slashed hard! A touch short outside off, Maharaj throws his bat at it and and gets it over the slip cordon to third man!
  • 38.1 WIDE. A short ball outside off, Maharaj lets it go and the umpire signals a wide way too late, after the indication from his partner at square leg.
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes back for a bowl.
  • 37.6 Well bowled! Back of a length around off, Maharaj hops and tries to keep it out but gets an inside edge onto his pads. The ball rolls towards point and a single results. 114/7
  • 37.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 37.4 Ooh... that's nasty! Maharaj is a lucky man as the ball just goes over the stumps. Back of a length around off, Maharaj tries to duck under it but there is an error in judgement. Is hit on the arm and the ball just misses the stumps.
  • 37.3 FOUR! Hit with authority! Shortish ball around off, Maharaj stands tall and pulls it with aplomb over wide mid on for a boundary. That came right off the screws.
  • 37.2 Fractionally overpitched outside off, Keshav pushes it with soft hands to covers.
  • 37.1 Angling into Maharaj who tucks it to the leg side.
  • Hardik Pandya comes back for a bowl.
  • 36.6 Full toss on leg stump, de Villiers whips it straight to the fielder at mid-wicket. He failed to capitalize on that one. 109/7
  • 36.5 Shuffles across a long way to the length ball and clips it through backward square leg for a couple.
  • 36.4 Well played! Length ball on off, de Villiers clips it nicely through mid-wicket. Ashwin chases it but there is a man in the deep as well who gets across to it and cuts it off. A couple taken.
  • 36.3 FOUR! Pristine! De Villiers needs to wait for the loose deliveries and pounce on them as he has done on this occasion. Length delivery outside off, de Villiers opens his bat face and creams it through cover-point to find the fence.
  • 36.2 On a length around off, de Villiers makes good use of the depth of the crease and blocks it solidly.
  • 36.1 The batsman fails to put bat on ball.
  • 35.6 Terrific yorker, Maharaj is alert to it and does really well to jam it out past the bowler towards mid off. 101/7
  • 35.5 Fractionally overpitched, pushed crisply off the front foot to covers.
  • 35.4 Fuller in length, clipped through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 35.3 The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total.
  • 35.2 Sharp bouncer around off, Maharaj sways away from the line and arches his back to evade it.
  • 35.1 On a length outside off, Maharaj has a feel for it but edges it towards the off side.
  • 34.6 Tentative AB! Good length ball outside off, de Villiers is in two minds whether to leave it or play at it. Eventually feels for it and is beaten all ends up. 99/7
  • 34.5 The ball has been square driven by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 34.4 Fullish delivery outside off, stroked through covers for a couple.
  • 34.3 Bumrah bends his back and delivers a sharp bouncer. Maharaj ducks under it.
  • 34.2 Probing delivery outside off, Maharaj feels for it and gets beaten.
  • 34.1 Short ball outside off, de Villiers cuts it through point for a run.
  • 33.6 Not Out! Going down leg! India exhaust a review. Fullish delivery, swinging in sharply. Maharaj tries to play it across the line but misses to get pinged on the pads. A convincing appeal follows but paid no heed to. India go for the review though. The replays roll in. Hawk Eye shows that the impact is umpire's call and the ball would have missed the leg stump. 95/7
  • Another close call! India feel that they have trapped Maharaj in front of the stumps. Sliding down leg might be the factor which saves him.
  • 33.5 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • Keshav Maharaj comes out to bat.
  • 33.4 OUT! Lethal Shami gives another blow to the Proteas! There are many occasions when you tend to falter when the conditions are really conducive for swing bowling but credit to India for being really disciplined. Fullish delivery around off, swinging in substantially. Philander comes half-forward in an attempt to deal with it but misses it to get hit flush on the pads. The Indians roar in an appeal and the umpire has no hesitation in ruling it out. Looked plumb too. However, Vernon walks across gingerly to de Villiers and talks with him. Challenges the decision eventually. Snicko shows no inside edge while Hawk Eye shows three reds. India only behind by 172 runs and need only three wickets to bowl the Proteas out.
  • Time for a review again! Philander has a long chat with de Villiers and finally challenges the decision. Seems dead to the naked eye though.
  • 33.3 Hangs back to the length delivery and defends it with a straight bat.
  • 33.2 Good shot but equally well fielded! Overpitched outside off, de Villiers crunches it towards covers where Pandya puts his body behind the line and makes a partial stop. Keeps it down to a single.
  • 33.1 Good length ball outside off, punched off the back foot.
  • 32.6 Full length ball, shaping in. Philander presses forward and blocks it out. The pressure is on, maiden for Bumrah. 94/6
  • 32.5 Good length ball outside off, Philander doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 32.4 Edged but short! Fuller in length outside off, Philander pokes at it and gets an outside edge that falls short of the slip cordon.
  • 32.3 On a good length outside off, Vernon lets it go.
  • 32.2 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 32.1 In the channel outside off, Philander leaves it alone.
  • 31.6 Ooh.. almost chopped that on! On a length well outside off, de Villiers chases it away from his body and gets a thick inside edge which just goes past the stumps. 94/6
  • 31.5 In the channel outside off, left alone.
  • 31.4 Brilliant fielding! The visitors have their tails up and are making life difficult for the batsmen. Fractionally overpitched, driven crisply towards mid off where Dhawan dives to his right like a goalkeeper to make a brilliant stop.
  • 31.3 Fullish delivery, clipped to the leg side for a couple.
  • 31.2 Driven through mid off by the batsman.
  • 31.1 Waits for this one and plays it with an angled blade to point.
  • Shami is back for a burst.
  • 30.6 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 92/6
  • 30.5 Fuller in length, pushed to mid off.
  • Time for Drinks. Meanwhile, Vernon Philander comes out to bat.
  • 30.4 OUT! This is all going downhill for South Africa! Judicious use of the review from India. Bumrah has been right on the money and brings in another reward for his side. Angles in a good length ball from outside off and extracts good bounce as well with the incoming angle. De Kock hops to keep it out but seems to have got an inside edge as Saha beind the stumps takes it. The Indians appeal in unison but the umpire stays put. Saha is very confident and Kohli opts for the DRS. Time for the replays. The Snicko does confirm a nick. OUT flashes the giant screen and look at Kohli. He is absoutely pumped. South Africa are ahead by 169 runs with only four wickets in hand.
  • Huge moment in the game! India are really confident that they have got de Kock. Is there a nick?
  • 30.3 FOUR! De Kock is not at all looking comfortable. Plays at a good length ball outside off and gets it off the outer half past the gully region for a boundary.
  • 30.2 A bit short this time, placed through point for a single.
  • 30.1 Fullish delivery, blocked watchfully.
  • 29.6 FOUR! Streaky! Good length ball outside off, de Kock flashes at it but gets a thick outside edge over the slip cordon for a boundary. 87/5
  • 29.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 29.4 Fullish delivery, eased to mid off.
  • 29.3 Plays this with an angled bat to point.
  • 29.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 29.1 An opportunity goes down the drain! How costly this will be? Dhawan will be disappointed. De Villiers taps this one to covers and takes off for a run. It is a risky one as well. Dhawan gets to the ball and aims to score a direct hit at the striker's end but misses. De Kock was miles away from making it home. You practice those direct hits day in and day out and most of the times you get it right.
  • Hardik Pandya comes into the attack now.
  • 28.6 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. Another productive over for India. 82/5
  • 28.5 Fuller in length, kept out watchfully.
  • Quinton de Kock comes out to bat. South Africa are in a bit of a tricky situation. Can he bail his side out of trouble?
  • 28.4 OUT! The skipper departs for a duck! South Africa have been caught in shallow waters and are looking very jittery at the moment. Remember, this was the partnership that had steadied the ship for South Africa in the first innings. India will be relieved. Bumrah runs in from a bit wide of the crease and lands it on a length in the avenue of apprehension. Extracts appreciable bounce after landing and catches du Plessis in a tangle who comes forward tentatively to block it. Is completely taken aback as the ball brushes his gloves and flies behind to Saha who accepts it gleefully. The tourists are all over the home side at the moment.
  • There is an issue with the shape of the ball. The umpires pass it through the 8-shaped gauge but it is fine to continue.
  • 28.3 Back of a length outside off, de Villiers mistimes his cut through the point region. Pandya sprints in from the deep and keeps the batsmen down to a single. Harsha Bhogle on air likes that. Tells you how much exuberant this young man is.
  • 28.2 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 28.1 Good carry for Bumrah again! Takes off from a fullish length outside off as de Villiers remains circumspect in approach and lets it go.
  • 27.6 In the avenue of apprehension, holding its line. Du Plessis strides ahead and allows it through with confidence. 81/4
  • 27.5 Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 27.4 Fuller in length, angling in. Ab comes forward and sees it through safely.
  • Shami opposed to earlier in the Test has been right on the radar. He has run in with intent, has bent his back and has made the ball talk. He should strive to maintain the same intensity throughout.
  • 27.3 SIX! Brilliant improvisation! Mr. 360 for a reason, has a wide array of strokes and executes them without breaking a sweat. Back of a length outside off, allows de Villiers to free his arms. He steers it over the slip cordon and the ball just flies over the third man fence.
  • 27.2 Nicely bowled! Close to the off stump channel, de Villiers comes forward gingerly and gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 27.1 In the channel outside off, AB lets it go.
  • 26.6 Another one outside off, paid no heed to by the batsman. 74/4
  • 26.5 On a length outside off, Faf points his bat skywards to allow it through.
