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India vs South Africa Highlights, 1st Test Match at Visakhapatnam, Day 4: South Africa End Day on 11/1

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17:21 (IST)

And that's that, the umpires have decided that further play was not possible owing to the light, and South Africa need 384 more runs to win on the last day. In all fairness, the game is in India's hands, and it would require a mammoth task from South Africa to pull off a victory here. That's it from us on Day 4, as South Africa end the day on 11/1. The action will resume on Day 5!

17:18 (IST)

Eight overs have been bowled in this session, and South Africa have reached the score of 11/1. The pressure that de Bruyn and Aiden Markram are feeling at the moment is telling in the way they have approached this innings. de Bruyn in particular looks tentative, never too sure about whether to attack or defend.

17:02 (IST)

OUT! Dean Elgar cannot replicate his heroics of the first innings in the second innings, as he is LBW by Ravindra Jadeja after making two runs off 16 balls. Jadeja appealed wildly for a ball that kept low, and the umpire did not raise his finger. But Kohli took the review, and with the ball shown to be crashing into the leg-stump, the umpire had to reverse his decision. India have their first wicket, and the score reads 4/1.   

16:51 (IST)

The South African batsmen Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram have begun the chase, and are immediately tasked with encountering the new ball threat of Ravichandran Ashwin. He has an attacking field around him, with a slip and silly point, and the pitch is beginning to behave in an unpredictable manner on this fourth day. At the end of the first over, the score reads 2/0.

16:39 (IST)

And that's that! Virat Kohli goes for a pull and starts running towards the pavilion in the same motion, declaring the innings with a lead of 394 runs. India have set South Africa a target of 395, and 13 more overs are expected to be bowled today. India have ended their innings on 323/4.

16:30 (IST)

After the dismissal of Ravindra Jadeja, Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli have taken the Indian score to 308/4, hitting a flurry of boundaries and making sure that the scoring rate does not dip despite the loss of wickets. Ajinkya Rahane has also displayed innovation, playing a paddle sweep with the 'other' side of the bat! India's lead is now extended to 379 runs, and surely, the declaration cannot be far away now.

16:09 (IST)

SIX! Kohli launches into Keshav Maharaj for a flat six over mid-on, and it seems like the Indian captain has made up his mind about getting runs on board as soon as possible. He follows up that six with a four through the cover region, and India have quickly marched to a lead of 338 runs.

16:04 (IST)

Virat Kohli clearly wants to make a matter of this match and win it comprehensively, judging by his shots so far. He has raced to 7 off 5 balls, while Jadeja is batting on 22 off 24 balls at the other end. What we've seen in the session is that the South African players have been in constant communication throughout, and in all fairness, are entitled to that, even if it may feel like a ploy to slow down the over rate to Indian fans. India are 255/3.

15:51 (IST)

Gone! Rohit Sharma is finally dismissed for 127 off 149 balls, stumped off the bowling of Keshav Maharaj. Well what entertainment he's given us this innings. Funnily, he had never been stumped before this Test match, and now has been stumped twice in two innings. The game of glorious uncertainties, cricket. What's certain though, is that India still have a vice-like grip on this match.

15:48 (IST)

Three sixes in a row from Rohit Sharma! Rohit goes after Dane Piedt and the ball sails over long-on for three sixes in three balls, in almost the same area. The third one was the most beautiful of the lot, Rohit stepping down the pitch like a dancer and connecting sweetly with the ball. Twenty runs came off that Dane Piedt over, and the Indian score now reads 237/2. The lead has crossed 300, and India are in a commanding position here.

15:38 (IST)

It's been all India since the beginning of the third session, and the boundary is being found with regularity by Rohit Sharma. He paddles the ball down to fine-leg shortly after bringing up his ton for another boundary, and the score now stands at 210/2. Keshav Maharaj is bring brought into the attack to try and take another wicket.

15:31 (IST)

And that's a ton for Rohit! What a way to announce his arrival at the top of the order in the Test team. He got to three figures in the first innings, and now does the same in the second, reaching there after 133 deliveries. Phenomenal performance.

15:22 (IST)

OUT! Cheteshwar Pujara is dismissed for a well-made 81, after he completely misses the line of the ball and is trapped in front of the stumps by Vernon Philander. He consults Rohit Sharma at the other end and goes for a review, but the ball is shown to be crashing straight into the off-stump. India lose their second wicket of the day, and the score reads 190/2.

15:10 (IST)

As Vernon Philander gets done with the first over after Tea with Quinton de Kock coming up to the stumps, the question on everyone's mind is when this Indian team will announce the declaration. With just one day of action left to go in the match after this session, there would be a temptation for captain Virat Kohli to put South Africa in to bat for a few overs today itself.

14:44 (IST)

Pujara survives a review on the last ball before tea. Both Pujara and Rohit have been absolutely brilliant for India, they have managed to take the game away from South Africa with some aggressive batting. India are 175/1 and currently lead by 246 runs as we take Tea!

14:38 (IST)

South African pacers have been really unlucky. They have bowled in the right areas but wickets have alluded them, Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara have completely taken the game away from the visitors here.

14:20 (IST)

Rabada has been really unlucky today, he has bowled in the right areas but the edges havent carried to the fielders. The pitch is also starting to get a bit uneven, only two results possible at the moment it seems!

14:08 (IST)

India have taken their lead past 200 here, and they are accelerating rather quickly here. We could be in for a cracking finale tomorrow if Kohli declares early, meanwhile Pujara gets another boundary as the ball goes past a flying Quinton de Kock for a boundary.

13:59 (IST)

50! Cheteshwar Puajra now completes a fine half-century. He struggled initially but has been only dealing in boundaries once he settled. He is looking really positive now and this is his 21st half-century. A half-century after five innings for Pujara here.

13:50 (IST)

Rohit Sharma has completed his half-century and has also taken his average at home past 100! Simply sensational from the opener, and he is looking really good at the moment. Can he get back to back hundreds here?

13:41 (IST)

India have certainly stepped on the pedal here, Rohit and Pujara both are finding boundaries with great ease now and are looking in total control at the moment. India are now 113/1 after 35 overs

13:30 (IST)

Almost! Muthusamy almost pulls off an incredible catch on the boundary, as he juggles the ball before finally catching it but it seems he has stepped on the boundary cushion while doing so. Rohit just about survives that but it was a fine effort from the South African.

13:20 (IST)

FOUR! Magnificent from Pujara! Another flighted ball outside off, Pujara once again comes down the track and drives this nicely past the mid off fielder for boundary.That's the shot of the day from India's no.3 but he will still need to get a move on here. India are 82/1 after 30 overs

13:06 (IST)

India not exactly taking the game by the scruff of the neck here, they are progressing slowly than they would want. Rohit Sharma meanwhile has hit 9 sixes in the day, which is a record for most sixes by an Indian!

12:58 (IST)

CHANCE! Flighted delivery on off, Pujara comes down the track and flicks it towards short leg where Markram is hit flush on the knees. Can't be called a dropped catch as it was travelling very quickly.

12:48 (IST)
Its sweltering in Vizag!
12:36 (IST)

Pujara playing his natural game at the moment, but that won't really be helping India at the moment it seems. They need quick runs and dot balls will only aid South Africa in ensuring that they bat as less as possible in this game!

12:28 (IST)

Pujara continues to be steady at the other end, Vernon Philander has been absolutely spot on for South Africa and hasn't given anything away yet. He is bowling in the perfect areas for the pacers!

12:22 (IST)

Rohit is continuing to be aggressive here, India should be looking at a lead of somewhere around 300 and hope that they can get atleast 2-2 and half sessions to bowl at South Africa, The innings of Rohit Sharma becomes crucial as he likes to accelerate!

12:11 (IST)
Biggest talking point so far?
India vs South Africa Highlights, 1st Test Match at Visakhapatnam, Day 4: South Africa End Day on 11/1

India vs South Africa, Live Cricket Score and Latest Updates of 1st Test Match: And that’s that, the umpires have decided that further play was not possible owing to the light, and South Africa need 384 more runs to win on the last day. In all fairness, the game is in India’s hands, and it would require a mammoth task from South Africa to pull off a victory here. That’s it from us on Day 4, as South Africa end the day on 11/1. The action will resume on Day 5!

India vs South Africa 1st Test, day 4 on October 3rd (Thursday) will be broadcast on the Star Sports Network and live streaming will be available on Hotstar. The match will be played at Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam and will begin at 0930 HRS IST. You can also follow all the action on our live blog (IND vs SA).


Thanks to Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock’s fighting knocks of 160 and 111 runs respectively, South Africa ensured that they stayed in the hunt on Day 3 of the first Test against India at Visakhaptnam.

Having ended day 2 on the score of 39/3, South Africa faced an uphill task against an Indian bowling attack looking to maintain their dominance on day 3. And the contributions of Elgar and de Kock went a long way in ensuring that the visitors ended day 3 on 385/8, with the excellent Ravichandran Ashwin picking up five wickets by the end of the day.

Temba Bavuma was the first wicket of the day, when he fell to Ishant Sharma to reduce South Africa to 63/4. In walked in skipper Faf du Plessis, who, aware of his bad form on the last tour, made sure that his team did not lose any more wickets and went into lunch with the score at 153/4.

Bavuma and du Plessis continued the good work after lunch as well, and made India toil hard in the field at the beginning of the second session. Both batsmen brought up their half-centuries and stitched together a much-needed partnership of 115 runs.

But it was Ravichandran Ashwin who provided the breakthrough, dismissing du Plessis for 55, with the score reading 178/5.

It was then time for the start of the second big partnership of the day, between Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock, with Elgar bringing up a brilliant century right before Tea. Both batsmen held out till the break, and used the interval to re-align their strategy to go again in the third session of the day.

With the South African innings in need of cautious acceleration, both batsmen picked up the pace of run-scoring, with Elgar going past the 150 run-mark, and the duo putting on a partnership of 160 runs.

Ravindra Jadeja stepped up for India just as the batsmen were threatening to continue adding runs to the South African total, finally dismissing Elgar for 160. Senuran Muthusamy joined de Kock at the crease, and the latter continued his aggressive approach to bring up his century, adding a brief 28 runs to the total.

Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed de Kock in the 110th over, and did not waste more time in castling Vernon Philander for a duck, leaving the South African score at 376/8.

That was the last wicket that South Africa lost till the end of play, and ended the day on 385/8 with Muthusamy and Keshav Maharaj batting on 12 and 3 respectively.​