Live Blog

South Africa Vs India Live Score (TEST)

Date: Saturday, 27 January, 2018 21:09 IST Venue: The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg Match Status: Match Ended

India beat South Africa by 63 runs

187/10
Overs
76.4
R/R
2.45
Fours
24
Sixes
0
Extras
26
194/10
Overs
65.5
R/R
2.96
Fours
24
Sixes
0
Extras
23
247/10
Overs
80.1
R/R
3.08
Fours
22
Sixes
2
Extras
29
177/10
Overs
73.3
R/R
2.41
Fours
18
Sixes
1
Extras
13
  • Once Kohli departed and the 86-run stand was broken, the tourists dug a hole for themselves. Pujara who had played a gritty knock departed as soon as he reached his fifty just like his skipper. Rahane who has brought in for this game looked uncomfortable and eventually perished. Pujara then started to score a bit freely but then his dismissal triggered a collapse. India lost 6 wickets for only 43 runs and there was not enough application from the batsmen. All the Protea bowlers were on the money with Philander and Rabada standing out. The hosts are on top at the moment and will to continue the good work. However, this is a little trick phase for them which will certainly be a test. Can India fight back by striking early?
  • A meek surrender from India has meant that they have ended with a way below par-score. The visitors elected to bat first on a conducive track for swing bowling and were found wanting. They lost their openers very cheaply and were struggling to come to terms with the pace and bounce on offer. Kohli came in and along with Pujara started the revival work. They played cautiously and saw off the new ball. There were times when the duo got lucky but still, credit needs to be given to them for fighting it out.
  • 76.4 OUT! That's the final nail in the coffin! Short ball, angling in and climbing on Kumar. He gets into an awkward position and still goes through with his pull shot. Ends up getting a top edge that swirls in the sky towards short mid-wicket. Phehlukwayo runs across and takes a fine catch. INDIA ARE BOWLED OUT FOR 187!
  • 76.3 Another short ball, Kumar sits under it.
  • 76.2 Dug in short, Kumar arches back and evades it.
  • 76.1 Sits deep in the crease to the good length ball and stonewalls it.
  • 75.6 This one is well outside off, Bumrah doesn't fiddle with it. 187/9
  • 75.5 Short ball, angling in. Kumar attempts a big hit but only manages a top edge that falls safely in the square leg region.
  • 75.4 Angling in sharply, tucked towards the man at 45 on the leg side. Bumrah wants a run but he is sent back by Kumar.
  • 75.3 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman.
  • Long off and long on in place now.
  • 75.2 FOUR! Shot! On a length on off, Kumar backs away and hammers it over the bowler for a rocketing boundary. These are handy runs.
  • 75.1 Back of a length ball, defended stoutly off the back foot.
  • Ngidi is back for a bowl.
  • 74.6 Bye! Makes space for him and goes for the drive but misses. The batsmen sneak in a bye. Had there been a direct hit at the bowler's end, it would have been trouble for Kumar. 182/9
  • 74.5 Once again survives! Fuller in length around off, Kumar mistimes his chip towards covers where the fielder leaps but it goes over him. A couple taken.
  • 74.4 Kumar escapes by a small margin! He uses his feet to the good length ball but is not to the pitch of the ball. Ends up top edging it towards mid on. Rabada backtracks and misjudges it a bit. Fails to reach it eventually. A couple taken.
  • 74.3 Makes room to this one but Rabada follows him. Kumar is cramped for space and only manages to defend it.
  • 74.2 Sits deep in the crease to the good length ball and defends it nicely.
  • 74.1 The batsman fails to put bat on ball.
  • 73.6 Too good for the No. 11! Full ball around off, angling in and then seams away eventually to go past Bumrah's hanging bat. 177/9
  • 73.5 The batsman opens the face of the bat and helps it to third man. They pick up a single.
  • 73.4 Good length ball outside off, takes off. Kumar goes for an upper cut but misses.
  • 73.3 Makes room to the length ball and aims to hit it over long off but gets an inside edge towards square leg.
  • 73.2 FOUR! Hit hard! Length ball in line of the stumps, Kumar makes room and hammers it down the ground for a boundary. His bottom hand came off but he managed to get enough on it.
  • 73.1 Backs away to this one and swipes it through square leg for a couple.
  • 72.6 Very full outside off, jammed out. 170/9
  • 72.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 72.4 Down the leg side, Bumrah tries to play at it but misses.
  • 72.3 Not Out! Oh gosh! How much seam movement did that ball get. On a length outside off, jags back a country mile. Bumrah attempts to defend it but is late in bringing his bat down. The ball seems to have missed everything and beats de Kock as well to run to the fence. Du Plessis feels that the ball has brushed the pads and hence, reviews it. The replays show that the ball has indeed brushed the back pad. The Hawk Eye rolls in but it is missing the leg stump. However, alarming signs for the batsmen.
  • Faf Du Plessis feels that Bumrah has been struck on the pads in front of the stumps. He challenges the decision. Seems like it is going down the leg side.
  • 72.2 The batsman fails to put bat on ball.
  • Jasprit Bumrah is the last man in.
  • 72.1 OUT! The bowling change has paid dividends! Rabada steams in and attacks the stumps with a full ball. Sharma attempts to push it down the ground with zero footwork but gets an outside edge that flies towards second slip. Faf du Plessis stationed there dives in front and takes a smart catch. The South Africans are jubilant!
  • Rabada is back on.
  • 71.6 Almost breached the defense of Kumar! This one curves in substantially, Kumar just about manages to keep it out with an inside edge onto his pads. 166/8
  • 71.5 Hangs back to the good length ball and defends it with a straight bat.
  • 71.4 Good running! Full and outside off, Kumar strokes it through covers and calls for two immediately. The man at sweeper cover has a lot of ground to cover to his right and the batsmen get the desired result.
  • 71.3 Philander loses his radar and slips this one down the leg side, Bhuvi attempts a glance but misses.
  • 71.2 The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman.
  • 71.1 Kumar makes room, uses his feet and Philander follows him. Flat-bats it but fails to pierce the gap as he hits it straight to mid off.
  • 70.6 This one is well outside off, Sharma doesn't flirt with it this time. Another maiden. 164/8
  • 70.5 In the air... but safe! Sharma is just about hanging there somehow. Fullish ball on leg stump, Sharma mistimes his chip towards short mid-wicket. Rabada runs in from mid on but the ball lands in front of him.
  • 70.4 This is becoming habitual for Ishant now. Tries to drive on the up to a length ball outside off but is miles away from making any contact.
  • 70.3 Short of a length outside off, Ishant pokes at it and gets beaten.
  • 70.2 Nervy! Fuller in length, drawing Sharma forward. He gets a bit off balanced as he tries to flick it but gets a leading edge which does not carry to the fielder at covers.
  • 70.1 Peach! Back of a length ball around off, angling in. Sharma hops in an attempt to block it but the ball whizzes past his outside edge.
  • 69.6 Full and fast ball attacking the stumps, jammed back to Philander. Kumar survives this time. 164/8
  • 69.5 Almost finds the outside edge! Full ball, encouraging Kumar to go for an expansive shot. He obliges but once again only manages to connect with thin air.
  • 69.4 On a length on middle and leg, Kumar crouches and buries it into the turf.
  • 69.3 The batsman fails to put bat on ball. Third play and a miss in a row.
  • 69.2 Another play and a miss! Swerving away substantially, Bhuvi pushes at it with hard hands but gets foxed again.
  • 69.1 Philander's stock delivery and Kumar has no clue about it. Tries to get in line but is beaten by the sharp away swing.
  • 68.6 Goes for the very full delivery on off, Ishant is alert to it and manages to survive. 164/8
  • 68.5 Not a convincing leave again. Short ball around leg stump, Ishant just about evades it.
  • 68.4 Ooh.. that was awkward! Ishant is certainly not comfortable with the short stuff and he is being peppered by it. Shortish delivery attacking the body, Sharma points his bat skywards and is hit near the stomach region.
  • 68.3 Short of a length ball on off, Sharma hops and stonewalls it.
  • Short leg in place now. A man from slip is going to leg slip as well. Morkel is coming from around the wicket now. Get ready for some short stuff, Ishant.
  • 68.2 On a length outside off, Kumar eases it through covers for a single. Wants the second run but it is not on.
  • 68.1 In the channel outside off, moving away after pitching. Kumar points his bat skywards to let it be.
  • 67.6 Out? Or not out? Timed out. Bizarre scenes. Ishant gets across his stumps to flick but misses. Quinton de Kock dives to his left to cover for the late movement and then gets up, not appealing at all, but behaving as if he has got two in two. Then he realizes that Philander is ready to take his cap back and no one from the slips is appealing. Now, he starts to appeal and even wants the review, without consulting Faf du Plessis! Unfortunately for him, the umpire informs that he is timed out. Fortunate for South Africa. Ishant's bat was nowhere near the ball. Would have been a waste of a review. 163/8
  • Ishant Sharma walks in at number 10, replacing Shami.
  • 67.5 OUT! Gone this time! A shot too many for Shami. Landed outside off, Shami is in no mood to defend and just throws his bat at that. But his bottom hand comes off the willow and the ball goes off the toe end, high in the air. Simple catch to Kagiso Rabada at mid off.
  • 67.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 67.3 Uppish.... safe! He is teasing the fielders, is Shami. A length ball on middle, Shami looks to go over mid on but the bat turns in his hand and the ball skews off the inner half of the bat towards the substitute Theunis de Bruyn at mid on. Lands just short.
  • 67.2 Outside off, pretty wide, left alone.
  • 67.1 Walks across his stumps and flicks it with the swing towards short mid-wicket.
  • Vernon Philander is back on. Can he finish things off?
  • 66.6 A predictable bouncer, outside off, BK sways away. 163/7
  • 66.5 FOUR! Full and outside off, Bhuvi nicely opens the face of his bat and guides it past second slip to third man!
  • 66.4 Pretty wide outside off, Kumar thinks of going after it but then bails out.
  • 66.3 This time a Nataraja pull shot comes out, through square leg for a run.
  • 66.2 Another short ball, this time Mohammed gets on top of the bounce and cuts it behind point for a couple.
  • 66.1 On a good length outside off, Shami rises with the bounce and fends it down.
  • 65.6 The batsman has played it to the point region. 156/7
  • 65.5 On middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 65.4 Did that carry? A short ball outside off, Shami looks to pull but mistimes it. The ball goes uppishly towards mid on and just about dies in front of the substitute Theunis de Bruyn over there.
  • 65.3 On middle, worked through mid-wicket for a single. Bhuvi is halfway down for the second but Shami is not interested. The ball had gone a long way to the deep so the second was on.
  • 65.2 Landed outside off, Kumar backs away and steers it straight to third slip.
  • 65.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • 64.6 Outside off, defended solidly. 154/7
  • 64.5 That ball has taken the inside edge of the batsman and thudded into his pads.
  • 64.4 Outside off, Shami flashes again and misses.
  • 64.3 FOUR! Nice shot! A short ball outside off, Shami arches back and flashes it over - what is that? A man somewhere between short third man and third man - and gets a boundary! Morkel is not happy with that field placement and wants that man at a traditional third man position!
  • 64.2 Lucky! A short ball at the batsman, Shami has no idea and fends at it meekly. The ball goes off the top edge and almost carries to the bowler running ahead!
  • 64.1 Outside off, played straight to point.
  • 63.6 Outside off, played through point for a couple. 150/7
  • 63.5 Outside off, Bhuvi plays for it but misses.
  • 63.4 FOUR! Fine shot. On a length outside off, Kumar punches this off the back foot through the covers for a boundary!
  • 63.3 Outside off, punched off the back foot towards cover.
  • Mohammed Shami is the new man in at number 9
  • 63.2 OUT! Another one goes! India gifting wickets away. A short ball outside off, Pandya thinks he can get the better of the opposite all-rounder but the bowler gets the better of him. The bounce is steep and the pull only gets a top edge. It goes straight up in the air and Quinton de Kock does really well to run back, keep his eyes on the ball and eventually take a steepler. Second wicket for Phehlukwayo!
  • 63.1 Landed outside off, pushed to the off side.
  • 62.6 Outside off, left alone. 144/6
  • 62.5 A bouncer outside off, Bhuvi sways away nicely from the line.
  • 62.4 On a length outside off, cutting back in sharply, Kumar misses his tuck and is hit on the pads. He searches for the ball everywhere before eventually realizing that it is on the off side.
  • 62.3 Wide outside off, comfortably left alone.
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar walks in next, at number 8, replacing Parthiv.
  • 62.2 OUT! Caught behind! That is a bad, bad shot. The ball was not the best, short and wide outside off, Patel leaps and tries to punch but is comfortably beaten by the extra bounce. Only manages a thick nick and that is gobbled by the keeper. Two quick wickets for South Africa.
  • 62.1 Wide outside off, left alone.
  • Morne Morkel has been brought back on.
  • 61.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. A decent over from Phehlukwayo. 144/5
  • 61.5 Good thinking by the bowler, bangs in a bouncer outside off, Pandya has to move away.
  • 61.4 Interesting. Walks down the track to his very first ball and pushes the ball to the off side.
  • Hardik Pandya walks out at number 7, replacing Pujara.
  • 61.3 OUT! The least impressive of the bowlers has taken out the most prized wicket! Indecision costs Pujara. Outside off, pretty wide, Pujara is not sure whether he should play at that or leave it. He is across his stumps and pushes at the ball. Halfway through the shot, he realizes that the ball can be left alone. Now, he tries to withdraw his bat but his commitment to the earlier cause does not allow him to get the bat behind much. The ball moves just enough to take whatever piece of willow is available and goes to the keeper! End of a long vigil.
  • 61.2 Short and outside off, Parthiv gets on top of the bounce and cuts it through the off side for a single.
  • 61.1 Full and wide outside off, Parthiv slashes but misses.
  • 60.6 Stands in his crease and blocks. 143/4
  • 60.5 One more leave outside off.
  • 60.4 Wide outside off, let through.
  • 60.3 Goes back in his crease this time and blocks.
  • 60.2 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 60.1 Short and outside off, punched through point for a couple. There is his 50! Strike rate of 28.9 but who cares! Batsmen who perhaps bat quicker are back in the pavillion. Pujara weathered the early storm and now is making hay when the sun is shining. To add more context, Pujara has scored 24 out of the 30 runs in this partnership from just 33 balls! Talk now!
  • 59.6 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 141/4
  • 59.5 Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
  • 59.4 Played to the point region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 59.3 Outside off, let through.
  • 59.2 FOUR! The runs are starting to flow now! 6th boundary in just the 7th over of the session. Down the leg side, Pujara is now settled enough to turn it around the corner and beat the long leg fielder.
  • 59.1 Full and just outside off, Pujara manages to dig it out to the off side.
  • Andile Phehlukwayo is back on. Least impressive of the bowlers so far.
  • 58.6 Down the leg side, Patel misses his flick. 136/4
  • 58.5 Full and outside off, driven straight to wide mid off.
  • 58.4 Strays on the pads, tucked behind square leg for a single.
  • 58.3 Wide outside off, left alone.
  • 58.2 FOUR! Good shot. Fractionally short outside off, Pujara punches it through the covers and gets a boundary. Moves to 42 with his 7th boundary and the stand is now worth 22.
  • 58.1 Outside off, stoically defended.
  • 57.6 Outside off, nips back in a long way, PP misses his tuck and is hit on the pads. The men behind the stumps appeal and the bowler then joins in. No interest from the umpire. Probably height was the factor. 131/4
  • 57.5 Another bye. The extras keep mounting as South Africa struggle to have control over the movement. Down the leg side, Pujara misses his flick and the keeper dives to his left to save a boundary. Just a single.
  • 57.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 57.3 This time he makes contact with the ball and earns a single off a cover drive. Is off the mark on his 13th ball.
  • 57.2 A flashy drive from Parthiv. The length is there to be driven, the line is wide, no issues in going after it but then the feet need to move as well. A play and a miss.
  • 57.1 A short ball to start the over, Patel sways away.
  • 56.6 Slips this down the leg side, Cheteshwar misses his flick. 129/4
  • 56.5 FOUR! SUBLIME! He is batting in his own zone. No strike rate fuss, no extra bounce issue, no movement trouble. Get a half volley, pounce on it. Pujara leans into this one and drives it through the covers for an elusive boundary.
  • 56.4 Better ball, lands it on a length outside off, gets it to come back, extracts steep bounce and Cheteshwar lets it go.
  • 56.3 Wider outside off, let through again.
  • 56.2 Wide again, but this time outside off. Gets it to swing away but is comfortably left alone.
  • 56.1 FOUR BYES! Bonus runs for India. Full and down the leg side. Pujara misses his flick by a big margin and then the ball swings further away. Quinton de Kock cannot even think of a dive. That is how far the ball was.
  • 55.6 Excellent fielding again. Outside off, PP pushes at it and gets squared up as touch due to the late movement. The ball goes off the outside edge but goes all long the ground. AB de Villiers from third slip dives to his left to stop the ball. 121/4
  • 55.5 Wide outside off, swinging further away, Patel lets it go.
  • 55.4 On middle and leg again, Parthiv looks to tuck it away but misses and is hit on the thigh.
  • 55.3 On middle and leg, tucked to the leg side.
  • 55.2 Landed wide outside off, let through again.
  • 55.1 Full and outside off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 54.6 A peach to end the over. Ngidi lands it on a crack outside off and then gets the ball to deviate off the seam, past Pujara's forward prod. 121/4
  • 54.5 Outside off, punched to the bowler.
  • 54.4 On a length outside off, CP plays at it and gets a thick outside edge but it dies down in front of second slip where Dean Elgar dives to his right to stop.
  • 54.3 Wide outside off, let through again.
  • 54.2 Good comeback. The length is full and just outside off, entices Cheteshwar into playing at that off the front foot and beats the outside edge.
  • 54.1 FOUR! A rare loosener, short and wide outside off, Pujara cuts it through the covers and gets a boundary.
  • Lungi Ngidi to bowl from the other end.
  • 53.6 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 117/4
  • 53.5 LAZY MORKEL. Full on middle, Pujara drives it through mid on and Morne Morkel gets across to his left. But he is lazy in bending and sliding and the ball goes through. The damp outfield keeps the ball inside the boundary and the batsmen take three.
  • 53.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 53.3 Nips back in a long way, Cheteshwar looks to tuck but misses and is hit on the box.
  • 53.2 Wider outside off, let through once more.
  • 53.1 On a length outside off, coming in, Pujara shoulders arms.
  • 37 overs. Stumps. Which will happen first? In all likelihood, the latter. The over rate is very poor, there is no spinner, which means, a lonnnnnngg final session awaits us. Welcome back. Kagiso Rabada will start off proceedings to Cheteshwar Pujara. Here we go...
  • ... Day 1, session 3 ...
  • In command, are South Africa. Every bowler except for Andile Phehlukwayo has taken a wicket and all of them have been extremely economical. The over rate is a worry but then if the Proteas manage to dismiss India tonight itself, captain Faf du Plessis will not complain. He will be looking to get to the bowlers quickly after Tea and perhaps even dream of batting tonight, if the opportunity presents itself. No sign of rain so far, thankfully. Join us back at 1500 local (1300 GMT) for the final session. 37 overs scheduled.
  • Amidst all the rumble, Cheteshwar Pujara has stood out royally. His runs scored and the strike rate might be a cause of concern for some but in reality, had he not been there, India might well have been bowled out. Only two batsmen have managed double figures so far and the visitors will hope to see off the day without losing more than a wicket.
  • India started the session well though, with AB de Villiers handing another life to Virat Kohli and the stand between him and Pujara building on. But the new kid on the block, Lungi Ngidi, got rid of the Indian captain for the second time in a row, this time AB taking a superb catch. Rahane then survived a caught behind appeal off a no ball but then was dismissed soon after.
  • Mixed session. 69 runs, 2 wickets and 26 overs bowled. Attrition has been the order of the day, such has been the bowling by the Proteas.
  • 52.6 On middle and leg again, tucked towards square leg. TEA ON DAY 1! 114/4
  • 52.5 On middle and leg, tucked to the leg side for a single.
  • 52.4 Full and outside off, driven straight back to the bowler.
  • 52.3 Outside off, another play and a miss.
  • 52.2 That has leg spun! Oh dear... how does one play this? On a length outside off, Pujara comes forward to defend but the ball hits a crack and then deviates appreciably. Beats the outside edge.
  • 52.1 On a length outside off, defended watchfully.
  • 51.6 Outside off, let through. 113/4
  • 51.5 Full on off, pushed towards mid on.
  • Interesting. Parthiv Patel has been sent ahead of Hardik Pandya at number 6. At least, interesting for me.
  • 51.4 OUT! The decision stays as it is! Umpire's call! Hard, hard luck for Rahane. Only a small part of the ball is hitting the leg stump but that will do for South Africa. Good bowling by Morkel, getting this full after the previous short one and tailing it in. Rahane looks to flick but misses and is hit on the pads. Morkel appeals, umpire Ian Gould thinks for a while and then raises his finger! Rahane has a long chat with Pujara and then signals for the review. Hawk Eye shows the ball to be clipping the outer half of leg stump. The no ball life earlier does not count for Rahane. India do not lose a review though... if that can be called as a cloud with a silver lining...
  • Morkel has trapped Rahane in front! Is that a no ball? Is that a wicket? Rahane has a chat with Pujara and gets it referred...
  • 51.3 A short ball on middle, Ajinkya pulls it straight to short square leg. Excellent field placement.
  • 51.2 Outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 51.1 FOUR! PRISTINE! Half volley wide outside off, Rahane reaches out and drives it through wide mid off. The fielder dives to his left but the ball goes through!
  • 50.6 FOUR! Flashed and flashed hard! Not a bad shot. Off the edge, of course but these count. A short ball outside off, pretty wide, a rare bad ball from Philander and Pujara throws his bat at that and the cherry goes off the outside edge, over the slips and to the third man fence! 109/3
  • 50.5 Outside off, CP lets that through.
  • 50.4 Slightly wider than the previous one, comfortably left alone.
  • 50.3 Just outside off, Cheteshwar just about plays that at the last moment, pushing the ball to the off side.
  • 50.2 Landed outside off, Pujara shoulders arms to that outswinger.
  • 50.1 A length ball down the leg side, Rahane looks to tuck but misses and is hit on the pads. The ball goes off his pads to the leg side and the batsmen take a single. Leg bye signalled.
  • 49.6 Full and outside off, Pujara looks to drive but mistimes it to mid off. 104/3
  • 49.5 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 49.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 49.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 49.2 Landed outside off, let through.
  • 49.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • 48.6 The batsman gets a leading edge on that one. 104/3
  • 48.5 Outside off, punched through point for a couple.
  • 48.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 48.4 IT IS A NO BALL! What a lifeline for Rahane! He has had a pretty uncomfortable last 10 minutes and was nearly consumed by this peach. The ball lands on a length around off and Rahane commits himself to play at that. But then the ball moves away and the batsman thinks, should I leave it? Rahane tries to withdraw his bat but is a bit late and the ball goes off the edge to the keeper! The Proteas appeal but Rahane starts to walk even before the umpire raises his finger. Oh wait... he is asked to stop as Aleem Dar wants to check for the no ball. And replays show that Philander has nothing behind the line! The foot has landed right on the crease! Come back, Rahane!
  • Oh dear! Rahane has edged one but has Philander overstepped? Checking upstairs...
  • 48.3 Outside off, no such movement this time, left alone.
  • 48.2 Terrific delivery. The ball is pitched on a length around off, which means the batsman has to play at that. Then, it moves away pretty late, almost taking the outside edge. Just misses.
  • 48.1 Hits the mark straightaway, on and around off, watchfully defended to the leg side.
  • Double change. The man playing his 50th Test is back on.
  • 47.6 Widest of the lot to end the over, the master of patience lets it go. 101/3
  • 47.5 Outside off, slightly slower in pace, Jinx works it wide of mid-wicket and takes a single.
  • 47.4 Once again he gets across to a pretty wide ball but this time, shoulders arms.
  • 47.3 Ahh.... beaten! A rare mistake from the usually composed Rahane. The line is pretty wide outside off, could have been left alone, even though it is on a length, but Rahane gets across to defend and almost edges it behind. The ball misses by a whisker.
  • 47.2 Wide outside off, left alone.
  • 47.1 Landed on a length outside off, pushed towards cover.
  • Morne Morkel is back on to bowl.
  • 46.6 Similar ball, the bat turns in Pujara's hands a little bit but he is in control as he pushes this towards mid on. 100/3
  • 46.5 Full on middle, driven straight to mid on.
  • 46.4 A bouncer outside off, CP comfortably lets that go.
  • 46.3 This is down the leg side, Cheteshwar misses his flick and the ball goes off his pads, on the bounce to Quinton de Kock.
  • 46.2 Landed just outside off, inviting the drive, keeping the cover vacant, but Pujara is calm and composed to let that go.
  • 46.1 On a good length outside off, pushed to the off side.
  • The average first day score at Wanderers is 249/7. Both teams will have to get a move on to reach that average - runs and wickets.
  • 45.6 On a length outside off, solidly blocked out. 100/3
  • 45.5 The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact.
  • 45.4 On middle and leg, flicked through the leg side for a run.
  • 45.3 Full and outside off, driven towards mid off.
  • 45.2 Jags back in a long way, Pujara is late in his attempted flick and is hit on the pads.
  • 45.1 Full and outside off, watchfully pushed towards the off side.
