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South Africa Vs India Live Score (TEST)

Date: Wednesday, 17 January, 2018 16:04 IST Venue: SuperSport Park, Centurion Match Status: Match Ended

South Africa beat India by 135 runs

335/10
Overs
113.5
R/R
2.95
Fours
48
Sixes
0
Extras
9
307/10
Overs
92.1
R/R
3.33
Fours
37
Sixes
0
Extras
12
258/10
Overs
91.3
R/R
2.83
Fours
31
Sixes
1
Extras
8
151/10
Overs
50.2
R/R
3.01
Fours
18
Sixes
1
Extras
5
  • India will have to survive a tricky over before the break. Will be interesting to see if Vijay and Rahul go out unbeaten. Another thing eagerly watched will be how South Africa start with the new ball. Stay with us to find out what happens.
  • A glance at the Proteas' scorecard suggests a lot of starts left unconverted. As many as three batters got scores over 50 but failed to convert them into a triple figure one. They had 5 partnerships over 40, none went on to get a century. The visiting bowlers fared well, with Ashwin and Ishant doing well. They picked up 7 wickets between them to contain the opposition.
  • India have done exactly what they sought out to do this morning - bowl the opposition out quickly. Only du Plessis really was the last thorn and he was the second-last man gone. But before departing, he got to another half century and added a good 42 runs with Rabada at the other end. That stand was furthered due to the catches of the latter that India dropped on consecutive balls.
  • We are hearing that India will have to survive one over before Lunch. The players in the South African dressing room also stood up and were confused about the way forward, before the confirmation came.
  • 113.5 OUT! That's it! Ashwin has four to his name. It is a matter of when, when a left-hander lower order batsman is at the crease against the off spinner. Tossed up ball around off, Morkel gets down and looks to go big. All he does is, he manages to slice it high up in the air to deep covers where Vijay takes it easily. SOUTH AFRICA 335 ALL OUT!
  • 113.4 First run for Ngidi in white-dress cricket. He works it through mid on for a single.
  • 113.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • Couple of men deep on the leg side.
  • 113.2 A touch shorter outside off Morkel pats it to cover-point and sets off for a run. Pandya gets there and hurls a throw at the striker's end but misses the direct hit. Patel also fails to collect it and whip the bails off. A run results.
  • 113.1 Floated outside off, Morkel misses the ball as he gets down to defend.
  • 112.6 This one is defended towards covers. 333/9
  • 112.5 Beaten on the inside in the first ball that he faces. Length ball just around off, Ngidi looks to block but gets beaten.
  • Lungi Ngidi, the debutant, is the last man in for South Africa. How good is he with the bat? Entertainment time?
  • 112.4 OUT! Knocked him over! Brilliant sight for a fast bowler - the woodwork disturbed! Despair for Faf, delight for Ishant. Sharma runs in from over the wicket and angles it into du Plessis on a fuller length. On another day and any other situation, du Plessis would have defended this. But now, he looks to go with the drive on the up. Misses the ball as it sneaks in through the gap between bat and pad and disturbs the middle stump. Sharma shouts in delight as he picks up his third. Another batter fails to convert a fifty to a ton in this innings, as the Protea skipper falls 37 short.
  • 112.3 Sharma comes round the wicket and bowls it on a length angling in. Morne works it away to deep mid-wicket for one.
  • 112.2 Ahh! This is the tailender Morkel that we know. Sees width on offer on this length ball and looks to free his arms with a slash. Misses the ball by just. Immediately raises his hand in apology to his skipper at the other end.
  • 112.1 FOUR! This is the shot of the match, reckons Shaun Pollock on air. Yes, it is a nice one but not so much so that a tag such as this be attached to it. Sharma lands it on a length around middle and leg, Morkel hops up and flicks it through mid-wicket. Such is the timing on that the ball speeds away to the fence.
  • 111.6 This ball is turned towards mid-wicket. 328/8
  • 111.5 Ashwin switches sides and delivers it on the pads. FDP comes down and blocks.
  • 111.4 Floated outside off, driven to covers.
  • 111.3 This is punched off the back foot towards mid off.
  • 111.2 Ash comes back over the wicket and bowls it flatter outside off. Du Plessis blocks.
  • 111.1 FOUR! Intentions crystal clear! Ashwin tosses up this carrom ball from round the wicket in line of the stumps. Faf du Plessis gets down the track and slogs this wide of the player at long on. Gets a boundary for doing so.
  • 110.6 Banged short on the stumps, ducked under by Morne. Wicket maiden from Ishant. 324/8
  • 110.5 Length ball outside off, pushed towards point.
  • 110.4 Fuller ball outside off, Morkel lets it go.
  • The next batter in for South Africa is Morne Morkel.
  • 110.3 OUT! Hardik Pandya makes amends to the earlier chance that he gave to Kagiso Rabada. A look at the way he has taken this one would make us feel that he has done more than well. Ishant Sharma bowls it short, Rabada goes for the pull irrespective of the fact that there is a man there. Pandya runs in and takes it with a dive forward. But he knows that Rabada shouldn't have stayed in the middle for as long as he did. Hence, he does not celebrate but only flings the ball away, more in anger. Nevertheless, India just two wickets away from bowling out the opposition.
  • 110.2 Fuller on off, defended from the crease.
  • 110.1 Well outside off, left alone.
  • Ishant Sharma back for another spell. 20-3-41-1 are his current figures.
  • 109.6 FOUR! Poor ball, punished. Ashwin bowls a carrom ball outside off, it turns away a touch. But the length is short and that allows du Plessis ample time to go back and cut it through backward point for a boundary. 324/7
  • 109.5 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total.
  • 109.4 This time du Plessis sweeps this past Vijay at short leg for one.
  • 109.3 This time he dances down the track and keeps it out towards mid-wicket.
  • 109.2 Painful? Maybe. Du Plessis gets down and plays the sweep. It goes off short leg's shin pad towards backward square leg.
  • 109.1 Dropped? Looked so! Ashwin comes over the wicket and floats it just outside off. Du Plessis looks to keep it out but seems to have edged it to Patel. The keeper fumbles and eventually grasses it. Replays fail to spot an edge there and Parthiv can breathe easy.
  • 108.6 Hardik comes round the wicket and bowls it fuller on off, defended with a stride forward. 318/7
  • 108.5 On a length around off, Rabada stays in the crease and defends.
  • 108.4 Tapped towards point for a single.
  • 108.3 Faf is early into his flick and ends up getting a soft leading edge down the track.
  • 108.2 Once again du Plessis works this through backward square leg for two more.
  • 108.1 The skipper is leading the battle for South Africa. Gets to his 17th Test fifty, his second in the series. A nice harmless ball to get there as he gets a length ball on the pads. Works it away through square leg for a couple. Good grafting knock from Faf du Plessis.
  • 107.6 Once again Rabada comes forward to block but the ball spins away past the outside edge. 313/7
  • 107.5 Kagiso lunges forwards bunts this delivery around off.
  • 107.4 Blocked towards mid-wicket from the crease.
  • 107.3 Flatter ball angling in, worked away through square leg for a couple.
  • 107.2 Nice loop on that one and there is significant spin as well. Draws Rabada forward in defense and goes the other way to just tease the lower order bat.
  • 107.1 This one is worked towards square leg.
  • 106.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 311/7
  • 106.5 FOUR! Rohit Sharma should have done better feels Pandya there. He delivers it on a fuller length around off, du Plessis looks to hit it with a straight bat. But the ball goes off the outer edge, passes Sharma at short point who dives but fails to stop that. Once that happens a boundary it is.
  • 106.4 Played to the point region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 106.3 Edged but safe! On a length outside off, Rabada has a feel for that. The ball takes the outside edge but lands just short of Kohli's right at first slip and goes towards the third man fence. Two runs taken before Virat retrieves it. Perhaps, Patel could have gone for that catch as he had better chance of reaching it and hence taking it.
  • 106.2 Well outside off, left alone.
  • 106.1 Length ball angling in, flicked away for a single.
  • Hardik Pandya to run in with the ball now. 14-4-37-0 read his figures.
  • 105.6 Seems to be the carrom ball, Rabada misses the flick and gets hit high on the pads. 303/7
  • 105.5 Worked away off his pads through square leg for one.
  • 105.4 FDP has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 105.3 Flatter ball is Ash's response. Flicked towards mid-wicket.
  • 105.2 FOUR! Du Plessis is intent to not let Ashwin settle. Sees this ball tossed up, gets down and takes out the sweep shot. Makes good connection as the ball races away to the square leg fence. There were fielders in the deep but it was near none of them.
  • 105.1 On the pads, flicked towards short leg.
  • 104.6 This one is worked away through square leg to retain strike. 298/7
  • 104.5 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman.
  • 104.4 FOUR! Much better. Length ball just outside off, du Plessis hangs back and punches this one. The ball goes through the vacant cover region and rolls away to the fence.
  • 104.3 Jaffa! This is almost similar to the one that got Maharaj. Landing on off, moving away just a touch. Du Plessis is squared up in his defense but does well to not edge that.
  • 104.2 This one is punched towards covers.
  • 104.1 On a length, angling away from Rabada, he glides it to third man for one.
  • Drinks!
  • 103.6 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. 292/7
  • 103.5 Ashwin floats it outside off, Faf tries to sweep but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 103.4 In the air... and dropped again! Ashwin might be tearing his hair out here. Rabada who has been struggling against the off spinner tries to take him on. He comes down the track and tries to go big but the ball turns away and he ends up slicing it in the air towards cover-point. There are two fielders going for it, one from point and the other from covers. There is no calling between the two. Pandya who gets to the ball first from the latter position, gets two hands to it but does not manage hang on. Another reprieve for Rabada. Pandya might have been distracted due to the presence of Shami. Kohli is not a happy man there and he seems telling Shami that it was Pandya's catch,
  • 103.3 EDGED AND DROPPED! The poor catching in the slip cordon continues! The skipper is the man in fault here. Ashwin bowls a flighted delivery on off, it turns away. Rabada tries to defend but gets an outside edge which goes low and to the right of Kohli. He sticks one hand out and tries to grab it but fails to do so and the ball goes down towards third man. Meanwhile the batsman pick up a brace.
  • 103.2 Floats it up on middle, Rabada defends it off the front foot.
  • 103.1 Tosses it up on middle, workes it to square leg for a run.
  • 102.6 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it. 288/7
  • 102.5 Comes around the wicket, from the angle he got Rabada in the first game. He bowls it on middle, Kagiso drives to mid on.
  • 102.4 On the pads, a poor ball by Shami. Faf fails to flick and gets hit on the pads. The ball rolls towards fine leg for an easy leg bye.
  • 102.3 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 102.2 A good comeback by Shami! He bowls it on a length around off, the nall takes off after pitching. Faf does really well to take his gloves out of the way.
  • 102.1 FOUR! TOP CLASS! Not a very bad delivery but Faf has timed that to perfection. Shami bowls it a touch fuller, not that full though. Du Plessis drives it on the up, past the diving mid off fielder for a boundary.
  • 101.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 283/7
  • 101.5 Slower through the air outside off, Rabada lets it be.
  • 101.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 101.3 Ohhhh! Ashwin has started off really well, he is causing all sorts of problems for the left-hander. He bowls this one flatter on middle, it turns away from the batsman. Rabada goes on the back foot and tries to defend but is beaten to get hit high on the pads.
  • 101.2 BEATEN! Ashwin is bringing all his variation in play here! He tosses this one up on off, gets it to turn away. Rabada this time does not play for the spin and gets beaten.
  • 101.1 Another appeal but the umpire this time too shakes his head! Ashwin bowls a straighter one on middle, Rabada plays for the turn but is beaten on the inside as the ball hits the pads. The players appeal but the umpire once again shakes his head. Might be sliding down leg.
  • 100.6 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 283/7
  • 100.5 Fuller in length on middle, Rabada drives it towards Ishant who misfields and concedes a run. Sloppy from the tall fast bowler, I think all that bowling and the heat might have taken a toll on him as he was lazy in going down.
  • 100.4 Another testing delivery! Shami changes the angle this time and comes around the wicket. He lands it on off and gets it to shape away. Rabada pokes it it and gets beaten.
  • 100.3 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 100.2 Good bowling! He has found his rhythm today. Shami lands it on a length around off, angles it away from the batsman. Rabada hangs his bat out but gets beaten.
  • 100.1 Bouncer on middle, Rabada watches it go through to the keeper.
  • 99.6 Floats it on off, Faf defends it off the front foot. 282/7
  • 99.5 The batsman tries flicking a ball that is down the leg side.
  • 99.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 99.3 Worked to mid-wicket with the turn.
  • 99.2 Faf comes down the track and tries to flick he misses and the ball hits him on the pads.
  • 99.1 Flatter on off, Faf defends it off the back foot.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin is into the attack.
  • 98.6 The batsman gets an inside edge and the ball hits him on the pads. 282/7
  • Kagiso Rabada comes into bat.
  • 98.5 OUT! GONE! 100th Test wicket for Shami! He was poor yesterday but strikes in his first over today. Excellent delivery! Shami lands it on a length around off, it moves away ever so slightly, enough to take the edge as Maharaj tries to defend. Patel behind the stumps does the rest. The delivery was too good for a lower-order batsman to negotiate as it was on the fifth stump line which forces the batsman to play and Shami also got some extra bounce there.
  • 98.4 Back of a length outside off, Maharaj first thinks of going after it but then pulls out of the shot.
  • 98.3 Just ahead of a length on off, defended towards covers.
  • 98.2 Back of a length on middle, Faf works it around the corner to change strike.
  • 98.1 A good start by him! He bowls a fuller ball on middle, no swing on offer though. Faf times it to mid on.
  • Mohammed Shami is into the attack.
  • 97.6 A yorker this time on middle, Maharaj may have expected it as he digs it out to mid on. 281/6
  • 97.5 A full toss outside off, he might be going for a yorker which he is known to bowl. He does not quite get it right. Maharaj tries to drive but does not connect.
  • 97.4 Another short ball on middle, Keshav ducks under it.
  • 97.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 97.2 Another fuller length ball, angling into the batsman. Maharaj tries to defend with his pad close. It strikes both and the players appeal but the umpire shakes his head. The question here is what did it hit first? Replays are not conclusive nevertheless the umpire feels it is bat first.
  • 97.1 Catch it is the call but there is no edge! Bumrah serves a full ball outside off, wanting Maharaj to go after it. He reaches out in an attempt to drive but gets beaten.
  • 96.6 That too is a quality shot but only for a run! Ishant bowls it on a length on off, Maharaj, on the up, drives it through covers for an easy run. 281/6
  • 96.5 A good delivery! Sharma angles it into the batsman from wide of the crease, gets it to shape away. Maharaj tries to defend but is beaten by the away movement.
  • 96.4 A bumper on middle, Maharaj ducks under it.
  • 96.3 FOUR! Excellent shot! Ishant offers width outside off once again but this time bowls it a touch shorter. Maharaj slaps it through cover-point, there was a fielder in the deep but he had no chance.
  • 96.2 Full outside off, the batsman lets it be.
  • 96.1 Fuller in length on off, Maharaj defends it solidly.
  • 95.6 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it. 276/6
  • 95.5 Fuller in length on off, pushed to covers.
  • 95.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 95.3 OUCH! That has hit Faf on the box. Bumrah once again lands it on a length around off, it jags back in. Du Plessis tries to defend but is done in by the inswing and the ball hits him on the box. He initially shows some pain but he is fine now. A tough lad!
  • 95.2 Excellent effort by Shami! He has not had a good time with the ball but he saves a certain boundary there. Faf is gutted as run scoring has not been easy. He drives the full ball towards mid off where Shami dives to his left and makes an excellent stop.
  • 95.1 Bumrah goes wide of the crease and angles it around off. Faf keeps his eyes on the ball and leaves it.
  • 94.6 Bouncer! The surprise delivery, Maharaj though is not surprised as he ducks under it. 276/6
  • 94.5 Another one which beats the edge! On a length outside off, Maharaj goes after it loosely but gets beaten.
  • 94.4 Once again he bowls it very wide outside off, not hitting consistent lines. Maharaj leaves it.
  • 94.3 Fuller this time, this is where Ishant should be bowling. Maharaj though drives it back towards mid off.
  • 94.2 Back of a length on off, pushed to covers.
  • 94.1 Nice shot! Maharaj is showing he can hold a bat here. Ishant bangs it in a little short outside off, Maharaj punches it through covers for a couple.
  • 93.6 Once again the inswinging ball is creating problems for du Plessis! Bumrah bowls it on a length around off, it comes back in sharply. Faf gets an inside edge onto his pads as he tries to defend. 274/6
  • 93.5 Shorter in length on middle, Maharaj tucks it towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 93.4 Back of a length on off, pushed to covers.
  • 93.3 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 93.2 On a length around off, Faf tries to defend but it goes off the inside edge towards fine leg for a run.
  • 93.1 NOT OUT! Yes, it is going over. India have lost both their reviews now. Bumrah comes running in and bowls it on off, he gets some inward movement. Faf is undone by it as he tries to flick. He misses and the ball hits him high on the pads. Bumrah appeals, he actually is pleading as he feels he has got his man. The umpire though stays put. After a long chat Kohli finally decides to review. Replays roll in and there is no bat involved but the ball is bouncing over the stumps. The on-field call stays.
  • A huge shout for LBW against Faf and the umpire shakes his head. Virat Kohli, after taking his time opts to review. Height can be an issue here as Faf is on his toes as he is playing that.
  • 92.6 And again, he bowls it wide outside off, Maharaj need not play at those. 272/6
  • 92.5 Good length outside off, Maharaj lets it be. Ishant has bowled well but he has to make the batsman play a little more. For now he is bowling quite wide outside off.
  • 92.4 Short, aimed at the body of the batsman. Faf easily helps it on its way towards fine leg for a run.
  • 92.3 Just ahead of a length, wanting the batsman to drive. Du Plessis does so but straight to the fielder.
  • 92.2 Keeping it tight outside off, Faf opts not to play at it.
  • 92.1 Once again on a probing length outside off, Ishant was so disciplined yesterday, bowling the same line. Faf does not fiddle with it and lets it through.
  • 91.6 Nicely bowled! He goes wide of the crease and angles it into the batsman. He gets it to shape away after pitching. Maharaj first thinks of playing at it but then pulls his bat away. 271/6
  • 91.5 Short and wide outside off, Maharaj goes after it, away from his body to get beaten. Again, no foot movement.
  • 91.4 Back of a length outside off, Maharaj tries to force it through the off side but gets an inside edge onto his pads. He is playing away from his body, not something he should do.
  • 91.3 Good length outside off, Maharaj lets it be.
  • 91.2 Shorter in length around off, Maharaj pushes it to covers.
  • 91.1 That has stayed low! Signs of the wicket being uneven straightaway! Bumrah comes running in and angles it into the batsman. The ball stays a touch low. Faf du Plessis adjusts well and flicks it towards square leg for a run.
  • Jasprit Bumrah will bowl from the other end.
  • 90.6 First run for South Africa! Ishant bowls it on a length around off, Faf defends it towards point for a quick run. He will keep strike in the next over. A good over by Ishant. He got some movement there which will encourage him. 270/6
  • 90.5 Another inswinger from outside off, du Plessis makes a good leave.
  • 90.4 Well bowled! He bowls a yorker on middle, Faf digs it out to mid on.
  • 90.3 Another length ball outside off, Faf is not interested in playing at it.
  • 90.2 Good length outside off, this one does not shape in after pitching. Du Plessis makes a comfortable leave.
  • 90.1 Action straightaway! Ishant lands it on a length around off, gets it to jag back in sharply. It also bounces a touch more. Faf plants his front foot across and tries to leave it but the ball hits him high on the back pad. The Indian fielders get quite excited but Ishant does not appeal.
  • Bright sunshine welcomes us in Centurion and we are all set for the action to begin. The Indian side is seen in a huddle and the players now make their way out to the middle. Faf du Plessis and Keshav Maharaj will resume from where they left off yesterday. Ishant Sharma will start the proceedings for India. He has two slips and a gully in place. Here we go...
  • Shaun Pollock and Graeme Smith say there is no breeze and the sun is baking down. Opine the wicket is difficult to score if you land it on a length. Inform there is a grassy patch from which the bowlers can extract some bounce. Feel the area where the bowlers end their followthrough will start opening up in the days ahead which is advantage to Ashwin. End by saying it is a hard wicket and there isn't much wear and tear on it.
  • On the other hand, the home side has Faf du Plessis, its skipper, out in the middle. It would hope, he, along with the rest, can take it somewhere close to 400. There is, uneven bounce on the wicket but it is still a good surface to bat on. We had an enthralling day of cricket yesterday and we can hope for the same today. Stay tuned for all the action.
  • We head into day 2 of the first Test between South Africa and India with both the teams even stevens. A late fightback by India has seen momentum shift towards them. They will look to carry the same forward today and try and bundle out the remaining South African batters as early as they can.
  • ... Day 2, Session 1 ...
  • Earlier in the day, after winning the toss, South Africa were cruising along till the last hour of play with Markram missing out on a ton by 6 runs. They looked set to post a big first innings score before wickets fell in heaps towards the end. Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers for the Indians with three wickets. He was well supported by Ishant Sharma who kept it tight. South Africa still have their captain out there and they would hope for him to take them to a respectable total. India, on the other hand, will look to come out tomorrow and take the remaining wickets as quickly as possible. Do join us for the second day at 1000 local (0800 GMT). Till then take care and good bye.
  • What an absorbing day of cricket! India have managed to fight their way back into the game in the last session, in which 34 overs were bowled, 87 runs were scored and 4 wickets were taken. It all started with Ishant Sharma knocking over de Villiers after the break. Amla and du Plessis did look like steadying the ship but a piece of brilliance in the field by Pandya saw the former being run out 18 short of a ton. Also, two quick wickets after that have seen the match hang in the balance heading into day 2.
  • 89.6 Maharaj survives! Bumrah goes for a yorker but ends up bowling a high full toss on off. Maharaj defends it solidly. THAT IS STUMPS ON DAY 1! 269/6
  • 89.5 Angles it on the pads, Faf tries to tickle it fine but misses as the ball hits him on the thigh pad. It rolls towards short fine leg for a leg bye. Maharaj to face the last ball.
  • 89.4 Another delivery similar to the last one. Faf once again, in a similar manner plays it towards mid-wicket. Two more balls to survive today.
  • 89.3 Length ball around off, nipping back in. Faf awkwardly defends it towards mid on.
  • 89.2 Another short ball, aimed at the rib cage of the batsman. He does well to tuck it around the corner for a run.
  • 89.1 Another bumper and the Maharaj does well to evade it.
  • 89.1 NO BALL! A bouncer which the batsman spots early and ducks under it. Bumrah, though, has overstepped.
  • Jasprit Bumrah to bowl the final over of the day.
  • 88.6 Excellent length to finish! He bowls it on off, Faf defends it off the front foot. 266/6
  • 88.5 Fuller in length on off, Faf eases it to mid off.
  • 88.4 Another delivery outside off, Faf need not play at it.
  • 88.3 Third leave in a row! He bowls it outside off, Faf shoulders his arms to it. Ishant is wasting the new ball here.
  • 88.2 On a length outside off, Faf opts not to play at it.
  • 88.1 Wide outside off, the batsman lets it be.
  • Ishant Sharma to bowl the penultimate over of the day.
  • 87.6 DROPPED! A very, very tough chance though. Ashwin floats it on middle, Maharaj works it towards short leg. It goes quickly to him and he fails to latch onto it. 266/6
  • 87.5 HOWZAT! A huge appeal again! It is all happening out there. Ashwin tosses this one up on middle, it turns back in. Maharaj tries to defend but it goes off something, maybe the pads to the right of Kohli who runs and completes a catch and appeals. The umpire though shakes his head. The Indians have a chat but then opt not to review. Good they did not as replays later on show that it was only pad. LBW was also out of question as the ball was spinning down leg.
  • 87.4 Quicker on the stumps, Maharaj defends it off the back foot.
  • 87.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 87.2 FOUR! What just happened there? Has Jadeja, the sub not picked it? Ashwin drags his length back on middle, Maharaj goes back and pulls it uppishly towards deep mid-wicket. Jadeja there seems to have not picked it as the ball goes over his head and on the bounce into the fence. Virat Kohli is not a happy man there nor is Ashwin.
  • 87.1 Flatter on off, Maharaj defends it onto the ground.
  • 86.6 Full and outside off, Keshav drives it through point for a run. 262/6
  • 86.5 A big appeal! A full ball on middle and leg. Maharaj tries to flick by planting his front foot across. He misses and the ball hits him on the pads. The players appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Going down leg!
  • 86.4 On the pads, the batsman flicks it through square leg for a run.
  • 86.3 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • So India have decided to take the second new ball. 22 balls left in a day. They will hope to get one more with the new cherry.
  • 86.2 Just short of a length on off, Faf defends it off the back foot.
  • 86.1 Back of a length on off, Faf mistimes his punch to covers.
  • Jasprit Bumrah back into the attack.
  • 85.6 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. 260/6
  • 85.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 85.4 JUST SHORT! Ashwin floats it on leg stump, Maharaj works it around the corner but fails to keep it down. It goes towards Rahul at leg slip who goes down to catch it but the ball falls just short. Rahul though was up early, he has to stay low if he needs to catch these.
  • 85.3 Once again played with the turn to mid-wicket.
  • 85.2 Tosses it up on off, Maharaj works it towards mid-wicket.
  • Hardik Pandya is seen walking off the field. The reason is still unknown though. That might be the day for him? Let's see.
