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India vs South Africa 2018, Second Test, Day 4 Highlights - As It Happened

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: January 16, 2018, 11:12 PM IST

2nd Test, SuperSport Park, Centurion 13 - 17 January, 2018

Toss won by South Africa (decided to bat)

South Africa beat India by 135 runs

Man of the Match: Lungi Ngidi



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That is the end of the day's play and the Indians are clearly looking down the barrel here. Pujara and Parthiv out in the middle and they will have to play out of their guts to win this one from here. Draw doesn't look like an option here for 0sure with the pitch staying low. One of them will have your number for sure.


So, that's the end of play on Day 4, totally dominated by South Africa and they have probably won the match in the final session with the big wicket of Kohli, for India all eyes will be on Pujara who remains the last man standing. India are 35/3 after 23 overs, chasing 287 to win


So, that's the end of play on Day 4, totally dominated by South Africa and they have probably won the match in the final session with the big wicket of Kohli, for India all eyes will be on Pujara who remains the last man standing. India are 35/3 after 23 overs, chasing 287 to win


That's the end of Ngidi's spell for today atleast, what an exceptional performance from the youngster, killing any hopes India had with two quick wickets. India are 34/3 after 22 overs.


Yet another maiden over, hard to see where the runs will come from for India. They are just looking to play out time, 32/3, after 21 overs, chasing 287 to win


Parthiv not having much to clue as to which way the ball is going at the moment, he is just looking to stay at the crease. Ngidi really creating havoc for the India, they are 28/3


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Parthiv is struggling with the hit off Lungi. He has called for a fresh chest guard and in walks Patrick Farhat with the magic spray. This just gets more and more mysterious as to why would Rohit not come out to bat when it was pre-decided that play would be extended past the closing time as bad light stopped play early on Monday


Morne Morkel with an avsolute ripper of the delivery, beats the outside edge of Pujara. India certainly living on a prayer at the moment. They will be looking to play out the day and try to start again tomorrow, though it looks ominous for India. They are 28/3


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That one would have hurt Parthiv. Hits him right in the rib cage and Ngidi is bowling at good pace here. The question is that how long will the Indians look to shield Rohit Sharma? Do we see Ashwin come in here if another wicket falls? Crazy strategy from the management


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This is the game as far as I am concerned. South Africa could not have asked for a better end to the day's play than getting Kohli. A few words said there as Kohli went for the DRS and had the decision going in South Africa's favour, but everyone knows how big this one is for the hosts


WICKET! Its the big one, Ngidi gets the big wicket of VIrat Kohli, the ball comes back in and its an unplayable delivery. Jags back in and he is hit right in front of the wicket. He goes for a review and its all three reds. India lose a review as well and they are 26/3. Things looking gloomy here for the visitors.


Kohli gets off the mark with a boundary but a streaky one, it takes the outside edge and goes wide of gully. India 21/2 here, still needing 266 runs more.


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KL Rahul's tough time in South Africa continues as he is out for just 4. Lungi has his man in his very first over of the innings as Maharaj completes the catch. Kohli comes in next and this doesn't look good for India at all. The South Africans can sniff blood here


WICKET! Ngidi comes into the attack and strikes 1st ball. KL Rahul departs, what a poor and ordinary shot, Straight ball outside off stump and Rahul hits it straight to the point fielder. What an ordinary dismissal. He departs for 4, India 16/2


Here is an interesting stat which shows that Pujara and Kohli certainly hold the key if India are to chase and win here.


First 10 overs of the innings gone and India are 16/1 here, Pujara and Rahul still at the crease but India need 271 more runs to win. The pitch certainly isn't the best but the total is certainly chaseable


Pujara certainly playing with the straight bat which is absolutely crucial in this innings, India need him to stay at the crease as long as possible. They are 14/1 after 9 overs.


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There you go that is the first one that kept low and got South Africa a wicket. Inside edge onto the stumps as Vijay has to walk back to the dressing room for 9. Rabada has got the first wicket as India's score reads 11/1 in the 8th over. The South African fans are ecstatic


WICKET! That one was coming, the ball stays low yet again and at Rabda's pace that can be deadly. Hits the edge of Vijay's bat and clatters onto the off stump. Big wicket for South Africa, Vijay departs for 9. India 11/1


One that keeps low almost gets the better off Rahul, he looks to play it with the straight bat but the ball stays really low and the Indian opener is lucky it doesnt clatter onto the off stump. India will need such luck if they are to chase this


Back to back maidens for South Africa, India 11/0 after 6 overs, need 275 more runs to win


The ball isn't doing anything which will send tremors down Indian batsmen, they are looking solid in defence so far and not looking in a hurry, as was the case in the 1st innings. India 11/0 after 5 overs


Good over for India, with 6 runs coming off it. Time really isnt a worry for the visitors, once they play out the new ball, it will definitely get a lot easier for them.


FOUR! First boundary of the innings from Murali Vijay, on the backfoot and punches it through the cover region. Perfectly timed boundary, India 9/0


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Rabada shares the new ball with Philander, clearly South Africa looking to make use of the variable bounce and the pace of Rabada on this wicket to rattle the Indian batsmen. So far so good for the Indians as both Vijay and Rahul are looking to be positive


Kagiso Rabada coming in from the other end, both the Indian openers happy to leave anything outside the off stump for now and that's how it should be, it will be crucial to see whether they can continue with this for a long period of time. India 3/0 after 2 overs.


KL Rahul and Murali Vijay will start off for India, the visitors will need a solid opening partnership if they are to chase this total. Can't be dependent on Kohli alone. Philander steaming in with the new ball..