  • 44.6 Wide down the leg side, the batsman leaves it alone. 99/3
  • 44.5 Perfect shot. Not a dissimilar ball which got rid of Kohli. The Indian skipper reached out for it, so did Rahane. But the former did not move his feet while Jinx did. That enabled the latter to get to the ball and open the face of the bat slightly. The cherry went behind point and the batsmen returned for the second.
  • 44.4 The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact.
  • 44.3 On a length and around off, Rahane gets right behind this one and blocks.
  • 44.2 Landed outside off again, not played at.
  • 44.1 Landed outside off, pretty mkuch full, perfectly pushed towards cover.
  • 43.6 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 97/3
  • 43.5 Stays back in his crease and blocks it to the leg side.
  • 43.4 Outside off, pretty wide, let through.
  • 43.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 43.2 Full and outside off, well defended.
  • 43.1 A bouncer outside off, ducked under.
  • 42.6 On a length outside off, let through this time. 97/3
  • 42.5 Full and outside off, Rahane comes forward to push but gets a thick inside edge towards mid on.
  • In comes Ajinkya Rahane at number 5. Two Tests too late but still, better late than never.
  • 42.4 OUT! Kohli does not chase the previous one but he chases this one and is gone! AB de Villiers dropped him on the previous occasion but not this time. Full and wide outside off, could have been left alone, Kohli reaches out for that without moving his feet much and gets a thick outside edge. AB de Villiers at third slip is initially not sure to have his hands in reverse cup position or the bucket-like one and in the end, goes for the second choice. The decision has to be made in a split second as the ball travels really fast to him. Mr. 360 degrees takes that decision quickly, keeps his hands bucket-like and takes the catch. He then lands surprised on the ground, thanking his stars that he did not go reverse cup for that. End of a fine, fine knock from Kohli, taking the bull by the horns. The stand is broken at 84, still no triple digit partnership for India in this series. Ngidi's parents have a proud moment in the stands, applauding their kid's wicket. This is the first time they are watching a live cricket match. Great moment.
  • 42.3 Wide outside off, Kohli is not chasing that.
  • 42.2 Full on middle, driven straight back to the bowler.
  • 42.1 IN THE AIR... SAFE! Full on middle, Kohli chips it uppishly through mid-wicket but just avoids the fielder. Two runs taken.
  • 41.6 Outside off, left alone again. 95/2
  • 41.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 41.4 Outside off, pushed through the covers for a single.
  • 41.3 FOUR! In total command is King Kohli! A short ball outside off, Kohli swivels again, this time getting on top of the bounce and pulls it through square leg for a boundary! Brings up his half century as well. Superb knock. Now for the big one.
  • 41.2 That is a peach. On a length outside off, Virat feels for it but misses. I thought I heard a noise but no reaction from anyone else. Might be hearing things then.
  • 41.1 A short ball down the leg side, Kohli swivels to pull but misses.
  • 40.6 One more leave to end the over. 90/2
  • 40.5 The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact.
  • 40.4 On middle and leg, worked straight to square leg.
  • 40.3 Very full outside off, almost a yorker, Pujara jams it out and then wrings his hand in pain. Perhaps he hit it too hard.
  • 40.2 Wider outside off, but steep bounce, let through.
  • 40.1 On a good length outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 39.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 90/2
  • 39.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 39.4 Outside off, pushed straight to point.
  • 39.3 Outside off, left alone again.
  • 39.3 FIVE WIDES! A wild bouncer, down the leg side, Kohli ducks while de Kock leaps. Gets only a glove to it and the ball rolls away to the fine leg fence.
  • 39.2 Outside off,a bouncer, let through.
  • 39.1 On middle and leg, helped towards fine leg for a single.
  • 38.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 84/2
  • 38.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 38.4 Outside off, a play and a miss.
  • 38.3 Outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 38.2 Ah ah... Kohli taps it towards the off side and sets off for a single. Pujara is not interested at all and the Indian captain reluctantly goes back. Don't think there was a run available, even if Hardik Pandya would have been at the non-striker's end.
  • 38.1 On a length outside off, watchfully defended with the extra bounce to cover.
  • Lungi Ngidi's time to bowl again.
  • 37.6 Full on middle, tailing in slightly chipped uppishly towards mid on. 84/2
  • 37.5 On a length outside off, still a touch wide, Cheteshwar lets it go again.
  • 37.4 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 37.3 One more leave outside off.
  • 37.2 Wider outside off, easily let through.
  • 37.1 Outside off, jags back in sharply, Pujara shoulders arms and then is extra careful to avoid touching the ball.
  • 36.6 Around off, watchfully blocked out. 84/2
  • 36.5 Full and outside off, VK looks to flick but gets a leading edge to cover.
  • 36.4 Short and wide outside off, Virat goes after that, without moving his feet and is beaten.
  • 36.3 The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total.
  • 36.2 On a length outside off, Pujara feels for it but misses.
  • 36.1 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 35.6 FOUR! Full and outside off, Kohli leans and drives it through the covers for a boundary! 83/2
  • 35.5 Bouncer! The batsman does well to evade it.
  • 35.4 Full and outside off, Kohli pushes at it but gets an outside edge which edge which does not carry to gully.
  • 35.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 35.2 The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman.
  • 35.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • Kagiso Rabada is back on.
  • 34.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 79/2
  • 34.5 Outside off, punched wide of mid off for a quick run.
  • 34.5 WIDE! Too wide outside off. fuller and swinging miles away, Kohli lets it go.
  • 34.4 STREAKY FOUR! Luck is on the Indians' side at the moment. Morkel lands this on a length outside off and gets it to jag back in. Kohli looks to defend but is cramped up. An inside edge is induced but the ball goes over the stumps to the fine leg fence!
  • 34.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 34.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 34.1 FOUR! MARVELLOUS! Made that look really easy. Not exactly a half volley, it is on a length outside off but Kohli gets across and drives it as straight as a rocket down the ground for a boundary.
  • 33.6 FOUR! Intent from Pujara! Runs are flowing from his bat now. Slightly overpitched on off, Pujara shows the full face of the bat and drives it down the ground for a majestic boundary. 69/2
  • 33.5 Outside off, swinging away. Che lets it go.
  • 33.4 In the zone outside off, Che plants his front foot across to allow it through.
  • 33.3 Good length ball outside off, moving away, not fiddled with it.
  • 33.2 On a length this time, kept out watchfully.
  • 33.1 Fullish delivery around off, blocked off the inner half of the bat.
  • 32.6 Morkel is really unlucky to have not got rid of Kohli. A tad fuller than a short of a length outside off. Angling in initially and then moves away after pitching. Draws Kohli into the drive and the ball just whizzes past his outside edge. Another maiden for Morkel. 65/2
  • 32.5 Back of a length outside off, left alone.
  • 32.4 Unplayable! Short of a length delivery around off, angling in initially and then cuts away. Kohli tries to keep it out but gets beaten.
  • 32.3 Back of a length outside off, left alone.
  • 32.2 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 32.1 Dropped! Would you believe it that AB de Villiers is the culprit? Short and room on offer, reckless approach from Kohli who reaches out to it and tries to cut it. Only manages to get a bottom edge that flies towards AB at third slip. He crouches and attempts to catch it as the ball dips in. Only gets his fingertips to it and the ball bursts through towards third man. Two runs taken. This is the second time the Indian skipper has been dropped. He is certainly leading a charmed life.
  • 31.6 Full delivery swinging away, Che keeps his bat inside the line to let it go. 63/2
  • 31.5 In the zone outside off, Pujara lets it go.
  • 31.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 31.3 Close shave! Full length ball attacking the stumps, Pujara aims to jam it out but the ball goes on the bounce to the fielder at short leg. Too close for comfort.
  • 31.2 A play and a miss! Full delivery outside off, shaping away. Pujara pokes at it and gets beaten.
  • 31.1 Shaping in appreciably from a back of a length to breach Pujara's defense and ping him on the thigh pad.
  • 30.6 FOUR! Nicely done! Similar length ball, rising on Kohli. He hops and guides it in a controlled manner past the diving third slip fielder to find the fence. That brings up the 50-run stand between the duo. It has been a fighting one. 63/2
  • 30.5 Short of a length ball, Kohli is up on his toes and leaves it at the last moment.
  • 30.4 Shoots off from a fuller length outside off, de Kock dives full length to his right and manages to stop it.
  • 30.3 Testing Kohli with a sharp bouncer around off, Kohli remains circumspect in approach and drops his wrists to let it be.
  • 30.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 30.1 On a length around off, defended solidly from withing the crease.
  • 29.6 Fullish ball around off, defended solidly off the front foot. 59/2
  • 29.5 Coming in sharply from a good length and takes the inside edge of Che's bat to strike him on the pads.
  • 29.4 Better this time. Fuller in length, kept out watchfully.
  • 29.3 FOUR! All of a sudden, the runs are flowing. Three boundaries have been scored in the last 4 balls. Shortish again and well outside off, Pujara pounces on the opportunity and slaps it through covers to find the fence. For the first time, Philanders has been off the radar. The protection is there for the drive but he is bowling too short for the liking of his side.
  • 29.2 FOUR! Poor delivery and gets the treatment! Short and room to play with, Pujara rises on his toes and crunches it through point. The fielder hares after it but only comes second best.
  • 29.1 On a length outside off, leaving Pujara. He doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 28.6 FOUR! Pleasing to the eyes! Full and outside off, Kohli strides ahead and times his punch beautifully through wide mid off to pick up a boundary. 51/2
  • 28.5 Back of a length around off, holding its line. Kohli feels for it a bit and gets beaten.
  • 28.4 You can never be at ease on this kind of a surface! The ball tends to do something on a consistent basis and you have to be on your toes. Angling in sharply to induce a false stroke from Pujara who closes his bat face early and gets a safe leading edge to covers. A single taken.
  • 28.3 Well bowled and equally well played! Rising on Pujara from a short of a length. He hops and keeps it at bay by taking his bottom hand off the bat.
  • 28.2 In the channel outside off, left alone.
  • 28.1 Takes off from a good length outside off like a plane takes off. Pujara plants his front foot across to allow it through.
  • Morne Morkel to bowl from the other end.
  • 27.6 Length ball outside off, holding its line. Kohli leaves it alone. 46/2
  • 27.5 Tentative! Fuller in length, shaping in this time. Che is unsure about which way the ball will move. Plants his bat in front and gets it off the inner half to fine leg. A single taken.
  • 27.4 Hits one of the cracks probably! It is impossible to generate so much of movement naturally. Back of a length on off, cuts away significantly. Pujara does well to keep his bat inside the line and lets it through.
  • 27.3 In the zone outside off, takes off after pitching. Pujara points his bat skywards to make a good leave.
  • 27.2 Good length ball outside off, Che hangs back and defends it stoutly besides the pitch.
  • 27.1 Starts off with a length ball around off and gets it to swing back in. Pujara gets low and keeps it out towards square leg.
  • We are back for the afternoon session. Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara to continue their innings. Will the Indians attempt to up the scoring rate? Or will it be again a rearguard action from them? Vernon Philander to bowl first up after Lunch. Three slips and a gully in place. Here we go...
  • ... Day 1, Session 2 ...
  • The duo of Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli has been watchful so far. They have been lucky to survive as well. The Indian skipper was dropped on 11 by Philander and it was not a difficult chance. Faf du Plessis also missed a trick as Ngidi trapped Pujara in front of the stumps once but he didn't challenge the decision. However, credit to the experienced duo for fighting it out. Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi have played the perfect foil to Vernon Philander to keep the batsmen guessing. Will the Proteas continue to have a firm grip over the proceedings? Or will the visitors show strong resilience and settle in? Join us shortly to find out.
  • A top start to the game for the Proteas. They didn't win the toss but got the desired choice of bowling first on a conducive track. They have been all over the Indians, picked up early wickets and kept a stern check on the run-flow as well. The ball has swung like a banana, bounced steeply and seamed off the deck substantially to test the batsmen. The Big Vern was in the thick of things once again as he got rid of Rahul with a beauty of a delivery. There was another case of a batsman throwing his wicket away in the form of Vijay. So, it seems that he has not learnt from his mistakes.
  • 26.6 Full length ball in line of the stumps, kept out watchfully to mid on. THAT'S LUNCH ON DAY 1! 45/2
  • 26.5 Continues to bowl full around that probing off stump channel, Kohli comes forward and defends this with a high elbow.
  • 26.4 False stroke from Kohli! Fullish delivery around off, Virat goes at it with hard hands but gets it off the inner half of the bat towards mid on.
  • 26.3 Full length ball, angling in, kept out watchfully.
  • 26.2 Too straight again, easily tucked to the man at mid-wicket.
  • 26.1 Full and down the leg side, Kohli attempts to clip it away but the ball deflects off his pads to the man at square leg.
  • 25.6 Ooh.. that is uncomfortable! Back of a length ball, swerving in. Pujara is beaten for pace and is hit on the stomach. That will shake him up. Another maiden for Ngidi. 45/2
  • The sun is shining in all its glory at the moment.
  • 25.5 Good length ball outside off, some extra bounce on that. Che doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 25.4 Back of a length ball, stonewalled off the back foot.
  • 25.3 Well played in the end! Short of a length ball, angling in. Pujara rises on his toes and decides to block it eventually.
  • 25.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 25.1 Back of a length outside off, Che lets it go.
  • 24.6 Fullish delivery, no real threat on that. Dealt with easily off the front foot. 45/2
  • 24.5 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 24.4 FOUR! Poor delivery and duly punished! Short and a lot of room to play with. Kohli rises on his toes and thrashes it past backward point for a rocketing boundary.
  • 24.3 On a length, angling in sharply, tucked with a closed bat face to the leg side.
  • 24.2 Phehlukwayo has been off radar till now. Needs to get his mark right. Slips this one down the leg side, easy pickings for Pujara as he tucks it around the corner for a run.
  • 24.1 Fullish delivery, clipped with the angle to mid on.
  • 23.6 What a ball! Almost caught the Indian skipper off guard. Inswinging yorker, dipping on the batsman as well. Kohli somehow keeps it down on the track. 40/2
  • 23.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 23.4 Fuller in length, shaping in, kept out watchfully.
  • 23.3 On a length around off, moving away, answered with a straight bat.
  • 23.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 23.1 Ooh... so close to chopping it back on! Back of a length ball around off, some nibble in the air. Kohli wants to leave it initially but then is caught in two minds. Is late to let it go and the ball catches the inside edge of the bat to strike him on the back leg. Fortunately for him, the ball deflects past the off stump and goes towards the keeper. The South Africans have their hands on their heads.
  • 22.6 This has been a wayward start from Phehlukwayo. Too full and down the leg side, worked through backward square leg for a run. 40/2
  • 22.5 On a length outside off, tapped with an open bat face past point to pick up a couple.
  • 22.4 Straying on the pads again, clipped around the corner for another run.
  • 22.3 Good ball! Back of a length outside off, shaping in. Pujara trusts the bounce of the pitch and makes a good leave.
  • 22.2 Well outside off, easy leave for Pujara who has been as solid as a rock.
  • 22.1 Starts off with a loosener on middle and leg, clipped easily through square leg for a brace.
  • Time for Andile Phehlukwayo to have a bowl.
  • 21.6 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. They manage to come back for the second. 34/2
  • 21.5 Unplayable! Angling in initially and then straightens off the deck to beat the outside edge of Kohli.
  • 21.4 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 21.3 A big moment for the Indians, Pujara has finally broken the shackles and has opened his account on the 54th ball. The dressing room is all smiles and cheers him on. Overpitched on middle, clipped behind square leg for a single.
  • 21.2 In the zone outside off, left alone.
  • 21.1 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 20.6 Hangs back to the length ball and blocks it solidly. 31/2
  • 20.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 20.4 FOUR! Brilliant shot! Runs are hard to come by on this track and whenever the opportunity presents itself, you need to cash on. Full ball outside off, Kohli leans into it and creams it through cover-point to find the fence.
  • 20.3 Fuller in length, kept out compactly.
  • 20.2 The batsman has played it to the point region.
  • 20.1 Dropped! What have you done, Big Vern? This could prove to be really expensive for his side. Rush of blood from Kohli almost proved to be his downfall. Surprise short ball from Rabada around off. It's climbing on Kohli as he attempts the big pull across the line even though his head position is nowhere. Ends up getting a top edge that swirls in the sky towards the cover region. Philander takes off from mid off but is a bit apprehensive as there is a fielder placed in the cover region and in his eyeline. Stutters a bit as he finally goes for the catch. Dives but the ball brushes his fingertips and falls down on the ground. Virat must have had his heart in his mouth. He will be relieved.
  • 19.6 Fullish ball, Pujara clips this nicely towards mid on where Morkel dives to make a good stop. Keeps Pujara on zero. 27/2
  • 19.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. Che has played 50 balls now without scoring a run.
  • 19.4 Length delivery, zipping through. Pings Pujara on the pads who misses out on his flick.
  • 19.3 A big shout for an LBW is denied! That looked real close to the naked eye. On a length around off, nipping in sharply. Pujara comes forward in an attempt to deal with it but is pinged on the pads. Ngidi shouts in excitement but the umpire kills down his excitement. Faf remains unmoved as well. Well, the Hawk Eye rolls in and oh my word! Guess what! It shows three reds. Pujara is a lucky man.
  • 19.2 Fuller in length around ff, Pujara comes forward and defends it with a high elbow.
  • 19.1 On a good length outside off, takes off after pitching, Che allows it through.
  • 18.6 Too straight and full, flicked through mid-wicket for a couple. 27/2
  • 18.5 Tentative! Back of a length on off, straightening after pitching. Kohli goes at it with soft hands and that proves to be the key. Gets an outside edge that rolls to third slip.
  • 18.4 That ball has struck the batsman on the thigh pad.
  • 18.3 Fuller in length around of, Kohli checks his drive towards wide mid off.
  • 18.2 In the zone outside off, left alone.
  • 18.1 Wristy Kohli! Fullish and angling in, clipped beautifully through wide mid on for a brace.
  • 17.6 Leg bye! Shortish ball, angling down. Kohli tries to play it across but the ball brushes his hips and flies behind. De Kock leaps and makes a partial stop. The batsmen sneak in a run. 23/2
  • 17.5 Almost threw his wicket away! Full and well outside off, moving further away. Kohli chases it away from his body and the ball just whizzes past his outside edge.
  • 17.4 Leg bye! Angling in sharply from a back of a length, Pujara misses his tuck and the ball brushes his thigh pad to roll to the leg side. The batsmen take a run.
  • 17.3 In the zone outside off, left alone.
  • 17.2 What a take, de Kock! Swinging down the leg side, Kohli misses his flick. Quinton dives like a goalkeeper to his left and makes a partial stop. Only a bye taken.
  • 17.1 Back of a length outside off, some extra bounce on that. Kohli hops and blocks it out.
  • Lungi Ngidi comes into the attack. He was the star in his debut match and will look to put in another match-winning performance.
  • 16.6 Good bowling and equally well played! Fullish ball outside off, takes off and seams away. Pujara keeps his bat inside the line to make a good leave. 20/2
  • 16.5 Back of a length outside off, not played at.
  • 16.4 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 16.3 Brilliant bowling! The inward angle on this fullish ball squares Pujara up as he tries to keep it out but gets an outside edge. Elgar from gully intercepts and stops the ball to his left. Gets a pat from his teammates for his effort.
  • 16.2 Edgy! Fullish ball on off, some nibble in the air. Pujara plays at it with soft hands but gets a safe edge towards the slip cordon.
  • 16.1 On a good length outside off, Pujara keeps his bat inside the line to let it go.
  • 15.6 Fractionally overpitched around off, pushed off the front foot to covers. 7 maidens for Philander, he is having a ball out there. 20/2
  • 15.5 Full length ball just outside off, shaping away, wanting Kohli to go for an expansive shot. The Indian skipper doesn't fall for the bait. He has looked assured at the crease so far.
  • 15.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 15.3 Short of a length on off, defended stoutly off the back foot.
  • 15.2 Tight lines outside off, Kohli is circumspect in approach as he allows it through.
  • 15.1 Back of a length ball, shaping in substantially. Kohli hops and tries to keep it out but is struck on the thigh pad.
  • 14.6 In the zone outside off, Pujara lets it go. 20/2
  • 14.5 A bit fuller of a length outside off, Che doesn't fiddle with it. Good carry again.
  • 14.4 Good length ball around off, Pujara is as solid as a rock. He is certainly taking his time. He has played 35 balls without opening his account.
  • 14.3 Outside off, shaping away, left alone.
  • 14.2 Length delivery in the corridor of uncertainty, moving away. Pujara lets it go.
  • 14.1 Around the hips, tucked through square leg for a run. The batsmen want the second but the fielder is quick to deny them.
  • South Africa are right on top. Testing time for the batsmen. India need to grind it out and fight fire with fire.
  • 13.6 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 19/2
  • 13.5 Back of a length outside off, Che lets it go.
  • 13.4 Ooh.. heavy movement catches Pujara into a tangle. On a driveable length outside off, Pujara pushes at it with hard ends and almost nicks it behind to the keeper. Didn't move his feet much and almost paid the price for it.
  • 13.3 Back of a length ball around off, moving away. Pujara keeps his bat inside the line and lets it go.
  • 13.2 Good length ball in that probing off stump channel, defended solidly off the back foot.
  • 13.1 In the channel outside off, left alone.
  • Time for Drinks.
  • 12.6 Angling in again, defended stoutly. 19/2
  • 12.5 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 12.4 This is class bowling on a conducive surface! Back of a length outside off, shaping in sharply. Kohli tries to block it but is again foxed. This is that sort of a wicket where you are ought to get beaten at times. Need to have nerves of steel.
  • 12.3 Nicely played! Full and outside off, caressed through covers for a brace.
  • 12.2 Angling in sharply again from a good length, pings Kohli on the thigh pad and rolls to gully. Kohli wants a run but is sent back.
  • 12.1 Peach! Back of a length around off, takes off and moves away like a leg spinning ball. Kohli feels for it and gets beaten. That probably hit on of the cracks.
  • 11.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. Another maiden for Philander, he has bowled with needle-like precision. 17/2
  • 11.5 Another one far away from Che and he lets it go.
  • 11.4 Well outside off, left alone.
  • 11.3 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 11.2 Unplayable delivery! Fullish ball around off, angling in initially to bring Pujara forward and then moves away to go past his hanging bat. This pitch is certainly a heaven for fast bowlers.
  • 11.1 Beaten! On a back of a length outside off, holding its line. Pujara pokes at it but gets foxed.
  • 10.6 On a length outside off, played with an angled bat to point. 17/2
  • 10.5 Shaping in sharply again, Kohli fails to tuck it away but is hit on the thigh pad.
  • 10.4 FOUR! Glorious! Trademark Kohli cover drive. Fullish ball outside off, the Indian skipper leans ahead and caresses it through extra cover to find the fence. This will get him going.
  • 10.3 Back of a length outside off, moving away after landing. Kohli does well to let it go.
  • 10.2 In the channel outside off, left alone.
  • 10.1 Back of a length outside off, seaming in substantially. Kohli prods forward to counter it but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 9.6 Hangs back to the length ball and keeps it at bay. 13/2
  • 9.5 Almost another wicket! What a brute of a delivery. Good length ball in the tight off stump channel, Pujara points his bat skywards but the ball nips in and just goes over the off stump. If the bounce was a bit low, he would have been a dead duck.
  • 9.4 Outside off, shaping further away, Pujara lets it go.
  • 9.3 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
  • 9.2 Another play and a miss! So close to kissing the off pole. Good length ball around off, nipping in. Pujara tries to keep it out but misses and the ball just goes over the stumps.
  • 9.1 Uppish but safe! Fullish ball, in line of the stumps. Pujara fails to control his flick and plays it uppishly but thankfully for him, it goes on the bounce to the fielder at square leg.
  • 8.6 Outside off, shaping away, Kohli leaves it alone. Wicket maiden for Rabada. 13/2
  • 8.5 Hangs back to the length ball and defends it.
  • The Indian skipper, Virat Kohli strides out to bat. He has been the only batsman among the top six who has looked in decent form. A captain's knock is the need of the hour.
  • 8.4 OUT! The decision to bat first on a spicy track is backfiring on India! However, this was a very, very ordinary shot. You need to at least be circumspect in approach when the ball is doing so much. Alas, the approach has been forgettable. Fuller in length hurled wide outside off, moving further away. Vijay chases it with minimal footwork and ends up getting a thick outside edge. De Kock moves to his right and accepts it gleefully. South Africa right on top. The talented Rabada is on the money from the word go.
  • 8.3 Length ball outside off, holding its line, Vijay makes an assured leave.
  • 8.2 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 8.1 Full ball outside off, swinging away. Vijay doesn't chase it.
  • The talented Kagiso Rabada comes into the attack. He would try to keep the pressure on.
  • 7.6 Well outside off, Che lets it go. 13/1
  • 7.5 Philander on fire! Gets the ball to curve back in a long way from a back of a length. Pujara is caught in the crease as he looks to block it but is struck on the thigh pad.
  • 7.4 Around the hips, tucked towards square leg for a run. Pujara wants the second run but it is not on.
  • 7.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 7.2 A huge appeal for an LBW denied! Fullish delivery, angling in sharply. Vijay tries to keep it out but misses to get pinged on the pads. Philander is running towards the slip cordon and is also not looking at the umpire. Ian Gould stays unmoved. It seems that it is sliding down leg and du Plessis doesn't go for the review.