  • 85.1 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 84.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 260/6
  • 84.5 FOUR! Caressed! Full and on off, du Plessis leans into it and drives it through covers for a boundary.
  • 84.4 Bowls it down the leg side, Faf works it to square leg.
  • 84.3 Good length on off, Faf defends it solidly.
  • 84.2 Off cutter, Faf tries to flick but misses to get beaten on the inside.
  • 84.1 Back of a length on off, Faf defends it solidly.
  • 83.6 Wide down the leg side, No trouble at all for the batsman. 256/6
  • 83.5 FOUR! Off the mark in style! Ashwin tosses it up on off but bowls it too full. Maharaj drives it straight down the ground for a boundary.
  • 83.4 Bowls it down the leg side, Maharaj works it to fine leg.
  • 83.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 83.2 Worked with the spin towards mid-wicket.
  • 83.1 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single.
  • Keshav Maharaj strides out.
  • 82.6 OUT! Confusion and a run out! Second of the innings! Where were you going Philander? Pandya once again bangs it short on middle, Philander tries to defend but the ball hits the top of the bat and goes uppishly besides the pitch on the leg side. Without looking at his partner he sets off for a run. Faf from the non-striker's end puts his left hand up and is saying NO. Philander is ball watching as he continues running. Both the batsmen are stranded at the non-striker's end. Parthiv Patel collects the ball and throws it back to Pandya at the striker's end who takes the bails off. Three wickets in the last three overs and this is an excellent passage towards the end of the day's play for India. 251/6
  • 82.5 The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total.
  • 82.4 Full and outside off, Plessis shoulders his arms to it.
  • 82.3 Good length on off, the batsman defends it.
  • 82.2 Shorter in length on off, Faf defends it off the back foot.
  • 82.1 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 81.6 Almost another chance. Philander flicks the ball with the turn, off the middle, uppishly towards short leg. He tries to catch it but but the ball falls short of him. 250/5
  • 81.5 Tosses it up on off, Philander defends it.
  • 81.4 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
  • 81.3 Works it to mid-wicket with the spin.
  • 81.2 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • Vernon Philander walks out at no. 7.
  • 81.1 OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! De Kock bags a golden duck, the first in his Test career. Two quick wickets for India and Ashwin picks his third. He tosses this one up on off, gets it to straighten. De Kock pushes hard at it as he looks to punch. It takes the outside edge and goes straight into the hands of Kohli who takes it at first slip. The skipper is up and running and is overwhelmed with the wicket of the dangerous de Kock. India have fought their way back into the game. Can they prise out another scalp before the day ends?
  • 80.6 FOUR! Streaky but Faf won't mind. Pandya lands it on a length around off, du Plessis tries to defend but gets an outside edge through the slip cordon for a boundary. 250/4
  • Quinton de Kock walks out to the middle.
  • 80.5 OUT! Amla is gone! A huge wicket for India courtesy a run out. Brilliant work by Hardik Pandya, great athleticism shown there by the youngster. He bangs it in short on middle, gets good bounce on that. Amla plays it quite well as he gets on top of the bounce and tucks it besides the pitch on the leg side. Du Plessis calls him for a run and Amla responds. Pandya runs quickly towards the ball, picks it up, swivels and BANG, he scores a direct hit at the non-striker's end and appeals. The umpire goes upstairs and the replays show, Amla is short. The 47-run stand has been broken. Also Amla misses his ton by 18 runs. The Indians are all pumped and why not this is just what they wanted before the close of play.
  • Is Amla a goner? There is a direct hit at the non-striker's end and Amla is the man in question. Looking at Amla's body language he seems to be short. Brilliant work by Pandya and he is quite confident.
  • 80.4 Lands it on middle, with the shinier side on the inside. The ball shapes in sharply, the batsman works it towards square leg for a run.
  • 80.3 A stifled appeal! Hardik comes running in and angles it into the batsman. The ball skids off the surface. Faf jumps as he tries to flick but misses to get hit on the thigh pad. The players appeal but the umpire is not interested.
  • 80.2 Length ball on off, du Plessis drives it on the up to covers.
  • 80.1 The continue with the old ball. Pandya bowls it just short of a length on off, pushed to covers.
  • The second new ball is now available. The question is will India take it immediately?
  • 79.6 Slower through the air, du Plessis plants his front foot ahead and flicks it around the corner for a run. 245/3
  • 79.5 Works it to deep mid-wicket for a run. Amla moves onto 82.
  • 79.4 Again uses his feet and takes it on the full. The batsman drives it down to long on for a run.
  • 79.3 The batsman dances down the track but decides to defend it.
  • 79.2 Comes down the track and drives it to mid on.
  • 79.1 Tosses it up on off, Faf defends it.
  • The on-air commentators make a fair point. Even though Ashwin has bowled one-third of the overs bowled by India today they still have a slow over-rate. Maybe the fast bowlers are taking their time and bowling due to the heat.
  • 78.6 Driven towards the mid on region. The batsmen have run through for a single. 242/3
  • 78.5 Better length! Pandya bowls it on off and lands it on a length. Faf is solid in defense.
  • 78.4 Once again bowls it on the pads, Amla works it around the corner for a run.
  • 78.3 Length ball outside off, Amla lets it be.
  • 78.2 A knuckle ball but a full toss on off, Amla mistimes his drive to mid on. He will be disappointed there as he should have put that away.
  • 78.1 Goes wide of the crease and angles it into the pads of the batsman. He flicks it to square leg.
  • 77.6 The batsman works it down the leg side. 240/3
  • 77.5 Gives it air on middle, tucked to mid-wicket.
  • 77.4 Once again, an example of why the bounce cannot be trusted! Ashwin bowls a flighted ball on off, Faf goes back to defend it but the ball bounces a touch extra. Surprises du Plessis. The ball takes the inside edge and hits him on the body and onto the ground as he tries to defend.
  • 77.3 Comes around the wicket and floats it full outside off, Faf lunges forward and defends it.
  • 77.2 Once again he attacks the stumps, Amla rocks back and tucks it around the corner for a single.
  • 77.1 Tosses it up outside off, Amla goes back and works it to short leg.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin is back into the attack.
  • 76.6 Good length on off, defends it towards covers. 239/3
  • 76.5 Shorter in length outside off, Faf was looking to pull initially but the ball stays a touch low. He adjusts and defends it. This certainly is not a wicket on which you can trust the bounce.
  • 76.4 Lands it on a length around off, just where Pandya should be bowling. The batsman is solid in defense.
  • 76.3 Back of a length on off, du Plessis pushes it to mid off.
  • 76.2 Angles it into the batsman. Faf works it towards square leg and refuses a run.
  • 76.1 A wide ball outside off, it was very wide. The batsman is not interested to play at it.
  • Time for drinks! South Africa are successfully keeping the Indians at bay. Although they are failing to convert their 50-run stands to something substantial, the runs are flowing slowly. Amla is on course to get to yet another Test hundred. The visitors are desperately in need of a breakthrough and who will Kohli turn to? The only solace for them will be that the Proteas aren't running away with the game at this stage as their run rate is pretty low.
  • 75.6 Length ball outside off, Amla just lets it be. 239/3
  • 75.5 This is angled in and the ball stays low. Amla plays it with an angled bat towards mid-wicket.
  • 75.4 Hash gets an inside edge and the ball hits him on the pads.
  • 75.3 Similar ball on off, Amla presents a straight bat face to keep it out.
  • 75.2 Angled in full on off, defended solidly by Amla.
  • 75.1 Played to the point region by the batsman.
  • 74.6 This ball is defended off the front foot watchfully. 239/3
  • 74.5 Just outside off, pushed through point for a single. Amla moves to 79 now.
  • Wise heads! Shaun Pollock asks Michael Holding whether India should take the second new ball immediately when it's due (5 overs after this one). The latter opines that if a wicket doesn't fall, they should. Wonder if that's the only view. Would India risk taking it and then giving runs at a fair clip, as we know the new ball to travel across the surface pretty quickly.
  • 74.4 This one is worked down the leg side for one.
  • 74.3 Pandya goes wider of the crease and slants this in on a length. Amla works this through square leg for one.
  • 74.2 Full ball aiming at the off stick, Amla gets behind the line and defends this.
  • 74.1 This is fuller outside off, Amla doesn't play at that.
  • 73.6 Another ball outside off, Faf shoulders arms. 236/3
  • 73.5 On a length outside off, pushed defensively towards mid off.
  • 73.4 FDP shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 73.3 This one stayed low, as per the batter's reaction. Length ball a touch on the fuller side. Du Plessis crouches low as he defends this.
  • 73.2 Length ball outside off on a shorter side, punched towards covers.
  • 73.1 Full length ball outside off, Amla plays it with soft hands towards point and moves to 77.
  • Double change. Jasprit Bumrah has the ball in hand now.
  • 72.6 This length ball is glided to third man for one. 235/3
  • 72.5 On the pads, flicked away round the corner for one.
  • 72.4 Outside off, defended towards covers.
  • 72.3 Angled down the leg side, du Plessis misses the flick.
  • 72.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 72.1 Length ball in line of the stumps, defended towards mid-wicket.
  • Hardik Pandya back on.
  • 71.6 HA has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 233/3
  • 71.5 Flatter outside off, Amla just lets it be.
  • 71.4 FOUR! The frequency with which Ashwin has dished out bad balls today is not good for anybody's liking. He throws this wide outside off, allows Amla to exploit the off side. He does so gleefully and drives it through covers for a boundary.
  • 71.3 This one is worked away to mid-wicket.
  • 71.2 Comes round the wicket to Faf and bowls it around middle and leg. He goes back and works it past short leg for one.
  • 71.1 Low full toss on the stumps, whipped away towards wide mid on for one.
  • 70.6 Good running. This is fuller around off, Amla gets ahead and taps it towards covers. He does so with his bat and pad close together and gets to the other end. 227/3
  • 70.5 Fuller on off, pushed defensively towards mid off. This was delivered at 140 kph.
  • 70.4 Amla has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 70.3 After a couple of short balls, Shami pitches it full on middle and leg. Amla drives it down towards mid on.
  • 70.2 Another back of a length ball on off, pulled away through square leg with a cross bat for a single.
  • 70.1 Short ball again, pulled to the man at deep square leg for one.
  • 69.6 Now a run taken after playing it through mid-wicket. 224/3
  • 69.5 In line of the stumps, Amla gets ahead and bunts it.
  • 69.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 69.3 This ball is eased towards mid on.
  • 69.2 Outside off, defended towards covers.
  • 69.1 Floated full on off, pushes it towards mid-wicket.
  • 68.6 This is a slower off-cutter on off, digged out towards gully. 125 kph shows the speedometer. 223/3
  • 68.5 Defended off the back foot towards covers.
  • 68.4 FOUR! Oh Ishant! Pollock says that he's put in a big effort there. Shami overpitches this one on the stumps, du Plessis drives it down the ground. Sharma gets to his left, puts in the slide but fails to stop the ball. A boundary it is.
  • 68.3 Just outside off, pushed through point for one.
  • 68.2 Good effort from Vijay! Amla works this one towards mid-wicket where the fielder puts in the dive. Doesn't stop it cleanly but prevents a run.
  • 68.1 In line of the stumps, blocked from the crease.
  • 67.6 Du Plessis gets forward and smothers this one into the ground. 218/3
  • 67.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 67.4 Flatter outside off, cut through point for one.
  • 67.3 FOUR! Lovely, lovely stroke! Ashwin gives more air to this one and serves it full outside off. Amla gets to the pitch of the ball and drives it nicely through covers for a boundary.
  • 67.2 Floated on the stumps, driven back towards the bowler.
  • 67.1 Hashim has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 66.6 Played to the point region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. 213/3
  • 66.5 FOUR! Much better! Shami bowls this on a length outside off, Amla moves across a bit and slaps it through cover-point. Such has been the timing that the ball speeds away to the fence, beating the man in the deep who was running to his right.
  • 66.4 Fuller on the stumps, pushed towards mid-wicket.
  • 66.3 This is well outside off, left alone.
  • 66.2 Careful! Amla flashes at one wide outside off, but misses. He has lost his wicket twice in the previous game attempting a similar shot and he would do well to be careful.
  • 66.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • Mohammed Shami is brought back to bowl. Wonder how good he is feeling as he had walked off just before tea. Perhaps there is reverse swing on offer and hence Kohli has gone to Shami here. Also, the Indians are seen throwing the ball on the bounce, in order to scuff up one side which will aid reverse swing.
  • 65.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 208/3
  • 65.5 This one is turned towards mid-wicket.
  • 65.4 Lots of chatter around the bat as du Plessis blocks this towards short leg. Trust Indians to be on the money when their spinners have a part to play.
  • 65.3 This one is defended towards short leg.
  • 65.2 Just short! Ashwin serves it around middle and leg, spinning in. Du Plessis looks to work it to the on side but the ball lands just short of Pujara at leg gully.
  • 65.1 Floated around off, worked away towards mid-wicket for no run.
  • 64.6 Full on off, defended off the front foot. 208/3
  • 64.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 64.4 FOUR! Short ball on off, pulled away nicely through backward square leg. The ball speeds away to the fence in no time.
  • 64.3 Well done Pujara. This ball is driven square on the off side, Cheteshwar dives and makes a half-stop. A run results and Faf gets off the mark.
  • 64.2 Banged short outside off, du Plessis looks to pull but aborts the idea.
  • 64.1 Length ball outside off, left alone.
  • 63.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 203/3
  • 63.5 Forward defence displayed to this one in line of the stumps.
  • 63.4 FOUR! Nicely driven. Tossed up ball outside off, Amla gets to the pitch of the ball and drives it through covers. Destination boundary line for the ball there. It is not just another boundary. That brings up Amla's 50, his 36th in the longest format. This would help him shake off his poor run of form. Well played, Hash! Remember though, he had been dropped twice today and he's made them pay so far.
  • 63.3 Amla lunges forward to block this one watchfully.
  • 63.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 63.1 Floated full in line of the stumps, defended from the crease.
  • 62.6 Edged but safe! Du Plessis gets an outside edge to this one that goes on the bounce to gully. 199/3
  • 62.5 This is well outside off, the Protea skipper just lets it be.
  • Skipper Faf du Plessis is the next batter in. This isn't the happiest hunting ground for him and the conditions seem good for him to change the record for good.
  • 62.4 OUT! Finally Ishant Sharma is rewarded. He was bowling probing lines today without much success. Now he gets the fruit for his efforts. Sometimes, you bowl peaches and yet fail to get the desired wicket and on other days, your not-so-good balls reward you. It has been the latter with Ishant here. He delivers this on a length that is a touch short, well outside off, AB de Villiers could have well watched it sail through to Patel. But he opts to slap it away and pays the price. The ball takes the inside edge and shatters the stumps and as well as the batsman's hopes. Another look confirms that it was bowled with a cross seam and perhaps that made the ball climb a bit more. This is Ishant's 350th international wicket. Yet another stand for the Proteas that remains unconverted to a big one.
  • 62.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • Kepler Wessels reckons there may be reverse swing on offer. He observes that Ishant Sharma is seen holding the ball in his left hand as he runs into bowl.
  • 62.2 Full on off, driven to mid off.
  • 62.1 Well outside off, Amla lets it be unhindered.
  • Ishant Sharma is brought back.
  • 61.6 Worked away through square leg for one. 199/2
  • 61.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 61.4 This one is turned towards mid-wicket for nothing.
  • 61.3 50-run stand between Amla and de Villiers. Third such stand for as many wickets for South Africa. Amla gets the milestone by pushing it through covers.
  • 61.2 Flatter on the stumps, defended.
  • 61.1 FOUR! Nice use of the feet and good timing on that. Ashwin floats it around off and middle, Amla gets down the track, takes it on the full and pushes it back down the ground. No chance for mid off and it is a boundary that takes Amla to 47.
  • 60.6 Fuller on off, driven back. 193/2
  • 60.5 Ouch! Poor Patel. Bumrah dishes out a juicy full toss outside off that catches even de Villiers by surprise. He looks to drive but misses. Parthiv gets a bad bounce as the ball climbs a bit more and hits him on the chest. It is painful indeed.
  • 60.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 60.3 This one is defended off the inner half to the leg side.
  • 60.2 Length ball angling in, de Villiers gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 60.1 Fuller on off, knocked to mid-wicket for nothing.
  • 59.6 Another one in line of the stumps, bunted onto the ground. 193/2
  • 59.5 HA has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 59.4 This has been negotiated with a straight bat defense.
  • 59.3 Flighted a bit more in line of the stumps, there is some extra bounce on that as well. Amla looks to keep it out but gets it high off the bat.
  • 59.2 This one is eased through mid-wicket for one.
  • 59.1 Floated around middle and leg, defended from the crease.
  • 58.6 Another inside edge! Around off, Amla looks to play that but gets an inside edge past the leg stump. 192/2
  • 58.5 This is well outside off, Amla plays inside the line and lets it be.
  • 58.4 FOUR! Clever yet streaky. Bumrah lands it on a length outside off, Amla hangs back and looks to guide it to third man. But he ends up getting a thick outside edge through the slip cordon. Not the desired way but the desired result.
  • 58.3 This is outside off, left alone.
  • 58.2 Length ball, turned away through square leg for one.
  • 58.1 Full length ball outside off, de Villiers guides towards gully on the bounce. There is a shy at the striker's end but misses.
  • 57.6 Amla keeps this one out from the crease. 187/2
  • 57.5 This one is worked off the pads for one run.
  • 57.4 Loopy ball around middle, defended.
  • 57.3 Flatter on the stumps, punched back towards the bowler.
  • 57.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 57.1 Floated in line of the stumps, defended with a straight bat face.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin back on.
  • 56.6 Slanting in full on off, Amla strides forward and presents a straight bat to block. Good 5 balls after the boundary ball. 186/2
  • 56.5 Length ball on off, defended from the crease.
  • 56.4 Fuller in line of the stumps, kept out towards mid-wicket.
  • 56.3 Length ball outside off, Amla mistimes his punch to the covers.
  • 56.2 Bowled from wide of the crease, Hashim blocks.
  • 56.1 FOUR! Short, wide, punished. Amla gets a nice snack to go with the tea break. Bumrah bowls a nothing ball, Amla just stands tall and cracks it through cover-point for a boundary. Not a soul moved.
  • We are back for what should be a longish session. The track seems to be good for more runs and there's hardly any misbehavior there. Ashwin is extracting some spin and we can gear ourselves up to watch the tweaker bowl for long. Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers are out in the middle now. Jasprit Bumrah will kick off the proceedings with the ball.
  • ... Day 1, Session 3 ...
  • What do we have in store for the final passage of play for the day? For starters, we should be having 34 overs to play. Whether that span will see an Indian fightback or a Protean surge, we'll wait and watch. Do join us shortly.
  • Talking about missed chances, India weren't far either. They missed a couple of chances, potentially costly ones. Panyda and Patel were the generous folks who granted a couple of lives to Amla. Although Pandya's one was one that sticks, the gloveman's miss was a one that shouldn't have been. Amla was on 14 and 30 respectively when he made those offerings. Now he is slowly ticking on 35.
  • If the first session was a goods train, this one was an express train. Runs have come at over 3.50 an over in this period and thus, in spite of the couple of wickets taken, South Africa will savour the tea. It was a session of missed opportunities for them. They missed out having a 100-run opening stand by just 15 runs and then Markram missed out on his ton by a mere 6 runs.
  • 55.6 Back of a length ball outside off, de Villiers spots that and lets it be. That's TEA, DAY 1! 182/2
  • Last ball before Tea...
  • 55.5 Hashim works this down to fine leg and gets to the other end.
  • 55.4 This is played through point for one.
  • 55.3 Driven through mid off by the batsman.
  • 55.2 Four leg byes! No, not the ideal line from Pandya this. He strays on the pads and delivers it on a length. De Villiers just misses the clip and gets it off his pads. The ball races away fine to the fence. 100 runs in this session now.
  • 55.1 Slanting in on the pads, played away to fine leg for one.
  • 54.6 This is outside off, driven to covers. 175/2
  • Interesting. As Bumrah completes his bowling action, his right hand ends up being between his legs. The on-air commentators joke that in times when he gets tired and doesn't have a control on his arm, it could hit him on the unmentionable part.
  • 54.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 54.4 How many times have we seen this today? A batter almost chopping it on. Bumrah lands it on a length outside off, angling in to AB. He looks to defend but gets an inside edge. The ball bounces just over the stumps. Elgar was also a beneficiary of such happenings earleri in the morning.
  • 54.3 This delivery is clipped down to fine leg for one.
  • 54.2 Length ball outside off, punched towards covers.
  • 54.1 This one is kept out from the crease with a straight bat face.
  • Jasprit Bumrah to have bowl now.
  • 53.6 Length ball outside off, punched through point for a single. 174/2
  • 53.5 Amla looks to turn it to the on side but is a touch early into the shot. Gets a soft leading edge towards the bowler.
  • 53.4 Full on off, defended from the crease.
  • 53.3 Well outside off, left alone.
  • 53.2 This one is defended from the crease by HA.
  • 53.1 Played to the point region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • Hardik Pandya to have a burst before Tea. The partial reason could be that Ashwin had bowled 17 overs non-stop from this end. Looking at the track and the conditions, India would want their premier spinner to bowl more post the break.
  • 52.6 On a length angling in, AB nudges it to fine leg for one. 172/2
  • 52.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 52.4 Full ball slanting in, defended towards mid-wicket.
  • 52.3 Length ball just around off, de Villiers hangs back and defends it towards the bowler.
  • 52.2 Angling into the batter on a length, ABD misses the flick and gets rapped on the knee-roll. The ball rolls towards the keeper.
  • 52.1 Fuller ball aiming at the off stump, de Villiers gets his bat down nicely and defends it to the off side.
  • 51.6 Floated full around middle, bunted with a straight bat. 171/2
  • 51.5 Amla goes back to this one and keeps it out watchfully.
  • 51.4 On the pads, clipped to square leg.
  • 51.3 This one is outside off, driven through mid off for one.
  • 51.2 Floated around off, defended towards short leg.
  • 51.1 FOUR! Never a quiet moment when AB's on show! Ashwin tosses it up outside off, de Villers gets out the reverse sweep. Makes good connection and the ball races away to the third man fence.
  • 50.6 Length ball on off, kept out towards mid-wicket for nothing. 166/2
  • 50.5 De Villiers gets to the other end by turning it through mid-wicket.
  • 50.4 On the pads, flicked away to mid-wicket.
  • 50.3 This is outside off, de Villiers lets it go.
  • 50.2 DROPPED! Definitely but not an easy one for sure. Sharma angles this in to Amla, he looks to collect easy runs by tickling that away. But he ends up nicking it and Patel messes the chance that came his way. He goes at it with both hands and fails to cling on to that. Costly, very costly. Gavaskar on air rightly reckons that Amla isn't one you should be giving another life. What's more, a run results as well.
  • 50.1 Outside off, Amla shoulders arms.
  • 49.6 Amla hits it in the same region but now there is a fielder in the deep. One run added to the tally. 164/2
  • 49.5 FOUR! Ever seen a wonderful wristy stroke? Watch this. Ashwin flights this one around off, Amla gets half-forward and just whips it in front of square on the leg side. Shouts of 'catch it' can be heard. No one to do that and the ball races away to the fence. He moves to 29 now.
  • 49.4 Tossed up on off, Hashim displays the forward defense.
  • 49.3 This one is flicked round the corner for one.
  • 49.2 Floated on off, defended to the leg side.
  • 49.1 Outside off on a shorter length, ABD goes back and glides it through backward point for a couple.
  • 48.6 This is outside off, left alone. 156/2
  • 48.5 FOUR! Shot! Amla stands exposing the stumps and wants Ishant to bowl in the line of the stumps. Sharma does so on a fuller length. Immediately the Mighty Hash shuffles across and clips it through mid-wicket and helps himself to a boundary.
  • 48.4 Fuller around off, defended off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 48.3 This one is played defensively towards mid-wicket.
  • 48.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 48.1 Sharma sprays this down the leg side, Amla misses the flick.
  • Ishant Sharma back on now. Good moves this from Kohli as he looks to attack from both ends now.
  • 47.6 FOUR! No, no, no, shouts Kohli from first slip as he sees Ashwin bowls this a touch short. Allows de Villiers enough time to go back and cut it through point to open his account with a boundary. 152/2
  • 47.5 This one is flicked away towards mid-wicket.
  • 47.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • Mr. 360, AB de Villiers strides out to the middle next. He played a couple of wonderful knocks in the previous game to take it away from the opposition. Let's see how he fares today.
  • 47.3 OUT! Aiden Markram has to depart on 94. He was dismissed on his debut innings on 97 and here is another one. Ashwin floats this outside off, Markram looks to defend, thinking the ball to spin in. But the ball goes straight on and takes a thin outside edge. Parthiv Patel takes that and begins celebrating and so do the Indians. The umpire agrees. However, Markram feels he hasn't nicked it, like all the batters in the 90s feel. Hence he opts for the DRS. Snicko though, brings his worst fears true as it shows a spike as the ball passes the bat. That's it for the opener and India have broken the 63-run stand that looked promising.
  • DRS time! Aiden Markram feels he isn't gone in the 90s again... Is ruled out caught behind and he opts to challenge the call.
  • 47.2 Tossed up outside off, blocked off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 47.1 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • Well.... Shami is seen walking off now.
  • 46.6 Length ball on off, Amla looks to force it through the off side. But all he manages to do is an inside edge onto his front pad. 148/1
  • What happened, Shami? Heat getting on to him? After he bowled the previous one, he got down on his haunches, clinching his head. It is very hot out there indeed, say the on-air commentators.