  • 26.4 The short of length delivery has been cut away through square on the off side. One run added to the total.
  • 26.3 Oohh... that one took off! Good length ball around off, straightening a touch. De Villiers looks to keep it out but misses and is hit on the arms. The ball deflects towards Saha after that. Had de Villiers in a lot of trouble there.
  • 26.2 Good length ball outside off, angling in a touch. De Villiers is in no mood to flirt with it.
  • 26.1 On a length around off, punched off the back foot to covers.
  • Jasprit Bumrah to have a crack at the two new batsmen.
  • 25.6 In the channel outside off, holding its line. Faf plants his front foot across and lets it go. 73/4
  • The skipper, Faf du Plessis strides out to bat.
  • 25.5 OUT! Double-strike for Shami this morning. He has been bowling nagging lines and lengths around that off stump corridor and reaps the dividends again. Bends his back this time and bowls a back of a length ball on off. Rabada's bat face is a little closed as he attempts to play it defensively with the angle towards the leg side. However, he ends up getting a thick outside edge towards the slip cordon. Kohli is onto it in a flash like a hawk to his right and takes a sharp catch. Runs around in the celebratory mode and his teammates are ecstatic as well. The visitors are making the first hour of the day count.
  • 25.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 25.3 In the air... but safe! A tad fuller in length outside off, angling in. Rabada leans ahead to counter it but gets a thick outside edge which flies towards Sharma at gully. He gets low but the ball just lands in front of him. He has a smile on his face.
  • 25.2 Beaten! Fuller in length outside off, Kagiso has a tame push at it and gets foxed.
  • 25.1 On a length outside off, Kagiso doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 24.6 FOUR! Pure timing and grace! Full and fraction straight this time. AB clips it nonchalantly through mid-wicket for a glorious boundary. 73/3
  • 24.5 Close shave! It would have been better if Vijay tried at the bowler's end. Good length ball on off, Kagiso turns it towards mid-wicket and de Villiers calls him through for a run. The southpaw hesitates a touch but eventually goes for the run. Vijay runs in and has a shy at the striker's end but misses. Had he hit, still de Villiers would have been in. Wrong end from Vijay.
  • 24.4 In the zone outside off, left alone.
  • 24.3 Clips this one with a closed bat face to mid-wicket for a single.
  • 24.2 Similar length ball outside off, de Villiers goes for an expansive drive but gets it off the inner half down the track.
  • 24.1 Nervy moment! Good length ball in the corridor of uncertainty, de Villiers commits himself on the front foot and pushes at it with soft hands. Gets an outside edge which falls well short of Kohli at second slip who dives in front and takes it on the bounce. AB might better not commit himself completely as there is good bounce on this track.
  • 23.6 Similar length ball, Rabada makes good use of the depth of the crease and answers it with a straight bat. A maiden for Shami. 67/3
  • 23.5 Good length ball outside off, Rabada shows good composure this time and lets it go.
  • 23.4 Third play and miss in the over! This one keeps coming in with the natural angle and whizzes past Rabada's outside edge.
  • 23.3 Another brute of a delivery! You can't do anything about it. On a fuller length outside off, shaping in initially and straightening after pitching. Rabada is caught off guard, fishes at it and gets foxed.
  • 23.2 Fullish delivery, shaping in. Kagiso presses forward and defends it stoutly.
  • 23.1 That's a peach! Shami steams in from around the wicket and delivers a good length ball outside off. It is coming in with the natural angle and deviates off the surface after pitching. Rabada has a poke at it and is beaten comprehensively. Too good for the tailender.
  • 22.6 Nicely played! Fullish length ball on off, de Villiers blocks it with soft hands taking his bottom hand off. 67/3
  • 22.5 Angling in substantially, de Villiers defends it with his bat and pad close to each other.
  • 22.4 On a length around off, AB covers the line and answers it with a straight bat.
  • 22.3 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single.
  • 22.2 Full length ball attacking the stumps, Kagiso comes forward and defends it calmly.
  • 22.1 A play and a miss! On a length and angling away from Rabada. He pokes at it and gets beaten.
  • 21.6 Probing lines around that off stump channel, de Villiers comes forward and defends it solidly. 66/3
  • 21.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 21.4 Fuller in length around off, kept out solidly.
  • AB de Villiers is the new man in. He played a very vital knock in the first innings. Can he stand tall for South Africa again?
  • 21.3 OUT! The decision stays! A big, big breakthrough for India. Good length delivery outside off, leaving the right-hander with extra bounce. Amla aims to force it through covers with hard hands but gets a thick outside edge towards third slip. Sharma lines it up, gets low ahead and seems to have taken it inches above the ground. That's a great grab. Hang on! The body language of the visitors is confident but the umpires tell them to wait. They have a conversation with each other and decide to take it upstairs. The soft signal is out. Time for the replays. From the front view angle, it seems that Sharma has his hands underneath the ball. However, the close-in angles are not that conclusive. The third umpire decides to rule it out. Amla was out in a similar fashion in the first innings as well. The Proteas are effectively 143/3.
  • Just what India needed at the start of the day. Amla has been caught by Sharma at gully and he is confident. The umpires walk across to each other and have a chat. They decide to refer it upstairs to check the clarity of the catch.
  • 21.2 First run of the day! Short ball, shaping in, pulled through backward square leg for a single.
  • 21.1 On a good length outside off, angling in. Rabada points his bat skywards and allows it through.
  • Mohammed Shami to bowl from the other end.
  • 20.6 In the zone outside off, left alone. Kumar starts off with a maiden. 65/2
  • 20.5 Fuller in length around off, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 20.4 Good bowling! Good length delivery around off, seaming in after hitting the deck. Amla covers the line and defends it with a high elbow.
  • 20.3 Almost an action replay of the previous delivery as Hashim doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 20.2 In the zone of apprehension, Amla covers his stumps and makes an assured leave.
  • 20.1 Right on the money is Kumar. On a length on off, Amla hangs back and defends it stoutly.
  • We are set to get rolling. The players and the umpires make their way out to the middle. Hashim Amla and Kagiso Rabada to resume their innings. It will be Bhuvneshwar Kumar to start off the proceedings with the ball today. 98 overs are allotted for the day. Two slips and a gully in place. Here we go...
  • Sunil Gavaskar says that the pitch has a lot of juice in it. States that if India can restrict South Africa under 300, they will have a chance. However, feels that anything above 325 will not be easy. States that Kumar holds the key for them. States that India need to get Rabada out early. Adds that they need to chipping away at the wickets after that. Reckons that the visitors need to be smart with their field placements. Ends by saying that the match is loaded in favour of the South Africans.
  • In contrast, the Indians will be banking on their pacers to make use of the conducive conditions and trigger a collapse. The clouds are still flying around and there will be sideways movement on offer. If Bhuvneshwar Kumar strikes a good rhythm, it will augur really well for the visitors. They will aim to bowl the home side out under 300 and gain a psychological advantage. Be with us...
  • South Africa hold the upper hand at the moment but with a day being washed out, they will be a bit disappointed. Also, as the pitch was under the covers for a long time, there will be a lot of moisture underneath. The Protea batsmen need to be on their toes throughout and capitalize on the poor deliveries. If they post a target in the 325-350 mark, they will believe in themselves.
  • Pandya is being interviewed on the sidelines. He says that he has had a very good outing. Mentions that helping the team to come out of a difficult situation felt good. Praises Kumar for batting well and supporting him. States that he enjoys playing under pressure situations. Informs that everything was clear in his mind. He wanted to counter-attack and got the results. Reckons that one should always play for the team. Talks highly about Rabada and says that he is a world class bowler. Adds that he can surprise you and it is a nice competition to have.
  • We welcome you to the coverage of the 4th Day of the Newlands Test on a bright note. After heavy rains lashed Cape Town yesterday and brought relief to the local population which was in the midst of facing a severe drought, it is time to shift back to cricketing action. It is a much brighter day and it is good to know that the forecast is clear for the rest of the game. With still 196 overs to be bowled assuming the pacers will improve their over rate, a cracker of a contest awaits us.
  • ... Day 4, Session 1 ...
  • Strangely, no early start over the remaining two days. Play begins at normal time - 1030 local but 98 overs are scheduled on both days. How will Day 4 pan out? Do join us at 0830 GMT to find out. In the meanwhile, do check how England are faring against Australia in the final Ashes Test Down Under. We take your leave. Adios! Take Care!
  • Who will be the happier side? Guess India. There will be moisture developing under the surface given that it has been covered for so long. South Africa would have probably thought of batting long and then give a big target to India. Now, with two days left and the pitch becoming a little soft, that plan would have got a setback.
  • 1530 LOCAL UPDATE - Play has been ABANDONED for the day. Sensible decision, given that the weather forecast did not look promising for the rest of the evening. The good news is that the forecast is pretty clear for the remaining two days.
  • 1430 LOCAL UPDATE - Operation Newlands mopup has stopped and Operation Timepass is back on. The rain is back and is heavier as well. The wait continues although the gut feeling is that we might not have any more play today. Still... hope is there for the game to resume.
  • 1330 LOCAL UPDATE - Operation Newlands mopup has begun. The rain has completely stopped for now but more rain is predicted on the way. Heavily overcast but if it does not rain, we might have a start soon.
  • 1245 LOCAL UPDATE - Slightly hopeful news. The rain has almost stopped...
  • 1230 LOCAL UPDATE - Slightly better news. The rain has reduced considerably to a drizzle and the skies are clearing up as well. Hopefully, we should have some resumption news by the next update. Please be tuned...
  • Regarding Dale Steyn, an official statement has just been released that he will not bowl in this Test match but can bat if needed. Not sure whether that means any sort of convenience for the Proteas but they will take it for now...
  • 1130 LOCAL UPDATE - It is raining, it is raining, it is raining............. in fact it has gotten a bit heavier as well. Some puddles have also started to form on the outfield. You can continue doing whatever you were doing till now. Doesn't look like we are going to start anytime soon...
  • How is the forecast for the day? 'Scattered showers,' informs my colleague Abhinav. He has been monitoring the weather like a hawk for the last 10 hours. Don't know whether he even slept properly or not. But anyways, nothing much to report right now. The good thing is that the match has moved at a frenetic pace with two innings done in just 2 days. So hopefully, this time lost should not prove too costly. Stay tuned for updates.
  • Sunil Gavaskar informs on air that the 'SITUATION IS REALLY BAD.' Ouch. He says that it has been drizzling throughout the morning and the pitch has been covered since last evening. Adds that the outfield dries out pretty quickly but looking at the overhead conditions, he reckons that there does not look any sign of the clouds moving away. Firmly states that there will not be any play till Lunch at least and for maybe, even a while after the break. One positive sign is, he says, only the pitch is covered. Even the bowlers' runups are not covered. So once the rain stops, the play should not take long to resume. But for that, the sun has to come out. On India's bowling chances, he says that the conditions could help the tourists now but they need to bowl well. There will be moisture underneath the surface as it has been covered for a long time but like yesterday, if they continue to be on the shorter side, then they will struggle. Reckons that something seems to be wrong with Mohammed Shami's fitness because he looks flat.
  • Hang on... did I say warm welcome? Not quite... it is a wet welcome. It was raining in the morning and seems to be drizzling right now. Covers are firmly in place and words are that the rain itself could stop only at 1 pm local time, which means the entire morning session could be washed out.
  • It was looking down and out for India but a certain Hardik Pandya revived them tremendously. Add to that, the visitors were perhaps bolstered by the news that Dale Steyn has been certainly ruled out of the first Test at least, possibly the entire series. With South Africa effectively 142/2, can the Indians restrict them under 300 to still be in the game? Hello and a warm welcome to the third day of the opening Test between South Africa and India at Newlands, Cape Town.
  • ... DAY 3, SESSION 1 ...
  • The Proteas will be disappointed to have lost a couple of wickets but they are still well-placed. With the track getting better to bat on, the hosts will fancy to swell the lead as much as possible. There are forecast of showers tomorrow which might work in the tourists' favour. Will India capitalize on that? Join us tomorrow for Day 3 at 1030 local (0830 GMT) to find out. Till then, cheers!
  • Pandya and Kumar came to the rescue for the visitors. The all-rounder launched a counter-attack while Kumar was cool as a cucumber. The 99-run stand between them helped India's cause. The former made good use of the two lives and scored a brilliant 93. Still, the Proteas ended up leading by 77 runs. Philander and Rabada were the standout performers for them picking up three wickets apiece.
  • Earlier, it was a battle of wits and India did well to see off the toughest phase of the morning, the first hour, with some rock solid blocks. The pair of Pujara and Sharma was settling in but Rabada dislodged the latter after the first drinks break. Pujara also departed in quick succession and then a collapse followed. India lost 35/4 in that phase and were in danger of conceding a lead in excess of 150.
  • Another absorbing day of cricket comes to an end. Some nervy moments at the fag end of the day for South Africa but they will be happy overall as they are in a strong position at the moment. However, Hardik Pandya's successful burst in which he picked up a couple of wickets has kept India in the game. Markram promised a lot but failed to convert his start while Elgar was tentative and finally fell prey.
  • 19.6 Rabada survives somehow! On a good length around off, Rabada feels for it but the ball straightens and beats the outside edge of his bat. Saha takes it and the Indians appeal but Shami himself shakes bis head. Kohli has a chat with his teammates but doesn't take the review. Has a big smile on his face. There was no edge there. THAT'S STUMPS ON DAY 2! 65/2
  • 19.5 Brilliantly bowled! Low full toss, dipping in on middle and leg. Rabada brings his bat down and plays it towards mid-wicket. Bumrah hares from wide mid on and dives to cut it off. Rabada and Amla come halfway down the track for the single, almost do a handshake but then on seeing that the ball is fielded, go back to their respective ends. Can Rabada survive the last delivery of the day?
  • 19.4 Fuller in length, kept out watchfully to mid off.
  • 19.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 19.2 Good fielding! On a length outside off, Rabada pokes at it and gets an outside edge towards Rohit at gully. He dives to his left to save a certain boundary.
  • 19.1 Just misses the off pole! On a length outside off, angling in substantially. Rabada looks to keep it out but it is too good for him.
  • 18.6 FOUR! Well played! Full and on middle, Amla clips it with good timing through mid-wicket and the ball whistles to the fence. 65/2
  • 18.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 18.4 On a length outside off, Amla shuffles and blocks it.
  • 18.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 18.2 Fullish delivery, Amla shuffles across and blocks it down the track.
  • 18.1 Fullish delivery, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • Kumar is back for a burst.
  • 17.6 Another edge but falls short of the fielder. Rabada pokes at this one and gets a nick which doesn't carry to Dhawan in the slip cordon. 61/2
  • 17.5 Streak! Length ball outside off, straightening again. Rabada plays it off the outer half through gully to pick up a couple.
  • 17.4 Wide outside off, Rabada is not bothered to play at it.
  • 17.3 In the channel outside off, Kagiso lets it go.
  • 17.2 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 17.1 Peach! On a length on off, leaves the southpaw after pitching. Rabada feels for it and is foxed. Kohli is not happy with the movement near the sightscreen and vents out his anger.
  • Shami is back on.
  • 16.6 In the channel outside off, left alone. End of a testing over. 59/2
  • 16.5 Fullish delivery, kept out watchfully.
  • Hashim Amla is the new man in. A tricky period for South Africa as suddenly the ball is doing something.
  • 16.4 OUT! India are right back in the contest courtesy Hardik Pandya again! He is doing a similar sort of job as Ben Stokes does for England. A really energetic character, you can be sure that he will give his cent percent. Lands it on a fullish length around off and gets the ball to move away after pitching. Enough on it to induce a false stroke from a tentative Elgar and he gets a thick outside edge. Saha moves to his left and accepts it gleefully. South Africa lead by 136 runs.
  • 16.3 Tentative! In the probing channel around off, Elgar pokes at it and gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 16.2 Angling away from the southpaw who guides it with an open bat face towards gully.
  • 16.1 FOUR! Beautiful! Full and straight, clipped elegantly through mid-wicket to find the fence.
  • 15.6 Slower through the air, defended solidly off the back foot. 55/1
  • 15.5 Stays back to the flatter ball and keeps it out.
  • 15.4 Ooh.. just short of first slip! Tossed up outside off, spinning away. Rabada leans ahead and tries to block it but gets an outside edge which carries on the bounce to the diving Kohli.
  • 15.3 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
  • 15.2 A bit of drift in the air, played off the outer half of the bast past slip towards third man. A couple taken.
  • 15.1 Starts off with a straighter one outside off, Elgar covers his stumps and makes a brave leave.
  • The nightwatchman, Kagiso Rabada strides out to bat. Interesting tactic from South Africa. India had stuck to their normal batting line-up yesterday but it didn't work. Let's see how Rabada fares. Meanwhile, Ravichandran Ashwin comes to roll his arm over. A slip and a short leg in place.
  • 14.6 OUT! Hardik Pandya is in the thick of things again! Much-needed breakthrough for India. Got to say that it was a needless shot from Markram and he has thrown his wicket away. Back of a length ball on off, Markram hops and goes for a half pull/half flick. Not the ideal length to play the pull. Ends up getting a top edge that lobs in the air towards Kumar at the point region. He doesn't move an inch and takes a comfortable catch. An innings that promised so much has been cut short. South Africa are effectively 129/1. 52/1
  • 14.5 Fuller in length, Aiden comes forward and strokes it to the off side.
  • 14.4 In the zone outside off, Markram doesn't flirt with danger.
  • 14.3 Hangs back to the good length delivery and blocks it solidly.
  • 14.2 Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 14.1 FOUR! That flew off the bat! What timing. Fractionally overpitched outside off, Markram leans ahead and creams it through extra cover for a gorgeous boundary. That brings up the 50 for South Africa. Smooth sailing at the moment.
  • 13.6 A loud appeal for an LBW denied! Good length ball in line of the stumps, Elgar hops to keep it out but misses to get pinged on the pads. Shami is confident but the umpire pays no heed to him. Height was the factor. 48/0
  • 13.5 FOUR! This one is more authoritative! Completely nailed that one. Shortish delivery, sits up nicely for Elgar. He stands tall and pulls it with aplomb through mid-wicket for a rocketing boundary.
  • 13.4 FOUR! Brilliant shot! Shami tries to test Elgar with a bouncer. The southpaw is alert though and pulls it all along the ground through the backward square leg region to find the fence.
  • 13.3 Very full outside off, Elgar crouches and guides it towards the slip cordon where it is well stopped.
  • 13.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 13.1 Good length ball, shaping in appreciably. Elgar hops and tucks it to square leg.
  • 12.6 Short of a length outside off, eased to deep point for an easy single. 40/0
  • 12.5 Exaggerated movement of the arms! Good length ball outside off, Elgar shuffles across, hops and turns around to leave it in a similar way as Steven Smith. That was good to watch.