  • 7.1 Fuller length ball around off, shaping in, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 6.6 Back of a length well outside off, left alone. 12/1
  • 6.5 Shaky! Angling in sharply from a fullish length, Vijay goes at it with hard hands but gets an inside edge past his leg stump and towards fine leg. A run taken.
  • 6.4 Good bowling! Catching the batsman off guard. Short of a length around off, angling in. Vijay is tentative as he pokes his bat at it but gets an outside edge that rolls towards the slip cordon.
  • 6.3 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 6.2 On a length outside off, Murali plants his front foot across to let it go.
  • 6.1 Bonus runs for India! Finally the scoreboard moves after five consecutive maidens. The inswinger this time but it is way down the leg side, Vijay misses the glance while de Kock is also beaten on the dive. The ball rolls through to the fence. Four byes signaled by the umpire.
  • 5.6 Not Out! Definitely close but the batsman just survives! Fuller in length in the avenue of apprehension, seaming in after pitching. Pujara comes forward gingerly to block it but misses to get hit flush on the front pad. Philander roars in an appeal along with his teammates but the umpire stays put. He tells his skipper to go for the review to which the latter agrees. Snicko doesn't spot any nick. Time for the Hawk Eye. The impact is in line but it is clipping the top of middle. Hence, the on-field call stays and South Africa retain their review. Fifth maiden on the trot, the pressure is certainly on India. 7/1
  • India in all sorts of trouble! Vernon Philander is absolutely convinced that he has Pujara trapped in front. He eggs his skipper on to challenge the decision. Certainly looks close to the naked eye.
  • 5.5 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 5.4 In the zone outside off, left alone.
  • 5.3 Brilliant fielding! Overpitched on off, Pujara drives this one crisply towards mid off. Rabada runs to his right, dives full length and saves a certain boundary. He is a terrific athlete.
  • 5.2 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 5.1 The Indian batsmen are in all sorts of trouble! On a length outside off, curving away. Pujara feels for it but is beaten all ends up.
  • 4.6 Swinging down the leg side, Vijay fails to put bat to ball. Four maidens in a row. 7/1
  • 4.5 On a length in the fifth stump channel, shaping away sharply. Vijay doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 4.4 Back of a length around off, holding its line, Murali Vijay lets it go.
  • 4.3 In the channel outside off, Vijay lets it go.
  • 4.2 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 4.1 Poor shot! Fuller length ball outside off, shaping away. Vijay goes at it with minimal footwork and is beaten all ends up.
  • 3.6 Full and wide outside off, left alone. A wicket maiden, terrific stuff from the Big Vern. 7/1
  • 3.5 Fuller in length on middle, swinging away. Pujara covers the line and defends it stoutly.
  • 3.4 Philander loses his radar and slips this one down the leg side. Pujara tries to glance it through but misses.
  • 3.3 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 3.2 Good length ball outside off, shaping away this time. Pujara leaves it alone.
  • Cheteshwar Pujara strides out to bat. He has had a poor tour so far. Can he stand tall on this occasion?
  • 3.1 OUT! Philander draws first blood! He has begun on a positive note in his 50th Test match to provide the ideal start for his side. Bowls a length delivery in the corridor of uncertainty and gets it to move in late after pitching. Rahul is caught in the crease as he feels for it with a big gap between his bat and pad. Ends up getting a faint inside edge and de Kock behind the stumps is alert. He gets low to his left and takes a fine catch. Good stuff from Philander. He brought some balls in and swung some away to catch the batsman off guard. You are always unsure when the bowler is bowling that way. Yet another failure for Lokesh Rahul in this series. The South African players are jubilant!
  • 2.6 In the corridor of uncertainty, Vijay plants his front foot across to allow it through. Back-to-back maidens for South Africa. 7/0
  • 2.5 Peach! Straightens from a length just outside off and goes past Vijay's hanging bat.
  • 2.4 This is testing stuff from Morkel, not allowing Vijay to have a sighter. Moves this one appreciably. The batsman looks to keep this out but the ball brushes the pocket of his trouser and sails through to de Kock.
  • 2.3 Good length ball outside off, some extra bounce on that and the ball moves away. Murali Vijay shuffles across his stumps and lets it go.
  • 2.2 Similar line and length, Vijay remains circumspect in approach and doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 2.1 In the avenue of anxiety, angling in after pitching. Vijay plants his front foot across and sees it through to the keeper.
  • 1.6 Good leave! Back of a length ball around off, nipping in this time. Rahul points his bat skywards to make a brave leave. Philander starts off with a maiden. 7/0
  • 1.5 Full ball outside off, swinging away sharply. Lokesh Rahul shoulders his arms to allow it through.
  • 1.4 Tight lines from Philander! On a length on off, Rahul makes use of the depth of the crease to dead-bat it.
  • 1.3 Angling in sharply, Lokesh strides forward and presents a water-tight defense towards cover-point.
  • 1.2 The famous outswinger from Philander. However, it is well outside off and Rahul makes an easy leave.
  • 1.1 On the money from the word go! Good length ball on off, a bit of nibble in the air. Rahul comes forward gingerly to counter it but is beaten on the inside. The ball brushes his trouser and carries through to the keeper.
  • Vernon Philander to share the new ball from the other end. This is his 50th Test match and he will be eager to make it a memorable one.
  • 0.6 Carry and bounce again! Good length ball outside off, shaping away appreciably. Vijay doesn't flirt with it. 7/0
  • 0.5 Well played! Fractionally overpitched on off, Vijay leans ahead and strokes it past mid off. Rabada from that region hares after it and keeps the batsmen down to a couple.
  • 0.4 FOUR! Streaky way to open the account for himself! Full delivery outside off, encouraging Vijay to go for an ambitious shot. He fiddles at it with minimal foot movement and gets a thick outside edge which goes past the right side of the gully fielder and runs through to the fence.
  • 0.3 On a length outside off, seaming away after pitching. Vijay plants his front foot across and makes an assured leave.
  • 0.2 Good stuff from Morkel! Lands it in the corridor of uncertainty, Murali Vijay points his bat skywards to allow it through.
  • 0.2 No ball! Early signs of the true nature of the pitch. Back of a length ball in the avenue of apprehension, shoots off the deck and angles in. Vijay knows where his off stump is and makes an assured leave.
  • 0.1 Starts off with a length ball well outside off, gets appreciable bounce and away seam movement. Vijay has nothing to do with it.
  • The players get ready for their respective national anthems. After the completion, we are set to get underway. Murali Vijay and Lokesh Rahul to open the batting for India. Morne Morkel to start off the proceedings with the brand new cherry. Three slips and a gully in place. Here we go...
  • South Africa skipper, Faf du Plessis says that they were thinking of bowling first on this surface any which ways. Feels that if there is a lot of sunshine, the cracks will open up on Day 3 and Day 4 and if the conditions are overcast, the ball will move around and the pitch will remain the same. Reckons that a spinner usually plays a holding role in Johannesburg and hence, they have gone for an attacking option. Informs that Andile Phehlukwayo replaces Keshav Maharaj. Feels that India are a tough team to play against and they have to be at their best to defeat them.
  • India skipper, Virat Kohli says that they are going to bat first. Mentions that the surface is hard and will be good for strokeplay even though there is grass on the surface. States that they have played some good cricket and are up against a team who are very strong. Reinstates the fact that they will look to correct their mistakes and improve. Informs that there are two changes. Ajinkya Rahane comes in for Rohit Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar replaces Ravichandran Ashwin.
  • TOSS - Virat Kohli calls it right and India will bat first.
  • Shaun Pollock doing the pitch report says that there is a good grass covering on the track. States that the surface is nice and hard. Feels that there are a few cracks which can come into equation as the game progresses and the captains might be tempted to go in with the sole spinner. Ends by saying that as it is a spicy track, a captain should opt to field first if he wins the toss.
  • India, on the other hand, have failed to come to terms with the conditions. Their batting has been exposed while their bowling has only been good in patches. The visitors will hope for a much-better all-round performance from their players. The fact that they have never lost a Test match at the Wanderers augers well for them. Winning the final of the T20 World Cup at this venue is also a memorable event for them. That will give them some confidence heading into this encounter. Rahane is likely to be brought in as he has a solid technique and a good overseas average in Tests. Will the away side bounce back and avoid a whitewash? Or will the Proteas run away with the show? Expect a cracker!
  • Hello and a warm welcome for the 3rd and final Test in Johannesburg at the Wanderers. The hosts have truly ruled the roost in home conditions. Their pace attack has flourished even in the absence of the injured Dale Steyn. The debutant, Lungi Ngidi rose to the occasion in the previous game and skittled the opposition. The hosts' batting has been a bit vulnerable at times but still they have managed to stay ahead in the game. Inflicting a whitewash is on the cards and on a surface which assists swing and seam movement, the odds of coming out on top only gets bolstered. Going out with an all-pace attack might be an option for them considering that overcast conditions are predicted throughout the course of the game.
  • Bumrah was at his best today. He bowled with a lot of fire to get better of the batsmen and finished with a five-wicket haul. Kumar was on the money as well and took three wickets. Constant wickets meant that India never let the game drift away. The cracks have opened up even further and it will be a difficult task for the batsmen. It will be an acid test for the visitors. Will they stand tall? Or will the Proteas skittle them out cheaply? Stay with us...
  • The Proteas have managed only a slender lead of 7 runs but they will be still pleased psychologically. The handy contribution of 35 runs from Philander down the order might prove to be the difference in the game. Amla played a brave knock to score a brilliant 61 to keep his side in the contest. His 64-run stand with Philander was the highlight for the home side.
  • 65.5 OUT! Maiden five-wicket haul for Bumrah in Tests! He has a beaming look on his face and is being congratulated by his teammates. Shortish ball down the leg side, Ngidi goes for the pull but gets a faint nick behind. Patel moves to his left and dives to take a fine catch. SOUTH AFRICA ARE BOWLED OUT FOR 194!
  • 65.4 The batsman fails to put bat on ball.
  • Lungi Ngidi is the last man in. Can Bumrah get a five-wicket haul?
  • 65.3 OUT! Crashing into the leg stump! Bumrah is bowling with a lot of authority at the moment and picks up a 4-wicket haul. Full toss on middle and leg, a bit of nibble in the air. Phehlukwayo swings at it but misses to get pinged on the pads. Bumrah roars in an appeal and up goes the umpire's finger. Andile has a chat with his partner and challenges the decision gingerly. The replay shows three reds to signal the marching orders for the batsman.
  • Phehlukwayo has been bamboozled by a full toss to get trapped in front of the stumps. He consults his partner and goes for the review. Seems to be out.
  • 65.2 Fullish ball, swinging down the leg side. Phehlukwayo tries to flick it away but misses.
  • 65.1 Loose from Andile! Fullish ball, leaving Andile. He goes for a drive with minimal foot movement but gets beaten. The ball dies down on the keeper before going into his gloves.
  • 64.6 Well bowled and equally well played! Shortish ball on middle, climbing on Morkel. He hops and keeps it out with authority. 194/8
  • 64.5 Uses the depth of the crease to the length ball and works it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 64.4 This one is well outside off, Phehlukwayo plants his front foot across to let it go.
  • 64.3 Slips this one down the leg side, Andile misses his glance.
  • 64.2 FOUR! The change of angle doesn't work for Shami! He comes from over the wicket and bowls a length ball around off. Phehlukwayo comes forward confidently and allows the ball to meet the full face of the blade. Drives it crisply with a high elbow through extra cover to find the fence. Everything right about that shot.
  • 64.1 Length ball around off, Andile tries to punch it on the up against the angle but mistimes it down the track.
  • 63.6 As expected, a short ball but the direction is wayward. It is down the leg side and Morkel evades it comfortably. 189/8
  • Yet another occasion when a batsman has been hit on the gloves. The physio runs out and gives Morkel medical attention.
  • 63.5 That's nasty! These cracks are proving to be fatal! Short of a length ball, rising on Morkel. He takes his eyes off the ball and is hit on the gloves. The ball falls down safely to the right of the keeper.
  • 63.4 FOUR! South Africa move into the lead! The crowd is applauding for its team. Good length ball around middle, Morkel pushes at it with hard hands but gets it off the inner half past mid on. Yet, the timing is good enough and the ball rolls to the fence.
  • 63.3 Sharp short ball on middle, Morne sits under it in a jiffy.
  • 63.2 FOUR! Easy pickings! Not the ideal place to bowl. Full and straying on the pads, Morkel clips it past short leg and finds the square leg fence.
  • 63.2 Wide! A short ball but it is too high. Morkel sits under it. Wide signaled for height.
  • 63.1 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 62.6 FOUR! Cracking shot! Half volley outside off, Phehlukwayo comes forward and blasts it through extra cover for a rocketing boundary. 180/8
  • 62.5 Short ball but this doesn't bounce much. Easy leave for Phehlukwayo.
  • 62.4 Bumper this time, Andile ducks under it.
  • 62.3 Tucking Morkel with a back of a length ball. He works it awkwardly past the diving Patel. Sharma from fine leg hares to his left and slides to keep the ball in play. Only a run taken.
  • Morne Morkel strides out to bat.
  • 62.2 OUT! Another one goes down! India closing in on the Proteas. Short ball this time, climbing on Philander. He is not in a good position to play the pull shot but he still goes through with it. Ends up getting a top edge that swirls in the sky towards fine leg. Bumrah in the deep remains ice cool. Moves to his right and a touch behind, judges it to perfection and takes a well-judged catch by getting low. Gets appreciation from the skipper for holding onto that. India still in front by 12 runs. It is a low margin but this track is such that every run is precious.
  • Seems there is some drizzle in the air. The weather has turned gloomy as well.
  • 62.1 In the channel outside off, holding its line, Philander doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 61.6 Dug in short, Andile sits under it. 175/7
  • 61.5 Covers the line to the length ball and blocks it stoutly.
  • 61.4 Played to the point region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 61.3 FOUR! These are handy runs for South Africa! Back of a length outside off, Philander guides it through the gap between the slip cordon and gully to go through to the fence. The trail for South Africa comes down to 13.
  • 61.2 Beauty! Good length ball outside off, straightening after pitching. Philander pokes at it and gets beaten.
  • 61.1 Fuller length ball around off, angling in, Philander keeps it out watchfully.
  • 60.6 Fullish delivery around middle, swinging in, played defensively towards square leg. 170/7
  • 60.5 Sharp short ball around off, Phehlukwayo sways away from the line of the ball to evade it.
  • 60.4 Full ball outside off, Andile doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 60.3 Fuller in length outside off, Vernon eases it to the cover region to rotate strike.
  • 60.2 On a length, moving away after pitching. Philander plants his front foot across to allow it through.
  • 60.1 On a length outside off, played with an angled bat face to point.
  • 59.6 In the zone outside off, left alone. 169/7
  • Andile Phehlukwayo comes out to bat.
  • 59.5 OUT! Amla holes out! Good field placement from Kohli and India have got the big fish! With two fielders deep on the leg side, Bumrah opts to bowl this on a fuller length on middle. Amla goes for the flick but doesn't bother to keep it down. Pandya has been placed a bit up from the ropes. He runs to his right and takes an easy catch in the deep square leg region. A brilliant knock from Amla comes to an end and the handy 44-run stand is also cut short. South Africa trail by 18 runs.
  • 59.4 The batsman failed to make contact and was hit low on the pads. One run added to the total. Leg byes given by the umpire.
  • 59.3 Was that a dropped chance? Back of a length ball around off, shoots off after pitching. Philander tries to fend it off but the ball takes the outside edge and flies behind. It is dying as Patel dives full length to his right to take it. However, the ball just goes on the bounce to him. The agony continues for the Indians.
  • 59.2 Fullish ball outside off, Philander plays it with soft hands wide of gully for a couple.
  • 59.1 Peach! Back of a length around off, shaping away. Philander hangs his bat out but the away movement bamboozles him.
  • 58.6 Fuller in length outside off, stroked through covers for a run. 166/6
  • 58.5 Short of a length outside off, Philander pokes at it without any success.
  • 58.4 FOUR! Wow! Seems like Philander has taken a leaf out of Kallis' book. Back of a length outside off and some room to play with. The batsman lifts his front foot and punches it elegantly through point to pick up another boundary. Holds the pose for the cameramen after playing that.
  • 58.3 Played to the point region by the batsman.
  • 58.2 Good running! Taps the back of a length ball towards point and scampers across to the other end.
  • 58.1 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • Double bowling change. Shami to have a burst now.
  • 57.6 A chirpy appeal for a caught behind turned down! Good length ball around off, hits one of the cracks and seams away sharply. Philander is opened up in his stance as he seems to have got beaten on the outside edge. Patel takes it and goes up in excitement. However, the umpire kills his excitement. There was no bat involved. 160/6
  • 57.5 In the channel outside off, left alone.
  • 57.4 Short of a length around off, Vernon hops and taps it towards mid on. Takes his bottom hand off again. It is certainly paining.
  • 57.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 57.2 Back of a length outside off, played with soft hands to point for a run.
  • 57.1 Hands on the head moment for Bumrah! Just misses the stumps. Length ball angling in sharply from around off. Amla shuffles across and tries to glance it but misses. Dear me! The ball just goes over the leg stump.
  • Philander gets some medical attention from the physio. There are cracks around the good length area and they have certainly opened up. The batsmen are finding it difficult. Meanwhile, Bumrah is back on.
  • 56.6 Ouch... that will hurt! Back of a length ball around off, takes off. Philander hops to block it but is hit on the gloves. He is ringing his hand in pain. We have seen quite a few blows on the gloves today. 159/6
  • 56.5 FOUR! Brilliant shot! This guy can certainly play handy knocks down the order. Comes forward to the fuller length ball and creams it through covers for a majestic boundary.
  • 56.4 Length ball outside off, moving away. Vernon plants his front foot across to allow it through.
  • 56.3 Angling in sharply, tucked behind square on the leg side for a single.
  • 56.2 This one is well outside off, Hashim leaves it alone.
  • 56.1 Back of a length and some room to play with, Amla slashes it through the point region. There is protection in the deep as Bumrah runs to his right and keeps it down to a couple.
  • 55.6 FOUR! Shot! Short and room on offer, Philander frees his arms and slaps it through covers to find the fence. 152/6
  • 55.5 Full length ball on off, driven crisply off the front foot to the man at mid off.
  • 55.4 This one is well outside off, Philander doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 55.3 In the zone outside off, Vernon lets it go.
  • 55.2 Fullish ball around off, Amla taps it with an open bat face towards the point region. The fielders behind are not alert enough and the batsmen sneak in a run.
  • 55.1 The ball hits the batsman low on the pads. One run added to the total. Leg byes signalled by the umpire
  • Sharma to continue his spell.
  • 54.6 Goes for the pull this time but doesn't get any sort of timing behind it. Drags it in front of square leg to pick up a run. 146/6
  • 54.6 Wide! Short ball but it is too high, Philander shapes for the pull but realizes that it is not on. Wide signaled for height.
  • 54.5 Pitched up again around off, patted to the man at mid off.
  • 54.4 Slightly overpitched around off, Vernon leans ahead and strokes it to covers.
  • 54.3 In the corridor of uncertainty, Philander plants his front foot across to allow it through.
  • 54.2 Full length ball on off, Hashim shuffles across and blocks it down the track.
  • 54.1 Starts off with a good length ball outside off and gets it to move away significantly. Amla doesn't fiddle with it.
  • We are back for the evening session. Hashim Amla and Vernon Philander to resume their innings. Bhuvneshwar Kumar to bowl first up after Tea. Here we go...
  • ... Day 2, Session 3 ...
  • South Africa lost the two big wickets of de Villiers and du Plessis pretty cheaply. The visitors were happy to see their back as they can be really dangerous. The good thing for the Proteas is the presence of Amla. He has been the calm amidst the storm and is unbeaten on 54. Philander is providing him good support as well. The hosts will be eager to neutralize the deficit first up and take it from there on. Can the visiting bowlers clean them up and take some sort of a lead? Join us shortly for the final session.
  • Session highlights - 23 overs, 62 runs, 3 wickets. India are ahead by 44 runs but the game is hanging well in the balance. The Indian bowlers bowled much more smartly after Lunch and have got the rewards as well. Kumar was as usual his probing best while Bumrah bowled a terrific spell to constantly trouble the batsmen.
  • 53.6 Back of a length ball outside off, holding its line. Philander points his bat skywards to allow it through. THAT'S TEA ON DAY 2! 143/6
  • 53.5 On a length outside off, Philander plants his front foot across to allow it through.
  • 53.4 Back of a length ball outside off, angling in. Philander takes his bottom hand off and manages to keep it out.
  • 53.3 On a length outside off, a mere extension of arms from Vernon as he strokes it through covers to pick up a brace.
  • 53.2 Well played! Fullish delivery, angling in, Philander takes his bottom hand off and taps it towards the man in front of square leg.
  • 53.1 Back of a length outside off, stays low this time. Philander goes for the cut but is beaten by the lack of bounce.
  • 52.6 Length ball outside off, holding its line. Hashim leaves it alone. 141/6
  • 52.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 52.4 Fullish ball, Amla shuffles across and tucks it around the corner. Some aggressive running between the wickets allows the batsmen to come back for a couple.
  • There is some issue with Amla's bat. He is indicating towards the splice. It has certainly taken a beating due to some balls taking off suddenly. Has a change of bat.
  • 52.3 Fractionally overpitched around off, pushed off the front foot towards extra cover.
  • 52.2 On a length on off, swinging away. Amla covers the line and defends it solidly.
  • 52.1 Fullish ball around off, Amla shuffles across and blocks it.
  • 51.6 Ooh... how did that miss the stumps? Fullish ball outside off, swerving back prodigiously. Philander lets it go but the ball just misses the off stump by a whisker. 139/6
  • Amla is in pain and the physio attends him. Seems to be fine to continue now.
  • 51.5 In the air... but safe! You can do nothing as a batsman to such a delivery. Hits one of the cracks on the good length area and shoots off to take Amla by surprise. The ball hits Amla on the gloves and lobs to the left side of the keeper. Patel runs and dives full length but the ball lands down safely. A run taken. Sharma has his hands on his head. Hashim is ringing his hand in pain.
  • 51.4 Full and straying on the pads, tickled to fine leg for a single.
  • 51.3 Back of a length ball around off, stays low this time. Philander adjusts in his crease to block it to covers.
  • 51.2 Full length ball around off, swinging in. Philander comes forward gingerly and gets it off the inner half of the bat towards mid-wicket.
  • 51.1 Hangs back to the good length ball and answers it with a straight bat.
  • Sharma returns for a bowl.
  • 50.6 Back of a length outside off, shoots off the deck. Amla watches it closely and lets it sail through to the keeper. 137/6
  • 50.5 Amla shuffles across and Shami bowls it around off. The batsman keeps it out compactly.
  • 50.4 Brilliant stop from Rahane! Length ball outside off, Philander tries to leave it but is late to do so. The ball takes the outside edge and rolls towards gully. Rahane dives to his right to keep the batsmen down to a single.
  • 50.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 50.2 A safe shot considering there is no one out at deep mid-wicket! Short ball around off, Philander goes for the big pull across the line but gets a top edge. The ball falls down in the vacant deep mid-wicket region. A couple taken.
  • 50.1 Fullish ball outside off, Vernon places it through covers and comes back for a brace. There was a wayward throw at the keeper's end from Kohli but Pujara was alert at short third man to save it.
  • 49.6 Fullish ball around off, Philander eases it towards extra cover and scurries to the other end. 132/6
  • 49.5 This one is pretty well outside off, pretty harmless and Philander ignores it.
  • Philander signals to the dressing room for a change of bat.
  • 49.4 Short of a length ball in line of the stumps, kept out watchfully.
  • 49.3 Good running! Leans ahead and taps this one to covers for an easy single.
  • 49.2 Similar length ball outside off, left alone.
  • 49.1 A play and a miss! Back of a length outside off, moving away. Amla pokes at it but gets beaten.
  • 48.6 Fullish delivery, angling in, clipped through backward square leg for a run. That brings up Amla's 37th Test fifty. He has faced tough times but has battled through it. Certainly not an easy pitch to bat on and his innings is worth in gold. However, he still needs to carry on and try to convert this into a big one. 130/6
  • 48.5 Short and room on offer, Amla goes at it with all his might but gets beaten. The Indians appeal but it is is turned down. There was no bat involved.
  • 48.4 Sits deep in the crease to the back of the length ball and dead bats it.
  • 48.3 Good length ball outside off, moving away. Hashim shuffles across and lets it be.
  • 48.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 48.1 On a length outside off, Amla lets it go.
  • 47.6 In the zone outside off, left alone. 129/6
  • 47.5 FOUR! Poor delivery considering there is no protection in the deep at mid-wicket. Short ball on off, sits up nicely for Philander. He pulls it with aplomb over the mid-wicket region to find the fence.
  • 47.4 Whoosh! Takes off from a length, Philander takes his bottom hand off and fends it down.
  • 47.3 Fullish delivery around off, kept out watchfully.
  • Vernon Philander strides out to bat.
  • 47.2 OUT! Bumrah on the charge! He has been consistent with his lines and lengths particularly in this spell and is reaping the rewards. Bowls a fuller length ball and it is going across the batsman initially. De Kock extends his arms and tries to hit it through the line but the ball swings back in to catch him off guard. Takes the inside edge of his bat and Patel behind the stumps accepts it gleefully. India are still ahead by 62 runs and need four more wickets to bowl the Proteas out.
  • 47.1 Hangs back to the length ball and plays this one with soft hands to pick up a single.
  • 46.6 The batsman drives this through the covers. 124/5
  • 46.5 Not Out! Clearly going down leg! A review goes down the drain. It is very difficult to get an LBW from that angle unless it is really adjacent. Full delivery from around the wicket, angling down. De Kock falls over a bit in an attempt to flick it and is struck on the pads. The ball runs down towards the fine leg fence as Shami pleads for it. Kohli challenges the decision. The Hawk Eye shows that it is clearly missing leg stump.
  • Kohli challenges yet another LBW decision. De Kock is the man in question. Seems to be a review out of desperation. Looks to be missing leg.
  • 46.4 FOUR! Shot! Shortish ball and room on offer, de Kock pounces on it and flays it past the gully region to find the fence.
  • 46.3 Whoosh! All sorts of things are happening now. Good length ball outside off, curving in substantially with extra bounce. De Kock leaves it but it is too close for comfort. Just goes over the stumps and through to the keeper.
  • 46.2 Fuller length ball outside off, Quinton plants his front foot across to allow it through.
  • 46.1 Shortish and room on offer, de Kock throws his bat at it but gets a bottom edge towards mid off.
  • 45.6 Surprise delivery from Bumrah. It is a bouncer and is climbing on Amla. He sways away from the line of the delivery to evade it. 116/5
  • 45.5 How did that miss the stumps? Bumrah is in the midst of a great spell and is making the ball talk. Gets the ball to seam away extravagantly from leg stump. De Kock attempts a feeble push through the line but gets an inside edge which goes past the leg stump towards fine leg. A run taken.
  • 45.4 Leaving the southpaw again and he makes an assured leave.
  • 45.3 Leans ahead to the fractionally overpitched ball and strokes it through covers to pic up a brace.
  • 45.2 Good leave! Short of a length ball, leaving the southpaw. He trusts the bounce of the pitch and lets it go.
  • 45.1 Back of a length ball outside off, played with an open bat face towards point.
  • 44.6 Good length ball, Amla covers the line and defends it stoutly. 113/5
  • 44.5 Fullish delivery in the probing off stump channel, kept out watchfully.
  • 44.4 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 44.3 Miscommunication almost proves to be fatal! Similar length ball around off, Amla taps it towards point and sets off. De Kock is interested initially but indicates to his partner to back as he sees Pandya rushing to the ball from covers. Pandya has only one stump to aim at, has a shy at the striker's end but misses. It would have been tight if that hit.
  • 44.2 Back of a length ball around off, answered with a straight bat.
  • 44.1 FOUR! A gift and duly accepted! Back of a length and room to play with, Amla rises on his toes and slaps it through the point region to find the fence. India can't let the pressure get released.
  • Shami is back on.
  • 43.6 Fullish delivery on off, swinging away. De Kock plays inside the line to let it go. 109/5
  • 43.5 Back of a length ball, answered stoutly from within the crease.
  • 43.4 Brave leave! Good length ball around off, de Kock lets it go and the ball flies the off stump.
  • 43.3 Fullish ball on middle, clipped to the mid-wicket region for a run.
  • 43.2 So close! Good length ball outside off, takes off and moves away as well. Amla fiddles with it and just about evades it.
  • 43.1 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 42.6 Fullish delivery on off, de Kock comes forward and defends it calmly. 108/5
  • 42.5 Length ball outside off, left alone.
  • 42.4 Full length ball attacking the stumps, kept out watchfully.
  • 42.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 42.2 The pitch is playing a lot of tricks now! Lands on one of the cracks around the leg stump and cuts away like an off spinner to bamboozle de Kock.
  • 42.1 That's a jaffa! De Kock could do nothing about it. Fullish on leg stump, swings away like a banana to go past Quinton's hanging bat.
  • 41.6 Right in the blockhole. Amla shuffles across and Bumrah bowls a good yorker. The batsman manages to jam it out. Good stuff from Bumrah! 108/5
  • 41.5 Good length ball around off, de Kock is squared up in his stance and gets a thick outside edge past point. A run taken and he opens his account.
  • Quinton de Kock comes out to bat.
  • 41.4 OUT! Timber! India are right back into the contest. Poor judgement from du Plessis and he pays the price for it. He was having problems against the inward shaping deliveries and finally falls prey to one. Bumrah bowls this on a good length around off and extracts significant seam movement from the deck. Du Plessis points his bat skywards thinking that it won't come back enough but he is wrong. The ball brushes his back pad and deflects onto the stumps. The sound of the ball hitting the stumps is like music for a bowler. Bumrah gets his first. South Africa are suddenly looking jittery.
  • 41.3 Good length ball outside off, kept out watchfully.
  • 41.2 Angling in sharply, du Plessis misses the flick to wear it on the pads. A stifled appeal is turned down as it was going down leg.
  • 41.1 Back of a length outside off, left alone.
  • 40.6 On a length outside off, placed past point for a brace. 107/4
  • 40.5 Not Out! Yes, the impact is outside off. Judicious use of the review from South Africa. Length ball around off, Amla comes forward tentatively to counter it but is struck on the pads. Kumar is almost pleading to Ian Gould and he obliges to give it out. Amla goes for the review instantly. He looks confident. The replays show that the impact is outside off and it is also not coming in enough.
  • Amla goes for the review straightaway against an LBW decision! India look extremely confident but the impact might be an issue.
  • 40.4 FOUR! Shot! Full and straight, Amla clips it beautifully through mid-wicket and the ball whistles away to the fence.
  • 40.3 Full ball on off, Amla closes his bat face early in an attempt to flick it and mistimes it towards mid on.
  • 40.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 40.1 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 39.6 Length ball around off, nipping in. Du Plessis hops to keep it out but the ball hits him on the thigh pad. A stifled appeal for an LBW falls on deaf ears. Height was the factor. 101/4
  • 39.5 Almost a wicket! Fullish ball outside off, angling in initially and then straightening to go past the skipper's hanging bat. Good stuff from Bumrah.
  • 39.4 Fuller length ball outside off, shoots off the deck. Faf plants his front foot across to allow it through.
  • 39.3 This one takes off from a good length and induces an inside edge from Faf's bat to strike him on the pads.
  • 39.2 FOUR! Streaky runs! Back of a length and room on offer, du Plessis rises on his toes and flays at it but gets it off the outer half of the bat past the gully region. A boundary results.
  • 39.1 Short of a length outside off, angling in. Du Plessis hops and tries to hit it through the line but mistimes it down the track.
  • Bumrah returns for a bowl.
  • 38.6 Full length ball around off, Amla crouches and dead bats it. 97/4
  • 38.5 Fullish ball attacking the stumps, clipped uppishly but the square leg area is vacant. A run results.
  • 38.4 Good length ball outside off, holding its line. Faf plants his front foot across and makes an assured leave.
  • 38.3 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total.
  • 38.2 Loses his radar and slips this one down the leg side, Hashim lets it go.
  • 38.1 Fullish delivery around leg stump but goes down the leg side. Du Plessis clips it to fine leg for an easy single.
  • 37.6 Angling in sharply, tucked defensively with a closed bat face to the leg side. 94/4
  • 37.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 37.4 Du Plessis is living dangerously! Full and shaping in, the skipper attempts to block it but gets an inside edge to square leg. A run taken.
  • 37.3 The ball is moving around a lot and the Protea batsmen are facing a lot of trouble. Full and swinging in, du Plessis keeps it out of the inner half.
  • 37.2 On a good length outside off, seaming in. Du Plessis hangs back and defends it stoutly.
  • 37.1 In the zone outside off, Faf lets it go.
  • 36.6 Tentative! Shaping in sharply, du Plessis comes forward gingerly but gets an inside edge onto his pads. Brilliant over from Kumar. 93/4
  • 36.5 What a way to welcome the skipper! On a length outside off, swinging in appreciably. Du Plessis is pointing his bat skywards but is hit on the thigh pad.
  • Faf du Plessis is the new man in.
  • 36.4 OUT! Bowled 'em! A dream delivery from Kumar to get rid of the best batsman in the opposition. Fullish delivery outside off, swings in prodigiously as de Villiers attempts an expansive drive but leaves a big gap between his bat and pad. That proves to be his undoing. The ball goes through the gap, brushes his back leg and crashes into the stumps. A big breakthrough for India. AB is such a man who can take the game away from the opposition in the blink of an eye. He has been the best Indian bowler on display and has got the desired results as well. Bowling fuller lengths is the way to go on this surface. His teammates need to take a leaf out of his book.
  • 36.3 Hangs deep in the crease and turns it around the corner for a single.
  • 36.2 Fullish ball outside off, patted to the mid off region.
  • 36.2 Wide! Dug in short but it is too short. Good take by Patel behind the stumps. Wide signaled for height.
  • 36.1 Good length ball, defended stoutly off the back foot.
  • 35.6 Back of a length outside off, left alone. 90/3
  • 35.5 In the channel outside off, AB doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 35.4 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 35.3 Rush of blood from de Villiers! Shortish and room on offer, de Villiers flays at it but the ball just whizzes past his outside edge.
  • 35.2 Swings in substantially from a good length outside off. Amla hops and tucks it around the corner to rotate strike.
  • 35.1 Short delivery on middle, Amla sits under it.
  • 34.6 Shuffles across to the back of a length ball and tucks it towards square leg for a run. 89/3
  • 34.5 Length ball outside off, AB runs it down towards third man. The fielder hares after it to save a run for his side.
  • 34.4 Not Out! The height factor saves Amla! Good length ball on off, Amla shuffles across and tries to turn it around the corner but misses to get pinged on the pads. The ball deflects towards fine leg as the batsmen set off. The Indians roar in appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Kumar is convinced and Kohli challenges the decision. The Hawk Eye rolls in. Well, it is just clipping the stumps and hence, the on-field call stays. More frustration for Kohli. A leg bye taken.
  • Kumar immediately tells his skipper to go for the review and Kohli agrees. This time the body language is much more confident. Height may be the factor which will save Amla.
  • 34.3 Edged but safe again! De Villiers goes at this with soft hands and as a result, the ball doesn't carry to Rahul at third slip.
  • 34.2 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 34.1 In the air... but safe! On a length outside off, de Villiers pushes at it but gets an outside edge that lands short of second slip.
  • 33.6 Back of a length ball near the tramline, Hashim lets it go. 83/3
  • 33.5 Ooh.. that one shoots off! Good length ball around off, probably hits one of the cracks and takes de Villiers by surprise who comes forward to counter it. Ends up gloving it right where the leg slip fielder would have been. A run taken.
  • 33.4 Wide outside off, AB is not interested to play at that.
  • 33.3 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 33.2 Sharma swings this one away as he tries to catch de Villiers off guard. However, it is pretty wide to trouble the batsman.
  • 33.1 On a length, swinging in this time. De Villiers has it covered and dead bats it.
  • 32.6 Full ball outside off, swinging away, not flirted with. 82/3
  • 32.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 32.4 Full ball outside off, there to be driven. Amla resits the temptation and makes an assured leave.
  • 32.3 Well outside off again, Amla doesn't fiddle with it. Kumar needs to bring it in.
  • 32.2 This one is wider outside off, no trouble at all for Amla to leave it alone.
  • 32.1 In the zone outside off, left alone.
  • Kumar to bowl from the other end.
  • 31.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 82/3
  • 31.5 Full ball, angling in, de Villiers pushes at it but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 31.4 De Villiers survives a real scare! Well, India have got their decision to not take the review horribly wrong. Fuller length ball outside off, shaping in substantially to catch de Villiers off guard and pings him on the front pad. Sharma goes up in a confident appeal along with his teammates but Aleem Dar shakes his head. Kohli has a look at his bowler and chats with him. Both of them don't look confidence and hence, the decision hasn't been challenged. The replays roll in. There is nothing on the Snicko. Well, the Hawk Eye shows three reds. Ravi Shastri in the dressing room is not amused. Kohli has a look of anguish on his face.
  • No leg slip in place for de Villiers. The man at deep square leg comes in and positions himself at short mid-wicket.
  • 31.3 Too full and straight this time, tucked in front of square leg for a single.
  • 31.2 On a length, angling in appreciably, Amla makes use of the depth of the crease to defend it.
  • 31.1 Starts off with a back of a length ball outside off, holding its line. Amla watches it closely and lets it go.
  • We are back for the afternoon session. Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers to resume their innings. Ishant Sharma to bowl first up after Lunch. Three slips and a leg gully in place. Here we go...
  • ... Day 2, Session 2 ...
  • Kumar gave the ideal start to India this morning by outfoxing Elgar and he consistently bowled in testing channels. Apart from him, the other seam bowlers were a bit off target. They bowled pretty short when the ball was moving around a lot. Shaun Pollock pointed out in the pitch report that the visitors need to bowl a stump-to-stump line and hit the fuller lengths. It didn't happen that much and the 64-run stand between Rabada and Amla stole the show. India will be eager to nip de Villiers out early otherwise they will be staring down the barrel. Join us shorty for the second session.
  • South Africa are in a commanding position, thanks to the enterprising knock from Rabada. If your nightwatchman scores 30 runs on a juicy track, it gives you a lot of confidence. With his gutsy show with the bat, he got the better of the opposition. Amla looked shaky to begin with, tackled some nervy moments but is looking a lot more composed now after getting his eye in.
  • 30.6 Fullish delivery outside off, de Villiers leans ahead to tap it to the cover region. THAT'S LUNCH ON DAY 2! 81/3
  • 30.5 Back of a length ball around off, skids after pitching. De Villiers is hurried by it as he fails to counter it and is struck on the thigh pad.
  • 30.4 Straight and fullish this time, clipped through backward square leg for a run.
  • 30.3 Wide down the leg side, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 30.2 Short ball outside off, Amla is happy to let it go.
  • 30.1 In the zone outside off, left alone.
  • AB de Villiers is the new man in. He is the in-form batsman and will be eager to stamp his authority once again.
  • 29.6 OUT! A good hand from Rabada comes to an end! He is getting a warm applause from the crowd for his sheer resilience and a gutsy batting display. Short of a length ball on middle, some extra bounce is present and the ball also nips away. Rabada hops and tries to keep it out but can't do anything about it. Ends up getting a thick outside edge towards gully where Rahane takes a sharp catch. He is safe as a house in that region. The stand that proved to be frustrating for India has finally come to an end, 64 to be precise. Can they capitalize upon this? 80/3
  • 29.5 On a good length this time, tapped towards mid on for an easy run.
  • 29.4 FOUR! Poor delivery and duly punished! Too full around off, Amla whips it over mid-wicket and picks up another boundary to his name.
  • 29.3 FOUR! Nicely done! Fullish ball on off, Amla shuffles a bit and tickles it past the keeper to find the fine leg fence.
  • 29.2 Ooh.. that's nasty! Back of a length ball, climbing on Amla. He tries to fend it off but takes his eyes off the ball. Is hit right on the rib-cage area and holds it with a look of anguish. Good sportsman spirit shown by Sharma as he walks up to Amla and asks whether he is okay or not. Hashim calls for the physio immediately. Has taken a breather and is fine to continue now.
  • 29.1 Angling down, Rabada fails to get bat on ball. The ball brushes his thigh pad and rolls towards square leg. A leg bye taken.
  • 28.6 Back of a length outside off, Hashim lets it go. 70/2
  • 28.5 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman.
  • 28.4 Angling in appreciably from a fullish length, Hashim tries to keep it out but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 28.3 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • A man in a catching position at extra cover now. Point also goes back.
  • 28.2 FOUR! Pleasing to the eyes! Fractionally overpitched outside off, Amla's eyes light up. He leans into it and strokes it through covers to pick up another boundary.
  • 28.1 Fullish ball, Amla goes at it with hard hands but mistimes it towards covers.
  • 27.6 FOUR! Fortune favours the brave! Full ball around off, Rabada goes for a drive but gets an outside edge past the vacant gully region to the fence. India on the defensive. 66/2
  • 27.5 Back of a length outside off, Rabada keeps his bat inside the line to let it be.
  • 27.4 Third leave in a row as Rabada remains circumspect in approach.
  • 27.3 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 27.2 Outside off, Kagiso lets it be.
  • 27.1 Not Out! Amla survives a close shout! Length ball around off, shaping in. Amla shuffles across and attempts to flick it away but his bat comes down at an angle which makes it difficult for him to get bat on ball. Is hit on the pads and the Indians go up in an appeal but Aleem Dar stays put. Kohli has a chat with his teammates and decides to challenge the decision. Time for the replays. Impact is in line but the ball is just clipping the stumps. Not good enough to get the decision overruled. However, India retain the review.
  • Is a change of fortune on the cards? Kohli has opted to take a review against Amla. It is regarding an LBW decision. The body language from the Indians is not that confident but it does look close. Only the height can save him.
  • 26.6 Straying on the pads, clipped towards square leg where Vijay fumbles. A couple taken. 61/2
  • 26.5 FOUR! Rabada is getting adventurous now! Puts his dancing shoes on and lifts it over extra cover to pick up a boundary.
  • 26.4 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 26.3 In the channel outside off, left alone.
  • 26.2 The batsman has pushed it to the cover region. One run added to the total.
  • 26.1 Edgy! On a length outside off, straightening after landing. Amla is opened up a touch and gets an outside edge past the slip cordon. Rahul hunts it down and saves a couple for his side.
  • Kumar is back on. This stand is getting frustrating for the Indians. Can India's frontline bowler provide the breakthrough?
  • 25.6 FOUR! Any top order batsman would have been proud of that! Fullish delivery outside off, Rabada shuffles across and flicks it beautifully through mid-wicket. He has timed that to perfection and picks up a boundary. 52/2
  • 25.5 Ooh.. almost! Just misses the stumps. Swings back prodigiously from a back of a length and goes past the gap between his bat and body through on the bounce to the keeper.
  • 25.4 Ouch.. that must hurt! Back of a length ball on off, skidding after pitching. Goes past Rabada's defense to ping him around the stomach. That will sting.
  • 25.3 Fuller length delivery, much better from Bumrah. Rabada comes forward and presents a water-tight defense.
  • 25.2 Bumrah comes from around the wicket and bowls a good length ball around off, Kagiso hangs back and blocks it.
  • 25.1 Length ball just outside off stump, left alone.
  • 24.6 Good judgement! Back of a length ball, placed towards short cover and Rabada responds to Amla's call. Some aggressive running allows them to complete the run with ease. 48/2
  • 24.5 Shortish ball in line of the stumps, Kagiso sits under it.
  • 24.4 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. One run added to the total.
  • Michael Holding makes a good point on air. He says that instead of bringing the ball back in and giving him opportunities to score runs, the bowlers should aim to bring the slip fielders into play with the outswinger. There are more chances of false shots being induced if that pattern is followed.
  • 24.3 If he missed that, he would have been a clear candidate for an LBW. On a length on middle and off, stays low. Amla looks to play it across but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 24.2 Well bowled! Outside off, shaping in and seaming away at the last moment. Amla doesn't flirt with danger.
  • 24.1 Full ball outside off, left alone.
  • 23.6 Rabada finally pokes at a short of a length ball outside off but gets away with it. 46/2
  • 23.5 Short of a length on middle, kept out watchfully.
  • 23.4 In the air... but safe! Shortish delivery on middle and leg, climbing on Rabada with extra pace. Rabada gets hurried by it as he attempts a half pull. Thankfully for him, the ball doesn't quite carry to Vijay at mid-wicket.
  • 23.3 Shows the full face of the bat to the back of a length ball and answers it with a straight bat.
  • 23.2 Similar length ball, swinging down this time. Hashim tickles it to fine leg to rotate strike.
  • 23.1 Full length ball outside off, Amla points his bat skywards to let it go.
  • 22.6 Short ball outside off, pretty harmless and Kagiso ignores it. 45/2
  • A deep point in place now.
  • 22.5 FOUR! Rabada is growing in confidence! Fullish delivery outside off, Kagiso leans ahead and creams it through point for an exquisite boundary. He has a beaming look on his face.
  • 22.4 Short ball, shaping away from Rabada. He drops his wrists to let it be.
  • 22.3 Stump-to-stump line, kept out with confidence.
  • 22.2 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 22.1 Length ball outside off, left alone.
  • 21.6 FOUR! Top shot! Back of a length outside off and room on offer, Amla makes good use of the depth of the crease and slaps it past backward point to find the fence. 8 from the over. 41/2
  • 21.5 Tentative! Back of a length ball around off, Amla is early into his tuck and hence, gets a leading edge which dies down on the turf.
  • 21.4 Length ball outside off, tapped with an open bat face towards point.
  • 21.3 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 21.2 A stifled appeal for an LBW denied! Fullish delivery outside off, Amla shuffles across and wears it on the pads. The Indians put in a polite inquiry but the umpire turns it down. That was not coming in enough.
  • 21.1 FOUR! Streaky runs! Amla is certainly living dangerously. Short of a length ball well outside off, Amla shuffles across and goes for a half pull. Only manages to get a top edge that sails over the slip region and goes over the fence on the bounce.
  • 20.6 A brute of a ball! Short of a length on middle, shaping away a long way. Rabada feels for it but is beaten all ends up. 33/2
  • 20.5 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 20.4 Full and swinging down, Kagiso pushes at it but is hit on the pads.
  • 20.3 Well played! Around the hips, Amla tucks it nicely through square leg. Vijay from short leg chases it but Bumrah reaches it first. Saves a run for his side.
  • 20.2 In the corridor of uncertainty, holding its line. Amla makes a watchful leave.
  • 20.2 Wide! Short and outside the tramline, Amla makes an easy leave.
  • 20.1 On a length outside off, shaping away. Amla has a tame push at it and misses.
  • Time for Drinks. Though South Africa haven't scored much, they have done well to hang in there. Credit to Rabada for battling it out. He has been beaten on numerous occasions but he has remained cool as a cucumber. India have bowled well but only have a wicket to show for this morning. Kumar was the pick of the bowlers and troubled the batsmen a lot. Another absorbing passage of play awaits.
  • 19.6 Back of a length on middle, defended stoutly off the back foot. 29/2
  • 19.5 FOUR! What a confident shot! Pure class and timing! Fullish ball on middle and leg, Rabada's head position is accurate and he remains well balanced. Clips it nonchalantly through mid-wicket and the ball whistles away to the fence.
  • 19.4 Taking off from a good length area, Rabada hops to counter it but the ball deflects off his thigh pad towards the slip cordon.
  • 19.3 Three leaves in a row! In the zone outside off, Rabada lets it go.
  • 19.2 Length ball on middle, shaping away. Kagiso points his bat skywards to allow it through.
  • 19.1 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • Change of bat for Rabada.
  • 18.6 In the channel outside off, Hashim lets it go. 25/2
  • 18.5 Angling down leg, Rabada misses his tuck and the ball brushes his thigh pad to roll towards the keeper. The batsmen sneak in a leg bye.
  • 18.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 18.3 Back of a length ball, kept out watchfully.
  • 18.3 5 Wides! Bonus runs for South Africa! Wayward and down the leg side, Rabada fails to put bat on ball. Patel dives like a goalkeeper to his right but the ball goes past him and through to the fence. The ball rolls down on the covers. There is a bit of water spread there. Let's hope that the ball doesn't get wet.
  • 18.2 The batsman was beaten and missed the line of the delivery.
  • 18.1 Off target first up! Swinging down the leg side, Rabada misses his glance.
  • Mohammad Shami comes on for a bowl.
  • 17.6 Brilliant start to the day for Bumrah! Coming in initially with the angle and then seams away late. Amla is playing for the natural angle and again gets beaten. 19/2
  • 17.5 Brute of a delivery! Fullish outside off, takes off like a plane after pitching. Amla feels for it but the ball seams away to go past his outside edge.
  • 17.4 Well bowled! Short of a length outside off, Amla shuffles across and does well to keep his bat inside the line and evade it.
  • 17.3 In the zone outside off, left alone.
  • 17.2 Poor shot! On the sixth stump line, Amla shuffles across and tries to hit it through the line but misses.
  • 17.1 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • Jasprit Bumrah comes into the attack.
  • 16.6 Good length ball around off, dealt from within the crease. Another good over from Kumar. 18/2
  • 16.5 This one is well outside off and Amla doesn't bother to play at it. He is standing outside the crease to counter the uncertain movement. Not sure if this is the right ploy. He is doing that so that the LBW doesn't come into play. However, giving yourself more time to let the ball come to you can be another option. Being ahead of the crease can lead you to getting squared up and there are more chances of false strokes being induced.
  • 16.4 Slightly overpitched outside off, punched on the up to mid off.
  • 16.3 This one moves away! Kumar is keeping the batsman guessing. On a driveable length outside off, Amla plants his front foot across to let it go.
  • 16.2 In the corridor of uncertainty, Amla walks a couple of steps down the track with his initial trigger movement and controls his dab towards gully.
  • 16.1 Amla shuffles across to a fuller length ball outside off and leaves it alone safely.
  • 15.6 Back of a length ball on off, defended stoutly off the back foot. Another tidy over. 18/2
  • 15.5 Too good for Rabada! Straightens from a fuller length around off to bamboozle the batsman.
  • 15.4 The batsman fails to put bat on ball.
  • 15.3 Sharma is mixing it up well! Attacking the rib-cage area with a back of a length ball. Amla hops and fends it away by taking his bottom hand off towards fine leg. A single taken.
  • 15.2 On a length outside off, seaming in. Amla shuffles across in an exaggerated manner like Steven Smith and taps it down the track.
  • 15.1 Nervy moment! An appeal for an LBW turned down! Bowls a fuller length ball well outside off and gets it to jag back in sharply. Amla puts a big stride forward to deal with it but misses to get pinged on the pads. Sharma roars in an appeal but the umpire stays put. Harsha Bhogle on air instantly says that the impact is outside off. Well, he is right. The impact saves Amla. This is terrific bowling.