  • 46.5 Straight and full on off, Amla stays solid in defense.
  • 46.4 Slanting in from outside off, it comes in a touch after pitching. Amla does well to counter it with a straight bat defense.
  • 46.3 Fuller and wider outside off, the ball swings away a touch. Nothing doing, says Amla as he watches it sail to the keeper. Swing? Hmmm...
  • 46.2 This is on a length outside off, Aiden slaps it through cover-point and gets to the other end. The figure against his name says 94.
  • 46.1 Fuller ball angling in on middle and leg, driven straight to the man at mid on.
  • 45.6 This one is flicked away past short leg for nothing. 147/1
  • 45.5 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 45.4 Served on off, whipped away to mid-wicket.
  • 45.3 Flatter on the pads, worked away round the corner.
  • 45.2 Again. Ashwin bowls this on a shorter length outside off. The lack of pace on the track means that Amla has ample time to go back, punch this through covers and come back for two runs.
  • 45.1 Flatter around off at 89 kph, Amla hangs back and clips it to mid-wicket.
  • 44.6 Length delivery on off, defended from the crease towards point. A maiden for Shami. 145/1
  • 44.5 Shami is mixing it well in this over. Slips this one fuller on off, Aiden defends this one hurriedly.
  • 44.4 Banged short around off, Markram ducks to let that pass.
  • 44.3 Fuller outside off, driven straight to point.
  • 44.2 In line of the off stump, blocked off the back foot.
  • 44.1 This one is punched off the back foot to covers.
  • 43.6 Floated full around off, Amla sweeps it straight to square leg. 145/1
  • 43.5 Straighter one outside off, Amla covers his sticks and lets it go.
  • 43.4 Amla lunges forward in defense to this one.
  • 43.3 Aiden has played it towards mid-wicket. One run added to the total.
  • There is a deep point in place. However, that does not please Michael Holding one bit. He would love to see a 5-4 off side field but not such a defensive one.
  • 43.2 FOUR! Occasionally Ashwin slips a not-so-good ball and the Proteas are too good to miss out. This is flatter and shorter outside off, Markram is too good to miss out. He slaps it powerfully through covers, beating the man in the deep. Collects a boundary and moves to 92.
  • 43.1 Floated around off, defended towards short leg.
  • DRINKS! South Africa despite losing Elgar early have continued piling on the runs. The Indians got off to the perfect start after the break as they got rid of Elgar early but they could not capitalize as the pair of Amla and Markam have stitched a 50-run stand.
  • 42.6 Bowls the sucker ball outside off, Amla resists and leaves it through to the keeper. 140/1
  • 42.5 Fuller in length on middle, Amla is half-forward as he defends it.
  • 42.4 Bowls it in the zone outside off, Amla shoulders his arms to it.
  • 42.3 Goes wide of the crease and angles it into the pads, Markam works it around the corner for an easy run.
  • 42.2 Better by Shami but he hasn't hit this length on consistent basis. He bowls it on a length around off, Amla defends it solidly.
  • 42.1 FOUR! Shami has been very poor today! He bangs a short ball outside off, Markram jumps and cuts it over cover-point for a boundary. He is a tall lad and he making great use of his height here.
  • 41.6 Quicker outside off, Amla lets it be. 135/1
  • 41.5 Tosses it up on middle, Amla uses his wrists to whip it but finds mid-wicket.
  • 41.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 41.3 Works it with the spin through square leg for a run. 50-run stand between the two comes up with that run.
  • 41.2 FOUR! Short and outside off, not a good ball to bowl with only two men on the off side. Markram rocks back and punches it through covers. Pujara from point, gives it a chase, puts in a dive but all in vain.
  • 41.1 Floats it on off, Markram defends it by pressing forward.
  • 40.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 130/1
  • 40.5 Length outside off, Amla opts not to play at it.
  • 40.4 FOUR! Nicely played! Shami lands it on a length around off, offers a little width. It is enough for Amla as he guides it down towards the third man fence.
  • 40.3 Back of a length on off, Amla defends it off the back foot and onto the ground. The ball after bouncing, rolls back towards the stumps. Hashim shows good awareness as he kicks it away.
  • 40.2 Bouncer on middle, Amla ducks under it.
  • 40.1 Good length on off, Amla defends it solidly.
  • Mohammed Shami is back into the attack. He was poor in the first session. Can he get it right here?
  • 39.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 126/1
  • 39.5 Works it to mid-wicket with the spin for a run.
  • 39.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 39.3 DROPPED! A very tough chance but an excellent effort by Pandya. Ashwin floats it up on off, gets it to turn back in. Amla tries to drive but gets it off the inner half, uppishly to the left of Pandya at short mid-wicket. He puts in a full length dive and tries to catch it with one hand. He gets a hand to it but can't hang on. The ball rolls towards mid on. India would have hoped for that to stick as it would have been a huge wicket.
  • 39.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 39.1 FOUR! These two might have decided to take on Ashwin here. Amla comes down the track and lofts it over mid on for a boundary.
  • 38.6 Another bouncer but too high. The batsman evades it. 121/1
  • 38.5 FOUR! Fortune favours the brave! Bumrah bowls a fourth bumper in a row. Markram tries to pull but gets a top edge which goes over the keeper for a boundary.
  • 38.4 Another short ball on middle, a cross-seam delivery. Markram is early onto his pull and it goes off the toe-end towards mid on.
  • 38.3 The batsman plays a pull shot to this short delivery.
  • 38.2 A short ball, Bumrah gets tennis-ball like bounce on this one. Markram mistimes his cut through point for a run.
  • 38.1 Back of a length on off, Markram stands tall and punches it through covers for a couple.
  • 37.6 Floats it on middle, Markram whips it through mid-wicket to keep strike. 113/1
  • 37.5 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman.
  • 37.4 Works it with the spin towards mid-wicket.
  • 37.3 FOUR! A rare bad ball by Ashwin and Markram takes full toll of it. Ashwin bowls this one very full on middle, Markram takes it on the full and sweeps it through square leg for a boundary.
  • 37.2 Tosses it up on off, Markram defends it solidly.
  • 37.1 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 36.6 Amla defends it off the back foot. 108/1
  • 36.5 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 36.4 Better from the veteran. Bumrah bowls it on a length outside off, Amla lets it be.
  • 36.3 Short and wide outside off, Amla tries to cut but is beaten by the extra bounce. Poor there from Amla he need not go after those.
  • 36.2 FOUR! WOW! The shot which indicates he is back in form. Bumrah bowls it on the pads, Amla works it past mid on where Ashwin puts in a lazy effort to stop the ball. It beats his dive and races to the fence. Jonty Rhodes on air mentions he had put in that dive, just to impress his captain.
  • 36.1 Bangs it in short on off, Markram hops and taps it towards point for a quick run.
  • 35.6 Gives it air on off, gets it to turn back in. Markram tries to defend but gets an inside edge, through backward square leg for a run. 103/1
  • 35.5 Works it with the spin towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 35.4 Floats it up on off, Amla prods forward and blocks it.
  • 35.3 Tosses it up on middle, Amla plays it to mid-wicket.
  • 35.2 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
  • 35.1 FOUR! TOP SHOT! This might well be the release shot for Hashim Amla. Ashwin bowls it short outside off, Amla pushes it through covers for a boundary. The 100 is also up for South Africa.
  • 34.6 Amla is off the mark after 11 deliveries! He gets a ball on his pads which he flicks to deep square leg for an easy single. 97/1
  • 34.5 On the pads, Markram works it towards deep square leg to change strike.
  • 34.4 A bouncer! Way down the leg side.
  • 34.3 Goes around the wicket and bangs it in short. Markram sees it early and pulls it down towards fine leg for a run. The fielder there slips as he tries to throw and ends up firing a wayward one. There is no one backing up and the Indians concede an extra run.
  • 34.2 On a length around off, jags back in also comes faster off the surface. Markram tries to defend by hoping but he gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 34.1 On a length on middle, skids off the surface. Amla tries to flick but is beaten by pace. The ball hits him on the thigh pad and goes towards point for a leg bye.
  • Jasprit Bumrah is back into the attack.
  • 33.6 Gives it a nice loop on middle, Markram defends it off the front foot. 92/1
  • 33.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 33.4 A rare poor delivery by Ashwin, he bowls it shorter in length outside off, Markram fails to put it away as he cuts it straight to point.
  • 33.3 Works it with the spin towards leg slip.
  • 33.2 Tosses it up on off, Markram plants his front foot ahead and defends it.
  • 33.1 Flatter on off, Markram rocks back and defends it.
  • 32.6 Trying to wrap Amla on his pads as he is walking across. Ishant bowls an inswinger on middle. Amla is up for the task as he gets his bat down in time and defends it. 92/1
  • 32.5 Fuller in length on off, shapes back in late. Amla defends it off the front foot.
  • 32.4 Flicks the ball towards mid-wicket with the angle for a run.
  • 32.3 Again, on a length around off. Markram defends it towards mid off. Ishant has been very disciplined today. The batsman though have done very well to play him watchfully and put away the rare bad balls he is bowling.
  • 32.2 Back to the probing line! He lands it on a length on off, Markram defends it solidly.
  • 32.1 FOUR! Poor by Ishant! He bowls it on the pads, a gift for Markram who flicks it down to fine leg to fetch himself a boundary.
  • 31.6 Gives it a lot of air on middle, the ball turns back in. Amla tries to drive but gets an inside edge onto his pads. 87/1
  • 31.5 Slower through the air on off, gets some extra bounce on that one. The ball hits Amla high on the bat as he tries to defend it. Ashwin is really asking questions here.
  • 31.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 31.3 Flatter on off, Amla rocks back and defends it.
  • 31.2 Ashwin tosses it up but ends up bowling too full on middle, Markram whips it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 31.1 Dances down the track and defends it.
  • 30.6 This one is down the leg side and the batsman leaves it alone. 86/1
  • 30.5 Acrobatic effort there by Kohli but Amla is well in! Ishant bowls it on a length around off, Markram taps it towards point and sets off for a run. Kohli is quick to the ball, picks it with one hand and with an acrobatic dive scores a direct hit at the striker's end but the batsman is well in.
  • 30.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 30.3 Lands it on a length around off, Markram is solid in defense.
  • 30.2 Worked with the angle towards mid-wicket.
  • 30.1 Good length on off, Markram defends it off the front foot.
  • 29.6 Almost another! Ashwin gives it air on off. It turns back in sharply. Amla tries to defend but gets an inside edge which lobs on the pitch. Vijay puts in a full-stretched dive but can't get to it. End of an eventful over, a wicket-maiden. 85/1
  • 29.5 Wide down the leg side, No trouble at all for the batsman.
  • 29.4 Floats it up on off, Amla defends it solidly.
  • Hashim Amla walks out to the middle.
  • 29.3 OUT! CAUGHT! What a catch! Elgar would consider himself very unfortunate here. He uses his feet as he tries to get to the pitch of the ball. Ashwin sees it and shortens his length on off. Elgar adjusts and pushes it uppishly through the off side. The ball goes onto hit Vijay on his chest at silly point. He does well to keep his eyes on the ball and grabs it on the second attempt. A much-needed wicket here for India and it is Ashwin who provides it, though a lot of credit should be given to Vijay. The Indians are ecstatic and Dean walks back in disbelief.
  • 29.2 Tosses it up on off, Elgar defends it onto the ground.
  • 29.1 Driven through the covers by the batsman.
  • 28.6 On the pads, Elgar flicks it through square leg for a run. 85/0
  • 28.5 Good fielding by the captain! Ishant bowls it on a length around off, gets it to shape away. Elgar tries to defend but gets an outside edge towards Kohli at third slip who dives to his left and stops it. There was no third man in place, he stops a certain boundary.
  • Michael Holding on air mentions Ashwin is getting the ball to turn. So he should be pitching it outside the off stump and then get it to turn into the right-handed batsman. He instead is bowling it too straight and hence the ball is turning down the leg side.
  • 28.4 Punched off the backfoot by the batsman.
  • 28.3 Fuller in length outside off, Elgar lets it be.
  • 28.2 Back of a length on off, angling away. Elgar camps back and defends it.
  • 28.1 Shorter in length outside off, Markram cuts it through point for a run. That came right off the middle, just shows how well Markram is seeing the ball out there.
  • Ishant Sharma will bowl from the other end. He has two slips in place.
  • 27.6 FOUR! Up and over! Elgar makes good use of his feet, gets to the pitch of the ball and lofts it over the bowler's head for a boundary. 83/0
  • 27.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 27.4 Drags his length back on middle, Markram works it around the corner for the first run off this session.
  • 27.3 Flatter on off, turning back in. Markram pushes it towards covers and sets off for a run but is sent back by his partner.
  • 27.2 Gives it air on middle, Markram lunges forward in defense.
  • 27.1 Starts off with a tossed up delivery on off, Markram defends it onto the ground.
  • We are back for the second session. Elgar and Markram will resume their innings. Ravichandran Ashwin will start the session for India. He has got purchase out of the surface and he will look to provide the breakthrough. Can he do it? Let's see.
  • ... Day 1, Session 2 ...
  • The bowlers were a little wayward. Shami could not get his lengths right and is going at almost six per over. Ishant did manage to keep it tight but did not have luck on his side. Ashwin has looked the most threatening of the Indian bowlers as he has got good purchase out of the surface. The away side now will look to take a few early wickets after the break, whereas South Africa will want to continue from where they left off. Join us for the second session in a while.
  • So, a wicketless session for South Africa! They will be pleased with their position heading into the break after winning the toss. Their openers have ground it out there with Markram scoring his second half ton in Tests. Elgar did look scratchy at the start but he too has managed to survive and now he is getting into his groove.
  • 26.6 Back of a length on off, Markram defends it towards covers for a quick run. THAT WILL BE LUNCH ON DAY 1! 78/0
  • 26.5 Almost drags it on! Back of a length on off, Markram tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 26.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. They pick up a single.
  • 26.3 FOUR! Lovely! Nothing wrong with the delivery there. Ishant bowls it on middle, on a shorter length. Elgar reads the length early and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • Virat Kohli at third slip has come in pretty close. Maybe because of the slowness of the wicket he feels the edges would not carry and hence has walked in a step or two.
  • 26.2 Good length outside off, the batsman lets it be.
  • 26.1 Length ball on off, Elgar tries to defend but gets an outside edge which goes along the ground to third slip.
  • Ishant Sharma to bowl, what could be the last over before lunch.
  • 25.6 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 72/0
  • 25.5 Flatter on off, Markram defends it onto the ground.
  • 25.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 25.3 Floats it on off, turning back in. Markram clips it to mid-wicket.
  • 25.2 Works it with the spin towards mid-wicket.
  • 25.1 Tosses it up on off, Markram defends it off the front foot.
  • 24.6 FIFTY FOR MARKRAM! His second in Tests. He works it down to fine leg for a run to bring up the milestone. He raises his bat to acknowledge the applause from the crowd. Also his parents in the stand are happy about it. He would look to make it big now. 72/0
  • 24.5 FOUR! Markram is one shot of his half ton! Back-to-back boundaries for him. Pandya bangs it short at 136 kph. Markram gets into the position and pulls it with disdain through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 24.4 FOUR! Markram has been driving well since morning and he has done it to perfection again! Pandya bowls it full on off, Markram leans into it and drives it past the diving mid off fielder for a boundary. He moves onto 45.
  • 24.3 Full ball on the stumps, driven to mid on.
  • Experience speaks! Sunil Gavaskar reckons that Murali Vijay should have done better at short leg on 23.6. Vijay was standing with his feet on either side of the crease. Gavaskar says that the fielder should either be entirely behind the crease or entirely out of the crease. Especially when a spinner is bowling, he should be well out of the crease as seldom does the ball go aerially to the left of short leg.
  • 24.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 24.1 Fuller on middle, Elgar flicks it through square leg for a run.
  • Hardik Pandya is back into the attack.
  • 23.6 This could go down as a chance here! Ashwin tosses it up on middle, Elgar comes down the track and flicks it uppishly to the right of Vijay at short leg. He is slow to react and dives but the ball is well past him and a run is taken. 62/0
  • 23.5 Tosses it up on middle, Elgar defends it off the front foot.
  • 23.4 NOT OUT! India lose a review! Ashwin tosses it up on off, gets it to turn away sharply. Elgar lunges forward in defense but he seems to have missed it. The Indians appeal and the umpire shakes his head. Kohli without consulting anybody, straightaway signals a 'T'. They go upstairs and the replays show there is nothing on Snicko and hence the on-field call stays. Ashwin never seemed confident there nor did Parthiv, it was Kohli who felt there was an edge and he went up only to waste one of India's reviews.
  • Review time! An appeal for a caught behind against Elgar has been given not out. Kohli is pretty sure about it and he reviews it. Ashwin though is not so confident.
  • 23.3 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
  • 23.2 Works it around the corner for a run.
  • 23.1 Tosses it up on middle, Markram works it to mid-wicket.
  • 22.6 Angles it into the batsman. Markram tucks it away to keep strike in the next over. 60/0
  • 22.5 Good length outside off, Markram need not play at it.
  • 22.4 Back of a length on off, Markram pushes it to covers.
  • 22.3 FOUR! Errs in line and bowls it on the pads, Markram is too good to miss out there. He flicks it through backward square leg and the ball races away. He moves on to 39.
  • 22.2 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 22.1 A good start to the over by Bumrah. He bowls it on a length around off, Makram defends it solidly.
  • 21.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 55/0
  • 21.5 Flatter on middle, Elgar defends it off the back foot.
  • 21.4 NOT OUT! Beautiful bowling by Ashwin! He slows it up and bowls it outside off, he gets some purchase off the wicket as it turns away. Elgar goes for an expansive drive away from his body but is beaten by the bounce. Patel takes it and whips the bails off. They appeal and the umpire goes upstairs. Replays show Elgar never lifted his feet.
  • 21.3 Floats it outside off, Elgar lets it be.
  • 21.2 Tosses it up on middle, Elgar defends it solidly.
  • 21.1 Works it to mid-wicket with the angle.
  • 20.6 The batsman rocks onto the backfoot and punches the ball. 13 runs from the over. 55/0
  • 20.5 FOUR! Bad ball and dispatched! Bumrah has not got it right here. He bowls it short outside off, offers a lot of width. Markram cashes in on it as he cuts it through covers for a boundary.
  • 20.4 FOUR! Beautiful shot! Bumrah lands it on a length but errs in line as he bowls it on the pads. Markram uses his wrists and flicks it through mid-wicket to fetch himself a boundary. This also brings up the 50-run stand between the two.
  • 20.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 20.2 FOUR! In the air...but it has been misjudged! Poor from Vijay, India needed him to take this as they are in a desperate need of a wicket. Bumrah bangs it short on middle, Elgar takes on the challenge of pulling, he connects well but fails to keep it down. The ball flies towards the fielder at deep square leg who comes running in and then fails to recover, he stretches his hand out in an attempt to catch it but it goes over him and once bounce over the fence.
  • 20.1 Back of a length on off, DE defends it off the back foot.
  • Jasprit Bumrah is back into the attack.
  • 19.6 Slower through the air on leg stump, turning away. Markram tries to flick but he seems to have missed it. There shouts of catch it but the keeper fails to collect it. Replays later on show there was no edge there. 42/0
  • 19.5 Works it to mid-wicket with the turn.
  • 19.4 Pushes it through on off, AM defends it off the back foot.
  • 19.3 Errs in line and bowls this one down the leg side. Markram lets it be.
  • 19.2 Ashwin gives it a little more air this time on off, no turn on this ball. Markram prods forward and blocks it.
  • 19.1 Some turn there for Ashwin! He tosses it up on off, gets it to turn back in sharply. Markram adjusts and works it towards square leg. Encouraging Signs here for the off spinner.
  • Spin for the first time today! Ravichandran Ashwin is into the attack.
  • 18.6 Good length on off, defended towards covers. 42/0
  • 18.5 Good length on off, angling away from the batsman. Elgar defends it towards gully.
  • 18.4 FOUR! First boundary for Elgar! It has come on his 53rd ball. He gets a full ball outside off, Elgar square drives it for a boundary.
  • 18.3 First runs off Pandya! He angles it on middle, Markram shuffles in and flicks it towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 18.2 Some excitement there! Pandya bends his back and bowls it short. He gets good bounce from the surface. Markram tries to pull but he misses and Patel behind jumps and collects it well. There is a muted appeal from the Indians but is is cut short by the umpire.
  • 18.1 Just ahead of a length on off, Markram defends it towards covers.
  • 17.6 Changes his angle and goes over the wicket but bowls it way outside off. The batsman need not play at those. 37/0
  • 17.5 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 17.4 Good length but outside off, Elgar need not play at it.
  • 17.3 Good length on off, Elgar, awkwardly tucks it to mid-wicket. It has been a scratchy innings by him till now.
  • 17.2 Tucks it with the angle to mid-wicket.
  • 17.1 Lands it on a length around off, Elgar is solid in defense.
  • 16.6 A decent delivery to end the over! Pandya bowls it fuller around off, gets it to shape away. Markram first thinks of playing at it but then leaves it. Third maiden in a row for Pandya but this wasn't a threatening one. 37/0
  • 16.5 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 16.4 Fourth leave in a row! Pandya bowled a really good last over but this has been a poor one. He bowls it way outside off, Markram opts not to play at it.
  • 16.3 Once again Pandya does not make the batsman play as he bowls it way outside off.
  • 16.2 Again bowls it wide outside off. Markram points his bat skywards and lets it be.
  • 16.1 Full and way outside off, the batsman has no interest in playing those. Would have been called a wide in a one day game.
  • Michael Holding on air mentions this wicket is not as green as the last one and he would have picked Bhuvneshwar Kumar over Jasprit Bumrah as the former could have got more purchase out of the wicket.
  • 15.6 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone. 37/0
  • 15.5 The change of angle almost does the trick! Sharma bowls it fuller outside off, swinging away further. Elgar is drawn into the drive as he goes after it away from his body but gets beaten. Lucky he did not edge that.
  • 15.4 Fuller in length outside off, the sucker ball. Elgar shoulders his arms to it.
  • 15.3 This time he bowls the inswinger on middle, Markram works it towards wide mid on for a run.
  • 15.2 Lovely stuff from Ishant! He has really started off well here. He comes running in and first angles it into the batsman. Gets it to shape away after pitching it on off, Markram tries to defend it with minimal foot movement but gets beaten.
  • 15.1 Ishant continues hitting the length around off, Markram camps back and blocks it towards covers.
  • 14.6 Attacks the stumps this time, he also gets it to nip away after pitching. Elgar tries to defend but gets it off the outer half towards covers. A good over by Pandya, a maiden. 36/0
  • 14.5 This time Pandya bowls it wide outside off, wanting Elgar to play a loose shot. He resists and lets it be.
  • 14.4 Excellently bowled! Pandya bowls it closer to the off pole this time also gets the ball to bounce a touch extra. Elgar makes a good leave and also does well to take his gloves out of the way.
  • 14.3 In the channel outside off, Elgar watchfully lets it be. No movement for Pandya till now.
  • 14.2 Better line! He bowls it on a length outside off, Elgar lunges forward and defends it.
  • 14.1 A huge appeal but an ambitious one! Pandya bowls it on the pads, Elgar misses the flick and gets hit on the pads. Hardik makes a huge appeal but the umpire shakes his head. It has surely pitched outside leg.
  • Time for the first drinks break in the game. The Protea openers have done well to negotiate this first hour. No real help for the seamers and that Shami was indisciplined didn't help the Indians. Bumrah bowled well but Ishant was the more probing of the seamers on show so far. Can he draw first blood soon? Hope the break rejuvenates them. Markram has looked assured in his stay out there while Elgar has been a touch tentative. How long will they carry on?
  • 13.6 Fuller on off, defended with a straight bat from the crease. No maidens yet but Ishant's figures at this point read 4-0-5-0. Probing spell. 36/0
  • 13.5 Length ball, tapped in front of covers for one.
  • 13.4 Bouncer but not well directed. It is bowled down the leg side and Elgar watches it sail to the keeper.
  • 13.3 DE has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 13.2 Length ball outside off, left alone.
  • 13.1 Almost! Elgar is surviving with those inside edges that he is getting constantly. Looks to defend this full length ball but ends up getting an inside edge that just passes next to the leg stick.
  • 12.6 Another ball on a length, blocked from the crease. Pandya begins with a maiden. 35/0
  • 12.5 This one is defended from the crease.
  • With Parthiv Patel in the side today for Wriddhiman Saha, the comparisons between the two are inevitable. Sanjay Manjrekar on air opines that he isn't a big fan of the former. Harsha Bhogle does well to remind us all that the left-handed wicketkeeper-batsman had made his debut early in the last decade. He has improved his glovework yet remains only a second choice. Back then, Dinesh Karthik and MS Dhoni were preferred over him and now it is Saha. In the end, Bhogle quips wittily - However good or bad keepers maybe with the gloves, in the end they are all measured by how good their batting average is. Wonderfully stated.
  • 12.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 12.3 Full outside off, Markram gets his front foot forward and lets it go. Patel was moving to his left to collect it on the initial angle but has to adjust to the late movement to his right.
  • 12.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 12.1 Begins with a ball well outside off, Markram doesn't bother putting bat to that.
  • Hardik Pandya into the attack now. He looked impressive in the first Test and with India desperate for a wicket, Pandya would look to make his mark right away.
  • 11.6 Well away from the off stump, Elgar lets it be. 35/0
  • 11.5 Length ball angling away, Elgar gets a soft outside edge towards fourth slip. Sharma is continuing to probe away without much success.
  • 11.4 Good running. Markram taps this towards mid-wicket and gets to the other end quickly.
  • 11.3 Edged but safe. Markram looks to defend this one but gets an outside edge to third slip on the bounce.
  • 11.2 Hurled straight outside off, AM leaves it alone.
  • 11.1 Bowled outside off, left alone.
  • 10.6 Length ball on the stumps, defended towards square leg. 13 runs of Shami's comeback over. 34/0
  • Good observation. Sanjay Manjrekar analyses Markram's batting. In the first game, Aiden was playing with an angled bat and hence was edging some deliveries to the slip cordon. Here, he is consciously trying to play as well as leave with a straight bat. Nice to see the rectification.
  • 10.5 Markram is seeing the cricket ball well. He stays still and works it away in front of square on the leg side. Rohit from mid-wicket chases it down and saves a run for his side.
  • 10.4 Length ball on off, defended from the crease.
  • 10.3 FOUR! Another glorious shot, not great bowling though. Shami overpitches this outside off, Markram gets ahead and drives it nicely through the vacant cover region for a boundary.
  • 10.2 Now this one is bowled straighter. Aiden gets it off the inner half through square leg and collects two.
  • 10.1 FOUR! A Gateway of India in Cape Town? Let me explain. This is full and outside off, a hint of movement away from the batter. Markram gets his stride forward and drives it through covers. Bumrah is stationed there and puts in a lousy effort and lets the ball go through his legs. The ball's next destination is the boundary fence.
  • Change of ends for Mohammed Shami.
  • 9.6 Angled away outside off, Dean lets it be. 21/0
  • 9.5 Confused Elgar? He largely seemed assured when he got those heaps of runs last year but here the case is different. Sharma bowls it around the good length area, Elgar is late to lift his bat to let it go. Ends up wearing it on the back glove and the ball dies down on the off side.
  • 9.4 Full on off and middle, blocked back towards the bowler.
  • 9.3 A bit fuller around off, Elgar gets it off the inner half through square leg for a couple.
  • 9.2 Well bowled again. Angles this fuller delivery away from Elgar. He is forced to play on the length but gets beaten on the outside. Looks to be in nice rhythm does Ishant.
  • 9.1 Length ball around middle and leg, Elgar goes back to defend but gets it off the shoulder of the bat to the vacant short leg region. THAT extra bounce talked about, extracted from Sharma.
  • 8.6 Another ball that is well outside off, Markram gets a stride forward and lets it go. 19/0
  • 8.5 Aiden has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 8.4 This is outside off, left alone.
  • 8.3 On a length on the pads, Elgar misses the flick and takes a leg bye as the ball rolls towards backward square leg.
  • 8.2 Length outside off, Elgar gets forward and blocks it towards gully.
  • 8.1 Bumrah comes round the wicket and serves it on a length outside off. Elgar opens the bat face and plays it past third slip, where Rohit dives but fails to field. Gets a couple.
  • 7.6 This is bowled outside off, left alone by Markram. 140 kph says the speed gun. 16/0
  • 7.5 Fuller in line of the stumps, flicked towards mid-wicket.
  • 7.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 7.3 Elgar taps this length ball towards cover-point and sets across to the other end.
  • Nice point. Seeing Elgar beaten all ends up on the previous ball, Gavaskar opines that he would have loved Ishant to have taken the new ball straightaway. Although the ball is 7 overs old now, meaning not too old, a newer cherry would have behaved differently out of Sharma's hand, he reckons.
  • 7.2 Peach! Angled away from the batter on a length, Elgar has a feel for that but misses. Almost edged that one, similar to the way he had got out in the first innings of the first game.
  • 7.1 Starts off with a ball on off and middle, Elgar comes forward and blocks.
  • Ishant Sharma is introduced into the attack. Technically he is the most experienced bowler in the side yet he isn't a regular starter. This is his comeback game and he would look to extract some bounce from the surface.
  • 6.6 Brilliant delivery to end the over. On a length around off, it comes back in viciously. Cuts Markram into half and flies to Patel who has to dive well to his left to pouch that. 15/0
  • 6.5 Well outside off, left alone.
  • 6.4 Similar delivery, defended back towards the bowler.
  • 6.3 Fuller on off, flicked straight to short mid on who is a touch wider. Wasn't one of those soft flicks as Pandya flinches after stopping that.
  • 6.2 On a length on the pads, tucked away through backward square leg for one.
  • 6.1 Length ball slanting away, Elgar lets it be unhampered.
  • 5.6 Fuller on off, defended watchfully. Another over where Shami has conceded a boundary. He hasn't been incisive enough yet. 14/0
  • 5.5 Fine shot. Length ball outside off, Markram punches it nicely through point. Almost similar to the ball that fetched him his first boundary. But this time there is protection in the deep and only a brace results as deep backward point runs to his right to cut it off.
  • 5.4 Another ball on a length, but too wide to make Aiden play. He shoulders arms.
  • 5.3 Markram hangs on the back foot and blocks this one.
  • Both batsmen are batting a fraction outside the crease, observes Mike Haysman on air. Perhaps to counter any little movement that is on offer.
  • 5.2 Full outside off, left alone.
  • There is a man at a catching position square on the off side. A close cover-point you can say.
  • 5.1 Length ball around off, blocked.
  • 4.6 Careful Elgar! Similar delivery angling away from Dean, he looks to put bat to that before withdrawing the same. Needn't play at those. 12/0
  • As the camera rolls towards Hashim Amla in the dressing room, Sunil Gavaskar on air says that he is as cool as an ice-berg. Amla would love that to be more than just an adjective given the hot conditions on the ground.
  • 4.5 Back of a length ball angling away, Dean just lets it be.
  • 4.4 Similar delivery, pushed defensively towards mid off.
  • 4.3 Fuller around off, driven towards mid off.
  • 4.2 Angled away on a length, Elgar covers his stumps and lets the ball pass.
  • 4.1 Hurled on a length around off, Elgar guides it to third slip where Rahul fields it.
  • 3.6 This is well outside off to make Markram play. 8 runs off this over. 12/0
  • 3.5 AM defends it from within the crease.
  • 3.4 FOUR! Shami overcorrects, pays the price. In a bid to bowl straighter, he strays on the pads. Markram keeps his balance and flicks it nonchalantly through mid-wicket. Ishant gives it a chase from mid on but has no chance of cutting that off. A good fast outfield this.
  • 3.3 FOUR! How beautifully timed is this one! Shami hurls it on a length outside off, Markram stands tall and punches it through covers. Plenty of real estate there and the ball speeds away to the fence. That's the first boundary of the game and Aiden's blade gets it.
  • 3.2 On a length outside off, Markram looks to cut but only manages a bottom edge towards slips.
  • 3.1 Fuller outside off, Aiden strides forward and lets it go. The ball moved in substantially after passing the batsman.
  • 2.6 Length ball on line of the stumps, defended from the crease. 4/0
  • 2.5 Nicely punched through mid-wicket. Elgar gets a couple for doing so.
  • 2.4 Length ball on off, Aiden gets it off the inner half through mid-wicket for one.
  • 2.3 Well kept, Parthiv. Jasprit strays down the leg side and the ball moves further down the leg side. Markram fails with his flick. Patel dives full stretch and stops a certain boundary.
  • 2.2 This is outside off, left alone.
  • 2.1 That's the line Bumrah! He lands it on a length around off. The pace is 146 kph. Elgar is unsure whether to get forward or stay back. Has a tame poke at that and ends up getting an inside edge through his pads. The ball rolls towards short fine leg and a run is taken. Account opened.
  • 1.6 Straight delivery just outside off, Markram points his bat skywards and lets it go. A maiden for Shami as well. 0/0
  • 1.5 Full outside off, shouldered arms to. Bit of movement on this occasion too.
  • 1.4 On a length around off, a hint of movement there. Markram gets solidly behind it and defends.
  • 1.3 There is the slowness of the surface on display. Shami lands it on a length outside off at 134 kph. Normally a slap shot to this one would go nicely to the fielder or to the fence. But here, the ball didn't come quickly and Markram ends up mistiming his shot.
  • 1.2 Full and outside off, Markram just lets it be.
  • 1.1 This is hurled on a fuller length outside off, Markram lets it go.
  • Mohammed Shami to run in from the other end.
  • 0.6 A touch fuller this one, Elgar comes half-forward and defends it. A maiden to begin for Bumrah. 0/0
  • 0.5 Nicely bowled. Back of a length ball around leg, Dean fails to flick it. Gets it off his pads towards the slip cordon.
  • 0.4 Elgar misses the flick and gets it off the thigh pad towards short leg.
  • Short leg in place.
  • 0.3 On a length in line of the stumps, blocked solidly from the crease.
  • 0.2 Length ball on middle and leg, blocked towards mid-wicket.
  • 0.1 Right on the money. Bumrah runs in from over the wicket and lands it on a length at 142 kph in line of the stumps. Elgar goes back and presents a straight bat face as he keeps it out towards point.
  • The anthems act as an additional motivation for the sides who turn up to play the sport, if representing the country wasn't motivating enough. That is done and dusted now. The players and the umpires walk out to take their positions on the ground. Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram are the two men for the hosts who walk out with the willow. For the visitors, Jasprit Bumrah will have the first feel of the new ball. Three slips and a gully stand in anticipation.
  • Here's a view about the team changes. Though Morris was widely touted to replace Steyn, Ngidi makes his Test debut and that isn't a great surprise. For the tourists though, Kumar had a good outing with the ball and a decent one with the bat. Sharma replacing him is a touch unexpected, although a good performance would render these talks useless. And yes, no Ajinkya Rahane yet again. For now, both the sides line up for the national anthems. It will be India's first followed by South Africa's.
  • The Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, would have liked to bat first as well. Is surprised to see a very dry surface on offer. Aims to extract confidence from their bowling performance from the first game. Reckons that they would look to extract whatever is on offer in the initial hour. Mentions that they have one forced change in Parthiv Patel, who comes in for Wriddhiman Saha, who has an hamstring niggle and the team doesn't want to risk the same. Adds further that KL Rahul comes in for Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar misses out as Ishant Sharma comes in due to the extra bounce that he can extract.
  • Faf du Plessis, the South African skipper, reasons about his decision, that the history of the ground says that it is slow on Day 1 and the cracks are expected later. States that spin doesn't play a massive part here. Reckons that they expect India to come back hard at them as they are a quality opposition. Looks to improve on the performance in the first game. Announces that Lungi Ngidi makes his Test debut and that's the only change for them, which is a forced one as Dale Steyn is out injured.
  • Toss - Virat Kohli calls heads but the coin lands in favour of Faf du Plessis. SOUTH AFRICA WILL BAT FIRST. Early advantage? Maybe.
  • Pitch Report - Shaun Pollock is out there doing the pitch report. He expected a nice grass covering but that's not to be. Reckons that the bright sunshine and seriously hot temperatures out there mean that one has to bat first after winning the toss. Observes that there are patches of grass but not as thick as generally seen. Reckons that spinners will play a part as the game goes on. Expects some reverse swing later, too. Ends saying that it is a bat-first surface although seamers will get some purchase at the start and once the initial phase is seen off, the batters can make merry.
  • Virat Kohli's record of not losing a series since he became India's full-time Test captain is under some serious threat. The pre-match talks suggest a definite change for the visitors at the top of the order. Will Ajinkya Rahane play? We'll find out that. For the hosts, only Dale Steyn's spot is up for grabs and it will be interesting to see the route that they take in that respect. Do any surprises await us? We'll know that in a while. Stay with us.
  • New year, trailing in the series, now a venue which is South Africa's best in their nation - these are enough pointers to what a 'tough' Test tour means. Pace, bounce and movement were what they had to counter in the first game and there won't be any respite from at least the first two aspects in the second one. Welcome to our coverage of the second Test between South Africa and India which will be played at SuperSport Park in Centurion. Picture this - the hosts have won 17 of the 22 games that they have played at this venue while India have lost the only one that they have played by an innings.
  • For South Africa, Morkel was the pick of the bowlers as he finished with a four-fer. He was well supported by the rest as all the bowlers chipped in with wickets. The lead is not a big one and India will know that. The pitch is also offering some turn and variable bounce. They will look to bowl the home side out as quickly as possible. On the other hand, South Africa will look to bat as long as possible and bat India out of the game. Stay with us as the players walk out for the next innings.
  • Trying to wipe out a deficit of 335, India got off to the worst start possible losing Pujara and Rahul of consecutive balls. The Kohli-Vijay partnership did steady the ship but they lost wickets at regular intervals towards the end of day 2. Kohli along with the lower order played exceptionally well to help India cross 300.
  • So, South Africa get a lead of 28! It took them a whole of 43 balls to get rid of the last two batsmen, with Ishant's resistance coming to an end courtesy a short ball from Morkel. Kohli was the final one to fall in the search of some quick runs as he held out in the deep. He though fell after scoring his 9th score of above 150.
  • 92.1 OUT! Kohli holes out! A wonderful innings comes to an end! Take a bow, skipper! He walks out to a standing ovation and is also congratulated on his way back to the pavilion by the South African players. He comes down the track and times the full ball well but he fails to keep it down. He does not get the elevation desired and hence the ball goes straight into the hands of de Villiers at long on, who was standing well inside the ropes. He positions himself and takes it easily, to give Morkel his fourth. INDIA HAVE BEEN BOWLED OUT FOR 307!
  • 91.6 Shorter in length, Kohli might have expected it as he pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a run. More importantly he keeps strike. 307/9
  • 91.5 Just ahead of a length on off, Kohli drives it on the up, to covers.
  • 91.4 Just behind a length outside off, Kohli guides it to point.
  • 91.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 91.2 Back of a length outside off, Kohli guides it to gully.
  • 91.1 Shorter outside off, left alone.
  • Kagiso Rabada is back on.
  • 90.6 JUST SHORT! Another short ball on middle, Bumrah tucks it away, uppishly but just short of the leg gully fielder who dives to his right and stops it. End of a successful over by Morkel. 306/9
  • 90.5 NASTY! Morkel bangs in another one on middle, Bumrah tries to defend by taking his eyes off the ball. The ball hits the edge of the bat and BANG, onto his helmet and the ball rolls towards gully. That was really nasty but Bumrah seems okay to continue.
  • Jasprit Bumrah is the last man in. He has two balls to play out. Can he?
  • 90.4 OUT! The short ball ploy has done the trick! Maybe this is the reason why Kohli did not want to give the strike to Ishant when Morkel was bowling. Nevertheless, he supported Kohli well out there but is now walking back. Morkel digs out a short ball on middle, he gets this one right after bowling three wayward ones. It gets big on the batsman as he tries to defend. The ball hits the top off the bat and lobs to Markram at short leg. He takes an easy catch. India 29 behind and South Africa one wicket away from taking the lead.
  • 90.3 Down the leg side again, Ishant tries to flick but misses.
  • 90.2 Another short ball down the leg side, Ishant lets it be.
  • 90.1 Comes around the wicket and bangs it short. There is a short leg in place. Ishant evades it.
  • 89.6 A dot to finish! More importantly Ishant will be on strike in the next over. Philander bowls a bouncer, Kohli is surprised by it as he ducks under it. 306/8
  • 89.5 Length outside off, guided through backward point to give the strike to his skipper.
  • 89.4 The batsman has driven it through mid on.
  • 89.3 Back of a length on off, Kohli guides it to point for a run.
  • 89.2 Excellent running! Every run counts here and the Indian captain knows that! Sharma taps the length ball towards cover and sets off for a run. The fielder there has a shy at the non-striker's end but misses. Ishant probably did look like he made it. Wait on... replays later on show, he too did not ground his bat. What was he thinking? Did he not watch Pandya's wicket. Poor from the tall man.
  • 89.1 The batsman fails to put bat on ball.
  • 88.6 FOUR BYES! Another bouncer, this time Kohli tries to play the upper cut. He misses and the ball goes over the leaping keeper for a boundary. 300 up for India, they are getting close as they are only 32 behind now. 303/8
  • 88.6 WIDE! A bouncer which bounces way above the batsman's head for a wide.
  • 88.5 FOUR! 150 up for Kohli, this is the 9th time he has passed this mark and he gets there in style. He pulls this short ball with disdain, through mid-wicket for a boundary. He takes his helmet off and acknowledges the applause from the dressing room, he also kisses the locket he wears. Outstanding from the captain.
  • 88.4 Short ball outside off, Kohli tries to pull but mistimes it back towards the bowler.
  • 88.3 They have all the fielders on the boundary, offering Kohli a single but he is happy not to take them. He times this short ball towards deep point for no run.
  • 88.2 Bowls the off cutter on the pads, Kohli flicks it down towards deep square leg but does not take the run again.
  • 88.1 That was nicely played! Morkel bowls it short outside off, Kohli guides it down towards third man but does not take a run.
  • 87.6 Sprays it down the leg side, Sharma misses the flick. 294/8
  • 87.5 Another play and a miss! Philander bowls it in the zone outside off, it shapes away ever so slightly. Ishant pokes at it and gets beaten.
  • 87.4 Shorter in length outside off, Sharma lets it be.
  • 87.3 Short and wide outside off, Kohli cuts it through point for a run. He was disappointed as he might have wanted more there.
  • 87.2 Dances down the track but does not get to the pitch of the ball. He still swings at a ball wide outside off but only manages to connect with thin air. His intentions are clear though.
  • 87.1 Length outside off, Kohli tries to guide it down but it takes the inside edge and onto the ground.
  • 86.6 Good length on off, Sharma defends it solidly. 293/8
  • 86.5 One more to face now as he does well to duck under this bouncer.
  • 86.4 Fuller outside off, Kohli drives it through covers but only for a run. Ishant has two balls to negotiate.
  • 86.3 Back of a length on off, Kohli defends it.
  • 86.2 NOT OUT! Ishant has made his ground! Just though! Kohli walks down the track and flicks the ball on middle, through mid-wicket. He straightaway calls for two. They complete one and set off for two. Ishant seems to be struggling. De Villiers in the deep is quick to the ball and he fires a throw to Morkel who collects and whips the bails off. The umpire goes upstairs and replays show Ishant has made his ground. Good running in the end by the tall fast bowler.
  • A run out appeal at the non-striker's end has been taken upstairs. Ishant Sharma is the man in question. He seems to have made it though.
  • 86.1 Fuller on off, Kohli drives it down towards long on and this time he does not take a run. Maybe because he feels Ishant will find it difficult to deal with the bounce of Morkel.
  • Morne Morkel will bowl from the other end.
  • 85.6 Finishes the over with a length ball and Ishant does really well to keep it out. 290/8
  • 85.5 This one is angled into the stumps, gets no movement this time. Ishant stays rooted to his crease as he defends it.
  • 85.4 Nicely bowled! Philander angles it into the batsman and then gets it to shape away after pitching. Ishant tries to defend but gets beaten.
  • 85.3 Length delivery on off, defended towards cover for a run. He is trusting Ishant with the strike here.
  • 85.2 Another length ball, this one takes off the surface. Ishant tries to defend but it goes off the top of the bat and down towards fine leg for a run.
  • 85.1 Philander starts off with a length ball outside off, Kohli shimmies down the track and guides it towards point for a quick run.
  • We are back for the second session. Virat Kohli and Ishant Sharma will resume their innings. We just might see the former bring out his ODI mode. For South Africa, Vernon Philander will continue his spell.
  • ... Day 3, Session 2 ...
  • The Protea bowlers did not look threatening with the old ball. They gave away 104 runs in this session which is a clear indication of them not keeping it tight. The second new ball though did the trick for them with both Morkel and Philander picking one each. They still have to take two more wickets and they would look to do that quickly. Kohli on the other hand, will try and score some quick runs to possibly get close or even surpass the home side's first innings score. Join us in a while for the second session.
  • The Indian skipper walks off to a standing ovation! He is battling it out there with India needing another 48 runs to wipe off the trail. He notched up his 21st Test ton and received good support from Pandya at the start, but a schoolboy error from the latter cost him his wicket. Later on Ashwin came in and played his shots. He had another vital stand with his skipper, before getting out to the second new ball.
  • 84.6 Ishant plays it out! Morkel bowls it on a shorter length outside off, Ishant defends it off the back foot. THAT WILL BE LUNCH ON DAY 3! 287/8
  • 84.5 Kohli gets a single! Morkel bangs it on a length around off, Kohli works it through covers for a run. Strangely Kohli wanted a second but it was not on.
  • 84.4 Short and outside off, Kohli guides it to deep point and again does not take a run.
  • 84.3 A lovely shot down the ground for no run! Morkel bowls it fuller on middle, Kohli drives it down to long on but does not take a run. He later on asks Ishant whether he is confident playing the last two balls from Morkel. Ishant replies with a yes.
  • 84.2 Short and outside off, Kohli does not go after it as he lets it through.
  • 84.1 Fuller in length on middle, Kohli tries to play it with a straight bat but gets it off the inner half towards deep square leg. He refuses the run though.
  • 83.6 Wide enough for the batsman to play at it. 286/8
  • 83.5 Good length on off, Sharma defends it solidly.
  • 83.4 Back of a length outside off, Kohli guides it towards point for a run.
  • 83.3 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 83.2 FOUR! CRUNCHED! Kohli walks down the track and drives it through covers. He calls for two initially but the ball crosses the boundary ropes, beating the diving long off fielder. Kohli will have to hit a lot more of these.
  • 83.1 Length ball outside off, Kohli lets it be.
  • Ishant Sharma walks out at no. 10.
  • 82.6 OUT! Another one bites the dust! Taking the new ball is proving out to be an excellent decision! Morkel bangs it on a shorter length outside off, Shami tries to defend it, away from his body. He only manages to edge it to first slip, where Amla takes a neat catch. He too takes it in front of his face but unlike Faf he keeps his balance and stands his ground. Nevertheless, South Africa are now just two wickets away from taking a lead. 281/8
  • 82.5 Back of a length on off, Shami defends it towards point.
  • 82.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 82.3 Lands it on a length around off, Shami blocks it.
  • 82.2 Too wide outside off, Shami lets it be.
  • 82.1 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • Morne Morkel back into the attack.
  • 81.6 On the stumps this time, Shami flicks it through fine leg for a run. 281/7
  • 81.5 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 81.4 Full and swinging away from outside off, Shami tries to defend it awkwardly but gets beaten.
  • Mohammed Shami is the next man in. Four slips in place for him.
  • 81.3 OUT! CAUGHT! The new ball has done the trick, but that shot from Ashwin was completely needless. Philander bowls it outside off, on a drivable length. Ashwin goes after it away from his body. The ball takes the outside edge and flies to second slip where Faf is standing in quite close. He shows good reflexes to take it in front of his face and tumbles down backwards. An excellent catch to break this 71-run stand. Philander gets his first and Ashwin walks back after getting a start. India continue gifting wickets to the South Africans and they still trail by another 55 runs.
  • 81.2 Almost! Philander bowls it outside off, Kohli tries to defend but gets an inside edge which goes really close past the leg pole and down towards fine leg. They complete two. Morkel there runs towards the ball. His arm hits his knee as he tries to pick the ball up and he ends up pushing it away further which results in the batsmen taking an extra run.
  • 81.1 FOUR! Fabulous! Full and on off, Kohli loves it there. He drives it through covers and fetches himself a boundary.
  • The second new ball has been taken. Vernon Philander will bowl with it. Now, will we see wickets or runs with it?
  • 80.6 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. 273/6
  • 80.5 Huge appeal! Maharaj bowls a straighter one on middle. Ashwin plays for the turn but the ball does not. It hits Ashwin on the pads, Maharaj makes a loud appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Faf, de Kock and Maharaj have a chat but then opt not to review. It seems to be going down leg.
  • 80.4 Uses his feet to get to the pitch of the ball. Seeing that, Maharaj shortens his length. Ashwin adjusts and defends towards silly point. The ball hits the bat of Ashwin who looks to get back in and rolls back to the keeper. On another day he could have easily taken the ball back onto his stumps.
  • 80.3 Tosses it up on middle, Ashwin defends it solidly.
  • 80.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 80.1 FOUR! Up and over! Ashwin is oozing in confidence here! Maharaj tosses it up on off, Ashwin plants his front foot ahead and lofts it over mid off for a boundary.
  • 79.6 Back of a length on off, defended to covers. 269/6
  • 79.5 A risky shot by Kohli though he connected well! Ngidi bowls a short ball outside off, Kohli drags his pull through wide mid on. Rabada from mid on gives it a chase, slides and pushes it back, saves two for his side. The stand is now worth 60 and India trail by another 66 runs.
  • 79.4 Short and outside off, this time Ashwin does not find the gap as he cuts it to deep point for a run.
  • 79.3 Short and outside off, Ashwin evades it.
  • 79.2 Back of a length on off, Kohli drops it towards point for a quick run. He played that by taking his bottom hand off the bat, shades of the Indian great, Rahul Dravid in that.
  • 79.1 Ngidi comes running in and lands it on a length around off, Kohli defends it solidly.
  • Lungi Ngidi is back into the attack. The new ball is also available in one over.
  • 78.6 Quicker on middle, Ashwin defends it off the back foot. 265/6
  • 78.5 Gives it air on off, driven down towards mid off for a run.
  • 78.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 78.3 In the air...but safe! Ashwin should consider himself lucky here! Maharaj tosses this one up on off, it turns away and also bounces a touch more. Ashwin prods forward in defense but it takes the top of the bat and lobs over the slip fielder for a run.
  • 78.2 Beaten on the cut! Careful, Ashwin! Maharaj bowls it flatter outside off, Ashwin goes for the cut but is beaten by the extra bounce.
  • 78.1 Around the wicket now! Maharaj tosses it up on off, Ashwin lunges forward and defends it.
  • 77.6 Excellent fielding by Maharaj in the deep! The runs though continue to flow for India. Rabada bangs it short and angles it away from the batsman. Kohli guides it in the gap through backward point. Keshav runs to his left from point, slides and pushes it back into play. The batsmen take two. Kohli moves onto 124. 263/6
  • 77.5 A well-directed bouncer, it really got big on Kohli. He does well to jump and defend it onto the ground.
  • 77.4 Bouncer! This time Kohli ducks under it.
  • 77.3 Shorter in length, aimed at the body of the batsman. Kohli tries to pull but it goes off the glove and down to fine leg for a couple.
  • 77.2 Another back of a length delivery outside off, Ashwin guides it through point for a run. 50-run stand up between the two, another vital one. It has also come in quick time, a good one for India.
  • 77.1 FOUR! Ashwin looks in tremendous form! Rabada bowls it outside off, on a shorter length. Ashwin rocks back and cuts it through backward point for a boundary.
  • 76.6 Shorter in length on middle, Kohli works it around the corner to keep strike. 254/6
  • 76.5 Floats it up on off, driven to wide mid on for a run.
  • 76.4 Another ball down the leg side, Ashwin tries to take full toll of it, as he tries to sweep. He misses it and the ball goes into the gloves of the keeper.
  • 76.3 This time bowls it closer to the leg stump, Ashwin lunges forward to defend but misses to get hit on the pads. The bowler appeals but the umpire shakes his head as the ball clearly pitched outside leg.
  • 76.2 Another ball down the leg side, RA pads it away.
  • 76.1 Maharaj continues over the wicket and bowls it down the leg side. Ashwin does a sensible thing by padding it away as he cannot be given out LBW.
  • 75.6 An inswinger on the pads, Ashwin flicks it down to fine leg for a run. 253/6
  • 75.5 Length ball outside off, offers a little width. It is enough for Kohli to play it with an angled bat, down to third man for a run.
  • 75.4 Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment.
  • 75.3 Good length on off, Kohli defends it off the back foot.
  • 75.2 Short and wide outside off, Kohli guides it through point. De Villiers in the deep does really well to run to his right and dive to stop the ball. He keeps them down to two but he might have hurt his knee when he dived as he was on the ground after fielding it. He is up now and looks fit to resume. Good news for the South Africans.
  • 75.1 FOUR! A gift but it still has to be put away! Rabada bowls a full toss on leg stump, Kohli flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary. 250 up for India, they trail only by 86 now.
  • 74.6 Short again on off, Kohli pushes it through covers to keep strike. 245/6
  • 74.5 The move to come over the wicket almost worked! Vicious turn there. Maharaj tosses it up outside leg, it lands on the rough and turns away sharply. Kohli lunges forward in defense but gets beaten to get hit on the thigh pad.
  • There is a backward short leg in place.
  • 74.4 DEFT! Another short ball outside off, Kohli waits for it and guides it down through short third man for a brace.
  • 74.3 FOUR! Bad ball and dispatched! There is very little margin for error when your bowling to a batsman of Kohli's class. Maharaj drags his length back outside off, Virat rocks back and cuts it through point for a boundary.
  • 74.2 Floats it up on off, driven to covers.
  • 74.1 Good amount of turn there but the line was not threatening! Maharaj tosses it up outside off, turns away. Kohli lets it be.
  • Spin for the first time today! Keshav Maharaj is into the attack.
  • 73.6 Errs in line and bowls it on the pads, Ashwin will be disappointed to not have put that away. He misses the flick to get hit on the pads. 238/6
  • 73.5 Edge but runs! Rabada bowls it at 147 kph, on a length outside off, gets it to bounce a little more. Ashwin tries to defend but it goes off the edge through backward point. It does not have enough to reach the boundary and the batsmen take two.
  • 73.4 Another short ball on the body of the batsman this time. The ball hits Ashwin high on his bat as he tries to defend it.
  • 73.3 Persists with the short ball but the line is outside off, Ashwin lets it go through to the keeper.
  • 73.2 Another short ball outside off, Ashwin does well to evade it.
  • 73.1 Full and angling into the pads, Kohli flicks it through mid-wicket. There is a fielder in the deep, so the batsmen only get a run. The trail is now one below 100.
  • Drinks are on the field now. Eventful hour of play this. South Africa's disciplined bowling efforts show no signs of relenting. India have thrown most of their wickets away and added one more to that list with Pandya's dismissal. That really was a careless effort from the all-rounder. To strong opponents, you give an inch and they grab a mile. The hosts did that by almost picking up Ashwin, who was saved by the ball landing just short of the fielder at gully. Will the Proteas build more pressure and see the end of this Indian batting quickly?
  • 72.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 235/6
  • 72.5 Full and outside off, Ash leaves it alone.
  • 72.5 No ball from Morkel. He has flicked the bails at his end as he runs in to ball. This man has done it after a long time, states my colleague here. Steven Finn had this nagging habit though. Coming back to the ball, it is a length ball on off, Kohli taps it next to the pitch and crosses over to the other end.
  • 72.4 Bouncer on the stumps, Kohli gets away from the line of the ball.
  • 72.3 This ball is blocked from the crease.
  • 72.2 Another one outside off, left alone.
  • 72.1 Well outside off, left alone.
  • 71.6 Lovely way to end the over. Another length ball outside off, Ashwin plays at it and misses. A good maiden over for Rabada. 233/6
  • 71.5 NOT OUT! Ashwin stays on. Huge relief for India here. After losing a wicket pretty early in the day, they wouldn't want to lose another. Ashwin has been poking at balls he needn't all the while and almost pays the price here. Hangs his bat out at a length ball outside off. Ends up edging it to gully. AB de Villiers there seems to have taken a good low catch to his left, tumbles and gets up in celebration. The Proteas think they have got another but the umpire isn't in a hurry to give them a go. He confers with the leg umpire and decides to take it upstairs and gives the soft signal as 'Not Out'. The replays show why that is a clever call. The ball bounces just in front of AB before he catches that. To be fair to the fielder, these aren't ones that you understand easily, hence he is right in going up in celebration. The sport stays happy though, as the right decision is made in the end.
  • More drama! Ashwin seems to be caught out at gully. The on-field umpires aren't sure even after a discussion. They take it upstairs, with a soft signal being NOT OUT!
  • 71.4 Full outside off, pushed to covers.
  • 71.3 Length ball on off, defended from the crease.
  • 71.2 Short of a length, outside off. It moves away after pitching. Ashwin thinks of playing it but then decides against it.
  • 71.1 Good start to the over. Rabada hurls this on a length outside off, Ashwin has a feel for that but misses.
  • 70.6 Ashwin stays in the crease and guides it through third man for one. 233/6
  • 70.5 This ball is kept out from the crease.
  • 70.4 This ball is blocked from the crease.
  • 70.3 First run for Kohli in this stand. Gets a ball on his pads, he flicks it off his pads to get to the other end.
  • 70.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 70.1 Kohli gets on strike after some time now. Blocks down this length ball from the crease.
  • Morne Morkel to run in for the first time today.
  • 69.6 The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman. 231/6
  • 69.5 This is outside off, left alone.
  • 69.4 FOUR! Three-in-three for Ashwin. This is on a length outside off, Ashwin stands on the back foot and punches this through cover-point. Gets another boundary to his name. The partnership is worth 22 and all of those have come off Ashwin's blade.
  • 69.3 FOUR! If you attacked me with fire early on, here's one of my own. This is what Ashwin might be saying says Harsha Bhogle on air. Gets another ball that is full in length outside off, Ashwin stays on the back foot and punches it through the cover region. A boundary results. Such is the quality of the shot that Kohli's appreciation for that is heard through the stump mic.
  • 69.2 FOUR! Make no mistake, this guy can bat. Rabada bowls it full outside off, Ashwin drives it off the front foot through covers. The fence is the destination of the ball.
  • 69.1 Ashwin stands tall and blocks it from the crease.
  • 68.6 This one is worked through mid-wicket for one to retain strike. 219/6
  • 68.5 Played to the point region by the batsman.
  • 68.4 FOUR! Not the best of balls bowled by Ngidi. This is short and wide, Ashwin stays on the back foot and cuts it over point for another boundary. Moves to 9 with that.
  • 68.3 Ashwin is trying hard to edge it. This is a length ball well outside off, Ashwin could have left it alone. But he decides to have a slash at that but misses.
  • 68.2 Another one outside off, left alone.
  • 68.1 Well outside off, left alone.
  • 67.6 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. 214/6
  • 67.5 FOUR! Not the best ways to get off the mark but Ashwin will take it. South Africa won't mind this either. Rabada hurls it on a length which is on the shorter side. Ashwin flays at it and gets a thick outside edge over the slip cordon for a boundary.
  • The physio is out in the middle with the magic spray. Sprays it on Ashwin's left hand.
  • 67.4 Ouch! That must have hurt. Back of a length ball on the stumps, Ashwin hops to keep it out. Wears it on his left glove. The ball dies down on the leg side. Immediately, he throws his left glove off and rings his hand in pain.
  • 67.3 Another bouncer on the stumps, Ashwin evades it.
  • 67.2 Banged short on the stumps, ducked under.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin walks in next. He needs to hang out there with his skipper.
  • 67.1 OUT! Philander gives Pandya a dose of his own medicine, in a different manner though. Yes, he inflicts a run out, that of Pandya. What exactly happened? Here we go. Pandya taps this fuller ball towards mid on and wants a run immediately. Kohli is adamant of there not being one and shouts a huge NO. Hardik turns around to get back safe inside the crease. But he isn't aware to the fact that a throw can come in. Philander gets to the ball and knocks down the stumps at the striker's end. The ball deflects to square leg after that and eventually the batsmen take one. De Kock puts in an appeal and it is referred upstairs. Everybody here thinks that there was no need to refer that as Pandya seemed well in. Hold on! Paul Reiffel has been right in doing so as Pandya does a Sehwag here. He is aerial in the crease and has not grounded either his foot or his bat in. The Proteas' joy knows no bounds. Vernon has done an excellent job here. Pandya is angry with himself and rightly so. India are still 126 runs behind.
  • Run out appeal against Hardik Pandya! He looks to be safe but the umpire takes it upstairs. Wait, hold on... Pandya hasn't grounded his bat here...
  • 66.6 On a length outside off, Kohli guides it through gully for a brace. 209/5
  • 66.5 Full outside off, Kohli just lets it be.
  • 66.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 66.3 This is outside off, left alone.
  • 66.2 Excellent take by de Kock! This is full and sprayed down the leg side, Virat fails to flick it away. The keeper dives to his left to collect that.
  • 66.1 21st Test century for Virat Kohli! Well, some eventful way to get there. He gets a length ball, taps it towards mid-wicket and gets to the other end to score his 100th run. He leaps in joy as he reaches the crease. Takes his helmet off in celebration. But look at this guy's awareness. Spots that there is an overthrow at the keeper's end and hares to the other end for the second run with his helmet in one hand and the bat in the other. Gets in there safely and continues his celebration. Well played knock. He has looked untroubled throughout and looks poised for a big one.
  • 65.6 One run short of his 21st ton now! Kohli tries to defend a length ball which jags back in sharply. He gets an inside edge onto his pads, towards the off side for a run. 205/5
  • 65.5 Shorter in length outside off, Hardik guides it to point to give his captain the strike.
  • 65.4 Another ball way outside off, Pandya need not play at those.
  • 65.3 Wide outside off, Pandya shuffles across and leaves it.
  • 65.2 Virat moves on to 98! Rabada bowls a similar length delivery but on middle, Kohli rocks back, uses his wrists and whips it towards mid-wicket for a run. He called for two as he hit that but there was never a second in that.
  • 65.1 Back of a length ball on middle, Kohli camps back and defends it.
  • Kagiso Rabada to have a bowl now.
  • 64.6 Good work from Elgar here. Bowled in line of the stumps, Kohli drives it down the ground past mid on. The fielder chases it down and dives to keep the ball in play. He seems to have saved a run there. The umpire confirms the same. Kohli stays on 97. 202/5
  • 64.5 This ball is hit straight to the man at covers.
  • 64.4 Length ball on off, defended to the off side. VK immediately shouts a NO.
  • 64.3 Edged but just short! Kohli would have had his heart in his mouth there. On a length just around off, Kohli gets a thick outside edge as he tries to defend that. Lands well short of Amla at first slip.
  • 64.2 FOUR! This is classic from the Indian skipper. Full and outside off, in fact overpitched delivery. Kohli gets his stride forward and drives it crisply through covers and moves to 94 with another boundary.
  • 64.1 FOUR! Streaky! Ngidi hurls it on a length just outside off, Kohli hangs his bat out at that. Edges it wide of the gully fielder and picks up a boundary. Another look at that shows that there was reverse swing on that. Kohli moves to 90 now.
  • 63.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 191/5
  • 63.5 Width on offer on this one, Virat guides it through point to rotate strike. He moves to 86, while the trail gets down to 144.
  • 63.4 Fuller on off, pushed back to the bowler off the front foot.
  • 63.3 This ball is blocked towards mid-wicket from the crease.
  • 63.2 Fuller on off, Pandya taps it to mid on and sets off to the other end.
  • 63.1 Hurled around off, defended from the crease off the back foot.
  • 62.6 Now a run taken off the last ball in the over by playing it through point. 189/5
  • 62.5 Wonderful bowling. Ngidi is varying his lengths nicely here. Slips in a yorker on off. Pandya does well to dig it out towards mid on.
  • Graeme Smith on air is surprised that South Africa haven't begun the day with Morne Morkel. He reckons that on a new day and on such a surface, the extra bounce that the experienced seamer might generate will be good for them.
  • 62.4 This is well outside off, Pandya just lets it be.
  • 62.3 Fuller this time, blocked to the off side.
  • 62.2 On a length outside off, defended towards point.
  • 62.1 Full and outside off, Hardik moves across and shoulders his arms.
  • The impressive newcomer Lungi Ngidi will begin from the other end. Two slips in place for him.
  • 61.6 This time Virat stays on the back foot and blocks it down. 188/5
  • 61.5 Nicely defended. On a length outside off and coming in, Kohli gets a stride out and defends it right under his eyes.
  • 61.4 Length ball outside off, moving in a touch. The width on that is such that it is easy for Kohli to let it be.
  • 61.3 Fuller on the pads, nudged through backward square leg for one.
  • 61.2 This one is outside off on a length. Pandya gets it off the outer half towards point.
  • 61.1 Four Byes! Not the best of starts from Philander. Slips this down the leg side, Pandya misses his flick. De Kock is standing up to the stumps and hence can't do anything to stop that even though he moves to his left. Runs straightaway in the day. The trail comes down under 150 now, 148 it is.
  • It's time for play to get underway. Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya walk out to resume their battle. Their approach at the start will be interesting to see. Their stand is worth 19 runs as of now. For the home side, Vernon Philander will begin with the ball. A slip in place and the keeper is upto the stumps.
  • PITCH REPORT - Shaun Pollock says that it's very hot and there's very little breeze to talk of. He opines that it looks like a Day 1 pitch and there aren't any foot marks. Sunil Gavaskar observes a few cracks but they aren't threatening according to him. Adds that this is the slowest track that he has seen in the nation since 1992. States that the hosts have made use of the contrast swing well, referring to the Parthiv Patel dismissal. Pollock ponders about the low bounce and reckons that run-scoring could become very difficult as the game progresses. Both of them agree on one fact - it is still a good surface to bat on and difficult one for the bowlers. They are eager to see what happens when the new ball is taken.
  • The relevant number that we have our eyes on is 152. That's how much runs South Africa still have in their bag. They have been largely disciplined. Loose balls are far and few in between. In view of this, the visitors have done well to score at 3 per over. Pandya looked resolute to stay unbeaten last night. With Maharaj expected to do the bulk of bowling, expect Hardik to flex his muscles. Promises to be an exciting day, the moving one in this game. Be with us.
  • It's Monday. You are at the right place if the Monday blues are getting to you. As an Indian fan, Kohli will start the day with the bat, 15 short of his 21st Test ton. As a Protea fan, the prospect of the bowlers running in with the ball which is scuffed up is a mouth-watering one. We take immense pleasure in welcoming you to the coverage of Day 3 of this second South Africa-India Test match on at the SuperSport Park in Centurion.
  • ... Day 3, Session 1 ...
  • So, what do we have on the third day? It could show us which direction the game is headed. The hosts would love to pack the tourists up quickly while the latter will aim to avert just that. There stands a human figure in the middle by the name of Virat Kohli, who seldom lets go of things without a fight. But not for nothing are the Proteas known to be fighters in the cricketing world. Tomorrow promises to be a action-packed day. See you then at 1000 local time (0800 GMT). Adios, take care!
  • Earlier, India knocked out the hosts pretty quickly - in just under a session. The credit should go to Ashwin and Ishant, who picked up 7 wickets among them. This helped their side keep South Africa to a total that doesn't look too humongous. In reply, Vijay and Rahul began steadily but then the tourists lost two-in-two, which stalled their momentum. Among those two was an uncharacteristic Pujara run out.
  • India were in a better position than what the scorecard shows right now. The start was sedate but the stand between Vijay and Kohli, that was worth 79 runs stood as the backbone of this innings. Vijay missed out on his fifty as he played a cut shot too many but the Indian skipper didn't miss out. South Africa were probing around that off stump line and were largely disciplined in their efforts with the ball. Apart from Philander, the others picked up a wicket apiece and that is indicative of the team effort that they put in.
  • An attritional session ends! The Protea bowlers were trying to bore the batters out towards the end as they were bowling it too wide and full outside off. The pair of Kohli and Pandya has done well to not been drawn into that plan by ensuring that the visitors lose no more than the 5 wickets that they have. Kohli has looked very good in his unbeaten knock of 85 runs. Irrespective of the usual talks of who dominated the proceedings and who did not, it made for a compulsive viewing.
  • 60.6 Full and wide outside off, Kohli points his bat skywards as he lets it go. The umpire whips off the bails, signaling it is STUMPS, DAY 2! 183/5
  • 60.5 Outside off, moving in a touch. Kohli has his sticks covered as he lets it go.
  • 60.4 Flicked off his pads through square leg for one.
  • Interesting. Kohli is seen telling Pandya to not play across the line. His tone seems to be a stern one. Hardik retorts saying that the ball has been darkened a bit.
  • 60.3 This is outside off, left alone.
  • 60.2 Length ball outside off, Pandya walks across and taps it towards covers. Wants a run but sees that Elgar has put in the dive to stop that. Aborts the idea.
  • 60.1 Pandya keeps this out with a straight bat.
  • This should be the last over of the day. Morkel will bowl it. Also, Mike Haysman on air informs us that Kohli had a word between overs with the umpire Michael Gough. Perhaps it had something to do with the light as it has gone pretty dim there.
  • 59.6 This is outside off, VK doesn't put bat to that. That should be it from Vern for the day. 182/5
  • Now there comes a second slip.
  • 59.5 FOUR! Edged but runs! Philander lands it on a length outside off, Kohli gets across and defends it with a straight bat. But the ball grabs the outside edge and goes through where a widish second slip would have stood. Goes away to the fence.
  • 59.4 Bowled in line of the stumps, Virat stands tall and blocks it back towards the bowler. Lots of talk between the two batsmen.
  • 59.3 Strike rotated by flicking this through mid-wicket.
  • 59.2 Fuller outside off, Pandya gets a stride forward and lets it go. Kohli is constantly chattering something to his partner, perhaps egging him to not throw his wicket away.
  • 59.1 Fuller outside off, eased through covers to rotate strike.
  • Vernon Philander to have a bowl now. Looking at the time in hand, he might have a maximum of two overs to bowl. Quinton de Kock stands up to the stumps. Meanwhile, Morkel's back leg was close to the side line in the last ball of the previous over, when he bowled from round the wicket.
  • 58.6 Pandya keeps this one out off the back foot. 176/5
  • 58.5 Double bluff! Almost works! Morkel dishes this full on the pads, Pandya's weight is on the back foot as he flicks it. The ball goes just on the bounce to the man in front of square.
  • 58.4 Another bumper, this time in line of the stumps. Hardik crouches low to let it pass.
  • 58.3 Morne goes round the wicket and bangs it short. Pandya ducks.
  • 58.2 On a length around off and middle, tapped towards mid on for one.
  • 58.1 Length ball outside off, Kohli lets it go to the keeper. Immediately signals something looking at the sightscreen.
  • 57.6 Another one outside off, left alone. 175/5
  • 57.6 WIDE! Short and well over the batter's head. Pandya lets it be. The umpire's signal comes in.
  • 57.5 FOUR! Better. Perhaps Pandya can't bear a quiet phase in the game. This boundary should settle him down for sometime. Gets a full delivery around off and middle, driven down the ground. The timing is very good and the ball goes away to the fence.
  • 57.4 No, no, no! Needn't play at those, Pandya! Length ball outside off, Pandya walks across and looks to pull it away. Ends up getting a bottom edge that goes on the bounce to the keeper.
  • 57.3 Again this one is wide outside off, HP leaves it alone.
  • 57.2 Short in length and wide outside off, Pandya gets across and looks to ramp it but then decides against it.
  • 57.1 Fuller and angling in from outside off, Pandya gets across and pushes it defensively towards mid on.
  • 56.6 That's it for now from Kohli-and-the-saga-of-leaving-balls as this one is left alone. A maiden from Morkel. 170/5
  • 56.5 Kohli shoulders arms to this ball well outside off.
  • 56.4 Fuller and wider outside off, Kohli says, nothing doing.
  • 56.3 Beaten. Length ball outside off, just a bit of shape away. Kohli feels for it and gets beaten.
  • 56.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 56.1 Wide outside off stump, VK leaves it alone.
  • 55.6 This ball is blocked off the front foot onto the ground. 170/5
  • 55.5 Fuller in line of the stumps, driven towards mid on. Markram dives to his left and prevents a run.
  • 55.4 Another one outside off, left alone.
  • 55.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 55.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 55.1 Virat taps it towards covers and gets to the other end.
  • 54.6 Full on off, defended from the crease. 169/5
  • 54.5 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 54.4 FOUR! Authoritative, bossy, powerful... Use all the adjectives that you can on similar lines, that'll still not suffice. There was a longish chat between Pandya and Kohli perhaps warning the former about the delivery that could follow after the previous ball. Pandya is alert to the occasion of getting a short ball even with three slips and a fly slip in place. Gets a short ball and he pulls it with disdain over mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • A fly slip in place. This is keeping in mind the ramp shot that he plays.
  • 54.3 Another one outside off, Hardik just lets it be.
  • 54.2 Another full ball outside off, left alone.
  • 54.1 Well outside off, Pandya lets it be.
  • Morne Morkel to have a bowl. With a new man in, du Plessis seems to be going for the kill.
  • 53.6 Low bounce here! Pandya was upright and had to crouch low to play that. Ends up getting a bottom edge past the diving keeper to open his account. End of a successful over from the debutant. 165/5
  • 53.5 Length ball outside off, left alone.
  • The next batter in is Hardik Pandya. Wise decision? Should a night watchman have been sent in? Let's see.
  • 53.4 OUT! First Test wicket for Lungi Ngidi and he gets it off his 40th ball. What a time to strike for him! He continues round the wicket and bowls it on a length around off. Patel has to play at that due to the line and the angle. Does so and just gets a thick outside edge straight to de Kock who doesn't miss this. The joy on the Proteas' faces is there for all to see. Perhaps Patel could have left it based on the length but these aren't easy ones to let go. Half the Indian side back in the hut and they are still 171 runs behind.
  • 53.3 Well outside off from round the wicket, left alone by PP.
  • 53.2 FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries for the Indian wicketkeeper. Patel hit one on the last ball of the previous over and hits one off the first he faces in this one. Ngidi bowls this outside off from over the wicket Parthiv frees his arms. Goes through the covers and the ball races away to the fence.
  • 53.1 Fuller and angling in, Kohli whips it away with the angle for one.
  • 52.6 FOUR! Much better and well in control is Parthiv on this occasion. Comes down the track and hits it with the turn over mid-wicket for a boundary. 9 runs off this one. 159/4
  • 52.5 This ball is flicked away to mid-wicket.
  • 52.4 Around off, defended off the front foot.
  • 52.3 FOUR! Streaky yet effective! Tossed up ball well outside off, it spins in a touch. Patel comes down the track and looks to go over covers. Ends up getting a thick outside edge and the ball speeds away to the third man fence.
  • 52.2 Played to the point region by the batsman.
  • 52.1 Maharaj comes over the wicket and tosses it up around leg. The ball takes a puff of dust as it spins in a touch. Kohli flicks it through square leg for one. However, leg byes signaled by the umpire.
  • 51.6 Beauty to end the over. Bowled on a length around middle, it moves away after pitching. Patel is squared up and misses this one. 150/4
  • 51.5 On a length around off, defended from the crease.
  • 51.4 Brutal stuff! Ngidi bangs this short in line of the stumps, Parthiv isn't out there to block or stay quiet. Goes for the pull but the ball climbs on him. Misses the ball completely. Stay calm, mate.
  • 51.3 What's up Parthiv? Seem to be in a hurry to get out? Length ball well wide of off, he goes for a wild slash unnecessarily. No need of this at all.
  • 51.2 Length ball on the pads, flicked away to mid-wicket.
  • 51.1 Length ball outside off, Kohli guides it through point for one. Brings up the 150 for India, 77 of them belong to Virat. The trail is down to 185.
  • Kohli is seen popping some pills there. Not sure what. Maybe some salt tablets to keep himself hydrated.