  • 12.4 Length delivery outside off, shaping away after landing. Elgar doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 12.3 Fuller in length, driven sweetly off the front foot to covers.
  • 12.2 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 12.1 Shortish delivery and width on offer, placed to deep point for a run.
  • 11.6 Back of a length ball around off, defended solidly off the back foot. 38/0
  • 11.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 11.4 Short of a length around off, played off the outer half towards gully.
  • 11.3 Shami has his tail up now! This is sharp bowling. Runs in hard from around the wicket and bowls a good length ball outside off. Elgar shuffles across and looks to block it but the ball straightens at the last moment to beat his outside edge.
  • 11.2 FOUR! Uppish but safe! Back of a length outside off, angling in. Elgar plays it intentionally with an angled blade towards gully. However, it is too close for comfort as the ball just falls short of a diving Sharma and goes past him through to the fence.
  • 11.1 In the channel outside off, left alone.
  • Kohli is thinking about runs now. The lead has gone past 100 and he is turning a bit defensive. Natural reaction from any skipper. There are some men in the deep now.
  • 10.6 Nicely played! Back of a length ball outside off, Aiden punches it firmly through point for a brace. 34/0
  • 10.5 FOUR! Sublime! That was so pleasing to the eyes. Full delivery and so straight in line, Markram clips it nonchalantly through mid-wicket and away she whistles to the fence.
  • 10.4 Good length delivery, angling in. Markram camps back and works it to mid on.
  • 10.3 In the channel outside off, Aiden doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 10.2 Back of a length ball, leaving the southpaw. He pushes it through covers to rotate strike.
  • 10.1 A bit of extra bounce! On a length on middle and leg, shoots off the deck. Elgar hops and tucks it towards square leg.
  • Time for Drinks. India have bowled well especially Bhuvneshwar Kumar but don't have anything to show for in the wickets column. Elgar has looked tentative but has done well to battle it out. Markram has been more assured and has played some eye-catching strokes. With the pitch not assisting the bowlers that much, how will India go about things in the final 45 minutes of the day? Let's find out. Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya comes on for a bowl.
  • 9.6 Leans ahead and eases it to the cover region for a run. 27/0
  • 9.5 A well-directed bouncer on off, Elgar sits under it in a jiffy to evade it. The ball moved late and Saha did well to collect it.
  • 9.4 Sits deep in the crease and answers it with a straight bat.
  • 9.3 Well bowled! Good length ball around off, shoots off the deck. Dean aims to block it but is hit on the thigh pad and the ball rolls towards the slip cordon.
  • There is some issue with the ball perhaps with the seam. Shami is not happy with it. The umpire tells him to carry on till the end of the over. Why not change the ball now?
  • 9.2 Angling in from a length around off, played defensively towards mid-wicket.
  • 9.1 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • Mohammed Shami to have a crack at the batsmen now.
  • 8.6 On a driveable length outside off, just outside off, Markram plants his front foot across and makes an assured leave. 26/0
  • 8.5 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 8.4 FOUR! Sweet! Back of a length ball and a bit of width on offer. Markram pounces on it and punches it with great timing through covers to find the fence. The lead for South Africa goes past 100.
  • 8.3 On a length outside off, Aiden lets it go.
  • 8.2 Ooh.. so close to picking up a wicket! Full length ball outside off, nipping away. Markram goes for a booming drive but seems to have missed it. There was a noise though. However, the replay puts the excitement to bed as the ball was miles away from the bat.
  • 8.1 In the channel outside off, left alone.
  • 7.6 Well bowled and equally well played by Elgar. Fullish ball on off, seams away with the natural angle. Elgar plants his front foot across, points his bat skywards and watches the ball sail through to the keeper. 22/0
  • 7.5 In that testing off stump channel, swinging in a touch. Dean comes across and kills it beside the turf on the leg side.
  • 7.4 Sits deep in the crease and blocks the back of a length ball with a straight bat.
  • 7.3 Fuller in length, angling in, worked nicely to Ashwin at mid on who moves to his right to cut it off. A run taken.
  • 7.2 Bumrah goes wide of the crease and angles in a good length ball. Markram hangs back and defends it stoutly.
  • 7.1 Short of a length and room on offer, Markram gets up on his toes and taps it to covers.
  • 6.6 Gets ahead a touch and tucks it with a closed bat face straight to the square leg fielder. 21/0
  • 6.5 Elgar is not looking that comfortable but credit to him for battling it out. Surely a fighter. Shuffles across his sticks to the fullish delivery, takes his bottom hand off again and drops it towards mid-wicket.
  • 6.4 Gets right behind the line of this one to stonewall it.
  • 6.3 On a length outside off, angling in. Elgar knows where his off stump is and makes an assured leave.
  • 6.2 Kumar switches his angle and comes around the wicket. Hurls a delivery in the avenue of apprehension. Elgar shuffles again and keeps it out by taking his bottom hand off the bat.
  • 6.1 Good length ball delivery, leaving the southpaw. He shuffles and buries it into the track.
  • 5.6 On a length around off, Aiden covers the line and answers it with a straight bat. 21/0
  • 5.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 5.4 FOUR! Shot! Shortish and room on offer, Markram gets on top of the bounce and punches it through covers for a glorious boundary. He is so young and seems to have a lot of time to play his strokes.
  • 5.3 On a length, blocked watchfully.
  • 5.2 FOUR! Pristine! Bumrah errs in line. Bowls it straight and it is full as well, Markram stays well-balanced and clips it through wide mid on. Ashwin gives it a long chase but only comes second best.
  • 5.1 Short of a length ball around off, defended solidly off the back foot.
  • 4.6 On a good length in line of the stumps, Elgar defends it besides the pitch on the off side and tells his partner to wait. 13/0
  • 4.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 4.4 Hangs back to the back of the length ball and answers it with a straight bat.
  • 4.3 Almost, almost! Kumar has been so disciplined. He keeps on bowling nagging lines and lengths. Bowls a fullish delivery around off, deviating away after pitching. Elgar pokes at it and is foxed.
  • 4.2 Peach! Bowls this in the tight off stump corridor, seams away after pitching. Elgar feels for it but is beaten all ends up.
  • 4.1 On a length around off, Elgar hangs back and keeps it out watchfully.
  • 3.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 13/0
  • 3.5 Full and around off, Aiden looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
  • 3.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 3.3 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 3.2 One more down the leg side, flicked away for a couple.
  • 3.1 Down the leg side, flicked away for a single.
  • 2.6 Full and just outside off, well kept out. 10/0
  • 2.5 On middle and leg, flicked straight to mid-wicket.
  • 2.4 Around off, watchfully defended.
  • 2.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 2.2 FOUR! A streaky one this time. A length ball outside off, Markram pushes it away from his body and gets a thick outside edge over gully to third man!
  • 2.1 FOUR! Nice shot. On a length outside off, Markram punches it on the up through the covers for a boundary!
  • 1.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 2/0
  • 1.5 Oh dear... Elgar is all at sea. On a length around middle, Dean looks to defend but then decides to withdraw his bat. The ball goes off the bottom edge on the bounce to second slip.
  • 1.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 1.3 A bouncer on middle, DE ducks.
  • 1.2 A length ball around off, Dean gets across to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
  • 1.1 Top edge! Dropped! Technically though. Otherwise a terrific effort from Shami. A short ball outside off, Elgar straightaway looks to pull but gets a massive top edge. It swirls in the air for eternity and Shami runs a long way from mid on. Almost gets to the ball as he stretches his hands but the ball just touches his fingertips and drops down. Two runs taken. Elgar gets off the pair.
  • Jasprit Bumrah to share the new ball with Bhuvi.
  • 0.6 A length ball around off, watchfully defended. A maiden to start off then for Bhuvi. 0/0
  • 0.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 0.4 Outside off, pretty wide, left alone.
  • 0.3 Landed outside off, AM gets across a long way and shoulders arms. The ball swings in a touch but does not hit the pad. In the first innings, he was adjudged LBW in a similar fashion.
  • 0.2 Down the leg side, Aiden misses out on a scoring opportunity. Cannot connect with his flick.
  • 0.1 Very full and outside off, Markram just about digs it out.
  • Right then! The first two alphabets of the English vocabulary have actually turned out to be the difference in this game. Yes, the bowlers did win the match for their side but had de Villiers not played that blinder, his skipper might not have been standing happily at the post-match presentation. India have been blown away in the first Test but the bowling has been brilliant. Maybe, mental toughness is the key, to try and convert those starts. Can India get that before the next game? Can South Africa find an effective replacement for Dale Steyn? Join us at 1000 LOCAL (0800 GMT) on Saturday, 13th January, 2017 when the second Test begins at SuperSport Park, Centurion. Adios! Take Care!
  • Victorious Protea captain, Faf du Plessis, feels that every single time the team needed to respond in tough situations, the unit did well. First was at 12/3 on Day 1 and then today, restricting the Indians to 135. Admits that the pitch got better to bat on as the game progressed but enough damage was done in that first hour on Day 1. Still, feels it was a great effort to reach 286. Praises Pandya for playing the perfect innings on this track. Then, while batting second, the expectation was for the pitch to get better to bat on but once the covers were removed this morning, all the batsmen were surprised with the amount of movement, almost making it look like a Day 1 pitch, with the grass still around. Smiles and says that the plan was to bat till an hour post Tea and declare but then... Credits the groundsman for his work, maintaining good balance between bat and ball. Feels that this win is a good motive for the rest of the series and further says that the team will miss Dale Steyn, wishing him a quick recovery.