  • 14.6 In the zone outside off, left alone. 17/2
  • 14.5 Another play and a miss! Seaming away prodigiously and going past Kagiso's outside edge.
  • 14.4 Nicely controlled this time! Identical to the last delivery, Kagiso waits for it and dabs it towards gully. He has learned quickly.
  • 14.3 The nightwatchman can't do nothing about this. Pitching on a length on leg stump and moving away like a banana. Rabada hangs his bat out only to miss it again.
  • 14.2 Amla opens his account! Leans ahead to the good length ball and places it with an open bat face past gully for a single.
  • 14.1 Fuller length ball in the avenue of apprehension, Amla plants his front foot across and watches it through.
  • 13.6 Rabada shows some sanity this time. Doesn't go fishing at the length delivery and allows it to sail through to the keeper. 16/2
  • 13.5 Fourth miss in the over for Rabada! Pitches up right up there outside off, enticing Rabada to go after his ambitions. He flashes at it but only connects with thin air.
  • 13.4 Short of a length ball around off, straightening after landing. Rabada keeps his bat inside the line to let it go.
  • 13.3 Playing with Rabada's patience! Bowls this one fullish outside off, Rabada goes for a booming drive but misses yet again.
  • 13.2 In the zone outside off, left alone.
  • 13.1 Length ball on off, seaming away after hitting the deck. Rabada hangs back to counter it but is beaten all ends up.
  • 12.6 Allows Amla a sighter as he bowls this one well outside off, the batsman doesn't fiddle with it. 16/2
  • 12.5 Covers the line to the length delivery and knocks it to mid on.
  • 12.4 Very full around off, tailing in, kept out watchfully.
  • Hashim Amla strides out to bat.
  • 12.3 OUT! Elgar's misery is put to an end! Top, top bowling from Kumar to get rid of the opener as he bags his second wicket. Bowls a length ball around leg stump and gets the ball to deviate away substantially after pitching. Elgar is caught in the crease as he attempts to deal with it gingerly but the ball takes the outside edge and flies behind. Patel dives to his left and takes a good catch. He went past Elgar's outside edge on numerous occasions and it was a matter of time before he came out on top. Good passage of play for India.
  • 12.2 Beautiful bowling! On a length, shaping away appreciably. Elgar pokes at it and is beaten all ends up.
  • 12.1 Length delivery shaping away, Elgar lets it go.
  • 11.6 On a length outside off, Kagiso doesn't fiddle with it. 16/1
  • The men in the slip cordon are standing very close to each other. Perhaps they are evading each other's space. Need to give themselves some breathing space. There can be a case of a confusion taking place due to the placement when the ball flies in that region.
  • 11.5 Almost took the edge! On a driveable length outside off, Rabada is lured into the drive but the ball just whizzes past his outside edge.
  • 11.4 In the zone outside off, left alone.
  • 11.3 Some serious movement again! Good length ball around off, deviating away after landing. Rabada points his bat skywards to let it be.
  • 11.2 Leaving Rabada on a fuller length and he does not fiddle with it.
  • 11.1 FOUR! Streaky but effective! Anything from the nightwatchman's bat is worth in gold. Fullish delivery on a stump-to-stump line, Rabada aims to drive it down the ground gingerly but gets a thick outside edge past third slip and through to the fence.
  • 10.6 The ball strikes the batsman very low on the pads The batsmen have run through for a single. The Umpire signals Leg Bye. 12/1
  • 10.5 Elgar's struggle continues! Coming in with the natural angle appreciably, Dean fails to account for the movement and is hit near the hips. The ball deflects towards fine leg and a leg bye is taken.
  • 10.4 Fullish ball, tailing in prodigiously, Elgar falls over a bit but manages to keep it out down the track.
  • 10.3 Angling in sharply, tucked with a closed bat face to the leg side.
  • 10.2 This one stays a touch low! On a length outside off, seaming away after pitching. Elgar feels for it but gets foxed completely.
  • 10.1 On a length around off, Elgar shuffles a touch and blocks it with an open bat face towards point.
  • 9.6 Fullish ball, encouraging Rabada to go for an expansive shot. He doesn't fall for the bait and lets it go. 10/1
  • 9.5 Around the hips this time, Kagiso hops and tucks it through square leg to pick up a couple.
  • 9.4 Hangs back to the good length ball and keeps it out.
  • 9.3 On a length, shaping away substantially. Rabada points his bat skywards to allow it through.
  • 9.2 The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball but fails.
  • 9.1 Fullish delivery, swinging away sharply. Rabada tries to keep it out but the ball whizzes past his outside edge.
  • 8.6 Swinging away this time, Dean plays at it with soft hands and gets it off the outer half towards gully. 8/1
  • 8.5 We have seen multiple times the ball going past Elgar's outside edge. On a length on off, seaming away. Elgar tries to block it but is beaten all ends up.
  • 8.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 8.3 Wide outside off, left alone.
  • 8.2 Angling in sharply, Rabada's bat is miles away from the ball. Is struck on the pad and the ball rolls towards square leg. A leg bye taken.
  • 8.1 Fullish outside off, moving away, Rabada lets it go.
  • 7.6 Beaten! Good length ball on off, leaving Elgar. He pokes at it and gets foxed. 7/1
  • 7.5 In the channel outside off, left alone.
  • 7.4 Edged but safe! On a length, shaping away substantially. Elgar is opened up in his stance as he attempts to keep it out but gets a thick outside edge. The ball flies towards third slip but falls short of the fielder. Dean is living dangerously. He walks down the pitch and taps the cracks with the bat. Umpire Ian Gould also has a look.
  • 7.3 Good length delivery in line of the stumps, defended solidly off the back foot.
  • 7.2 First run of the day! That ball has struck the batsman on the thigh pad. One run added to the total. A leg bye signalled by the umpire.
  • 7.1 Starts off with a loosener, down the leg side. Rabada tries to clip it away but misses.
  • Ishant Sharma to bowl from the other end.
  • 6.6 Third play and miss of the over! Tight line around off, straightening after pitching. Elgar feels for it but has no clue about it. Brilliant start from Kumar, a maiden. 6/1
  • 6.5 Absolute peach! A dream delivery for a pace bowler. On a length and angling in initially. After pitching, the ball seams away to leave Elgar bamboozled and whizzes past the outside edge of his bat.
  • 6.4 Length ball just outside off, takes off with extra bounce. Dean lets it go.
  • 6.3 Good bowling! Kumar comes from around the wicket and bowls a fullish delivery around off, seaming away after hitting the deck. Elgar tries to play for the line but gets beaten.
  • 6.2 On the target early on! Length delivery, swinging away from Elgar and squaring him up. He manages to defend it off the outer half of the blade towards point.
  • 6.1 Starts off with a fullish delivery around off, deviating away after pitching. Elgar crouches, watches the ball closely and allows it through.
  • We are set to get rolling. Dean Elgar and Kagiso Rabada to resume their innings. Bhuvneshwar Kumar to bowl first up this morning. Three slips and a gully waiting for the outside edge. Here we go...
  • Shaun Pollock doing the pitch report says that there was prodigious seam movement on offer yesterday. Informs that a few batsmen went back with some bruises. States that the ball is misbehaving on the odd occasion due to some cracks present on the surface. Points out that the cracks are situated on the good length area close to the stumps. Feels that there are chances of some balls staying low and some taking off if they hit the cracks. Reckons that the Indian bowlers should aim to bowl a stump-to-stump line. Ends by saying that it won't be an easy task for the batsmen throughout.
  • However, you can never afford to relax when the ball is deviating so much. The cracks will only open up more and can catch you by surprise. At present, there is bright sunshine in Johannesburg but there are chances of rain later in the day. Expect an absorbing day of cricket.
  • South Africa, on the other hand, are relatively well placed. With the likes of AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis waiting in the wings, they will be moderately confident. It will be a test of the hosts' character and if they manage to stand tall, they can put the visitors under a lot of pressure. The morning session holds the key for them. If they come out on top and keep the scoreboard ticking, the momentum will be on their side.
  • Hello and a warm welcome to the coverage of Day 2 of the Wanderers Test. The batsmen fell like a pack of cards yesterday on a surface which provided a lot of assistance to the pace bowlers. Run-scoring is proving to be a difficult task and you need to be astute in your technique and decisive with your strokeplay if you are to thrive here. 187 is not a big total but on this spicy surface, it is a competitive one. Cheteshwar Pujara mentioned in the post-match press conference that it is as good as scoring 300 runs. Still, the Indian seamers need to be on target if they are to make optimum utilization of the conditions on offer. An all-out pace attack augers well for them.
  • ... Day 2, Session 1 ...
  • Right then! Only a day has gone by but the bowlers have got exaggerated movement and ruled like kings. Tough times lie ahead for the batsmen. Will the Proteas fight fire with fire? Or will there be another surrender on display? Join us to catch all the action from Day 2 of the third and final Test at 1000 local (0800 GMT). Some fast-paced cricketing action beckons us. Till then, cheers!
  • Earlier, the visitors were skittled out under 200. A couple of factors were the reason for their poor show with the bat. One was that some batsmen gifted their wickets away. Only Pujara and Kohli managed to get themselves in and scored important fifties. The South African pace battery bowled with a lot of heart as well. It was a collective bowling performance from them. Every bowler found himself in the wickets column with Rabada's 3-fer stealing the show.
  • What an absorbing day of play we have witnessed at the Wanderers! 82.4 overs, 193 runs and 11 wickets - that sums it up. India were ominous in the final 25-odd minutes of the day and got the prized scalp of Markram as well. Kumar and Bumrah breathed fire and got a lot of movement to trouble the Proteas.
  • 5.6 A play and a miss to end the day! On a length around middle, angling away, Kagiso feels for it but then decides to take his bat away. Almost nicks it behind. A jaffa! STUMPS ON DAY 1, SOUTH AFRICA 181 BEHIND! 6/1
  • 5.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 5.4 Gets right behind the line of the stumps and blocks.
  • 5.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 5.2 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 5.1 Full and outside off, Rabada plays at that and gets a leading edge to point.
  • Last over of the day coming up. Can India take another wicket?
  • 4.6 Full length ball, kept out watchfully. 6/1
  • 4.5 Angling in and then leaving Elgar. He pushes at it but is beaten all ends up. Kumar is rushing to his run up so that India can bowl another over.
  • 4.4 Shuffles across to this one and keeps it out towards the off side.
  • 4.3 Another appeal for an LBW but it is turned down. Length ball on off, straightening after pitching. Elgar is squared up again to get hit on the pads. Kumar shouts confidently but no interest shown by the umpire. Replays show that height was a factor and it might have missed the off stump as well.
  • 4.2 What a delivery! Kumar is really a handful when he gets it right. Bowls a length ball around off and gets it to deviate a long way away. Elgar is opened up in his stance and is foxed.
  • 4.1 This one is well outside off, Elgar doesn't flirt with it.
  • 3.6 Testing Rabada with a bouncer. He sways away from the line of the ball to evade it. 6/1
  • 3.5 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
  • 3.4 Good shot from Elgar! Fullish ball on off, Dean comes forward and pushes it down the ground past mid on. Gets a brace for doing so.
  • Elgar seems to be in a lot of discomfort. The physio comes out and attends him.
  • 3.3 Ouch... that's nasty! Good length ball around off, at 143 clicks, takes off with extra bounce. Elgar hops and tries to fend it off but misses to get hit on the back elbow. Goes away instantly and takes his gloves off. That will sting a lot.
  • 3.2 On a length outside off, Dean lets it go.
  • 3.1 The batsman tries flicking a ball that is down the leg side but misses.
  • 2.6 In the zone outside off, left alone. Brilliant over from Kumar. 3/1
  • 2.5 A huge appeal for an LBW denied! Length ball swinging in sharply from outside off. Rabada points his bat skywards to wear it on the pads. The Indians roar in appeal but the umpire stays put. Patel indicates that height is an issue. India don't take the review. That looked high to the naked eye as well.
  • 2.4 Well outside off, left alone.
  • The nightwatchman, Kagiso Rabada comes out to bat. Four slips and a gully waiting for the outside edge.
  • 2.3 OUT! The strike bowler for India delivers! He is so good upfront and it is rarely that he disappoints. Runs in with good rhythm from over the wicket and bowls a back of a length ball around off. The ball shapes in after pitching as well. Markram hops and tries to defend it but gets a faint nick behind. Patel moves to his right and accepts it gleefully. Just the start India wanted.
  • 2.2 Back of a length ball outside off, played with an angled bat face to point.
  • 2.1 Full ball outside off, swinging away, Markram plants his front foot across to allow it through.
  • 1.6 Going down with the angle this time, Dean tries to play it across but misses. Patel collects it nicely with a dive. Bumrah starts off with a maiden. 3/0
  • 1.5 Bumrah comes from around the wicket and bowls a length ball on off, defended solidly.
  • 1.4 Tight stump-to-stump line! Good length ball, skidding after pitching. Elgar is hurried on by it and wears it on the thigh pad.
  • 1.3 Good length ball in line of the stumps, defended stoutly off the back foot.
  • 1.2 Well bowled! On a length, leaving the southpaw after pitching. Elgar feels for it but is foxed completely.
  • 1.1 Starts off with a loosener. Down the leg side, Elgar tries to clip it away but misses.
  • Bumrah to share the new ball from the other end.
  • 0.6 This one is way outside off, Markram doesn't fiddle with it. 3/0
  • 0.5 In the channel outside off, left alone.
  • 0.4 Tentative! Back of a length ball, angling in sharply. Markram tucks it around the corner somehow and comes back for a couple to open his account.
  • 0.3 On a length outside off, moving away, left alone.
  • 0.2 Peach! Full delivery outside off, swinging away. Markram tries to defend it but is beaten all ends up.
  • 0.1 Good game awareness! Back of a length ball around off, Elgar taps it towards covers and scampers to the other end to get going.
  • Can South Africa survive the day? India hold all the aces at the moment. Want swing? Have Bhuvi. Want lateral movement? Shami is present. Want bounce? Ishant is there. Want someone to fool the batsmen with his action? Bumrah is the man. And want a wicket when nothing is happening? Hardik can do that. Exciting, exciting run chase coming up.
  • South Africa, on the other hand, seemed to lose focus on the game. They were probably trying too hard, did get a couple of wickets early but then were frustrated by Kohli and Vijay. The fielding side would have wanted this game to end and hence a barricade of short stuff ensued but the visitors were too good for them. Philander, Rabada and Morkel picked up 3 wickets each but perhaps at a cost of an extra 100 runs.
  • India have done exceedingly well to reach close to 250, when they needed around 100 less. The pitch is spitting but the batsmen hung in there. After a long time, one could witness a collective effort from the batsmen. Rahul and Pujara fell early this morning, but Vijay, Kohli, Rahane, Kumar and Shami - all fought hard and took the innings into the third session. At one stage, there were talks of the game being abandoned due to a poor pitch but India have shown great mental and physical grit.
  • Okay! Around 24 overs left for the day. How much can we get in? How many wickets can be picked up? How many runs will be scored? A nice passage of play coming up.
  • 80.1 OUT! SA NEED 241 TO WIN. It just needed one delivery with the second new cherry to dismantle the last wicket stand. Landed outside off, almost like a loosener, 125 kph, Bumrah backs away a touch and looks to drag it to the leg side but he gets a top edge. The ball goes straight up in the air and Kagiso Rabada calmly takes it at mid on. Three wickets for Philander too.
  • Vernon Philander to make the first use of it.
  • THE SECOND NEW BALL HAS BEEN TAKEN.
  • 79.6 Outside off, on a length, Sharma pushes and almost nicks it. 247/9
  • 79.5 Full and on the stumps, this time IS moves down the leg side and crashes it but straight to mid off.
  • 79.4 How has that missed? Sharma gets a long way across his sticks, looks to flick, seems to miss, is gone for all money as Morne bowls this really, really full. Now, if the batsman misses, surely it will be bowled or LBW? But neither happens. Ishant gets a small part of the bat and the ball rolls of the toe end to short leg!
  • 79.3 Another short ball, Ishant is well wide of the leg stump as he looks to pull and is not even close to the ball. How about pitching it up?
  • 79.2 And again. Backs away, looks to pull but misses once more.
  • 79.1 Comes down the track, gets a bouncer, looks to pull but misses.
  • 78.6 The batsman works it down the leg side. 247/9
  • 78.5 Outside off, a push and a miss from Bumrah.
  • 78.4 Full on middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a single. The lead touches 240.
  • 78.3 Aha... swings wildly and gets a top edge, which lands well beyond cover. Two runs taken.
  • 78.2 Outside off, Sharma looks to pull but misses.
  • 78.1 FOUR! FEROCIOUS! Ishant is not going to hang around. Backs away and bashes a length ball through mid off for a boundary!
  • 77.6 Gets across his stumps and looks to flick but misses. 240/9
  • 77.5 Ouch. A short ball around off, Jasprit looks to pull but misses and is hit on the shoulder. Should India declare? They would not want to injure their premier bowlers.
  • 77.4 A short ball outside off, Bumrah swings but misses.
  • 77.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • Jasprit Bumrah is the last man in. How much can numbers 10 and 11 add? 10+11=21 at least?
  • 77.2 OUT! Caught behind! Bhuvi misses his half century but what a knock by him. He has played 76 balls for his 33, which means a good hour. Keeping the South Africans on the field. This was unplayable, at least for a lower order batsman. Morkel comes in from around the wicket and bangs in a short one, around middle. Kumar has to play at that but is unable to adjust to the bounce. Only manages to edge it behind to the keeper. Fantastic innings. India inching closer to 250 - effectively 233/9.
  • 77.1 Outside off, angling away, Kumar feels for it but misses.
  • 76.6 Third miss in a row. Full and outside off, perfect to induce the outside edge but not so for Ishant Sharma. He is clueless about this one, plays well inside the line and gets beaten. 240/8
  • 76.5 That is a full toss now, outside off, Ishant pushes but misses again!
  • 76.4 Outside off, on a length, Sharma feels for it but misses.
  • 76.3 A sharp short ball, around off, coming in, Bhuvi looks to fend it away but the ball jags back and bounces sharply, catches BK off guard and goes off the inside edge towards fine leg. A single taken.
  • 76.2 Outside off, Kumar feels for it but misses.
  • 76.1 A length ball down the leg side, Ishant looks to tuck but the ball goes off his pads towards fine leg. Ngidi appeals but he is the only one appealing for LBW. Aleem Dar moves away and so does Ishant as he jogs across to the other end. A single taken, leg bye signalled.
  • 75.6 Outside off, dabbed to gully. Cannot get the single. 238/8
  • 75.5 Outside off, Bhuvi looks to play the upper cut but misses.
  • 75.4 Another bouncer, third of the over, BK ducks once more.
  • 75.3 Another short ball, around off, Bhuvi ducks this time.
  • 75.2 Around off, defended watchfully.
  • 75.1 A bouncer outside off, Kumar sways away.
  • 74.6 Outside off, on a length, Ishant feels for it and misses. 238/8
  • 74.5 The batsman works it down the leg side towards fine leg but Bhuvi does not take the single.
  • Ishant Sharma now, at number 10, replacing Shami.
  • 74.4 OUT! Caught! Ahem... they say, never run on a misfield, don't they? Well, if Shami had not run on that previous misfield, he would not have been on strike! Anyways. A short ball around off, Shami pulls it comfortably but it is straight to AB de Villiers at deep square leg! End of an entertaining knock - 27 from 28 balls, with 1 four and 2 sixes. Another priceless stand for India - 35 from 43 balls.
  • 74.3 Outside off, punched through the point zone for a single. Oops... a fumble and that is a double.
  • 74.2 A short ball outside off, Shami looks to pull but misses.
  • 74.1 Around off, solidly defended.
  • Lungi Ngidi is back on.
  • 73.6 Outside off, defended from the crease. 236/7
  • 73.5 The batsman appears to have been struck on the thigh pad. One run added to the total. Leg bye signalled by the umpire.
  • Interesting thoughts from Jonty Rhodes on air. He accepts that South Africa are not having their minds on the current innings at the moment. He observes that Hashim Amla got hit in the first innings, the physio had come out, then Aiden Markram and AB de Villiers have their fingers taped and all. So, on this pitch, if one of them gets hit on the gloves, will the Proteas continue to bat if asked?
  • 73.4 Outside off, a gentle tap towards point for a quick run.
  • 73.3 Gets across and flicks it past leg gully towards fine leg for a single.
  • 73.2 A short ball down the leg side, Mohammed tries to pull it over the keeper but misses.
  • 73.1 Full and down the leg side, Shami looks to flick but misses.
  • 72.6 A slower bouncer on middle, BK ducks with his bat hanging in the air like a periscope. 233/7
  • 72.5 Another short ball, Bhuvi looks to pull but misses.
  • 72.4 On middle and leg, flicked through the leg side for a single.
  • 72.3 A short ball outside off, Shami looks to pull but misses.
  • 72.2 That ball has taken the inside edge of the batsman and thudded into his pads. One run added to the total.
  • 72.1 A short ball around off, Kumar sways away.
  • 71.6 Outside off, dropped to the off side for a quick single. Kumar moves to 30. What a knock. 231/7
  • 71.5 Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment.
  • 71.4 Top edge, safe! A short ball, on middle, Shami looks to pull but gets a top edge which does not carry to long leg! A single taken.
  • 71.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 71.2 Outside off, a play and a miss.
  • 71.1 SIX! CREAMED! A Shami special here! A short ball, Shami swings again and clears mid-wicket with ease!
  • Kagiso Rabada is here. Can he get a fifer and finish things off?
  • 70.6 On middle and leg, flicked through square leg for three runs. The Indian dressing room is on its feet and applauding. The partnership is worth 20 from 21 balls! 223/7
  • 70.5 Outside off, a play and a miss.
  • 70.4 TOP EDGE, FOUR! Swing and swing hard. A short ball on off, Shami looks to pull but gets a top edge which goes behind the keeper - one bounce, two bounces into the fence.
  • 70.3 On middle, tapped wide of short mid-wicket for a quick single. Lungi Ngidi has an under-arm shy at the bowler's end but Kumar is well in.
  • 70.2 Full and outside off, driven uppishly but wide of the man at cover. Two runs taken.
  • 70.1 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 69.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 213/7
  • 69.5 Outside off, Shami pushes but misses.
  • 69.4 Outside off, punched of the back foot.
  • 69.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 69.2 Wide outside off, Shami does not bother about going after this one.
  • 69.1 SIX! CRASH! It is party time over the weekend! A short ball outside off, does not bounce much and Shami is ready. Goes back and pulls it way over mid-wicket!
  • 68.6 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. 207/7
  • 68.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 68.4 The batsman has played it fine down the leg side. They pick up a single.
  • 68.3 Full and outside off, Shami drives this through the covers and almost gets a boundary but AB de Villiers hares to his left from mid off and dives to half-stop the ball. Two runs taken.
  • 68.2 The batsman has played it to the point region. They pick up a single.
  • 68.1 Outside off, Kumar pushes but misses.
  • 67.6 Full and outside off, driven straight to cover. 203/7
  • 67.5 The batsman fails to put bat on ball.
  • 67.4 Outside off, Shami feels for it but misses.
  • Mohammed Shami walks in next, at number 9, replacing Rahane.
  • 67.3 OUT! This time Rahane is indeed gone! Full and down the leg side, Rahane looks to flick but misses. There is another noise heard, Quinton de Kock dives to his left to catch and then appeals, the bowler joins in and this time, umpire Ian Gould raises his finger! Rahane does not bother challenging and when asked by Bhuvi, he nods, to the inside edge. The 55-run stand is broken and India are effectively 196/7!
  • 67.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 67.1 Full and outside off, driven beautifully but straight to mid off.
  • 66.6 Short and outside off, cut away for a run. 203/6
  • 66.5 Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
  • 66.4 Down the leg side, left alone.
  • 66.3 Is this one gone? There was a noise... but no, NOT OUT. Full and down the leg side, Rahane looks to flick but misses. There is some noise as the ball goes past and Quinton de Kock dives to his left and appeals instantaneously once he takes the catch. Now Philander wants a review. But like a Michael Clarke to Shane Watson or an Alastair Cook to a Stuart Broad, if you are a Faf du Plessis to Vernon Philander, please DO NOT TAKE the review. The trio - Watson, Broad and Philander - always feel they have their man. Faf du Plessis understands that and does not take the review. This time Snickometer shows a spike when the ball hits the trouser, not even the pad, forget the bat.
  • 66.2 Outside off, defended watchfully.
  • 66.1 Full on middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • Vernon Philander to bowl from the other end.
  • 65.6 NOT OUT. No bat at all, just the pad. On a length down the leg side, Kumar looks to flick but misses. There is a noise as the ball goes past and Morne appeals for the catch. The umpire is not interested and neither is the slip cordon. But then, the bowler convinces his captain to take it upstairs. Snickometer shows a spike when the ball hits the pad, not when the ball goes past the bat. One review wasted. 202/6
  • Caught behind? Faf du Plessis does not look too confident but Morne Morkel convinces his skipper to go for the review.
  • 65.5 Full and outside off, driven beautifully through cover-point for a couple.
  • 65.4 Full and miles down the leg side, Bhuvi misses his flick.
  • 65.3 Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
  • 65.2 On middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a single. 200 UP FOR INDIA!
  • 65.1 Short and wide outside off, Rahane slashes hard but misses. Lucky not to be wided.