  • 50.6 Defended off the back foot by Patel. 149/4
  • 50.5 This one is turned towards mid-wicket.
  • 50.4 Floated full around off, pushed back towards the bowler. PP comes down in search of a run thinking Keshav has let that through. Has to go back in the safety of his crease.
  • 50.3 Served just outside off, Patel is late in getting his bat down in defense.
  • 50.2 Tossed up outside off, Parthiv whips this across the line. Picks up two as the ball rolls through mid-wicket.
  • 50.1 Full on middle, knocked down to long on for one.
  • 49.6 Length ball on the pads, worked away to fine leg for one. 146/4
  • 49.5 Lovely delivery! The bowler hurls this on a length just outside off. Kohli can't resist from playing at it and he does so. Just misses edging that.
  • 49.4 PP works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
  • 49.3 Similar ball, worked away through square leg for a couple. Kohli wanted a third but decides against it eventually.
  • 49.2 Length ball down the leg side, Patel misses the flick.
  • 49.1 Excellent decision from umpire Paul Reiffel as the decision stays NOT OUT! Ngidi spears this full around off, Kohli walks ahead and across and looks to work it away. Seems to have gone off the pads on first look. The South Africans keep on appealing as the ball rolls through square leg and the batters take two. There is a direct hit at the striker's end and the ball deflects to the other side due to which a third run is taken. The umpire doesn't signal a leg bye, meaning these are runs for the batter. The hosts are happy with what they have seen and du Plessis signals a 'T'. Snicko is rolled on and it is quick to show a spike as the ball passes the bat. Interestingly, the leg umpire Michael Gough had signaled to his colleague that there was an inside edge there. Even Kohli did the same to his partner. The Proteas lose a review as the opposition skipper bats on.
  • Big moment in the game! The Proteas appeal desperately for LBW against Kohli which is turned down. On getting the denial, they opt to go upstairs.
  • Time for Lungi Ngidi to roll his arm over. His figures after the first spell read 4-2-6-0. Two slips in place.
  • 48.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 139/4
  • 48.5 Outside off, cut away square on the off side for one.
  • 48.4 Now he rotates strike by playing this through mid on.
  • 48.3 Careful Parthiv! Flatter on off, he goes back to cut but is hurried on the shot.
  • 48.2 Tossed up outside off, Patel drives it to covers.
  • 48.1 Floated in line of the stumps, eased down to long on for one. SA are happy to let Kohli go to the other end.
  • 47.6 A nice yorker on off, digged out towards mid-wicket. 136/4
  • 47.5 Another one outside off, left alone.
  • 47.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 47.3 Rabada runs in from round the wicket and lands it outside off, Patel lets it be.
  • 47.2 Kohli gets to the other end by driving it through covers. The trail comes down to 199.
  • 47.1 Banged short on off, Kohli ducks.
  • 46.6 Taps it towards cover-point for a quick run. 135/4
  • 46.5 Gives it air on off, Kohli defends it solidly.
  • 46.4 A full toss on off, Patel drives it down to long on for a run.
  • 46.3 Tosses it outside off, aiming for the rough. Parthiv drives it to covers.
  • 46.2 Eases it down to long on for a run.
  • 46.1 On middle, worked to mid-wicket.
  • 45.6 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 132/4
  • Parthiv Patel walks out to the middle. This is his first innings outside India since 2008.
  • Drinks!
  • 45.5 OUT! Sharma falls into the trap! Rabada kept bowling outswingers to him and this time he gets it to shape back in sharply from outside off. Sharma is completely undone as he tries to drive it through the off side. He misses and the ball and it hits him on the back pad. The players appeal and the umpire raises his finger. Sharma walks up to Kohli and after a chat he decides to review. Time for the replays. There is no inside edge on that one but can height save him as the impact is a little high? No it can't! It is clipping the top of the stumps. It remains umpire's call, India don't lose a review but they do lose Rohit Sharma who bags another failure to his name as he is walking back. India once again in trouble here as they trail by 203 runs and now only have 6 wickets in hand.
  • Rohit is a goner! He has been adjudged LBW but he opts to review. Only an inside edge can save him there.
  • 45.4 Short ball on middle, Sharma gets into an awkward position as he tries to pull, he somehow connects and hits it through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 45.3 Good length closer to the off pole, Sharma leaves it watchfully.
  • 45.2 Fuller in length on off, Kohli drives it uppishly but in the gap to sweeper cover for a run.
  • 45.1 Lands it on a length around off, Kohli defends it solidly.
  • 44.6 FOUR! Enough, says Sharma. He dances down the track, gets to the pitch of the ball and flicks it up and over mid on for a boundary. 129/3
  • 44.5 Floats it up on off, Sharma defends it off the front foot.
  • 44.4 Shorter in length outside off, Sharma chops it to point.
  • 44.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 44.2 Tosses it up on off, Kohli drives it through exta cover for a run.
  • 44.1 Works it against the spin towards Morkel at short fine leg.
  • 43.6 Wide outside off, Sharma lets it be. 124/3
  • 43.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 43.4 Works it with the angle, around the corner for a run.
  • 43.3 Back of a length on middle, Kohli defends it off the back foot.
  • 43.2 Direct hit needed... Maharaj misses! Had he hit though it would have been an unbelievable run out. A full ball on off, Kohli drives it through covers. The batsmen complete one and set off for the second. Maharaj in the deep picks the ball up and has a shy from the deep at the non-striker's end but misses. Sharma will surely breathe a sigh of a relief there as if that would have hit, Sharma was struggling.
  • 43.1 Fuller in length on off, driven to mid off.
  • 42.6 Floated on off, the batsman lunges forward and blocks it. 121/3
  • 42.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 42.4 DEFT! Flatter outside off, Kohli plays it very late, down towards third man. Amla gives it a chase and saves a run for his side.
  • 42.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 42.2 Full ball on off, pushed to covers.
  • 42.1 Tosses it up on off, Kohli defends it off the front foot.
  • 41.6 Played to the point region by the batsman. They pick up a single. 118/3
  • 41.5 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 41.4 Another huge appeal! Rabada bowls it outside off and gets it to swing back into the batsman. Kohli is done in by that as he tries to defend. He misses and the ball hits him on the pads. The players appeal and the umpire shakes his head as the impact and height was an issue. Replays later on agree and show the ball to be bouncing over. In the meantime the ball rolls towards third man and the batsman take two.
  • 41.3 A bouncer which kept coming in. Kohli at the very last moment ducks under it.
  • 41.2 Length ball on off, defended towards covers.
  • 41.1 A full ball outside off, driven to covers.
  • 40.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 115/3
  • 40.5 Flatter outside off, wanting Sharma to cut, he resists and lets it be.
  • 40.4 Flighted ball on off, Rohit prods forward and defends it.
  • 40.3 Floated on off, defended.
  • 40.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 40.1 Tosses it up on off, a little too full. Kohli drives it through extra cover for a run. He wanted to push for a second but looking at the history between these two, he opts against it.
  • 39.6 Fuller ball on off, Rohit defends it to covers. 114/3
  • 39.5 Another ball outside off. He has bowled three outswingers outside off, will this be an in dipper?
  • 39.4 Wide enough for the batsman to play at it.
  • 39.3 Full outside off, Sharma lets it be.
  • 39.2 Sloppy from Morkel! Rabada bangs it short, Kohli pulls it towards wide mid on. The big man does well to get down but unfortunately dives over the ball and concedes a run.
  • 39.1 Good length outside off, Kohli lets it be.
  • 38.6 Bowls it outside off, the batsman need not play at it. 113/3
  • 38.5 FOUR! That is how you play the cut shot, Vijay! Short and wide outside off, Sharma waits for it and then guides it past backward point for a boundary to get off the mark.
  • 38.4 Floats it up on off, Sharma defends it solidly.
  • 38.3 Tosses it up on off, defended off the front foot.
  • 38.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 38.1 Drives the full ball through covers for a run.
  • 37.6 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it. 108/3
  • 37.5 Angles it on the pads, Kohli flicks it through square leg for a run.
  • 37.4 Another ball outside off, Kohli is not interested in playing at it.
  • 37.3 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 37.2 Good length outside off, Kohli lets it be.
  • 37.1 BEATEN! South Africa have their tails up here. Rabada comes running in and lands it on a length around off, it bounces a touch more, also straightens. Kohli pokes at it and gets beaten.
  • Kagiso Rabada is back on.
  • 36.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 107/3
  • Rohit Sharma walks out to the middle.
  • 36.5 OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Maharaj has provided the vital breakthrough and he is pumped up! Vijay has been beaten on this shot atleast 3 to 4 times and this time he edges it. Maharaj bowls it shorter outside off, Vijay once again goes to cut but only edges it to de Kock who takes it and appeals. The umpire raises his finger and Vijay is walking back. The 79-run stand has been broken and Vijay misses out on a half ton by just four runs. Virat Kohli is gutted with what he has seen. Nevertheless, South Africa will now look to capitalize. They are 228 runs ahead.
  • 36.4 Shorter outside off, Vijay guides it to point.
  • 36.3 Tosses it up on off, Vijay defends it off the front foot.
  • 36.2 Flatter on off, defended off the back foot.
  • 36.1 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 35.6 Shorter in length on leg stump, Kohli tucks it to leg gully. 107/2
  • 35.5 Fifth bouncer in this over! Kohli lets it go over his head.
  • 35.4 Another short ball on middle, Kohli need not play at it.
  • 35.3 Morkel is getting too predictable here. He bangs in another one and Kohli evades it.
  • 35.2 BOUNCER! The batsman ducks under it.
  • 35.1 Fifty for Kohli, his 16th in Tests. What a time to score it, India were in trouble when he came in and he has led from the front. He would want to make it big though. He pulls the short ball on middle, towards deep mid-wicket for a couple to bring up the milestone. He raises his bat to acknowledge the applause from the dressing room.
  • 34.6 Gives it air on off, Vijay lunges forward and defends it. 105/2
  • 34.5 The arm ball and also quicker on off, Vijay pushes it to covers.
  • 34.4 Very full on middle, eased to mid on.
  • 34.3 Floated on off, driven to mid off.
  • 34.2 FOUR! Plays the sweep to perfection! These two are playing Maharaj really well. He tosses it up on leg stump, Vijay goes down on one knee and hits it to the square leg fence. The Monk moves on to 46.
  • 34.1 Cut towards point for no runs.
  • 33.6 Not short this time, he lands it on a length. Kohli, against the angle, flicks it to mid-wicket. 101/2
  • 33.5 NO! He persists with the short one and Kohli ducks under it. Make that 5 short balls in a row.
  • 33.4 Short ball, looking at the field, Vijay may have expected it as he was in position early. He pulls it to deep square leg for a run. 4 short balls now, a surprise yorker to Kohli here?
  • Morkel is asking for a short leg and he gets it. Markram goes under the lid. More short stuff coming up!
  • 33.3 A bumper aimed at the rib cage of the batsman. He tucks it to leg gully.
  • 33.2 Another short ball on leg stump. Vijay ducks under it.
  • 33.1 Comes around the wicket and bangs it short but down the leg side. Vijay does not bother playing at it.
  • 32.6 Floats it full outside off, Vijay drives it through covers for a run. 100 up for the Indians. They now trail by 235 runs. 100/2
  • 32.5 Flatter outside off, Vijay opts not to fiddle with it.
  • 32.4 Driven towards the mid off region.
  • 32.3 Almost an edge! Maharaj bowls it shorter outside off, gets it to turn away. Vijay tries to cut leaning backwards. He is beaten by the extra bounce on the delivery.
  • 32.2 Tosses it up on off, Vijay defends it off the front foot.
  • 32.1 Gives it air on off, driven down to long off for a run.
  • 31.6 Short and wide outside off, Kohli cuts it off the toe end towards deep point for a run. 98/2
  • 31.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 31.4 Kohli takes a step or two down the track and defends the length ball on off. Seems to be high on confidence today.
  • 31.3 Shorter in length outside off, Kohli lets it be.
  • 31.2 Delightful shot there! Morkel is guilty of bowling too full here. He pays the price as he is cover driven for a couple.
  • 31.1 Another full ball driven back to the bowler.
  • 30.6 Tosses it up on middle, worked to mid on. 95/2
  • 30.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 30.4 Third short ball in a row and Vijay does not put it away! There was width on offer too, Vijay cuts it to point.
  • 30.3 Another delivery which is on the shorter side, turns away this time though. Vijay plays a half-hearted cut shot to point.
  • 30.2 Shorter outside off, Vijay waits for it and guides it to point.
  • 30.1 Works it with the angle, past the diving mid-wicket fielder for a brace.
  • 29.6 FOUR! Beautiful! This is arguably one of the hardest shots in the game to play and Virat does it with ease. A full ball on middle, Kohli plays the on drive past the diving mid on fielder for a boundary. 11 runs from the over. 93/2
  • 29.5 Very full outside off, driven through cover-point for a run.
  • 29.4 Angles it on middle, the Monk flicks it to mid on.
  • 29.3 Kohli has come out in his ODI mode! He shimmies down the track a little and guides the ball outside off, towards point for a run.
  • 29.2 Good length on off, Vijay taps it towards point for a run.
  • 29.1 FOUR! Right in the gap! A full ball, at 140 kph on middle, Vijay nonchalantly flicks it through the gap between mid on and short mid-wicket for a boundary. That was so nicely timed, not a soul moved there.
  • Morne Mokel will bowl from the other end.
  • 28.6 Drags his length back on off, Kohli pushes it to covers off the back foot. 82/2
  • 28.5 Very full on middle, driven back to the bowler.
  • 28.4 Uses his feet and flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 28.3 Flatter on middle, worked to mid-wicket.
  • 28.2 Tosses it up on off, Vijay eases it to sweeper cover for a run.
  • 28.1 First run after the break! Maharaj bowls it on leg stump, Kohli flicks it towards wide mid on for a run.
  • We are back for the final session where 36 overs have to be bowled. Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay will hope to continue from where they left off. Keshav Maharaj will bowl the first over after the break. He has a slip in place. Here we go...
  • ... Day 2, Session 3 ...
  • The South African bowlers have not got a great deal of purchase out of the wicket. They have not caused a lot of for the current pair as yet. Keshav Maharaj might do the bulk of the bowling after the break as the hosts would expect him to make the most of the surface. India still trail by 255 runs and they would like this partnership to do the bulk of the scoring. The home side will want to chip away at the wickets after the break. Join us for the final session in a while.
  • Another action-packed session! Wickets, runs and both the teams will be happy heading into the break. India started this session being 331 runs behind. Rahul and Vijay looked reasonably comfortable out there before the former fell prey to Morkel. The visitors were dealt with another blow when the ever-reliable Pujara was run out on the next ball. India seemed to be in all sorts of trouble at 28 for 2 but this unbeaten 52-run stand between Kohli and Vijay has brought India back into the game.
  • 27.6 Another leave to a ball outside off. A maiden over and the players head back to the dressing room FOR TEA ON DAY 2! 80/2
  • 27.5 Another excellent leave! Philander bowls this one close to off, Vijay covers his stump and leaves it.
  • 27.4 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 27.3 On the stumps, worked to mid-wicket. This is what he has to do, play out the remainder of deliveries left in the over as it probably is the last over before tea.
  • 27.2 Another ball in the testing line around off, Vijay defends it solidly.
  • 27.1 Good length on off, Vijay defends it stoutly.
  • 26.6 Gives it a flight on off, Kohli lunges forward and blocks it. 80/2
  • 26.5 Floats it on off, defended by Kohli.
  • 26.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 26.3 FOUR! Bad ball and dispatched! Short and wide outside off, Kohli has all the time in the world to rock back and cut it through point for a boundary. 50-run stand between the two, a very, very important stand but they need to make it big, something the South Africans could not do.
  • 26.2 How many runs has Markram saved in that region? Kohli drives the ball on off towards covers where Markram dives to his left and makes a good half-stop. No runs taken.
  • 26.1 Tosses it up on leg stump, Kohli flicks it to mid on.
  • 25.6 On off, Vijay uses his wrists and works it to mid-wicket. 76/2
  • 25.5 Nicely bowled! This one swung away from the batsman from off. Vijay makes a good leave which he has been doing throughout his innings.
  • 25.4 Good length on off, it shapes in ever so slightly. The batsman defends it solidly.
  • 25.3 Fuller on off, whips it to mid-wicket.
  • 25.2 Good length around off, Vijay tries to defend but once again the ball goes off the inner half towards square leg.
  • 25.1 Length on off, Vijay defends it off the back foot.
  • The keeper has now decided to walk up to the stumps.
  • 24.6 Gives it air on off, Vijay drives to towards covers where the fielder misfields and concedes a run. 76/2
  • 24.5 Drives the tossed up delivery back to the bowler.
  • 24.4 Gives it air on off, Kohli plants his front foot and drives it down to long on to change strike. The stand is now 3 short of fifty.
  • 24.3 Very full on the pads, Vijay works it towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 24.2 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket.
  • 24.1 Floats it on off, Kohli drives it down to long off for a run.
  • Finally! Keshav Maharaj is into the attack. He had been warming up for a quite a while and he now comes back.
  • 23.6 On the middle, flicked to mid-wicket. 72/2
  • 23.5 HUGE APPEAL! The umpire shakes his head though. Philander loves it but strangely he does not think about the review. He bowls it on a length around middle, Vijay misses the flick to get hit high on the pads. Height a factor!
  • 23.4 A confident drive but straight to the man at covers.
  • 23.3 FOUR! Short outside off, width on offer. Vijay this time waits and cuts it late, behind point. The boundary is shorter on that side and even though there is a fielder in the deep he has no chance.
  • 23.2 Good length on off, Vijay defends it stoutly.
  • 23.1 Fuller in length on off, Vijay tries to drive but gets it off the inner half towards mid-wicket for no run.
  • 22.6 Good length outside off, Kohli leaves. 68/2
  • 22.5 Wide outside off, bowls the sucker ball. The Monk slashes at it and it goes down towards deep point for a run.
  • 22.4 Another ball on a length but this time on the stumps. Vijay defends it towards mid-wicket.
  • 22.3 Back of a length on off, Vijay defends it off the back foot.
  • 22.2 Another wide delivery. Vijay thinks about cutting it but then pulls out.
  • 22.1 Morkel was a little bit wide in his first spell and he starts off with a wide one here. Vijay is not interested in playing at it.
  • Morne Morkel is back into the attack.
  • 21.6 On a length on middle, Kohli flicks it through square leg for a brace. He moves onto 33. 67/2
  • 21.5 Back of a length on off, Vijay pushes it through point for a run.
  • 21.4 A lot of ohhs and ahhs but nothing as such in the delivery. A full ball on middle, Vijay flicks it to mid on.
  • 21.3 Another good leave! Vijay was playing such deliveries in the first Test and now he is intent on leaving them. Philander bowls this on the fifth stump line. The batsman shuffles across and leaves it.
  • 21.2 Another one outside off, trying to prise Vijay out the way he did in the first Test but the Monk this time knows where his off stump is and makes a leave.
  • 21.1 Good length outside off, Vijay lets it be.
  • Vernon Philander is back on. Maybe Maharaj was just feeling a little stiff and hence he was rolling his arm over.
  • 20.6 A good delivery to end the over. Kagiso bowls it with pace on off, Kohli defends it off the back foot. His bat face is coming down straight today as he is not looking to guide it down to third man. That was a mistake he made in the first innings of the first Test. 64/2
  • 20.5 This is good cricket all around! Kagiso bowls it on a probing line and length. Kohli defends it to covers.
  • 20.4 A bouncer but outside off, Kohli evades it.
  • 20.3 On the off pole, Kohli defends it to covers.
  • 20.2 Length outside off, Kohli need not play at it.
  • 20.1 FOUR! Kohli has come out with good intent and has also looked good. His feet are moving towards the ball and he is also ready to play his shots. Rabada dishes out a full ball outside off, Kohli leans into it and times it through covers for a boundary.
  • 19.6 Late swing! Ngidi comes running in and bowls it on a length around off, it shapes in late but as the length is on the shorter side, Vijay can adjust and defend it back towards the bowler. 60/2
  • 19.5 Length ball on off, shapes back in a touch. Kohli tries to defend but it goes off the inner half towards square leg for an easy run.
  • 19.4 Shorter in length this time and also offers width. Vijay cuts it through point and bags a run.
  • 19.3 Fuller in length on off, Vijay drives it to mid off.
  • Maharaj is seen rolling his arm. Time for some spin? Maybe.
  • 19.2 Straighter in line this time. Kohli flicks it through square leg to change strike.
  • 19.1 An ambitious appeal! Ngidi lands it on a length on middle, Kohli tries to flick but misses the ball and it hits him high on the pads.
  • 18.6 Wide outside off, Vijay would not mind planting his front foot ahead and leaving those deliveries the whole day. 57/2
  • 18.5 Shorter in length on middle, Kohli walks in and tucks it around the corner for a run.
  • 18.4 Wider outside off, yes, Virat is known to be vulnerable to the balls outside off but this is too wide. He need not play at it.
  • 18.3 Good length outside off, Kohli, even when he leaves the ball, looks pretty confident.
  • 18.2 Just ahead of a length on off, Virat lunges forward and defends it.
  • 18.1 Back of a length on off, Kohli defends it towards mid on.
  • 17.6 Closer to the off pole this time, Vijay defends it solidly. 56/2
  • 17.5 JUST SHORT! Even if de Villiers would have taken it, it would have been sensational! Ngidi persists with the line outside off, testing Vijay's patience. This time the Monk goes after it as he guides it uppishly but just short of gully where de Villiers dives to his right and makes a fine stop in the end.
  • 17.4 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it.
  • 17.3 Another ball outside off, another leave.
  • 17.2 Vijay just showed why he is amongst the best leavers in the world! Ngidi goes wide of the crease and angles it into the batsman from outside off. Vijay plants his front foot forward and makes a confident leave. Not many batsman would have left that one, even Kohli from the non striker's end asks him to be careful as the ball is seaming in.
  • 17.1 Good fielding by Elgar! Fuller in length on off, Vijay drives it towards covers where Elgar dives to his left and makes a good stop.
  • 16.6 Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman. 56/2
  • 16.5 FOUR! Rabada gets too straight in an attempt to rap Kohli on the pads. Virat does not miss though as he flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Morne Morkel does give it a chase but is not able to stop it from crossing the ropes.
  • 16.4 Bouncer! Kohli ducks under it.
  • 16.3 BEAUTY! Fuller this time by Rabada, gets it to swing away from off. Kohli is drawn into the shot as he tries to drive but gets beaten. Rabada also gives him a mouthful.
  • 16.2 Good length on off, Kohli is solid in defense.
  • 16.1 The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact.
  • 15.6 Back of a length on off, the Monk defends it towards cover-point, he wanted a run but is sent back by his captain. 52/2
  • 15.5 Angles it into the batsman. Vijay flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 15.4 Fuller in length outside off, Vijay makes another leave.
  • 15.3 Nicely played this time! Ngidi bowls it shorter in length on middle, Virat jumps and flicks it through mid-wicket. He calls for three straightaway and gets it.
  • 15.2 CLOSE! Fuller in length on off, shapes in very late. Kohli tries to flick but it goes off the inner half through square leg for a couple. That was close as, if Kohli would have missed that one he would have been a candidate for LBW.
  • 15.1 Back of a length on middle, Ngidi gets some extra bounce due to his height. Kohli tries to defend but is hit on the glove.
  • 14.6 FOUR! Keep the good balls out and put the bad balls away! That is what Vijay is doing. He gets a half-volley outside off, leans into it and times it through covers for a boundary. 49/2
  • 14.5 Another delivery on a length outside off, Vijay keeps his eyes on the ball and lets it through.
  • 14.4 Good length outside off, this time Vijay makes a good leave.
  • 14.3 Goes wide of the crease and angles it into the batsman. Vijay defends it solidly.
  • 14.2 Wider outside off and on a length. Vijay stands tall and pushes it to gully.
  • 14.1 Just ahead of a length around off, Vijay stays rooted to his crease as he defends it.
  • Drinks are on the field now. South Africa seem to be like lions in a jungle, prowling around in search of a wicket and jumping at every opportunity presented so far. India seemed to be going well before Rahul and Pujara were sent back to the dressing room in immediate succession. In both those dismissals, the Protea fielding that always had the world in awe, was in display. Kohli is looking fluent so far and has the ever-calm Vijay for company. Their first step would be to see off the session. Will they be successful?
  • 13.6 This took off from a length. Catches Kohli by surprise who does well to defend it with soft hands. 45/2
  • 13.5 Outside off, pushed towards covers.
  • 13.4 This ball is flicked to square leg.
  • 13.3 This one is flicked away round the corner for nothing.
  • 13.2 Bouncer in line of the stumps, Kohli ducks.
  • 13.1 First ball in Tests from Ngidi is a dot ball. It is on a length outside off, defended towards point.
  • Lungi Ngidi to have a bowl now. Would be interesting to have a first look at the debutant with the red ball.
  • 12.6 Length ball angling in, nudged to the man at deep square leg for one. 45/2
  • 12.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 12.4 This one is played defensively towards gully.
  • 12.3 Straighter in line this time, clipped through square leg for two more. Morkel does well in the deep.
  • 12.2 FOUR! Kohli has come out all guns blazing here. Perhaps he is looking to take a leaf out of his mate de Villiers' books. He is looking to take the attack to the opposition here. Gets a ball on a length outside off, Virat stays back and just opens the face of the bat. The ball goes through the gully region. Maharaj is in action yet again as he chases the ball but it just beats him to the fence. The Indian skipper moves to 14 off 8.
  • 12.1 Kohli defends this off the front foot.
  • 11.6 Another one outside off, left alone. 38/2
  • 11.5 Fuller on off, defended off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 11.4 This is outside off, shouldered arms to.
  • 11.3 Nudged down to fine leg to rotate strike.
  • 11.2 FOUR! And this is delightful. The previous one was on the off side, this one is on the on side, in fact straighter. Overpitched in line of the stumps, pushed down the ground for another boundary, consecutive ones. He moves to 9 from 5 balls.
  • 11.1 FOUR! THAT Virat Kohli cover drive. Just a push this time with pristine timing there. Length ball outside off, Kohli plays this through covers. No stopping that.
  • 10.6 Some chin music for the batsman, he lets that bouncer through to the wicket-keeper. 29/2
  • 10.5 Suddenly the Proteas are pumped up here. Length ball just outside off, Vijay feels for it. De Kock throws the ball up immediately after collecting it for an appeal. Nobody else seems to have heard anything there.
  • 10.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 10.3 What's happening here? Another tight run. Is it needed? Kohli taps it towards covers and sets off for another quick run. Vijay has to put in a desperate dive to beat the wild throw. Would have been in anyway. With that, Kohli is off the mark.
  • 10.2 Full outside off, driven straight to mid off.
  • 10.1 Virat shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • Kagiso Rabada introduced into the attack now.
  • 9.6 Another ball outside off, left alone. Good over from Morne, a double-wicket maiden. 28/2
  • 9.5 This is outside out, left alone.
  • Hold on to your hats! The Indian captain Virat Kohli walks out to the center.
  • 9.4 OUT! Disastrous calling and even worse consequence. What was Pujara thinking there? Did he feel Usain Bolt's soul is in him? He taps this length ball towards mid on and sets off for a run immediately. Vijay sees the fielder there and hesitates a bit before carrying on as his partner was running. The man there swoops on the ball and hits the bull's eye at the bowler's end. There is a desperate dive from Pujara but the feeling is that he is short. The third umpire is referred to. Another look at that signals Pujara's fate. Who's the man with the throw? It's the newcomer Lungi Ngidi. Take a bow young man. That should settle his nerves and his confidence will be sky high. Golden duck for the reliable batter and India rocked early.
  • One brings two, they say. Does it hold true here? Pujara is the man in question as there is a run out appeal that is referred upstairs.
  • Cheteshwar Pujara, the new wall for India, walks out to bat at no.3. There's no question about his abilities, can he get a big score against his name here?
  • 9.3 OUT! The tall Morkel draws first blood. Is Shikhar Dhawan the right opener for India in South Africa? Is Rahul the better one in these conditions? Let these talks carry on as the latter has a failure against his name in his first outing in the Rainbow Nation. Morkel runs in from over the wicket and lands it on a good length around off. Rahul looks to drive it on the up by being rooted to the crease. Ends up chipping it back to Morne who gets down to his left and pouches it. The hosts pick up one quickly as the tourists are still 7 more than 300 behind.
  • 9.2 Landed around off, defended towards covers.
  • 9.1 Beauty! Morkel lands it on a length just outside off, Rahul hangs his bat out at that. But the ball just passes the outside edge. Nice line that.
  • 8.6 Lands around the good length area nipping back just a touch. Vijay gets his bat down hurriedly to defend it towards mid off. A maiden from Vernon. 28/0
  • 8.5 Fuller outside off, Vijay gets ahead and defends it towards covers.
  • 8.4 Fuller this time, blocked back to where it came from.
  • 8.3 Length ball in line of the stumps, MV goes back and stonewalls it.
  • 8.2 Outside off on a length, left alone.
  • 8.1 Length ball around off, defended towards covers from the crease.
  • 7.6 FOUR! Desired result but desired area? Not sure. Morkel bowls it short and outside off. Rahul sees enough width on that and looks to slash it over point. However, he ends up mistiming it over covers. The ball trickles away to the fence though. Careful, lad. Your side isn't ahead here. 28/0
  • 7.5 Flicked away off his pads through square leg for one.
  • 7.4 Outside off, left alone by MV.
  • 7.3 Hurled outside off, Vijay lets it be.
  • 7.2 FOUR! That's in Vijay's area and he collects runs. Fuller and on middle and leg, Vijay clips it nicely through mid-wicket. Maharaj gives it a valiant chase, slides but takes the ball with him to the boundary. He is gutted there. Full marks for the effort though.
  • 7.1 Vijay is trying to get himself out here. Yet again goes fishing at a delivery which he has no business with.
  • 6.6 Half-minded shot! On a length outside off, Rahul looks to shoulder arms. However, he is late in getting his bat up and hence the ball goes off the edge and rolls past gully for a couple. On another day, this edge could have gone to a slip fielder. 19/0
  • 6.5 Length ball, Rahul looks to defend. Gets an outside edge that doesn't carry to third slip who is standing closer.
  • 6.4 Markram missed out on his century by a mere six runs and hence he knows the value of each run. Shows in the way he is going about with his fielding. Vijay drives this one nicely through covers, Aiden hares after it, leaps and dives to save a run for his team.
  • 6.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • Michael Holding and his views about bowling are too good to miss. The hosts were able to pick up quick wickets in both the innings of the previous Test whereas here, they don't have any yet. The legend opines that in the first game, there was some movement on offer. Hence the bowlers could afford to bowl on wider lines. Here though, he says, since there is no movement, the bowlers have to be within and close to the line of the stumps. Fair point.
  • 6.2 Vijay has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 6.1 Fuller on off, defended off the front foot.
  • 5.6 Again, outside off, left alone. 14/0
  • Michael Holding states that he didn't have to change his bowling action much when he wanted to do something different. He reckons that he made more use of the crease and delivering the ball by various angles. That helped him enough during his playing career. This was in response to a Graeme Smith's question to him about bowling on unresponsive surfaces.
  • 5.5 Another ball outside off, Rahul lets it be.
  • 5.4 Similar ball, shouldered arms to by Rahul.
  • 5.3 Another one outside off, Rahul doesn't bother playing that.
  • 5.2 Too short, wasted, says Michael Holding. Morkel bangs this short on the stumps, Rahul crouches low to evade it.
  • 5.1 Bowled outside off, left alone.
  • 4.6 This one is blocked from the crease. 14/0
  • 4.5 Excellent save, Markram! The goalkeepers in the Premier League would be happy with that save, reckons Graeme Smith on air. Length ball outside off, Vijay drives it nicely on the up through covers. Aiden takes a couple of steps to his left and dives full stretch to prevent the ball from passing through.
  • Gully goes to short mid-wicket now.
  • 4.4 This one is kept out to the on side.
  • 4.3 This one is straighter in line, Vijay clips it through mid-wicket. Gets a couple for doing so.
  • 4.2 Length ball on the fuller side, a hint of shape away from Vijay. Nothing doing from the batter as he gets his stride out and lets it go.
  • 4.1 Hurled on off, defended from the crease.
  • 3.6 Length ball outside off, left alone. 12/0
  • 3.5 No hesitation this time round. Vijay looks to play with a straight bat but gets it off the outer half towards covers. Seeing no one there, he sets off for a quick run and completes it as well.
  • 3.4 Banged short in line of the stumps, Vijay ducks.
  • 3.3 Another one outside off, left alone.
  • 3.2 Well outside off, left alone. Much better from the opener this time.
  • 3.1 Good line. Morkel bowls this on a length just outside off, Vijay feels for this but misses. Very uncharacteristic from the Monk.
  • 2.6 Outside off, left alone. 11/0
  • 2.5 Rahul has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 2.4 Hesitation but no damage done. Vijay gets this off the inner half of his blade towards mid on. He wants a run but there is a slight hesitation from Rahul. Eventually the run is completed as Rabada was on his heels there.
  • AB de Villiers is standing with his helmet on at third slip. He is very close in that position.
  • 2.3 This ball is defended from the crease with a straight bat.
  • 2.2 Length ball outside off, tapped towards covers.
  • 2.1 Starts off with a full ball angling in, Vijay just clips it away through mid-wicket and picks up two.
  • Vernon Philander to bowl from the other end. He proved to be menacing for the visitors in the last game.
  • 1.6 This is well outside off, left alone. 8/0
  • 1.5 Similar ball, Rahul gets an inside edge onto his pads as he looks to block it.
  • 1.4 Fuller around off and middle, pushed back towards the bowler.
  • 1.3 FOUR! Is the festive season still on? In the last over before lunch, Vijay was offered a freebie to get going and now Morkel gifts Rahul. A full length ball on the pads, Rahul just flicks it through backward square leg to open his account.
  • 1.2 Length ball outside off, defended towards point.
  • 1.1 Morkel runs in from over the wicket and delivers a length ball well outside off. Rahul shoulders arms in response.
  • Welcome back! Nice conditions for batting with the pitch quickened up a touch. How will India fare on it? Vijay and Rahul walk out once again. The latter will face the first ball in this session. Who will it be to begin with the ball? Morne Morkel. Three slips and a gully stand in anticipation. Here we go...
  • ... Day 2, Session 2 ...
  • Earlier in the session, led by Ashwin's four-fer and Ishant's three-fer, the tourists bundled out the hosts for a decent total. By the looks of it, the score isn't a tall one. But if India's batting in the previous game is anything to go by, it suddenly becomes a tall one. But the conditions and the track is much different this time round and the Proteas would be mindful of the resistance that they might encounter. For now, we'll let you go to have a bite as we catch one. See you back on the other side.
  • India manage to see off the one over that they had to, before the break. Du Plessis came up with the surprise move of handing Maharaj the ball first up and he could have almost dived into celebration if that last delivery would have resulted in a wicket. A sterner Test awaits the visitors in the following session.
  • 0.6 Flatter and straighter in line of the stumps, Vijay prods forward to defend but gets an inside edge. It flies just past Markram at short leg, who gets his hand up but doesn't find the ball there. South Africa just away from getting a perfect start. That's LUNCH, DAY 2! 4/0
  • 0.5 Three in three! Elgar is hit thrice in three balls by Vijay. Not the safest of positions to be in. Maharaj, Vijay and Elgar are only the three players on the ground at the moment, quips Sunil Gavaskar on air.
  • 0.4 Another one! Vijay looks to drive but hits it straight at Elgar at the same position.
  • 0.3 Ouch! This one is outside off, hit straight to Elgar at silly point.
  • 0.2 Floated up around off, defended off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 0.1 FOUR! Dream start for India. The openers would have walked out imagining to face a battery of quicks and they get the left arm spin of Keshav Maharaj. He doles up a full toss outside off, which is easy pickings for the batter. Vijay gets a stride out and drives it through covers to open his as well as his side's account with a boundary.
  • India on the other hand, bowled well. They were disciplined and also chipped away at the wickets. Shami and Bumrah impressed the most by picking 7 between them. They were well supported by the rest, especially Ishant who also kept it tight and managed to take two. Now they will have to concentrate on their batting and hope for their openers to get them off to a solid start and make the chase easier. South Africa however will look to prise out a couple of wickets by the end of today. Join us for the chase in a while.
  • The Proteas started off with a lead of 28 but were rocked back early by the Indians. Bumrah picked up 2 quick wickets and they were in a mush at 3 for 2. But then a 141-run stand between Elgar and de Villiers with both scoring half tons each, ensured they were back on top before the latter fell. South Africa did lose wickets at regular intervals after that but du Plessis ensured that his side gets to a respectable total.
  • 287 is the target for the Indians! They face an uphill task here as this is not going to be easy. They made quick work though of the remaining three wickets in this session, with Faf falling two short of his half ton. Shami, Ashwin and Bumrah all picked one wicket each in this session.
  • 91.3 OUT! That's it! Ngidi holes out! Ashwin finally gets one, he tosses this one up on middle, Lungi tries to go over long on. He got the elevation but not the distance. Vijay in the deep runs to his right and takes an excellent catch, above his head. SOUTH AFRICA HAVE BEEN BOWLED OUT FOR 258!
  • 91.2 That's hit the batsman high on his pads.
  • 91.1 Tosses it up on off, Ngidi defends it onto the ground.
  • 90.6 FOUR! WOW! Where did that come from? Bumrah lands it on a length around middle, Morkel moves his front leg out of the way and hits it over mid on for a boundary. The crowd absolutely loves it as there is a big cheer. The Indian players won't like it though. 258/9
  • 90.5 Ngidi gets off the mark! Bumrah bowls a yorker on middle, Lungi manages to get bat on it as it rolls towards square leg for a run.
  • 90.4 The batsman tries hooking that one but misses it completely.
  • 90.3 Handy runs for South Africa! Bumrah bowls the third bumper of the over! Ngidi goes for the pull but it goes off the helmet and down towards third man. Kohli from first slip gives it a chase and the batsmen take two leg byes.
  • 90.2 Another short ball on middle, Ngidi once again goes for the pull but misses. Another stifled appeal and the umpire shakes his head.
  • 90.1 Short and down the leg side, Ngidi goes for the pull but misses and it goes to the keeper. An ambitious appeal by the Indians and the umpire shakes his head.
  • 89.6 FOUR! Poor by Ashwin, he is gifting runs! He bowls it short on middle, Morkel rocks back and whips it through mid-wicket for a boundary. 279 is the lead can they take it up to 300? 251/9
  • 89.5 Tosses it up on leg stump, Morkel tries to work it on the leg side but the ball bounce extra and he gets a soft leading edge towards covers.
  • 89.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 89.3 Drags his length back, Morkel pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 89.2 Fires it on the pads, Morkel flicks it fine down the leg side for a couple.
  • 89.1 Shorter in length on middle, pushed to mid on.
  • R Ashwin is back on.
  • 88.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 245/9
  • 88.5 A yorker on middle, Ngidi digs it out.
  • Lungi Ngidi is the last man in.
  • 88.4 OUT! Excellent catch by Bumrah! He dropped one earlier but latches onto this one! He once again bowls another slower one on middle, Faf this time is early into the shot and it goes off the inner half to the right of the bowler who sticks his right hand out and hangs on. Jasprit is delighted as he throws the ball up in joy. He gets his third and Faf walks back after an innings which lacked intent. He falls two short of his third half ton of the series. India are one wicket away from bowling the Proteas out.
  • 88.3 Smart bowling! Bumrah bowls the slower one. Faf reads it well too and plays it onto the ground.
  • 88.2 Singles are on offer but Faf does not want to take them! He drives the length ball to sweeper covers but no run taken.
  • 88.1 Back of a length on off, pushed to deep point but does not run.
  • 87.6 Changes the angle again and bowls it from around the wicket. He bowls it on middle, Morkel plays it towards mid on. 245/8
  • 87.5 Changes his angle but bowls it wide outside off, Morkel lets it be.
  • 87.4 Short on the body of the batsman. Morkel ducks under it.
  • 87.3 Lands it on a length around off, Morkel defends it.
  • Morne Morkel strides out.
  • 87.2 OUT! GONE! Shami gets his fourth! He bowls it on a length around off, Rabada tries to drive it on the up with minimal feet movement. It flies off the outside edge to Kohli at second slip who does not drop this one. An early wicket for India after the break, just what they wanted. The lead is 273.
  • 87.1 Fuller in length on off, driven towards mid off and set off for a run. The fielder scores a direct hit at the striker's end but the batsman has made it.
  • 86.6 Another bumper on middle, this time maybe Rabada was expecting it and hence ducks under it easily. 244/7
  • 86.5 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 86.4 Another bouncer, a well-directed one this time. Rabada at the very last moment evades it.
  • 86.3 Bouncer! Down the leg side, Rabada ducks under it.
  • 86.2 A short ball, pulled through square leg for a run.
  • 86.1 DROPPED! That came back quickly though! Bumrah bowls it very full on middle, Faf drives it back uppishly towards the bowler who tries taking evasive action and also catch it at the same time. The ball hits him on his hands and goes onto the ground, Never looked like catching that one, Bumrah.
  • 85.6 A low full toss on middle, Faf flicks it towards wide mid on and to everybody's surprise, Ashwin there runs to his right and stops the ball from going past him. He does not stop it cleanly but saves three. 243/7
  • 85.5 The batsman has punched that ball through the offside.
  • 85.4 Bowls it on a length around off, du Plessis guides it towards backward point for no run.
  • 85.3 Good length on off, Faf defends it off the front foot.
  • 85.2 Just behind a length on off, pushed to covers.
  • 85.1 Length ball on off, Faf defends it.
  • 84.6 Fuller on middle, Rabada flicks it to mid on. 242/7
  • 84.5 Good length outside off, Rabada tries to defend but is beaten by the low bounce.
  • 84.4 A muted appeal! Bumrah comes around the wicket and lands it on leg stump, Rabada misses the flick and the ball hits him on the pads. There is a muted appeal but the umpire shakes his head.
  • 84.3 Better length! Bumrah has to be patient and hit those lengths consistently. He bowls it on off, du Plessis defends it.
  • 84.2 FOUR! Up and over! Expensive start to Bumrah's over! He bangs it short on middle, Faf takes on the challenge of pulling it and he does well. He hits it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 84.1 Shorter in length outside off, Faf slaps it through extra covers for a couple.
  • Jasprit Bumrah is back into the attack.
  • 83.6 FOUR! Off the mark after 20 balls! A top shot to get off the mark! Shami bowls it fuller on off, Rabada times it beautifully through mid off for a boundary. 235/7
  • 83.5 Good length on off, defended solidly.
  • 83.4 Worked through mid-wicket with the angle and strangely Faf says no for a run. Why would he do that now? The on-air commentator mentions he does not want Rabada to face Ashwin and he would be more comfortable facing the pacers.
  • 83.3 Good cricket all around here! Shami bowls it on a length around off, it shoots off the surface. Du Plessis does really well to hop and play that along the ground, through point for a run.
  • 83.2 On a length around off, Faf defends it.
  • 83.1 Fuller on middle, driven towards mid on.
  • Mohammed Shami will bowl from the other end. He bowled just the one over in the middle session.
  • 82.6 Comes over the wicket and lands it on leg stump. Rabada keeps it out. 230/7
  • 82.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 82.4 Slower through the air outside off, Rabada leaves it watchfully.
  • 82.3 Gives it air on off, Rabada prods forward and blocks it.
  • 82.2 Tosses it up on off, defended.
  • 82.1 Fires it down the leg side, Rabada misses the flick.
  • We are back for the final session! Faf du Plessis and Kagiso Rabada will continue their innings. Ashwin will bowl the first over after the break. Here we go...
  • ... Day 4, Session 3 ...
  • The lead stands at 258, and the question here is how many more do South Africa want? Will they come out with intent in the next innings or will they be happy to play out for a draw? Judging by their approach in the second session, they don't mind one. Nevertheless, the Indian side is going for it and they will look to snap up the remaining wickets quickly. A lot of questions have to be answered after the break. Join us in a while for the resumption.
  • A session which India will be mighty pleased with! They have not leaked runs and also managed to pick two wickets. South Africa completely lacked intent as Philander and du Plessis did not play a lot of attacking strokes and were content on defending everything that was thrown at them. They stitched a frustrating stand of 46 of 156 balls which was eventually broken by Ishant Sharma. He picked both the wickets to fall in this session and has been the pick of the bowlers for the away side.
  • 81.6 FOUR! 3000 runs for Faf du Plessis in Tests and he gets there in style! Short and on the body, Faf swivels and pulls it through backward square leg for a boundary. 230/7
  • Ohkay! A friendly warning there by Kohli to Rabada as he left the non-striker's crease even before the ball was dead. Kohli could have inflicted a run out but instead complained to the umpire about it and the umpire too had a word with Rabada about the same. Don't think he will be leaving the crease now.
  • 81.5 Bowls it on middle, worked to mid-wicket.
  • 81.4 Good bowling! Very full and tailing back in late. Faf drives it back towards Shami.
  • 81.3 Good length on off, stays a touch low. Du Plessis gets it off the bottom towards mid on.
  • 81.2 Slower ball on a fuller length on off, the batsman mistimes it to mid on.
  • 81.1 Bowls it on a length outside off, Faf lets it be.
  • Mohammed Shami is back into the attack.
  • 80.6 Length on middle, Rabada defends it. 226/7
  • 80.5 Just short! A length ball on middle, Rabada flicks it uppishly but short of short mid-wicket.
  • 80.4 Shorter in length on the body of the batsman, cramping him for room. Rabada tucks it to square leg.
  • 80.3 Back of a length on off, taps it towards cover-point for a run.
  • 80.2 Angles it on the pads, worked to mid-wicket.
  • 80.1 Good length on off, Faf defends it off the front foot.
  • The second new ball is now due! Will India take it? No they don't and Pandya continues.
  • 79.6 Defends the ball on off, of the front foot. 225/7
  • 79.5 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 79.4 BEATEN! Ashiwn gives it air and bowls it on off, it turns away and also bounces. Rabada tries to defend by lunging forward but is beaten.
  • 79.3 The straighter one outside off, Kagiso lets it be.
  • 79.2 Tosses it up on off, it turns away sharply. Rabada goes for the booming drive but misses. The ball beats the keeper and even goes past the diving slip fielder for two byes.
  • 79.1 Fires it on middle, Rabada defends it.
  • Change of ends for Ashwin! More than ends I think he has been brought in for the left-hander who is on strike.
  • 78.6 FOUR! This is Faf's first boundary in this session! Pandya bowls it on a length outside off, offers a little width. Du Plessis times it through covers for a boundary. The lead is now 250. 223/7
  • 78.5 Another ball on a length around off, du Plessis defends it by taking his hand off the handle.
  • 78.4 Fullish ball on middle, swings in late. FDP flicks it to mid on.
  • 78.3 On a length around off, defended towards mid-wicket.
  • 78.2 Works it around the corner with the angle.
  • 78.1 Right on the money first up! He lands it on a length around off, Faf defends it off the front foot.
  • Just one over for Ashwin! Hardik Pandya is back into the attack.
  • 77.6 Shortish ball on middle, Rabada ducks under it. 219/7
  • 77.5 Nicely bowled! Making good use of the angle, Ishant. He has his tail up here. He comes running in and lands it on a length around off, it angles away. Rabada tries to defend but is beaten.
  • 77.4 Short and wide outside off, not a lot of fizz off the surface. Rabada watches it go through to the keeper.
  • 77.3 Slower ball outside off, Faf reads it early and strokes it through covers for a run.
  • 77.2 Fuller in length on off, FDP crisply times it to covers.
  • 77.1 Good length on off, stays a touch low. Faf tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 76.6 A single to end the over! Faf pushes it through covers for a run. 218/7
  • 76.5 Flighted ball outside off, it turns back in sharply. Faf tries to defend but coming out of the line of off but misses. It hits him on top of the pad and lobs towards Sharma at first slip. There is an appeal for LBW first and then for a catch but the umpire stays put.
  • 76.4 The batsman has played it fine down the leg side.
  • 76.3 Floats it up on middle, Faf tries to work it but it goes off the glove to leg slip.
  • 76.2 Flatter on off, Faf gets an outside edge through short third man for a couple.
  • 76.1 Tosses it up on off, Faf defends it.
  • Kagiso Rabada walks in at no. 9. Meanwhile, R Ashwin is back into the attack.
  • 75.6 OUT! Another one bites the dust! Ishant Sharma roars in celebration as he gets his second in consecutive overs. He bowls it on a length around off, it straightens a touch and also gets big on the batsman. Maharaj pokes at it and gets an outside edge to the keeper, Patel, who takes it. Maharaj walks back early and the Indians are back in the game now. 215/7
  • 75.5 The ball is down the leg side but the batsman still goes after it.
  • 75.4 A bumper on middle, Maharaj ducks under it.
  • 75.3 FOUR! Off the bottom! Ishant serves a full toss down the leg side. All Maharaj has to do is put bat on it. He does so but does not get it off the middle, it goes off the bottom and down to fine leg for a boundary.
  • 75.2 Fullish ball outside off, Maharaj lets it be.
  • 75.1 Good length on off, Maharaj defends it towards covers.
  • 74.6 Shorter in length outside off, this one stays low. Faf is beaten by the low bounce as he tries to cut. End of a maiden over by Pandya. 211/6
  • 74.5 Sprays it down the leg side, FDP lets it be.
  • 74.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 74.3 On the pads, Faf tries to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.
  • 74.2 EDGED AND GONE! No wait... the umpire does not think so! Hardik though was adamant there was an edge there. He bowls it short and outside off, Faf goes for the square cut but seems to have missed it. Parthiv dives to his right and collects the ball. Hardik makes a huge appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Pandya wants it to be reviewed but neither does the keeper nor his captain agree and hence they don't. Hardik walks back to his mark in anger but Parthiv for once was right there as replays later on show there was no edge.
  • 74.1 Good length on off, du Plessis defends it solidly.
  • 73.6 Errs in line and bowls it down the leg side. Maharaj misses the flick and the umpire signals a wide. 211/6
  • 73.5 Another good delivery on middle, swinging back in. Maharaj tries to defend but it takes the inside edge through square leg for a couple.
  • Keshav Maharaj walks out to the middle. Also in the meantime the ball has been changed for mystery reasons.
  • 73.4 OUT! ISHANT STRIKES! The frustrating 46-run stand off 156 balls has been broken! Sharma gets his first and he is ecstatic. He bangs it short on middle, Philander plays the pull shot but does not time it. It lobs towards Murali Vijay, who is standing in front of square, for an easy catch. Philander walks back after playing a gritty knock. Also, the nature of this partnership has not let the game slip away from India, this wicket has now brought the visitors back in it. Can they now trigger a collapse? The lead is 3 short of 240.
  • 73.3 Just ahead of a length on off, worked to mid-wicket. Ishant tumbles onto the ground on his followthrough but he is back up again.
  • 73.2 That has come in appreciably! Ishant bowls it on a length around off, it shapes in late. Philander chops it to gully.
  • 73.1 Length on middle, Philander defends it towards mid on.
  • 72.6 Sprays it on the pads, Philander works it through mid-wicket to move to his 26th run. 209/5
  • 72.5 Another ball on a length around off, Philander works it towards mid-wicket.
  • 72.4 An off cutter on middle, Philander blocks it.
  • 72.3 India trying everything to take a wicket here as Pandya comes around the wicket and angles it across the batsman. Vernon defends it towards the cover region and thinks for a run but is sent back.
  • 72.2 Finally a shot with intent but does not time it! Pandya bowls it a touch shorter on middle, Philander tries to pull but mistimes it to mid-wicket.
  • 72.1 Pandya has been consistently bowling on a length. He does the same here on off, Philander defends it.
  • 71.6 Bowls it on a length on off, du Plessis plants his front foot forward and defends it. 208/5
  • 71.5 Another length ball outside off, Faf lets it be.
  • 71.4 Arieal but well short! India are desperate for a wicket and they need this to go to hand. Ishant bowls a inswinger on middle, Faf flicks it uppishly but well short of Kohli.
  • 71.3 Another ball pitched on a length, in the zone outside off. FDP shoulders arms to it.
  • 71.2 Another ball pitched on a length, in the zone outside off. FDP shoulders arms to it.
  • 71.1 Ishant has managed to keep it tight! He bowls it on a length around off, Faf defends it solidly.
  • 70.6 Angles it on the pads, Philander works it towards short mid-wicket. 208/5
  • 70.5 Good length ball on off, Pandya defends it solidly.
  • 70.4 Length ball outside off, Plessis guides it down to third man for a run.
  • 70.3 There is a leg gully and Pandya is bowling to his field but Philander is playing it well. Hardik bowls it a touch shorter, aims it at the rib cage of the batsman. Vernon, quite comfortably tucks it around the corner for a run.
  • 70.2 Angling into the batsman, he hops and flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 70.1 Attacks the stumps on a length. Philander defends it back towards the bowler.
  • The drinks break comes as a respite from this monotonous bat-ball contest (actually a no contest at the moment). At the moment it just seems as if players from one side are running in with a red round object in their hands and landing it in an area for the wooden object to make contact. Du Plessis has found a wonderful confidant in Philander who has helped him string a 43-run stand off 133 balls. 10 overs to go for the second new ball and that would be the only thing that we can look forward to unless there's something in the drinks that spurs the Indians up. Let's see what's in store for the remaining part of this session. The lead at this point is 66 less than 300.
  • 69.6 Another ball around off, kept out from the crease towards the cover region for nothing. 206/5
  • 69.5 This length delivery is played off the back foot defensively towards covers.
  • 69.4 Bowled on the pads, Vernon fails to flick it and gets it through backward square leg off his pads. A leg bye signaled as a run is taken.
  • 69.3 Philander stands tall and presents a dead bat to keep it out.
  • 69.2 Very full on off, dug out to covers. Shouts of encouragement still heard. Wonder where the energy comes for them to go on egging even when nothing is happening.
  • 69.1 Length ball on off, kept out with a straight bat towards the bowler.
  • 68.6 This is fuller outside off, driven to mid off. 205/5
  • 68.5 Full on off, driven back to the bowler.
  • 68.4 No short leg this time and Philander uses that spot to take his 24th run. He flicks it aerially through that spot and gets to the other end. He overtakes du Plessis now.
  • 68.3 Philander blocks it off the back foot.
  • 68.2 Played to the point region by the batsman.
  • 68.1 This is full outside off, driven to covers.
  • 67.6 Fuller and straighter on the stumps, pushed back to the bowler. 204/5
  • 67.5 Easy this. Length delivery on the pads, nudged down to fine leg for one. The stand is worth 41 runs now off 121 balls. Shows the time it had taken to come.
  • 67.4 Bouncer around off, pulled all along the ground to deep square leg for one. Often we don't appreciate the beauty of this stroke as the replay makes me do. Faf had his eyes on the ball till the end and roll his hand on that to ensure he doesn't hit it aerially.
  • 67.3 Well bowled. Hurled just outside off, du Plessis looks to play it through the off side. Gets undone by the low bounce and gets beaten on the inside. The ball goes on the bounce to Patel. Shows the slow pace of the track.
  • 67.2 Fuller outside off, left alone.
  • 67.1 Short and angling down leg, Faf leaves it alone.
  • Communicating in a language which is not known to the opposition is so useful.... when India were batting we observed that Virat Kohli was talking in Hindi with his partners. Now, Faf du Plessis follows that principle and is talking to Vernon Philander in Afrikaans. Could have translated what he said... only if we knew that language... anyone willing to help?
  • 66.6 Hardik comes round the wicket and bowls it on the pads. The Protea skipper works it away to fine leg for one. The lead moves to 230 now. 202/5
  • 66.5 This one is played off the front foot towards mid on.
  • 66.4 Shorter in length, Philander looks to pull it. Ends up getting an inside edge onto his pads and the ball rolls through backward square leg for one.
  • 66.3 This is well outside off, left alone. The pace reads as 141 kph.
  • 66.2 Off cutter outside off, Philander goes for the drive through covers. Seems to have inside edged it. The ball goes on the bounce to Patel, who fails to gather it. Replays show the absence of an edge there as the ball spun in from the surface with a puff of dust.
  • 66.1 Fuller and angling in, worked with the line to short mid-wicket.
  • 65.6 On the pads, worked away to the on side. A good maiden over from the lanky pacer. 200/5
  • 65.5 Du Plessis stands tall and blocks it down.
  • 65.4 The batsman failed to make contact and was hit low on the pads.
  • 65.3 This ball is defended awkwardly towards point.
  • 65.2 Gone! Oh no! KI, my colleague's reaction made me type so excitedly. It is bowled on a length just outside off, this one unlike others doesn't move away. It holds its line even as Faf is forced to defend it away from his body. Seems like a tickling sound came as the ball passed the willow but no other Indian on the field there felt so.
  • 65.1 Kept out off the back foot to the off side.
  • 64.6 Quick run there. Faf punches this towards covers and takes off to the other end quickly. There is a shy at the batter's end but it doesn't hit the stumps there even as Philander strives to make it in and does eventually. Patel dives to back the throw up. The 200th South African run is up here, the overall lead 28 more than that figure. 200/5
  • 64.5 Length ball on off, defended off the back foot.
  • 64.4 Fuller outside off, driven powerfully to covers.
  • 64.3 The decision wasn't surprising as it turns out. NOT OUT! Looked so to the naked eye as well, but it turns out closer than we thought. Pandya hurls this on a length around off and coming in. Du Plessis seems to be taken aback by something as he indicated so after missing the flick and getting hit on the front pad. Pandya says that there's no inside edge and hence Kohli, after asking someone else as well, perhaps the keeper, opts for the DRS. Time for a re-look. No inside edge on that as seen from the Snicko. Hawk Eye says that it would go on to clip the top of the leg stumps but the smallest of margins. Hence it is umpire's call and the on-field call stays. Thanfully for India and Kohli, the review is retained.
  • Another review taken, more in hope than conviction. It is for LBW against du Plessis again. Seems to be sliding down leg...
  • 64.2 Length ball angling in, du Plessis lets it come to him and directs it to short leg.
  • 64.1 Philander nudges this towards fine leg. Patel runs to it and gets it. One run taken.
  • 63.6 Similar ball, defended towards point where Vijay fields. Two runs off this over, SA two short of reaching 200. 198/5
  • 63.5 Length ball in a line just outside off. Vernon opens the face of the bat to guide it to the man at deep backward point for a single.
  • 63.4 A bit of shape this time. Fuller in length, moves away a touch. Squares du Plessis a bit and he ends up getting an outside edge through backward point for one.
  • 63.3 Drags his length back this time, defended with a straight bat towards covers.
  • 63.2 Fuller outside off, driven to the man stationed at covers.
  • 63.1 Hurled on a length on off, Faf keeps it out with a block from the crease.
  • Ishant Sharma to roll his arm from the other end now. He's wicketless in this innings so far. The hosts at this stage are ahead by 224.
  • 62.6 Off cutter outside off, Vernon covers his stumps to let it go. It goes on the bounce to the keeper. 196/5
  • 62.5 Much better delivery from Pandya. Gets it to jag back in from a length around off. Philander gets his bat down in a hurry and ends up getting it off the inner half on his front pad.
  • The on-air commentators inform us that this session and the next one is extended by 15 minutes to make up for the time lost yesterday.
  • 62.4 Length ball on off, blocked from the crease.
  • Short leg in place now.
  • 62.3 Patted towards covers for one.
  • 62.2 Bowled down the leg side, Faf misses his flick.
  • 62.1 On a length around off, defended from the crease.
  • Hardik Pandya to bowl for the first time in this innings.
  • 61.6 FOUR! Strays on the pads and pays the price. Bumrah bowls this full in length, Philander just helps it across to the fine leg fence. 195/5
  • 61.5 This ball is defended from the front foot onto the ground.
  • 61.4 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
  • 61.3 Faf looks to work this to the on side but ends up getting a leading edge towards covers.
  • 61.2 Length ball on off defended from the crease.
  • 61.1 NOT OUT! Bat only! Weirdest of reviews from India. Bumrah runs in and slips in a yorker in line of the stumps. Du Plessis seems to have dug it out well but his front leg was also close to the bat. India appeal but fail to get the desired decision. Kohli asks Parthiv, Pujara at covers and then the bowler before signaling for the DRS. The first replay itself embarrasses the Indians as there doesn't seem to be anything on that except the bat. Wonder why the bowler didn't spot this and help the skipper out in making a wise use of the review. One less for India now.
  • Bat first? Toe first? India appeal for an LBW against du Plessis. On not getting the nod, they go upstairs after conferring amongst themselves.
  • 60.6 Patted towards covers for one to retain strike. 190/5
  • 60.5 Floated around middle, du Plessis comes down the track to work it away to the on side. Kohli does well now to stop it with a dive and prevent a run.
  • 60.4 Worked towards mid on for one.
  • 60.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 60.2 This is flicked to square leg off the back foot.
  • 60.1 Nicely done, Puji! Tossed up ball around off, worked away towards mid-wicket. Pujara from square leg runs to his left and keeps it down to one with a dive.
  • 59.6 This is defended off the front foot solidly. 187/5
  • 59.5 Fuller on off, played to covers.
  • 59.4 Good work but not so good! Driven on the up towards mid off. Ishant gets to his left, does well to put in the slide. But ends up parrying it back without stopping it cleanly. Ends up conceding a brace. He nails down the stumps at the bowler's end with the throw due to which Bumrah appeals. Michael Holding gives reply to that on air, saying du Plessis wouldn't be too careless to do what Pandya did. Sums it up.
  • 59.3 Length ball angling in, Philander misses the flick and wears it high on the pads. An appeal follows but doesn't get the desired nod.
  • 59.2 This one is blocked towards covers for nothing.
  • 59.1 Straighter in line of the stumps, flicked to mid-wicket.
  • 58.6 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. 185/5
  • 58.5 Now a run taken after VP turns this away past short leg.
  • 58.4 Flatter on the pads, turned away to the on side.
  • 58.3 Floated full on off, driven back down the ground powerfully. Ashwin does well to make a half-stop there, nothing conceded though.
  • 58.2 Bunted off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 58.1 FOUR! Too full that, grunts Michael Holding on air. Playing against the turn isn't easy and Philander needs to be credited for that here. Floated full and outside off, Philander gets his front foot down and drives it nicely through covers. Gets a boundary as a result.
  • 57.6 Flicked away off the pads for one to retain strike. 180/5
  • 57.5 Yorker! Well played in the end, you've to say. My colleague Rish was just ranting as to why a good limited overs bowler like Bumrah isn't bowling a yorker to a lower order bat like Vernon. He gets his wish fulfilled here. But Vernon negotiates it well. Looks to dig it out but gets hit low on the pads. Question asked from the bowler, no response from the ump.
  • 57.4 Fuller on the stumps, stonewalled from the crease.
  • 57.3 Length ball angling in at the stumps, Philander presents a straight bat to block it back towards the bowler. More shouts to cheer up the bowler from Kohli.
  • 57.2 Bumper on the stumps, Vernon ducks.
  • 57.1 This is bowled outside off, pushed towards point. Shouts of encouragement heard from the Indian skipper.
  • 56.6 Nicely played. Vernon pushes this through covers for one to retain strike. 179/5
  • 56.5 Ashwin comes over the wicket now. Serves it just outside off, defended off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 56.4 Faf uses his feet to get to the pitch of the ball and works it through mid-wicket for one.
  • 56.3 Philander lets this come to the bat and pats it towards covers for one.
  • 56.2 Similar ball, worked away wide of mid on for a run.
  • 56.1 Starts round the wicket and bowls it around middle. Faf prods forward in defense.
  • As expected, Ravichandran Ashwin to bowl from the other end. Strangely, he hasn't got much off the surface today, the rain affecting the surface perhaps.
  • 55.6 Fuller in length, Philander comes forward in defense. 175/5
  • Sunil Gavaskar on air says that there are cracks on the surface but they are more horizontal. These won't affect the batters as much as the vertical ones would, he opines. Explains why there hasn't been much to look forward to for the bowlers.
  • 55.5 This ball is flicked to the man at mid-wicket for nothing.
  • 55.4 Vernon stays put on the back foot in defending this from the crease.
  • 55.3 Loud call in affirmation for a run from du Plessis after driving it towards wide mid off. Ishant does the mop up but a single taken easily.
  • 55.2 This is well outside off, played through the point region for a single. Philander moves to 4, lead to 202.
  • 55.1 Fuller ball on off to start off, defended off the front foot towards covers.
  • We're back! Good to have you with us. The South African lead stands at 201 at this point, with half the side still in the hut. Out come the players and the umpires as well. This session will begin with Vernon Philander facing Jasprit Bumrah first up. Faf du Plessis waits at the other end. Kohli has tended to have this fielder often in this game - the widish first slip. Has him again. Here we go...
  • ... Penultimate Day, Penultimate Session ...
  • Ashwin toiled around unsuccessfully for 22 overs. Shami was the man who ran in and troubled the hosts with the ball. The scalps that he got were a just reward for his efforts. What can we expect next? Perhaps more screams from Kohli. More plays and misses, maybe. Some more attritional cricket definitely. See you soon on the other side.
  • Elgar and de Villiers looked assured when they started off. They stitched together a 141-run stand, the highest in this series so far. Although the former looked a touch fidgety, the latter more-than-compensated for that and was unlucky to fall short of his century by 20 runs. That gave India the little opening they needed and they picked up a couple more soon after. More fortunate were they to prise out Elgar as well.
  • 26 overs, 83 runs, 3 wickets - these are the relevant figures for this session. The over rate is 13. Not encouraging. India should have slipped in a few more overs in a bid to eke out some more wickets but that's not to be. Aakash Chopra had tweeted this morning that India shouldn't expect a session filled with wickets and should be happy with something around 75/4 this morning. That's what has happened so far.
  • 54.6 Floated outside off, defended off the front foot towards short leg. LUNCH on the penultimate day! 173/5
  • 54.5 Ash comes round the wicket and lands it around middle and leg, turned towards mid-wicket.
  • 54.4 Du Plessis presses forward and bunts it down.
  • 54.3 This one is clipped towards mid-wicket.
  • Good umpiring. Philander was trying some time-wasting tactics there to which the umpire says that 'you can do it after Lunch'.
  • 54.2 Similar line, Faf offers no stroke and wears it on the pads.
  • 54.1 Flatter outside off, Faf goes across and pads it out.
  • 53.6 Around off, blocked off the back foot. 173/5
  • 53.5 This ball is kept out towards mid off.
  • 53.4 Loud clear call for YES from the Protea skipper as soon as he hit it towards wide mid off. A run completed with ease.
  • 53.3 Fuller on off, driven towards mid off.
  • 53.2 This one is punched off the back foot towards covers.
  • 53.1 Around off, du Plessis mistimes his punch back towards the bowler.
  • Jasprit Bumrah back on.
  • 52.6 Vernon has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 172/5
  • 52.5 Ashwin comes round the wicket and lands it around leg. Philander goes back to flick but it goes off his thigh pad to Rahul at short leg. All the close in fielders apart from him go up in appeal. He knew it perhaps.
  • 52.4 Again placed to the same area.
  • 52.3 Tossed up on off, defended towards mid-wicket off the front foot.
  • 52.2 Flatter on the pads, kept down to leg slip.
  • 52.1 This ball is punched off the back foot.
  • 51.6 Knocked him over? No! It seemed so at the first look that Shami had breached du Plessis defense. But it struck his thigh pad and rolled to the slip cordon. Lovely ball to end the over. 172/5
  • 51.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 51.4 Run, run, run, shouts du Plessis as he flicks it through square leg. Pandya dives in the deep and keeps them down to two. The lead now reached double ton.
  • 51.3 Confusion again, could have proved fatal for sure. Philander works it towards square leg and sets off for a run. This time Faf responds. Kohli from mid-wicket gets there and fires a wild throw at the striker's end. Du Plessis would have been a goner had he hit.
  • 51.2 This is defended to the on side.
  • 51.1 Early loud call from Faf! Remember the Philander-du Plessis history, right? In the first essay, there was a terrible mix up that resulted in the former's wicket. Here the skipper doesn't want that to happen. Vernon taps this towards covers and sets off for a run. A loud call from the opposite end makes him abort the idea.
  • 50.6 In line of the stumps, back foot defense on display. 169/5
  • 50.5 Flatter on the pads, flicked away towards short leg.
  • 50.4 Vernon works it through mid-wicket for one.
  • 50.3 Spiteful turn at Centurion! Yes, you read that right. Tossed up outside off, the ball takes a puff of dust from the surface and spins in sharply. Philander has to go back hurriedly to keep it out and ends up almost playing it on from between his legs.
  • 50.2 Played through mid-wicket by VP.
  • 50.1 Floated around off, full in length, swept away to deep square leg for one.
  • Du Plessis is not ready. He has some issues with the sightscreen and tells Ashwin to stop in his run up.
  • 49.6 Fuller on off, defended towards mid on. 167/5
  • 49.5 Banged in line of the stumps, ducked under by Vernon.
  • 49.4 Full and slanting in, clipped away to fine leg for one. Pandya does the mopping up there. He hasn't worn that white lip guard today and hence my partner here failed to recognise him.
  • 49.3 Another one outside off, left alone.
  • 49.2 This is bowled outside off, shouldered arms to by FDP.
  • 49.1 Stifled appeal, all good. Full and angling down leg, Faf misses the flick to get hit on the pads. Low toned appeal to no avail.
  • 48.6 Vernon defends it from within the crease. 166/5
  • 48.5 Blocked towards mid-wicket from the crease.
  • 48.4 Floated on the stumps, swept away for one.
  • 48.3 Kept out from the back foot.
  • 48.2 Eased through mid on for a run to get off the mark.
  • 48.1 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 47.6 That ball has struck the batsman on the thigh-pad. The batsmen have run through for a single. The Umpire signals Leg Bye. 164/5
  • 47.5 This is outside off, left alone.
  • The next man in for South Africa is Vernon Philander. My colleague observes that whenever he laughs, a wicket goes down off the next one and that's what has happened even here.
  • 47.4 OUT! De Kock was trying hard to get out and he does edge one eventually! Generally bowlers strive hard to take a wicket but here it is the southpaw who tried hard and succeeded in gifting one here. Edged the previous three balls and got boundaries (the last one seemed an edge at the first glance). This one is edged again but goes straight into Parthiv's gloves. No mistake this time by the Indian keeper. Hard to understand why you'd play at that repeatedly. Credit to Shami to be bowling in that channel of uncertainty. India making steady inroads now.
  • 47.3 FOUR! Streaky yet again! This time there is a second slip in place, Rohit Sharma. De Kock plays at this length ball away from his body yet again. Perhaps opens the face of his bat at the last moment and gets it well past Sharma for a boundary.
  • 47.2 FOUR! Another edge, another boundary. Length ball just outside off, de Kock hangs his bat out that. Gets a thick outside edge that flies past the keeper and to the fence. This time Patel dives to his left but fails to reach that.
  • 47.1 FOUR! Slash and slash hard! That's what de Kock has done to get off the pair here. Length ball outside off, he goes hard at it and edges it just over the leaping Kohli at wide slip to get a boundary.
  • 46.6 Another one on the pads, worked round the corner. 151/4
  • 46.5 FDP has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 46.4 On the pads, flicked away.
  • 46.3 This is defended off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 46.2 Dropped! Tough one though. These are the ones that stick, actually. Served on the pads, du Plessis looks to work it away with the angle. Gets finer than he would have liked. Rahul at backward short leg dives full length to his right but fails to hang on this time. How costly will this be. Full marks for the attempt though.
  • 46.1 This one is flicked away towards mid-wicket.
  • 45.6 Length ball around off, kept out from the crease. 151/4
  • Quinton de Kock walks in next. One southpaw replaces the other and this is now a good time for him to get some runs under his belt. He is on a pair, remember.
  • 45.5 OUT! Is this the big moment that India need? The change of angle works for Shami. He comes round the wicket and bangs it short just outside off. It is angled in as well. Elgar instinctively goes for the hook and fails to account for the fielder placed in the deep. Hits it straight down Rahul's throat at deep backward square leg. He fumbles on the first attempt but manages to cling on and looks relieved to have done that. Another set batter departs and Elgar, who was largely unconvincing in his stay out there walks back 39 short of his ton. They are now 179/4 effectively.
  • 45.4 In line of the stumps, defended off the front foot.
  • 45.3 Full and straight down the leg side, DE misses the flick.
  • 45.2 This is bowled outside off, pushed towards point.
  • Square leg goes back. Shall we expect a bouncer?
  • 45.1 Length ball angling in, nudged down to fine leg for one.
  • 44.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 150/3
  • 44.5 The occasional ball turns like this and beats the batter all ends up. Ashwin tosses it generously around off, Elgar goes back to play it but gets beaten by the away spin. Parthiv's glovework has been shoddy and here again he fails to collect that.
  • 44.4 Dean has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 44.3 On the pads flicked away towards mid-wicket.
  • 44.2 Tossed up outside off, defended towards covers.
  • 44.1 The short of length delivery has been cut away through square on the off side.
  • 43.6 This delivery is kept out off the back foot. A maiden from Shami now. 150/3
  • 43.5 Length ball outside off, punched towards covers. Pujara does well there with a dive.
  • 43.4 Full in line of the stumps, driven back down the ground. Mid on gets to his left and intercepts it.
  • 43.3 Almost gone. Shami hurls it on a length outside off, Faf has a feel for that and just gets beaten. Wasn't far from kissing the outside edge of the blade.
  • 43.2 Angling in to the batter from over the wicket, flicked straight to the man at mid-wicket.
  • 43.1 Fuller on off and middle, Faf stays in the crease and defends it out.
  • 42.6 Elgar stays on the back foot and presents a straight bat in negotiating this one. 150/3
  • 42.5 Played to the point region by DE.
  • 42.4 This one is flicked away round the corner for one. Brings up 150 for South Africa and now they are ahead by 178.
  • 42.3 FOUR! Nice way to get off the mark. Du Plessis does not seem to be out there to block his way out. Sees this flighted ball outside off, Faf gets outside off and plays the sweep. Gets it off the bottom of his bat but that's enough to help the ball roll to the fine leg fence for a boundary.
  • 42.2 Flatter on off, defended from the crease.
  • 42.1 Floated outside off, Elgar gets it off the outer half past silly point for one.
  • 41.6 Length ball on off, FDP defends it solidly. 144/3
  • 41.5 The batsman has driven it through mid on.
  • 41.4 Good length outside off, the batsman lets it be.
  • 41.3 On a length around off, Faf lets it be.
  • 41.2 Another length delivery outside around off, Faf defends it solidly.
  • Faf du Plessis is the next man in.
  • 41.1 OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Shami gets the big fish! A huge wicket for India, the breakthrough they needed. He lands it on a length around off, gets some extra bounce off the surface with some movement inwards. De Villiers tries to guide it down to third man but is surprised by the extra bounce. He tries to pull his bat out of the way but is too late in doing that. The ball takes the edge and goes to Parthiv who makes no mistake. The 141-run stand comes to an end and India will now look to capitalize. The lead is now 172.
  • 40.6 BEATEN! How many times did we see this yesterday? Ashwin tosses it up on off, turns away sharply. Elgar tries to defend it off the back foot but is beaten again. 144/2
  • 40.5 Edge but short! Ashwin tosses this one up on off, it turns away. Elgar tries to defend but it goes off the edge but well short of Kohli.
  • 40.4 Works it with the spin through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 40.3 Driven towards the mid on region. They pick up a single.
  • 40.2 De Villiers brings out the reverse sweep this time and he connects well. India do have a fielder for that shot in the deep and only a single results.
  • 40.1 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 39.6 Angles it into the batsman, defended towards mid on. 9 runs from the over, an expensive first by Shami. 141/2
  • 39.5 Back of a length on off, defended towards point.
  • 39.4 FOUR! Second boundary of the over! Not a good start by Shami. He comes around the wicket and angles it in on shorter length. Too easy for Elgar as he pulls it through square leg for a boundary.
  • 39.3 Works the length ball around the corner for a run.
  • 39.2 This was nicely played by AB! Shami bowls it fuller on off, it tails back in late. De Villiers drives it to mid on.
  • 39.1