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India vs South Africa Third Test Day 4 Highlights - As It Happened

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20:43 (IST)

WICKET! Shami has done it, bowls one slightly short of good length. Ngidi hangs his bat out and the ball takes a faint nick through to the keeper. Umpire gives it not out but India decide to review it. It shows that the ball took a faint edge. SA 177 all out and India win this one by 63 runs. Virat Kohli does the dab. He seems to be excited as India celebrate.

20:38 (IST)

SIX! Everyone thinks Elgar might be going for a boundary but he pulls one for the maximum! South Africa need more of these if they are to get closer to India's total. South Africa are 177/9 at the moment.

20:37 (IST)

FOUR! Dean Elgar continues to soldier on, this time he guides it past the slip cordon for a boundary. Score reaches 171/7, still far away from victory but a couple of more boundaries and who knows.

20:33 (IST)

An absolute howler from Pandya, some confusion between the South African batsmen and Pandya can go and knock over the stumps. He then changes his mind at the last moment and has a shy at the stumps. He misses it. SA 165/9

20:29 (IST)

South African dressing room is shell shocked right now, they can't believe what has hit them. India has been absolutely sensational in the last 30 minutes. SA are 162/9 at the moment.

20:24 (IST)

WICKET! Brillian bowling this from Shami, Morkel was expecting a short ball but instead its a brilliant yorker. Morkel can't get his bat down on time. SA 161/9

20:21 (IST)

WICKET! An absolute peacher from Bhuvneshwar, pitches and nips just a bit. All Rabada can do is get an outside edge and Pujara takes a simple catch at second slip. SA 160/8, India truly on top.

20:16 (IST)

India are looking absolutely pumped now, they are just 3 wickets away from what would be a sweet victory considering the criticism they came under. SA are 160/7 currently.

20:16 (IST)

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Shami now gets Phehlukwayo as the ball keeps low and takes the inside edge onto the stumps. Kohli once again silences the South African supporters as this game looks headed towards an India win

20:08 (IST)

WICKET! Mohammad Shami strikes, gets the better off Philander who was looking to pull. It hits the inside edge and goes onto clatter the stumps.  SA 157/6 and the writing seems to be on the wall now. Philander goes back for 10.

20:06 (IST)

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The crowd is getting into this one now as they boo kohli for taking a review against Elgar as replays show that the ball clearly missed the bat. These are emotions that only a Test match can bring out when two teams are fighting tooth and nail to register a win and prove their supremacy over the other

20:05 (IST)

REVIEW! This is another horrendous one from Kohli, loud appeal for a caught behind and Karthik says no need for a review. But Kohli is sure he heard something so he decides to go for it, snicko shows it might have just clipped the shirt. Elgar survives. SA 153/5.

19:58 (IST)

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Ishant and Bumrah now starting to look dangerous again on this wicket as the lower order South Africa batsmen are hopping and jumping in the crease. The fear of the odd ball shooting harmfully seems to be playing on Philander's mind as he looks to give Elgar company. One more wicket and the Indians are back on the driver's seat.

19:56 (IST)

With all those wickets, the pitch suddenly looking more lively at the moment. Kohli also talking now, with the crowd and the crowd is jeering the Indian captain. SA 149/5 at the moment and need 92 runs more.

19:49 (IST)

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Bumrah has done it again. This time he has caught Quinton plumb in front for a 12-ball duck. Skipper Kohli is on cloud nine and he is having a few words here and there. A loud boo from the crowd as Kohli asks them to seal the lips. This is getting intense here as Proteas still need another 96 runs with 5 wickets in the bag

19:45 (IST)

WICKET! Bumrah strikes first ball, the ball comes in and he is struck right in front of the wicket. Hits him on the knee pad and that's dead plumb. Kohli silences the crowd. De Kock departs for 0. SA 145/5

19:40 (IST)

Update - Parthiv Patel has injured his right index finger. He is set to go for an x-ray this evening after the game. An update on his injury will be given in due course of time.

19:40 (IST)

India need to somehow get the wicket of Elgar, he remains the danger man as far as they are concerned. He keeps on getting hit but keeps on surviving. SA 145/4 at the moment.