  • We are still playing. The players are back out in the middle. The Indian dressing room looks pretty confident while the South African one seems pretty worried. The fielders get into a huddle. Morne Morkel vs Ajinkya Rahane first up...
  • ... DAY 3, FINAL SESSION ...
  • Should play be called off due to the dangerous pitch? Do India have enough? South Africa have no choice but to try and bowl out India as quickly as possible. Anything over 150 was already a bonus and now, every run added is worth gold dust. 42 overs left in the day which won't be possible at all. Do join us at 1500 local (1300 GMT) to find out what happens in the final session.
  • South Africa tried hard, especially Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel but then the pitch talks and all perhaps distracted them. The last 45 minutes they were completely off boil and their focus looked like somewhere else.
  • Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya falling in quick succession would have pumped up the Proteas but then, the stand between Ajinkya Rahane and Bhuvneshwar Kumar would have frustrated them. Both offered chances, both were put down. The partnership is now worth 51 and in the last 30 minutes, there did not seem to be too many demons on the track.
  • India's session. 99/2 in 24.1 overs. Excellent run rate, not much wickets lost, catches dropped by the opposition, copping blows on the body and giving a message to the opposition that we are here to fight. The lead is close to 200 now and the Proteas would be more than worried.
  • 64.6 Outside off, left alone. TEA ON DAY 3, INDIA LEAD BY 192! 199/6
  • 64.5 Outside off, stays low, Rahane steers it to third man for a run.
  • 64.4 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 64.3 Down the leg side now, tucked fine for a single. THE 50-RUN STAND IS UP! Very, very crucial.
  • 64.2 Bhuvi tries a tap and run but cannot find the gap through point.
  • 64.1 Outside off, played through point for a single.
  • 63.6 Short and outside off, Bhuvi slashes but misses. 196/6
  • 63.5 Outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 63.4 The batsman goes after a wide one but misses.
  • 63.3 Outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 63.2 Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 63.1 Full and outside off, coming in, watchfully pushed towards cover.
  • 62.6 Full and outside off, watchfully defended. 195/6
  • 62.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 62.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 62.3 Outside off, extra lift, Bhuvi lets it be.
  • 62.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 62.1 Outside off, pushed through the off side for a single.
  • 61.6 Gets across his stumps and looks to flick but misses and is hit on the pads. 194/6
  • 61.5 Another slash, another miss.
  • 61.4 Outside off, pretty wide, a slash and a miss again.
  • 61.3 Outside off, another short ball, Kumar looks to cut but is beaten by the extra bounce.
  • 61.2 Oops... collision! No harm done though. Outside off, Jinx steers this behind point and calls for two. But then while running to the other end, he collides into Morkel. No prizes for guessing who won the battle. Both, batsman and bowler were looking at the ball, hence could not see each other. All is well in the end. A single taken.
  • 61.1 Outside off, Rahane looks to cut but the ball bounces steeply and beats his slash.
  • Morne Morkel is back on again.
  • 60.6 Outside off, blocked to the off side. 11 from the ordinary Phehlukwayo over. 193/6
  • 60.5 FOUR! Slashing hard again. Full and wide outside off, Bhuvi throws his bat at it and gets it off the thickish outside edge over gully to third man! Moves to 22 from 30 balls!
  • 60.4 One more leave outside off.
  • 60.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 60.2 Wide outside off, quietly left alone.
  • 60.2 FIVE WIDES! This is turning out to be a nightmarish session for South Africa. The wickets are not coming while the runs are not stopping. A wild bouncer, not even in Bhuvneshwar's half is the ball, he ducks and the ball sails over. Quinton de Kock leaps to his right but can only parry it to the third man fence. Faf du Plessis from first slip has to run to fetch the ball and is seemingly not pleased. The lead is now 182 while the stand is worth 41 from 42 balls!
  • 60.1 Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a couple.
  • You dropped the catch, now get me a wicket. Here comes Andile Phehlukwayo. By the way, that was not me saying. Just felt, Faf du Plessis must have said that...
  • 59.6 Outside off, tapped to the off side for a run. 182/6
  • 59.5 A short ball, pulled through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 59.4 DROPPED! Second one in the space of 6 balls! Definitely South Africa do not have their minds on the game at the moment. A short ball outside off, Rahane upper cuts it towards sweeper cover where the man is placed to perfection. Andile Phehlukwayo has to take only a couple of steps to his right, gets to the ball but then drops it! Two runs taken.
  • 59.3 Outside off, dabbed straight to gully.
  • 59.2 Outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 59.1 Full on middle, pushed straight to mid on.
  • 58.6 A bouncer outside off, ducked under. 178/6
  • 58.5 IN AND OUT! Oh dear... more worries for South Africa! Already the lead is mounting and this won't help. Outside off, Kumar looks to slash but gets a thick outside edge. The ball goes straight to Dean Elgar at third slip, who, well, takes the catch but just like some buckets have holes and the water runs through those, the ball goes right through his hands and slips down.
  • 58.4 Full on middle, flicked through mid-wicket for one.
  • 58.3 Outside off, dabbed to the off side.
  • 58.2 Played to the point region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 58.1 On middle and leg, flicked away for a single.
  • Morne Morkel is back on.
  • 57.6 Bouncer! The batsman does well to evade it. 175/6
  • 57.5 FOUR! India on the counter-attack! A length ball outside off, Bhuvi backs away and slashes it over mid off for a boundary!
  • 57.4 Down the leg side, the batsman misses his flick.
  • 57.3 The batsman has played it to the point region. Two runs added to the total.
  • The umpires get together to confer. Aleem Dar and Ian Gould have a chat and seemingly ask the batsmen whether they want to play. Kohli signals to his mates from the dressing room to stay there. Don't think India will mind a few blows from here on. They are in pole position. It is the 11 South African players to come out to bat next who will have to worry.
  • 57.2 Another one! Rahane is lucky again. A short ball, around off, the batsman has no idea, poor guy and the ball lobs off his gloves but goes wide of the man at short leg. A single taken.
  • 57.1 Right on the glove. Yes, continue playing on this. A short ball on middle, Rahane looks to defend but the ball kicks off the surface and pings him on the gloves. Ouch.
  • 57.1 FIVE WIDES! A bouncer on middle, Rahane ducks but the ball keeps on rising and even beats the leaping Quinton de Kock to the fine leg fence. Bonus runs for India from now on as the lead touches 161. The stand is worth 20 from just 24 balls!
  • 56.6 Good shot again. Full and outside off, BK drives this through the vacant mid off region and comes back for the second. Wants the third but Rahane sends him back and rightly so. AB de Villiers was the man chasing it from extra cover. 163/6
  • 56.5 And again, action replay of the previous delivery.
  • A field change. Faf du Plessis has moved very close from second slip towards the first slip fielder. He has removed that man from extra cover and placed him at gully.
  • 56.4 Short and wide outside off, Bhuvi slashes but misses.
  • 56.3 Another lifter. A short ball on off, Kumar looks to duck but then the ball comes straight at his face. The good thing is that he is watching the ball closely and hence is able to sway out of the way.
  • 56.2 A bit short outside off, steered behind point for a quick run.
  • 56.1 Another example of great running. On a good length outside off, Kumar just drops the ball in front of him to the off side and takes a quick single. Terrific awareness of where the fielders are.
  • 55.6 A short ball outside off, Jinx looks to pull but misses. 159/6
  • 55.5 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
  • 55.4 A length ball, climbing enormously, Ajinkya looks to tuck it away but the ball goes off the inside edge wide of short leg. A run taken.
  • 55.3 FOUR! AMAZING! Half volley outside off, Rahane just pushes his arms across, gets to the pitch of the ball and drives it exquisitely through the covers! The lead climbs again, 150 IT IS!
  • 55.2 Excellent running. Banged in on a length outside off, Kumar stays back, fends it with the extra bounce to the off side beside the pitch and then calls Rahane through for a quick run.
  • 55.1 Very straight, moving away a touch, Rahane pushes this towards extra cover for a single.
  • 54.6 Outside off, blocked towards cover. 151/6
  • 54.5 Short and outside off, BK slashes but misses.
  • 54.4 Landed outside off, defended from the crease.
  • 54.3 Outside off, pretty wide, left alone.
  • 54.2 Down the leg side, Bhuvi looks to tuck but the ball goes off his hips to the keeper behind.
  • 54.1 Full and outside off, Kumar drives this beautifully through the covers and gets a couple. 150 UP FOR INDIA.
  • 53.6 Short ball outside off, Rahane goes for a pull but misses. 149/6
  • 53.5 Angling in sharply to induce an inside edge that travels safely towards fine leg. A run taken.
  • 53.4 This one is well outside off, not fiddled with.
  • 53.3 The batsman has stood up on his toes to play that one.
  • 53.2 Shortish ball outside off, Kumar fends at it and the ball flies towards point but falls down safely.
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar strides out to bat.
  • 53.1 OUT! A gem of a catch to get rid of the dangerous Pandya! Fuller length ball on off, Pandya goes for the drive on the up but doesn't quite get to the pitch of the ball. Ends up pushing it back towards Rabada. He stays cool as a cucumber in his followthrough and takes a right-handed stunner. However, he loses his cool and fires a throw that goes past Pandya. He apologizes to the batsman instantly after doing that. Aleem Dar has a chat with him regarding that. That was a poor gesture from the young quickie. Needs to be careful. Meanwhile, Rabada's father in the dressing room is happy with the dismissal and is all smiles!
  • Time for Drinks. India right on top and they have swelled the lead to 141. Rahane along with Kohli played some eye-catching strokes to keep the scoreboard moving. The pressure is on South Africa now and they need a flurry of wickets. India will believe that a target of 200 will be good enough on this track.
  • 52.6 Full delivery outside off, patted to mid off. 148/5
  • 52.5 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 52.4 Well played and equally well fielded! Short of a length ball, cramping Rahane for room. He does well to place it towards gully where Elgar dives to get a hand to it. Keeps it down to a couple.
  • 52.3 Fractionally overpitched, driven back towards the bowler who makes a partial stop.
  • 52.2 Another nasty one! Shoots off from a good length around off, Rahane tries to leave it by shouldering arms but gets hit on the back elbow. That will hurt.
  • 52.1 Fullish delivery around off, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • Ngidi returns for a bowl.
  • 51.6 Failed to capitalize on a loosener! Full toss on middle, Pandya plays this one with hard hands to mid-wicket. 148/5
  • 51.5 Poor from Pandya! He walks down the track but Rabada bangs this one in. He gets uncomfortable but manages to fend it off.
  • 51.4 Good length ball outside off, angling in, Pandya walks down the track and eases it to covers.
  • 51.3 In the channel outside off, left alone.
  • 51.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 51.1 Plays this length ball calmly towards point to rotate strike.
  • 50.6 Fullish outside off, push-driven to mid off for a run. An unnecessary direct hit from Morkel at the bowler's end results in an overthrow. 147/5
  • 50.5 That ball has struck the batsman on the thigh pad. One run added to the total. Leg bye given by the umpire.
  • 50.4 FOUR! Terrific! On a length on off, Rahane comes forward confidently and punches it on the up past mid on. He has timed that beautifully and the ball whistles to the fence.
  • 50.3 Brilliant fielding! Short and room on offer, Rahane cuts it hard towards point where Markram dives to his left to save a certain boundary.
  • 50.2 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 50.1 FOUR! Sit back and applaud! This is a good little counter-attack from Rahane. Fullish ball outside off, Rahane leans into it and with a high elbow drives it past extra cover to find the ropes.
  • 49.6 Back of a length outside off, dabbed calmly through backward point for a brace. 136/5
  • 49.5 Short ball but too high, Pandya sits under it.
  • 49.4 In the air... but safe! Takes off from a good length, Pandya attempts to keep it out but the ball hits him on the gloves and flies behind. The fielder from the slip cordon runs in but the ball falls down safely. Pandya is ringing his hand in pain.
  • Yet another halt due to the dangerous pitch. The physio rushes in to attend to Pandya.
  • 49.3 Fullish ball, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • Hardik Pandya is the new man in. His intention will be to score some handy runs with his usual aggressive approach.
  • 49.2 OUT! Timber! Look at Rabada, he is absolutely pumped up. The sound of the ball hitting the stumps is like music for the bowler. Unplayable delivery really. A top, top confrontation from the skipper comes to an end. Good length ball outside off, hits the deck and seams in like a banana. Kohli prods forward to counter it but the ball goes right through the gap between his bat and pad, brushes his back leg and hits the off stump. The look on Kohli's face is of bewilderment. Needed to bowl a delivery like this to get rid of him as he was batting with a lot of authority. The Proteas are over the moon. Just shows that how much this breakthrough means to them. The skipper walks back in disappointment. Can prove to be a match-winning knock on this notorious surface. India are ahead by 127 and are quite strongly placed.
  • 49.1 This one is well outside off, left alone.
  • Rabada is back.
  • 48.6 Slanting down leg, Virat fails to tuck it and the ball goes off the pads towards square leg. A leg bye taken. 134/4
  • 48.5 That kept so low! Length ball outside off, Kohli lets it go. Goes on two bounces to the keeper.
  • 48.4 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 48.3 Pitched up on off, Virat strides forward and drives it nicely to mid off.
  • 48.2 Fuller in length, kept out compactly.
  • 48.1 The ball is way wide on the leg side but the batsman still goes after it.
  • 47.6 FOUR! This is some serious cricket from Rahane! He is putting the Protea bowlers under a lot of pressure. Fullish on middle and leg, Rahane clips it over mid-wicket and the ball races to the fence. 8 from the over. 133/4
  • 47.5 Poor judgement from the skipper and Rahane is fuming! He has every right to be angry. Drives this fullish ball majestically towards short extra cover where de Villiers intercepts with a dive to his right. Excellent effort from him as the ball rolls towards mid off. There is an easy run on offer. Ajinkya is halfway down the track as Kohli sends him back. The mid off fielder had moved to his left in anticipation as well.
  • 47.4 Good length ball around off, worked with a shuffle towards short mid-wicket.
  • 47.3 Slips this one down the leg side, Ajinkya fails to clip it through.
  • 47.2 FOUR! Brilliant approach from Rahane! He is taking the bowlers on and is coming out on top. Fractionally overpitched outside off, Rahane lifts it over extra cover to pick up a boundary. True class on display.
  • 47.1 In the zone outside off, left alone.
  • 46.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 125/4
  • 46.5 Full ball outside off, pushed off the front foot to covers.
  • 46.4 Ooh... almost chopped it back! On a length in the corridor of uncertainty, Kohli tries to leave it but is late. The ball catches the bottom half of his bat and just bounces over the stumps. Heart-in-mouth moment for the skipper.
  • 46.3 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 46.2 Almost a wicket! Full ball outside off, swinging away. Kohli goes for a loose push but the ball just whizzes past his outside edge. Kohli nods in appreciation to that ball.
  • 46.1 Well played in the end! On a length around off, takes off. Kohli adjusts in his crease and manages to block it.
  • 45.6 On a length outside off, not fiddled with. 125/4
  • 45.5 The shot was on but he failed to execute it properly! Bouncer on off, Rahane arches his back and looks to ramp it over the keeper but misses.
  • 45.4 Hangs back to the good length ball and blocks it watchfully.
  • 45.3 Back of a length on off, Kohli taps it with an angled bat towards point to rotate strike.
  • The man at square leg goes deeper.
  • 45.2 Fullish on middle, eased towards mid on for a single.
  • 45.1 Good game awareness! Taps the length ball to covers and scurries to the other end.
  • 44.6 FOUR! Up and over! A low risk shot and he gets the desired result! Short and room on offer, Rahane rises on his toes and upper cuts it over point for another boundary. Runs are now flowing for India. 122/4
  • 44.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 44.4 Rahane will thank his stars as this was not on the stumps. Good length ball outside off, hardly rises as Rahane lets it through.
  • 44.3 The batsman works it down the leg side. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 44.2 FOUR! Textbook stuff from the skipper! That is how you should play a cover drive. Fullish ball around off, Kohli leans ahead confidently and caresses it through covers for a majestic boundary.
  • 44.1 Good length ball, kept out watchfully.
  • 43.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 113/4
  • 43.5 Kohli survives! A brute of a delivery though. Shortish ball around off, climbing on the skipper. Gets uncomfortable for him as he fends at it and gets an edge. The ball just flies over the fielder at gully and lands down. A run taken.
  • 43.4 The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact.
  • 43.3 Shot! Fullish delivery, Rahane drives it crisply past mid on. Rabada hunts it down and saves a run for his side.
  • 43.2 A stifled appeal for an LBW denied! Back of a length ball, angling into go past Rahane's defense and ping him near the stomach. Morkel appeals slightly but bails out. That was too high.
  • 43.1 In the air... but safe! Short ball on off, Rahane takes on the pull but gets a top edge that swirls in the sky towards the fine leg region. The fielder runs to his left but the ball falls on the ground safely. Seems that he has managed to keep the ball in play before going over the ropes. The replays confirm the same. Two runs the result.
  • 42.6 Peach! Full outswinging ball outside off, Kohli pushes at it tamely to get foxed. 107/4
  • 42.5 Good length ball well outside off, left alone.
  • Change of field. A man comes in the gully region now.
  • 42.4 FOUR! Well played! Time and again, he is finding the boundaries to keep the scoreboard ticking. The 100-run lead comes up for India. Back of a length outside off, Kohli waits for it and guides it through the vacant gully region to find the fence.
  • 42.3 This one stays very low! Length ball outside off, hardly bouncing. Kohli fishes at it and gets beaten.
  • 42.2 In the channel outside off, Virat plants his front foot across to allow it through.
  • 42.1 A seamer bowling a leg break delivery! Have you heard that before? Well, this is quite possible on this track. Pitches on a length around off, explodes from the pitch and cuts away a mile to leave Kohli bamboozled. There was no way he could tackle it.
  • Philander is brought back into the attack.
  • 41.6 Good running! Back of a length ball on off, Kohli is squared up in his stance a bit and gets it off the outer half towards cover. Calls for the single instantly and completes it with ease. 103/4
  • 41.5 Rahane is away! Fuller but straighter this time, Ajinkya clips it in front of square leg for an easy run.
  • 41.4 Cool as a cucumber! Fullish delivery, angling in, Rahane puts his head down and with a high elbow blocks it.
  • 41.3 The cracks are once again proving to be notorious! Lifts off from the good length area and cuts away significantly. Rahane lets it go.
  • 41.2 Nicely controlled! Back of a length ball on off, climbing on Kohli. He hops and keeps it down towards the backward point region. A run taken.
  • 41.1 Right on the money is Morkel! Good length ball in the zone of apprehension, holding its line. Kohli knows where his off stump is and makes an assured leave.
  • Morkel to bowl from the other end.
  • 40.6 A bit jittery to start with! Fullish ball around off, driven with the swing towards mid on. Rahane sets off for a run but is rightly sent back by the skipper. Morkel was charging in there. 100/4
  • We are back and so are the players as well as the umpires. The weather is clear at the moment and let's hope it stays this way throughout. The South African team is in a huddle. Faf du Plessis is giving them a pep talk. Will we see the Proteas bowling with fire to skittle the Indians out? Or will Kohli guide his side to safe harbors? Ajinkya Rahane joins his skipper in the middle. Kagiso Rabada to finish his over. Here we go...
  • ... Day 3, Session 2 ...
  • As we saw the players heading back to their dressing rooms, the umpires were having a conversation with the groundsmen. They have been told to do the repair job on the pitch. Hopefully, things will be sorted out as it is certainly looking threatening to play on. Join us shortly for the afternoon session.
  • Rahul departed cheaply and so did Pujara but the skipper joined forces with Vijay and kept the Protea bowlers at bay. Kohli mixed caution with aggression to perfection while the Monk was as cool as a cucumber. The 43-run stand between the duo has given the visitors the push they needed. Philander was the pick of the bowlers while the others were decent as well but the touring batsmen deserve the credit for being resilient. If the lead goes past the 150-run mark, India will believe that they can't lose this game. In contrast, the home side needs to keep picking up wickets and give away as less as possible in order to stay in the contest.
  • Ideal tonic for South Africa going into the break. Getting the wicket of Vijay might just lead to a collapse as the Indian middle order has been shaky throughout this series. Barring that, you got to say that this has been India's session. Agreed that they lost three wickets but they have added 51 runs as well on an extremely difficult track.
  • 40.5 OUT! Bowled 'em! Take the pitch out of the equation, any top batsman would have found it extremely difficult to answer that. Rabada raises his arms skywards and makes a roar. Gets a hug from his skipper. A pinpoint yorker on off, Vijay was not expecting that. He is late in bringing his bat down and as a result, a bottom edge is induced which goes onto crash into the stumps. However, the opener has done his job. Scoring 25 runs on this tricky track is worth in gold. THAT'S LUNCH ON DAY 3!
  • 40.4 Fullish ball outside off, third leave in a row.
  • 40.3 Identical to the previous ball, another leave.
  • 40.2 On a length outside off, moving away. Vijay is cool as a cucumber and doesn't flirt with it.
  • 40.1 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 39.6 Swinging in sharply on a fullish length, kept out defensively towards deepish short leg. 100/3
  • 39.5 Lifting from a fullish length outside off, Kohli plants his front foot across to let it through.
  • 39.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 39.3 Covers the line to the good length ball and with a high elbow stonewalls it.
  • 39.2 Fullish ball, angling in this time, kept out watchfully.
  • 39.1 Well played! That brings up the 100 for India and the lead moves to 93. South Africa will start to worry now. On a length outside off, tapped with the swing past backward point for a brace.
  • 38.6 On a length outside off, moving away, not fiddled with. 98/3
  • 38.5 Short ball around off, Murali lets it go.
  • 38.4 Did that carry? Nervy moment for the skipper! Fullish ball in line of the stumps, Kohli clips it a bit uppishly towards Markram at deepish short leg who gets a hand to it but the ball rolls past him. A run taken. No, the replays show that the ball bounced in front of the fielder.
  • 38.3 In the corridor of uncertainty, holding its line. Kohli plants his front foot across and lets it go.
  • 38.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 38.1 Full delivery outside off, left alone.
  • 37.6 Angling in sharply, just about kept out. 97/3
  • 37.5 Too good a ball to get the outside edge! Good length ball in the zone of apprehension, angling in initially but seams away after hitting the deck. Vijay has no option but to play at it and is beaten all ends up.
  • 37.4 Fullish delivery, straight on this occasion, defended towards square leg.
  • 37.3 Fullish delivery around off, played with soft hands to covers for a brisk single.
  • 37.2 Full length ball around off, Kohli comes forward and tries to dab it towards covers but is not quite to the pitch of the ball. Ends up defending it down the track.
  • 37.1 Swinging down the leg side, Virat tries to flick it away but only manages to connect with thin air.
  • Philander is back on. South Africa desperately need their key bowler to break this partnership.
  • 36.6 Full length ball attacking the stumps, Vijay is compact in his defense. Rabada picks up the ball and throws it towards the keeper. Aggression from him. 96/3
  • 36.5 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 36.4 Fractionally overpitched around off, driven crisply through mid on. Morkel hares after it and manages to keep the ball in play with a slide. Three runs taken. The crowd appreciates his effort.
  • 36.3 Full length ball outside off, not fiddled with it.
  • 36.2 Back of a length on middle, Virat hangs back and dead bats it.
  • 36.1 Mistimed! Shortish ball on leg stump, Kohli swivels across and goes for the big pull but only manages to glove it towards short fine leg. He is practicing the shot again after playing it.
  • 35.6 Ngidi loses his radar and slips this one down the leg side, Vijay fails to nudge it around. 93/3
  • 35.5 Solid as a rock! Fullish ball around off, Vijay comes forward and defends it with a high elbow.
  • 35.4 In the avenue of apprehension, some extra bounce present. Murali points his bat skywards to allow it through.
  • 35.3 Overpitched outside off, placed through the point region for an easy single.
  • 35.2 FOUR! Kohli at his best! No matter whatever is happening around, the skipper is going ahead with a calm and stable approach. Fullish ball on off, Kohli leans into it and drives it elegantly through mid on to find the fence. The lead moves to 85.
  • 35.1 On a length outside off, Kohli shoulders his arms to let it through.
  • 34.6 Loose from Vijay! Full and swinging away, Vijay chases it away from his body and gets foxed. 88/3
  • 34.5 In the channel outside off, left alone.
  • 34.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 34.3 Bonus runs for India! Swinging down the leg side, Vijay misses his glance. De Kock dives full length to his left but the ball goes past him in a flash and through to the fence. Four byes signaled by the umpire.
  • 34.2 Fullish ball on middle and off, defended compactly.
  • The umpires, Ian Gould and Aleem Dar walk towards the middle of the pitch and have a serious conversation. The two skippers are also present. This is certainly a dangerous pitch to play on. The batsmen are getting blows consistently and it is a serious matter to ponder upon. For now, the game continues.
  • 34.1 Nasty! This pitch is now getting unplayable to play upon. Shoots off extravagantly to go past Vijay's defense and ping him on the gloves. He calls for the physio instantly. This is not a good sight at all, how many times have we seen it happening in this game!
  • 33.6 Shortish ball outside off, VK rises with the bounce and sees it through to the keeper. 84/3
  • 33.5 Good shot! Fullish ball on off, Vijay comes forward confidently and strokes it through mid on. Morkel hares after it as the ball slows down on the outfield. This time he saves a run for his side.
  • 33.4 Tailing in substantially, tucked to fine leg for another run.