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That is it. Lungi goes trying to clear long on off Ashwin. He goes for 1 as the South Africa innings ends on 258 which means India have a target of 287 to win this one and level the series 1-1 going into Johannesburg for the third game. Three and a half session to get there and this should be an interesting chase



WICKET! Ashwin finally strikes,  dismisses Ngidi who is caught at long on. India will need 287 runs to win to level the series, South Africa dismissed for 258. We should be in for an exciting chase here soon!


Ngidi finally gets off the mark, India somehow going for the short ball against tail enders which really isnt effective unless you want to hurt the batsman. South Africa 254/9 and lead by 282 runs


India vs South Africa 2018, Second Test, Day 4 Highlights - As It Happened

Cheteshwar Pujara (AFP Photo)

Live Updates: South Africa are in commanding position in the match as they lead by 258 runs at Tea on Day 4.

Day 3 Review: The way momentum has swung in the second Test between India and South Africa at the SuperSport Park in Centurion, it could well give the pendulum a run for its money. And at the end of the third day’s play, it was clearly the home team on top after AB de Villiers showed once again why he is considered one of the best batsman in the business.
Taking a leaf out of good friend and opposition captain Kohli’s book - the run-machine scored his 21st Test century – de Villiers showed intent and application to hand Proteas the edge after Kohli continued from where he left on the second evening to score a magnificent 153.
He is yet to reach the three-figure mark, but bad light, overcast conditions and a quality spell in tandem from Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah on a wicket with variable bounce was enough to make de Villiers' innings worth its weight in gold.
At stumps, with bad light ending play early, South Africa’s score read 90/2 with the hosts leading by 118 runs with 8 wickets in the bag. De Villiers is batting on 50 and Dean Elgar on 36.
It is the uncharacteristic Centurion wicket that makes the lead look bigger than it is as the ball has already started to keep low and that accounted for Aiden Markram (1) as Jasprit Bumrah got one to nip in sharply from one of the cracks and had the opener caught plumb in front. With the score on 1/1, Hashim Amla joined Dean Elgar in the middle, but Amla too fell for just 1 as Bumrah picked his second. The score read 3/2 as de Villiers joined Elgar and from there on, it was the show of a master at work.
But before AB could steal the heart of cricket lovers with his show, it was Kohli who stole the thunder. Leading from the front on a wicket which was certainly two paced and keeping low at times, Kohli played every ball on its merit from the word go. With Hardik Pandya (15) running himself out by not grounding the bat after calling for a non-existent single, it was left on Kohli and the last lower-order bat R Ashwin to stitch together a partnership as India still trailed the hosts by 126 runs when the off-spinner came onto bat.
Ashwin deserves credit for not only holding one end up, but for also playing some attacking shots even as the South African players aimed at his body to unsettle him. A knock on his left glove from Kagiso Rabada wasn’t going to deter him as he went on to play three crisp drives off Rabada soon after. While the first one went to the left of the covers fielder, the second was a backfoot punch to the right of the covers fielder and the third one a square drive. Ashwin’s innings helped Kohli also hold his own as he felt no added pressure.
With Kohli having already crossed the three-figure mark, the India captain now looked at taking the team closer to South Africa’s first innings score of 335 and the partnership looked to be blooming when the second new ball did the trick for Faf du Plessis. With 80 overs gone, the new ball was due and he immediately took it.
Pacer Vernon Philander answered his skipper’s call by dismissing Ashwin for 38 as du Plessis took a brilliant catch at second slip. The ball moved away after pitching and Ashwin flashed at it, only for the ball to land into the palms of the South Africa skipper. Mohammed Shami was brought in ahead of Ishant Sharma to wield the willow, but he was dismissed by Morkel for 1 and it was left to Ishant to help Kohli take India past the 300-run mark.
This is where Kohli’s leadership skill came to the fore once again as apart from shielding Ishant from the pacers, he also kept applauding the tailender every time he defended a bouncer or played out a yorker. The team went into the lunch break with the score reading 287/8, still trailing by 48 runs. Kohli brought up his 150 with a pull to the mid-wicket boundary and a sedate celebration followed as he kissed his India badge on the helmet and the locket he wears.
But Ishant’s stay ended soon after as he fended one off Morkel straight to Markram at forward short leg. But his 20-ball stay ensured that India had come to touching distance of the South Africa score. Kohli departed soon after as he looked to take the attack to the Proteas bowlers with just Bumrah for company and in the end, India were all out for 307, trailing by 28.
But another show of quality batsmanship was on the cards for the sparse crowd at the SuperSport Park on the Monday afternoon. With the Indian pacers bowling a much more disciplined line and the ball also starting to reverse, apart from Ashwin getting turn and bounce, it was important for the South Africans to get a partnership going and this is where de Villiers stood up and got counted. With Elgar for company, he showed patience to grind it out as the wicket started to get more and more difficult for batting.
The one-hour rain break ensured that the conditions further supported the Indian bowlers, but there was no breaking through the defence of AB. He continued to wait for the bad balls to score off and dug out the good ones as Elgar played the perfect second fiddle. Even though Parthiv Patel did not go for a keeper's catch as Elgar edged Bumrah, much to Kohli's dismay, the opener looked solid otherwise. The wet ball did keep Ashwin out of the attack, but that cannot take anything away from de Villiers’s knock.

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South Africa Playing XI: Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungisani Ngidi, Morne Morkel

India Playing XI: Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Rohit Sharma, Parthiv Patel(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma

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1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
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