19:36 (IST)

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Ishant has done it. That is the end of Faf du Plessis as the ball just skids through after pitching. Faf was taken by complete surprise as he goes for just 2 and the Indians are celebrating. A small message from Kohli as he celebrates the wicket with his teammates. South Africa need another 97 with 6 wickets in the bag.

19:34 (IST)

WICKET! Superb delivery from Ishant, nips back in a long away and goes between the bat and pad of the South African skipper. It hits the thigh pad and clatters onto the off stump. SA 144/4 with du Plessis departing for 2. India well and truly alive now.

19:31 (IST)

Bumrah certainly managing to extract some extra bounce off the pitch, India really bowling well but South Africa fighting it out for now.

19:23 (IST)

India have certainly started well after the tea break but the target is now down to double figures, now the mental aspect will also come into the game. Can India capitalise?

19:22 (IST)

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Exactly a 100 more needed after the first over after the break from Bumrah. Parthiv has been replaced behind the stumps by Dinesh Karthik and it is being said that Parthiv supposedly has a broken thumb here. Needs to be confirmed. The Proteas looking good in their approach after the break as Elgar and Faf look to stitch a partnership here.

18:56 (IST)

Cricketnext's Baidurjo Bhose from Johannesburg:That is TEA on the fourth afternoon at the Wanderers with Elgar still battling it out in the middle and he has skipper Faf du Plessis for company. The two will need to come out fresh and build a partnership to take the hosts close to the target. The Proteas still need 105 runs to win this one with 7 wickets in the bag

18:52 (IST)

Cricketnext's Baidurjo Bhose from Johannesburg: Bumrah has done it. Picks the crucial wicket of AB de Villiers as the batsman goes for 6. One jumps off the cracks, takes the edge of ABD's bat and lands straight into the hands of Rahane at gully as Kohli is ecstatic here. Just the mood the team needs to be going into the break. 5 mins left for the tea break

18:50 (IST)

HUGE WICKET: Jasprit Bumrah has given India a huge wicket just before Tea, he bowled that in the good length area outside the off stump and it hits the shoulder of AB de Villiers' bat and carries straight to the fielder at gully. India are right back into the contest now

18:46 (IST)

Cricketnext's Baidurjo Bhose from Johannesburg: 10 minutes to go for the tea break here and AB de Villiers is already looking like he is here to play an aggressive brand of cricket. He has hit a boundary and is not looking to play defensively as he knows that one good ball can cut short an innings on wickets like these

18:46 (IST)

Ishant Sharma looks inpired now after sending back Amla, he is bowling with a lot of pace and verve. He bowled a bouncer to AB de Villiers which the South African did well to save himself from. India need the pacers to come back strong

18:43 (IST)

AB de Villiers is off the mark with a boundary off a delivery that was bowled on to his pads but he doesn't look to be his confident self yet. India would want to see his back at the earliest as he is one man who can take the match completely away from the visitors with his strokeplay

18:42 (IST)

Cricketnext's Baidurjo Bhose from Johannesburg: Brilliant catch from Pandya ends Amla's stay at the wicket as he goes for 52 off 140 balls..111 of which were dot balls. Amla flicks Ishant off the middle of the bat, but straight to Pandya who takes a sharp reflex catch at short mid-wicket. Proteas need 117 more runs with 8 wickets in the bag and 20 minutes to go for tea