  • 33.3 Vijay has missed out on a scoring opportunity! Full toss on off, dipping in. He clips it towards short mid-wicket where the big Morkel dives to keep it down to a single.
  • 33.2 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 33.1 Vijay falls for the bait but just survives! Full outswinging delivery outside off, Vijay goes for an expansive drive but the ball just whizzes past his outside edge.
  • 32.6 Fullish ball outside off, some extra bounce. Virat lets it go. 79/3
  • 32.5 Similar length ball outside off, played with an angled bat towards point to rotate strike.
  • 32.4 Back of a length just outside off, defended stoutly off the back foot.
  • 32.3 Back of a length ball outside off, shoots off and angling in. Vijay points his bat skywards and the ball curves in further after it goes past the stumps. De Kock collects it nicely to his left.
  • 32.2 Full ball outside off, pretty harmless, Vijay ignores it.
  • 32.1 Good game awareness again! Plays this one with soft hands past backward point and scurries across to the other end.
  • 31.6 Fullish ball outside off, left alone. 77/3
  • 31.5 Brilliant running! Kohli taps this length ball towards point and sets off. Gets a good response from his partner as well and completes the run with ease.
  • 31.4 FOUR! Every run on this track is worth in gold! Fractionally overpitched outside off, Kohli strides ahead and creams it past extra cover for a glorious boundary. The skipper is playing really well. He is not missing out on any scoring opportunity.
  • 31.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 31.2 Overpitched outside off, Murali strokes it through covers and calls for immediately. However, they only manage to take a run as the fielder is quick to attack the ball.
  • 31.1 Full length ball outside off, tempting for Vijay. However, he resists going after it.
  • 30.6 Whoosh! That missed the stumps by a whisker! Full length ball outside off, swinging in prodigiously. Kohli pushes at it but gets beaten. The ball just goes past the off stump and de Kock dives to his left to collect it. 71/3
  • 30.5 The batsman fails to put bat on ball.
  • 30.4 FOUR! This is the way to play on this track! Hit the bad balls away. Shortish delivery well outside off, Kohli stands tall and pulls it past mid on. The ball slows down near the fence as Morkel hares after it. However, it manages to roll to the fence.
  • 30.3 This one stay low! Back of a length around off, Kohli deals with it off the back foot nicely.
  • This is not looking good at all. This is just Day 3 and wonder how many batsmen will be hit as still an innings is left.
  • 30.2 In the avenue of apprehension, takes off extravagantly. Kohli looks to fend it off but can't do anything about. Is hit on the gloves. Takes them out and immediately calls for medical help. Micheal Holding on air says that this is ridiculous. Certainly this track is a nightmare for the batsmen.
  • 30.1 Good length ball around off, rising on Kohli. Hits the splice of his bat and dies down as he attempts to block it.
  • 29.6 Very well played! This delivery hits one of the cracks and explodes off the pitch. Angling in as well as Vijay hops, takes his bottom hand off and keeps it at bay. 67/3
  • 29.5 Continues to bowl in that probing zone outside off, Murali doesn't fiddle with it and makes the third leave in a row.
  • 29.4 In the corridor of uncertainty, Murali plants his front foot across and makes a good leave.
  • 29.3 Pace and bounce! Back of a length outside off, takes off like a plane takes off. Vijay covers his stumps to allow it through.
  • 29.2 Well bowled! Fuller in length, tailing in. Vijay tries to keep it out tentatively but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 29.1 On a length outside off, shaping away. Vijay lets it go.
  • Lungi Ngidi into the action now.
  • DRINKS are on the field then. An intriguing hour's play. 12 overs, 18 runs and the wickets of Rahul and Pujara. Batting is difficult is an understatement. It is just impossible to hang around and survive. The Indians are trying their best but the ball landing on the cracks is making playing very, very difficult. To be honest, India have done well to lose just 2 wickets in the hour.
  • 28.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 67/3
  • 28.5 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 28.4 How has that missed everything? On a length outside off, comes back in a long way, Vijay feels for it but the ball just misses the outside edge, then the off stump and then curves in further. Quinton de Kock dives full length to his left but with the ball dipping on him, he is not able to stop the ball. A run taken. Bye signalled. The lead now touches 60.
  • 28.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 28.2 Full and outside off, Vijay pushes it towards point and looks for a single but is sent back.
  • 28.1 Outside off, watchfully defended.
  • Kagiso Rabada comes back on to bowl after bowling that first over of the day.
  • 27.6 Outside off, left alone. 66/3
  • 27.5 DROPPED! Is that the slice of luck India and Kohli need? A length ball on middle, Kohli flicks it straight to Aiden Markram at deepish short leg who is unable to react in time. The ball goes off his legs but does not lob to the deepish leg gully. Too tough a chance.
  • 27.5 WIDE. Miles outside off, left alone. The umpire stretches his arms.
  • 27.4 Full and around off, driven straight back which is stopped by Morkel in his followthrough.
  • 27.3 Excellent fielding! That too, from a bowler! Full on middle, Vijay flicks it through mid-wicket but Kagiso Rabada at short mid-wicket dives to his right and partially stops it. Just a single when it could have been many more.
  • Please sit down, sire. Many times, people in the stands do not understand how important a sightscreen is to a batsman. One such gentleman stands right where the sightscreen is placed and keeps on standing. The players patiently wait for the man to sit down but he is standing and waiting for the game to resume. Now Ian Gould walks over and requests the man to sit down. Finally.
  • 27.2 Nips back in from outside off, MV looks to flick but the ball goes off his pads to third slip.
  • 27.1 Outside off, Vijay feels for it but the ball moves away past the outside edge.
  • 26.6 Similar ball, perhaps a touch wider than the previous one, Virat defends it solidly towards cover. So important to forget what happened on the previous ball. Else one would never be able to score. 64/3
  • 26.5 Another peach. Landed just outside off, Kohli comes forward to defend but the ball then moves past the outside edge. Superb bowling.
  • 26.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 26.3 Outside off, tapped to the off side for a quick single.
  • 26.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 26.1 Well left. Tempting line to drive, full and just outside off, Vijay resists and lets it go.
  • 25.6 The batsman picked that bouncer early and let it through to the keeper. 63/3
  • 25.5 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 25.4 On a length outside off, pushed towards point for a single.
  • 25.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 25.2 That is a grubber! A batsman can do nothing about such balls. This was pitched on a fuller length outside off and Vijay looks to play by coming forward. But the ball stayed extremely low and went past the outside edge. Luckily for Vijay, that was not on the stumps.
  • 25.1 Outside off, some away movement, left alone.
  • 24.6 IN THE AIR... SAFE! Nervous moment for Kohli. A length ball, just outside off, coming in, VK looks to tuck it to the leg side but the ball suddenly bounces and takes the inside edge. It flies off the pads but does not carry to the deepish short leg. 62/3
  • 24.5 On a length outside off, defended from the crease.
  • 24.4 FOUR! SWEET! Probably the most confident shot of the morning. Gets the scoreboard moving. That is the difference Kohli brings to the crease. He won't back down and just try and fend at balls, rather he will look to be a bit busy. Full and outside off, normally, a batsman would leave those early in the innings seeing the previous ball but not Kohli. He sees it as a scoring opportunity and leans into the shot. Then drives it sweetly through the covers and finds the fence. What a way to get off the mark.
  • 24.3 A length ball outside off, VK looks to tuck it to the leg side but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
  • 24.2 Outside off, similar line, this time Virat shoulders arms.
  • 24.1 Gone? Nope. Every ball of this third day Wanderers' surface seems to have a wicket named all over it. On a length just outside off, Kohli has to play at it and nearly edges it due to the late away movement.
  • 23.6 On middle and leg, flicked straight to short leg. 58/3
  • 23.5 A short ball now, Vijay sways away.
  • 23.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 23.3 Wide outside off, very close to the guidelines, let through.
  • 23.2 That will hurt. On a length outside off, coming back in sharply, Vijay looks to defend but then the ball moves away a touch and hits him on the unmentionables.
  • 23.1 On middle and leg, flicked to the leg side.
  • 22.6 Uppish...but safe! Full on middle, Vijay chips this uppishly just wide of the man at mid on. A single taken. 58/3
  • 22.5 One more leave outside off.
  • 22.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 22.3 Landed outside off, watchfully blocked out.
  • 22.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 22.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • Virat Kohli comes in at number 5, replacing Pujara.
  • 21.6 OUT! Pujara goes cheaply too! Boy, this was really unplayable. Morkel lands this on a crack outside off, Pujara is forced to play at it because of the angle but then, the ball bounces steeply and takes the outside edge. Pujara cannot do anything. Just fends at it and hands a simple catch to Faf du Plessis at second slip again. India in a spot of bother now. 57/3
  • 21.6 WIDE. That is too wide outside off, goes past the wide guideline, left alone.
  • 21.5 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 21.4 FOUR LEG BYES! Useful runs. Morkel slants it down the leg side, Pujara misses his tuck and the ball goes off his pads to the fine leg fence.
  • 21.3 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 21.2 One more leave outside off.
  • 21.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • 20.6 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 52/2
  • 20.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 20.4 Oohhh.... off the inside edge now. On a length outside off, cutting back in, CP looks to tuck but the ball goes off the inside edge which flies through the vacant leg gully region. A single taken. Michael Holding on air is not too happy with the defensive field placements by Faf du Plessis. The West Indian feels that get attacking ones and prize out 2-3 wickets and then think about saving runs once the lead goes past 100.
  • 20.3 This one comes back in, Cheteshwar looks to tuck it away but misses and is hit right on the box. Ouch.
  • 20.2 First unplayable ball of the morning. Philander lands this on a crack in the avenue of apprehension, Pujara comes forward a touch but does not commit fully. As a result, even though the ball seams away off the crack, it goes past the outside edge. Small small things. Rahul went at the ball a bit too hard while Pujara, even though beaten, did not go with hard hands. Experience.
  • 20.1 Landed outside off, left alone.
  • 19.6 On middle and leg, flicked to the leg side. 51/2
  • 19.5 A bouncer, expectedly testing Vijay's back movement, but the opener nicely sways out of the line.
  • Vijay has called for the physio. Seems to have copped a bit of the seam on the rib. A slight delay.
  • 19.4 A sharp ball, cutting in sharply off the seam from outside off, MV looks to tuck but the ball goes off his thigh pads towards short leg.
  • 19.3 A bouncer outside off, Vijay looks a tad surprised as he looks to play that and is beaten.
  • 19.2 Outside off, blocked to the off side now.
  • 19.1 On a length outside off, good bounce, solidly defended to the leg side.
  • A quick change. Morne Morkel comes on straightaway.
  • Cheteshwar Pujara walks in now, at number 4, replacing Rahul.
  • 18.6 OUT! There is the first wicket of the day in just the second over! Did that hit the crack? Don't think so. Nor was there any exaggerated movement. But because Philander can move the balls both ways, Rahul is not sure which way this one will move - in or out. Still, to be extremely critical, he could have left it alone on the line. It was certainly wide but he pushed at it. The ball then took the outside edge and went straight to Faf du Plessis at second slip who took it comfortably. India are effectively 44/2. 51/2
  • 18.5 Outside off, left alone once again.
  • 18.4 Thinks about fiddling with this one. It is because of the line. In the corridor of uncertainty, where the batsmen are not sure whether to play or not. He pokes at it before withdrawing the bat at the last moment.
  • 18.3 Full and slightly wider outside off, swinging away a bit too much, Rahul does not fiddle with that either.
  • 18.2 Closer to the off stump this time, going on straight, not much movement, LR shoulders arms again.
  • 18.1 Landed outside off, swinging away, Rahul shoulders arms.
  • Vernon Philander will share the attack with Rabada.
  • 17.6 A better ball to end the over, not that wide, coming back in, MV shoulders arms. 51/1
  • 17.5 Outside off, left alone again.
  • 17.4 Slightly wider outside off, left alone comfortably.
  • 17.3 Full and just outside off, the Monk is solid in defense.
  • That deep backward point fielder has now been pushed to third man.
  • 17.2 On a length again outside off, coming in a bit, Vijay waits for the ball to come to him and dabs it past the slip fielder to third man for a couple. 50 UP FOR INDIA. They will look for 150 more.
  • 17.1 On a length outside off, Vijay lets it through. Nice carry to the keeper.
  • The players are out in the middle. Kagiso Rabada will start off proceedings. Murali Vijay to face. A short leg is in place. Interesting. Here we go...
  • Shaun Pollock doing the pitch report says that the cracks are getting wider and wider by the day and the grass cover is still in place. Mentions that there will be a lot of activity. Reinstates the fact that they have seen the ball hitting the batsmen on the gloves and ribs. Adds that many balls have flown past batsmen while some have stayed low. Reckons that the good length and short of length are the areas of concern. Feels that if the bowlers bowl a stump-to-stump line, life will be very difficult for the opposition. Informs that India have decided to go with a light roller instead of a heavy one. He doesn't quite agree with their way of going about things.
  • Sunil Gavaskar standing at the ground opines that the conditions seem to have got a BIT better to bat. Hence, he feels that India might do well in the second innings. But he further adds, this pitch is only going to get more and more difficult to bat. Hence, if the visitors see off the first hour without much damage, they could be in a position to set a decent target on a tricky pitch with the cracks starting to open.
  • WEATHER - Thunderstorms were predicted on Days 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of this Test match. After the heavy overnight rain on Tuesday, the heavens have been kind not to open up. Another bright and sunny morning welcomes us. Hopefully, the sun will not go away from the cricketing action.
  • As far as the South Africans are concerned, they have no choice other than try and bowl India out in the first session. No, I am not joking, but if India bat for two sessions, they would be in pole position. It is definitely not easy but then you have got to make use of your home conditions. Nip a couple out in the first 30 minutes and who knows, the visiting side might collapse, as in the first innings.
  • Needless to say with whom the momentum is. Jasprit Bumrah has done exceedingly well to keep South Africa quiet and now, having survived most of the final session on Day 2, the Indians will believe that another 100 runs will push them in a 'We-cannot-lose' zone. The first aim would be to see off the opening hour and then look at scoring some runs. Normal cricket would be the order of the day.
  • 159.3 overs, 21 wickets, 430 runs. An average of just above 20. This has transpired in just 2 days. The game has moved along at a frenetic pace. If South Africa were smiling at restricting India to a 'paltry' 187, it is the visitors who have come back roaring with a 'tiny' deficit of 7. With the pitch predicted to start crumbling today, will it be the last day of the series? Hello and a warm welcome to the third day of the third Test between South Africa and India in Johannesburg.
  • DAY 3, FINAL ONE?
  • Day 3 - moving day - coming up! With India in the lead and the value touching nearly 50, just one wicket down, the pitch deteriorating, South Africa batting last... got to say, the visitors are in the driver's seat. The home side will look to bowl its opposition out under 150, if possible and then try to chase it down. If India get past 150, one can daresay - they might well avoid the whitewash. Join us on Friday, 26th January, 2018 at 1000 local (0800 GMT) for all the action from Day 3. In the meanwhile, you can catch all the action from the 4th Australia-England ODI in Adelaide as and when it happens. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
  • Jasprit Bumrah is being interviewed on the sidelines. He says that it was always his dream to play Test cricket and take a 5-wicket haul. Opines that the tracks in India are not this way and there is a temptation of getting carried away. Mentions that the talk was about being disciplined and make use of the conducive conditions. States the bounce and seam movement on offer helped them. Informs that they will look to capitalize upon the lead that they have got.
  • It has been a 75-minute session but the Indians would have received a big boost. Their batting has been struggling big time in this series and this particular period would have given them a much-needed confidence. Earlier in the day, Jasprit Bumrah's 5-fer restricted the South African lead to just 7, which brings us to the question whether the Proteas messed up their day after starting reasonably well.
  • The Proteas tried everything, had a few balls which whizzed past the outside edge, a few taking the edge but not carrying to the fielders but then they started to try a bit too much. The game is not gone for South Africa by any means but they missed a big opportunity to have the Indian middle order batting tonight.
  • Definitely, the batsmen have been given the license to play their own game. Vijay and Rahul have been watchful and attacking when the balls have been there to hit but not poking needlessly. Parthiv Patel was an experiment which flopped but India will not mind too much.
  • India have done extremely well to not lose more than a wicket tonight. On another day, they could have lost 2-3 but just when the batsmen decided to guts it out, the South African bowlers tried extra hard and hence, could not extract much.
  • 16.6 Full and outside off, Rahul leans and pushes it towards point. Thinks about the single but Vijay is not going anywhere. STUMPS ON DAY 2, INDIA LEAD BY 42! 49/1
  • Last ball then...
  • 16.5 The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact.
  • 16.4 Full and outside off, quietly left alone.
  • 16.3 FOUR LEG BYES! Down the leg side, Rahul misses his tuck and the ball goes off his pads past the diving keeper to the fine leg fence. The lead moves to 42 while the stand is worth 32.
  • 16.2 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 16.1 A beauty! On a length outside off, Rahul feels for it but the ball whizzes past the outside edge.
  • 15.6 Fuller in length outside off, shaping away. Vijay pushes at it loosely and gets beaten. 45/1
  • 15.5 Collision between de Villiers and Elgar but no harm done! On a length on off, Rahul taps it towards mid on and takes a run. There is a throw at the striker's end which misses the stumps. AB and Dean try to stop it but collide. Get up and have a laugh about it.
  • 15.4 In the zone outside off, Rahul plants his front foot across to allow it through.
  • 15.3 Fullish ball outside off, angling in, Rahul presents a water-tight defense.
  • 15.2 FOUR! Glorious! Fractionally overpitched around off, Rahul leans ahead and drives it past mid off for a majestic boundary.
  • 15.1 Back of a length outside off, holding its line. Rahul points his bat skywards to allow it through.
  • 14.6 Fuller in length around off, blocked solidly off the front foot. 40/1
  • 14.5 Fullish delivery outside off, tempting Vijay to go for a booming drive. He resists and lets it be.
  • 14.4 Landed outside off, defended watchfully.
  • 14.3 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 14.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 14.1 On middle and leg, flicked through the leg side for a single.
  • 13.6 On a length outside off, nipping back in, Vijay misses his flick and is hit on the pads. Ngidi appeals but the umpire stays put. Faf du Plessis has a chat with his bowler but then does not take the review. 39/1
  • 13.5 On a length outside off, Vijay is squared up again and gets a thick outside edge which dies down in front of gully.
  • 13.4 Full on middle, flicked away through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 13.3 One more leave outside off.
  • 13.2 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 13.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • Lungi Ngidi into the attack now.
  • 12.6 One more leave outside off. 38/1
  • 12.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 12.4 Outside off, punched through the covers for a couple. The lead moves to 31 while the stand is worth 21.
  • 12.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 12.2 EDGED, FOUR! Lucky escape. On a length outside off, Vijay looks to play at that but the ball moves away, takes the outside edge and goes past third slip to the third man fence!
  • 12.1 Short and outside off, Vijay cuts hard but finds point.
  • 11.6 Full and outside off, watchfully defended. 32/1
  • 11.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 11.4 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 11.3 Outside off, Vijay leans into it and pushes it through the covers for a single.
  • 11.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 11.1 Too good a ball. On a length outside off, Vijay feels for it but misses.
  • 10.6 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 31/1
  • 10.5 Outside off, let through.
  • 10.4 Wider outside off, left alone again.
  • 10.3 That is a terrific effort from Lungi Ngidi. On middle and leg, pretty full, Rahul flicks it through mid-wicket. Lungi Ngidi gets across from fine leg and stops the ball, just inside the ropes. To the naked eye, it does seem like he touched the ropes when he flicked the ball back but the third umpire feels otherwise. Two runs taken.
  • 10.2 Wider outside off, let through again.
  • 10.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • First bowling change. Morne Morkel to bowl now.
  • 9.6 'Runs missed,' says my colleague James. Full and down the leg side, Vijay misses his flick and the ball goes off his pads towards square leg. A decent maiden by Rabada. 29/1
  • 9.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 9.4 That has moved! By some margin. Back of a length outside off, Murali trusts the bounce and shoulders arms. The ball comes in, goes over the stumps and then kicks up. It keeps on climbing but Quinton de Kock stretches himself and sticks out his right glove. Terrific take.
  • 9.3 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 9.2 Outside off, pretty wide, left alone again.
  • 9.1 Pretty nicely behind. Watches the ball closely, plays it late and then covers the movement to defend.
  • 8.6 On a length outside off, Rahul defends it watchfully. 29/1
  • 8.5 Loose.... full and wide outside off, swinging away, LR chases it away from his body and mistimes his cover drive.
  • 8.4 Full on middle, Rahul clips it away towards short mid-wicket.
  • 8.3 Wide outside off, this time LR stays in his crease and watches it go.
  • 8.2 Interesting tactics. Walks down the track and drives it towards mid off.
  • 8.1 Full and outside off, Vijay comes forward to defend but gets a thick inside edge which goes through the vacant short leg region. A single taken.
  • 7.6 FOUR! Full and wide outside off, Rahul reaches out and drives it through cover-point for a boundary! The lead moves to 21. 28/1
  • 7.5 Terrific fielding! Full and outside off, a touch wide, Vijay drives it wide of mid off but AB de Villiers runs after it like a cheetah chases its prey. Gets to it with a slide, then looks for a quick pickup and throw but then takes his eyes off at the last moment and drops the ball. But the batsmen are kind enough to respect his fielding commitment and keep themselves to a single.
  • 7.4 That is a peach. On a length outside off, Vijay feels for it by getting across and then nearly edges it. Very close.
  • 7.3 Landed outside off, Vijay lets it through.
  • 7.2 A short ball outside off, Vijay sways away.
  • 7.1 Full and outside off, pushed through the covers for a couple.
  • 6.6 One more ball just outside off, LR trusts his off stump judgement and lets it through. 21/1
  • 6.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 6.4 Outside off, Rahul waits for the ball to come to him and at the last moment, taps it to the off side behind.
  • 6.3 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 6.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 6.1 Lucky lucky... full and around off, swinging away, Rahul is early into his flick and gets a leading edge which goes wide of gully. Two runs taken.
  • 5.6 Outside off, a play and a miss to end the over. 19/1
  • 5.5 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 5.4 On a good length around off, watchfully defended.
  • 5.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 5.2 Pushes this towards mid-wicket, takes Lungi Ngidi on, a suicidal single attempted but it is thwarted as Ngidi takes his eyes off the ball at the last moment. Looks up and then fumbles, conceding the single.
  • 5.1 Down the leg side, pretty full, flicked towards square leg off the inner half for a single.
  • Lokesh Rahul walks in at number 3, replacing Patel.
  • 4.6 OUT! That is a stunning catch! Philander has eventually struck. He has been ordinary against Vijay but come the left-hander, Philander is gold. Bounces it on a length outside off, gets it to cut back in, Parthiv looks to flick but gets a thick inside edge onto his thighs which lobs towards gully. Aiden Markram dives in from that position and takes a stunner! Philander does not even bother to appeal while the Proteas appeal. Now Aleem Dar raises his finger. India are effectively 10/1. 17/1
  • 4.5 FOUR! Terrific shot! Full and down the leg side, Parthiv flicks it over square leg for a boundary!
  • 4.4 The ball is down the leg side but the batsman still goes after it.
  • 4.3 Oops.... leading edge, safe! On a length on off and middle, Parthiv looks to tuck it to the leg side, but gets a leading edge which flies wide of gully! Two runs taken.
  • 4.2 Down the leg side, flicked away for a single.
  • 4.1 Good running. Pushes this to the right of AB de Villiers, takes him on, puts some pressure and induces a fumble as well. A single taken.
  • 3.6 Closer to the off stump, but Vijay knows where his off stump is. Gets across and lets it go. 9/0
  • The sun is shining in all its glory now.
  • 3.5 Landed outside off, a touch wide to be played at, the Monk shoulders arms again.
  • 3.4 On middle and leg, flicked through the leg side for a single.
  • 3.3 Slanting across the left-hander, let through.
  • 3.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 3.1 FOUR! India into the lead now! Down the leg side, Patel just helps it past the keeper of the opposite side to the fine leg fence!
  • 2.6 Another ball down the leg side, left alone again. Philander has not quite been at his best so far. 4/0
  • 2.5 Wide ball again, outside off, Murali is calm enough to let it through.
  • 2.4 On a length outside off, Murali lets it through again.
  • 2.3 Slips this one down the leg side, Vijay misses his tuck.
  • 2.2 Wide lines these, the batsman won't be interested in playing at those.
  • 2.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • 1.6 Outside off, a push and a miss. 4/0
  • 1.5 Down the leg side, PP looks to tuck but misses.
  • 1.4 FOUR! Lucky. A short ball around middle and off, Patel looks to sway out of the way, then tries to fend it. In the end, gets into a tangle and the ball goes off the outside edge. Flies over the leaping Hashim Amla at first slip to the third man fence. India off the mark.
  • 1.3 Oohhh... slightly shorter in length, Parthiv feels for it and misses.
  • 1.2 Landed outside off, let through again.
  • 1.1 Wide outside off, quietly left alone.
  • Kagiso Rabada to bowl from the other end.
  • 0.6 One more leave outside off to end the over. A harmless maiden. 0/0
  • 0.5 Miles outside off, not played at.
  • 0.4 This one is down the leg side and the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 0.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 0.2 Wide outside off, left alone.
  • 0.1 Down the leg side, a loosener to start, Vijay misses his flick.
  • Okay then! 2-1 to South Africa. Had the Proteas not choked, they would have won 3-0. On the other hand, had India played a warmup game ahead of the series, their batsmen could have fared better and even won the series. Small moments mattered for each side but in the end, India competed hard. However, South Africa were the better side. Will that be the same in the limited overs? Have to say, India hold the edge. The first ODI starts on Thursday, 1st February, 2018 at 1300 local (1100 GMT). We take your leave. You can catch all the action from the final Aus-Eng ODI and the last NZ-Pak T20I. ADIOS! Take Care!
  • Series-winning captain Faf du Plessis says that India completely outplayed them in this Test. Blames the chances being put down as the reason for the loss. Further degrades the performance as being average, after the one in Centurion. Praises Elgar and Amla for their fight but then is also disappointed that the others could not take the team home. On a larger aspect, Faf is very happy to have won the series 2-1. Says that India are a fantastic team and South Africa have played very well to win the series against a strong team. On the upcoming series, Faf says that India are a very strong one day team and Australia are a very strong Test side but SA would take a lot of positives from this win.
  • VERNON PHILANDER is the MAN OF THE SERIES. Says that he is happy with his bowling performance. Is proud of his team's batting display though it could not come well in this one. Would have taken a win on his 50th Test but credits India for being a better team. On his immediate future, he says he will take some rest now, then resume training, then play a few domestic games before preparing for the Australia series.
  • BHUVNESHWAR KUMAR has been named the MAN OF THE MATCH. Says that he is very happy with his bowling performance and also because it came at the right moment. On his batting, he says that he always works hard on that aspect. Adds that the pitch was tough to bat on, there were a few awkward balls but overall it was not a difficult pitch to play.
  • Victorious Indian skipper Virat Kohli says that the Indian team needed some character to be shown but his side showed great guts and determination and took it down with a lot of challenge. Says that not many felt that batting first was a bad choice but his team proved everyone wrong. On being asked his feeling during the Elgar-Amla stand, Kohli admits that he was a touch nervoius, but he expected this from South Arica as they are the home soide. But he was also sure that one wicket would change things as new batsmen found it tough to score. Praise shis bowlers for not conceding runs. On India's perfomance this series, he says bowlers were the biggest positive and also admits that the batsmen will look at their faults and improve from those.
  • The second innings was the one where India played like a team. The batsmen took all the blows from the pitch which had begun to behave treacherously but braved the scenes to pile on a competitive 247. They could have bowled out for under 200 but the Proteas dropped two catches of Rahane and Bhuvi which shifted the momentum towards the visitors. Those small moments cost South Africa big time. Time for the presentation...
  • If we go back to what happened on Day 1 of this Test, it seems a long time ago, though it is only 3 days. After electing to bat, India were bundled out for only 187 after 50s from Kohli and Pujara. Seemed a modest total but as they say, never speak till both the teams have batted on it. South Africa followed a similar pattern to that of India's and could only get a lead of 7 with only Amla managing a half century. Jasprit Bumrah was the hero for India, picking up his first 5-wicket haul.
  • The second innings hero, Mohammed Shami, was the key for India. Only a wicket in the first innings but 5 in the second. He got reverse swing going and the Protea tail was wiped out pretty quickly. Throughout the day, the Indian bowlers toiled hard and eventually, their efforts borne fruit.
  • A tremendous turnaround. At 124/1 and chasing 241, it seemed an easy victory for the Proteas. The pitch was suddenly looking to behave well but a soft dismissal set things rolling for India. Amla chipped one to short mid-wicket and then, South Africa started to choke. They lost their last 9 wickets for just 53 runs and handed an improbable victory to the visitors.
  • Magnificent victory for India. Terrific scenes around. Kohli takes a moment to make a bow to the crowd and then sets off to celebrate with his mates. Guess that bow was to silence the partisan Jo'burg crowd which seemed to be supporting only one team today.
  • 73.3 OUT! There is a deflection and that ends the game! Ngidi is caught behind. On a good length outside off, Ngidi tries a repeat of the previous stroke and to be honest, nothing is heard initially. The slip cordon goes up in an appeal again but the umpire stays calm. This time, Dinesh Karthik straightaway convinces his skipper to go for the review after taking the catch. Replays indicate a noise and the Snickometer shows a spike when the ball passes the bat. A 63-RUN WIN FOR INDIA!
  • This time India go for the review! Is this the end of the game?
  • 73.2 Excitement for a caught behind but no review. On a length outside off, Ngidi looks to open the face of the bat and run it to third man but misses. The keeper appeals initially and then the entire slip cordon barges in. Kohli thinks about the review but Rahane from gully shakes his head. Nothing on the Snickometer.
  • 73.1 A bouncer outside off, Ngidi lets it go.
  • 72.6 SIX! Ahh... well, surprising. He decides to go for the boundary rather than the single. A length ball outside off, Elgar heaves it over mid-wicket and clears the ropes with ease! Good shot but that gets the number 11 on strike from the first ball to Shami. 177/9
  • 72.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 72.4 FOUR! Nice shot. On a length outside off, Elgar waits for the ball to come to him and opens the face of the bat to guide it to third man!
  • 72.3 That comes back in a long way, Elgar pushes at it but misses.
  • 72.2 Outside off, played straight to point.
  • 72.1 On middle and leg, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 71.6 FOUR! PUMMELED! A length ball outside off, Ngidi blasts it down the ground for a boundary past the stumps at the other end! 167/9
  • 71.5 ANOTHER DIRECT HIT WOULD HAVE ENDED THE MATCH. The Indians are smiling, laughing rather. Not sure about Kohli. Elgar squeezes this very full ball towards point and sets off for a quick single. He stutters in between and so does Ngidi after a start. But then they go through for the single and once again, Hardik Pandya is in action. He sees three stumps but prefers to take extra two seconds, then runs across and misses the sticks with his throw. He could have even run in and taken the bails off. Ngidi was nowhere in the frame and had also lost his bat before the crease.
  • 71.4 On middle and leg, watchfully blocked.
  • 71.3 On middle and leg, Elgar ducks.
  • 71.2 Ohhh.. he is squared up there and edges one behind. Full and outside off, Elgar pushes at it but gets a thick outside edge which does not carry to Karthik.
  • 71.1 Full on middle, flicked towards long on. Single not taken.
  • 70.6 Full and outside off, he is not hanging around, drives a full ball outside off towards mid off. Could have left it alone. 162/9
  • 70.5 DIRECT HIT WOULD HAVE ENDED THE MATCH. Elgar pushes this towards mid on and takes a quick single. It is Ishant Sharma over there and he charges in, bends low, slides and under-arms a throw at the bowler's end but misses it by a verrrrrrrrry small margin.
  • 70.4 Beaten. On a length outside off, cuts back in a long way, DE pushes at it but misses.
  • 70.3 Excellent yorker outside off, jammed towards cover.
  • 70.2 Very full outside off, Dean digs it out watchfully.
  • 70.1 A short ball outside off, Elgar sways away.
  • 69.6 A short ball on middle, Lungi looks to pull but mistimes it to short leg. Well, with the match gone, might as well enjoy oneself. 161/9
  • Lungi Ngidi is the last man in. How long can he last?
  • 69.5 OUT! Perfect delivery! This is the ball to be bowled to a tail-ender as opposed to softening him up with short stuff. A searing yorker, right on middle, Morkel is late in getting his bat down and the ball crashes into the stumps. India just a wicket away now.
  • 69.4 Down the leg side, flicked towards fine leg for a single.
  • 69.3 Fuller again, pushed to the off side at point.
  • 69.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 69.1 Full and outside off, watchfully defended to the off side.
  • Morne Morkel is the new man in.
  • 68.6 OUT! Number 8 goes. Full and outside off, tailing in just a little bit, Rabada looks to drive but is beaten by the movement and gets a thick outside edge straight to Cheteshwar Pujara at first slip. First wicket for Bhuvi. 160/8
  • 68.5 On middle and leg, flicked wide of mid on.
  • 68.4 Outside off, Rabada feels for it but misses.
  • 68.3 Landed outside off, steered behind point for a single.
  • 68.2 Outside off, punched through the covers for a couple.
  • 68.1 Landed outside off, defended from the crease.
  • Who is next to face the music? Kagiso Rabada for now.
  • 67.6 OUT! Bowled! Second wicket in the over and this game could be done in the next 5 overs. Full and outside off, Phehlukwayo looks to drive but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads, then crashes onto the stumps. Superb reverse swing bowling, cleaning up the tail. 157/7
  • 67.5 Outside off, left alone again.
  • 67.4 Outside off, pretty full, Phehlukwayo looks to push but misses.
  • Andile Phehlukwayo walks in at number 8, replacing Philander.
  • 67.3 OUT! Dragged on! Well, when you live by the sword, you die by it too. Philander was looking to counter-attack and has paid the price for it. A short ball outside off, Philander looks to pull but gets a thick inside edge onto his stumps. Too loose. India hot favourites now.
  • 67.2 Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
  • 67.1 FOUR! Great shot. On a length outside off, Philander punches it on the up through the covers. Ishant Sharma starts to chase but then gives it up. Poor guy, he is tired after all the effort the whole day.
  • Mohammed Shami into the attack now.
  • 66.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 153/5
  • 66.5 NOT OUT. Nothing on the Snicko. India lose a review but it is worth the punt. It could have been Elgar's wicket here. On a length outside off, Dean looks to push but there is a massive deviation once the ball passes the bat. Kumar appeals and so does Karthik but then the latter quietens down. The entire slip cordon asks Karthik but he says no to the review. Kohli still goes for it but Snickometer shows nothing when the ball goes past the bat.
  • Is that gone? The Indians seem confident that Elgar has nicked one behind. Dinesh Karthik says do not take the review but Kohli does exactly the opposite.
  • 66.4 Full on middle and leg, flicked uppishly through square leg for a single.
  • 66.3 On middle and leg, tucked through the leg side for a single. 89 more needed to win.
  • 66.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 66.1 Outside off, Elgar nearly guides it to the keeper.
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar is back on.
  • 65.6 Close run. Outside off, Elgar pushes it to the off side and sets off for a quick single. It is Hardik Pandya at short extra cover who quickly gets to the ball but instead of under-arming it at the striker's end, he takes a couple of extra seconds and then has a wild shy at the striker's end. Philander gets in and there is a chance of an overthrow but Philander has backed up too far. 151/5
  • 65.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 65.4 Full on middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 65.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 65.2 OUCH! Another one on the gloves. Back of a length outside off, Vernon looks to defend but the ball nips back in, then bounces and hits him hard on the gloves. Luckily for him, the ball goes just past the stumps. Philander is in pain again.
  • 65.1 Outside off, Philander plays at it away from his body, a bit uppishly towards point.
  • 64.6 Full and outside off, Elgar shoulders arms. 149/5
  • 64.5 This one nips back in a long way, somehow Philander works it through square leg for a single.
  • 64.4 Outside off, VP plays at that but the ball cuts back in to beat the inside edge.
  • 64.3 Outside off, Vernon plays at that a bit loosely and punches it off the inner half of the bat towards the bowler.
  • 64.2 Good shot. On a length outside off, Philander punches it past point and gets a couple.
  • 64.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • 63.6 Full and outside off, swinging in, VP looks to drive but perhaps the reverse on that makes the ball tail in and go off the inside edge through mid on. Gets off the mark. This could be all over pretty quickly. South Africa's lower order against a reversing ball on a defensive pitch. 146/5
  • 63.5 That has taken off as well! Bumrah hits the crack and gets the ball to bounce, Vernon comes forward as it is on a length. He is taken aback by the bounce and takes a blow on the glove.
  • 63.4 On a good length outside off, pushed to the off side. Philander wants a single but is sent back.
  • 63.3 On a good length outside off, cutting back in, Philander looks to defend but misses and gets hit on the box. Ouch.
  • 63.2 Outside off, solidly defended.
  • Vernon Philander walks in at number 7, replacing de Kock.
  • 63.1 OUT! Dead plumb. India all over South Africa now. All the hard work done by Elgar and Amla is going to waste. On a length outside off, comes back in sharply, de Kock comes half forward to defend but misses and is hit right in front of the stumps. Bumrah appeals and umpire Ian Gould does not take much time to raise his finger. That is so plumb that de Kock does not even bother taking a review. Hitting leg stump, says Hawk Eye. South Africa need a MASSIVE 96 RUNS now, only 5 wickets left.
  • 62.6 One more leave outside off, this time a normal one. 145/4
  • 62.5 Outside off, Elgar makes an exaggerated leave.
  • 62.4 Around middle and leg, defended to the leg side.
  • 62.3 Outside off, Dean pushes it towards point.
  • 62.2 That would have hurt. Comes back in from a length, Elgar is forward to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his ribs.
  • 62.1 Outside off, pretty wide, left alone.
  • 61.6 On middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a single. 145/4
  • 61.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 61.4 On a good length outside off, DE looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads. Bumrah starts to appeal but the umpire has spotted the edge.
  • 61.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 61.2 Full on middle, pushed towards mid on.
  • 61.1 Around off, defended watchfully.
  • Quinton de Kock walks in now.
  • 60.6 OUT! BOWLED! Ishant has roared India back into this Test! Oh boy, the ball is talking. The pitch is showing its true colours now. Nothing Faf could do about this. The ball is landed on a length outside off and Faf comes forward to defend. But the ball comes back in, stays low, goes on to hit the front pad and then onto the stumps! Ishant is roaring in fury. Boy, have India waited for such things to happen since last night. Faf du Plessis is on his haunches and smiles. Starts to walk back. 3-0 might just have gone out of the window now. 144/4
  • 60.5 On middle and leg, worked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 60.4 Outside off, coming in from around the wicket, DE trusts the bounce and shoulders arms.
  • 60.3 Full and outside off, Elgar comes forward and keeps it out.
  • 60.2 On a good length on middle and off, watchfully blocked out.
  • 60.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • 59.6 Landed outside off, left alone. 143/3
  • 59.5 Full on middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 59.4 Outside off, du Plessis feels for it again but misses once more.
  • 59.3 Outside off, Faf feels for it but misses.
  • 59.2 On middle and leg, du Plessis works it through square leg and takes a comfortable couple. Gets off the mark. 98 more needed to win.
  • 59.1 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 58.6 Full and outside off, nicely kept out. 141/3
  • 58.5 Outside off, watchfully blocked out.
  • 58.4 Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
  • 58.3 Outside off, defended from the crease.
  • 58.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 58.1 Landed outside off, left alone.
  • Ishant Sharma to continue from the other end.
  • 57.6 Full on middle, pushed to the leg side. 141/3
  • 57.5 On middle and leg, worked wide of mid-wicket for a single.
  • 57.4 A bouncer now, Dean ducks.
  • 57.3 Around off, solidly defended.
  • 57.2 Another couple, half volley on the pads, Dean works it through mid-wicket this time.
  • 57.1 Down the leg side, Elgar tucks it through backward square leg, calls for two and gets two.
  • The Indians are back out in the middle with renewed vigour. Jasprit Bumrah to start off proceedings for the session. Elgar to face. Meanwhile, Parthiv Patel has not taken the field. DINESH KARTHIK has taken the gloves as a substitute. Apparently, Parthiv has a broken finger. When did he break, no idea. Here we go...
  • ... DAY 4, SESSION 3 ...
  • After that, Bumrah bowled a peach of a delivery which bamboozled de Villiers. Having said all that, South Africa still hold the advantage. Credit to Elgar and Amla for playing brave knocks on a tricky pitch. India, on the other hand, will believe that a couple of more breakthroughs can make the Protea camp very jittery. Still 42 overs are left in the day and it is possible to get a result today itself. Will South Africa stand tall and hold their nerves? Or will the tourists trigger a collapse to register a brilliant win? An absorbing final session awaits us.
  • Session Highlights - 29 overs, 67 runs, 2 wickets. India are right back into the contest with a roar. Two quick wickets right before Tea has opened the door for the visitors. Their bowlers bowled decently throughout but were not getting the results as Amla and Elgar were battling on even after getting hit on the body a few times. However, Amla's dismissal gave India a renewed confident that they can surge a fightback.
  • 56.6 Landed outside off, shouldered arms. TEA ON DAY 4, South Africa need 105 runs, India need 7 wickets! 136/3
  • 56.5 Outside off, Dean pushes it towards point for a single.
  • 56.4 Fuller in length, Dean is solidly forward in defense.
  • 56.3 One more leave outside off.
  • 56.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 56.1 FOUR! Ahh... the play-leave-edge shot. On a good length outside off, Elgar comes forward to defend, but then decides to withdraw his bat. Is late and the ball goes off the outside edge past second slip to third man. Lokesh Rahul runs after it, gets to the ball with a dive, pulls it back in but while doing so, the cherry hits his body and rolls back on to the fence. 106 more needed for a win now. Elgar moves to 60.
  • Skipper Faf du Plessis walks in now. 6 minutes to Tea. South Africa in a mini-collapse.
  • 55.6 OUT! One brings two, Amla gets AB with him too! Big, big moment in the game. India are right back in this. A length ball outside off, de Villiers pushes at this but then the ball bounces extra, takes the outside edge and lobs straight to Ajinkya Rahane at gully! The match is alive and kicking. AB flops again, 5 in the first innings, 6 in the second. South Africa still need 110 runs while India are 7 wickets short of avoiding a whitewash. Game on. 131/3
  • 55.5 Outside off, AB drives it straight but cannot beat Virat Kohli at mid off.
  • 55.4 Full and outside off, solidly defended.
  • 55.3 Outside off, de Villiers flirts with it and misses.
  • 55.2 On middle and leg, defended watchfully.
  • 55.1 On middle, Elgar works it through square leg for a single.
  • 54.6 A full toss, on middle, AB misses out, flicking it straight to short mid-wicket. 130/2
  • 54.5 A short ball now, AB takes his head and gloves out of the way, with the bat as well.
  • 54.4 Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
  • 54.3 On a length outside off, AB blocks.
  • 54.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 54.1 FOUR! Wrong line, gets too straight, de Villiers clips it past the keeper to the fine leg fence.
  • 53.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 126/2
  • 53.5 Outside off, let through.
  • 53.4 Comes around the wicket and lands it on a length, Dean is happy letting it go untouched.
  • 53.3 Outside off, left alone again.
  • 53.2 Stays back in his crease and blocks.
  • 53.1 A short ball outside off, Elgar fends at it but misses.
  • 52.6 MISFIELD FROM KOHLI! Full and outside off, de Villiers reaches out and drives it through mid off. Virat Kohli gets across to his left and dives but the ball goes through. Two runs to get AB de Villiers off the mark. 126/2
  • 52.5 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • AB de Villiers walks in at number 4, replacing Amla.
  • 52.4 OUT! What has happened? Stop the press. A wicket has fallen out of nowhere. After 44 overs of toil, India have finally struck today. That too, of a nothing delivery. A gentle half volley on the pads, Amla flicks it away but straight to Hardik Pandya at short mid-wicket! The Indians rejoice. Kohli roars. The visitors have got an opening. 117 runs, 8 wickets.
  • 52.3 EDGED, BUT SAFE! Amla gets lucky. Full and outside off, Amla pushes at that but the ball moves away a touch and takes the outside edge. It goes slowly to Cheteshwar Pujara at first slip who dives but the ball lands slowly.
  • 52.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 52.1 That would have hurt. On a good length outside off, Amla looks to fend but the ball goes off the gloves and lands on the off side.
  • Ishant Sharma comes back on.
  • 51.6 Wide down the leg side, No trouble at all for the batsman. 124/1
  • 51.5 A length ball outside off, stays low, HA punches it but the ball goes off the toe end of the bat wide of mid off.
  • 51.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 51.3 There it is! 38TH TEST FIFTY FOR AMLA! What an innings this has been. On a difficult pitch, he has stood tall. Managed to keep the Indians at bay so far. 118 more needed to win.
  • 51.2 Landed outside off, Amla punches it behind point and gets a couple.
  • 51.1 On a good length around off, solidly defended.
  • 50.6 The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact. 119/1
  • 50.5 Landed outside off, moving away slightly, Dean feels for it but misses.
  • 50.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 50.3 On a good length around off, watchfully defended.
  • 50.2 On a length around off, coming in, Amla works it wide of mid on. Ishant Sharma gets to the ball as it stops near the fence. Three runs taken. Just breaks the shackles a bit.
  • 50.1 On a good length around off, solidly defended from the crease.
  • 49.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 116/1
  • 49.5 Just taps it to the leg side and takes a quick run.
  • 49.4 On a good length around off, defended from the crease.
  • 49.3 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 49.2 A bouncer now, Amla ducks.
  • 49.1 Full and down the leg side, flicked through square leg for a single.
  • Jasprit Bumrah is back on.
  • 48.6 Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off. 114/1
  • 48.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 48.4 Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
  • 48.3 Full on middle, flicked straight to mid-wicket.
  • 48.2 The batsman has punched that ball through the off side.
  • 48.1 Back of a length outside off, defended solidly.
  • 47.6 The batsman gets a bottom edge of the bat on that one. 114/1
  • 47.5 On a good length outside off, solidly defended.
  • 47.4 The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact.
  • 47.3 A short ball now, Amla pulls it through square leg, a bit uppishly for a run.
  • 47.2 Ahhh.... full and outside off, Elgar pushes inside the line and gets a thick inside edge towards fine leg. A single taken.
  • 47.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • 46.6 One more ball outside off, patience again from Amla as he lets it go. 112/1
  • 46.5 Wide outside off, Hashim shoulders arms.
  • 46.4 A full ball on middle, driven uppishly towards mid on.
  • 46.3 The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman.
  • 46.2 Hmmm.... some more inconsistent behaviour from this pitch. On a length outside off, Amla gets across, shoulders arms, but the ball kicks off and hits the gloves, landing short of the keeper.
  • 46.1 Full and wide outside off, left alone.
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar is back on.
  • 45.6 Outside off, played straight to point. 112/1
  • 45.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 45.4 Wide outside off, let through.
  • 45.3 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 45.2 FOUR! Lucky runs but that is the definition of not only this innings but mostly every knock from Elgar. Half the time he looks like he will get out but then ends making a big score. A lovely ball from Pandya, keeping it in the corridor of uncertainty and planting that seed of doubt in Elgar's mind. The southpaw comes forward to defend but at the last moment, thinks about withdrawing his bat. Is late and the ball goes off his gloves, past first slip, through the massive gap between first and third slip and races to the third man fence! Also brings up the 10TH TEST FIFTY FOR ELGAR. 129 more needed to win now.
  • 45.1 Full and outside off, Elgar comes forward and smothers it.
  • 44.6 Full and outside off, driven through the covers where substitute Ravindra Jadeja makes a good stop. 108/1
  • 44.5 One more leave outside off.
  • 44.4 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 44.3 A bouncer now, Hashim ducks.
  • 44.2 Full and wide outside off, let through.
  • 44.1 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • DRINKS BREAK. Another good passage of play for the Proteas. Since Lunch, they have upped the ante, scoring 39 runs in 16 overs. India have not been able to get that magic ball to earn a wicket. They might slightly get worried, with the runs required now coming down to 133. Amla and Elgar have grown in confidence. Still, India will believe - one wicket and that can change the momentum.
  • 43.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 108/1
  • 43.5 One more leave outside off.
  • 43.4 Slightly wider than the previous ones, an easier leave for Elgar.
  • 43.3 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through again.
  • 43.2 Closer to the off stump, shouldered arms to again.
  • 43.1 Full and outside off, left alone.
  • 42.6 A bouncer to end the over, HA ducks. 108/1
  • 42.5 Angles this away from the batsman, landing the ball around off, Hashim shoulders arms.
  • 42.4 Pitches this a touch fuller, gets Amla in a tangle as he shuffles across, induces a leading edge but the ball does not carry to gully.
  • 42.3 Stays back in his crease and defends.
  • 42.2 Works this through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 42.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • 41.6 Down the leg side, Dean misses his flick and Parthiv cannot stop it cleanly. Concedes a bye. 107/1
  • 41.5 Wide outside off, left alone.
  • 41.4 FOUR! The 100-RUN STAND IS UP! A short ball around off, Elgar pulls it through mid-wicket and gets a boundary!
  • 41.3 Outside off, Dean feels for it but misses.
  • 41.2 Outside off, Elgar runs it down to third man where Ishant Sharma dives to his right and saves the boundary. Two runs taken.
  • 41.1 Outside off, defended from the crease.
  • 40.6 Goes back in his crease and blocks. 100/1
  • 40.5 On middle and leg, worked wide of mid-wicket for a single. 100 IS UP FOR SOUTH AFRICA and the crowd is up and cheering! Some fightback, this.
  • 40.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 40.3 Outside off, Dean feels for it but misses.
  • 40.2 On a length outside off, a touch wide, could have been left alone, but Elgar feels for it but misses.
  • 40.1 Full and wide outside off, Elgar lets it through.
  • 39.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 99/1
  • 39.5 Stays back in his crease and blocks.
  • Nice from umpire Ian Gould. He walks across to Dean Elgar and asks him whether he is fine after copping that blow. Elgar replies with a smile, so must be fine.
  • 39.4 Outside off, played through point for a run.
  • 39.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 39.2 Too short, on middle, Dean ducks and poor Parthiv Patel leaps full stretch. Cannot stop it completely and the batsmen take a couple of byes.
  • 39.1 There comes the hit. OUCH. Hardik lands it on a good length on middle, Elgar looks to duck, then tries to fend. Is hit on the chest. Hardik gives a stare, Elgar doesn't care.
  • 38.6 Walks across his stumps and Shami bowls it down the leg side, HA misses his flick again. That was not too far from the stumps. 96/1
  • 38.5 On a good length around off, defended solidly.
  • 38.4