  • Shaun Pollock is calling Faf du Plessis for a chat but VERNON PHILANDER comes forward instead to receive the Man Of The Match award. Feels that generally the Cape Town wicket has something in it and the bowlers exploited that. Credits the batters for putting on 286 in the first innings. Adds that this is one of the better grounds to be playing cricket at. Also believes that one needs to be confident in one's skill and trust in oneself. On being asked about requesting Faf for one more over (did he want his fifer?), Philander smiles and says that usually he takes around 3 overs to warm up. Hence, wanted that extra over. Adds that the team will miss Dale Steyn and wishes the speedster a quick recovery.
  • Indian skipper, Virat Kohli says that in hindsight, perhaps South Africa got a few runs more. He rues more over the missed chances in the first innings but does not want to think about 'ifs' and 'buts.' Wants to rectify the mistakes made but is proud of his bowling unit. Admits that the batsmen let the team down but the team was expecting a target of around 280 and to restrict them to much lesser is commendable. Adds that the team needed one person to get a fighting fifty but there were plenty of unconverted starts. Praises the Proteas for bowling well without their lead bowler and believes that losing wickets in bunches was the reason for the loss. Again, notices that the Proteas had a big first innings partnership and some decent ones towards the end but India had just one 100-run stand (It was 99 actually). On Hardik Pandya, Kohli believes that mindset matters outside home and one needs to be positive in defense. Feels that Hardik is confident and the team believes in him. Adds that he showed a lot of character.
  • Now, South Africa. Decimated to 12/3 in the first 30 minutes on Day 1. Then Mr. 360 degrees knocks the wind out of India's sails. And then, the bowlers do what they normally do, in spite of Dale Steyn being absent. Remember WACA, 2016? Dale Steyn limped out of the field after bowling 12.4 overs in Australia's first innings in the opening match of the series. A certain Kagiso Rabada stepped up for them. Today, it was Vernon Philander. They might well wish for one of their bowlers to get injured every match so that someone or the other keeps stepping up. Joking, of course. Time for the presentation...
  • As far as India's batting is concerned, they need not panic but one feels Ajinkya Rahane was missed here. He usually thrives in testing conditions and he could have made a difference in that first innings. They needed something similar to the whirlwind knock by Hardik in the first innings but it wasn't to be today.
  • The bowling has stood out for both teams but admiringly, more for India. They bowled collectively well as a unit and responded well this morning, dismissing the Proteas for 130. Even in the first innings, you take out AB de Villiers' counter-attack, then this game could have had a different ending. Positives in Bhuvi, Shami and Bumrah and yes, Hardik Pandya can be that fourth bowler for the Indians.
  • For someone who has followed Indian cricket over the years, he or she would have perhaps expected this defeat before the game began. Coming over to a new country after beating non-competitive teams back home, not choosing to play a warm-up match and so on. The mistakes committed in this game would have been committed in that match and the visitors could have been better prepared perhaps.
  • Poor batting? Excellent bowling? Guess the second question is right but the first statement may be a bit harsh. Both sides faltered on a pitch which was doing something and just three batsmen could cross the 50-mark. The bowlers were always in, except the spinners and the batsmen were tested.
  • The first 4-day Test of 2018. In spite of losing a whole day to rain, this game does not even go the distance on Day 4. 40 wickets have fallen in around 231 overs. Runs scored - 760. Average runs per wicket? 19. Welcome to the African safari.
  • 42.4 OUT! South Africa go 1-0 up! Philander has 6 and he has sent India reeling. Almost a similar delivery to the previous one, Bumrah too, lunges to this one and opens the face of his bat. Gets an outside edge to second slip again and Faf du Plessis takes another catch. Only this time, he has to dive forward. SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 72 RUNS!
  • Jasprit Bumrah is the last man in...
  • 42.3 OUT! Gone next ball. Outside off, Shami comes forward and opens the face of the bat slightly, looking to push it to the off side. Ends up getting an edge and Faf du Plessis does the rest at second slip, falling over a bit to his left. South Africa a wicket away from giving us a holiday tomorrow...
  • 42.2 FOUR! Confident shot! On middle and off, Shami comes forward and chips it over mid on and gets a boundary! Some confidence that!
  • Mohammed Shami is the new man in. Guess there will be some entertainment now.
  • 42.1 OUT! That is a terrific catch and the big Vern gets the breakthrough! What a brilliant field change and it has done the trick. Quinton de Kock was asked to come up a few steps for this ball and he obeyed his captain. Philander bowled this outside off and Ashwin looked to punch it to the off side. He got a thick outside edge but a sharp one. But Quinton de Kock takes it brilliantly and straightaway throws the ball up in the air in jubilation. Philander does not even bother to appeal and the umpire is smart. Does not give it out. Ashwin is smarter. Does not walk. Now QdK appeals and up goes the finger! The 49-run stand is broken.
  • 41.6 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. They pick up a single. 131/7
  • 41.5 More runs! Ashwin is playing well here. A length ball outside off, the off spinner runs this one from the other off spinner past the first slip fielder towards third man for another couple. 78 more to win now!
  • 41.4 Lucky! Tossed up outside off, Ashwin comes down the track and looks to drive but the ball goes off the outside edge, wide of first slip towards third man! The fielder gets to the ball near the ropes from backward point and keeps the batsmen down to two.
  • 41.3 Pushes this towards mid on, takes Kagiso Rabada on, goes for the single, the shout is 'KG'! from the keeper, the throw comes in at the non-striker's end. But the action ends as the ball does not hit the stumps. Kumar was in anyways.
  • 41.2 Full and outside off, Kumar comes forward and opens the face of the bat and dabs it towards short third man.
  • 41.1 Full on middle and leg, clipped to the leg side.
  • 40.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 125/7
  • 40.5 Good cricket again. The big Vern now drops in a sharp inswinger, but once more, Ashwin covers the line watchfully. He reads the inswing carefully and blocks.
  • 40.4 Well bowled, well played. Philander curves this nicely from outside off but Ashwin is upto it. Gets right behind the line and defends watchfully.
  • 40.3 Now Bhuvi follows suit, waits for the ball to come to him and steers it past gully for a run. Ticking them off...
  • Interesting thoughts between Tushar and Milind here. The latter feels that Maharaj is the best bowler for India to attack and get the deficit down to 50. Tushar, on the other hand, seems to be reading Faf's mind like an open book. He reckons that the left-arm spinner will be bowling for 4 more overs and if a wicket does not fall, then Rabada will be back on and finish the game off. Hmmm.... let's see. It certainly has become better to bat by the looks of it.
  • 40.2 Outside off, played through point for a single.
  • 40.1 Landed outside off, left alone.
  • 39.6 The batsman has pushed it to the cover region. 123/7
  • 39.5 Similar again, pushed towards cover.
  • 39.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 39.3 Landed outside off, well defended.
  • 39.2 Tossed up a bit outside off, driven back to the bowler.
  • 39.1 FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! This stand is now worth 41 from 61 balls without any fuss, chipping away at the target. Full and wide outside off, Kumar leans and drives it through point. Morne Morkel starts to chase but then gives it up.
  • 38.6 FOUR! Fine shot! A short ball outside off, Ashwin punches this through point and gets a boundary! 89 more to win now! 119/7
  • 38.5 Outside off, not played at.
  • 38.4 Outside off, played through point for a single.
  • 38.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 38.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 38.1 On a good length around off, defended watchfully.
  • 37.6 Full and outside off, watchfully blocked out. 114/7
  • 37.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 37.4 Down the leg side, flicked through square leg for a comfortable second.
  • 37.3 Tossed up outside off, Ashwin comes down the track again and blocks once more.
  • 37.2 Full on middle, driven back to the bowler.
  • 37.1 NOT OUT. Missing leg. South Africa lose a review but that was worth reviewing. Maharaj gave this a bit of loop around leg and Ashwin who was playing around the ball, missed it, getting hit on the pads. Keshav appealed vociferously but the umpire was as calm as a cucumber. The bowler convinced his skipper to go for the review but Hawk Eye showed the ball to be going down the leg side.
  • HOWZZATTTTTTTTT? Maharaj has screamed his lungs out. But the umpire is unmoved. Faf has given his consent for the review. Is Ashwin gone? Pitched outside leg?
  • 36.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 9 from the over, a very important one under the circumstances. 112/7
  • 36.5 Landed outside off, dabbed towards gully.
  • 36.4 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 36.3 EDGED, SHORT, FOUR! Important runs for India. Does not matter how they come, does it? On a length outside off, Ashwin pokes at it and gets an outside edge. The ball goes towards Faf du Plessis at second slip who dives to his right but does not carry. He is not able to stop it and the ball speeds through to the third man fence. The target is less than 100 now. Faf du Plessis is still on the ground, clutching his right shoulder. Is he injured as well?
  • 36.2 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 36.1 FOUR! Outstanding timing. A full ball but a bit too straight, Ashwin flicks it through mid-wicket. The ball nearly reaches the ropes but Keshav Maharaj gets to the ball from short mid-wicket, reaches the ball and pulls the ball back in. Three runs are taken and the umpire wants to check the legality of the fielding and replays show that while pulling the ball back, the foot touched the ropes.
  • Vernon Philander is back on. Needs two more for a fifer.
  • IamJames - Bhuvi certainly has a much better technique than Shikhar Dhawan. His bat comes down so straight! Dhawan on the other hand, well, his bat NEVER comes down straight. @IamJames - Some observation, mate.
  • 35.6 LBW? No, says the umpire and don't review, says AB de Villiers. The arm ball, but PITCHED OUTSIDE LEG, BK misses his flick and the ball goes off his pads to the off side. Maharaj appeals but the umpire stays put. Faf du Plessis has a chat with his bowler and the team but AB de Villiers says do not review. Replays justify. 103/7
  • 35.5 Full and just outside off, watchfully pushed to the off side.
  • 35.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 35.3 Very full, on middle and off, Bhuvi keeps it out.
  • 35.2 Similar ball, this is defended in front of short leg.
  • 35.1 Full and around off, watchfully defended back to the bowler.
  • First sign of spin in this innings. Can Keshav Maharaj finish this game off? Or do India have a breather?
  • 34.6 FOUR! LOVELY! This pitch is still so good for batting. Half volley outside off, Ashwin comes forward and drives it sweetly through mid off. Not a soul manning that region and it is a boundary! 100 IS UP FOR INDIA and the stand moves to 21. 103/7
  • 34.5 On a length outside off, seaming away, Ashwin feels for it but is beaten by the late away movement.
  • 34.4 Sensible. Plays it towards point and takes a single. 109 more to win now.
  • 34.3 Now the flash. Similar line and length, but this time Bhuvi has a slash at that. Misses that comfortably.
  • 34.2 A bouncer outside off, Kumar arches back nicely and evades it.
  • 34.1 A length ball down the leg side, tucked towards fine leg for a single.
  • 33.6 On a driveable length outside off, Kumar resists the temptation to go for an expansive shot and lets it go. 97/7
  • 33.5 Short and a bit of room on offer, placed nicely to deep point for a run.
  • 33.4 Pitched right up there, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 33.3 Almost went through! On a length around off, jagging in sharply. Ashwin is late in bringing his bat down and somehow keeps it out.
  • 33.2 Makes good use of the depth of the crease and taps it besides the pitch for a single.
  • 33.1 In the corridor of uncertainty, Kumar doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 32.6 Nicely played! Full delivery outside off, Ashwin times his push sweetly through covers and returns for a brace. 95/7
  • 32.5 Rabada slips this down the leg side, Ashwin goes for a glance but misses.
  • 32.4 Short of a length outside off, placed nicely to the off side for a single.
  • 32.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 32.2 Another play and a miss! Back of a length outside off, Kumar tries to force it through the off side but is comprehensively beaten.
  • 32.1 Beautifully bowled! On a good length in the zone of apprehension, Bhuvi feels for it but is foxed completely.
  • 31.6 Bowls this one down the leg side, RA fails to flick it. 92/7
  • 31.5 Short delivery, slanting across Kumar, left alone.
  • 31.4 FOUR! Well-controlled! It was a good delivery but it was really nicely handled by Ravichandran. Back of a length ball, attacking the rib-cage of the batsman. Ashwin hops and tucks it nicely through backward square leg for a boundary.
  • 31.3 Morkel bowls a bouncer from around the stumps, Ashwin sits under it in a jiffy.
  • 31.2 The batsman has pushed it to the cover region. The batsmen have run through for a couple.
  • 31.1 Hangs back to the good length delivery and defends it nicely.
  • 30.6 Terrific stuff from Bavuma! Kumar punches it towards Bavuma at short cover who misjudges it initially but has the alertness to move back swiftly. Chases it, slides and hurls in a flat throw at the bowler's end as Ashwin is forced to dive in for the second run but the throw misses the target. He is quick as lightning. 86/7
  • 30.5 On a length around off, Bhuvi crouches and looks to defend it but gets it off the inner half of the bat towards square leg.
  • 30.4 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 30.3 Good bowling! Back of a length outside off, moving away after pitching. Kumar does well to not commit to it.
  • 30.2 Sharp bouncer around off, testing Kumar. He arches his back, drops his wrists and evades it.
  • 30.1 On a length outside off, holding its line. Kumar plants his front foot across to leave it alone.
  • Rabada to continue his spell.
  • 29.6 Edged but safe! Good length ball outside off, shaping away. Kumar feels for it and gets an outside edge that flies towards the gully region but falls short of the fielder. 84/7
  • 29.5 Full ball outside off, tempting Kumar to go for a drive but he resists the temptation.
  • 29.4 On a length around off, defended solidly.
  • 29.3 Brilliant effort, Rabada! On the hips of Ashwin, he tucks it towards fine leg. Rabada sprints to his right and dives full length to make a brilliant stop. Full marks to the commitment he put in. Only a run given.
  • 29.2 This one is wide outside off, Ravichandran doesn't go chasing after it.
  • 29.1 On a length around off, Ashwin covers the line and defends it stoutly.
  • We are back for the evening session which can be the final one of this game. Bhuvneshwar Kumar joins Ravichandran Ashwin at the crease. Morne Morkel to steam in first up after Tea. Here we go...
  • ... Day 4, Session 3 ...
  • Philander was the standout bowler while Morkel and Rabada were also at their belligerent best. It is a tall ask for the tourists but when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Does the No. 1 side Test side in the world has it in them? Or will the Proteas run away with the show? Join us shortly.
  • It was a barrage of highly disciplined bowling that brought in the breakthrough for the Proteas. They moved the ball both ways and got the better of the batsmen. After India lost three wickets, there was a little fightback from Kohli and Sharma, stitching a 32-run stand but the Proteas bounced back. The dismissal of the Indian skipper broke the backbone of the visitors and from then on, they kept sloping downhill.
  • What a session of Test cricket we have witnessed! Who would have thought that South Africa will come out and dismantle the Indians like a pack of cards but they have done that to storm back into the contest. Not only that, they are right on top and are the favourites. In spite of not having Dale Steyn in the ranks, the pace trio rose to the occasion and flourished admirably.
  • 28.6 OUT! No, it is not sliding down leg! Though India do not lose a review, they lose Saha. Rabada goes wide of the crease and angles in a full length ball that is swinging in prodigiously. Saha in a bid to keep it out falls over a bit and is hit flush on the pads. Rabada roars in an appeal and the umpire rules it out. Saha walks across to his partner and finally challenges the decision. Time for the replays. The Hawk Eye shows it is clipping the leg stump and that is enough. Credit to Rabada. He set Saha up with consistent outswingers and brought one back in to catch the wicket-keeper batsman off guard. THAT SHALL BE TEA ON DAY 4! 82/7
  • India are falling apart! Saha has been adjudged LBW but after a conversation with Ashwin, he opts for the review. Seems close to the naked eye but might be sliding down leg.
  • 28.5 In the channel outside off, left alone.
  • 28.4 De Kock was really confident but the shout for caught behind has been denied! Back of a length outside off, swinging away. Saha has a poke at it and seems that the ball has flown past the outside edge of his bat. The keeper takes it and is excited. However, the rest of the Protea players kill down his excitement. Replays confirm that there was no bat involved.
  • 28.3 Good length outside off, Saha lets it go.
  • 28.2 Sharp short ball around off, shoots off the deck. Saha sways away from the line of the ball and just about evades it.
  • 28.1 Length delivery, angling in. Saha covers the line and defends it stoutly.
  • 27.6 No, the line is outside off. Ashwin comes forward and taps it to covers. 82/6
  • Two catching mid-wickets in place now. The line will be straighter now.
  • 27.5 Angling in appreciably again, kept out towards the same region.
  • 27.4 Full length ball, driven off the front foot to mid on.
  • Faf du Plessis runs across to Philander and has a chat with him. Slip moves out and there is an extra man in the inner ring on the off side. The man at mid off comes a bit straighter.
  • 27.3 Once again generates huge amount of outswing on the fullish delivery. Ashwin keeps his bat inside the line and leaves it alone.
  • 27.2 Well played! Fullish delivery, tailing in. Ashwin clears his front leg and taps it to covers.
  • 27.1 Heavy outswinger outside off, Ashwin keeps his bat inside the line and lets it go safely.
  • 26.6 On a length outside off, Wriddhiman lets it go. 82/6
  • 26.5 Peach! Full delivery outside off, Saha goes at it gingerly and gets foxed. A lot is happening at the moment. The batsmen need to be careful.
  • 26.4 Makes good use of the depth of the crease and steers it through point for a single.
  • 26.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 26.2 Rush of blood from Ashwin! Short and room on offer, Ashwin goes for a slash but misses.
  • 26.1 Tests Ashwin with a bouncer, Ashwin ducks under it.
  • 25.6 Accounts for the sharp inswing and plays it defensively to mid-wicket. 81/6
  • 25.5 Full length ball, tailing in, Saha lunges forward in defense.
  • 25.4 FOUR! Courageous shot! Full delivery on off, Saha clips it aerially over mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 25.3 Swing and movement! On a length, shaping in. Saha fends at it taking his bottom hand off but gets hit on the thigh pads.
  • 25.2 In the zone outside off, left alone.
  • 25.1 On a length outside off, tapped with an open bat face to point.
  • 24.6 Fuller in length, defended solidly off the front foot. 77/6
  • 24.5 Angling in sharply to Ashwin who comes forward and blocks it.
  • 24.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 24.3 Outside off, a tentative play and miss for Ashwin.
  • 24.2 Full delivery around off, Ashwin plays inside the line and lets it go.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin comes out to bat. Meanwhile, de Villiers gets his finger taped after taking the catch.
  • 24.1 OUT! Another one bites the dust! South Africa are ruling the roost in home conditions. Fuller in length outside off, swinging away appreciably. Pandya leans forward and has a tentative push at it but gets a thick outside edge which flies towards de Villiers in the gully region. The best Protea fielder dives to his right and takes a fine catch. The hosts need 4 more wickets to win. It is bright and sunny in Cape Town but looking all gloomy for the visitors at the moment.
  • 23.6 Back of a length outside off, placed through point for a single. 77/5
  • 23.5 That's a brute of a delivery! Good length outside off, swinging away. Pandya tries to defend it but is beaten all ends up.
  • 23.4 Fullish delivery, kept out watchfully.
  • 23.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • Hardik Pandya comes out to bat. These kind of circumstances provide an opportunity to emerge as an hero. Does Pandya have it in him?
  • 23.2 OUT! The dropped catch of Maharaj doesn't cost the Proteas much! Maharaj who dropped him in the previous over is charging in and has a big smile on his face. Uncertainty consumes Rohit Sharma. Good length ball outside off, moving away after landing. Sharma initially tries to run it down to third man but then feels that it is better to be left alone. That misjudgement costs him dear and he gets a thick inside edge that goes onto hit the stumps. India have lost half their side now and are staring down the barrel.
  • 23.1 Full delivery outside off, swinging in. Sharma leaves it alone.
  • 22.6 In two minds! Saha looks to leave this delivery outside off alone but plays at it at the last moment. Gets a bottom edge that rolls towards gully. 76/4
  • 22.5 FOUR! Nicely done! Full delivery outside off, driven crisply through covers for a boundary. Saha is a gritty player and won't go down without a fight.
  • 22.4 The batsman fails to put bat on ball.
  • 22.3 Dropped! What have you done, Maharaj? You can't get an easier catch than that. Short ball, shoots off the deck and catches Sharma by surprise. He takes his eyes off the ball and pulls it unconvincingly. Gets a top edge that swirls in the air towards deep square leg. Maharaj lines it up but makes a mess of it. Doesn't even get his hands to it and the ball hits his knee. Ends up spilling a dolly. He has his glasses but they are on his cap. Wears them on now. What is the point?
  • 22.2 On a length outside off, Sharma doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 22.1 Fullish delivery, defended off the front foot.
  • 21.6 Ooh... the ball is tailing in prodigiously now. Full delivery, reversing in, played off the inner half of the bat to mid-wicket. 71/4
  • 21.5 Back of a length outside off, tapped to point.
  • Wriddhiman Saha comes out to bat. India in a spot of bother.
  • 21.4 OUT! The decision stands and this is a body blow for the Indians! The backbone of the visitors has been broken. Kohli is the man whom you bank upon in a chase. South Africa are over the moon for dismantling the Indian skipper. Fuller length ball on off, swinging in appreciably. Kohli shuffles a bit, is late to bring his bat down on the flick and gets pinged on the pads. Philander doesn't stop in his followthrough and is already celebrating while the keeper appeals. Up goes the umpire's finger. Kohli walks across gingerly to Sharma and consults about the DRS. Decides to review it eventually as this is a big moment in the game. There is nothing on the Snicko. Hawk Eye rolls in, spots three reds and signals the exit for Kohli. The captain was looking good but fails to carry on. Big moment in the game.
  • A huge moment in the game! Barring an inside edge, Kohli seems to be a dead duck. Philander was celebrating before the decision was given.
  • 21.3 On a length outside off. Kohli plants his front foot across and makes a sensible leave.
  • 21.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 21.1 Fullish delivery, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 20.6 Ooh.. almost carried to du Plessis! In the corridor of uncertainty, Sharma is in two minds whether to leave it or play at it. Is late to bring his bat up and gets a bottom edge which just falls of the diving Protea skipper at second slip. 71/3
  • 20.5 Played to the point region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 20.4 In the channel outside off, left alone.
  • 20.3 That one took off! Fuller length well outside off, zips through after pitching. Kohli lets it go. Good bounce and carry on that.
  • 20.2 FOUR! Rabada errs in line and pays the price for it! He goes wide of the crease and angles down a full ball sharply. All Kohli has to do is to get a tickle on it and he does so to beat the keeper and find the fine leg fence.
  • 20.1 Good fielding from de Villiers! Overpitched around off, Kohli drives it crisply towards extra cover where AB dives to his right and saves at least a couple for his side.
  • Rabada is back on.
  • 19.6 Pitched right up well outside off, swings in late. Sharma doesn't fiddle with it. 66/3
  • 19.5 Fullish delivery outside off, swinging away. Kohli strides forward and caresses it through point for a run. Maharaj hares from the deep and does well to keep the batsmen down to a run.
  • 19.4 In the zone outside off, third leave in a row.
  • 19.3 Outside off again, Kohli is circumspect in approach and makes another leave.
  • 19.2 Good length ball outside off, swinging away. Virat plants his front foot across and leaves it alone.
  • 19.1 Kohli needs to be careful! Can't afford to gift his wicket away. Back of a length outside off, tapped with an open bat face towards gully. Wants a run and is rightly sent back. The fielder has a shy at the striker's end but misses.
  • 18.6 Fullish and straying on the pads, helped to fine leg for a run. 65/3
  • 18.5 Another shortish ball, pulled around the corner for a single.
  • 18.4 Short ball, doesn't bounce much. Sharma pulls it through backward square leg and comes back for the second run. Kohli wants the third but Sharma is not that aware.
  • 18.3 Good length ball outside off, shoots off the deck. Sharma lets it go.
  • 18.2 The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact.
  • 18.1 Overpitched around off, driven towards mid off.
  • 17.6 Fullish delivery, angling in, Kohli presents a water-tight defense. 61/3
  • 17.5 On a good length outside off, holding its line. Kohli points his bat skywards to allow it through.
  • 17.4 Sits deep in the crease to the good length delivery and answers it with a straight bat.
  • 17.3 Fullish delivery in that probing off stump channel, Rohit comes ahead and taps it besides the pitch on the off side for a quick run.
  • 17.2 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 17.1 Wide outside off, Sharma leaves it alone.
  • Philander is back on.
  • 16.6 Fullish delivery around off, Kohli tries to keep it out but gets an inside edge through square leg. Two runs taken. 60/3
  • 16.5 A play and a miss! Length ball outside off, Kohli fishes at it and gets beaten.
  • 16.4 FOUR! 'Vintage Kohli cover drive!' exclaims Harsha Bhogle on air. What a shot. Fullish delivery outside off, Kohli leans into it and creams it through covers. Away she whistles to the fence. Textbook stuff from the Indian skipper. All the youngsters out there, this is the way you should play a cover drive. High elbow, feet pointing towards the delivery and a nice extension of the arms.
  • 16.3 Testing Kohli's patience is Morkel! Bangs in a short of a length ball outside off, moving away. Kohli doesn't flirt with danger this time.
  • 16.2 This one his hurled way outside off, Kohli doesn't go chasing after it.
  • 16.1 Fullish delivery outside off, swinging away. Kohli plants his front foot across and allows it through.
  • 15.6 Full length ball on off, defended solidly down the track. 54/3
  • 15.5 Defended off the back foot by Rohit Sharma.
  • 15.4 Full length ball on middle and leg, clipped to deep square leg for a single.
  • 15.3 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 15.2 Rohit has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 15.1 The batsman has done well to keep that yorker at bay.
  • 14.6 The batsman has pushed it to the cover region. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs. 52/3
  • 14.5 Short and a bit of room on offer, Sharma places it to deep for a single. That brings up the 50 for India.
  • 14.4 Well bowled! Angling in appreciably, Sharma plays it off the inner half towards mid on.
  • 14.3 Fullish in length around off, Rohit comes ahead and pushes it to covers.
  • 14.2 In the zone outside off, left alone.
  • 14.1 Back of a length ball, Sharma hangs back and defends it solidly.
  • 13.6 Well played again! Full ball outside off, Virat caresses it through mid off and gets a brace. 49/3
  • 13.5 Hangs back to the good length ball and defends it solidly.
  • 13.4 Good timing! Overpitched outside off, Sharma doesn't overhit it and times his drive beautifully through wide mid off. The fielder from the cover region runs after it and saves a run for his side.
  • 13.3 Straying on the pads, nudged around the corner for a run.
  • 13.2 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 13.1 FOUR! Easy pickings! Rabada can't afford to ease the pressure that has been built up. Fullish and angling down leg, Kohli tickles it past the keeper to the fine leg fence.
  • 12.6 A loose shot! A short ball well outside off, Rohit Sharma goes for a full-fledged pull but misses. A productive over for South Africa. 39/3
  • 12.5 Full ball going down the leg side, Sharma tries to flick it away but is hit on the pads.
  • 12.4 On a good length, kept out solidly.
  • 12.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • Rohit Sharma comes out to bat.
  • 12.2 OUT! South Africa have come storming back into this contest! It is turning out to be an edge-of-the-seat game. Can't blame Pujara as it was an unplayable delivery. Good length ball on off, takes off with extra bounce and moves away slightly. Pujara hops and has to try to keep it out but the ball catches the shoulder of the bat and flies behind. De Kock takes a regulation catch to his right. Morkel has taken off and pumps his fists. He is absolutely pumped up. The visitors still need 169 runs to win while South Africa need 7 wickets.
  • 12.1 On a length outside off, Pujara points his bat skywards to allow it through.
  • Morne Morkel returns for a burst.
  • 11.6 Hangs back and tucks it to mid-wicket for a single. 39/2
  • 11.5 In the channel outside off, left alone.
  • 11.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 11.3 An opportunity missed! Almost a wicket for South Africa. Kohli taps the length ball towards covers and sets off. Pujara is a bit slow to respond and run and in the meanwhile, Elgar runs to his left, picks up the ball and throws it in one motion at the bowler's end but it is a wayward throw. That allows Kohli to get home. A direct hit would have sent the skipper packing.
  • 11.2 Hangs back and plays it with an angled bat towards gully.
  • 11.1 FOUR! Not convincing! Shortish ball outside off, leaving the right-hander. He pokes at it and gets it off the outer half past the backward point region to find the fence.
  • 10.6 A fuller ball away from the outside stump, left alone and no chances taken to play the shot. 33/2
  • 10.5 A medium length ball with pace between the middle stump and off stump, placed into the ground wile playing the shot on the front foot, no runs again.
  • 10.4 A good delivery on the outside off with a hint of bounce, the ball takes the outside edge and is sent towards the slip region by Pujara, 2 runs on this delivery.
  • 10.3 A fullish ball outside off, intelligent balling strategy on display, a wide array of balls to witness, defended from within the crease.
  • 10.2 A wide ball on the leg side, not a moment of thought into leaving it alone.
  • 10.1 A medium but good delivery on the mid stumps, just placed it on the pitch with minimum effort, defensive yet strategic Game play on showcase, Not greedy for runs.
  • 9.6 Nervy Kohli! Good length ball on off, Kohli is early into his tuck and gets a safe leading edge towards covers. 31/2
  • 9.5 Ooh.. that stayed low! On a length around off, stays low. Kohli adjusts in his crease and does well to keep it out towards covers.
  • 9.4 On a length around off, Kohli hangs back and defends it stoutly.
  • 9.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 9.2 Good length delivery, angling in. Kohli fails to get bat on ball and is struck on the thigh pad.
  • 9.1 Swinging in substantially and going down leg, tickled to fine leg for a run.
  • Kagiso Rabada comes into the attack.
  • 8.6 On a length, defended solidly off the front foot. 30/2
  • Virat Kohli comes out to bat. A captain's knock is the need of the hour.
  • 8.5 OUT! Vijay's misery comes to an end! A terrific delivery to get rid of him. South Africa are making hay while the sun shines. On a good length in the avenue of apprehension, swinging away. Vijay comes forward and looks to defend it but gets a fat outside edge which flies towards the slip cordon. AB de Villiers dives to his left and grabs a really good catch. That was not an easy catch but with swift movement, he made that look like a walk in the park. South Africa are still fighting and are definitely in with a chance. India need 178 more to win.
  • 8.4 Sits deep in the crease to the good length ball and defends it with a straight bat.
  • 8.3 Once again some prodigious away swing on this one. Vijay covers his stumps and makes an assured leave.
  • 8.2 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 8.1 Vijay is looking jittery in the middle. The ball is moving around and causing a lot of troubles for the batsmen. Full length ball outside off, swinging away sharply. Vijay pushes at it tamely and is beaten all ends up.
  • 7.6 A full length ball, on the in line of the stumps, sliding in, this was defended on the back foot. 30/1
  • Cheteshwar Pujara is the new man in.
  • 7.5 OUT! Morkel draws first blood! Dhawan got out to the short ball in his first innings in this Test and again falls for the bait. Shortish delivery, angling away from the southpaw. He hops to counter it but the ball shoots off the deck and catches him by surprise. He fends at it and gets an edge. The ball lobs towards the substitute Chris Morris at gully and he takes it with ease. Morkel always makes it difficult for batsmen. It seems that stones are being pelted from a lighthouse. Uncertain angles, steep heights, prey pounced upon.
  • 7.4 A delivery on the leg stump, Vijay nudges the ball fine down the leg side, single taken.
  • 7.3 A beautiful delivery outside off with the right amount of length, left alone for good and not tempted for runs is Vijay.
  • 7.2 A full ball outside off stump, shows no hesitation to leave the ball.
  • 7.1 On middle and leg, this is flicked through mid-wicket for an easy single.
  • 6.6 Peach! Brilliant short of a length ball outside off, moving away. Vijay feels for it and is beaten all ends up. 28/0
  • 6.5 Not Out! Another judicious review from India! On a good length around off, Vijay uses his feet and fishes at it tentatively and seems to have got a faint nick behind to the keeper. The hosts appeal and up goes the umpire's finger. Vijay goes for the review immediately. Has he again survived? Well, the replays show that there is clear daylight between bat and ball.
  • South Africa have got their man but Vijay is confident as he challenges the decision immediately. Have the visitors got their review right again?
  • 6.4 Fuller in length, kept out watchfully.
  • Shaun Pollock on air reckons he has seen Faf du Plessis has indicated to Kagiso Rabada that he will be on after 1 more over. Let's see...
  • 6.3 Hangs back to the good length ball and blocks it with a straight bat.
  • 6.2 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 6.1 FOUR! Vijay gets away with this one! On a length outside off, Vijay pushes at it but gets an outside edge that flies past the gully region. No third man in place now and the ball races to the fence.
  • 5.6 A full length ball on the leg, which is brilliantly glanced on fine leg, delicate show of wrists by Dhawan, the ball goes for the ropes, signaled for 4. 24/0
  • 5.5 Oooh! Extra bounce with an aggression pitch on the off side, Dhawan arches behind and leaves it for good.
  • 5.4 A length ball, defended from within the crease and a single run taken.
  • 5.3 Beautiful work with those wrists, flicks it away but no runs taken.
  • 5.2 A good length ball on the middle stump, Vijay plays it on the front foot and places it on the pitch.
  • 5.1 On middle and leg, this is tucked through mid-wicket for three runs.
  • 4.6 Plays this one with soft hands to point and crosses over. 16/0
  • 4.5 Poor from Dhawan! He is looking really nervy! Overpitched around off, Dhawan goes for a drive down the ground but gets beaten all ends up. The ball just misses the off pole.
  • 4.4 Straighter this time, tucked through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 4.3 FOUR! Nervy moment! Fuller in length, leaving Dhawan. He drives at it with hard hands but gets a thick outside edge past the slip cordon for a boundary.
  • 4.2 Sits deep in the crease to the good length ball and answers it with a straight bat.
  • 4.1 Fuller in length around off, Dhawan taps it to the off side and wants a run but has been sent back.
  • 3.6 Hangs deep in the crease and tucks it with a closed bat face face to the leg side. 9/0
  • 3.5 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 3.4 FOUR! Sweet! Full length ball outside off, Vijay leans into it and caresses it through covers to find the fence.
  • 3.3 Dug in short, Murali ducks under it.
  • 3.2 That was a close shave! On a good length outside off, angling in. Vijay lets it go but it was not far away from the off pole.
  • 3.1 Shortish ball, shoots off the deck. Dhawan gets into an uncomfortable position but manages to pull it through backward square leg for a single.
  • 2.6 A fullish ball outside off. Vijay is eager for a drive but fails to put the wood on the ball. 4/0
  • 2.5 Tentative! The ball was short of a length outside off. Vijay misjudges it and has a waft at it but gets beaten.
  • 2.4 A full length ball outside off, left alone.
  • 2.3 The ball has found the edge of the bat. Two runs added to the total.
  • 2.2 Not Out! How did that miss the stumps? Anyways, proves to be a brilliant use of the review. Fullish delivery, angling in. Vijay shuffles a touch and tries to clip it but misses to get pinged on the pads. The South Africans are ecstatic and up goes the umpire's finger. Looked dead to the naked eye. However, Vijay walks across to Dhawan, has a long chat with him and decides to review it. Time for the replays. Oh ho! Impact is in line, pitching is in line but it is going over the stumps. Kohli likes it and claps from the dressing room.
  • Time for a review! Vijay has been adjudged LBW but he has a chat with his partner and finally goes for the review. Seems really close to the naked eye.
  • 2.1 A length ball, on the middle stump, defends it from the crease, with caution.
  • 1.6 Fullish delivery, patted back to the bowler. 2/0
  • 1.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman
  • 1.4 Fullish in length, angling down. Dhawan tries to clip it away but is hit on the pads.
  • 1.3 Morkel goes around the wicket to Dhawan and bowls a back of a length outside off, punched nicely off the back foot.
  • 1.2 Streaky! Good length delivery in that tight off stump corridor, Murali Vijay hangs back to defend but gets an outside edge towards the slip cordon. A run taken.
  • 1.1 Right on target to begin with! On a length in the zone of apprehension, angling in sharply. Vijay knows where his off stump is and makes a brave leave as the ball sails into the gloves of the keeper.
  • With Steyn not bowling further, Morne Morkel will share the new ball.
  • 0.6 Shaping away from Dhawan as he plants his front foot across and allows it through. 1/0
  • 0.5 Angling away on a length from the southpaw, he remains circumspect in approach and lets it go.
  • 0.4 Hangs back to the good length delivery and defends it solidly besides the pitch on the off side.
  • 0.3 Down the leg side, Dhawan tries to whip it away but misses.
  • 0.2 A loud shout for an LBW denied! On a length on middle, a bit of nibble in the air and it is angling down. Vijay tries to clip it through but misses to get pinged on the pads. Philander is confident but the umpire shows no interest as the batsmen steal a leg bye.
  • 0.1 Starts off with a length ball down the leg side, Vijay tries to play it with soft hands but only connects with thin air.



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4969 124
2 South Africa 3888 111
3 Australia 4174 104
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 England 4829 99
6 Sri Lanka 4058 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 6386 120
2 India 6680 119
3 England 6320 115
4 New Zealand 6404 114
5 Australia 6012 113
6 Pakistan 4811 96
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 2262 126
2 Pakistan 2843 124
3 India 3385 121
4 England 2029 119
5 West Indies 2538 115
6 South Africa 2238 112