India vs South Africa Third Test Day 4 Highlights - As It Happened

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DAY 3 Review: Two Indian batsmen with contrasting fortunes on the current tour of South Africa came together at the crease post lunch on the third day of the third Test at the Wanderers Stadium on Friday. While skipper Virat Kohli had a point to prove after the team’s No. 1 Test status was being questioned, post the losses in the first two games of the series, deputy Ajinkya Rahane had been dropped from the games in Cape Town and Centurion citing lack of form. The only thing common was an opportunity to shut detractors in trying conditions.
On a Wanderers wicket that got worse with each passing delivery, finally forcing play to stop early after a Jasprit Bumrah bouncer hit Dean Elgar on the head, earlier Kohli and Rahane stitched a 34-run partnership that not just changed the complexion of the game, but also proved that this Indian team can no longer be called flat-track bullies. In fact, former English skipper Naseer Hussain went on to tweet that next time one calls Kohli’s boys by that name, they should be reminded of this Test match.
Interestingly, it was a hit on home team opener Elgar that forced the umpires to discuss the option of abandoning the game on grounds of player’s safety. ICC match referee Andy Pycroft did discuss the concern raised by umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould with the two team captains before it was decided that play will start as usual on Day 4 at the Bull Ring.
But Rahane felt that the conditions were similar for both teams and there was no reason to stop play as the Indians had survived on the very wicket by taking a few blows on the body. “You cannot call it a dangerous wicket. When Hashim Amla got 60-odd in the first innings, no one was talking about that. Everyone was talking about his innings, and how he played. Unfortunately, Dean Elgar got hit on his head, and I hope he’s fine. But I don’t think the wicket is too dangerous.
“I think the ball was back of a length, a hard length. Slightly more bounce than usual, but if you see the wicket and see the bounce here, it was completely natural. Even when Bhuvneshwar and I were batting, or Vijay was batting against the new ball, we faced the same. It is not dangerous, it is completely similar for both teams,” Rahane said.
Coming back to the two Men in Blue, Kohli has time and again said that raising questions about the wickets on offer was not how this Indian team operates and the captain’s gritty knock on a minefield even as balls almost turned square at 140kph — after hitting the cracks — showed that he has the game to back his claim. In fact, the ball from Kagiso Rabada that finally broke through his defence was another one that cut in viciously after pitching. In between, he was hit on the gloves a couple of times and quite a few shot up from the goodlength area. But the knock of 41 was enough to show the world that testing conditions gets the best out of him.
For Rahane, it was about proving to his detractors that he was still India’s best bet in the longest format of the game. And what an innings he played to remind all his critics that form is temporary and class is permanent. Just when the team needed him most, he stood up and delivered. His 48 was nothing short of the 150 that Kohli hit at the Centurion in the second Test. In fact, at times it looked like Rahane was batting on a different wicket and the rest on another. But timely blows on his body bore testimony that it was vintage Rahane on display and the wicket was still a ‘poor’ one, if not ‘very poor’.
Getting out down the leg-side to a flick off Morne Morkel was definitely not the best way to miss out on a well-deserved fifty, but by then, he had already taken India out of troubled waters and the lead read 196. After adding 34 with skipper Kohli, Rahane added another 55 with Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Bhuvneshwar carried on the good work further as India finally ended with the score reading 247 and South Africa needing 241 to win.
But the bouncer in Bumrah’s first over – landing around the 8.5 metres-mark on the pitch map as per former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar – finally ended the day’s play as the umpires felt things were getting too close for comfort, after numerous deliberations all through the day. While a bouncer hitting a batsman is never a good sign, what South Africa coach Ottis Gibson said at the press conference at the end of the day’s play was sad. Calling a bouncer a length ball showed the hosts in very poor light.
“Dean went forward and the ball took off from a length. Whether it was 8m or not, even on a third-day pitch, you are not expecting the ball that pitches at 8m to take off and hit the batsman on the head without the batsman even having the time to take evasive action,” Gibson said.
“At the end of the day, the umpires will make a decision, which they did. Before you go on about India batting twice on the same pitch, yes they did. And there were balls that were taking off from a length, and our captain was saying that, ‘I’m not sure that this is fair either.’ So it’s not like we are sour grapes or anything. We felt this morning that when balls were taking off off a length, it was obviously a little bit tricky and a decision would have to be made.”
The umpires and match referee have jointly decided that the match will start at 10am on Saturday morning and if anything, it is South Africa’s reputation at stake as the team asking for fast and bouncy wickets has gone on and backfired so badly that their batsmen have found it almost impossible to adapt to the minefield at the Wanderes. For India, it is about picking 9 wickets and registering a victory that shall be remembered by both fans and critics for years to come.

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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, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Lungisani Ngidi

India (Playing XI): Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Parthiv Patel(w), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah