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India beat South Africa by 203 runs
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South Africa 191/10
South Africa Batting K Rabada , 18(19)S Muthusamy , 49(108)
IndiaM Shami , 10.5-2-35-5
  • 63.5: M Shami to Rabada, OUT! CAUGHT! Fifth Five-fer for Shami! He has been excellent in this innings, was right on the mark since the start. Shami deserves this one every bit. Good length ball outside off, Rabada attempts to drive but gets an outside edge towards Saha who makes no mistake. With this INDIA WIN BY 203 RUNS AND GO 1-0 UP IN THE THREE TEST MATCH SERIES.
  • 63.4: M Shami to Rabada, BEATEN! Loose drive from Rabada! Good length ball outside off, Rabada looks to drive but gets beaten in the air.
  • 63.3: M Shami to Rabada, Full delivery on middle, Rabada looks to slog it away but it goes off the inside half towards short mid-wicket.
  • 63.2: M Shami to Rabada, Good length delivery on off, Rabada defends it off the back foot.
  • 63.1: M Shami to Muthusamy, Full delivery on the pads, Muthusamy flicks it towards the leg side for a single. Moves on to 49 with that single.
South Africa 190/9
South Africa Batting K Rabada , 18(15)S Muthusamy , 48(107)
IndiaR Jadeja , 25-6-87-4
  • 62.6: R Jadeja to Rabada, FOUR! Nicely played! Short ball outside off, Rabada rocks back and cuts it through the cover region for a boundary.
  • 62.5: R Jadeja to Rabada, BEATEN! Flighted delivery outside off, Rabada looks to defend but misses it.
  • 62.4: R Jadeja to S Muthusamy, Full delivery outside off, Muthusamy looks to drive but gets an inside edge towards deep square leg for a single.
  • 62.3: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Full delivery on off, Muthusamy defends it off the front foot.
  • 62.2: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Flighted delivery on middle, Muthusamy flicks it towards the leg side but refuses the single.
  • 62.1: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Flatter delivery outside off, Muthusamy defends this towards the off side.
South Africa 185/9
South Africa Batting K Rabada , 14(13)S Muthusamy , 47(103)
IndiaM Shami , 10-2-34-4
  • 61.6: M Shami to Rabada, Short delivery on middle, Rabada defends this off the back foot.
  • 61.5: M Shami to Rabada, BEATEN! Good length ball outside off, Rabada looks to defend but gets beaten.
  • 61.4: M Shami to Rabada, Full delivery on the pads, Rabada looks to flick but misses.
  • 61.3: M Shami to Muthusamy, FIVE OVERTHROWS! Rabada was a goner here! Good length delivery outside off, Muthusamy pushes it towards covers and takes off for a quick single. Jadeja runs in and has a shy at the stumps but misses. If he had hit, Rabada would have been out. The ball rolls on towards the square leg region for a boundary.
  • 61.2: M Shami to S Muthusamy, EDGED AND FOUR! Another one that goes through the vacant first slip region! Length ball on off, it pitches and straightens. Muthusamy looks to defend but it goes off the outside edge through the vacant first slip region for a boundary into the third man fence.
  • 61.1: M Shami to S Muthusamy, Outside off, fuller ball, Muthusamy tucks this one towards the square leg fielder.
South Africa 176/9
South Africa Batting K Rabada , 14(10)S Muthusamy , 38(100)
IndiaR Jadeja , 24-6-82-4
  • 60.6: R Jadeja to Rabada, SIX! Floated ball outside off, Rabada plays a lovely lofted shot over the long on fielder for a maximum. Looking to attack the spinners.
  • 60.5: R Jadeja to Rabada, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 60.4: R Jadeja to Rabada, FOUR! Flighted ball on off, Rabada goes down on one knee and sweeps it past the mid on fielder for a boundary. He did not time it well but still had enough to reach the boundary.
  • 60.3: R Jadeja to Rabada, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 60.2: R Jadeja to Rabada, BEATEN! Another flighted delivery around off, Rabada again looks to defend but fails to put any bat on it.
  • 60.1: R Jadeja to Rabada, BEATEN! Nicely bowled! Flighted ball outside off, Rabada looks to defend but gets beaten.
South Africa 166/9
South Africa Batting S Muthusamy , 38(100)K Rabada , 4(4)
IndiaM Shami , 9-2-25-4
  • 59.6: M Shami to Muthusamy, BEATEN! Good over from Shami comes to an end! Good length ball outside off, Muthusamy looks to defend but it goes past the outside edge towards the keeper.
  • 59.5: M Shami to Rabada, Shami comes around the wicket and bowls a flighted delivery on the pads, Kagiso looks to flick but gets hit on the pads. It goes towards fine leg and take a leg bye.
  • 59.4: M Shami to Rabada, Good length delivery on middle and leg, Rabada defends this off the back foot.
  • 59.3: M Shami to Rabada, Good length delivery down the leg side, Rabada looks to flick but misses it.
  • 59.2: M Shami to K Rabada, EDGED AND FOUR! Lucky for Rabada! Good length delivery outside off, Rabada attempts to drive but gets an edge which goes towards the third man region for a boundary.
  • 59.1: M Shami to Piedt, OUT! BOWLED! YES HE DOES! Shami comes back and gets the wicket of Piedt! Good length delivery outside off, Piedt looks to drive and gets an inside edge onto the stumps. It has shattered the stump in half. An excellent innings comes to an end from Piedt. The stand between Piedt and Muthusamy consumed 194 balls but it has finally come to an end. Dane has made a strong statement here to bat up the order probably above Philander. Shami's love affair with the second innings continues.
South Africa 161/8
South Africa Batting D Piedt , 56(106)S Muthusamy , 38(99)
IndiaR Ashwin , 20-5-44-1
  • 58.6: R Ashwin to Piedt, Flighted ball on middle, Piedt flicks it towards the mid-wicket region for a single.
  • 58.5: R Ashwin to Piedt, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 58.4: R Ashwin to Piedt, FOUR! Beautifully played! Flighted delivery outside off, Piedt lunges forward and creams it towards the cover region for a boundary.
  • 58.3: R Ashwin to Piedt, Flighted ball on middle, Piedt defends it back to the bowler.
  • 58.2: R Ashwin to Piedt, Full delivery on middle, Dane drives it towards the mid on fielder.
  • 58.1: R Ashwin to Piedt, Flatter delivery around off, Piedt defends it to silly point.
South Africa 156/8
South Africa Batting S Muthusamy , 38(99)D Piedt , 51(100)
IndiaR Jadeja , 23-6-72-4
  • 57.6: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Flighted ball on middle, Senuran defends it towards the off side.
  • 57.5: R Jadeja to Piedt, Flighted ball outside off, Piedt looks to drive it but it spins away from the pad and goes towards Rahane who fails to hold onto it. The batters take a bye.
  • 57.4: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Full delivery outside off, Muthusamy pushes it towards the cover region for a single.
  • 57.3: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Flatter delivery outside off, Senuran blocks it off his front foot to silly point.
  • 57.2: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Flatter delivery on middle, Muthusamy defends it towards the bowler.
  • 57.1: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Flighted ball on middle, Senuran defends it towards the leg side.
South Africa 154/8
South Africa Batting D Piedt , 51(99)S Muthusamy , 37(94)
IndiaR Ashwin , 19-5-39-1
  • 56.6: R Ashwin to Piedt, Flatter delivery on middle, Piedt defends it out to silly point.
  • 56.5: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Flighted ball on middle, Muthusamy attempts to defend it but it goes off the inside edge towards the leg side for a single.
  • 56.4: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, The batsman has driven it through mid-off. Jadeja fires in a throw towards Saha as he sees Muthusamy out of his crease. Saha tells him to take it easy as there was no one backing up behind him.
  • 56.3: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Flighted delivery on middle, Muthusamy flicks it towards the leg side for a single.
  • 56.2: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Floated ball on off, Muthusamy looks to sweep but misses and gets hit on the pads which rolls to silly point. There is a stifled appeal for LBW but nothing from the umpire.
  • 56.1: R Ashwin to S Muthusamy, Flighted ball on off, Muthusamy tries to defend but it goes off the edge towards the point region.
South Africa 153/8
South Africa Batting D Piedt , 51(98)S Muthusamy , 36(89)
IndiaR Jadeja , 22-6-71-4
  • 55.6: R Jadeja to Piedt, Full delivery on middle, Piedt defends it off the front foot.
  • 55.5: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Full delivery on middle, Muthusamy flicks it towards the leg side for a single.
  • 55.4: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, On middle, defended.
  • 55.3: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Flighted ball on off, Muthusamy defends it towards the off side.
  • 55.2: R Jadeja to Piedt, Flighted ball outside off, Piedt guides this to short third man where Ashwin misfields which allows the batters to take a single.
  • 55.1: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Flighted ball on middle, Muthusamy flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
South Africa 150/8
South Africa Batting D Piedt , 50(96)S Muthusamy , 34(85)
IndiaR Ashwin , 18-5-38-1
  • 54.6: R Ashwin to Piedt, Flighted ball on middle, Piedt defends it out.
  • 54.5: R Ashwin to Piedt, Full delivery on middle, Dane blocks it out.
  • 54.4: R Ashwin to Piedt, BEATEN! Flighted ball outside off, Piedt looks to defend with the spin but it goes past the outside edge to the keeper.
  • 54.3: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Full delivery on off, Muthusamy pushes it towards the point region for a single. 150 up for the Proteas.
  • 54.2: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Flatter delivery on middle, Senuran defends it out.
  • 54.1: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Flatter delivery keeping a little low, Muthusamy gets his bat down in time and defends it out.
South Africa 149/8
South Africa Batting D Piedt , 50(93)S Muthusamy , 33(82)
IndiaR Jadeja , 21-5-68-4
  • 53.6: R Jadeja to Piedt, Floated ball on off, Dane defends it towards the off side.
  • 53.5: R Jadeja to Piedt, On off, defended off the front foot.
  • 53.4: R Jadeja to Piedt, Flighted ball on off, Piedt defends it out.
  • 53.3: R Jadeja to Piedt, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 53.2: R Jadeja to Piedt, Flighted ball outside off, Piedt attempts the sweep shot but misses the ball completely.
  • 53.1: R Jadeja to Piedt, Outside off, Piedt leaves it alone.
South Africa 149/8
South Africa Batting S Muthusamy , 33(82)D Piedt , 50(87)
IndiaR Ashwin , 17-4-37-1
  • 52.6: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Muthusamy blocks this floated one onto the pitch.
  • 52.5: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 52.4: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Similar ball, plays it towards the same fielder.
  • 52.3: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Another one around off, pushed towards short cover again.
  • 52.2: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Full and around off, pushed towards the man at short cover.
  • 52.1: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Flatter one outside off, pushed towards cover-point.
South Africa 149/8
South Africa Batting D Piedt , 50(87)S Muthusamy , 33(76)
IndiaR Sharma , 1-0-3-0
  • 51.6: R Sharma to Piedt, Flighted ball on middle, defended towards mid on.
  • 51.5: R Sharma to Piedt, FIFTY! First fifty for Piedt in Tests! Flighted ball outside off, Piedt rocks back towards the off side for a couple. Ishant runs in from long off and cleans it up.
  • 51.4: R Sharma to Muthusamy, The batsman gets an inside edge and the ball hits him on the pads. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 51.3: R Sharma to Muthusamy, Short ball outside off, Senuran pushes it towards cover. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. It goes towards mid on. Muthusamy wants a single but is sent back. Ashwin at mid on throws it at the keeper's end and Saha collects the ball and whips the bails off. Senuran makes a despairing dive and makes it in.
  • 51.2: R Sharma to Muthusamy, Full delivery on middle, Senuran blocks it out.
  • 51.1: R Sharma to Muthusamy, Flatter delivery outside off, Muthusamy guides it to point.
South Africa 146/8
South Africa Batting D Piedt , 48(85)S Muthusamy , 32(72)
IndiaR Jadeja , 20-5-68-4
  • 50.6: R Jadeja to Piedt, Full delivery on middle, defended off the front foot.
  • 50.5: R Jadeja to Piedt, BEATEN! Nicely bowled! Flighted delivery around off, Piedt looks to defend but it cuts him in half and just whizzes past the off stump.
  • 50.4: R Jadeja to Piedt, Flighted delivery on off, Dane pushes it towards mid off.
  • 50.3: R Jadeja to Piedt, Full delivery on middle, Piedt defends it out.
  • 50.2: R Jadeja to Piedt, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 50.1: R Jadeja to D Piedt, FOUR! Poor bowling from Piedt! A rank long hop from Jadeja on off, Piedt rocks back and pulls it towards the deep mid-wicket fielder for a boundary.
South Africa 142/8
South Africa Batting S Muthusamy , 32(72)D Piedt , 44(79)
IndiaR Ashwin , 16-3-37-1
  • 49.6: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Full delivery on off, Muthusamy defends this out.
  • 49.5: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 49.4: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Flat delivery down the leg side, Senuran looks to flick but misses the ball.
  • 49.3: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Flighted ball on middle, defended off the front foot.
  • 49.2: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Floated ball on middle, Senuran defends this off the front foot towards silly point.
  • 49.1: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Flighted ball on middle, Muthusamy defends it off the front foot.
South Africa 142/8
South Africa Batting D Piedt , 44(79)S Muthusamy , 32(66)
IndiaR Jadeja , 19-5-64-4
  • 48.6: R Jadeja to Piedt, Flighted ball outside off, Piedt looks to sweep it but the ball spins and it goes past the bat to the keeper.
  • 48.5: R Jadeja to Piedt, Outside off, left alone.
  • 48.4: R Jadeja to Piedt, Flighted ball on middle, Piedt defends it off the front foot.
  • 48.3: R Jadeja to Piedt, Flighted delivery on middle, Piedt flicks it towards mid-wicket and takes a couple. Ishant races in and cleans it up.
  • 48.2: R Jadeja to Piedt, Flatter delivery on middle, Piedt flicks it towards square leg and takes a couple.
  • 48.1: R Jadeja to Piedt, Flatter delivery on middle, Dane defends this off the back foot.
South Africa 138/8
South Africa Batting S Muthusamy , 32(66)D Piedt , 40(73)
IndiaR Ashwin , 15-3-37-1
  • 47.6: R Ashwin to S Muthusamy, FOUR! Nicely played! Flighted delivery on off, Muthusamy lunges forward and drives this past the mid off fielder for a boundary. Excellent batting this.
  • 47.5: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Flat delivery on middle, Muthusamy defends it off the back foot.
  • 47.4: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Flighted delivery on middle, Senuran defends it out.
  • 47.3: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, FOUR! Flatter delivery outside off, Muthusamy camps back and cuts it past the diving fielder at point, Pujara and into the fence. This is now the highest 9th wicket stand for South Africa against India in Tests.
  • 47.2: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 47.1: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Flighted delivery outside off, Muthusamy defends it off the front foot.
South Africa 130/8
South Africa Batting D Piedt , 40(73)S Muthusamy , 24(60)
IndiaR Jadeja , 18-5-60-4
  • 46.6: R Jadeja to Piedt, OHH! Flighted ball outside off, Piedt looks to defend but gets an edge towards silly point where Agarwal makes a valiant effort to catch it but it falls just short.
  • 46.5: R Jadeja to Piedt, FOUR! What a shot from Piedt! Flighted delivery outside off, Piedt comes down the track and lofts this over the extra cover fielder for a boundary.
  • 46.4: R Jadeja to Piedt, On off, defended it off the front foot towards cover.
  • 46.3: R Jadeja to Piedt, Flat delivery on middle, Dane blocks it out.
  • 46.2: R Jadeja to Piedt, Full delivery on middle, Piedt defends it to the bowler.
  • 46.1: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Full delivery on off, Muthusamy pushes it to long off and takes a single.
South Africa 125/8
South Africa Batting D Piedt , 36(68)S Muthusamy , 23(59)
IndiaI Sharma , 7-2-18-0
  • 45.6: I Sharma to Piedt, BEATEN! Beautiful delivery from Ishant! Good length delivery on middle which straightens after pitching, Dane looks to defend but he is completely squared up and the ball whizzes past his outside edge. It misses the off stump by a small margin as well.
  • 45.5: I Sharma to Piedt, Full delivery on middle, Piedt defends this back to the bowler.
  • 45.4: I Sharma to Piedt, FOUR! Well played! Good length delivery outside off, Dane guides this towards the third man region for a boundary. Moves on to 36 with that one.
  • 45.3: I Sharma to Piedt, Full delivery on middle, Dane pushes this back to the bowler. Ishant picks up the ball and has a shy at the striker's end but misses. Saha behind the wicket collects it.
  • 45.2: I Sharma to Piedt, On a length delivery on middle, Piedt defends this off the back foot.
  • 45.1: I Sharma to D Piedt, Good length ball on off, Piedt tries to defend but it goes off the inside half towards short mid on.
South Africa 121/8
South Africa Batting S Muthusamy , 23(59)D Piedt , 32(62)
IndiaR Jadeja , 17-5-55-4
  • 44.6: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, On middle, defended off the front foot. Another over negotiated.
  • 44.5: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Full delivery on middle, Muthusamy blocks it out.
  • 44.4: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Flat delivery on middle, Senuran defends it off the back foot.
  • 44.3: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, That ball has struck the batsman on the thigh-pad.
  • 44.2: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, FOUR! Nicely played! Flighted ball on off, Muthusamy plays a paddle sweep towards the fine leg region for a boundary. Shami races after it but fails to get it back in. 50-run partnership is up between the two.
  • 44.1: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, BEATEN! Flighted delivery outside off, Muthusamy tries to defend it but fails to put any bat on it.
South Africa 117/8
South Africa Batting D Piedt , 32(62)S Muthusamy , 19(53)
IndiaI Sharma , 6-1-14-0
  • 43.6: I Sharma to Piedt, Full delivery on middle keeping low, Piedt does well to get his bat down in time to block it towards the off side. Back-to-back maidens to start off.
  • 43.5: I Sharma to Piedt, Good length delivery on middle, Dane defends it towards the mid off region.
  • 43.4: I Sharma to Piedt, Back of a length delivery outside the off stump line, Piedt lets the ball to the keeper.
  • 43.3: I Sharma to Piedt, Fullish delivery outside off, Dane pushes it towards the point region.
  • 43.2: I Sharma to Piedt, Good length delivery on off, Piedt defends it off the back foot towards the off side.
  • 43.1: I Sharma to Piedt, BEATEN! Good ball from Ishant! On a length outside off, Piedt looks to play a loose drive but fails to put any bat on it.
South Africa 117/8
South Africa Batting S Muthusamy , 19(53)D Piedt , 32(56)
IndiaR Jadeja , 16-4-51-4
  • 42.6: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Full delivery on middle, Muthusamy defends it out.
  • 42.5: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, The batsman has pushed it to the cover region.
  • 42.4: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Another flighted ball outside off, Senuran leaves the ball alone.
  • 42.3: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Floated ball outside off, Muthusamy lets the ball go to the keeper.
  • 42.2: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Flighted delivery around off, Senuran attempts to defend but it hits the pad of Muthusamy.
  • 42.1: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Flat delivery on off, Muthusamy defends it off the back foot.
South Africa 117/8
South Africa Batting D Piedt , 32(56)S Muthusamy , 19(47)
IndiaI Sharma , 5-1-14-0
  • 41.6: I Sharma to Piedt, Last ball of this session and it IS a length ball. Piedt defends it off the back foot and that will be LUNCH ON DAY 5!
  • 41.5: I Sharma to Muthusamy, Length ball coming into the batter, Senuran looks to defend but it comes off the inside edge and goes towards fine leg for a single.
  • 41.4: I Sharma to Muthusamy, Length ball outside off, keft alone by Muthusamy.
  • 41.3: I Sharma to Muthusamy, Length ball on middle and off, Senuran defends it off the back foot.
  • 41.2: I Sharma to Piedt, Length ball outside off, pushed towards point by Piedt. The batters take one.
  • 41.1: I Sharma to Piedt, Down the leg side to Piedt, he looks to flick this one but misses. Saha collects it behind the wickets.
South Africa 115/8
South Africa Batting S Muthusamy , 18(44)D Piedt , 31(53)
IndiaR Jadeja , 15-4-51-4
  • 40.6: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Length ball outside off, left alone by Senuran.
  • 40.5: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, On the pads, flicks it towards mid-wicket.
  • 40.4: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Shortish ball outside off, Muthusamy tries to block it but he gets an outside edge which goes towards the third man region. The fielder in the deep mops it up and the batters take two.
  • 40.3: R Jadeja to Piedt, On the pads, Senuran flicks it towards square leg for a single.
  • 40.2: R Jadeja to Piedt, Floated on middle and off, Piedt defends it on the pitch near his boots.
  • 40.1: R Jadeja to Piedt, Outside off to Piedt, he chooses to leave it alone.
South Africa 112/8
South Africa Batting S Muthusamy , 16(41)D Piedt , 30(50)
IndiaI Sharma , 4-1-12-0
  • 39.6: I Sharma to Muthusamy, Length ball outside off, left alone.
  • 39.5: I Sharma to Piedt, Another one on the pads, Dane flicks this one off the inside half towards fine leg for a single.
  • 39.4: I Sharma to Piedt, Piedt plays this one towards mid-wicket off his pads.
  • 39.3: I Sharma to S Muthusamy, Unnecesary throw! Another one full and outside off, Muthusamy pushes this towards one of the two short mid-wicket fielders. Rahane there has a shy at the stumps and hits but the batsman was always in. The ball deflects off the stumps towards mid off and the batters are able to snatch a run.
  • 39.2: I Sharma to Muthusamy, Length ball outside off, left alone by Senuran.
  • 39.1: I Sharma to Muthusamy, Full ball outside off, pushed towards the man at short cover by Muthusamy.
South Africa 110/8
South Africa Batting D Piedt , 29(48)S Muthusamy , 15(37)
IndiaR Jadeja , 14-4-48-4
  • 38.6: R Jadeja to Piedt, Fuller this time outside off, Piedt pushes it towards the man at cover.
  • 38.5: R Jadeja to Piedt, FOUR! Up and over! Piedt dances down the track to this full ball on middle and lofts it over the head of Jadeja for a boundary.
  • 38.4: R Jadeja to Piedt, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 38.3: R Jadeja to Piedt, Dane Piedt pushes this one towards the cover region.
  • 38.2: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Fuller one this time and Muthusamy pushes this one towards mid on for a single.
  • 38.1: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, BEATEN! Bowls a quicker one outside off, touch shorter. The ball keeps its line and beats the outside edge of Muthusamy's bat.
South Africa 105/8
South Africa Batting D Piedt , 25(44)S Muthusamy , 14(35)
IndiaM Shami , 8-2-21-3
  • 37.6: M Shami to Piedt, Down the leg side, Piedt looks to flick but misses. Saha does well to dive to his left to gather the ball.
  • 37.5: M Shami to Piedt, Full and on middle and off, pushed towards the cover region.
  • 37.4: M Shami to Piedt, On the pads, Piedt flicks it towards the leg side.
  • 37.3: M Shami to Piedt, Good length ball on middle and off, Piedt defends it from within the crease.
  • 37.2: M Shami to Piedt, Piedt pushes this good length ball off the front foot back towards the bowler.
  • 37.1: M Shami to Muthusamy, On the pads, Senuran works it towards mid-wicket for a single.
South Africa 104/8
South Africa Batting D Piedt , 25(39)S Muthusamy , 13(34)
IndiaR Jadeja , 13-4-43-4
  • 36.6: R Jadeja to Piedt, FOUR! Piedt again dances down the track and this time clears the mid on fielder as the ball crosses the long on fence. Good attacking batting this.
  • 36.5: R Jadeja to D Piedt, Piedt pushes it towards mid off off the front foot.
  • 36.4: Jadeja to Piedt, FOUR! Intention from Piedt! Full and floated on middle, Dane comes down the track and slams it over the bowler's head for a boundary.
  • 36.3: R Jadeja to Piedt, Floated outside off, pushed towards cover off the front foot.
  • 36.2: R Jadeja to Piedt, Piedt tries to defend this one but the ball has taken the inside edge onto the pads.
  • 36.1: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Floated outside off, Muthusamy looks to push it towards cover but gets a thick inside edge on it. It goes uppishly past the short leg fielder towards square leg for a single.
South Africa 95/8
South Africa Batting D Piedt , 17(34)S Muthusamy , 12(33)
IndiaM Shami , 7-1-20-3
  • 35.6: M Shami to Piedt, Good length delivery on the pads, Piedt looks to flick but it hits him on the pads. There is a stifled appeal for LBW but nothing from the umpire. It looked like it was going down the leg side.
  • 35.5: M Shami to Piedt, Good length delivery outside off, Piedt attempts to drive but it goes towards the gully region where Rahane makes a sliding stop.
  • 35.4: M Shami to Muthusamy, BYES! Short ball outside off, Senuran ducks under it and it goes towards Saha who fails to collect it cleanly. The batters cross over for a single as the ball rolls towards short third man.
  • 35.3: M Shami to Muthusamy, Fullish delivery on middle, Muthusamy pushes this towards mid on.
  • 35.2: M Shami to Muthusamy, Full delivery on off, Muthusamy defends it towards the mid off region.
  • 35.1: M Shami to Muthusamy, Good length ball on middle and leg, Senuran flicks it towards the leg side.
South Africa 94/8
South Africa Batting D Piedt , 17(32)S Muthusamy , 12(29)
IndiaR Jadeja , 12-4-34-4
  • 34.6: R Jadeja to Piedt, On the pads, Dane tucks it towards the leg side.
  • 34.5: R Jadeja to Piedt, Dane pushes this one back to the bowler again.
  • 34.4: R Jadeja to Piedt, Flatter one on middle and off, Piedt defends this one back to the bower.
  • 34.3: R Jadeja to Piedt, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 34.2: R Jadeja to Piedt, SIX! This is now the most number of sixes hit in a Test match! Much better connection this time and it clears the mid-wicket fence. Floated just outside off, Piedt gets down on one knee and slog sweeps it over the mid-wicket fence.
  • 34.1: R Jadeja to Piedt, FOUR! Just up and over the mid off fielder. Piedt comes onto the front foot, tries to loft it over mid off but does not get the best of connections. He times it just well to cross the mid off fielder and the ball races to the fence.
South Africa 84/8
South Africa Batting S Muthusamy , 12(29)D Piedt , 7(26)
IndiaR Ashwin , 14-3-29-1
  • 33.6: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Muthusamy defends the last ball of the over onto the pitch. Good defense by the Protea batters.
  • 33.5: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Senuran has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 33.4: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Floated on off, blocked out by Muthusamy.
  • 33.3: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Muthusamy defends this one off the front foot and onto the turf.
  • 33.2: R Ashwin to Piedt, Piedt pushes this one towards the cover region off the back foot and takes a single.
  • 33.1: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, On the pads of Senuran, he flicks this one off his pads towards mid-wicket and takes a single.
South Africa 82/8
South Africa Batting D Piedt , 6(25)S Muthusamy , 11(24)
IndiaR Jadeja , 11-4-24-4
  • 32.6: R Jadeja to Piedt, Dane pushes the last ball of the over back towards Jadeja.
  • 32.5: R Jadeja to Piedt, Piedt has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 32.4: R Jadeja to Piedt, Pitches this one around the off pole. It pitches and straightens. Piedt shoulders arms but the ball is mightily close to the off pole.
  • 32.3: R Jadeja to Piedt, Brings this one a touch shorter, Dane pushes it back to Jadeja.
  • 32.2: R Jadeja to Piedt, Flatter one on off, pushed back towards Jadeja.
  • 32.1: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Darted on middle and leg, Muthusamy pushes this one towards long on and takes a single.
South Africa 81/8
South Africa Batting D Piedt , 6(20)S Muthusamy , 10(23)
IndiaR Ashwin , 13-3-27-1
  • 31.6: R Ashwin to Piedt, Short and wide, Piedt looks to cut but misses it completely.
  • 31.5: R Ashwin to Piedt, Piedt defends this flighted one onto the leg side off the front foot.
  • 31.4: R Ashwin to Piedt, Touch short in length, Dane defends this one off the back foot.
  • 31.3: R Ashwin to Piedt, On middle and leg, Piedt blocks this one onto the pitch.
  • 31.2: R Ashwin to S Muthusamy, On the off side, floated. Senuran pushes this one towards covers for a single.
  • 31.1: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Full and floated on off and middle, Muthusamy pushes this one towards mid on.
South Africa 80/8
South Africa Batting D Piedt , 6(16)S Muthusamy , 9(21)
IndiaR Jadeja , 10-4-23-4
  • 30.6: R Jadeja to Piedt, Flatter on middle and off, Piedt plays this one out as well.
  • 30.5: R Jadeja to Piedt, FOUR! Over the cover fielder! Floated outside off, Piedt goes for an inside-out shot, connects well and the ball races to the fence.
  • 30.4: R Jadeja to Piedt, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 30.3: R Jadeja to Piedt, Piedt gets right behind the line of the delivery and defends this one out.
  • 30.2: R Jadeja to Piedt, Flatter on middle and off, Piedt blocks it out.
  • 30.1: R Jadeja to Piedt, Piedt shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
South Africa 76/8
South Africa Batting S Muthusamy , 9(21)D Piedt , 2(10)
IndiaR Ashwin , 12-3-26-1
  • 29.6: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Muthusamy looks to defend this one but gets an inside edge and the ball hits him on the pads.
  • 29.5: R Ashwin to Piedt, Piedt sweeps this one towards mid-wicket and takes a single.
  • 29.4: R Ashwin to Piedt, Defended off the front foot by Dane presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 29.3: R Ashwin to Piedt, Piedt defends it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 29.2: R Ashwin to Piedt, Tossed up around leg, Piedt has been hit on the pads as he tried to sweep that one.
  • 29.1: R Ashwin to Piedt, Ashwin bowls this one quicker on the middle and leg pole line. Piedt looks to flick it towards the leg side but gets a leading edge on it.
South Africa 75/8
South Africa Batting S Muthusamy , 9(20)D Piedt , 1(5)
IndiaR Jadeja , 9-4-19-4
  • 28.6: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Full delivery on off, Muthusamy defends it off the front foot.
  • 28.5: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, BEATEN! Beautiful bowling from Jadeja! Flighted ball around off, Senuran looks to defend but fails to put any bat on it.
  • 28.4: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 28.3: Jadeja to Muthusamy, Flighted ball on middle and leg, Muthusamy looks to defend it but it goes off the pads towards the leg side. There is a huge appeal for LBW but nothing from the umpire. The Indians think of a review but decide against it and rightly so as it was going down leg.
  • 28.2: R Jadeja to S Muthusamy, Another one outside off, pushed towards cover for a couple.
  • 28.1: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Darted on off, pushed towards mid-wicket.
South Africa 73/8
South Africa Batting D Piedt , 1(5)S Muthusamy , 7(14)
IndiaR Ashwin , 11-3-25-1
  • 27.6: R Ashwin to Piedt, Full delivery on off, Dane lunges forward and defends it off the front foot.
  • 27.5: R Ashwin to Piedt, Short ball outside off, Dane guides it towards the point fielder.
  • 27.4: R Ashwin to Piedt, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 27.3: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Another flat delivery on middle, Muthusamy attempts to defend but it goes off the inside half towards square leg and takes a single.
  • 27.2: R Ashwin to Piedt, Flatter delivery on off, Piedt pushes it to the off side and takes a single.
  • 27.1: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Full delivery on middle, Muthusamy plays a paddle sweep towards fine leg where Jadeja runs in and stops the batsmen from taking a couple.
South Africa 70/8
South Africa Batting D Piedt , 0(1)S Muthusamy , 5(12)
IndiaR Jadeja , 8-3-17-4
  • 26.6: R Jadeja to Piedt, Piedt survives the hat-trick ball as he defends this one from within the crease towards the off side.
  • 26.5: Jadeja to Maharaj, OUT! LBW! Jadeja has opened up the South African batting lineup in this over. India 2 wickets away from winning the first Test match! Similar delivery by Jadeja, pitches this one around leg, he gets it to curl away from the batter. Maharaj looks to defend but is beaten all ends up. It hits him on the back thigh pad and the Indian players appeal again. This time the umpire agrees with them and raises his finger. This time Maharaj straightaway goes for the review. Ultra Edge shows no bat. Ball Tracker comes in and shows that it is clipping the off pole and thus umpire's call. South Africa retain the review but lose their 8th wicket. End of the match in the first session itself? Quite possible now!
  • 26.4: R Jadeja to Philander, OUT! LBW! Jadeja on full throttle! That looked plumb to the naked eye and the replays have confirmed it. Jadeja pitches this one around leg and gets it to turn away from the batter. Philander looks to play at it but misses and is hit on the back pad. India appeal in unison but the umpire is unmoved. Jadeja tells his captain to straightaway go for the review and Kohli obliges. Replays roll in, nothing on Ultra Edge. Ball Tracker comes into play, pitching in line and THREE REDS. Philander walks back now as India need just 3 more wickets to win.
  • 26.3: R Jadeja to Philander, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 26.2: R Jadeja to Philander, Flatter one on middle and off, Jadeja blocks it out.
  • 26.1: Jadeja to Markram, OUT! CAUGHT AND BOWLED! Max-reflex by Jadeja and he pulls out a blinder! Jadeja floats a fuller one on the off pole line, Markram hits it back powerfully but uppishly towards the left of Jadeja. Jadeja sticks out his left hand and the ball just sticks there. The Indians are surprised and so is Markram. He has to walk back and India 4 wickets away from a victory now.
South Africa 70/5
South Africa Batting S Muthusamy , 5(12)A Markram , 39(73)
IndiaM Shami , 6-1-20-3
  • 25.6: M Shami to Muthusamy, Good length ball on middle and off, pushed back towards Shami.
  • 25.5: M Shami to Muthusamy, Muthusamy looks to play this one towards the leg side but it goes off the leading edge towards the cover fielder.
  • 25.4: M Shami to Muthusamy, FOUR! Deft touch! A touch fuller outside off, Muthusamy opens the face of his bat and glides this one towards the empty third man region for a boundary.
  • 25.3: M Shami to Muthusamy, Another good length ball around off, blocked out by Senuran.
  • 25.2: M Shami to Muthusamy, Good length delivery outside off, pushed towards the mid off region but straight to the man.
  • 25.1: M Shami to Muthusamy, Length ball on middle and off, it keeps a bit low but Muthusamy defends it well off his back foot.
South Africa 66/5
South Africa Batting A Markram , 39(73)S Muthusamy , 1(6)
IndiaR Jadeja , 7-3-17-1
  • 24.6: R Jadeja to Markram, Flighted delivery on middle, Markram defends it towards the bowler.
  • 24.5: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Driven towards the mid-on region. They pick up a single.
  • 24.4: R Jadeja to Markram, Full delivery on off, Markram pushes it towards long on and takes a single.
  • 24.3: R Jadeja to A Markram, Flighted ball on off, Markram pushes it towards the off side where the fielder makes a sliding stop.
  • 24.2: R Jadeja to Markram, Flatter delivery on middle, Markram defends it to the off side.
  • 24.1: R Jadeja to Markram, FOUR! Nicely played! Short delivery outside off, Markram rocks back and cuts it towards the third man region for a boundary.
South Africa 60/5
South Africa Batting S Muthusamy , 0(5)A Markram , 34(68)
IndiaM Shami , 5-0-16-3
  • 23.6: M Shami to Muthusamy, BEATEN! Excellent over comes to an end from Shami! Full delivery outside off, Muthusamy looks to defend but fails to put any bat on it.
  • 23.5: M Shami to Muthusamy, Back of a length delivery on middle, Muthusamy flicks it off his back foot towards the leg side.
  • 23.4: M Shami to Muthusamy, Full delivery on middle, Senuran pushes it towards the leg side.
  • 23.3: M Shami to Muthusamy, Good length delivery on middle, Muthusamy pushes it straight. It hits the stumps on the bowler's end and rolls towards mid off.
  • 23.2: M Shami to Muthusamy, Good length delivery outside off, Muthusamy lets the ball go to the keeper.
  • 23.1: M Shami to de Kock, OUT! BOWLED! Quinton de Kock is the latest casualty! He scored a century in the first innings but gets out for a second ball duck in the second! Another brilliant delivery from Shami! Good length delivery on the off pole line which straightens after pitching, Quinton looks to defend but it goes between his bat and pad, cutting him in half as it hits the off stump. South Africa have lost half the side now and India are ripping through them.
South Africa 60/4
South Africa Batting A Markram , 34(68)de Kock , 0(1)
IndiaR Jadeja , 6-3-11-1
  • 22.6: R Jadeja to Markram, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 22.5: R Jadeja to Markram, Full delivery on middle, Markram defends it off the front foot.
  • 22.4: R Jadeja to Markram, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 22.3: R Jadeja to Markram, FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries for Markram! Another flighted ball on middle, Markram plays a lofted shot but does not time it well but is enough to go to the long region for a boundary.
  • 22.2: R Jadeja to Markram, FOUR! Flighted ball on middle, Markram lofts this beautifully over the mid on fielder for a boundary.
  • 22.1: R Jadeja to Markram, Full delivery on middle and leg, Markram defends it towards silly point.
South Africa 52/4
South Africa Batting de Kock , 0(1)A Markram , 26(62)
IndiaM Shami , 4-0-16-2
  • 21.6: M Shami to Kock, Full delivery on the pads, Quinton looks to flick but it hits the pads. There is a stifled appeal for LBW but nothing from the umpire. Excellent over from Shami comes to an end.
  • 21.5: M Shami to Plessis, OUT! BOWLED! Faf has to make the long walk back to the pavilion! Excellent bowling this from Shami! Good length ball outside off which swung in a mile, du Plessis misreads the movement on this one and looks to leave it. The ball goes through and hits the top of off stump. Faf looks surprised and stares at the pitch for a long time before he starts walking back to the pavilion. Shami has a tendency to bowl well in the second innings and it does not look any different here. India 6 wickets away from the win.
  • 21.4: M Shami to Plessis, FOUR! Good shot from du Plessis! Back of a length delivery outside off, Faf transfers the weight onto the back foot and drives this nicely towards the cover region for a boundary. Kohli runs after it but is not able to stop it.
  • 21.3: M Shami to Plessis, On a length delivery on middle, Faf defends it solidly back to the bowler.
  • 21.2: M Shami to Plessis, Good length ball outside off, du Plessis shoulders arms to this one.
  • 21.1: M Shami to Plessis, On a length on middle, du Plessis defends it back to the bowler.
South Africa 48/3
South Africa Batting A Markram , 26(62)du Plessis , 9(21)
IndiaR Jadeja , 5-2-3-1
  • 20.6: R Jadeja to Markram, BEATEN! Flighted ball around off which spun away from the batsman, Markram looks to defend but it goes past the bat and into the keeper's gloves.
  • 20.5: R Jadeja to Markram, Short ball outside off, Markram pushes it towards the off side.
  • 20.4: R Jadeja to Markram, Flat delivery outside off, Markram lets the ball go to the keeper.
  • 20.3: R Jadeja to Markram, Floated ball on middle, Aiden blocks it out.
  • 20.2: R Jadeja to Markram, Full delivery on middle and leg, Markram defends it off the front foot.
  • 20.1: R Jadeja to Markram, Full delivery on middle, Markram defends it towards the bowler.
South Africa 48/3
South Africa Batting du Plessis , 9(21)A Markram , 26(56)
IndiaI Sharma , 3-1-10-0
  • 19.6: I Sharma to Plessis, Good length delivery outside off, du Plessis leaves the ball completely.
  • 19.5: I Sharma to Markram, Good length delivery on the pads, Markram flicks it to fine leg and takes a single.
  • 19.4: I Sharma to A Markram, EDGED AND FOUR! Good length delivery outside off, Markram attempts to defend but it goes off the outside edge through the vacant second slip region and into the fence. Don't know why captain Kohli opts to keep a gap between two slip fielders?
  • 19.3: I Sharma to Markram, Full delivery way down the leg side, Markram looks to flick but misses the ball and it goes through to the keeper.
  • 19.2: I Sharma to Markram, BEATEN! Excellent line and length from Sharma! Good length ball around off which swung away, Markram attempts to defend but fails to put any bat on it.
  • 19.1: I Sharma to A Markram, Good length ball on middle and leg, Markram pushes it towards the mid on fielder.
South Africa 43/3
South Africa Batting A Markram , 21(51)du Plessis , 9(20)
IndiaR Ashwin , 10-3-22-1
  • 18.6: R Ashwin to Markram, Full delivery on middle, Aiden pushes it towards the long on region for a single.
  • 18.5: R Ashwin to Markram, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 18.4: R Ashwin to Markram, FOUR! Beautiful shot! Full delivery outside off, Aiden lunges forward and drives this towards the cover region for a boundary.
  • 18.3: R Ashwin to Markram, Full delivery on off, Aiden defends it towards silly point.
  • 18.2: R Ashwin to Markram, Full delivery on middle, Markram defends it to the leg side off the front foot.
  • 18.1: R Ashwin to Markram, Flatter delivery on middle with extra bounce, Aiden defends it out off the back foot.
South Africa 38/3
South Africa Batting du Plessis , 9(20)A Markram , 16(45)
IndiaI Sharma , 2-1-5-0
  • 17.6: I Sharma to Plessis, FOUR! Nicely played from Faf! Full delivery on middle and leg, du Plessis flicks it towards the deep square leg region for a boundary.
  • 17.5: I Sharma to Plessis, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 17.4: I Sharma to Markram, Good length delivery on middle, Aiden flicks it towards the deep mid-wicket region for a single. Pujara comes around and cleans it up.
  • 17.3: I Sharma to Markram, Good length delivery on middle, Aiden defends it off the front foot.
  • 17.2: I Sharma to Markram, On a length outside off, Markram lets this ball go to the keeper.
  • 17.1: I Sharma to Markram, Good length ball outside off, Aiden attempts to defend it but it goes off the outside edge towards the point region.
South Africa 33/3
South Africa Batting du Plessis , 5(18)A Markram , 15(41)
IndiaR Ashwin , 9-3-17-1
  • 16.6: R Ashwin to Plessis, Flatter delivery on middle, Faf defends it off the back foot.
  • 16.5: R Ashwin to Markram, Full delivery on middle, Markram flicks it towards the leg side for another single.
  • 16.4: R Ashwin to Plessis, Flighted ball on middle, du Plessis sweeps it uppishly towards the square leg region for a single.
  • 16.3: R Ashwin to Plessis, Flighted delivery on off, Faf defends it out.
  • 16.2: R Ashwin to Markram, Full delivery on middle, Aiden drives this to long on and crosses over for a single.
  • 16.1: R Ashwin to Markram, Flat delivery outside off, Markram pushes it towards the mid off fielder.
South Africa 30/3
South Africa Batting du Plessis , 4(15)A Markram , 13(38)
IndiaI Sharma , 1-0-0-0
  • 15.6: I Sharma to Plessis, BEATEN! Good delivery from Ishant! Bowls a good length ball outside off, Faf looks to defend but it goes past the edge towards the keeper.
  • 15.5: I Sharma to Plessis, On a length outside off, Faf does not fiddle with it and lets the ball go to the keeper.
  • 15.4: I Sharma to Plessis, Full delivery outside off, Faf lets the ball go to the keeper.
  • 15.3: I Sharma to Plessis, On a length outside off, Faf shoulders arms to this one.
  • 15.2: I Sharma to Plessis, Full delivery outside off, du Plessis defends it towards the second slip fielder who dives to his right to stop the ball.
  • 15.1: I Sharma to Plessis, Good length ball outside off, Faf lets the ball go to the keeper.
South Africa 30/3
South Africa Batting A Markram , 13(38)du Plessis , 4(9)
IndiaR Ashwin , 8-3-14-1
  • 14.6: R Ashwin to Markram, Full delivery outside off, Markram pushes it towards the cover fielder.
  • 14.5: R Ashwin to Markram, On off, defended off the front foot.
  • 14.4: R Ashwin to Markram, Floated ball on off, Markram defends it out while coming down the track.
  • 14.3: R Ashwin to Markram, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 14.2: R Ashwin to Markram, Flighted ball on off, Markram attempts to defend but it bounces a bit more and it hits the gloves of Markram. It goes uppishly towards the leg gully region but unfortunately no one there for the hosts.
  • 14.1: R Ashwin to Markram, SIX! Magnificent shot! Flighted ball on middle, Markram dances down the track and lofts this over the long on region for a maximum. First six of the day.
South Africa 24/3
South Africa Batting du Plessis , 4(9)A Markram , 7(32)
IndiaM Shami , 3-0-12-1
  • 13.6: M Shami to Plessis, Good length delivery on off, du Plessis defends it towards mid off.
  • 13.5: M Shami to Plessis, FOUR! Poor delivery from Shami! Full delivery on the pads, du Plessis flicks it nicely towards the fine leg region for a boundary.
  • 13.4: M Shami to Plessis, OHH! Another one which has a kept a little low! Good length ball outside off, Faf looks to defend but it sneaks below the bat and it goes through to the keeper.
  • 13.3: M Shami to Plessis, Good length delivery on off, Faf defends it off the back foot towards the point fielder.
  • 13.2: M Shami to Plessis, On a length outside off, du Plessis leaves it alone.
  • 13.1: M Shami to Plessis, Good length ball outside off, Faf lets the ball go to the keeper.
South Africa 20/3
South Africa Batting A Markram , 7(32)du Plessis , 0(3)
IndiaR Ashwin , 7-2-8-1
  • 12.6: R Ashwin to Markram, Flat delivery outside off, Markram lets the ball go to the keeper.
  • 12.5: R Ashwin to Markram, On off, defended it out.
  • 12.4: R Ashwin to Markram, Full delivery on middle, Markram blocks it out towards the bowler.
  • 12.3: R Ashwin to Markram, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 12.2: R Ashwin to Markram, Flatter delivery on middle, Markram defends it out off the back foot.
  • 12.1: R Ashwin to Markram, BEATEN! Another excellent delivery from Ashwin! Flighted ball outside off, Markram tries to defend it with the spin but it goes straight through to the keeper.
South Africa 20/3
South Africa Batting du Plessis , 0(3)A Markram , 7(26)
IndiaM Shami , 2-0-8-1
  • 11.6: M Shami to Plessis, BEATEN! Full delivery outside off, du Plessis goes for an extravagant drive but fails to put any bat on it. There is no need for this shot.
  • 11.5: M Shami to Plessis, Short ball around off, Faf lets the ball go to the keeper.
  • 11.4: M Shami to Plessis, Full delivery on middle, Faf pushes it towards the leg side. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end and hits but Markram is well in.
  • 11.3: Shami to T Bavuma, OUT! BOWLED! Another one bites the dust! It is Bavuma this time who is down on the ground as he tries to play at this one but misses! A good length ball by Shami which keeps low again and it nips back in. Bavuma expects it to bounce but he misreads it as he attempts to defend it off the back foot. The ball sneaks below Bavuma's bat and goes onto hit the stumps. Excellent start for India on Day 5. Seven more wickets to go. Will this match finish in the first session itself?
  • 11.2: M Shami to Markram, On a length outside off, Markram pushes it towards the cover-point region for a single.
  • 11.1: M Shami to Markram, Good length delivery on middle, Markram defends it off the back foot.
South Africa 19/2
South Africa Batting T Bavuma , 0(1)A Markram , 6(24)
IndiaR Ashwin , 6-2-8-1
  • 10.6: R Ashwin to Bavuma, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 10.5: Ashwin to de Bruyn, OUT! Bowled! Excellent delivery from Ashwin! De Bruyn is the man that departs! Flat delivery outside the off stump, it keeps a little low, Theunis tries to cut it off the back foot but ends up chopping it onto the stumps. Some razor sharp turn on this delivery from Ashwin and that has taken de Bruyn by surprise. 350th wicket for Ravichandran Ashwin in Tests! Joint-fastest with Muralitharan to get to this feat.
  • 10.4: R Ashwin to Bruyn, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 10.3: R Ashwin to Markram, Flat delivery on middle, Markram pushes it to long on and takes a single.
  • 10.2: R Ashwin to Markram, OHH! Flighted delivery around off, Markram attempts to defend but it goes off the edge which hits towards the pads of Saha and rolls towards the off side.
  • 10.1: R Ashwin to Markram, Flatter delivery on off, Aiden defends it back to the bowler of the back foot.
South Africa 18/1
South Africa Batting A Markram , 5(21)de Bruyn , 10(23)
IndiaM Shami , 1-0-7-0
  • 9.6: M Shami to Markram, On a length on middle and leg, Markram flicks it towards deep mid-wicket for a single. 7 runs came off the over.
  • 9.5: M Shami to Markram, Fullish delivery on middle, Aiden blocks it towards mid on.
  • 9.4: M Shami to Bruyn, On a length on off, de Bruyn pushes it to cover and takes a single.
  • 9.3: M Shami to de Bruyn, EDGED AND FOUR! First boundary of the day for the Proteas! Good length ball outside off, Theunis attempts to push at it but gets an outside edge towards the third man region for a boundary.
  • 9.2: M Shami to Bruyn, Good length ball down the leg side, de Bruyn leaves the ball alone.
  • 9.1: M Shami to Markram, Starts with a back of a length ball on off, Markram pushes it towards the cover region for a single. First run of the day.
South Africa 11/1
South Africa Batting de Bruyn , 5(20)A Markram , 3(18)
IndiaR Ashwin , 5-1-7-0
  • 8.6: R Ashwin to Bruyn, Goes on the back foot and defends the ball.
  • 8.5: R Ashwin to Bruyn, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat
  • 8.4: R Ashwin to Bruyn, Driven through the covers by the batsman.
  • 8.3: R Ashwin to Bruyn, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 8.2: R Ashwin to de Bruyn, Tossed on off and the ball holds its line after pitching, it takes the outside edge and rolls along the ground to the right of Rahane.
  • 8.1: R Ashwin to de Bruyn, Tossed full around off, de Bruyn offers a front foot defensive shot.
South Africa 11/1
South Africa Batting A Markram , 3(18)de Bruyn , 5(14)
IndiaR Jadeja , 4-2-3-1
  • 7.6: R Jadeja to Markram, On middle, slightly fuller. Markram goes back, keeps his eyes on the ball and works it on the leg side.
  • 7.5: R Jadeja to Markram, Another defensive stroke to this delivery on middle.
  • 7.4: R Jadeja to Markram, On middle, Markram prods forward and defends it onto the ground.
  • 7.3: R Jadeja to Markram, In the air... safe! Two runs in the end! This is angled into the pads, Markam looks to flick but it goes off the toe-end, uppishly but wide of mid on who chases it down.
  • 7.2: R Jadeja to Markram, Darts it on the stumps, Markram pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 7.1: R Jadeja to Markram, On middle, Markram defends it out nicely.
South Africa 9/1
South Africa Batting de Bruyn , 5(14)A Markram , 1(12)
IndiaR Ashwin , 4-0-7-0
  • 6.6: R Ashwin to Bruyn, Floater on off again, defended with the full face of the bat again.
  • 6.5: R Ashwin to Bruyn, De Bruyn has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 6.4: R Ashwin to Bruyn, Floated around off, blocks it with the full face of the bat.
  • 6.3: R Ashwin to Bruyn, This time goes on the back foot and defends the ball right in front of the wicket.
  • 6.2: R Ashwin to Bruyn, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 6.1: R Ashwin to Bruyn, Tossed up on off, de Bruyn comes on the front foot and defends it back.
South Africa 9/1
South Africa Batting A Markram , 1(12)de Bruyn , 5(8)
IndiaR Jadeja , 3-1-1-1
  • 5.6: R Jadeja to Markram, Shorter and on off, Markram goes back and keeps it out.
  • 5.5: R Jadeja to Markram, Not the right shot! This is fired just outside off, not enough room to cut but Markram does go for it. Gets beaten.
  • 5.4: R Jadeja to Markram, This is slightly fuller and on off, Markram misreads the length, goes back to play it but does well.
  • 5.3: R Jadeja to Markram, On the stumps again, Markram is solid in defense.
  • 5.2: R Jadeja to Markram, Slightly shorter, this straightens a touch. Markram goes back and defends it onto the ground.
  • 5.1: R Jadeja to Markram, Flatter and on middle, this is defended onto the ground.
South Africa 9/1
South Africa Batting de Bruyn , 5(8)A Markram , 1(6)
IndiaR Ashwin , 3-0-7-0
  • 4.6: R Ashwin to Bruyn, Covers the line of the ball and defends well again.
  • 4.5: R Ashwin to de Bruyn, FOUR! Tossed up on off, de Bruyn takes it on the full, and superbly drives the ball on the front foot to the cover boundary.
  • 4.4: R Ashwin to Bruyn, Covers the line of the ball and defends it to the leg side.
  • 4.3: R Ashwin to Bruyn, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 4.2: R Ashwin to Bruyn, Comes on the front foot and blocks the ball.
  • 4.1: R Ashwin to Bruyn, Flat on off, defended off the front foot.
South Africa 5/1
South Africa Batting A Markram , 1(6)de Bruyn , 1(2)
IndiaR Jadeja , 2-1-1-1
  • 3.6: R Jadeja to Markram, On off, it is defended. End of a successful over.
  • 3.5: R Jadeja to Bruyn, The batter is off the mark! This is flatter and on middle, stays a touch low. De Bruyn does well to work it through square leg for one.
  • 3.4: R Jadeja to Bruyn, Flatter and on off, it is kept out.
  • 3.3: R Jadeja to Elgar, OUT! It is pitching in line and Ball Tracker then shows THREE REDS! Elgar, the hero of the first innings for South Africa, is out of here. This is a huge wicket as we all know how stubborn Elgar can be and in the situation South Africa are in, they needed a stubborn player. Jadeja draws first blood. Jadeja from around the wicket lands it around leg, the ball straightens and stays low. Elgar fails to put bat and ball and it hits the pad. An appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Jadeja feels he has got Elgar but a few other Indian players have a doubt. After a discussion, Kohli signals the 'T'. Replays roll in and it shows the on-field call has to be overturned. The crowd here erupts. Can India get another before Stumps?
  • 3.2: R Jadeja to Elgar, On the pads, it is worked to square leg.
  • 3.1: Jadeja to Elgar, Down the leg side, Elgar looks to flick but misses. The keeper is excited but nothing from the umpire.
South Africa 4/0
South Africa Batting A Markram , 1(5)D Elgar , 2(13)
IndiaR Ashwin , 2-0-3-0
  • 2.6: R Ashwin to Markram, Floats the ball outside off. Markram comes on the front foot and defends the ball.
  • 2.5: R Ashwin to Markram, On the pads, turned straight to mid-wicket.
  • 2.4: R Ashwin to Elgar, Driven towards the mid-on region. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 2.3: R Ashwin to Elgar, Covers the line of the ball and blocks it out.
  • 2.2: R Ashwin to Elgar, Tossed up outside off, Elgar taps it towards point.
  • 2.1: R Ashwin to Elgar, Full outside off, Elgar plays it to mid off.
South Africa 3/0
South Africa Batting A Markram , 1(3)D Elgar , 1(9)
IndiaR Jadeja , 1-0-0-0
  • 1.6: R Jadeja to Markram, Another solid front foot defense to get through the over.
  • 1.5: R Jadeja to Markram, Floated on off, Markram solidly defends it by bending his back.
  • 1.4: R Jadeja to Elgar, On the pads, Elgar looks to turn it behind square on the leg side but it goes off his pad and they take a leg bye.
  • 1.3: R Jadeja to Elgar, Shorter on middle, Elgar once again glances it to mid-wicket.
  • 1.2: R Jadeja to Elgar, Tossed up on middle, Elgar glances it but it hits the man at short leg on a bounce.
  • 1.1: R Jadeja to Elgar, Jadeja starts with a flighted delivery on off and middle. Elgar flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 160 then. Points for India in the World Test Championship so far. This being a 3-match series, a win gives you 40 points. Way ahead of the rest and given that they are enjoying a home run for a lengthy period of time, the hosts would like to consolidate that spot in the coming months. What about South Africa? They fought hard for the first 3 days but Day 4 was probably where the game slipped away. There are some technical shortcomings as well, along with the weather conditions. But they need to find answers to all these pretty quickly, as the second Test is upon all from Thursday, 10th October, 2019 from 9.30 am local (0400 GMT) in Pune. Would winning the toss make things any better? Doubt that, with India playing so well but Faf du Plessis can perhaps consult Australian Women's captain, Meg Lanning to help win the toss. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
  • ROHIT SHARMA HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Says that he just wanted to go out there and do what he does best, exploring opportunities at the top. Thanks the coach and management for giving him that chance. Believes that getting 40 points is more important than all that and is happy that India continue to stay at the top of the table in the World Test Championship. On him now opening in all formats, Rohit says that it was communicated to him around 2 years ago, that he might be asked to open, so it was not altogether a surprise and he used to practice really hard in the nets. On him playing watchfully at the start in both white-ball and red-ball cricket, Sharma says that one needs to assess the conditions first and then play your own game. Stresses that the batsman should be leaving the ball outside off, play as close to the ball as possible and then play one's shots, which has been his mantra so far. On being asked about him creating the record for hitting the most number of sixes in a Test, Rohit instantly says that there are quite a few things in Test cricket that he is not aware of. Adds that his main aim was to maintain his focus and outwit the bowlers, who, he believes are very smart these days.
  • Victorious Indian captain, Virat Kohli, comes up next. On being asked for the win, which was not easy, Kohli admits that it was so. Adds that they did get the result they wanted but admires the resistance shown by South Africa. Details that once you get 500 on the board, you are always in the ascending seat irrespective of the fight shown by the opposition. Praises his batsmen in both innings for scoring quickly and says that it was a tough grind, but due to the weather. On the pacers doing well on a track suited to the spinners, Kohli says that it all depends on the attitude. Adds that in the last 2 years, every Indian pacer has looked to contribute on every pitch, albeit bowling shorter spells and communicating well with the captain, even when conditions are difficult. Praises Ashwin and Jadeja for bowling consistently well, on a flat track in the first innings, with the offie taking 7 there and Jadeja taking quick wickets in the second. On Shami's spell this morning, Kohli feels that the pacer has always done well in the recent past and when the ball reverses, he is unstoppable. In the end, praises all the bowlers. On the current quality of the SG ball, Kohli feels that this particular lot is better than the previous one, staying hard for around 40-45 overs but wants it to be harder till at least 60 overs because, even if the pitch is helping you, you would want the ball to do something as well.
  • Time for the presentation. Faf du Plessis first up, the South African captain. A bit of a disgruntled look on his face. Praises India for putting up a great total and then his own team for fighting hard. Adds that in an ideal world, he would have loved his bowlers to bowl India out cheaply but has to stop and admire another Rohit special. Is wary of a pitch exploding on Day 5 but apart from the collapse on Sunday morning, he believes that South Africa fought hard. On the wicket for this Test, Faf says that it seemed to hold on a bit and apart from Shami taking a 5-fer on Day 5, the seamers barely got much purchase. Rues the fact that his spinners could not do much in the third innings, which is where the game drifted away. Admits that the collapse this morning was way too quick and it does happen on Day 5 but quickly says that one cannot do much about it, so wants to move forward and look ahead to the second Test.
  • Mohammed Shami is gifted the stump which he broke, while cleaning up Dane Piedt. On being asked his plan to bowl on the wicket, Shami says that it is very difficult to take wickets on such pitches, so the team planned to bowl in line of the stumps. On the pacers bowling well, Shami says that over the past 4-5 years, the combination of the pacers has been excellent and if the ball starts to reverse a bit, aided with uneven bounce, everyone does well. On breaking the middle order of the Proteas, Shami says that the aim is always to remove the top 5 of the opposition early and in doing that, keep the line which attacks the stumps. Thanks the crowd for its support.
  • The Indians then. Heroes? Oh you could make movies which could run successfully for the next decade. Rohit Sharma showing that he loves to open in any format. Just 176. 224 less perhaps? Then Mayank Agarwal. Getting to his double ton. The duo staging a 317-run opening stand. Then Ashwin taking a 7-fer, showing that he is still India's number 1 Test spinner. And Rohit again in the second dig, scoring his second century in this Test. And in the final innings, Jadeja and the second innings hero, Mohammed Shami. A total team effort. Simply superb. Given that a seamer has taken 5 wickets on Day 5, simply shows how good India's pace attack is even now. Here is the hero, talking to Sanjay Manjrekar.
  • Now, to this match overall. How many heroes for the South Africans? Maharaj in the first innings. For believing in himself while getting sent to the cleaners for two days that eventually he will get some reward, ending up with 3 scalps. Then Dean Elgar, Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis, for ensuring that there is some fight shown and the Proteas do not cave in. Made India bowl 131.2 overs, an achievement in itself, playing spin really well. But that was it. That seemed to take a heavy toll as they simply could not turn up with either bat or ball in the second innings. A lead of 71 was not what India would have expected after scoring 502/7 but the Saffas could not pounce on that opportunity.
  • India knew they had the aces when they came out to bowl this morning, only having to land the ball in the right areas and allow the pitch to do the rest. South Africa, inexperienced as they were, seemed confused as to whether they should come forward or stay back and were caught in no man's land. Markram was the only man to fight at the top while Muthusamy and Piedt averted some embarrassment with a 91-run stand lower down the order.
  • So how do you play low bounce and extra bounce? Difficult, very difficult. Probably go forward, rather than backward? And do not leave any ball. ANY. De Bruyn, Bavuma, de Kock and Piedt - all suffered the harsh consequences of the ball staying low while du Plessis chose to leave one and had to leave the field. Though the Proteas might look at that period of the first hour on the final day and call it a manic hour, it would still have been difficult for them or any team to hang around against a quality opposition on a wearing pitch. And that is why life is heaven for spinners in India on Day 5, seeming like hell in the first 3.
  • Right then. Took a while to come, after a collapse this morning, but eventually, India have won convincingly, with more than a session to spare. For all the fight shown by South Africa in the first innings, sadly, the second dig was a damp squib, though they can blame the inconsistent bounce on the pitch for the same.
  • Jadeja has a change of ends.
  • DRINKS! Finally India get the breakthrough and Mohammed Shami is the man who has provided it. Muthusamy and Piedt provided some very stern resistance but now only the former remains. Rabada is the only man which stands between India and a victory now. Will Rabada stick with Muthusamy or will they twist? We will find out in a while!
  • Mohammed Shami comes back into the attack! Will he continue his knack of taking wickets in the second innings?
  • Change of ends for Ashwin!
  • Rohit Sharma is into the attack now. A huge cheer by the crowd as soon as he took the ball in hand.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin comes back into the attack. 14-3-29-1 so far from him. Can he wrap up the tailenders?
  • Ishant Sharma will bowl from the other end.
  • We are back for the second session! Dane Piedt and Senuran Muthusamy are back out in the middle to continue their resistance. Indian players also make their way out to the middle! How long will this session last? Muthusamy will be on strike to Ravindra Jadeja.
  • ... Day 5, Session 2 ...
  • South Africa, on the other hand, would be disappointed with their performnce. Many expected them to give a tough fight but it was not to be. They lost wickets in a heap and are on the verge of losing this match by a huge margin. After the flurry of wickets, Piedt and Muthusamy have shown how to bat on this wicket and have played well against the spinners. Join us in a little while for what might the final session of the match unless a miracle happens.
  • 106 runs, 7 wickets. That has been the story of the session. India has been on top from the word go. They were brilliant with the ball and it all started with the fall of de Bruyn's wicket off the bowling of Ashwin. After his wicket, the procession of wickets started with Jadeja and Shami being the pick of the bowlers. He started the collapse with three wickets in one over and South Africa were left hanging. India's problem of not being able to finish off the tail resurfaced and the last two wickets have stitched a good partnership to frustrate the bowlers a little bit.
  • Change of angle for Ishant. Comes round the wicket.
  • Ishant Sharma comes into the attack! His figures read 3-1-10-0.
  • Lunch was supposed to be at 1130 local but Kohli has asked the umpires to extend the session by 15 minutes! Lunch now will be at 1145 local (0615 GMT).
  • Mohammed Shami comes back into the attack!
  • Interesting field set as there are four fielders in the catcing area towards the off side.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin is back into the attack!
  • Dane Piedt comes in to face the music! He will face the Hat trick ball.
  • Review time! Maharaj has been given out LBW and he has gone for for the review. It looks out but anything can happen!
  • Keshav Maharaj is the new man in!
  • Review time! India have taken the review for LBW. Philander is the man in question! It looks very close and let us see what transpires!
  • Vernon Philander is the new man in! He is on a pair!
  • Senuran Muthusamy walks into the middle now. The South African batting lineup looks in tatters against this Indian bowling attack.
  • DRINKS! An excellent first hour for India on the final day of this match and the hosts look to be heading towards a victory. They have taken 3 wickets so far in the opening hour and will be looking to make further inroads into the visitors;' batting lineup before the session ends. In the meantime, Quinton de Kock has come out to the middle. South Africa need him to play a knock reminiscent to his last one.
  • Mohammed Shami is back into the attack. It looks like Virat Kohli does not want to tire his pacers out and thus is giving them short spells.
  • Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack!
  • Ishant Sharma comes into the attack. He replaces Mohammed Shami after another short spell from a pacer.
  • Faf du Plessis, the South African skipper walks out to the middle. He is a vastly experienced batsman and he also possesses the ability to dig in when his side need him the most. A crucial wicket for both the sides this.
  • Temba Bavuma comes in to bat.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin will bowl from the other end. 5-0-7-0 on Day 4 from him.
  • The Indian players step out onto the field with one clear objective in mind - rip through the batting lineup of the visitors and bag the victory. One has to be brave to bet against them from doing so as well. The South African batters, Theunis de Bruyn and Aiden Markram are also out in the centre. Markram will take strike as Mohammed Shami starts the proceedings for India.
  • Hello and a warm welcome to our coverage of the final day of the Test match between India and South Africa! Day 4 saw India going way ahead in the game setting a target of 395 runs for the Proteas. Although one might question Kohli's decision to delay the declaration, the hosts will feel that they still have enough time in hand to bowl out the visitors. The spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin hold the key for the Indians to get a win in this game. The Proteas, on the other hand, again will need to bat out of their skins in order to even secure a draw. They have already lost the wicket of Dean Elgar which is a big blow but would hope for the rest of the batsmen to do the job. They would take heart from the fact that they have never lost a game in India after scoring 400-plus runs in an innings. There is a hint of rain predicted throughout the day which the South Africans won't mind one bit but it is sunny at the moment. An enthralling final day awaits us. Stay with us for all the action from Visakhapatnam.
  • ... Day 5, Session 1 ...
  • Now then, an exciting 5th day awaits. South Africa will be looking to play for a draw whereas India will be eyeing a win. 9 wickets is what they need and South Africa will probably have to bat out 98 overs. However, there are chances of rain and the visitors won't mind that at all. Do not miss the action which begins at 0930 local (0400 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!
  • Cheteshwar Pujara who is down for an interview says it is a tough pitch when you start your innings and he was finding it difficult to rotate the strike and accelerate but it worked out well in the end. Mentions once he got used to the pace, he knew what shots to play. States it wasn't easy but he needed to adjust. On him playing just one format, Pujara replies that it allows him to improve his fitness but sometimes he is not at his best because of the lack of match practice. Further adds they do have enough runs on the board and also have enough time. Ends by saying the wicket is not easy as there is variable bounce for the pacers and the spinners.
  • The only time the Indians might have been frustrated on Day 4 was probably when the last pair of South Africa managed to add some handy runs. However, once the last man was dismissed, it was all India. Courtesy Rohit's ton and handy contributions from others, they managed to set a massive target for the visitors. They declared with 13 overs to go in the day, all the overs left weren't possible but India did get a wicket in it.
  • A huge smile on the Indian players' faces as they make their way back to the pavilion. High fives all around as they head back. It has been their day without a doubt. Not only have they batted South Africa out of the game but have also got the big, big wicket of Dean Elgar in the 9 overs they have bowled.
  • The umpires are having a chat and off they go! Fair call I believe as it has gotten really dark out there. That will probably be STUMPS and it is!
  • Theunis de Bruyn walks out to bat
  • Review time! After a long, long discussion between Jadeja, Kohli and the keeper, India review as an appeal for an LBW has been turned down. The pitching could be an issue or Elgar is a goner.
  • Ravindra Jadeja to partner Ashwin from the other end. So no pace to start up with. Maybe the darkness is playing a part here.
South Africa 2/0
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 1(5)A Markram , 1(1)
IndiaR Ashwin , 1-0-2-0
  • 0.6: R Ashwin to Elgar, Goes on the back foot and punches the ball to the off side for a single.
  • 0.5: R Ashwin to Elgar, The batsman was beaten and missed the line of the delivery. The ball kisses the stump but the bails are not disturbed.
  • 0.4: R Ashwin to Elgar, Elgar steps on the back foot and pushes the ball to cover.
  • 0.3: R Ashwin to Elgar, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 0.2: R Ashwin to Elgar, Fuller outside off, Elgar pushes it straight to Kohli at cover.
  • 0.1: R Ashwin to Markram, Floated on off, Markram turns the ball to the leg side for a single.
India 323/4
India Batting V Kohli , 31(25)A Rahane , 27(17)
South AfricaK Rabada , 13-3-41-1
  • 66.6: K Rabada to V Kohli, FOUR! Short on middle and leg, Kohli powers the ball to the mid-wicket boundary. As this act is completed, he turns around from the non striker's end and calls out to Rahane to join him back to the hut as they've declared. The second innings tally is 323/4. The total target for the visitors to chase is 395.
  • 66.5: K Rabada to Rahane, Played to the point region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 66.4: K Rabada to Rahane, Now that's absurd! Banged in short, around off, Rahane pulls but misses. De Kock holds the ball above his head but as he lands from his jump he tumbles and in the process, throws the ball out of his grasp
  • 66.3: Rabada to Kohli, Yorker length on middle, Rahane has to scoop it out and they run one as the long off fielder mops up.
  • 66.2: K Rabada to Kohli, The ball is way wide on the leg side but Rahane still goes after it and misses.
  • 66.1: K Rabada to Kohli, Good length very wide outside off, Rahane flays his flat bat at it and misses.
India 317/4
India Batting A Rahane , 26(15)V Kohli , 26(21)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 22-0-129-2
  • 65.6: K Maharaj to Rahane, Short ball outside off, Rahane cuts it towards the cover region.
  • 65.5: K Maharaj to Kohli, Flighted ball on the pads, Kohli moves towards the leg side and plays it towards point for a single.
  • 65.4: K Maharaj to Rahane, The batsman has played the reverse sweep. They pick up a single.
  • 65.3: K Maharaj to Rahane, Flighted ball outside off, Rahane attempts to reverse sweep it but fails to put any bat on it.
  • 65.2: K Maharaj to Rahane, SIX! What a shot from Rahane! He is doing a wonderful job so far. Flighted ball on middle, Rahane moves towards the leg side and lofts it over the extra cover region for a maximum.
  • 65.1: K Maharaj to Kohli, Flighted ball on middle, Kohli flicks it towards the leg side for a single.
India 308/4
India Batting A Rahane , 19(11)V Kohli , 24(19)
South AfricaK Rabada , 12-3-35-1
  • 64.6: K Rabada to Rahane, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 64.5: K Rabada to Rahane, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 64.4: K Rabada to A Rahane, Another edge, another FOUR! Fuller on off, Rahane yet again edges it and this time de Kock misfields. The ball then races to the boundary.
  • 64.3: K Rabada to Rahane, Back of a length on middle. Rahane misses his pull shot and de Kock makes a good save.
  • 64.2: K Rabada to Rahane, The batsman was beaten and missed the line of the delivery.
  • 64.1: K Rabada to A Rahane, FOUR! Edges and four! But how? Too full outside off, Rahane plays inside the line of the ball, it takes a thickish edge and drags it to Faf at a widish first slip. The Protean skipper misfields and concedes a boundary.
India 300/4
India Batting A Rahane , 11(5)V Kohli , 24(19)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 21-0-120-2
  • 63.6: K Maharaj to Rahane, A single as this is worked towards mid on. So the change of ends does not make a difference for the spinner. He continues leaking runs. 14 from this over.
  • 63.5: K Maharaj to Rahane, FOUR! The paddle sweep the last time and the reverse sweep this time. Cheeky, cheeky stuff from Rahane. Also, he plays it with the back of the bat and down to the third man fence for another boundary.
  • 63.4: K Maharaj to Rahane, FOUR! Cheeky! Out comes the paddle sweep and Rahane plays it well. It races away to the fine leg fence and bags a boundary.
  • 63.3: K Maharaj to Rahane, Floats it up on off, Rahane looks to go inside out over covers but hits it a little too straight so only two taken.
  • 63.2: K Maharaj to V Kohli, The batsman plays a pull shot to this short delivery. One run added to the total.
  • 63.1: K Maharaj to Kohli, In the air... safe! The change of ends almost worked for the spinner. This is floated outside leg. Kohli looks to whip it but it turns away. It goes off the leading edge towards wide long off, lands safe and two is taken.
India 286/4
India Batting A Rahane , 0(1)V Kohli , 21(17)
South AfricaK Rabada , 11-3-27-1
  • 62.6: K Rabada to Rahane, An appeal but not given! This starts around off and then tails back in. Rahane looks to defend but misses to get hit on the pads. It seems to be going down leg.
  • 62.5: Rabada to R Jadeja, OUT! Gone in the process to up the scoring rate. Pitches it too full on middle and off, Jadeja looks to have a hoick somewhere on the on side. He misses it. The ball cracks open the woodwork. The dejected southpaw trots back and Kohli pats him on the shoulder for a quickfire 40. First wicket for Rabada in this Test match.
  • 62.4: K Rabada to Jadeja, On the pads, tuned to the on side. No run.
  • 62.3: K Rabada to Kohli, Good length ball outside off, Kohli Stretched for it and floats it to deep point for a single.
  • 62.2: K Rabada to Kohli, on full on middle and off, Kohli turns it to mid-wicket for none.
  • 62.1: K Rabada to Kohli, On middle and leg, Kohli plays it to mid on. No run.
India 285/3
India Batting V Kohli , 20(14)R Jadeja , 40(30)
South AfricaD Piedt , 17-3-102-0
  • 61.6: D Piedt to Kohli, Flatter and on middle, this is pushed down to long on for one.
  • 61.5: D Piedt to Jadeja, Punched off the back foot by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 61.4: D Piedt to Jadeja, SIX! High and handsome! Piedt once again gives it air but it is little too full, just where Jadeja likes it. Ravindra tonks it over the long on fence for a biggie. DP also now has conceded over 100.
  • 61.3: D Piedt to Jadeja, This is flatter and on the pads, the batsman works it through mid-wicket. He calls for two and takes it.
  • 61.2: D Piedt to Jadeja, Slower but shorter outside off, Jadeja slaps it through covers and takes two.
  • 61.1: Piedt to Jadeja, SIX! Straight down the ground! Jadeja is the man to do so this time. This is full, right in the zone of Jadeja. He hammers it over the long on fence for a biggie.
India 267/3
India Batting V Kohli , 19(13)R Jadeja , 23(25)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 20-0-106-2
  • 60.6: K Maharaj to Kohli, Turns this towards mid-wicket. No run.
  • 60.5: K Maharaj to Kohli, The batsman has played it to the point region.
  • 60.4: K Maharaj to Kohli, FOUR! Slapped! 10 runs in two balls! This is wide and full outside off, Kohli hits it with brutal force and through covers. No chance for the fielder in the deep.
  • 60.3: K Maharaj to Kohli, SIX! For the second time in the game, Maharaj concedes over 100 runs. Tossed on middle and off, Kohli slog sweeps this over the mid-wicket fence for half a dozen.
  • 60.2: K Maharaj to V Kohli, Drives and drives well towards Elgar at long off. Dean runs to his left and concedes two.
  • 60.1: K Maharaj to Jadeja, Floated on middle and off, Jadeja turns it off his pads to square leg for a single.
India 254/3
India Batting V Kohli , 7(8)R Jadeja , 22(24)
South AfricaD Piedt , 16-3-84-0
  • 59.6: D Piedt to Kohli, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 59.5: D Piedt to Kohli, On the pads this time. Kohli flicks it straight to mid-wicket.
  • 59.4: D Piedt to Kohli, Gets in the line of the delivery and defends on the back foot.
  • 59.3: D Piedt to Jadeja, The batsman has picked it early and slogged it through the leg side. They pick up a single.
  • 59.2: D Piedt to Jadeja, Looks to cut the ball to the off side, he bottom edges it into the pitch.
  • 59.1: D Piedt to Jadeja, Almost in the blockhole by Piedt. Jadeja had to dig it out and back to the bowler.
India 253/3
India Batting V Kohli , 7(5)R Jadeja , 21(21)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 19-0-93-2
  • 58.6: K Maharaj to Kohli, MISFIELD AND FOUR! Loopy ball outside off, Kohli smashes it towards cover. It bounces just in front of him, the fielder fails to stop it and goes behind to the fence.
  • 58.5: K Maharaj to Jadeja, Very full and outside off, Jadeja smashes it down towards long off for one.
  • 58.4: K Maharaj to Kohli, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. They pick up a single.
  • 58.3: K Maharaj to Jadeja, Nicely played in the end! Jadeja comes down the track, the bowler bowls it short. There is extra bounce. Jadeja does well to adjust and guides it through point for one.
  • 58.2: K Maharaj to Jadeja, Flatter and on middle, this is pushed back towards the bowler.
  • 58.1: K Maharaj to Jadeja, Flatter and on the pads, this is worked past the diving fielder at short fine leg for two.
India 244/3
India Batting V Kohli , 2(3)R Jadeja , 17(17)
South AfricaD Piedt , 15-3-83-0
  • 57.6: D Piedt to Kohli, Kohli has played it towards mid-wicket.
  • 57.5: D Piedt to Jadeja, Takes the ball on the full and play it through mid on for a single.
  • 57.4: D Piedt to Jadeja, That was close. Just on off, the southpaw goes on the back foot and gets a bottom edge on that. The ball bounces very close to the off stump.
  • 57.3: D Piedt to Jadeja, On middle and leg, Jadeja clips it off his pads, to deep mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 57.2: D Piedt to Jadeja, Comes on the front foot and plays the ball towards mid off.
  • 57.1: D Piedt to V Kohli, Floated on off. Played to long on for a single.
India 240/3
India Batting V Kohli , 1(1)R Jadeja , 14(13)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 18-0-84-2
  • 56.6: K Maharaj to Kohli, Kohli is off the mark! This is tossed up outside off, it is driven through covers for one.
  • 56.5: K Maharaj to Sharma, OUT! STUMPED! For the second time in the game Rohit Sharma has been stumped. End of another excellent knock. It is such a good innings that even the South Africa players run up to him and congratulate him as he walks back. The Indian pavilion and the crowd are on its feet to give him a standing ovation. He perishes in the attempt to hit a 14th biggie. Comes down the track and swings against the turn. He misses it and de Kock behind makes no mistake. India are effectively 310 for 3.
  • 56.4: K Maharaj to Jadeja, Flatter and on off, Jadeja works it towards mid-wicket for one.
  • 56.3: K Maharaj to Sharma, This is on middle, Rohit brings the sweep shot out. It goes off the top edge but lands safe in the deep square leg region. A single taken.
  • 56.2: K Maharaj to Sharma, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 56.1: K Maharaj to Jadeja, Shorter and outside off, Jadeja reaches out for it. He somehow gets bat to ball but places it wide of the fielder at deep point. The man there runs to his left, dives and saves a run for his side.
India 234/2
India Batting R Sharma , 126(146)R Jadeja , 10(11)
South AfricaD Piedt , 14-3-79-0
  • 55.6: D Piedt to Sharma, SIX! Three in a row! The lead is now over 300. This time Rohit comes down the track but does not quite get to the pitch of the ball. He still goes ahead with the shot, hits it with the turn and clears the long on fence with ease.
  • 55.5: D Piedt to Sharma, SIX! Pulls the length back on this one. Sharma greets it with a flat-batted slap to send the ball flying over mid-wicket for a flat six.
  • 55.4: D Piedt to Sharma, SIX! Tossed up on middle and off, Sharma charges to the pitch of the ball, and launches it wide to the left of the sweeper at long on for a maximum.
  • 55.3: D Piedt to Jadeja, Full on middle and off, Jadeja comes down the track and lobs it to long off for a single.
  • 55.2: Piedt to Jadeja, Appeal for leg before but not given. Floated on middle and leg. Ravindra looks to drive but misses. It hits him on the back pad but it was probably down leg.
  • 55.1: D Piedt to Sharma, Tossed on middle and leg, flicked to mid-wicket for a single.
India 214/2
India Batting R Sharma , 107(142)R Jadeja , 9(9)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 17-0-78-1
  • 54.6: K Maharaj to Sharma, A single to end! Flatter and outside off, this is slapped through covers for one.
  • 54.5: K Maharaj to Jadeja, Maharaj fires this on the pads, Jadeja looks to sweep but misses to get hit on the pads. It rolls on the leg side. A leg bye is taken.
  • 54.4: K Maharaj to Sharma, Outside off, this is quicker again. Rohit looks to cut but gets an inside edge which goes towards fine leg for one.
  • 54.3: K Maharaj to Sharma, That stays low! Quicker again and on middle, this one stays low. Rohit does well to get his bat down in time and keep it out.
  • 54.2: K Maharaj to Sharma, Slower through the air outside off, Rohit looks to sweep but is done in by the slowness. He misses to get hit on the pads.
  • 54.1: K Maharaj to Jadeja, Shorter but quicker outside off, Jadeja goes back and mistimes his cut through covers. He takes the first one slowly but mid-way realizes there is a chance for a second but then Rohit refuses.
India 210/2
India Batting R Sharma , 105(138)R Jadeja , 8(7)
South AfricaD Piedt , 13-3-59-0
  • 53.6: D Piedt to Sharma, Rohit shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 53.5: D Piedt to Sharma, Beaten! Short and wide outside off, Rohit goes for the cut but misses.
  • 53.4: D Piedt to Jadeja, Shortish just outside off, Jadeja cuts it towards point for a single.
  • 53.3: D Piedt to R Sharma, Full ball on the pads, driven towards the mid on region for a single.
  • 53.2: D Piedt to Sharma, FOUR! Bad line by Piedt and punished by Sharma. Sliding down the leg side, Sharma paddles it towards fine leg and the ball races to the fence.
  • 53.1: D Piedt to Sharma, Floated on middle and off, Sharma defends it from within the crease.
India 204/2
India Batting R Jadeja , 7(6)R Sharma , 100(133)
South AfricaV Philander , 12-5-21-1
  • 52.6: V Philander to Jadeja, NOT OUT! Good decision by the umpire! Good length ball on middle, Jadeja attempts to defend but gets hit on the pads. The South African players appeal but nothing from the umpire. Philander wants the review and they go for it. The replays roll in and the ball was very close to the bat but Ultra Edge shows that it is pad first. The Ball Tracker rolls in and it shows that the impact was outside off and missing the off stump. Poor review from South Africa and they have lost their review.
  • 52.5: V Philander to Sharma, CENTURY! Back-to Back centuries for Rohit Sharma! What a match he is having. Century in the first innings and now in the second. Good length delivery on middle, Rohit flicks it towards the leg side for a single. He celebrates by raising his bat and soaks in the applause.
  • 52.4: V Philander to Jadeja, Good length delivery on middle and leg, Jadeja flicks it towards the fine leg region for a single.
  • 52.3: V Philander to Sharma, Good length ball on off which kept a little low, Rohit gets a toe end while defending it and it rolls towards short third man for a single. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. Moves to 99 does Rohit.
  • 52.2: V Philander to Sharma, Good length ball down the leg side, Rohit attempts to flick but misses. QdK makes an excellent take behind the stumps.
  • 52.1: V Philander to Sharma, FOUR! Brilliantly played! Moves on to 98 with that shot! Short ball outside off, Rohit drives this nicely past the cover fielder for a boundary.
India 197/2
India Batting R Jadeja , 6(4)R Sharma , 94(129)
South AfricaS Muthusamy , 3-0-20-0
  • 51.6: S Muthusamy to Jadeja, Jadeja looks to reverse sweep this one but misses it completely.
  • 51.5: S Muthusamy to Jadeja, SIX! Sir Jadeja in action as soon as he comes in! Tossed up outside off, Jadeja gets down on one knee and slog sweeps it over mid-wicket for a maxiumum.
  • 51.4: S Muthusamy to Jadeja, Jadeja drives this one straight down the ground.
  • 51.3: S Muthusamy to Jadeja, Jadeja has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 51.2: S Muthusamy to R Jadeja, Another one pitching outside leg, Sharma goes for the reverse sweep and it goes off the bottom half of his bat towards cover-point. The batters take a quick single. The fielder goes for the direct hit at the striker's end but misses.
  • 51.1: S Muthusamy to Sharma, Tossed up just outside leg, Sharma blocks this one out.
India 190/2
India Batting C Pujara , 81(148)R Sharma , 93(127)
South AfricaV Philander , 11-5-14-1
  • 50.6: V Philander to Pujara, OUT! Waste of a review from Pujara! That looked plumb on naked eye. Pujara has to go! Good length ball on middle, Pujara looks to defend but gets hit flush on the back pad. Vernon Philander does not even wait for the decision and the umpire agrees as he gives it out. Pujara consults with his partner and decides to go for the review. The Ultra Edge rolls in and it shows no bat. Ball Tracker also rolls in and it is three reds as it is going on to hit the off stump. Pujara has to depart. He probably was looking to get to his century and that's why he may have went for the review.
  • 50.5: V Philander to Sharma, Good length ball outside off, Rohit guides this towards the point region for a quick single.
  • 50.4: V Philander to Sharma, Good length delivery on middle, Rohit defends it out.
  • 50.3: V Philander to Sharma, Good length delivery on middle jagging back in, Sharma looks to flick it but hits the thigh pad and rolls towards square leg.
  • 50.2: V Philander to Sharma, Full delivery on middle, Sharma pushes it towards mid on for nothing.
  • 50.1: V Philander to Sharma, Full delivery outside off, Rohit drives this nicely towards the cover region for a brace. Bavuma chases after it and makes a clean sliding stop.
India 187/1
India Batting C Pujara , 81(147)R Sharma , 90(122)
South AfricaD Piedt , 12-3-53-0
  • 49.6: D Piedt to Pujara, On off, Pujara dances down the track and defends it out.
  • 49.5: D Piedt to Pujara, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 49.4: D Piedt to Pujara, SIX! Excellent shot! A short delivery from Piedt and Pujara rocks back and pulls it towards the deep mid-wicket region for a maximum.
  • 49.3: D Piedt to Pujara, Loopy ball on middle, Pujara pushes it towards the leg side.
  • 49.2: D Piedt to Sharma, Flighted ball on off, Sharma defends it towards the point region for a single.
  • 49.1: D Piedt to Sharma, FOUR! Good shot from Rohit! Flatter delivery on middle and leg, Rohit pulls this nicely towards the mid-wicket region for a boundary. First boundary after the Tea break.
India 176/1
India Batting C Pujara , 75(143)R Sharma , 85(120)
South AfricaV Philander , 10-5-11-0
  • 48.6: V Philander to Pujara, Fullish delivery on middle, Pujara defends this out to the bowler.
  • 48.5: V Philander to Pujara, On a length outside off, Pujara lets this ball go to the keeper who is standing up to the stumps.
  • 48.4: V Philander to Pujara, Full delivery on middle, Pujara drives this towards the bowler.
  • 48.3: V Philander to Pujara, Good length delivery on middle, Pujara attempts to defend but it goes off the inside half of his bat towards the leg side.
  • 48.2: V Philander to Sharma, On a length outside off, Sharma pushes it towards the cover region for a single. First runs of the session.
  • 48.1: V Philander to Sharma, Good length delivery on middle, Sharma defends it out to the bowler.
India 175/1
India Batting C Pujara , 75(139)R Sharma , 84(118)
South AfricaD Piedt , 11-2-42-0
  • 47.6: D Piedt to Pujara, NOT OUT! Pujara survives! Piedt floats this one a touch short and around off. Pujara comes down the track to reach to the pitch of the ball and tries to block it. He fails to do so and the South African players appeal in unison. The umpire is unmoved and the South African players mull over taking the review. Faf du Plessis eventually does go for the review and the umpire takes it upstairs. Ultra Edge comes in and shows that no bat is involved. Ball Tracker comes in now and shows that the impact is umpire's call. Pujara stays intact and South Africa do not lose their review as well. An eventful last ball and that will be TEA ON DAY 4!
  • 47.5: D Piedt to Pujara, FOUR BYES! This one has gone down the leg side, it bounces a touch more than expected. De Kock gets a hand to it but is not able to stop it from going to the fine leg fence.
  • 47.4: D Piedt to Pujara, Fuller one outside off, driven towards mid on.
  • 47.3: D Piedt to Pujara, Flatter on middle and leg, Pujara pushes this onto the pitch and the ball rolls towards the leg side.
  • 47.2: D Piedt to Pujara, Tossed up on the boots of Pujara, he flicks this one towards mid on.
  • 47.1: D Piedt to Pujara, Pujara comes a touch down the track and pushes this one onto the ground.
India 171/1
India Batting R Sharma , 84(118)C Pujara , 75(133)
South AfricaV Philander , 9-5-10-0
  • 46.6: V Philander to Sharma, Sharma has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 46.5: V Philander to Sharma, Length ball on middle and off, Sharma has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 46.4: V Philander to Sharma, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 46.3: V Philander to Pujara, On the pads of Pujara, he clips this one towards square leg and sets off. He wants the second run but is sent back by Rohit. This also brings up the 150-run stand between these two. They have lead the hosts to a very comfortable lead and will be looking to end the session with their wickets still intact.
  • 46.2: V Philander to Sharma, Floated again on middle and off, this time Sharma drives this powerfully past the bowler. Maharaj from mid on runs and dives to his left to keep it down to just a single.
  • 46.1: V Philander to Sharma, Full and floated on off, Sharma pushes this one towards short mid-wicket.
India 169/1
India Batting R Sharma , 83(113)C Pujara , 74(132)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 16-0-75-1
  • 45.6: K Maharaj to Sharma, Sharma pushes this one wide of long om for a single. He retains strike for the next over.
  • 45.5: K Maharaj to Sharma, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 45.4: K Maharaj to Sharma, On the pads of Sharma, he flicks it towards mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 45.3: K Maharaj to Sharma, FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries for Sharma! Sharma opens the face of his blade and guides this down to third man for a boundary. Sharma taking the attack to the opposition now.
  • 45.2: K Maharaj to R Sharma, FOUR! Short and wide outside off, Sharma cuts it towards point and the ball has crossed the fence in a jiffy.
  • 45.1: K Maharaj to Sharma, Flatter and on middle, Sharma has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
India 158/1
India Batting C Pujara , 74(132)R Sharma , 72(107)
South AfricaK Rabada , 10-3-26-0
  • 44.6: K Rabada to Pujara, Another length ball outside off, Pujara opens the face of the bat and guides this one towards the man at gully.
  • 44.5: K Rabada to Pujara, FOUR! Length ball outside off, Pujara cuts this one through backward point and it races to the fence. With this boundary, he overtakes Rohit in the scoring charts. At least for now!
  • 44.4: K Rabada to Pujara, Length ball just outside off, Pujara looks to fend at it but misses as he plays inside the line. It goes to de Kock on the bounce.
  • 44.3: K Rabada to Pujara, Length ball outside off, Pujara shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 44.2: K Rabada to Pujara, Another length ball outside off, CP leaves it alone.
  • 44.1: K Rabada to Pujara, Outside off, left alone by Pujara.
India 154/1
India Batting C Pujara , 70(126)R Sharma , 72(107)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 15-0-64-1
  • 43.6: K Maharaj to Pujara, Shortish and outside off, Pujara cuts it towards point and takes a single.
  • 43.5: K Maharaj to Pujara, Pujara gets to the pitch of the ball and blocks this out.
  • 43.4: K Maharaj to Pujara, FOUR! On the pads this one, Pujara just flicks this down to fine leg and the ball races to the boundary. Bavuma gives this a chase but in vain.
  • 43.3: K Maharaj to Pujara, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 43.2: K Maharaj to Pujara, Pujara pushes this one towards point off the front foot.
  • 43.1: K Maharaj to Sharma, Full and floated on the pads, pushed towards long on and the batters take one.
India 148/1
India Batting C Pujara , 65(121)R Sharma , 71(106)
South AfricaK Rabada , 9-3-22-0
  • 42.6: K Rabada to Pujara, FOUR BYES! Down the leg side this. Pujara looks to flick but misses. The ball goes way down the leg side and into the fine leg fence.
  • 42.5: K Rabada to Pujara, Pujara opens the face of his bat and guides this towards backward point.
  • 42.4: K Rabada to Pujara, OUCH! That must have hit Pujara hard! Short of a length ball on middle and leg, Pujara looks to block but misses. The ball crashes into his chest area and then rolls towards the third man region. Luckily for Pujara, no harm done.
  • 42.3: K Rabada to Sharma, Length ball on middle and off, pushed towards mid off for a single by Sharma.
  • 42.2: K Rabada to Sharma, On the pads, Sharma looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. The ball rolls towards the leg side as the ball rolls towards square leg. Sharma wanted the run but is sent back by Pujara.
  • 42.1: K Rabada to Sharma, Good length ball just outside off, pushed towards cover by Sharma.
India 143/1
India Batting C Pujara , 65(118)R Sharma , 70(103)
South AfricaS Muthusamy , 2-0-13-0
  • 41.6: S Muthusamy to Pujara, Pujara shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 41.5: S Muthusamy to Sharma, Full and floated outside off, driven superbly towards the cover region for a single.
  • 41.4: S Muthusamy to Sharma, FOUR! Maybe Sharma should play in his natural avatar only! Short this time on middle, Sharma rocks back and smashes this over mid-wicket for a boundary. He did not time that too well and that is why it goes into the fence on the bounce.
  • 41.3: S Muthusamy to R Sharma, This time the ball bounces high off the turf, Sharma looks to defend but it goes off the splice of the bat towards the empty gully region.
  • 41.2: S Muthusamy to Sharma, Pitches outside off and straightens, Sharma leaves it alone.
  • 41.1: S Muthusamy to Sharma, Flatter one just outside off, pushed towards the cover region.
India 138/1
India Batting C Pujara , 65(117)R Sharma , 65(98)
South AfricaK Rabada , 8-3-21-0
  • 40.6: K Rabada to Pujara, Fuller and just outside off, pushed to the cover region by CP.
  • 40.5: K Rabada to Pujara, Length ball on middle, defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 40.4: K Rabada to Pujara, EDGED AND FOUR! Almost an action replay of the last chance. Length ball just outside off, it pitches and nips away. Pujara edges it and the ball goes between de Kock and Faf du Plessis at wide first slip through to the third man fence. If the first slip was available, this would have gone straight down this throat.
  • 40.3: K Rabada to Pujara, Length ball outside off, cut to the man backward point.
  • 40.2: K Rabada to Pujara, EDGED AND FOUR! Lucky for Pujara! Good length delivery outside off, Pujara attempts to defend but gets an edge which goes in between the keeper and wide of first slip. The ball rolls onto the third man fence. De Kock dived in an attempt to take the catch but does not reach it. The skipper looks to heavens to show his displeasure.
  • 40.1: K Rabada to Pujara, Good length delivery on off, Cheteshwar defends it off the front foot towards the off side.
India 130/1
India Batting C Pujara , 57(111)R Sharma , 65(98)
South AfricaS Muthusamy , 1-0-8-0
  • 39.6: S Muthusamy to Pujara, Pujara comes down the track and flicks this one towards mid-wicket. The ball does not have the legs to get to the fence and the fielder does the mopping up job as the batters take three. India now effectively 201/1.
  • 39.5: S Muthusamy to Pujara, On the pads, Pujara flicks it towards the leg side.
  • 39.4: S Muthusamy to Pujara, Shortish this time, Pujara gets on the back foot and blocks it out.
  • 39.3: S Muthusamy to Pujara, Outside off, Pujara lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 39.2: S Muthusamy to Sharma, Flatter one on the pads, pushed towards long on for a single.
  • 39.1: S Muthusamy to Sharma, FOUR! Welcome to the attack, Senuran Muthusamy! Full and flatter just outside off, Rohit gets down on one knee and paddles it fine towards the leg side for a boundary. Rohit Sharma did not run at first but later as he saw that there was the fine leg fielder chasing the ball, he started jogging towards the other end. Does not matter as it has crossed the fence.
India 122/1
India Batting R Sharma , 60(96)C Pujara , 54(107)
South AfricaK Rabada , 7-3-13-0
  • 38.6: K Rabada to Sharma, Full and on the pads, Sharma flicks it towards square leg and takes a single to retain strike.
  • 38.5: K Rabada to Sharma, Length ball on middle and off, Rabada defends it off the back foot.
  • 38.4: K Rabada to Pujara, Good length ball outside off, Pujara pushes this towards point and takes a single. This brings up the 100-run stand between Sharma and Pujara.
  • 38.3: K Rabada to C Pujara, FOUR! Pujara gets to his 21st Test fifty with a glorious shot! Full ball outside off, Pujara leans into the drive and just creams it through the cover region. He has accelerated very well here to meet the demands of his team.
  • 38.2: K Rabada to Pujara, Bouncer just outside off, Pujara sways away from it.
  • 38.1: K Rabada to Pujara, Good length ball just outside off, Pujara pushes this towards point and sets off for a run but is sent back. Pujara might be in a hurry to get to his half century
India 116/1
India Batting R Sharma , 59(94)C Pujara , 49(103)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 14-0-58-1
  • 37.6: K Maharaj to Sharma, Shortish ball just outside off, Sharma plays it late but straight to short third man.
  • 37.5: K Maharaj to Pujara, On the pads, Pujara works it down to square leg and takes a single.
  • 37.4: K Maharaj to Pujara, Pujara blocks out this one off the front foot onto the pitch.
  • 37.3: K Maharaj to Pujara, Pujara defends this one off the front foot and blocks it out.
  • 37.2: K Maharaj to Sharma, Sharma opens the face of his bat and guides this one smartly down to third man.
  • 37.1: K Maharaj to Sharma, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
India 114/1
India Batting C Pujara , 48(100)R Sharma , 58(91)
South AfricaK Rabada , 6-2-7-0
  • 36.6: K Rabada to Pujara, Length ball outside off, CP defends it from within the crease.
  • 36.5: K Rabada to Pujara, A loud appeal for a caught behind from South Africa but denied by the umpire. Rabada walks upto Pujara and jokingly asks Pujara whether he has edged but he does not respond. Length ball just outside off, it jags back in. Pujara looks to defend but he fails to do so. South African players appeal loudly for a caught behind but the umpire is unmoved. The visiting players mull over taking the review but opt against it. Ultra Edge later confirms that the ball had come off the back thigh pad. Good decision not to review this one.
  • 36.4: K Rabada to Pujara, Pujara pushes this fuller one outside off towards cover.
  • 36.3: K Rabada to Pujara, Good length ball outside off, Pujara plays it towards point.
  • 36.2: K Rabada to Pujara, Pujara stays in his crease and blocks this one out.
  • 36.1: K Rabada to Pujara, Length ball outside off, pushed towards point.
India 114/1
India Batting R Sharma , 58(91)C Pujara , 48(94)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 13-0-56-1
  • 35.6: K Maharaj to Sharma, Last ball of the over, Sharma blocks this one out by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 35.5: K Maharaj to Pujara, OUCH! A quick run by the Indian batters but de Kock has been hurt by Bavuma's throw. Pujara pushes this with soft hands towards extra cover and sets off for a run. Sharma obliges and gets to the other end. Bavuma has a shy at the striker's end but misses. De Kock in an attempt to collect it gets hit on his right thumb. However, he looks alright and will continue.
  • 35.4: K Maharaj to Pujara, Defended off the front foot by CP presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 35.3: K Maharaj to Pujara, Touch fuller on middle, Pujara pushes it back towards the bowler.
  • 35.2: K Maharaj to Pujara, Another similar delivery on middle, blocked out by Pujara.
  • 35.1: K Maharaj to Pujara, Flatter delivery on middle and leg, Pujara tucks it towards fine leg but finds the man.
India 113/1
India Batting C Pujara , 47(89)R Sharma , 58(90)
South AfricaK Rabada , 5-2-7-0
  • 34.6: K Rabada to Pujara, Full delivery on middle, Pujara flicks it towards the fine leg region for a single.
  • 34.5: K Rabada to Sharma, Good length delivery on middle, RS drives towards covers for a single.
  • 34.4: K Rabada to Sharma, BEATEN! Rohit seems to lose concentration here! Good length ball outside off, Rohit attempts to punch it off his back foot but fails to put any bat on it. He did not need to play that shot.
  • 34.3: K Rabada to R Sharma, Full delivery on off, Rohit attempts to drive but it hits the inside half of his bat and it rolls onto his boot. It rolls onto the pitch.
  • 34.2: K Rabada to Sharma, On off, defended off the front foot towards cover.
  • 34.1: K Rabada to Sharma, Good length delivery on off, Sharma defends it towards the off side.
India 111/1
India Batting C Pujara , 46(88)R Sharma , 57(85)
South AfricaD Piedt , 10-2-42-0
  • 33.6: D Piedt to Pujara, Flighed delivery on middle, Pujara flicks this towards the square leg region for a brace. The fielder runs after it and cleans it up before it reaches the ropes.
  • 33.5: D Piedt to Pujara, SIX! What a shot from Pujara! You don't see that too often from Pujara! Piedt bowls a rank long-hop on off, Pujara rocks back and pulls it with disdain towards deep mid-wicket. The ball flew deep into the stands.
  • 33.4: D Piedt to Pujara, The batsman gets to the pitch of the ball and defends it.
  • 33.3: D Piedt to Pujara, Loopy ball outside off, Pujara pads this one.
  • 33.2: D Piedt to Sharma, Full delivery outside off, Rohit drives this towards the point fielder for a single.
  • 33.1: D Piedt to Sharma, Flighted ball on middle, Rohit comes down the track and defends it off the front foot.
India 102/1
India Batting C Pujara , 38(84)R Sharma , 56(83)
South AfricaK Rabada , 4-2-5-0
  • 32.6: K Rabada to Pujara, Full delivery on middle, Pujara flicks it to the one of the short mid-wicket fielders.
  • 32.5: K Rabada to Pujara, FOUR! Nicely played from Pujara! Short ball outside off, Pujara camps back and guides this uppishly past the diving point fielder and into the fence.
  • 32.4: K Rabada to Pujara, Good length ball outside off, Pujara defends this towards the cover fielder.
  • 32.3: K Rabada to Pujara, Fullish delivery on middle, Cheteshwar defends it off the front foot towards the bowler.
  • 32.2: K Rabada to Pujara, Full delivery outside off, Pujara shoulders arms to this one.
  • 32.1: K Rabada to Pujara, Good length ball outside off, Pujara leaves it alone to the keeper.
India 98/1
India Batting R Sharma , 56(83)C Pujara , 34(78)
South AfricaD Piedt , 9-2-33-0
  • 31.6: D Piedt to Sharma, Shortish outside off, Sharma looks to cut but is beaten.
  • 31.5: D Piedt to Sharma, NOT OUT AND IT IS A SIX! What a brilliant effort by Muthusamy but his toe has just touched the boundary cushion! Floated on middle and off, Sharma comes down the track and heaves it towards long on. Senuran Muthusamy who is standing there catches the ball. However, he loses his balance while taking the catch and throws it up in the air. He crosses the boundary line and comes back in to complete the catch. He is quite confident that he has taken the catch cleanly but the umpires want to get it checked. They go to the third umpire upstairs and the replays roll in. It shows that the toe end of Muthusamy's boot is touching the boundary cushion while he has the ball in his hand. An element of T20 cricket in this but unfortunately for the debutant, it does not bear fruit.
  • 31.4: D Piedt to Sharma, Sharma has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 31.3: D Piedt to Pujara, On the pads of Pujara, he flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 31.2: D Piedt to Pujara, Pujara defends this one off the front foot presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 31.1: D Piedt to Pujara, Floated on middle and leg, Pujara pushes this one towards mid on for a single.
India 91/1
India Batting R Sharma , 50(80)C Pujara , 33(75)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 12-0-55-1
  • 30.6: K Maharaj to Sharma, Flatter one on middle and off, Sharma tries to block it but the ball goes off the inside edge and thuds onto the pads.
  • 30.5: K Maharaj to Sharma, Good ball by Maharaj! This one pitches and turns away from Sharma as he looks to block it out. He is beaten all ends up.
  • 30.4: K Maharaj to Pujara, Another shorter one, Pujara cuts this one towards point and takes a single.
  • 30.3: K Maharaj to C Pujara, FOUR! This time off the back foot and Pujara is smashing it to all parts of the ground. Shortish this time outside off, Pujara rocks onto the back foot and cuts this one towards backward point for a boundary.
  • 30.2: K Maharaj to Pujara, FOUR! Pujara on the attack now! He comes down the track and flicks this one towards backward square leg for a boundary.
  • 30.1: K Maharaj to Pujara, Slower one from Maharaj, Pujara defends it onto the pitch.
India 82/1
India Batting R Sharma , 50(78)C Pujara , 24(71)
South AfricaD Piedt , 8-1-26-0
  • 29.6: D Piedt to Sharma, Rohit comes onto the front foot and blocks this one towards the off side.
  • 29.5: D Piedt to Sharma, Sharma gets behind the line of the delivery and blocks this one out.
  • 29.4: D Piedt to Sharma, Darted on the boots, pushed again to the man at mid-wicket.
  • 29.3: D Piedt to Sharma, Down the leg side, pushed to the man at mid-wicket.
  • 29.2: D Piedt to Sharma, On the pads this time, Rohit blocks this one towards short leg.
  • 29.1: D Piedt to Sharma, Flatter on middle and off, blocked out by Sharma.
India 82/1
India Batting C Pujara , 24(71)R Sharma , 50(72)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 11-0-46-1
  • 28.6: K Maharaj to Pujara, Flighted ball on off, Pujara defends it out.
  • 28.5: K Maharaj to Pujara, Loopy ball on off, Pujara attempts to defend it but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 28.4: K Maharaj to Pujara, FOUR! Magnificent from Pujara! Another flighted ball outside off, Pujara once again comes down the track and drives this nicely through covers for a boundary.
  • 28.3: K Maharaj to Pujara, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 28.2: K Maharaj to Pujara, FOUR! Good shot from Pujara! He is looking to up the ante now, flighted ball on middle, Pujara comes down the track and flicks it beautifully towards the deep mid-wicket region for a boundary.
  • 28.1: K Maharaj to Sharma, FIFTY! Another excellent knock from Rohit! After a century in the first innings, continues it with a fifty in the second. He is having an excellent Test match. Full delivery on middle, Rohit flicks it towards long on for a single. Rohit has made full use of the opportunity. 11th fifty for him in Tests.
India 73/1
India Batting C Pujara , 16(66)R Sharma , 49(71)
South AfricaD Piedt , 7-1-26-0
  • 27.6: D Piedt to Pujara, CP rocks onto the backfoot and punches the ball.
  • 27.5: D Piedt to Pujara, Pujara again looks to flick but this time misses to get hit on the pads.
  • 27.4: D Piedt to Pujara, FOUR! On the pads this time, Pujara flicks this one confidently off his pads towards square leg for a boundary.
  • 27.3: D Piedt to Pujara, EDGED AND FOUR! Chance of a catch but missed by de Kock. Shortish delivery by Piedt, Pujara comes down the track and tries to heave it over mid-wicket. He misses the ball and goes straight through to de Kock who misses it too as the ball races to the fine leg fence. The Ultra Edge comes into play and shows there was a faint edge on that one. Had de Kock held onto it, Pujara would have had to walk back to the pavilion.
  • 27.2: D Piedt to Pujara, Flatter on middle and off, Pujara defends it off the back foot.
  • 27.1: D Piedt to Sharma, On the pads this time, Rohit flicks it down towards fine leg and takes a single. Moves to 49.
India 64/1
India Batting R Sharma , 48(70)C Pujara , 8(61)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 10-0-37-1
  • 26.6: K Maharaj to R Sharma, Short ball outside off, Rohit cuts it towards the point region for a single.
  • 26.5: K Maharaj to Sharma, OHH! What happened there? It was a flighted delivery around off, Rohit comes down the track in an attempt to defend it but there was a lot of spin on it and beats Sharma completely. Luckily for him, the spin takes the ball past the keeper and the first slip fielder towards short third man. No damage done.
  • 26.4: K Maharaj to Sharma, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman.
  • 26.3: K Maharaj to Sharma, Flighted delivery outside off, Sharma shoulders arms to this one.
  • 26.2: K Maharaj to Sharma, Short ball on middle, Sharma pushes it to the cover fielder.
  • 26.1: K Maharaj to Sharma, Full delivery on middle, Rohit defends it back to the bowler.
India 63/1
India Batting C Pujara , 8(61)R Sharma , 47(64)
South AfricaD Piedt , 6-1-17-0
  • 25.6: D Piedt to Pujara, Looped up ball on off, Cheteshwar comes down the track and looks to defend but it goes off the pads towards the off side.
  • 25.5: D Piedt to Pujara, Flighted ball on middle, blocked out.
  • 25.4: D Piedt to Pujara, Loopy ball on middle, Pujara charges down the track and pushes it uppishly towards the man at mid on.
  • 25.3: D Piedt to Sharma, Flat delivery around middle, RS flicks it to square leg for a single.
  • 25.2: D Piedt to Sharma, Quicker delivery on off, Sharma comes down the track and defends it out.
  • 25.1: D Piedt to Sharma, Flatter delivery on middle and leg, Rohit flicks it towards the leg side.
India 62/1
India Batting C Pujara , 8(58)R Sharma , 46(61)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 9-0-36-1
  • 24.6: K Maharaj to Pujara, Full delivery on middle, CP defends it back to the bowler.
  • 24.5: K Maharaj to Pujara, Full delivery outside off, Pujara leaves it alone.
  • 24.4: K Maharaj to Pujara, On off, defended it off the front foot towards the off side.
  • 24.3: K Maharaj to Pujara, Flatter delivery on middle, Pujara blocks it out.
  • 24.2: K Maharaj to Sharma, Full delivery on middle, Sharma sweeps it in front of square leg for another single.
  • 24.1: K Maharaj to Sharma, Flighted ball outside off, Rohit pushes it towards the point fielder.
India 61/1
India Batting C Pujara , 8(54)R Sharma , 45(59)
South AfricaD Piedt , 5-0-16-0
  • 23.6: D Piedt to Pujara, Loopy ball on middle, Pujara blocks it out.
  • 23.5: D Piedt to Pujara, Flighted ball on middle, Pujara flicks it towards mid-wicket.
  • 23.4: D Piedt to Pujara, Short ball outside off, Pujara pushes this towards the off side.
  • 23.3: D Piedt to Pujara, On off, defended off the front foot by Pujara.
  • 23.2: D Piedt to Pujara, Pujara works this one towards the man at mid-wicket.
  • 23.1: D Piedt to Pujara, CHANCE! Flighted delivery on off, Pujara comes down the track and flicks it towards short leg where Markram is hit flush on the left knee. Can't be called a dropped catch as Aiden did not manage to put a hand on it.
India 61/1
India Batting R Sharma , 45(59)C Pujara , 8(48)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 8-0-35-1
  • 22.6: K Maharaj to Sharma, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 22.5: K Maharaj to Sharma, A Steven Smithesque leave by Rohit Sharma! Outside off, Sharma leaves the ball and then brings the bat down from behind. Looks like a modern day technique now.
  • 22.4: K Maharaj to Sharma, FOUR! Deft touch by Rohit! Outside off, shortish, Rohit opens the face of his bat and guides this towards the third man fence for a boundary.
  • 22.3: K Maharaj to Sharma, BEATEN AGAIN! Floated outside off again, Sharma goes for the sweep but misses the ball completely.
  • 22.2: K Maharaj to Sharma, Sharma gets right behind the line of the delivery and blocks it out.
  • 22.1: K Maharaj to Sharma, BEATEN! Floated outside off, the ball skids on after pitching. Sharma looks to play at it but is beaten as he does so inside the line.
India 57/1
India Batting C Pujara , 8(48)R Sharma , 41(53)
South AfricaD Piedt , 4-0-16-0
  • 21.6: D Piedt to Pujara, Flighted ball on middle, Pujara flicks it towards the leg side.
  • 21.5: D Piedt to Pujara, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 21.4: D Piedt to Pujara, DROPPED! De Kock is the culprit! Piedt bowls a quicker delivery through the air around off, Pujara looks to defend but gets an edge towards the keeper who fails to hold on to it. It was a tough catch as it was going quickly. Dane Piedt had almost started celebrating but to his disappointment, the catch was dropped by de Kock.
  • 21.3: D Piedt to Pujara, Full delivery on middle, Pujara flicks it to short mid-wicket.
  • 21.2: D Piedt to Pujara, Pujara comes on the front foot and blocks this one.
  • 21.1: D Piedt to Sharma, Flatter on middle and off, Rohit tries to block it but it rolls off his gloves towards square leg and the batters take one.
India 56/1
India Batting C Pujara , 8(43)R Sharma , 40(52)
South AfricaV Philander , 8-5-8-0
  • 20.6: V Philander to Pujara, Good length ball outside off, Pujara lets this ball go to the keeper.
  • 20.5: V Philander to Pujara, FOUR! First boundary for Pujara! Full delivery on the pads, Pujara finally flicks this nicely towards the square leg region for a boundary. Maharaj runs after it from square leg and does all the hard work before he parries it into the ropes while sliding forward. He tried to pull it back but is unable to do so. The fielder from deep square leg also was running in but does reach. 5500 runs for Pujara in Test matches with this boundary.
  • 20.4: V Philander to Pujara, Good length on middle and leg, Pujara once again defends this towards the leg side.
  • 20.3: V Philander to Pujara, On middle, defended off the back foot towards the man at silly mid on.
  • 20.2: V Philander to Pujara, Back of a length delivery on middle, CP defends it off his back foot towards mid on.
  • 20.1: V Philander to Pujara, Good length ball on off, Cheteshwar defends it off the front foot towards cover.
India 52/1
India Batting R Sharma , 40(52)C Pujara , 4(37)
South AfricaD Piedt , 3-0-15-0
  • 19.6: D Piedt to Sharma, Short ball on off, Rohit pushes it to the off side. Good over for India.
  • 19.5: D Piedt to Sharma, Full delivery on middle, Rohit defends it out.
  • 19.4: D Piedt to Sharma, Played through mid-wicket by the batsman.
  • 19.3: D Piedt to Sharma, FOUR! Excellent batting this! First a six and now a boundary. Bowls a flighted delivery outside off, Rohit plays a paddle sweep from outside off and plays it towards the fine leg region for a boundary.
  • 19.2: D Piedt to Sharma, SIX! Magnificent shot! Flighted ball on middle, Rohit comes down the track and lofts it straight over the bowler's head for a maximum. He is looking to upset the rhythm of Piedt here. He has now hit the most sixes by an Indian in a single Test match. Hitman on fire!
  • 19.1: D Piedt to Sharma, Full delivery on off, Sharma flicks it towards the mid-wicket fielder.
India 42/1
India Batting C Pujara , 4(37)R Sharma , 30(46)
South AfricaV Philander , 7-4-4-0
  • 18.6: V Philander to Pujara, Fullish delivery outside off, Pujara defends it towards the off side. Going has been tough for India as only seven runs have come off five overs so far.
  • 18.5: V Philander to Pujara, Good length ball on middle and leg, Pujara defends it towards the short mid-wicket fielder.
  • 18.4: V Philander to Pujara, On a length outside off angling away, Pujara shoulders arms to this one.
  • 18.3: V Philander to Pujara, Good length ball around off angling into the stumps, Pujara defends it out off his front foot towards silly mid on.
  • 18.2: V Philander to Pujara, Good length delivery on middle and leg, Pujara flicks it towards short mid-wicket.
  • 18.1: V Philander to Pujara, Full delivery on middle, Pujara defends it towards bowler.
India 42/1
India Batting R Sharma , 30(46)C Pujara , 4(31)
South AfricaD Piedt , 2-0-5-0
  • 17.6: D Piedt to Sharma, BEATEN! Beautiful bowling from Piedt! Bowls a flatter delivery outside off, Rohit attempts to defend it but fails to put any bat on it. There was extra bounce on that one. Piedt has looked better so far than what he bowled in the first innings.
  • 17.5: D Piedt to Sharma, Loopy ball on off, Rohit pushes it towards point.
  • 17.4: D Piedt to Sharma, Full delivery on middle, Sharma defends it back to the bowler.
  • 17.3: D Piedt to Sharma, Flighted delivery on middle with little extra bounce, Rohit defends it to short leg.
  • 17.2: D Piedt to Sharma, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 17.1: D Piedt to R Sharma, Flighted ball outside off, Rohit attempts to defend but gets an edge past the first slip fielder towards the third man region for a couple.
India 40/1
India Batting C Pujara , 4(31)R Sharma , 28(40)
South AfricaV Philander , 6-3-4-0
  • 16.6: V Philander to C Pujara, Good length ball on middle, Pujara defends it towards the leg side.
  • 16.5: V Philander to Pujara, Another full delivery on middle, Cheteshwar pushes it back to Philander.
  • 16.4: V Philander to Pujara, On middle, defended off the front foot back to the bowler by Pujara.
  • 16.3: V Philander to C Pujara, Another full delivery outside off, CP drives this towards the mid off fielder.
  • 16.2: V Philander to Pujara, Full delivery on middle, Cheteshwar Pujara pushes it towards the short mid-wicket fielder.
  • 16.1: V Philander to Pujara, Good length ball on middle, Pujara defends it towards the leg side.
India 40/1
India Batting C Pujara , 4(25)R Sharma , 28(40)
South AfricaD Piedt , 1-0-3-0
  • 15.6: D Piedt to Pujara, Short delivery outside off, Pujara cuts it towards the cover region and will keep the strike for the next over.
  • 15.5: D Piedt to Sharma, Full delivery on middle, Rohit plays a slog sweep towards the square leg region and takes another single.
  • 15.4: D Piedt to C Pujara, Another full delivery outside off, Pujara comes down the track to push it to cover but gets an outside edge towards short third man for a single.
  • 15.3: D Piedt to Pujara, Fullish delivery on middle, Pujara dances down the track and pushes this towards mid on.
  • 15.2: D Piedt to Pujara, Flighted ball on middle, Pujara defends it off the front foot.
  • 15.1: D Piedt to Pujara, Full delivery around off, Pujara comes down the track and pushes it to cover.
India 37/1
India Batting R Sharma , 27(39)C Pujara , 2(20)
South AfricaV Philander , 5-3-4-0
  • 14.6: V Philander to Sharma, Good length delivery on middle, Rohit flicks it towards the leg side.
  • 14.5: V Philander to Sharma, Good length delivery on off, Rohit puts on his dancing shoes and looks to clear the long off fence but does not time it well enough. The fielder from mid off runs after it to take the catch but it falls well ahead of him. The batters take two.
  • 14.4: V Philander to Sharma, On a length on off, Sharma pushes this to the fielder at cover again.
  • 14.3: V Philander to Sharma, Another full delivery outside off, Rohit drives this again towards cover.
  • 14.2: V Philander to Sharma, Full delivery on off, Rohit drives this towards the cover region.
  • 14.1: V Philander to Sharma, Starts with a good length ball on middle, Sharma defends it towards the leg side.
India 35/1
India Batting C Pujara , 2(20)R Sharma , 25(33)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 7-0-31-1
  • 13.6: K Maharaj to Pujara, Fuller one on the pads, it keeps a bit low. Pujara clips it in front of square leg and takes a couple. LUNCH ON DAY 4!
  • 13.5: K Maharaj to Pujara, Again outside off, Pujara keeps his bat behind his pad and lets it through to de Kock.
  • 13.4: K Maharaj to Pujara, Outside off, left alone by Pujara.
  • 13.3: K Maharaj to Sharma, This one is again outside off, it is a touch short and sticks on the surface. Sharma rocks back and uppishly plays it towards cover-point for a single.
  • 13.2: K Maharaj to Sharma, A touch wide, Sharma opens the face of his bat and guides it towards third man.
  • 13.1: K Maharaj to Sharma, Floated one just outside off, Sharma blocks this one towards the off side.
India 32/1
India Batting C Pujara , 0(17)R Sharma , 24(30)
South AfricaK Rabada , 3-1-1-0
  • 12.6: K Rabada to Pujara, Fuller and on off, Pujara pushes this one towards cover.
  • 12.5: K Rabada to Pujara, Length ball outside off, Pujara looks to defend but it goes off the bottom half of his bat towards second slip.
  • 12.4: K Rabada to Pujara, Fuller this time, Pujara pushes this one towards cover-point.
  • 12.3: K Rabada to Pujara, Length ball on middle and leg, Pujara pushes it back towards mid-wicket.
  • 12.2: K Rabada to Pujara, Slight confusion there but no worries! On the pads of Pujara, he flicks it towards square leg. Rohit thinks of a run, he sets off but is sent back. A slight fumble from the fielder and thus no harm done.
  • 12.1: K Rabada to Pujara, Length ball on middle and leg, pushed by Pujara towards cover.
India 32/1
India Batting R Sharma , 24(30)C Pujara , 0(11)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 6-0-28-1
  • 11.6: K Maharaj to R Sharma, SIX! Flat one over the fence! Maharaj bowls this a touch short, Sharma rocks onto the back foot and pulls it powerfully over mid-wicket for a maximum.
  • 11.5: K Maharaj to Sharma, Another one outside off, Sharma again leaves it alone.
  • 11.4: K Maharaj to Sharma, Outside off, left alone by Rohit.
  • 11.3: K Maharaj to Sharma, On the pads this time, Sharma flicks this one towards mid-wicket and takes a couple. A huge roar from the crowd.
  • 11.2: K Maharaj to Sharma, This time on middle and leg, pushes this one back to the bowler.
  • 11.1: K Maharaj to Sharma, Floated one outside off, Rohit pushes this towards cover.
India 24/1
India Batting C Pujara , 0(11)R Sharma , 16(24)
South AfricaK Rabada , 2-1-1-0
  • 10.6: K Rabada to Pujara, Length ball on middle and leg, pushed towards mid on this time.
  • 10.5: K Rabada to Pujara, Again on a length, Pujara pushes this one off the back foot towards mid off.
  • 10.4: K Rabada to Pujara, Pujara plays this one off the back foot towards the off side.
  • 10.3: K Rabada to Pujara, Another length ball, this time on middle. Pujara pushes this back to the bowler.
  • 10.2: K Rabada to Pujara, Length ball outside off, defended towards the point region.
  • 10.1: K Rabada to Sharma, Length ball just outside off, Sharma pushes this one towards cover-point and takes a single.
India 23/1
India Batting C Pujara , 0(6)R Sharma , 15(23)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 5-0-20-1
  • 9.6: K Maharaj to Pujara, Pujara plays that off the front foot onto the pitch.
  • 9.5: K Maharaj to Pujara, Fuller this time, flatter too. Pujara blocks this one towards the off side.
  • 9.4: K Maharaj to Pujara, Short of a length ball just outside off, Pujara rocks back and cuts it towards point but straight to the man.
  • 9.3: K Maharaj to Pujara, The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 9.2: K Maharaj to Pujara, Floated on the leg pole line again, Pujara blocks this one towards long on.
  • 9.1: K Maharaj to R Sharma, Floated on the leg pole line, Rohit pushes this one towards long on for a single. Keshav Maharaj dives to his right in an attempt to stop it but fails to do so.
India 22/1
India Batting C Pujara , 0(1)R Sharma , 14(22)
South AfricaK Rabada , 1-0-0-0
  • 8.6: K Rabada to Pujara, Good length ball on middle and off, jagging back in. Pujara does well to defend it out off the front foot.
  • 8.5: K Rabada to Sharma, On the pads, Rohit looks to flick this one but misses and is hit on the pads. The ball rolls towards the leg side and the batters take a leg bye.
  • 8.4: K Rabada to Sharma, Fullish delivery on middle, Rohit defends it off the front foot towards the bowler.
  • 8.3: K Rabada to Sharma, Good length ball outside off, Rohit tries to cut but it goes off the inside half of his bat towards mid-wicket.
  • 8.2: K Rabada to Sharma, On a length outside off, Rohit is on his back foot and guides this one towards the backward point region.
  • 8.1: K Rabada to Sharma, Back of a length delivery on middle, Rohit flicks it towards the leg side.
India 21/1
India Batting M Agarwal , 7(31)R Sharma , 14(17)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 4-0-19-1
  • 7.6: K Maharaj to Agarwal, OUT! CAUGHT! The double centurion of the last innings is out of here! Brilliant bowling from Keshav Maharaj this, bowls it slower through the air. There is a lot more spin as a result. It pitches and turns away from the blade of Mayank as he looks to defend it. It goes off the outside edge towards first slip where Faf du Plessis, the skipper makes no mistake. Agarwal has to walk back much earlier in this innings and India are effectively 92/1.
  • 7.5: K Maharaj to Agarwal, FOUR! Outside the off pole line, Agarwal paddles this one although with his eyes closed. The ball goes of the bat towards the fine leg fence for a boundary.
  • 7.4: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Agarwal defends this one well onto the ground.
  • 7.3: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Floated on middle and off, Agarwal pushes this one towards the off side.
  • 7.2: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Mayank has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 7.1: K Maharaj to R Sharma, EDGED BUT SAFE! The ball spinning a lot more than usual now. Floated on the middle stump line, it pitches and straightens. Rohit looks to defend but it goes off the outside edge towards third man for a single.
India 16/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 3(26)R Sharma , 13(16)
South AfricaV Philander , 4-3-2-0
  • 6.6: V Philander to Agarwal, Full delivery on middle, Agarwal drives this nicely towards the bowler who fields it well.
  • 6.5: V Philander to Agarwal, Fullish delivery on middle, Agarwal lunges forward and defends it to the off side.
  • 6.4: V Philander to Agarwal, Back of a length on middle, Agarwal defends it out.
  • 6.3: V Philander to Agarwal, Good length delivery on middle, Mayank defends it back to the bowler.
  • 6.2: V Philander to Agarwal, Full delivery on the pads, Mayank flicks it towards the backward square leg region for a couple. Muthusamy runs to his right and cleans it up. First runs off the bowling of Philander in this innings.
  • 6.1: V Philander to Agarwal, On a length outside off which kept a little low, Agarwal gets his bat down in time and guides it towards point.
India 14/0
India Batting R Sharma , 13(16)M Agarwal , 1(20)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 3-0-14-0
  • 5.6: K Maharaj to Sharma, SIX! Slog sweeps this one with ease! Floated outside off, Rohit gets down on one knee and just slogs it over the mid-wicket fence for a maximum. No fielder there so a safe shot as well. This is now the most sixes which has been hit in India. 21 sixes so far.
  • 5.5: K Maharaj to Sharma, Rohit Sharma has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 5.4: K Maharaj to Sharma, NOT OUT! It looked close at the start due to the confidence shown by de Kock but Sharma's foot is well in. Good delivery this one by Maharaj. He floats it up, inviting Sharma for the drive. He obliges and takes a step forward but misses the ball. De Kock gathers it and is quick to remove the bails. He is confident that he has got his man. The decision is referred to the third umpire. The replays roll in and shows that the back foot of Rohit is in.
  • 5.3: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Full and outside off, Agarwal pushes this one towards cover and takes a single.
  • 5.2: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Another one tossed up just outside off, Agarwal tries to push at this one but gets a soft inside edge on this one which goes to the first slip fielder on the bounce.
  • 5.1: K Maharaj to Sharma, Floated one, full and on the off pole. Rohit drives this one towards long off and takes a single.
India 6/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 0(18)R Sharma , 6(12)
South AfricaV Philander , 3-2-0-0
  • 4.6: V Philander to Agarwal, Length ball on off, pushed towards mid off. 18 balls in and Agarwal is yet to get off the mark which means three consecutive maidens for Philander as well.
  • 4.5: V Philander to Agarwal, Philander goes fuller now, Agarwal pushes this one towards cover.
  • 4.4: V Philander to Agarwal, Good length delivery outside off, Agarwal cuts it well but straight to the man at backward point.
  • 4.3: V Philander to Agarwal, On the pads this time, Agarwal clips this towards mid-wicket.
  • 4.2: V Philander to Agarwal, A touch short, near the hips of Agarwal. He pushes this one towards mid on.
  • 4.1: V Philander to Agarwal, Length delivery around off, Agarwal does well to block it out.
India 6/0
India Batting R Sharma , 6(12)M Agarwal , 0(12)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 2-0-6-0
  • 3.6: K Maharaj to Sharma, Sharma defends the last ball of the over onto the turf.
  • 3.5: K Maharaj to Sharma, Another one outside off, turning in but left alone by Rohit.
  • 3.4: K Maharaj to Sharma, Sharma defends this one by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 3.3: K Maharaj to Sharma, Outside off, spinning in, left alone by Sharma.
  • 3.2: K Maharaj to Sharma, Misfield! Not what the bowler wants! Back of a length outside off, Sharma cuts this one towards backward point. De Bruyn is lazy to get down and the ball sneaks through him as the batters take a couple.
  • 3.1: K Maharaj to R Sharma, Floated outside off, Sharma drives this towards cover but the fielder at cover dives low down to his left and does well to stop it.
India 4/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 0(12)R Sharma , 4(6)
South AfricaV Philander , 2-1-0-0
  • 2.6: V Philander to Agarwal, Good length ball on middle and off, Mayank taps it onto the pitch as the ball rolls towards the cover region.
  • 2.5: V Philander to Agarwal, Philander bowling his usual length deliveries, Agarwal stands tall and defends it out.
  • 2.4: V Philander to Agarwal, Good length ball outside off, pushed towards cover.
  • 2.3: V Philander to Agarwal, Length ball outside off, Mayank tries to block it but it goes off the bottom half of his bat past the wickets.
  • 2.2: V Philander to Agarwal, This time Mayank gets behind the line of this length delivery and blocks it out.
  • 2.1: V Philander to Agarwal, Beaten! Length ball just outside off, Agarwal looks to play at it but the away movement on this one beats the outside edge of Mayank's bat as he is completely squared up.
India 4/0
India Batting R Sharma , 4(6)M Agarwal , 0(6)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 1-0-4-0
  • 1.6: K Maharaj to Sharma, Defended off the front foot by Rohit Sharma presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 1.5: K Maharaj to Sharma, FOUR! India and Rohit are underway in spectacular fashion! Maharaj bowls this one shorter and outside off, Rohit rocks back onto the back foot and pulls this through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 1.4: K Maharaj to Sharma, Sharma has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 1.3: K Maharaj to Sharma, Outside off, Rohit defends this one towards the off side.
  • 1.2: K Maharaj to Sharma, Another one pushed flatter outside off, Rohit pushes it out onto the pitch.
  • 1.1: K Maharaj to R Sharma, Flatter one to start off by Maharaj, Rohit blocks it out.
  • Now then, 13 overs to go before the close of today's play. South Africa will hope to get through the nervy period unscathed. India, on the other hand, will be eager to get at least a couple of wickets. Join us in a while for an important passage of play.
  • The South African bowlers once again weren't upto the mark. The spinners especially, both Maharaj and Piedt went for over 100 runs and that too with a high economy rate. Philander was top class as he bowled very economically. Rabada too was decent but it were the spinners who disappointed.
  • INDIA HAVE DECLARED! They give South Africa a massive target of 395. One just feels they have batted South Africa out of the game. Once again it was the Rohit Sharma show in this innings. He notched up another ton. The Indian innings began slowly but then in the second and the third sessions, they really stepped on the gas. Scored at will. A total of 14 sixes were hit out of which 7 were hit by the Hitman. There were handy contributions from Pujara and Jadeja too but it was the opener who was the star.
  • The umpires are checking for bad light! They are fine to continue at the moment.
  • The light meter is out and the umpire is seen to be taking a reading. It seems fine though for now. Also, change of ends for Keshav Maharaj.
  • Ajinkya Rahane is the new man in.
  • Faf du Plessis has turned to the pacer. He needs the run-flow to stop here.
  • Kagiso Rabada is on now!
  • DRINKS! The lead is now 25 short of 350 and India have stepped on the gas here. The question is how much more will they want to add? South Africa on the other hand, can only try and pick wickets or stop the runs so that the declaration is delayed.
  • Captain Kohli walks out to bat.
  • Keshav Maharaj is back!
  • Review time! Ravindra Jadeja is the man in question for an LBW. Looks to be hitting the pad outside the off stump line.
  • Ravindra Jadeja is the next man in. Maybe time for some power-hitting by the Indians!
  • Review time! This looks plumb to the naked eye but India have still gone for the review. Pujara is the man in question for an LBW, it has hit him on the back pad and the umpire has given him out. Let's see what the decision is...
  • Dane Piedt to continue from the other end after the Tea break.
  • We can see on the screen that Ravindra Jadeja is padded up! Time for some T20 style batting maybe?
  • We are back for the final session of Day 4! Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara make their way out to the middle. The South African players also make their way out to the middle. Wonder how long will the Indians bat before declaring. Vernon Philander will start the proceedings for the visitors.
  • ... Day 4, Session 3 ...
  • South Africa were poor with the ball and they had no answer as to how to bowl to Rohit and Pujara once they started to attack. Not only bowling, they were also poor in their fielding efforts and dropped a couple of chances. They look down and out and are in search of a spark to have any chance of making a comeback in the Test. Another intriguing session awaits. Join us at 1501 local (0931 GMT) for the final session.
  • The hosts started cautiously after the fall of Mayank's wicket but Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara started to counter-attack. Pujara was excellent and roared back to form with a fantastic half-century along with Rohit, who has continued from where he left off in the first innings.
  • A session which has belonged to India! They have not lost a wicket in this session and have added 140 runs.
  • Review time! South Africa have gone up for an LBW review against Cheteshwar Pujara. It looks close and let us see what will happen.
  • Dane Piedt is back into the attack!
  • Vernon Philander is back into the attack. His figures read 8-5-8-0.
  • Keshav Maharaj into the attack now.
  • South Africa have brought in a first slip now!
  • Senuran Muthusamy comes into the attack for the first time in this innings.
  • DRINKS! Its time for the second drinks session in this extended session. After the slow start in the first half, India have started making a move on and are attacking the bowlers. They have added 53 more runs since the last drinks break and are looking in complete control. South Africa need wickets and that too quickly to have a slight chance to make a comeback into the game. Floodlights have also come on as it has gone slightly dark around the stadium.
  • Keshav Maharaj, the only wicket taker in this innings comes into the attack. He replaces Dane Piedt who has gone off the field.
  • Kagiso Rabada comes back into the attack! He has figures of 3-2-1-0.
  • What a catch from Muthusamy! But is it clean? The umpires have gone on to check whether Senuran has touched the ropes or not. It looks close to the naked eye but let's see what happens.
  • DRINKS! This is the first Drinks break of the session. There will be another Drinks break in this session as this is an extended one. This has been a pretty quiet hour with not many events except for the dropped catch of Cheteshwar Pujara. The scoring rate has been quite low and both the sides will be relatively happy with it. Maharaj to continue following the Drinks break with the Hitman on strike. He is on 47 and will be looking to get to his half century quickly.
  • Pujara has asked for a change of gloves due to the humid weather out there. Also, Pujara and Rohit have sent a message to their captain, Virat Kohli via Kuldeep Yadav who has communicated the same. The players gather around to listen to it in the dressing room. Any guesses on what the message was?
  • Keshav Maharaj is back into the attack.
  • Very interesting field set. There are three fielders in catching positions, a slip fielder staying very wide from the keeper, a short mid-wicket and a silly mid on. Looks like there is a plan in place here for Pujara!
  • The South African skipper, Faf du Plessis is seen having a word with the umpires. Not sure what the conversation is all about.
  • Dane Piedt to bowl from the other end. This is the first time that the off spinner has come on in this innings.
  • The second session is ready to begin! Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara are making their way out to the middle along with the South African players. Rohit Sharma will be on strike to Vernon Philander. This is an extended session again to make up for the loss of overs on Day 1.
  • ... Day 4, Session 2 ...
  • The visitors were good with the ball and bowled probing lines and lengths which troubled the batsmen. Maharaj was the pick of the bowlers and was rewarded with the wicket of Agarwal. Still a lot of time to go in this Test match and it will be interesting to see what happens after the Lunch break. Join us at 1210 local (0640 GMT) for another engrossing session!
  • A session which has belonged to both the sides! The last two wickets of South Africa added valuable runs as they squeezed India's lead to 71 runs. When the hosts came out to bat, Mayank was not in the same rhythm as he was in the first innings and struggled to get off the mark before being dismissed off the bowling of Keshav Maharaj.
  • Strange fielding position now! Gets a leg slip.
  • Cheteshwar Pujara is the new man in! He did not make much of an impact in the first innings. Can he make it here? Kagiso Rabada comes into the attack as well.
  • Review time! A stumping appeal is taken upstairs with Rohit Sharma being the man in question! De Kock looks confident. Let's see what happens.
  • Short leg fielder is put on the off side near the gully region!
  • Spin will play a crucial part in this innings as the pitch is taking a lot of turn and India will have to play spinners well.
  • Keshav Maharaj will share the new ball with Philander!
India 0/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 0(6)R Sharma , 0(0)
South AfricaV Philander , 1-0-0-0
  • 0.6: V Philander to Agarwal, Good length delivery on middle, Agarwal defends it out. Good start from Vernon Philander as it is a maiden.
  • 0.5: V Philander to Agarwal, BEATEN! Good delivery from Philander! Bowls it on a length around off, Mayank attempts to defend it but it beats the bat of Agarwal and goes to the keeper.
  • 0.4: V Philander to Agarwal, On a length on off, Mayank rocks on his back foot and defends it towards mid off.
  • 0.3: V Philander to Agarwal, Fullish length on off, Mayank defends it off the back foot towards the off side for a single.
  • 0.2: V Philander to Agarwal, Good length delivery on off, Agarwal defends it towards the point region.
  • 0.1: V Philander to Agarwal, Starts with a good length delivery down the leg side, Mayank looks to flick but misses it.
South Africa 431/10
South Africa Batting K Rabada , 15(17)S Muthusamy , 33(106)
IndiaR Ashwin , 46.2-11-145-7
  • 131.2: R Ashwin to Rabada, OUT! LBW! Good review from India! Saha was against taking the review but Ashwin convinces the skipper to take it and it turns out to be a good one! Flatter delivery on middle and leg, Rabada looks to defend but gets hit on the front pad. Not out says the umpire. India take the review after some thought. The Ultra Edge shows that there was no bat on it. The Ball Tracker rolls in and it is three reds, it is hitting the leg stump. Ashwin gets his seventh. SOUTH AFRICA ARE BOWLED OUT FOR 431.
  • 131.1: R Ashwin to Rabada, Flatter delivery on off, Rabada defends this off the front foot towards the off side.
South Africa 431/9
South Africa Batting S Muthusamy , 33(106)K Rabada , 15(15)
IndiaI Sharma , 16-2-54-1
  • 130.6: I Sharma to Muthusamy, FOUR! Very well played from Muthusamy! Full delivery on middle, Senuran drives this towards the long on region for a boundary. It goes past the diving Vihari at mid on and into the fence. Crucial runs this for South Africa.
  • 130.5: I Sharma to Muthusamy, Good length delivery on off, Muthusamy blocks it out towards cover.
  • 130.4: I Sharma to Muthusamy, On a length on middle, Muthusamy defends it out.
  • 130.3: I Sharma to Muthusamy, Full delivery on middle, Muthusamy defends it off the front foot back to the bowler.
  • 130.2: I Sharma to Rabada, Good length ball on middle, Rabada flicks it towards the leg side for a single. They think of a single but they see Jadeja running in from deep square leg and they decide against it.
  • 130.1: I Sharma to Rabada, BOUNCER! Ishant dishes this one aiming at the body of Rabada who ducks under it.
South Africa 426/9
South Africa Batting S Muthusamy , 29(102)K Rabada , 14(13)
IndiaR Jadeja , 40-4-124-2
  • 129.6: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Darted outside off again, Senuran blocks it out. 6 consecutive balls outside off by Jadeja... maybe a plan in place?
  • 129.5: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, A touch inside the line this time, Muthusamy defends it out.
  • 129.4: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Similar ball, Muthusamy this time leaves it alone.
  • 129.3: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Well outside off, Senuran looks to pad it out but it goes through to Saha.
  • 129.2: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Darted outside off again, Muthusamy defends it out.
  • 129.1: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Flatter just outside the off pole, the batter blocks it out.
South Africa 426/9
South Africa Batting K Rabada , 14(13)S Muthusamy , 29(96)
IndiaR Ashwin , 46-11-145-6
  • 128.6: R Ashwin to Rabada, That ball has taken the inside edge of the batsman and thudded into his pads.
  • 128.5: R Ashwin to K Rabada, FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries for Rabada! Loopy ball on middle, Rabada drives this uppishly towards the long off region for a boundary. The Proteas trail by 76 now.
  • 128.4: R Ashwin to Rabada, FOUR! Flighted ball around middle, Rabada lofts this beautifully over the mid on region for a boundary. Excellent shot.
  • 128.3: R Ashwin to Rabada, Flighted ball on middle, Rabada defends it off the front foot.
  • 128.2: R Ashwin to Rabada, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 128.1: R Ashwin to Rabada, NOT OUT! Rabada survives! Flatter delivery on middle and leg, Rabada looks to defend it off the back foot but gets hit on the pads. The Indian players appeal for an LBW but nothing from the umpire. Ashwin convinces Kohli to go for the review. The replays roll in and Ultra Edge shows no bat. The Ball Tracker rolls in and it is umpire's call as it was clipping the top off leg stump. India do not lose the review.
South Africa 418/9
South Africa Batting S Muthusamy , 29(96)K Rabada , 6(7)
IndiaR Jadeja , 39-4-124-2
  • 127.6: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Another one a touch short outside off, Senuran looks to cut but is beaten.
  • 127.5: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Outside off again, left alone by Senuran. This time it is collected by Saha.
  • 127.4: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, FOUR BYES! Outside off, left alone by Muthusamy. Saha expected it to spin but it stayed low and went straight on. Rahane at first slip tries to stop it with his right hand but fails to do so and it goes to the third man fence.
  • 127.3: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, FOUR! Nicely played! Full delivery outside off, Muthusamy comes down the track and drives this beautifully towards the deep cover region for a boundary.
  • 127.2: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Flighted delivery on middle, Senuran defends it off the front foot.
  • 127.1: R Jadeja to K Rabada, Full delivery on off, Rabada pushes it towards the cover region for a single.
South Africa 409/9
South Africa Batting S Muthusamy , 25(91)K Rabada , 5(6)
IndiaR Ashwin , 45-11-137-6
  • 126.6: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 126.5: Ashwin to Muthusamy, Flighted ball outside off, Muthusamy pads this one. There is a stifled appeal for LBW but nothing from the umpire.
  • 126.4: R Ashwin to S Muthusamy, FOUR! Nicely played from Muthusamy! Flighted ball outside off, Muthusamy drives this towards the cover region for a boundary. Pujara runs after it but is unable to stop the ball from going to the fence.
  • 126.3: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Flighted ball on middle, Muthusamy looks to paddle sweep it but it goes off the edge and hits the batsman on the neck.
  • 126.2: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, On middle, defended it out.
  • 126.1: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Fullish delivery on middle, Muthusamy defends it off the front foot.
South Africa 405/9
South Africa Batting S Muthusamy , 21(85)K Rabada , 5(6)
IndiaR Jadeja , 38-4-119-2
  • 125.6: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Flighted ball around off, Muthusamy pushes it towards cover for a single.
  • 125.5: R Jadeja to Rabada, Loopy ball on off,Rabada looks to defend but it goes off the edge towards short third man for a single.
  • 125.4: R Jadeja to Rabada, Flighted ball on middle, Rabada defends it out towards the off side.
  • 125.3: R Jadeja to Rabada, Flighted ball on middle, Rabada looks to defend but it hits the pads and rolls onto the pitch.
  • 125.2: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Down the leg side this time, Muthusamy glances this one towards fine leg and takes a single.
  • 125.1: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Darted just outside off, Senuran blocks it out.
South Africa 402/9
South Africa Batting K Rabada , 4(3)S Muthusamy , 19(82)
IndiaI Sharma , 15-2-49-1
  • 124.6: I Sharma to Rabada, FOUR! Full delivery on middle, Rabada flicks it uppishly between the short mid-wicket and mid on fielder for a boundary. 400 up for South Africa. Great fightback this.
  • 124.5: I Sharma to Rabada, Good length ball outside off, Rabada leaves it alone to the keeper.
  • 124.4: I Sharma to Muthusamy, Back of a length delivery outside off, Muthusamy pushes it towards the cover-point region for a single.
  • 124.3: I Sharma to Muthusamy, Full delivery on off, Senuran defends it off the front foot towards mid off.
  • 124.2: I Sharma to Muthusamy, Good length ball on off, Muthusamy defends it off the front foot towards the off side.
  • 124.1: I Sharma to Muthusamy, Good length delivery on the pads, Senuran looks to flick but it goes off his pads towards the keeper.
South Africa 397/9
South Africa Batting K Rabada , 0(1)S Muthusamy , 18(78)
IndiaR Ashwin , 44-11-133-6
  • 123.6: R Ashwin to Rabada, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 123.5: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Flighted ball on middle and leg, Muthusamy pushes this towards square leg for a single.
  • 123.4: R Ashwin to Maharaj, OUT! CAUGHT! Excellent captaincy from Kohli! He put the fielder there right for that shot. Flighted delivery on middle, Maharaj comes down the track and tries to loft it over the long on fielder for a maximum but does not time it well. Mayank Agarwal settles under it at long on and takes a simple catch. Sixth wicket for Ashwin. The deficit is now 106 runs.
  • 123.3: R Ashwin to Maharaj, Beauty from Ashwin! Pitching this one just outside off, it is an arm ball that is not picked up by Maharaj. The ball beats the outside edge of his blade by a whisker.
  • 123.2: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Fuller and floated outside off, Senuran pushes it towards cover and takes a single.
  • 123.1: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Flatter and just outside off, Muthusamy blcoks it out.
South Africa 395/8
South Africa Batting S Muthusamy , 16(75)K Maharaj , 9(29)
IndiaM Shami , 18-4-47-0
  • 122.6: M Shami to Muthusamy, Good length delivery on off, Muthusamy defends it towards the third man region for a single.
  • 122.5: M Shami to Muthusamy, BOUNCER! Excellent one at that from Shami! It was aimed at the body and Muthusamy does well to duck under it. This should have been bowled more often yesterday but was not seen much.
  • 122.4: M Shami to Muthusamy, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 122.3: M Shami to Muthusamy, Full delivery on middle, Muthusamy defends it off the front foot.
  • 122.2: M Shami to S Muthusamy, Good length delivery outside off, Muthusamy attempts to push it but gets an edge towards gully for nothing.
  • 122.1: M Shami to Muthusamy, Good length ball outside off, Muthusamy leaves it alone but the ball passes very close to the off stump. Brave leave that from Senuran.
South Africa 394/8
South Africa Batting K Maharaj , 9(29)S Muthusamy , 15(69)
IndiaR Ashwin , 43-11-131-5
  • 121.6: R Ashwin to Maharaj, Flighted ball on middle, Maharaj defends it towards the leg side.
  • 121.5: R Ashwin to S Muthusamy, Flighted ball around off, Muthusamy pushes it to covers for a single.
  • 121.4: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 121.3: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, BEATEN! Another good delivery from Ashwin! Bowls another flighted one around off, Muthusamy attempts to defend it but does not get bat on it.
  • 121.2: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, BEATEN! Excellent stuff from Ashwin! Flighted ball outside off, Senuran tries to defend it but fails to make contact with it.
  • 121.1: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Flighted ball on off, Senuran defends it off the front foot towards the off side.
South Africa 393/8
South Africa Batting K Maharaj , 9(28)S Muthusamy , 14(64)
IndiaM Shami , 17-4-46-0
  • 120.6: M Shami to Maharaj, BEATEN! Good length delivery around off, Maharaj looks to defend but it goes past the bat to the keeper. There is a stifled appeal for caught behind but nothing from the umpire. Another excellent over from Shami.
  • 120.5: M Shami to Muthusamy, Back of a length delivery outside off, Senuran guides it towards backward point for a single.
  • 120.4: M Shami to Maharaj, Fullish delivery on middle and leg, Maharaj attempts to defend but it goes off the inside half of his bat towards deep square leg for a single.
  • 120.3: M Shami to Maharaj, On a length outside off, Maharaj rocks on his back foot and defends it out.
  • 120.2: M Shami to Maharaj, Good length ball on off, Keshav defends it off the back foot.
  • 120.1: M Shami to Maharaj, FOUR! Nicely played by Maharaj! Good length ball outside off, Maharaj guides this towards the third man region for a boundary. First boundary of the day for the visitors. The deficit is 111 runs.
South Africa 387/8
South Africa Batting S Muthusamy , 13(63)K Maharaj , 4(23)
IndiaR Ashwin , 42-11-130-5
  • 119.6: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 119.5: R Ashwin to K Maharaj, Flighted ball on middle, Maharaj looks to defend but it hits the inside edge and then onto the pads. It rolls towards short fine leg where Jadeja fields it and throws it back to the keeper. Single taken. Hold on! Ultra Edge rolls in and shows that there was no bat involved. Interesting, perhaps an appeal for LBW could have done some good.
  • 119.4: R Ashwin to Maharaj, Flighted ball, down the leg side, Maharaj looks to flick it but does not put any bat on it.
  • 119.3: R Ashwin to Maharaj, Full delivery on middle, Maharaj blocks it off the front foot back to the bowler.
  • 119.2: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Flighted ball on middle and leg, Muthusamy attempts to defend it but it goes off the inside half of his bat towards the square leg region for a single. First run of the day.
  • 119.1: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Flatter delivery down the leg side, Muthusamy looks to flick but misses.
South Africa 385/8
South Africa Batting K Maharaj , 3(20)S Muthusamy , 12(60)
IndiaM Shami , 16-3-40-0
  • 118.6: M Shami to Maharaj, Good length delivery on off, Keshav defends it off the front foot towards the off side. Excellent over from Shami to start off the day.
  • 118.5: M Shami to Maharaj, BEAUTY! Another excellent delivery from Shami! Bowls it on a length outside off, Maharaj attempts to defend but fails to put any bat on it.
  • 118.4: M Shami to Maharaj, BEATEN! Good length ball outside off, Maharaj attempts to cut it but misses the ball completely. The ball kept low as it rolls on to the keeper.
  • 118.3: M Shami to Maharaj, On a length on middle, Keshav defends it off the back foot.
  • 118.2: M Shami to Maharaj, Good length delivery on middle, Maharaj defends it off the back foot towards the bowler.
  • 118.1: M Shami to Maharaj, OHH! What a start from Shami! Back of a length delivery on middle angling into the batsman, Maharaj attempts to defend but the ball cuts him in half and goes through to the keeper. There is an appeal for caught behind but nothing from the umpire. It hits the thigh pad of Maharaj before going to the keeper and Ultra Edge confirms it.
South Africa 385/8
South Africa Batting S Muthusamy , 12(60)K Maharaj , 3(14)
IndiaR Ashwin , 41-11-128-5
  • 117.6: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Last ball of Day 3, Ashwin tosses it up and Muthusamy defends this one off the front foot. South Africa end Day 3 on 385/8.
  • 117.5: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Fuller one just outside off, Muthusamy drives this towards mid off and sets off for a single. However, his partner is not interested at all and sends him back.
  • 117.4: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Muthusamy does well to block this tossed up ball onto the pitch.
  • 117.3: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Again just outside off, Muthusamy blocks it back to the bowler.
  • 117.2: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Muthusamy blocks this one off the front foot towards the off side.
  • 117.1: R Ashwin to Maharaj, Flatter this time just outside off, Muthusamy pushes this towards cover-point and takes a single.
South Africa 384/8
South Africa Batting S Muthusamy , 12(55)K Maharaj , 2(13)
IndiaR Jadeja , 37-3-116-2
  • 116.6: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Another awkward forward defense to end the over.
  • 116.5: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 116.4: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Around off, solidly blocked out.
  • 116.3: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 116.2: Jadeja to Muthusamy, Full and outside off, Muthusamy looks to defend but misses and is hit on the pads. India appeal but the umpire indicates bat.
  • 116.1: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Around off, played off the back foot.
South Africa 384/8
South Africa Batting K Maharaj , 2(13)S Muthusamy , 12(49)
IndiaR Ashwin , 40-10-127-5
  • 115.6: R Ashwin to Maharaj, Outside off, played towards mid-wicket.
  • 115.5: R Ashwin to Maharaj, Landed around off, a play and a miss again.
  • 115.4: R Ashwin to Maharaj, FOUR BYES! Full and outside off, Maharaj looks to defend but the ball scoots through, beating the outside edge and the keeper behind. Races to the fence behind.
  • 115.3: R Ashwin to Maharaj, Full on middle, Maharaj works it towards short mid-wicket and calls through for a quick single. 'MUTHU! is the yell. But Muthusamy denies and Maharaj has to scamper back. Shami returns a wide throw to Saha and Maharaj gets back.
  • 115.2: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, The ball hits the batsman low on the pads. The batsmen have run through for a single. Leg bye signalled by the umpire.
  • 115.1: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Full and on middle, pushed back to the bowler.
South Africa 379/8
South Africa Batting K Maharaj , 2(9)S Muthusamy , 12(47)
IndiaR Jadeja , 36-3-116-2
  • 114.6: R Jadeja to Maharaj, Maharaj plays this one off the front foot and onto the ground.
  • 114.5: R Jadeja to Maharaj, Defended off the front foot by Keshav presenting the full face of the bat. Negotiating out the end of the day here.
  • 114.4: R Jadeja to Maharaj, Beaten again! Maharaj again goes for the drive towards the off side but the ball hurries off the surface and Maharaj misses his shot.
  • 114.3: R Jadeja to Maharaj, Maharaj defends this one from within the crease.
  • 114.2: R Jadeja to Maharaj, Full and floated outside off again, it grips and turns. Maharaj looks to defend at it but misses as he does so inside the line. There was a noise on that one but it was of the bat hitting the pad.
  • 114.1: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, This one is floated outside off, Muthusamy pushes this one towards cover and takes a single.
South Africa 378/8
South Africa Batting K Maharaj , 2(4)S Muthusamy , 11(46)
IndiaR Ashwin , 39-10-127-5
  • 113.6: R Ashwin to Maharaj, On the leg side, Maharaj flicks this one off his pads towards the leg side.
  • 113.5: R Ashwin to Maharaj, Maharaj gets on the back foot and defends this shortish ball.
  • 113.4: R Ashwin to K Maharaj, This time Maharaj goes for the push towards cover but it goes off the shoulder of his blade towards third man. The batters take two.
  • 113.3: R Ashwin to Maharaj, Straightaway on target to Maharaj, he blocks it out by presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 113.2: Ashwin to V Philander, OUT! BOWLED! 5-fer for Ashwin! Normal services have resumed. India's number 1 off spinner has come back after a long absence in style. This is the 27th time in 66 Tests that Ashwin has taken a 5-fer. Beautifully looped outside off, fuller in length, Philander is enticed and goes for the drive. But the ball spins a long way, takes the inside edge and hits the top of middle and leg sticks. India closing in on batting again but they might want South Africa to bat at least another 2 overs tonight. Else, the hosts might have to bat for a couple of overs.
  • 113.1: R Ashwin to Philander, Around middle, nudged through square leg for a single.
South Africa 376/7
South Africa Batting S Muthusamy , 11(46)V Philander , 0(8)
IndiaR Jadeja , 35-3-115-2
  • 112.6: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Senuran has played that off the front foot and into the ground. End of the over for Jadeja.
  • 112.5: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Flatter on off, blocked out by Muthusamy.
  • 112.4: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Fuller and outside off, Muthusamy pushes this one towards long off and takes a couple.
  • 112.3: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Senuran has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 112.2: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Good bowling by Jadeja. Pitches this one around middle, it zips off the surface and spins away. Muthusamy looks to block but misses the ball completely. It might have hit his pad but the impact was outside off so does not matter.
  • 112.1: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, On the pads, Muthusamy works it towards the leg side.
South Africa 374/7
South Africa Batting V Philander , 0(8)S Muthusamy , 9(40)
IndiaR Ashwin , 38-10-125-4
  • 111.6: R Ashwin to Philander, Another one tossed up outside off, Philander blocks it out.
  • 111.5: R Ashwin to Philander, Philander defends it back presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 111.4: R Ashwin to Philander, On the pads of Vernon, he flicks it away with a wristy shot.
  • 111.3: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Shortish this time outside off, Muthusamy cuts this one towards point. Ishant from backward point, runs to his left, puts in a slide like a football player trying to stop the ball with his feet but is unable to do so and also injures himself a bit in that attempt. Jadeja runs behind the ball and does the mopping up job as the batters take three.
  • 111.2: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, On the pads, Muthusamy flicks this one properly towards the leg side.
  • 111.1: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Pitching just on the leg pole, it goes straight on. Muthusamy misses his defense and is hit on the pads. A stifled appeal but nothing from the umpire.
South Africa 371/7
South Africa Batting V Philander , 0(5)S Muthusamy , 6(37)
IndiaR Jadeja , 34-3-113-2
  • 110.6: R Jadeja to Philander, Flatter delivery outside off, pushed towards extra cover by Philander.
  • 110.5: R Jadeja to Philander, Fuller and tossed up outside off, pushed towards the cover fielder.
  • 110.4: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, This time Muthusamy pushes it towards mid on and takes a single.
  • 110.3: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Flatter just outside off, blocked by Muthusamy.
  • 110.2: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 110.1: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Floated just outside off, blocked out by Senuran.
South Africa 370/7
South Africa Batting V Philander , 0(3)S Muthusamy , 5(33)
IndiaR Ashwin , 37-9-122-4
  • 109.6: R Ashwin to Philander, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 109.5: R Ashwin to Philander, Around off, defended from the crease.
  • 109.4: R Ashwin to Philander, Full and outside off, Philander looks to defend but the ball straightens and whizzes past the outside edge.
  • 109.3: R Ashwin to Kock, OUT! BOWLED! Going away, miss. Going away, miss. Coming in, Hit! Beauty from Ashwin. Really set up de Kock nicely. After missing the previous two balls due to the away spin, Quinton comes forward to cover the line on this one. But this does not turn. Goes straight on, is a bit quicker, hence slides through, takes the pad and hits the stumps! Nelson strikes for de Kock and South Africa. Fabulous knock though. The deficit is 132.
  • 109.2: R Ashwin to Kock, Beaten again! Full and outside off, Quinton looks to block again but fails once more.
  • 109.1: R Ashwin to Kock, Full and outside off, de Kock lunges to defend but the ball rips past the outside edge.
South Africa 370/6
South Africa Batting S Muthusamy , 5(33)de Kock , 111(160)
IndiaM Shami , 15-3-40-0
  • 108.6: M Shami to Muthusamy, Length ball jagging back in, almost beats Muthusamy again but this time he gets an inside edge onto the pads.
  • 108.5: M Shami to Muthusamy, NOT OUT! Shami comes steaming in, it jags back in with the angle. Muthusamy tries to defend it but it goes beneath his bat. He gets hit on the front pad and the Indian players put in a loud appeal. The umpire is unmoved though. Kohli asks Saha whether they should go for the review and after taking some time, they do go for it. Replays roll in, Ultra Edge shows no bat involved. Ball Tracker comes into play and shows it to be missing the leg pole. Good decision making this by the umpire and India lose one of their two reviews.
  • 108.4: M Shami to Muthusamy, Length ball on middle and off, Muthusamy defends it off the back foot.
  • 108.3: M Shami to Muthusamy, Outside off, left alone by Muthusamy.
  • 108.2: M Shami to Muthusamy, Good length ball just around of, Muthusamy looks to push at it but the ball stays low and beats Senuran's bat.
  • 108.1: M Shami to Kock, Length ball outside off, de Kock cuts it towards point and the batters take one.
South Africa 369/6
South Africa Batting S Muthusamy , 5(28)de Kock , 110(159)
IndiaR Ashwin , 36-8-122-3
  • 107.6: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, What a ball! Pitched just outside off, the ball pitches and turns away from Muthusamy. He tries to defend but is completely squared up.
  • 107.5: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Senuran has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 107.4: R Ashwin to S Muthusamy, Floated full and on off, Muthusamy pushes this one towards cover but it goes off the pads of silly point towards mid on.
  • 107.3: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 107.2: R Ashwin to S Muthusamy, Floated on off this time, Senuran this time pushes it towards mid off.
  • 107.1: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Flatter on middle and off, Muthusamy blocks it out.
South Africa 369/6
South Africa Batting de Kock , 110(159)S Muthusamy , 5(22)
IndiaM Shami , 14-3-39-0
  • 106.6: M Shami to Kock, Good length ball by Shami, de Kock blocks it back towards mid off.
  • 106.5: M Shami to Kock, Goes a touch fuller just outside off, de Kock looks to push this one towards cover but it goes off the inner half towards mid off.
  • 106.4: M Shami to Kock, Another one which comes back into the southpaw, de Kock pushes it towards mid-wicket.
  • 106.3: M Shami to Muthusamy, Good length ball, jagging back in. Muthusamy pushes it towards square leg and takes a single.
  • 106.2: M Shami to Kock, Fuller this time, de Kock pushes this one towards mid off and takes a single.
  • 106.1: M Shami to Kock, Length ball just outside off, de Kock gets on the back foot and cuts this one towards backward point. Pujara near the fence slides to his right and the batters take two.
South Africa 365/6
South Africa Batting S Muthusamy , 4(21)de Kock , 107(154)
IndiaR Jadeja , 33-2-112-2
  • 105.6: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Full again, nicely kept out.
  • 105.5: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Around off, nicely blocked.
  • 105.4: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Full and around middle, watchfully defended.
  • 105.3: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, That spun a mile! Landed outside off, Muthusamy looked to defend but the ball came in a long way and hit his pads.
  • 105.2: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Around off, solidly defended.
  • 105.1: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Full and around middle, worked towards short leg.
South Africa 365/6
South Africa Batting de Kock , 107(154)S Muthusamy , 4(15)
IndiaR Ashwin , 35-8-122-3
  • 104.6: R Ashwin to Kock, On the pads now, he tries to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads.
  • 104.5: R Ashwin to Kock, De Kock now comes onto the front foot and defends it by presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 104.4: R Ashwin to Kock, Quinton has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 104.3: R Ashwin to Kock, Shortish this time, pitching just outside off. It shoots and turns sharply off the surface and beats de Kock.
  • 104.2: R Ashwin to Kock, FOUR! Deft now! A touch wide outside off, this time de Kock goes onto the back foot and guides this one towards third man for a boundary.
  • 104.1: R Ashwin to Kock, SIX! HUNDRED FOR DE KOCK! What a shot to get to your ton! Flatter this one outside off, de Kock just lofts it over extra cover for a maximum to reach his 5th Test ton! Crucial innings by the T20 skipper of the Proteas!
South Africa 355/6
South Africa Batting S Muthusamy , 4(15)de Kock , 97(148)
IndiaR Jadeja , 32-2-112-2
  • 103.6: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Outside off, left alone by Senuran. De Kock on strike now in the next over.
  • 103.5: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Some turn on that one but still too far away from the stumps. Muthusamy looks to pad this one away but it misses everything and Saha collects it.
  • 103.4: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Shorter this time, Muthusamy pushes this one towards mid on.
  • 103.3: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Full and outside off, blocked out towards the off side.
  • 103.2: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Flatter and on off, pushed back towards Sir!
  • 103.1: R Jadeja to Kock, Darted full and outside off, de Kock pushes this one towards cover and takes a single. Moves to 97 with that.
South Africa 354/6
South Africa Batting S Muthusamy , 4(10)de Kock , 96(147)
IndiaR Ashwin , 34-8-112-3
  • 102.6: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Outside off, a play and a miss.
  • 102.5: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Appeal for a catch but it is turned down. No bat at all. Full and outside off, Muthusamy gets across to defend but misses. The ball hits his pads and lobs to second slip. A catch appeal ensues but turned down.
  • 102.4: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Full and well outside off, nicely played out.
  • 102.3: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 102.2: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Around off, watchfully defended.
  • 102.1: R Ashwin to Kock, Full and outside off, driven towards long off for a single.
South Africa 353/6
South Africa Batting S Muthusamy , 4(5)de Kock , 95(146)
IndiaR Jadeja , 31-2-111-2
  • 101.6: R Jadeja to S Muthusamy, Floated on middle and leg, pushed towards mid on by Muthusamy.
  • 101.5: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 101.4: R Jadeja to Kock, Floated outside off, pushed to covers for a single.
  • 101.3: R Jadeja to Kock, On the pads again, de Kock looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.
  • 101.2: R Jadeja to Kock, Another one on the pads, de Kock works it towards mid-wicket.
  • 101.1: R Jadeja to Kock, On the pads, worked towards the leg side.
South Africa 352/6
South Africa Batting S Muthusamy , 4(3)de Kock , 94(142)
IndiaR Ashwin , 33-8-111-3
  • 100.6: R Ashwin to S Muthusamy, DROPPED AND FOUR! Rahane drops one now and this one should have been caught by his standards! Ashwin pitches this one outside off, gives it a lot of air. It pitches and turns away. Muthusamy looks to defend but it goes off the outside edge towards the left of Rahane at first slip. He dives to his left, gets a hand to it but puts it down. It runs down towards the third man region for a boundary. India could have come back strongly had Rahane held onto that one.
  • 100.5: R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Muthusamy has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 100.4: R Ashwin to Kock, Driven towards the mid off region. One run added to the total.
  • 100.3: R Ashwin to Kock, FOUR! Short and outside off, de Kock rocks back and cuts it towards the point region. The ball races to the fence for a boundary.
  • 100.2: R Ashwin to Kock, Floated just outside off, de Kock drives this one towards cover.
  • 100.1: R Ashwin to Kock, De Kock has defended this one as he gets right behind the line of the delivery.
South Africa 343/6
South Africa Batting S Muthusamy , 0(1)de Kock , 89(138)
IndiaR Jadeja , 30-2-110-2
  • 99.6: R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Muthusamy has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. End of a successful over by Jadeja.
  • 99.5: R Jadeja to Kock, Another one on the pads, works it towards the leg side.
  • 99.4: R Jadeja to Kock, Flatter on the pads, defended by de Kock on the leg side.
  • 99.3: R Jadeja to Elgar, OUT! CAUGHT! Finally India get the breakthrough! Brilliant catch by Pujara and the partnership of 164 runs has been broken by Jadeja as he gets his 200th TEST WICKET! This was a floated ball outside off in the rough, Elgar goes for the slog sweep over the mid-wicket fence. He gets just a top edge on it and the ball skies high up in the air. Pujara from mid-wicket runs in hard and dives forward to complete a brilliant catch. Dean Elgar is dismissed after a fantastic knock and India will now look to open up the lower batting order of the visitors. Jadeja is also the second fastest Indian to reach the 200-wicket landmark. Class!
  • 99.2: R Jadeja to Elgar, Huge shout for a catch! Full and outside off, Elgar looks to defend but the ball spins past the outside edge.
  • 99.1: R Jadeja to Elgar, Full and around off, watchfully defended.
South Africa 342/5
South Africa Batting de Kock , 88(136)D Elgar , 160(284)
IndiaR Ashwin , 32-7-102-3
  • 98.6: R Ashwin to Kock, Around off, watchfully pushed out.
  • 98.5: R Ashwin to Kock, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 98.4: R Ashwin to Kock, Full and outside off, watchfully blocked.
  • 98.3: R Ashwin to Kock, Landed outside off, de Kock looks to defend but the ball spins away a mile.
  • 98.2: R Ashwin to Kock, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 98.1: R Ashwin to Kock, Full and around middle and off, driven straight to cover.
South Africa 342/5
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 160(284)de Kock , 88(130)
IndiaR Jadeja , 29-2-109-1
  • 97.6: R Jadeja to Elgar, Tossed up on off, it has been driven superbly through the covers by Elgar. Two runs added to the total.
  • 97.5: R Jadeja to D Elgar, EDGED AND FOUR! Luck on South Africa's side it seems. Floated outside off, Elgar looks to defend but does so inside the line. It goes off the outside edge towards the third man region for a boundary.
  • 97.4: R Jadeja to de Kock, Floated on middle and off, de Kock pushes this towards mid on and gives the strike to Elgar.
  • 97.3: R Jadeja to Kock, FOUR! Counter-attack by Quinton! Floated outside off in the rough, de Kock reverse sweeps this one towards third man and it races into the fence.
  • 97.2: R Jadeja to Kock, Another chance but de Kock again survives! De Kock looks to defend this one, it takes the inside edge, the ball goes onto the pads and to the left of Saha. He dives to his left but cannot reach to the ball. Fortune favouring the brave?
  • 97.1: R Jadeja to Elgar, Tossed up outside off, it turns back in sharply. The ball takes the inside edge of the bat and goes towards mid-wicket for a single. The short leg fielder was interested for a while but it was too wide for him.
South Africa 330/5
South Africa Batting de Kock , 83(127)D Elgar , 153(281)
IndiaR Ashwin , 31-7-102-3
  • 96.6: R Ashwin to Kock, Full on middle, de Kock works it towards short mid-wicket, sets off for a single but then sees it is Ravindra Jadeja over there, changes his mind.
  • 96.5: R Ashwin to Elgar, Outside off, punched through the covers for a single.
  • 96.4: R Ashwin to Elgar, Around off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 96.3: R Ashwin to Elgar, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 96.2: R Ashwin to Elgar, Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
  • 96.1: R Ashwin to Elgar, Full and around off, watchfully defended.
South Africa 329/5
South Africa Batting de Kock , 83(126)D Elgar , 152(276)
IndiaR Jadeja , 28-2-97-1
  • 95.6: R Jadeja to Kock, FOUR! Floated outside off, de Kock drives this one through the cover region gloriously for a boundary.
  • 95.5: R Jadeja to Kock, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot
  • 95.4: R Jadeja to de Kock, DROPPED BY SAHA! Another dropped catch by Saha and this time it is de Kock who survives. Floated one outside off, de Kock looks to defend this one but the ball sneaks from beneath his bat taking the bottom edge. It goes to Saha who cannot react in time to take the catch and it falls just short of Rahane who tries to dive and take it with his right hand. How dearly will India regret this, only time will tell!
  • 95.3: R Jadeja to Kock, De Kock gets right behind the line of the delivery and blocks it out.
  • 95.2: R Jadeja to Kock, Again tossed up on off, pushed towards mid on this time by de Kock.
  • 95.1: R Jadeja to Kock, Slower through the air outside off, pushed towards mid off by the batter.
South Africa 325/5
South Africa Batting de Kock , 79(120)D Elgar , 152(276)
IndiaM Shami , 13-3-35-0
  • 94.6: M Shami to Kock, On the pads of de Kock, he flicks this one towards square leg and retains strike by taking a single.
  • 94.5: M Shami to Kock, Length ball on middle and leg, de Kock pushes this one towards mid on.
  • 94.4: M Shami to Kock, FOUR! Beautiful shot! De Kock stands tall on this length ball, gets on top of the bounce and drives this one towards the long off region for a boundary.
  • 94.3: M Shami to Kock, Length ball around off, de Kock pushes this one towards cover-point.
  • 94.2: M Shami to Kock, Short of a length this time on middle, de Kock pulls this one but straight to the man at mid-wicket.
  • 94.1: M Shami to Kock, Length ball just outside off, driven towards mid off by de Kock off the back foot.
South Africa 320/5
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 152(276)de Kock , 74(114)
IndiaR Jadeja , 27-2-93-1
  • 93.6: R Jadeja to Elgar, Another one down the leg side, the batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 93.5: R Jadeja to Elgar, Elgar misses his flick and is hit on the pads.
  • 93.4: R Jadeja to Elgar, Tossed up on middle and off, Elgar looks to defend but it goes off the inside edge and thuds into the pads.
  • 93.3: R Jadeja to de Kock, Full and floated on middle and leg, de Kock pushes this towards mid on for a single.
  • 93.2: R Jadeja to Elgar, On the pads this time, Elgar flicks this one towards backward square leg as Vihari dives to his left. The batters take one in the meantime.
  • 93.1: R Jadeja to Elgar, Slower through the air outside off, pushed back towards the bowler.
South Africa 318/5
South Africa Batting de Kock , 73(113)D Elgar , 151(271)
IndiaI Sharma , 14-2-44-1
  • 92.6: I Sharma to de Kock, Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
  • 92.5: I Sharma to Kock, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 92.4: I Sharma to Kock, Landed outside off, left alone.
  • 92.3: I Sharma to Elgar, Outside off, played through point for a run.
  • 92.2: I Sharma to Kock, Full on middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 92.1: I Sharma to Kock, A length ball around middle, angling away, de Kock defends it from his crease.
South Africa 316/5
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 150(270)de Kock , 72(108)
IndiaR Jadeja , 26-2-91-1
  • 91.6: R Jadeja to Elgar, Outside off, left alone by Elgar. A good over for the Proteas!
  • 91.5: R Jadeja to Elgar, FOUR! 150 FOR DEAN ELGAR! What an innings this has been by the southpaw! Gritty, determined, tough! Tossed up just outside off, Elgar opens the face of his bat and guides this one towards third man for a boundary.
  • 91.4: R Jadeja to Elgar, Tossed up around off, Elgar blocks this one out.
  • 91.3: R Jadeja to Elgar, Elgar has driven it straight down the ground.
  • 91.2: R Jadeja to Elgar, FOUR! Educated edge this time! Full and floated outside off, Elgar opens the face of his bat but it goes off the outside half of his bat towards the third man fence for another boundary.
  • 91.1: R Jadeja to Elgar, Woah! What happened there? FOUR BYES! Full ball pitched outside off, Elgar looks to play the reverse sweep but it spun and kept really low as the ball went beneath Saha towards the fine leg fence for a boundary.
South Africa 304/5
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 142(264)de Kock , 72(108)
IndiaI Sharma , 13-2-42-1
  • 90.6: I Sharma to Elgar, Length ball around off, Elgar cuts it towards point and takes a single.
  • 90.5: I Sharma to D Elgar, EDGED AND FOUR! Chance but in the vacant first slip region. Don't know why there is a wide first slip in place but not the mandatory one. A good short of a length ball outside off by Ishant, Elgar tries to keep it down but it goes off the shoulder of the bat towards the vacant first slip region. Saha dives to his left but the ball races to the third man fence. The follow-on has also been avoided with this boundary!
  • 90.4: I Sharma to Kock, Down the leg side, de Kock tucks it towards mid-wicket and takes a single.
  • 90.3: I Sharma to Kock, A rare bouncer in this match, down the leg side. Quinton tries to keep it down as he tries to roll his wrists over it but he is hit on the gloves and the ball falls onto the pitch.
  • 90.2: I Sharma to Kock, Another length ball on middle and off, de Kock blocks it out.
  • 90.1: I Sharma to Kock, Length ball just outside off, de Kock pushes it towards cover-point.
South Africa 298/5
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 137(262)de Kock , 71(104)
IndiaR Jadeja , 25-2-83-1
  • 89.6: R Jadeja to Elgar, Full and floated outside off, pushed towards cover by Dean.
  • 89.5: R Jadeja to Kock, First run off the over as de Kock pushes this one towards mid on for a single. This is now the highest score by a South African wicket keeper in India in Tests. De Kock stepping up at the perfect time!
  • 89.4: R Jadeja to Kock, Again on the pads, this time de Kock flicks it towards mid-wicket.
  • 89.3: R Jadeja to Kock, Darted onto the leg pole line, pushed towards the mid on fielder.
  • 89.2: R Jadeja to Kock, Flatter this time outside off, de Kock looks to play at it but bails out eventually.
  • 89.1: R Jadeja to Kock, Full and floated outside off, pushed towards the cover fielder.
South Africa 297/5
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 137(261)de Kock , 70(99)
IndiaI Sharma , 12-2-36-1
  • 88.6: I Sharma to Elgar, Runs on the last ball of the over. On the hips of Elgar, he tucks it towards backward square leg where Pujara mops it up. The batters take a couple.
  • 88.5: I Sharma to Elgar, On the pads now, Elgar tucks this towards the leg side.
  • 88.4: I Sharma to Elgar, Another one on the good length, Elgar defends it back towards the bowler.
  • 88.3: I Sharma to Elgar, Attacking the stumps now Ishant, this one keeps a bit low. On middle and off, Elgar brings his bat down in time to block it out.
  • 88.2: I Sharma to Elgar, Jaffa by Ishant now! Length ball just outside off, the ball pitches and nips away. Elgar looks to defend but it goes past his outside edge in a jiffy.
  • 88.1: I Sharma to Elgar, Good start by Ishant but also a loose shot by Elgar! Length ball just outside off, Elgar goes for the drive towards cover but does so inside the line and misses the ball completely.
South Africa 295/5
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 135(255)de Kock , 70(99)
IndiaR Ashwin , 30-7-101-3
  • 87.6: R Ashwin to D Elgar, Floated on the boots, Elgar pushes this towards mid on and takes a single to keep strike.
  • 87.5: R Ashwin to Elgar, Down the leg side, Elgar blocks this one down.
  • 87.4: R Ashwin to Elgar, Fullish and outside off, Elgar pushes this back towards Ashwin.
  • 87.3: R Ashwin to Kock, Again on the pads by Ashwin, this time de Kock flicks this one towards fine leg for a single.
  • 87.2: R Ashwin to Elgar, On the pads this time, Elgar flicks this one towards square leg and takes a single.
  • 87.1: R Ashwin to Elgar, He blocks this shortish ball out onto the ground towards the off side.
South Africa 292/5
South Africa Batting de Kock , 69(98)D Elgar , 133(250)
IndiaR Jadeja , 24-2-82-1
  • 86.6: R Jadeja to Kock, Full and around off, watchfully defended. TEA ON DAY 3, SOUTH AFRICA TRAIL BY 210!
  • 86.5: R Jadeja to Kock, Extra bounce! A flighted ball, around middle, de Kock looks to defend but the ball rises sharply and hits him on the glove. He looks shocked, more than surprised.
  • 86.4: R Jadeja to Kock, Full and around middle, pushed towards the bowler.
  • 86.3: R Jadeja to Elgar, On middle and leg, tucked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 86.2: R Jadeja to Elgar, Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 86.1: R Jadeja to Elgar, Around middle and leg, worked through fine leg.
South Africa 291/5
South Africa Batting de Kock , 69(95)D Elgar , 132(247)
IndiaR Ashwin , 29-6-98-3
  • 85.6: R Ashwin to Kock, Angled on the leg, it goes off the the pads as de Kock misses his flick.
  • 85.5: R Ashwin to Kock, Covers the line of the ball and defends its on the front foot.
  • 85.4: R Ashwin to Kock, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 85.3: R Ashwin to Kock, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 85.2: R Ashwin to Elgar, Leg bye! On middle and off, the ball spin into Elgar, who gets a thigh pad on it. It slides on to fine leg and they run a single.
  • 85.1: R Ashwin to Elgar, Floats it just outside off. Elgar blocks it to silly point.
South Africa 290/5
South Africa Batting de Kock , 69(91)D Elgar , 132(245)
IndiaR Jadeja , 23-2-81-1
  • 84.6: R Jadeja to Kock, Full again, once more defended by QdK.
  • 84.5: R Jadeja to Kock, Full and around off, well defended.
  • 84.4: R Jadeja to Elgar, On middle and off, worked wide of mid-wicket for one.
  • 84.3: R Jadeja to Elgar, Full and outside off, driven straight back to the bowler.
  • 84.2: R Jadeja to Kock, Around middle and leg, worked through fine leg for a run.
  • 84.1: R Jadeja to Elgar, Down the leg side, helped through square leg for a single.
South Africa 287/5
South Africa Batting de Kock , 68(88)D Elgar , 130(242)
IndiaH Vihari , 9-1-38-0
  • 83.6: H Vihari to Kock, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 83.5: H Vihari to de Kock, FOUR! Floated outside off, de Kock comes on the front foot and drives it through coves from the middle of the bat for a boundary.
  • 83.4: H Vihari to Kock, FOUR! Tossed up outside off, de Kock waits on the back foot and guides the down to third man for a boundary. Deft touch really.
  • 83.3: H Vihari to Elgar, Floated outside off, Elgar angles his bat and guides it to gully for a single.
  • 83.2: H Vihari to Elgar, Goes on the back foot and punches the ball to Kohli at mid off.
  • 83.1: H Vihari to Elgar, Pushed to the cover region by Elgar.
South Africa 278/5
South Africa Batting de Kock , 60(85)D Elgar , 129(239)
IndiaR Ashwin , 28-6-98-3
  • 82.6: R Ashwin to Kock, FOUR! Full and outside off, de Kock drives it through the covers for the second boundary of the over!
  • 82.5: R Ashwin to Kock, Full and outside off, QdK looks to defend but the ball goes off the outside edge past slip towards third man. Two runs taken.
  • 82.4: R Ashwin to Kock, Around middle, watchfully defended.
  • 82.3: R Ashwin to Kock, FOUR! Just over and dear me, Jadeja collides into the barriers! But he is fine. Full and outside off, de Kock leans and lofts it over cover. Jadeja runs back but cannot get there. Then, he cannot control his speed and crashes into the boards.
  • 82.2: R Ashwin to Kock, Outside off, dabbed towards backward point.
  • 82.1: R Ashwin to Kock, Full and around off, pushed towards the bowler.
South Africa 268/5
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 129(239)de Kock , 50(79)
IndiaR Jadeja , 22-2-78-1
  • 81.6: R Jadeja to Elgar, Beaten all ends up! Credit that to the extra bounce from the new ball. Tosses it up on middle and off, it goes on with the angle and beat the outside edge with the bounce. Saha makes a very good take by jumping up.
  • 81.5: R Jadeja to Elgar, Takes the ball on the up and plays it straight to the mid off fielder.
  • 81.4: R Jadeja to Kock, Floated on off, de Kock plays it to cover for a single. HALF CENTURY FOR QdK! His 18th in Tests.
  • 81.3: R Jadeja to Elgar, Floated on middle and off, Elgar tuns it to the on side for a single.
  • 81.2: R Jadeja to Elgar, Tossed up on on off, Elgar plays it back to Jadeja.
  • 81.1: R Jadeja to Elgar, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
South Africa 266/5
South Africa Batting de Kock , 49(78)D Elgar , 128(234)
IndiaR Ashwin , 27-6-88-3
  • 80.6: R Ashwin to Kock, FOUR! Clean strike! Full and outside off, de Kock leans and drives it through the covers!
  • 80.5: R Ashwin to de Kock, Landed outside off, de Kock looks to drive but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
  • 80.4: R Ashwin to Kock, Tossed up outside off, driven straight to cover.
  • 80.3: R Ashwin to D Elgar, Full and outside off, Elgar drives this wide of Ravindra Jadeja at mid off and takes off for a quick single. Had to really hurry in the end.
  • 80.2: R Ashwin to Elgar, On middle and off, pushed towards cover again.
  • 80.1: R Ashwin to Elgar, Full and around off, pushed towards cover.
South Africa 261/5
South Africa Batting de Kock , 45(75)D Elgar , 127(231)
IndiaH Vihari , 8-1-29-0
  • 79.6: H Vihari to Kock, Covers the line of the ball and blocks it out.
  • 79.5: H Vihari to Kock, Floated outside off played straight to the cover fielder.
  • 79.4: H Vihari to Elgar, Pushes the ball through the cover region for a single.
  • 79.3: H Vihari to D Elgar, FOUR! Floated outside off, driven through the covers for a boundary. Easy pickings really.
  • 79.2: H Vihari to Elgar, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
  • 79.1: H Vihari to Elgar, Full and around off, watchfully defended.
South Africa 256/5
South Africa Batting de Kock , 45(73)D Elgar , 122(227)
IndiaR Sharma , 2-1-7-0
  • 78.6: R Sharma to Kock, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 78.5: R Sharma to Kock, FOUR! Up and over. Full and outside off, de Kock stays leg side of the ball and lofts it over cover for a boundary!
  • 78.4: R Sharma to Kock, On middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 78.3: R Sharma to Kock, Outside off, driven straight to mid off.
  • 78.2: R Sharma to Elgar, 250 UP FOR SOUTH AFRICA! How did this come about? Everyone expected them to fold up inside 150. But they have fought. Full on middle, flicked towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 78.1: R Sharma to Elgar, Full and on middle, pushed towards the bowler.
South Africa 249/5
South Africa Batting de Kock , 39(69)D Elgar , 121(225)
IndiaM Shami , 12-3-30-0
  • 77.6: M Shami to Kock, Similar line, is played towards mid-wicket.
  • 77.5: M Shami to Kock, On middle and leg, driven to mid on.
  • 77.4: Shami to Kock, Good length ball on the pads. de Kock misses his flick. Shami appeals but he himself isn't convinced. The umpire was unmoved since it pitched outside leg.
  • 77.3: M Shami to Elgar, Full on off, played to the covers for a single.
  • 77.2: M Shami to Elgar, On the pads played to the leg side.
  • 77.1: M Shami to Elgar, FOUR! Driven and driven well. Straightish line, Elgar stands tall in his crease and straight drives the ball back past the bowler. Gill on as a sub at mid on chases and makes a valiant effort. It's in vain as the ball wins the race and hits the boundary.
South Africa 244/5
South Africa Batting de Kock , 39(66)D Elgar , 116(222)
IndiaR Sharma , 1-0-0-0
  • 76.6: R Sharma to Kock, Slow, very slow, plenty of loop, full and around middle, watchfully pushed back.
  • 76.5: R Sharma to Kock, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 76.4: R Sharma to Kock, Nice loop outside off, driven straight to cover.
  • 76.3: R Sharma to Kock, Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
  • 76.2: R Sharma to Kock, Around off, pushed towards the bowler to his left.
  • 76.1: R Sharma to Kock, Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
South Africa 244/5
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 116(222)de Kock , 39(60)
IndiaM Shami , 11-3-25-0
  • 75.6: M Shami to Elgar, On the middle and off line. Elgar, gets behind it and defends solidly.
  • 75.5: M Shami to Elgar, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 75.4: M Shami to Elgar, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 75.3: M Shami to Elgar, Elgar flicks it away with a wristy shot to the leg side.
  • 75.2: M Shami to Kock, On the pads again, it is flicked to the on side for a single. We have been informed that Shubman Gill is on the field. He is on for Ishant Sharma.
  • 75.1: M Shami to Kock, Full on leg, it's flicked straight to square leg to Pujara.
South Africa 243/5
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 116(218)de Kock , 38(58)
IndiaH Vihari , 7-1-24-0
  • 74.6: H Vihari to Elgar, Outside off, punched towards cover.
  • 74.5: H Vihari to Elgar, The batsman has driven it straight down the ground.
  • 74.5: H Vihari to Elgar, That stays low. Elgar looks to defend but just about gets his bat down in time. Vihari almost starts to appeal but the umpire signals a no ball for overstepping.
  • 74.4: H Vihari to Elgar, Around off, driven back to the bowler.
  • 74.3: H Vihari to Elgar, Full and around off, pushed towards cover.
  • 74.2: H Vihari to Elgar, Outside off, pushed towards cover.
  • 74.1: H Vihari to Kock, Full toss outside off, driven wide of mid off for a single.
South Africa 241/5
South Africa Batting de Kock , 37(57)D Elgar , 116(212)
IndiaM Shami , 10-3-24-0
  • 73.6: M Shami to Kock, On the pads, de Kock gets it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 73.5: M Shami to Elgar, Full outside off, he finally gets a single for his shot through the point region.
  • 73.4: M Shami to Elgar, Continues with this line on middle and leg, Elgar works it to mid-wicket.
  • 73.3: M Shami to Elgar, On middle and leg worked to the mid-wicket fielder.
  • 73.2: M Shami to Kock, On the pads again this time, de Kock flicks it for a single.
  • 73.1: M Shami to Kock, Back of a length ball angling into the pads, de Kock misses the flick and is struck on the knee roll.
South Africa 238/5
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 115(209)de Kock , 35(54)
IndiaH Vihari , 6-1-22-0
  • 72.6: H Vihari to Elgar, Around middle and off, Dean uses his wrists to work it with the angle towards short mid-wicket.
  • 72.5: H Vihari to Kock, This is on the pads, de Kock goes back and nudges this behind square on the leg side for a run.
  • 72.4: H Vihari to Kock, Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
  • 72.3: H Vihari to D Elgar, Eases this through mid on for a run.
  • 72.2: H Vihari to Elgar, Down the leg side, flick shot missed.
  • 72.1: H Vihari to Elgar, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 72.1: H Vihari to Elgar, NO BALL. Oversteps does Vihari, a crime for a spinner. Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
South Africa 235/5
South Africa Batting de Kock , 34(52)D Elgar , 114(204)
IndiaI Sharma , 11-2-34-1
  • 71.6: I Sharma to Kock, Length ball, outside off, de Kock guides it to gully.
  • 71.5: I Sharma to Kock, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 71.4: I Sharma to Kock, It comes back in with the angle now and hits de Kock on the thigh pad.
  • 71.3: I Sharma to Kock, Beaten! De Kock lazily flays at the ball outside off. He is beaten at the half-baked attempt to play the ball.
  • 71.2: I Sharma to Kock, Ishant slides the ball on to the pads, de Kock flicks it to square leg for a couple.
  • 71.1: I Sharma to Elgar, Back of a length ball outside off, Elgar guides it to third man for one. He's batting really well. This positive intent has been there since yesterday.
South Africa 232/5
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 113(203)de Kock , 32(47)
IndiaH Vihari , 5-1-19-0
  • 70.6: H Vihari to D Elgar, A full toss, around middle, pushed through mid on for a run.
  • 70.5: H Vihari to Kock, Short and outside off, cut through cover for a single.
  • 70.4: H Vihari to Kock, Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 70.3: H Vihari to Kock, Outside off, de Kock looks to cut but misses. That stayed low!
  • 70.2: H Vihari to Elgar, Quick single pinched. Elgar pushes this slightly wide of Agarwal at point and sets off for a quick single. De Kock responds nicely.
  • 70.1: H Vihari to Elgar, Full and outside off, pushed towards cover.
South Africa 229/5
South Africa Batting de Kock , 31(44)D Elgar , 111(200)
IndiaI Sharma , 10-2-31-1
  • 69.6: I Sharma to Kock, Back of a length ball, cut to the off side. No run.
  • 69.5: I Sharma to Kock, Fullish ball outside off, de Kock drives it towards cover. That was a good shot but straight to the fielder.
  • 69.4: I Sharma to Kock, Good length ball outside off. De Kock defends it on the back foot.
  • 69.4: I Sharma to Elgar, NO BALL! Excess effort from Ishant sees him overstep. The ball goes off the inner half and hits Elgar on the thigh pads. A single taken towards square leg. 50-run stand is up.
  • 69.3: I Sharma to Elgar, Covers the line of the ball and plays it to mid off.
  • 69.2: I Sharma to Elgar, Fuller and outside off, Elgar plays it towards point.
  • 69.1: I Sharma to D Elgar, Good length ball, outside off. Elgar drives it to mid off.
South Africa 227/5
South Africa Batting de Kock , 31(41)D Elgar , 110(196)
IndiaH Vihari , 4-1-16-0
  • 68.6: H Vihari to Kock, Landed outside off, played straight to point.
  • 68.5: H Vihari to Kock, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 68.4: H Vihari to de Kock, FOUR! Short and outside off, de Kock cuts it through point for a boundary!
  • 68.3: H Vihari to Elgar, Eases this through mid on for one.
  • 68.2: H Vihari to Kock, Full and outside off, eased through the covers for a run.
  • 68.1: H Vihari to Elgar, Full and outside off, pushed through the covers for a single.
South Africa 220/5
South Africa Batting de Kock , 26(37)D Elgar , 108(194)
IndiaR Jadeja , 21-2-76-1
  • 67.6: R Jadeja to Kock, Covers the line of the shortish ball and blocks it.
  • 67.5: R Jadeja to Kock, That ball has taken the inside edge of the batsman and thudded into his pads.
  • 67.4: R Jadeja to Kock, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 67.3: R Jadeja to Kock, FOUR! 19 runs off the last 5 balls! Full and outside off, de Kock looks to defend but the ball goes off his outside edge and and races to the third man fence. Why wasn't there any slip in place?
  • 67.2: R Jadeja to Kock, SIX! That is big! Seemed like a top edge but it has cleared the ropes. Full and outside off, de Kock gets down on a knee and aims for the slog sweep. Hanuma Vihari at mid-wicket looks interested for a bit but then just sees the ball sailing over.
  • 67.1: R Jadeja to Elgar, Jadeja tosses it up outside off, Elgar pokes it to covers. RJ chases it himself. Still concedes a single.
South Africa 209/5
South Africa Batting de Kock , 16(32)D Elgar , 107(193)
IndiaR Ashwin , 26-6-83-3
  • 66.6: R Ashwin to Kock, FOUR! Classy hit. Full and outside off, de Kock leans and drives this through the covers. The ball races away.
  • 66.5: Ashwin to Kock, FOUR! Not cleanly hit but will still get runs. And four of them. Full and outside off, de Kock looks to go over the top but mistimes it. However, Mayank Agarwal is inside the circle at mid on and the ball clears him. One bounce and into the ropes.
  • 66.4: R Ashwin to Kock, Quicker, around middle, pushed towards short mid-wicket.
  • 66.3: R Ashwin to de Kock, Nicely flighted outside off, plenty of loop, de Kock gets down and drives but finds cover.
  • 66.2: R Ashwin to Kock, Full and around middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 66.1: R Ashwin to Kock, Tossed up outside off, driven straight to cover.
South Africa 201/5
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 107(193)de Kock , 8(26)
IndiaR Jadeja , 20-1-65-1
  • 65.6: R Jadeja to Elgar, Elgar plays that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 65.5: R Jadeja to Elgar, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 65.4: R Jadeja to Elgar, On the pads and it's worked away to the on side.
  • 65.3: R Jadeja to Elgar, The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket.
  • 65.2: R Jadeja to Elgar, Looks to sweep but misses. It hits his pads.
  • 65.1: R Jadeja to Elgar, Floats it outside off, worked with the spin to mid-wicket.
South Africa 201/5
South Africa Batting de Kock , 8(26)D Elgar , 107(187)
IndiaR Ashwin , 25-6-75-3
  • 64.6: R Ashwin to Kock, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 64.5: R Ashwin to Kock, Full and around middle, clipped towards short mid-wicket.
  • 64.4: R Ashwin to Kock, Around off, pushed towards cover.
  • 64.3: R Ashwin to Kock, Tossed up outside off, pushed towards mid off.
  • 64.2: R Ashwin to Elgar, Around middle, tucked straight to mid-wicket for a single.
  • 64.1: R Ashwin to Elgar, Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
South Africa 200/5
South Africa Batting de Kock , 8(22)D Elgar , 106(185)
IndiaR Jadeja , 19-1-65-1
  • 63.6: R Jadeja to Kock, On off, worked to the on side.
  • 63.5: R Jadeja to Kock, Gets the inner half of the bat as he tries to sweep the ball. It lobs to mid-wicket.
  • 63.4: R Jadeja to Kock, Fullish ball outside off, comes in with the spin. De Kock plays it to mid-wicket.
  • 63.3: R Jadeja to Elgar, Elgar too flicks the ball to the on side for a single. 200 UP FOR SOUTH AFRICA!
  • 63.2: R Jadeja to Kock, Flighted on a length, it spins in sharply, de Kock plays it with the spin to square leg for one.
  • 63.1: R Jadeja to Kock, Tossed up on off, de Kock comes on the front foot to defend.
South Africa 198/5
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 105(184)de Kock , 7(17)
IndiaR Ashwin , 24-6-74-3
  • 62.6: R Ashwin to Elgar, Flighted outside off, Elgar misses the ball due to the spin on it. It hits his pads.
  • 62.5: R Ashwin to Elgar, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 62.4: R Ashwin to Elgar, Comes on the front foot and blocks the ball.
  • 62.3: R Ashwin to D Elgar, The ball has taken the inside edge of the batsman and thudded into his pad.
  • 62.2: R Ashwin to Elgar, FOUR! On the pads, Elgar gets inside the line of the ball and flicks it to the fine leg fence.
  • 62.1: R Ashwin to Elgar, Darted in on off, it comes in with the angle and Elgar defends.
South Africa 194/5
South Africa Batting Quinton de Kock , 7(17)Dean Elgar , 101(178)
IndiaR Ashwin , 24-6-71-3
  • 61.6: R Jadeja to Kock, Full and around off, well blocked out.
  • 61.5: R Jadeja to Kock, Down the leg side, de Kock misses his flick and is hit on the pads.
  • 61.4: R Jadeja to Kock, Around off, pushed towards the off side.
  • 61.3: R Jadeja to Kock, Full and outside off, watchfully blocked out.
  • 61.2: R Jadeja to Elgar, SAFE. But what a throw from Ashwin. Full and outside off, Elgar leans and drives it towards cover. Ashwin picks the ball up and has a shy at the bowler's end. Jadeja takes his hand off at the last moment and the ball hits the stumps and the bails fall later. It is referred upstairs and replays show that Elgar is well in.
  • 61.1: R Jadeja to Elgar, On middle, flicked towards short mid-wicket where Virat Kohli makes a tumbling stop to his left.
South Africa 193/5
South Africa Batting de Kock , 7(13)D Elgar , 100(176)
IndiaH Vihari , 3-0-9-0
  • 60.6: H Vihari to Kock, On the pads comes in with the angle, de Kock misses his flick. It hits him on the pads.
  • 60.5: H Vihari to Kock, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 60.4: H Vihari to Kock, Dropped by Rohit! Tough chance though. Tossed up outside off, and spinning away, de Kock closes the face of his bat too soon. The ball spins away, goes off leading edge and Rohit Sharma at silly point reacts. But it is too quick and the ball brushes his fingers on the right hand and deflects away towards point.
  • 60.3: H Vihari to Kock, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 60.2: H Vihari to Kock, Played to the point region by the batsman.
  • 60.1: H Vihari to Kock, Goes on the back foot and uppishly cuts the ball through point.
South Africa 193/5
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 100(176)de Kock , 7(7)
IndiaR Ashwin , 23-6-70-3
  • 59.6: R Ashwin to Elgar, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 59.5: R Ashwin to Elgar, SIX! Fine way to get to a hundred! He is pumped up, isn't he? Full and outside off, Elgar comes down a bit and swings it mightily over mid-wicket! Dean takes his helmet off and then punches the air with his fists.
  • 59.4: R Ashwin to Elgar, Another quicker one outside off, pushed towards cover.
  • 59.3: R Ashwin to Elgar, Fired in on middle and leg, pushed towards the leg side.
  • 59.2: R Ashwin to Elgar, Fuller, with more flight, Dean looks to defend and pushes it towards cover.
  • 59.1: R Ashwin to Elgar, Darted around off, Elgar brings his bat down at the last moment to block.
South Africa 187/5
South Africa Batting de Kock , 7(7)D Elgar , 94(170)
IndiaR Jadeja , 17-1-62-1
  • 58.6: R Jadeja to Kock, The batsman drives the ball straight down the ground.
  • 58.5: R Jadeja to Kock, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 58.4: R Jadeja to Kock, FOUR! Good Shot! Flighted full on off, de Kock comes on the front foot and cover drives it spectacularly. The ball defeats the despairing dive by the chasing Ashwin and reaches the hoardings on the boundary.
  • 58.3: R Jadeja to Kock, Goes on the back foot and pokes it back to Jadeja.
  • 58.2: R Jadeja to Kock, Floated on middle, played back to the bowler.
  • 58.1: R Jadeja to Kock, Tossed up on middle and off, driven to covers for a couple.
South Africa 181/5
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 94(170)de Kock , 1(1)
IndiaR Ashwin , 22-6-64-3
  • 57.6: R Ashwin to Elgar, Full and outside off, Elgar leans and drives it through the covers. Mayank Agarwal chases it from the circle and slides near the fence to stop the boundary. Two runs taken.
  • 57.5: R Ashwin to Elgar, Around off, defended from the crease.
  • 57.4: R Ashwin to Kock, Off the mark straightaway. Works this through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 57.3: R Ashwin to Plessis, OUT! Caught! Finally a wicket falls. It seemed like it would not happen when Faf and Elgar were playing but it has happened. A loose shot from du Plessis and it has brought about his downfall. Full and outside off, Faf gets across and looks to flick but the ball takes the inside edge. Goes straight to Cheteshwar Pujara at leg gully who makes no mistake. 'YES!' screams Virat Kohli on the stump mic as he rushes to celebrate with his number 3. The 115-run stand is broken and South Africa are 125 away from legally making India bat again. Though doubt that Kohli will enforce the follow-on now.
  • 57.2: R Ashwin to Plessis, Nice flight outside off, worked straight to widish mid on.
  • 57.1: R Ashwin to Plessis, Flighted outside off, spinning in, tucked towards short mid-wicket.
South Africa 178/4
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 92(168)du Plessis , 55(100)
IndiaM Shami , 9-3-21-0
  • 56.6: M Shami to Elgar, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 56.5: M Shami to Elgar, FOUR! Misfield concedes a boundary. Length ball on middle and off, Elgar stays in his crease and punches it towards mid on. Ashwin stationed there dives over the running ball to concede four runs.
  • 56.4: M Shami to Elgar, On the pads, it's flicked off the pads, to short mid-wicket.
  • 56.3: M Shami to Elgar,Full ball around off driven to mid off.
  • 56.2: M Shami to Elgar, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 56.2: M Shami to Elgar, No ball! Shami oversteps. Fullish ball on middle and off, Elgar firmly blocked it.
  • 56.1: M Shami to Elgar, FOUR! Full ball on middle and leg. Elgar stands tall and flicks it to the mid-wicket boundary. A very confident shot.
South Africa 169/4
South Africa Batting du Plessis , 55(100)D Elgar , 84(161)
IndiaR Ashwin , 21-6-61-2
  • 55.6: R Ashwin to du Plessis, Full and down the leg side, Faf misses his flick and is hit on the pads.
  • 55.5: R Ashwin to Plessis, Around off, Faf pushes this a bit too hard and the ball goes off the upper half towards mid on. Almost carries!
  • 55.4: R Ashwin to Plessis, FOUR! Fine shot. A bit of a top spinner, outside off, Faf gets down and mows a slog sweep, through mid-wicket. There is Ravindra Jadeja at deep mid-wicket, 15-20 yards inside the circle but the ball is finer, to his right.
  • 55.3: R Ashwin to du Plessis, Faster one, outside off, blocked towards short mid-wicket.
  • 55.2: R Ashwin to Plessis, Nicely tossed up outside off, well defended.
  • 55.1: R Ashwin to Plessis, Full and around off, watchfully defended.
South Africa 165/4
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 84(161)du Plessis , 51(94)
IndiaM Shami , 8-3-12-0
  • 54.6: M Shami to Elgar, Full on the pads, it skids through, and takes the toe end of the bat. Hits Elgar flush on the pad. No run taken.
  • 54.5: M Shami to Elgar, Plays the ball with the angle to mid on.
  • 54.4: M Shami to Elgar, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 54.3: M Shami to Elgar, Shami continues with the probing line just outside off. Elgar stays on the back foot and defends.
  • 54.2: M Shami to Elgar, Back of the length, Elgar stays in the crease and blocks it.
  • 54.1: M Shami to Plessis, Fullish ball outside off, it's pushed to mid on. Hanuma Vihari gets down on his knees but misses. The ball goes off his left knee towards mid off and now the batsmen take a single.
South Africa 164/4
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 84(156)du Plessis , 50(93)
IndiaR Ashwin , 20-6-57-2
  • 53.6: R Ashwin to Elgar, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 53.5: Ashwin to Elgar, FOUR! This time he connects well. Full and around off, Elgar lofts it over mid on for a boundary!
  • 53.4: R Ashwin to Elgar, The batsman has pushed it to the cover region.
  • 53.3: R Ashwin to Elgar, Around off, watchfully blocked.
  • 53.2: R Ashwin to Elgar, Goes after it again, does Elgar. Full and outside off, Dean lunges and lofts it over mid on but mistimes it. Ishant Sharma runs after it from mid on but cannot get to the ball. Two runs taken.
  • 53.1: R Ashwin to Elgar, Full and around off, watchfully defended.
South Africa 158/4
South Africa Batting du Plessis , 50(93)D Elgar , 78(150)
IndiaM Shami , 7-3-11-0
  • 52.6: M Shami to du Plessis, Takes the ball on the up and plays it to mid on.
  • 52.5: M Shami to Plessis, Jaffa! Angled into the pads. The ball lands on the seam and curves away a bit. Faf flays at it and the ball misses his outside edge.
  • 52.4: M Shami to Plessis, First half century for Faf in India! Bowled on the pads, du Plessis flicks it to fine leg for a couple and brings up his fifty.
  • 52.3: M Shami to Elgar, Leg bye! Fullish on the pads, Elgar misses the flick. The ball goes off his pads and rolls to fine leg. They sneak in a leg bye.
  • 52.2: M Shami to Elgar, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 52.1: M Shami to Elgar, A length ball, around off, Elgar looks to flick but misses and is hit on the pads.
South Africa 155/4
South Africa Batting du Plessis , 48(90)D Elgar , 78(147)
IndiaR Ashwin , 19-5-51-2
  • 51.6: R Ashwin to Plessis, Landed outside off, well blocked.
  • 51.5: R Ashwin to Plessis, Full and around off, pushed towards point.
  • 51.4: R Ashwin to Plessis, Outside off, pushed towards cover.
  • 51.3: R Ashwin to Plessis, Full and outside off, blocked off the inner half towards short mid-wicket.
  • 51.2: R Ashwin to Plessis, Around off, a touch short, punched towards mid on again.
  • 51.1: R Ashwin to Plessis, Full and outside off, pushed towards mid on.
South Africa 155/4
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 78(147)du Plessis , 48(84)
IndiaM Shami , 6-3-9-0
  • 50.6: M Shami to Elgar, Fullish ball on the pads. Elgar misses the flick, it hits the pads and the ball rolls towards square leg.
  • 50.5: M Shami to Elgar, Oohh that missed everything. Good length outside off, swings in but not enough to meet Elgar's block or his outside edge. After that it misses the stumps as well and makes its way into the keeper's gloves.
  • 50.4: M Shami to Elgar, Covers the line of the ball and defends.
  • 50.3: M Shami to Elgar, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 50.2: M Shami to D Elgar, Good shot! Full outside off, Elgar hits it from the middle of his bat to mid off, where Vihari saves it by diving to his right.
  • 50.1: M Shami to Elgar, Shami angles it into the pads, Elgar works it down to square leg for a couple.
South Africa 153/4
South Africa Batting du Plessis , 48(84)D Elgar , 76(141)
IndiaR Jadeja , 16-1-56-1
  • 49.6: R Jadeja to Plessis, Last ball of this session, and du Plessis negotiates it nicely as he dabs this one onto the pitch. He starts walking off the field and that will be LUNCH ON DAY 3!
  • 49.5: R Jadeja to Plessis, On the pads, du Plessis flicks it away with a wristy shot towards the leg side.
  • 49.4: R Jadeja to Plessis, Beaten! Jadeja pitches this one outside off, it spins away from Faf. He looks to defend at it but misses the line of the delivery as it beats the outside edge of his blade.
  • 49.3: R Jadeja to Plessis, Flatter just outside off, blocked out by Faf again. Stubborn!
  • 49.2: R Jadeja to Plessis, Du Plessis plays that one off the back foot and onto the ground.
  • 49.1: R Jadeja to Plessis, FOUR! Good shot by Faf! Flatter on middle and leg, du Plessis goes into his crease and flicks this one towards square leg. Kuldeep Yadav, the substitute fielder gives it a chase but can't keep it in play as the ball crosses the fence.
South Africa 149/4
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 76(141)du Plessis , 44(78)
IndiaI Sharma , 9-1-29-1
  • 48.6: I Sharma to Elgar, Length ball just outside off, played towards point by Elgar.
  • 48.5: I Sharma to Elgar, Down the leg side, Elgar looks to flick this one but misses. It hits him on the pads and rolls towards mid-wicket.
  • 48.4: I Sharma to Elgar, Every now and then one delivery is misbehaving off the surface. Good length ball just outside off, it stays low after pitching. Elgar tries to play at it but fails to put any bat on it. Saha also struggles to catch it and it falls in front of him.
  • 48.3: I Sharma to Elgar, Ishant bowls this one on the off pole line, Elgar keeps it out.
  • 48.2: I Sharma to Elgar, Outside off, left alone by Dean.
  • 48.1: I Sharma to Elgar, From around the wicket, length ball on middle and off, defended off the back foot by Elgar.
South Africa 149/4
South Africa Batting du Plessis , 44(78)D Elgar , 76(135)
IndiaR Jadeja , 15-1-52-1
  • 47.6: R Jadeja to Plessis, Last ball of the over, pushed towards mid off by du Plessis.
  • 47.5: R Jadeja to Plessis, On the pads of Faf, he flicks it away towards the leg side.
  • 47.4: R Jadeja to Plessis, Just outside off, du Plessis defends it off the front foot.
  • 47.3: R Jadeja to D Elgar, Jadeja goes fuller this time, Elgar pushes this towards long on for a single.
  • 47.2: R Jadeja to Plessis, Shortish again on middle, pushed towards mid-wicket.
  • 47.1: R Jadeja to Plessis, Darted onto the off pole line, defended off the back foot by Jadeja.
South Africa 147/4
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 75(134)du Plessis , 43(73)
IndiaI Sharma , 8-1-29-1
  • 46.6: I Sharma to Elgar, Nice stop by Rahane! Length ball outside off, Elgar cuts it towards the gully region. Rahane jumps to his left and gathers it with one hand and stops at least a couple of runs for his side.
  • 46.5: I Sharma to Elgar, On the hips of Elgar, he clips it towards mid-wicket.
  • 46.4: I Sharma to Elgar, Another length ball outside off, Elgar shoulders arms to it.
  • 46.3: I Sharma to Elgar, Length ball just outside off, played towards point by Dean.
  • 46.2: I Sharma to Plessis, Full ball down the leg side, Faf clips it towards fine leg and takes a single.
  • 46.1: I Sharma to Plessis, Length ball just outside off, pushed towards mid off from the back foot.
South Africa 146/4
South Africa Batting du Plessis , 42(71)D Elgar , 75(130)
IndiaR Jadeja , 14-1-50-1
  • 45.6: R Jadeja to Plessis, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. One run added to the total.
  • 45.5: R Jadeja to Elgar, Full delivery on middle, Elgar pushes this to mid on and takes a single.
  • 45.4: R Jadeja to Elgar, Flighted delivery on middle, Elgar attempts to sweep but gets hit on the pads. There is an appeal for LBW but nothing from the umpire.
  • 45.3: R Jadeja to Elgar, Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman.
  • 45.2: R Jadeja to Elgar, DROPPED! Saha is the culprit! Flatter delivery around off, Elgar attempts to defend buts gets a faint edge. It went pretty quickly towards the keeper who does not hold on to it. It hits the pads of Saha and falls just beside him.
  • 45.1: R Jadeja to Elgar, Flighted ball on off, Elgar defends it off his front foot towards the off side.
South Africa 144/4
South Africa Batting du Plessis , 41(70)D Elgar , 74(125)
IndiaI Sharma , 7-1-28-1
  • 44.6: I Sharma to Plessis, That is a snorter! A length ball, outside off, Faf looks to defend but there is extra bounce on that one. Du Plessis looks to fend that out but is beaten in the end.
  • 44.5: I Sharma to Plessis, Full and around off, watchfully blocked out.
  • 44.4: I Sharma to Plessis, Good length ball just outside off, du Plessis blocks it out towards the off side.
  • 44.3: I Sharma to du Plessis, Fuller one outside off, pushed towards extra cover.
  • 44.2: I Sharma to Plessis, FOUR! Fuller and on the pads, Faf just clips it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Great strokeplay by the South African skipper.
  • 44.1: I Sharma to Plessis, Fullish ball swinging into middle, pushed towards mid on by Faf du Plessis.
South Africa 140/4
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 74(125)du Plessis , 37(64)
IndiaR Jadeja , 13-1-48-1
  • 43.6: R Jadeja to Elgar, SIX! Second six of the over for Elgar! Flighted ball on middle, Elgar comes down the track and lofts this over the bowler's head for a huge maximum. 16 runs have come off the over. Excellent batting.
  • 43.5: R Jadeja to Elgar, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 43.4: R Jadeja to Elgar, FOUR! Quicker delivery on middle and leg, Elgar flicks it fine towards the fine leg region for a boundary.
  • 43.3: R Jadeja to Elgar, Flighted delivery on middle, Elgar flicks it towards the leg side.
  • 43.2: R Jadeja to Elgar, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 43.1: R Jadeja to Elgar, SIX! The counter-attack continues. Flighted delivery on off, Elgar plays a slog sweep towards the deep mid-wicket region and the ball lands on the fence on the full. Cheteshwar Pujara from deep square leg runs across to his right but does not reach it. The umpires check whether it is a maximum or a four. Replays roll in and they show that the ball landed on the ropes on the full.
South Africa 124/4
South Africa Batting du Plessis , 37(64)D Elgar , 58(119)
IndiaH Vihari , 2-0-9-0
  • 42.6: H Vihari to Plessis, Fuller one on the leg side, Faf looks to flick it on the leg side but it goes off the leading edge towards cover for a couple.
  • 42.5: H Vihari to Plessis, Another one on the pads, du Plessis flicks it away again on the leg side.
  • 42.4: H Vihari to Plessis, Faf flicks this one off his pads towards mid-wicket.
  • 42.3: H Vihari to Plessis, Du Plessis flicks this one off the pad towards the leg side.
  • 42.2: H Vihari to Plessis, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 42.1: H Vihari to Elgar, Floated on middle and leg, Elgar flicks this one towards mid-wicket and takes a single.
South Africa 121/4
South Africa Batting du Plessis , 35(59)D Elgar , 57(118)
IndiaR Jadeja , 12-1-32-1
  • 41.6: R Jadeja to Plessis, Turn and bounce on that one! Floated just outside off, shortish in length, du Plessis looks to play at it but is beaten. Off the crack maybe?
  • 41.5: R Jadeja to Plessis, Du Plessis blocks this flighted delivery out onto the pitch.
  • 41.4: R Jadeja to Plessis, Darted on middle and off, du Plessis blocks it out.
  • 41.3: R Jadeja to Plessis, Faf blocks this one out off the front foot showing the full face of the bat.
  • 41.2: R Jadeja to D Elgar, Full and floated on middle and off, Dean pushes this down the ground towards long on for a single.
  • 41.1: Jadeja to Elgar, Close one! Elgar shuffles across the wicket and tries to flick the ball towards the leg side. It skids on and Elgar misses the ball completely. Lots of oohs and aahs by the Indian players as Saha collects the ball behind the wickets.
South Africa 120/4
South Africa Batting du Plessis , 35(55)D Elgar , 56(116)
IndiaH Vihari , 1-0-6-0
  • 40.6: H Vihari to Plessis, Du Plessis has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 40.5: H Vihari to Elgar, Full and floated on middle and off, pushed towards mid on for a single.
  • 40.4: H Vihari to Plessis, Du Plessis opens the face of the bat and guides this one towards third man for a single.
  • 40.3: H Vihari to Plessis, FOUR! This is pitched outside off, du Plessis looks to defend it but goes off the outside edge towards the third man region. The fielders give it a chase but are unable to keep the ball in play and a boundary is signalled.
  • 40.2: H Vihari to Plessis, Shortish on middle and leg, du Plessis tucks it towards the leg side.
  • 40.1: H Vihari to Plessis, Floated on middle and leg, blocked towards the leg side by Faf.
South Africa 114/4
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 55(115)du Plessis , 30(50)
IndiaR Ashwin , 18-5-51-2
  • 39.6: R Ashwin to Elgar, Outside off, left alone by Elgar.
  • 39.5: R Ashwin to D Elgar, FOUR! Beautiful shot from Elgar! Flighted ball on off, Elgar lunges forward and drives this through the cover region for a boundary. 50-run partnership between these two.
  • 39.4: R Ashwin to Plessis, The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. One run added to the total.
  • 39.3: R Ashwin to Elgar, Another flighted delivery on middle, Elgar drives this through mid on for a single.
  • 39.2: R Ashwin to du Plessis, Full delivery on middle, du Plessis pushes this to long on and takes a single.
  • 39.1: R Ashwin to D Elgar, FIFTY! 14th Test fifty for Elgar! This has been an excellent innings from Elgar as he has looked at ease. Full delivery on middle, Elgar drives this to long on and takes a single. He knows that his job is only half done and should be looking to continue on to score a big one.
South Africa 106/4
South Africa Batting du Plessis , 28(48)D Elgar , 49(111)
IndiaR Jadeja , 11-1-31-1
  • 38.6: R Jadeja to Plessis, Du Plessis gets right behind the line of the delivery and blocks it out.
  • 38.6: R Jadeja to Plessis, No ball! Bizzare! Jadeja looks to bowl this delivery but the ball pops out of his hands and goes down the leg side. It reaches the keeper on after four to five bounces on the turf. Faf du Plessis looks to swing his bat but then lets it go with a smile. The umpire signals it as a no ball.
  • 38.5: R Jadeja to Plessis, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 38.4: R Jadeja to Elgar, Another one fuller on middle and leg, Elgar pushes it down the ground towards mid on for a single.
  • 38.3: R Jadeja to Plessis, Faf pushes this towards the cover region and takes a single.
  • 38.2: R Jadeja to du Plessis, Du Plessis stays on the back foot this time but gets an outside edge on this one in an attempt to defend it. The ball rolls towards the off side.
  • 38.1: R Jadeja to Plessis, Full and floated just outside off, Faf defends it towards the off side.
South Africa 103/4
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 48(110)du Plessis , 27(42)
IndiaR Ashwin , 17-5-43-2
  • 37.6: R Ashwin to Elgar, Elgar gets behind the line of the delivery and defends it well.
  • 37.5: R Ashwin to Plessis, Floated on middle, pushed towards mid on for a single.
  • 37.4: R Ashwin to Plessis, Du Plessis has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 37.3: R Ashwin to Plessis, FOUR! Swept away! This has happened time and again to Ashwin today and du Plessis is the man who is counter-attacking him. Floated just outside off, du Plessis gets down on one knee and sweeps this towards the square leg fence a boundary. This also brings up the 100 for South Africa.
  • 37.2: R Ashwin to Plessis, Similar delivery, Faf again does well to block it out towards the leg side.
  • 37.1: R Ashwin to Plessis, Flighted on the leg pole line, blocked out by du Plessis. It drops just short of short leg which deflects off him towards leg gully.
South Africa 98/4
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 48(109)du Plessis , 22(37)
IndiaR Jadeja , 10-1-28-1
  • 36.6: R Jadeja to Elgar, Tossed up on middle, pushed towards mid-wicket by Dean.
  • 36.5: R Jadeja to Elgar, FOUR! Great execution by Elgar! Floated delivery outside off, Dean gets down on one knee and slog sweeps this one over backward square leg for a boundary.
  • 36.4: R Jadeja to Plessis, On the leg pole line this time, Faf pushes this towards mid-wicket and takes a single.
  • 36.3: R Jadeja to du Plessis, Another floated one outside off, pushed towards the cover region again.
  • 36.2: R Jadeja to Plessis, Another one just outside off, du Plessis pushes it towards the cover fielder.
  • 36.1: R Jadeja to Plessis, Floated on middle and off, it goes towards third man off the outer half of the bat.
South Africa 93/4
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 44(107)du Plessis , 21(33)
IndiaR Ashwin , 16-5-38-2
  • 35.6: R Ashwin to Elgar, Tossed up on middle by Ashwin, Elgar defends it out towards mid off.
  • 35.5: R Ashwin to Plessis, Full and floated on the pads, pushed down to long on for a single.
  • 35.4: R Ashwin to Plessis, Slightly down the leg side this time, Faf flicks it towards square leg.
  • 35.3: R Ashwin to Plessis, Darted onto the off pole line, pushed back towards Ashwin.
  • 35.2: R Ashwin to Plessis, Floated outside off, pushed towards cover by Faf.
  • 35.1: R Ashwin to Plessis, Flighted on middle and off, pushed towards mid on.
South Africa 92/4
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 44(106)du Plessis , 20(28)
IndiaR Jadeja , 9-1-23-1
  • 34.6: R Jadeja to Elgar, Flighted delivery on middle, Elgar lunges forward and defends it out. Good start from Jadeja here.
  • 34.5: R Jadeja to Elgar, Floated ball on middle, Elgar defends it back to the bowler.
  • 34.4: R Jadeja to Plessis, Quicker delivery on middle, Faf plays it well towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 34.3: R Jadeja to Plessis, Loopy ball on middle, Faf pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 34.2: R Jadeja to Plessis, Full delivery on middle, Faf defends it off the front foot.
  • 34.1: R Jadeja to Elgar, Flighted delivery on middle, Elgar attempts to defend it but it goes off the inside edge towards backward square leg for a single.
South Africa 90/4
South Africa Batting du Plessis , 19(25)D Elgar , 43(103)
IndiaR Ashwin , 15-5-37-2
  • 33.6: R Ashwin to Plessis, Flat delivery on middle, Faf blocks it out.
  • 33.5: R Ashwin to Plessis, Flighted delivery on middle, Faf flicks it to mid-wicket. He thinks of a single but it is not there.
  • 33.4: R Ashwin to Plessis, SIX! Excellent use of the feet from Faf! Tossed up ball on off, Faf comes down the track and lofts it straight down the ground for a maximum.
  • 33.3: R Ashwin to Plessis, Loopy ball on middle, Faf blocks it out towards short leg.
  • 33.2: R Ashwin to Elgar, Full delivery on off, Elgar drives this towards mid off for a single.
  • 33.1: R Ashwin to Elgar, Flighted ball on middle, Elgar defends it back to the bowler.
South Africa 83/4
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 42(101)du Plessis , 13(21)
IndiaM Shami , 5-3-7-0
  • 32.6: M Shami to Elgar, Another full delivery on middle, Elgar drives but without any timing towards mid off and takes off for a quick single. Vihari comes across and makes a stop but cannot stop the batsman from taking the single.
  • 32.5: M Shami to Elgar, Full delivery outside off, Elgar slices this towards the point fielder.
  • 32.4: M Shami to Elgar, On a length around off, Elgar pushes this towards the off side.
  • 32.3: M Shami to Plessis, Fullish delivery on the pads, Faf flicks it towards the fine leg region for a single.
  • 32.2: M Shami to Plessis, Good length delivery on middle, Faf defends it out.
  • 32.1: M Shami to Plessis, Fullish ball on the off pole line, blocked back to the bowler by du Plessis.
South Africa 81/4
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 41(98)du Plessis , 12(18)
IndiaR Ashwin , 14-5-30-2
  • 31.6: R Ashwin to Elgar, FOUR! Nicely played! Flighted delivery on middle, Elgar plays a lofted shot over the mid on fielder for a boundary. Surely one of the best patches of play for the visitors in this Test match.
  • 31.5: R Ashwin to Elgar, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 31.4: R Ashwin to Elgar, Flighted delivery on middle, Elgar defends it out.
  • 31.3: R Ashwin to Elgar, Flighted delivery around off which sticks in the surface, it bounces extra off the crack. Elgar tries to defend it but gets a leading edge which lobs towards cover but luckily for Elgar there was no fielder positioned there.
  • 31.2: R Ashwin to Elgar, Full delivery around off, Elgar defends it off his front foot towards the off side.
  • 31.1: R Ashwin to Elgar, Flighted delivery on middle, Elgar defends it out.
South Africa 77/4
South Africa Batting du Plessis , 12(18)D Elgar , 37(92)
IndiaM Shami , 4-3-5-0
  • 30.6: M Shami to Plessis, On a length outside off, du Plessis lets it go to the keeper.
  • 30.5: M Shami to Plessis, FOUR! Beautiful shot from du Plessis! Full delivery on middle and leg, Faf flicks it nicely towards the deep square leg region for a boundary. He moves on to 12 with three boundaries.
  • 30.4: M Shami to Elgar, Full delivery on the pads, Elgar tries to flick it but it goes off the inner half of his blade towards backward square leg and takes a single. That is the first run conceded by Shami, on his 22nd ball.
  • 30.3: M Shami to Elgar, Fullish delivery on off, Dean drives this towards mid off where Vihari makes a diving stop to his left.
  • 30.2: M Shami to Elgar, On a length on middle, Elgar pushes this one down to mid on off the inner half of his bat.
  • 30.1: M Shami to Elgar, Back of a length delivery on off, Elgar defends it to the off side.
South Africa 72/4
South Africa Batting du Plessis , 8(16)D Elgar , 36(88)
IndiaR Ashwin , 13-5-26-2
  • 29.6: R Ashwin to Plessis, Flighted delivery on middle, du Plessis defends it out. Good over for South Africa.
  • 29.5: R Ashwin to Plessis, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
  • 29.4: R Ashwin to Plessis, FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries for du Plessis! Another sweep. Faf loves the broom, doesn't he? Full outside off again, another flighted ball, du Plessis gets down and sweeps it in front of square leg this time. And he has his wish too. Kohli pushes a man back now.
  • 29.3: R Ashwin to Plessis, FOUR! Faf is off the mark with a boundary! Flighted delivery on middle, Faf plays a sweep. There is a fielder at leg slip and another at backward square leg but he gets it to the left of the latter and finds the fence.
  • 29.2: R Ashwin to Plessis, Full delivery on middle, Faf defends this off the front foot.
  • 29.1: R Ashwin to du Plessis, Flighted ball on off, du Plessis attempts to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads. It rolls towards short leg.
South Africa 64/4
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 36(88)du Plessis , 0(10)
IndiaM Shami , 3-2-0-0
  • 28.6: M Shami to Elgar, Full delivery on middle, Elgar attempts to flick but it goes off the inside half of his bat towards one of the short mid-wicket fielders. It goes uppishly but falls just short of the fielder. Maiden over from Shami.
  • 28.5: M Shami to Elgar, Full delivery on middle, Elgar plays it back to the bowler.
  • 28.4: M Shami to Elgar, Good length delivery on middle, Elgar defends it towards the leg side.
  • 28.3: M Shami to Elgar, Back of a length delivery outside off, Elgar pushes it towards the point region.
  • 28.2: M Shami to Elgar, On a length on middle, Elgar flicks it towards the leg side.
  • 28.1: M Shami to Elgar, Good length delivery on middle and leg, Elgar looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads. There is a stifled appeal for LBW but nothing from the umpire. Replays show that it had taken the inside edge of the bat and then onto the pads.
South Africa 64/4
South Africa Batting du Plessis , 0(10)D Elgar , 36(82)
IndiaR Ashwin , 12-5-18-2
  • 27.6: R Ashwin to Plessis, Flighted delivery on middle, du Plessis defends it back to the bowler. Just one run from the over.
  • 27.5: R Ashwin to Plessis, Full delivery on middle, Faf pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 27.4: R Ashwin to Plessis, Loopy ball on middle, du Plessis blocks it out of his front foot.
  • 27.3: R Ashwin to Plessis, Floated ball on off, Faf tries to defend but it goes off the outside edge towards point.
  • 27.2: R Ashwin to Plessis, Fullish delivery on the middle stump line, Faf blocks it out.
  • 27.1: R Ashwin to Elgar, Flatter delivery on middle and leg, Elgar pushes this to mid on and takes a quick single.
South Africa 63/4
South Africa Batting du Plessis , 0(5)D Elgar , 35(81)
IndiaI Sharma , 6-0-24-1
  • 26.6: I Sharma to Plessis, Good length delivery on off, Faf defends it off his front foot.
  • 26.5: I Sharma to Plessis, Another full delivery on middle and leg, Faf once again flicks it towards the short mid-wicket fielder.
  • 26.4: I Sharma to Plessis, Full delivery on middle, du Plessis flicks it towards the leg side.
  • 26.3: I Sharma to Plessis, On a length outside off, Faf leaves it alone.
  • 26.2: I Sharma to Plessis, Good length delivery outside off, du Plessis leaves it alone.
  • 26.1: Sharma to Bavuma, OUT! LBW! Ishant Sharma gets the breakthrough! Good length delivery on off which jags back in, keeping a little low and it hits Bavuma on the back pad. The Indian players appeal and the umpire has no hesitation in giving raising his finger. Bavuma thinks of taking the review but decides against it after having a long chat with his partner, Dean Elgar. Good decision in the end as it looked plumb and the Ball Tracker confirms it as the ball is hitting the middle and leg pole. South Africa lose their first wicket on Day 3.
South Africa 63/3
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 35(81)T Bavuma , 18(25)
IndiaR Ashwin , 11-5-17-2
  • 25.6: R Ashwin to Elgar, FOUR! Good shot from Elgar! Ashwin bowls a flighted delivery on middle, Elgar pushes this towards the long on region for a boundary.
  • 25.5: R Ashwin to Elgar, Ashwin bowls with a round arm on middle, Elgar defends it back to the bowler.
  • 25.4: R Ashwin to Elgar, Full delivery on middle, Dean defends it out.
  • 25.3: R Ashwin to Elgar, Full delivery on middle, Elgar defends it off his front foot.
  • 25.2: R Ashwin to Elgar, Flat delivery outside off, Elgar pushes this towards cover.
  • 25.1: R Ashwin to Elgar, Full delivery on off, Elgar pushes this to mid off.
South Africa 59/3
South Africa Batting T Bavuma , 18(25)D Elgar , 31(75)
IndiaI Sharma , 5-0-24-0
  • 24.6: I Sharma to Bavuma, Full delivery on middle, Bavuma pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 24.5: I Sharma to Bavuma, FOUR! Good length delivery on off, Bavuma guides this comfortably past the sliding Rahane at gully for a boundary. Nicely played that.
  • 24.4: I Sharma to Bavuma, Good length ball on middle, Bavuma flicks it towards the leg side for nothing.
  • 24.3: I Sharma to Bavuma, Good length ball on middle and leg, Bavuma pushes it to short mid-wicket.
  • 24.2: I Sharma to Bavuma, Good length ball on middle, Bavuma defends it back to the bowler.
  • 24.1: I Sharma to Bavuma, Good length ball outside off, Bavuma drives this towards the cover region for a brace.
South Africa 53/3
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 31(75)T Bavuma , 12(19)
IndiaR Ashwin , 10-5-13-2
  • 23.6: R Ashwin to Elgar, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 23.5: R Ashwin to Elgar, FOUR! Flighted ball on middle, Elgar lofts this over the mid on fielder for a boundary. Vihari chases after it from mid on and tries to make a sliding stop but is unable to do so. 50 up for the visitors.
  • 23.4: R Ashwin to Elgar, Flat delivery on middle, Dean defends it towards silly point.
  • 23.3: R Ashwin to Elgar, Flatter delivery outside off, Elgar leaves it alone.
  • 23.2: R Ashwin to Elgar, Flighted ball on off, Elgar blocks it out.
  • 23.1: R Ashwin to Elgar, Full delivery on middle, Dean defends it back to the bowler.
South Africa 49/3
South Africa Batting T Bavuma , 12(19)D Elgar , 27(69)
IndiaI Sharma , 4-0-18-0
  • 22.6: I Sharma to Bavuma, On a length on off, Temba defends this towards mid off.
  • 22.5: I Sharma to Bavuma, Good length delivery on middle and leg, Bavuma flicks it towards square leg and comes back for a couple.
  • 22.4: I Sharma to Bavuma, Good length delivery on off, Bavuma rocks on his back foot and blocks it out.
  • 22.3: I Sharma to Bavuma, FOUR! Good shot from Bavuma! Ishant drifts this down the pads of Bavuma who flicks this nicely towards the deep mid-wicket region for a boundary. Ishant has to bowl closer to the middle stump line.
  • 22.2: I Sharma to Bavuma, On a length on off, Bavuma defends it to the off side off his back foot.
  • 22.1: I Sharma to Bavuma, Good length ball on middle, Bavuma blocks it out.
South Africa 43/3
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 27(69)T Bavuma , 6(13)
IndiaR Ashwin , 9-4-9-2
  • 21.6: R Ashwin to D Elgar, Full delivery around off, Elgar drives this but straight to the short cover fielder. Excellent start from Ashwin.
  • 21.5: R Ashwin to Elgar, Flighted delivery on middle, Elgar defends it back to the bowler.
  • 21.4: R Ashwin to Elgar, Floated ball around off, Elgar shoulders arms to this one.
  • 21.3: R Ashwin to Elgar, Full delivery around off, Elgar blocks it out.
  • 21.2: R Ashwin to Elgar, BEATEN! Excellent delivery from Ashwin! Flighted delivery outside off, Elgar looks to defend but misses due to the extra bounce and spin on it.
  • 21.1: R Ashwin to Elgar, Flatter delivery on middle, Elgar defends it back to the bowler.
South Africa 43/3
South Africa Batting T Bavuma , 6(13)D Elgar , 27(63)
IndiaI Sharma , 3-0-12-0
  • 20.6: I Sharma to Bavuma, Back of a length delivery on off, Bavuma defends it off the back foot.
  • 20.5: I Sharma to Bavuma, Full delivery on middle, Bavuma drives this straight back to the bowler.
  • 20.4: I Sharma to Bavuma, Good length ball outside off, Temba shoulders arms to this one.
  • 20.3: I Sharma to Bavuma, On a length outside off, Bavuma lets it go to the keeper.
  • 20.2: I Sharma to Bavuma, EDGED AND FOUR! Lucky start on Day 3 for Bavuma here! Full delivery outside off, Bavuma looks to drive but gets an outside edge which goes through the vacant second slip region and into the third man fence. Ishant is looking at his skipper as if to indicate to put an extra man at slips.
  • 20.1: I Sharma to Bavuma, Starts with a good length ball outside off, Bavuma leaves it alone.
South Africa 39/3
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 27(63)T Bavuma , 2(7)
IndiaR Jadeja , 8-1-21-1
  • 19.6: R Jadeja to Elgar, Floated up on middle and leg, Elgar blocks this one out. THAT WILL BE STUMPS ON DAY 2!
  • 19.5: R Jadeja to Elgar, Full and on middle and leg, Dean pushes this one towards mid on.
  • 19.4: R Jadeja to Elgar, Tossed up on middle and off, Elgar blocks this one out.
  • 19.3: R Jadeja to Elgar, On the pads of Elgar, he tucks it away towards the leg side.
  • 19.2: R Jadeja to Elgar, Down the leg side, Elgar looks to glance it but gets it too fine. The leg slip puts in a full stretch dive to his right but still can't reach the ball. The ball rolls towards deep fine leg for a couple.
  • 19.1: R Jadeja to Elgar, Fuller one just outside off, Elgar pushes this towards mid on.
South Africa 37/3
South Africa Batting T Bavuma , 2(7)D Elgar , 25(57)
IndiaR Ashwin , 8-4-9-2
  • 18.6: R Ashwin to Bavuma, Short and wide outside off, Bavuma cuts this one square and takes a couple as the fielder mops it up in the deep.
  • 18.5: R Ashwin to Bavuma, On middle and leg, Bavuma blocks this one onto the pitch.
  • 18.4: R Ashwin to Bavuma, Way outside off, easy leave for the batsman.
  • 18.3: R Ashwin to Bavuma, Bavuma defends this one off the front foot by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 18.2: R Ashwin to Elgar, On the pads this time, Elgar flicks this one towards square leg for a single.
  • 18.1: R Ashwin to Elgar, Darted fuller one on the off pole, Elgar defends it out.
South Africa 34/3
South Africa Batting T Bavuma , 0(3)D Elgar , 24(55)
IndiaR Jadeja , 7-1-19-1
  • 17.6: R Jadeja to Bavuma, Full delivery on off, Bavuma defends it off the front foot towards the off side. A successful over from Jadeja comes to an end.
  • 17.5: R Jadeja to Bavuma, DROPPED! Hanuma Vihari is the culprit! Flatter delivery on middle, Bavuma flicks it but does so uppishly towards short leg. It goes quickly towards him and Hanuma fails to hold on to it. He tries to grab it on the rebound but the ball drops down away from him. It was a tough catch but should have been taken.
  • 17.4: R Jadeja to Bavuma, Flighted delivery on middle, Bavuma defends this off the front foot.
  • 17.3: R Jadeja to D Piedt, OUT! BOWLED! The nightwatchman does not do his job here as Jadeja removes him easily. Flatter delivery on middle, Piedt looks to defend but is late in bringing his bat down. The ball skids in and goes past him to meet the stumps. Three quick wickets for India.
  • 17.2: R Jadeja to Elgar, Flatter delivery on middle, Elgar flicks it towards square leg for a single.
  • 17.1: R Jadeja to Elgar, Full delivery on off, Elgar guides this towards the backward point region for a couple.
South Africa 31/2
South Africa Batting D Piedt , 0(3)D Elgar , 21(53)
IndiaR Ashwin , 7-3-6-2
  • 16.6: R Ashwin to Piedt, Shortish just around off, Piedt blocks it out off the back foot.
  • 16.5: R Ashwin to Piedt, Piedt defends this one onto the ground.
  • 16.4: R Ashwin to Piedt, Ashwin turns this ball in towards the batter, Piedt looks to block it out but misses and is hit on the pad. The ball lobs up and the fielder at silly point catches it and appeals. There were two sounds but it was of the bat hitting the pad and Piedt survives.
  • 16.3: R Ashwin to Bruyn, OUT! Is that stumped or caught behind? It's the latter. De Bruyn is walking. India are celebrating. Let's find out what happened. Ashwin serves a floated delivery outside off, de Bruyn tries to stride forward and drive it through covers. But the ball spins back in a hint to catch the inside edge. Saha does well to take a sharp catch and then removes the bails off before setting off in celebration. Theunis is not hanging around and immediately starts to walk. South Africa lose their second wicket and are in deep trouble.
  • 16.2: R Ashwin to Bruyn, Fuller and just outside off, de Bruyn pushes it towards mid off.
  • 16.1: R Ashwin to Bruyn, De Bruyn shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
South Africa 31/1
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 21(53)de Bruyn , 4(22)
IndiaR Jadeja , 6-1-16-0
  • 15.6: R Jadeja to D Elgar, Full and on the pads, driven towards mid on.
  • 15.5: R Jadeja to Elgar, Down the leg side, Elgar helps it along.
  • 15.4: R Jadeja to Elgar, Beaten! Floated just outside off, it pitches and turns away. Elgar is beaten all ends up by this delivery.
  • 15.3: R Jadeja to Elgar, Dean has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 15.2: R Jadeja to Elgar, Shortish just outside off, pushed towards cover off the back foot for a couple.
  • 15.1: R Jadeja to Bruyn, On the pads this time, de Bruyn looks to flick this one but misses and is hit on the pad. The Indian players put in muted appeal but nothing from the umpire.
South Africa 28/1
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 19(48)de Bruyn , 4(21)
IndiaR Ashwin , 6-2-6-1
  • 14.6: R Ashwin to D Elgar, Outside off, pushed to the man at cover.
  • 14.5: R Ashwin to Elgar, Dean defends this off the front foot by presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 14.4: R Ashwin to Elgar, This time a touch shorter, Elgar pushes it towards cover off the back foot.
  • 14.3: R Ashwin to D Elgar, Full and outside off, punched towards cover.
  • 14.2: R Ashwin to Elgar, On the pads of Elgar, he looks to tuck it towards the leg side but it goes towards mid off off the leading edge of his bat.
  • 14.1: R Ashwin to D Elgar, Floated just outside off, Elgar pushes this one towards cover.
South Africa 28/1
South Africa Batting de Bruyn , 4(21)D Elgar , 19(42)
IndiaR Jadeja , 5-1-14-0
  • 13.6: R Jadeja to Bruyn, Full ball tossed up just outside off, de Bruyn blocks this one out off the front foot.
  • 13.5: R Jadeja to Bruyn, Outside off, left alone by de Bruyn.
  • 13.4: R Jadeja to Elgar, On middle and off this time, Elgar flicks it towards mid-wicket and takes a single.
  • 13.3: R Jadeja to Elgar, Elgar flicks this one towards the leg side.
  • 13.2: R Jadeja to Elgar, Another one on a similar line, Elgar pushes it towards mid-wicket.
  • 13.1: R Jadeja to Elgar, Darted just outside off, Elgar defends it towards the leg side.
South Africa 27/1
South Africa Batting de Bruyn , 4(19)D Elgar , 18(38)
IndiaM Shami , 2-1-0-0
  • 12.6: M Shami to Bruyn, Length ball just outside off, Shami gets it to shape back in just a bit. De Bruyn is confident where his stumps are and he makes a good leave.
  • 12.5: M Shami to Bruyn, Good length ball just outside off, de Bruyn blocks it out off the back foot back to the bowler.
  • 12.4: M Shami to Bruyn, Good length ball on middle and off, de Bruyn blocks it out back towards Shami.
  • 12.3: M Shami to Bruyn, Another one fullish around off, pushed towards mid on by de Bruyn.
  • 12.2: M Shami to Bruyn, Good length ball on middle and leg, de Bruyn pushes this towards mid on.
  • 12.1: M Shami to Bruyn, Length ball outside off to start off, de Bruyn looks to play at it but misses as he does so inside the line of the delivery.
South Africa 27/1
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 18(38)de Bruyn , 4(13)
IndiaR Ashwin , 5-1-6-1
  • 11.6: R Ashwin to D Elgar, Tossed up just outside off, Elgar looks push at it but it goes off the outside edge towards short third man.
  • 11.5: R Ashwin to Elgar, Tossed up on middle and off, Elgar has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 11.4: R Ashwin to Elgar, Elgar defends this one by presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 11.3: R Ashwin to Elgar, Elgar blocks this one out nicely off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 11.2: R Ashwin to Elgar, On the pads of Elgar, he flicks it towards square leg.
  • 11.1: R Ashwin to Elgar, Floated just outside off, Elgar manages to keep this one down by defending this off the front foot.
South Africa 27/1
South Africa Batting de Bruyn , 4(13)D Elgar , 18(32)
IndiaR Jadeja , 4-1-13-0
  • 10.6: R Jadeja to Bruyn, Pitching just outside off and turning away, de Bruyn pushes this one towards point.
  • 10.5: R Jadeja to Bruyn, Jadeja bowls this one on the middle pole line, de Bruyn pushes it back to Jadeja.
  • 10.4: R Jadeja to Elgar, On the pads of Elgar, he flicks it towards square leg and takes a single.
  • 10.3: R Jadeja to Elgar, Darted just outside off, from round the wicket, Elgar defends this towards the leg side.
  • 10.2: R Jadeja to Elgar, SIX! What a shot! Counter-attack! Full and floated just outside off, Elgar comes down the track and smashes this one over the bowler's head for a maximum.
  • 10.1: R Jadeja to Elgar, Floated just outside off, Elgar pushes this towards mid on.
South Africa 20/1
South Africa Batting de Bruyn , 4(11)D Elgar , 11(28)
IndiaR Ashwin , 4-0-6-1
  • 9.6: R Ashwin to Bruyn, De Bruyn has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 9.5: R Ashwin to Bruyn, Ashwin bowls this one on middle and off, de Bruyn defends this one out.
  • 9.4: R Ashwin to Bruyn, Short and outside off, de Bruyn cuts this one off the back foot but Pujara at point dives to his right and saves at least a couple. Superb fielding.
  • 9.3: R Ashwin to Bruyn, De Bruyn plays that one off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 9.2: R Ashwin to Bruyn, Another one, shortish, de Bruyn pushes this towards mid on.
  • 9.1: R Ashwin to Bruyn, Tossed up just outside off, de Bruyn blocks it out from within the crease.
South Africa 20/1
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 11(28)de Bruyn , 4(5)
IndiaR Jadeja , 3-1-6-0
  • 8.6: R Jadeja to Elgar, Floated ball on middle, Elgar flicks it towards the mid-wicket fielder.
  • 8.5: R Jadeja to Elgar, Full delivery on middle, Elgar defends it out.
  • 8.4: R Jadeja to Elgar, Flighted delivery on middle, Dean flicks it towards mid on.
  • 8.3: R Jadeja to D Elgar, The batsman has driven it through mid-on.
  • 8.2: R Jadeja to Elgar, Flighted delivery on off, Elgar comes down the track and tries to loft it but gets an outside edge past the point fielder for a couple. Lucky for Elgar here. No need to play that shot.
  • 8.1: R Jadeja to Elgar, Full delivery on off, Elgar prods forward and defends this towards the off side.
South Africa 18/1
South Africa Batting de Bruyn , 4(5)D Elgar , 9(22)
IndiaR Ashwin , 3-0-6-1
  • 7.6: R Ashwin to Bruyn, FOUR! Outside off, de Bruyn gets down on one knee and reverse sweeps this one through backward point for a boundary. Misses the gully fielder by a whisker who gets out of the way of the delivery.
  • 7.5: R Ashwin to Bruyn, De Bruyn plays that one off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 7.4: Ashwin to Bruyn, Loud appeal for LBW turned down by the umpire. Ashwin pitches this just outside off, it turns back in. De Bruyn looks to defend but misses to get hit on the back pad. The Indian players put in a loud appeal but the umpire is unmoved. They think that the impact is outside off and thus they do not go for the review. Ball Tracker comes in and shows that they were right.
  • 7.3: R Ashwin to Bruyn, Beauty by Ashwin! Full and tossed up, de Bruyn looks to come forward and defend it but misses the ball completely as Saha gathers it.
  • 7.2: R Ashwin to Bruyn, Full and just outside off, de Bruyn works it towards the leg side.
  • 7.1: Ashwin to A Markram, OUT! BOWLED! Excellent bowling from Ashwin! Markram's struggle in the subcontinent continues! Flighted ball on off, spinning into the batsman, Markram looks to defend but it goes between the bat and pad and disturbs the stumps. The replay shows that it brushed his front pad on its way. Early wicket for India and they would be looking to make further inroads before the end of day's play.
South Africa 14/0
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 9(22)A Markram , 5(20)
IndiaR Jadeja , 2-0-4-0
  • 6.6: R Jadeja to Elgar, On the pads, Elgar works it down the leg side.
  • 6.5: R Jadeja to A Markram, On the pads of Elgar, he flicks it towards square leg. Aiden sets off for a run but Elgar denies it and sets him down the river. Pujara tries to run in and gather the ball but fumbles. He still has a shy at the non-striker's end but Markram has dived in by then and is safe.
  • 6.4: R Jadeja to Elgar, Full on middle and off, pushed towards mid-wicket.
  • 6.3: R Jadeja to Elgar, Full and wide on off, pushed towards mid-wicket. Pressure building.
  • 6.2: R Jadeja to D Elgar, Similar ball, again pushed towards mid on.
  • 6.1: R Jadeja to Elgar, Darted just outside off, pushed towards mid on.
South Africa 14/0
South Africa Batting A Markram , 5(20)D Elgar , 9(16)
IndiaR Ashwin , 2-0-2-0
  • 5.6: R Ashwin to Markram, On middle and off, blocked out onto the pitch.
  • 5.5: R Ashwin to Markram, On the pads of Markram, he flicks it towards square leg but straight to the man.
  • 5.4: R Ashwin to Markram, Markram defends this one off the front foot presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 5.3: R Ashwin to Markram, Shortish on middle and off, blocked off the back foot by Aiden.
  • 5.2: R Ashwin to Elgar, On the pads, Elgar flicks it towards square leg for one.
  • 5.1: R Ashwin to Elgar, Full and floated on off, Elgar does well to block it out.
South Africa 13/0
South Africa Batting A Markram , 5(16)D Elgar , 8(14)
IndiaR Jadeja , 1-0-4-0
  • 4.6: R Jadeja to Markram, Markram looks to defend this one but it goes off the leading edge towards point.
  • 4.5: R Jadeja to Markram, Aiden has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 4.4: R Jadeja to Markram, Shortish this time, Markram blocks this one off the back foot.
  • 4.3: R Jadeja to Markram, Full and outside off, blocked out by Markram towards the off side.
  • 4.2: R Jadeja to Markram, Markram has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 4.1: R Jadeja to Markram, FOUR! Bad start by Jadeja! Short and wide outside off, Markram goes onto the back foot and smashes it through point for a boundary.
South Africa 9/0
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 8(14)A Markram , 1(10)
IndiaR Ashwin , 1-0-1-0
  • 3.6: R Ashwin to Elgar, Last ball of the over, Elgar defends this one off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 3.5: R Ashwin to Elgar, Elgar punches this one off the back foot.
  • 3.4: R Ashwin to Markram, Full and wide outside off, Markram pushes it towards cover for a single. Markram is off the mark with that single.
  • 3.3: R Ashwin to Markram, Beaten! This time Ashwin pitches this one just outside off, it turns back in sharply. Markram looks to push but it tears him in half as it goes between his bat and pad.
  • 3.2: R Ashwin to Markram, Another similar delivery, Markram again blocks it out.
  • 3.1: R Ashwin to Markram, Full and flat on middle, Aiden blocks it out.
South Africa 8/0
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 8(12)A Markram , 0(6)
IndiaI Sharma , 2-0-8-0
  • 2.6: I Sharma to Elgar, FOUR! Poor bowling from Ishant here! Strays down the leg side again does Sharma. Elgar just helps it on its way towards the fine leg fence for a boundary. Spoiled what was turning out to be a good over.
  • 2.5: I Sharma to Elgar, Good length delivery on middle, Elgar blocks it back to the bowler.
  • 2.4: I Sharma to Elgar, Full delivery around off, Elgar pushes this to mid off for nothing.
  • 2.3: I Sharma to Elgar, Good length delivery on middle, Dean defends it out towards cover.
  • 2.2: I Sharma to Elgar, BEATEN! Brilliant delivery from Ishant! Bowls a full delivery outside off tempting Elgar to drive but he fails to put any bat on it.
  • 2.1: I Sharma to Elgar, Good length ball outside off, Elgar lets it go to the keeper.
South Africa 4/0
South Africa Batting A Markram , 0(6)D Elgar , 4(6)
IndiaM Shami , 1-0-0-0
  • 1.6: M Shami to Markram, On a length on middle, Markram defends it off the back foot. Maiden over to start off from Shami.
  • 1.5: M Shami to Markram, Good length delivery on off, Markram lunges forward and defends it towards mid off.
  • 1.4: M Shami to Markram, Good length ball outside off, Markram shoulders arms to this one.
  • 1.3: M Shami to Markram, Good length ball on middle and leg, Aiden defends this off the back foot towards the leg side.
  • 1.2: M Shami to Markram, Full delivery on the pads, Aiden flicks it nicely but finds the mid-wicket fielder.
  • 1.1: M Shami to Markram, Full delivery outside off, Markram lets the ball go to the keeper.
  • The Indian team will be disappointed after dominating the first two days. Ashwin came out as the star with the ball as he took 7 wickets in all. Jadeja took a couple of wickets and Ishant Sharma took a single wicket. Join us in a short while for the Indian team's response as they will come out to bat for their second innings. Remember, this is a deteriorating surface and it will be tough for the Indian batters as well!
  • A look back at the South African innings. The Indian spinners started well as they got the visitors reeling at 63/4. However, after that the fightback from the visitors started as they notched up two 100-plus stands and came back into the game. The skipper, Faf du Plessis lead the way by scoring a half century. Quinton de Kock scored a ton but the star of the show was Dean Elgar who was at the crease for the longest time of the three as he scored a daddy hundred. Muthusamy and Kagiso Rabada also contributed some vital runs at the end, reducing the deficit for the visitors.
  • So, the South African innings has come to a close but much later than a lot of people expected. They have scored 431 and India lead by 71 runs. The hosts will be looking to add at least another 200 runs to this score before giving the South Africans a chance to bat again.
  • Review time! Another LBW appeal by the Indian team and this time it looks even closer.
  • Change of ends for Ashwin again.
  • Ishant Sharma comes back for a second spell for the day!
  • Review time! An appeal for LBW by India and Rabada is the man in question. The umpire has given it not out but it looks very close to the naked eye. Maybe the height is an issue.
  • Change of ends for Ashwin. Just a single over for Ishant Sharma.
  • Ravindra Jadeja is into the attack from the other end. He replaces Ravichandran Ashwin.
  • Ishant Sharma comes into the attack for the first time on Day 4! Can he wrap up the South African innings quickly?
  • Kagiso Rabada is the last man in for the visitors. However, he is no slouch with the bat and India might have to work hard to dismiss him.
  • Congratulations to Ajinkya Rahane as the commentator on air informs he has become a proud daddy of a baby girl!
  • Ravichandran Ashwin to start the proceedings on Day 4 from the other end. Brilliant bowling by him so far, 41-11-128-5. Two slips and a short leg for him.
  • We are all set to begin Day 4! Keshav Maharaj and Senuran Muthusamy make their way out to the middle along with the Indian players. Mohammed Shami to start the proceedings for the hosts with Maharaj on strike.
  • Pitch report - Murali Kartik is down with the Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar for the pitch report. Mr. Gavaskar suggests that it looks like more wickets will fall on Day 4 as the cracks have opened up even more. The ball will grip and spin just like on Day 3. Further suggests that the key for the bowlers is to get the batsmen committed on playing strokes and then the bowlers stand a greater chance of taking wickets. Mentions that the ball should be given a lot of air just like Ashwin was doing yesterday. Gavaskar feels that India will be looking to give a target of around 300 to the visitors.
  • Day 3 belonged to South Africa as they brought the match closer to a draw but with still two innings and six sessions to go, a lot of time is left in the Test match. The standout performers for the Proteas were centurions Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock but one cannot forget how Faf du Plessis showed how to take the attack to the opposition. Ashwin proved to be one of the few positives for India as he took his 27th 5-fer but there were a few dropped catches from the hosts which would not please their skipper, Virat Kohli.
  • Welcome to Day 4 of the first Test match between India and South Africa. It has been a riveting contest so far as the momentum has swung like a pendulum. After the first two days when everyone expected South Africa to tumble over, they have proved to be stubborn and the experienced players have given the young guns in their squad a testament of how to overcome all kinds of difficulties. So, will the rainbow nation continue to fight back or will the hosts roll over the lower batting order of the visitors? All these questions will be answered today as we bring you all the action from Visakhapatnam.
  • ... Day 4, Session 1 ...
  • So, what is in store for us on Day 4? South Africa looked to be on the ropes but they showed a great 'never say die' attitude to harass the Indian players. As for India, they are now in a limbo about what will be their gameplan. Day 4 could prove to be the most crucial day of this Test thus far. Join us on Saturday for all the action from Visakhapatnam on 0930 Local (0400 GMT). Till then, cheers and take care!
  • Dean Elgar is down for a chat with Sanjay Manjrekar. Thanks Sanjay for his congratulations but then says that the last time he came to India, he was less experienced. But since then, going around the world and playing county cricket has made him much more experienced. On the wickets to be used in India as a suggestion, Elgar smiles and says that definitely not those which were used in 2015! But on a serious note, Dean says that one needs to graft and get used to the pitch and then play his shots. Credits county cricket for enabling him to become a better player. On him hitting the ball in the air and attacking the spinners, Elgar says that these are one of the best batting conditions in Vizag and also that if you attack the spinners, they tend to lose their line. On Quinton de Kock, he calls him a genius with the bat and is certainly not surprised to see him score a century.
  • As for the Indian bowling, it was a mixed bag. They started well as Ishant Sharma dismissed Bavuma early in the day but after the attack from the South African batters started, they lost their way. They gave away runs freely and could not get a grip on the game. The experienced trio of South Africa was the first real test for them in the game and they were comfortably outplayed by them as they pulled the visitors from a crisis to a more than comfortable position. However, if one bowler is there who does deserve credit is Ravichandran Ashwin who persisted for long spells and got his rewards from time to time as he took a 5-fer and troubled the tail-enders late in the day.
  • During the first session of the day, everyone expected India to come in and roll over the visitors' batting lineup. However, after the early wicket of Temba Bavuma, the real resistance for them began. Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis counter-attacked the Indian spin bowling and especially India's ace spin bowler, Ravichandran Ashwin. They stitched a huge partnership of 115 and showed the hosts that they are here to fight and not bow down. Following the departure of the Protean skipper on 55, Quinton de Kock came in and attacked the Indian bowlers as well not letting them settle as he scored 111. The star for the visitors although has to be Dean Elgar who played out an innings of grit as well as style to battle his way through the tough spell on Day 2 and early on Day 3. He made 160 runs and has shown the visitors how to battle against this world class Indian bowling attack.
  • Stumps on Day 3 and a totally unexpected turnaround as South Africa have fought their way back into the game. Ashwin leads India off the park after taking a 5-fer and it has been a riveting day where both the sides fought hard.
  • Keshav Maharaj walks in at number 10, replacing Philander.
  • The physio is out again. Ishant doing some stretching. He is walking off the field now.
  • A slight break in play! Looks like Vihari has been hurt as he is seen on the camera holding his wrist. Doesn't look anything serious as he continues to be on the field.
  • Ravindra Jadeja is back from the other end.
  • Vernon Philander walks in at number 9, replacing de Kock.
  • UDRS! For the first time in this innings. Muthusamy has been hit on the pads and Shami appeals. Kohli asks his keeper and goes for the review. Looks to be going down leg. Here comes Ball Tracker. Yes. Review lost.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin is back into the attack.
  • The light meter is out. The light seems good for now. Mohammed Shami returns. 13-3-35-0 so far.
  • DRINKS BREAK. The game is nicely poised now. India looking to hurry into the Protean tail while the South Africans keen to get the deficit into double digits. Or try and bat through the day.
  • Senuran Muthusamy, the debutant, walks out to bat.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin returns. 30-7-101-3 so far.
  • Mohammed Shami is back on. 12-3-30-0 so far.
  • Now, the change. Cheteshwar Pujara comes in at wide first slip while Rohit goes even wider towards gully.
  • Ravindra Jadeja returns. 24-2-82-1 so far.
  • Finally a pacer to make use of the second new ball. Ishant Sharma it is. 11-2-34-1 so far.
  • Welcome back to the third session on Day 3. South Africa have crawled their way back into the contest and India have a lot to ponder about right now with Quinton de Kock and Dean Elgar at the crease. Virat Kohli has his troops in a huddle and is giving them a pep talk. Ravichandran Ashwin will start the proceedings for the final session. Dean Elgar facing the first ball.
  • ... Day 3, Session 3 ...
  • Nothing much happened in this session, but the odd ball has started to keep low. Kohli will be relieved from inside that he will not have to choose to enforce follow-on or not. But he will want his bowlers to get a breakthrough and then run through the lower middle order. Join us back at 3 pm local (0930 GMT).
  • A dominant session for the Proteas. Not just a good one. They have scored 139 runs in 37 overs, for the loss of just Faf du Plessis. They have come close to avoiding the follow-on on merit, which is by no means, an easy task in India.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin returns. 28-6-98-3 so far.
  • Ravindra Jadeja is back on! Just a tape on his hand. 22-2-78-1 so far.
  • Ravindra Jadeja goes off the field. Seems to be a cut there on his right hand. Umesh Yadav replaces him on the field while Hanuma Vihari replaces him with the ball. 8-1-29-0 so far.
  • Interesting. Spinners from both ends. Ravindra Jadeja is back on. 21-2-76-1 so far.
  • The second new ball is due and it has been taken. Kohli and Ashwin are in a discussion. Eventually, the premier off spinner takes it. 26-6-83-3 so far. But we have a delay. Elgar has called for the physio. Seems to be a cramp. The magic spray comes out. On the right elbow.
  • Hanuma Vihari is back on. 7-1-24-0 so far.
  • Look who is here! Rohit Sharma smiles. The crowd cheers. Because he is on to bowl!
  • Drinks Break.
  • It has gone overcast. The floodlights have been switched on.
  • Mohammed Shami comes back on, with 8 overs to go for the second new ball. 9-3-21-0 so far.
  • Change of pace. Ishant Sharma comes on. 9-2-29-1 so far.
  • Hanuma Vihari into the attack again. 3-1-9-0 so far.
  • DRINKS BREAK. This is an extended session, hence we will be having two breaks. A good start for India after Lunch. They kept it tight and eventually, forced an error from du Plessis to get his wicket. South Africa are miles away from avoiding the follow-on but given that 60-plus overs have already been bowled, looks highly improbable that Kohli will enforce it.
  • An appeal! For what? A run out. Apparently, the bails have fallen down on a direct hit. Kohli is pumped up. Here come the replays. Elgar is in.
  • Hanuma Vihari returns. 2-0-9-0 so far. Probably because two southpaws are in the middle.
  • Ravindra Jadeja is back on. 16-1-56-1 so far.
  • Quinton de Kock walks in at number 7, replacing his captain. Two left-handers at the crease now.
  • Interesting field placement. Kohli has got a square leg, a mid-wicket and a man at deep mid-wicket, who is 10-15 yards inside the boundary. A bouncer coming?
  • Ashwin comes on to bowl.
  • We are back for the second session! Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis make their way out to the middle. Shami to begin the proceedings for the hosts with Dean Elgar on strike.
  • ... Day 3, Session 2 ...
  • The hosts, on the other hand, were not up to the mark today especially the spinners as they were put off their lengths by some attacking play from the South African batsmen out in the middle. Ishant Sharma bowled well and was rewarded with the wicket of Bavuma. India are still ahead in the game but would look to get quick wickets after the Lunch break. Join us in a while for all the action.
  • The visitors although lost the wicket of Bavuma early, du Plessis and Elgar have stitched a magnificent stand which has got them to a score of above 150. Elgar is on course to his 12th Test ton while du Plessis is close to his half-ton. They still have a lot of work to do and need to continue the good work after the break.
  • First session which has belonged to the Proteas in this Test match. They have played counter-attacking cricket and have added 114 runs in 30 overs with the loss of just one wicket.
  • Ishant Sharma is back into the attack.
  • Jadeja is back into the attack as he changes ends!
  • Hanuma Vihari comes into the attack for the first time.
  • DRINKS! After losing an early wicket of Temba Bavuma off the bowling of Ishant Sharma, Faf du Plessis and Elgar have put in a good stand and have counter-attacked the bowlers. They, though would know that it is still a long time to go and have to bat really well. Indian bowlers were good, bowling probing lines and lengths which have made life difficult for the visitors.
  • Ravindra Jadeja is into the attack now. 8-1-21-1 so far from him. He just needs one more wicket to reach 200 Test wickets. Class!
  • Mohammed Shami comes into the attack for the first time on Day 3! Just the two overs for him on Day 2 and he will be looking to make a bigger impact today.
  • Faf du Plessis, the South African skipper walks in to bat now. His side is in deep trouble and they need their skipper to step up to the plate here.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin will bowl from the other end. He had an excellent Day 2 as he dismissed 2 South African batters after conceding just 9 runs.
  • We are all set to begin! Dean Elgar and Temba Bavuma make their way out to the middle along with the Indian players. Bavuma will be on strike facing Ishant Sharma. The temperature is very high here in Visakhapatnam and we can expect a hot and tiring day for both the sides. Day 3 is underway...
  • Pitch Report - Murali Kartik is there for the pitch report along with Sunil Gavaskar. Sunny G says that the ball was keeping low yesterday and it will continue to happen today. He further says the odd ball will bounce extra as the cracks have opened up and it will grip and spin. The Proteas need to show a lot of grit and determination to play on this track just like Mayank Agarwal did yesterday.
  • Hello and a warm welcome to the coverage of Day 3 of the first Test match between India and South Africa. The hosts are running away with the game after posting a score of above 500 and then picking up three wickets late on Day 2. The visitors, on the other hand, were poor with both bat and ball. They had no answer to the bowling of Jadeja and Ashwin. They would be hoping to bat for as long as possible in order to have any chance to get closer to India's score. Will the tourists show some fight or will India continue to dominate? Join us in a while to find out.
  • ... Day 3, Session 1 ...
  • Going into Day 3, the hosts hold the upper hand and would look to bowl out South Africa as soon as possible. The visitors have their backs to the wall and will have to bat out of their skins to compete. Day 3 is said to be the moving day and this promises to be no different. That's all from us. Join us at 0930 local (0400 GMT) for an exciting day. Until then, cheers!
  • Murali Kartik is down with Mayank Agarwal for an interview. He is extremely happy with his knock and says that he cannot describe his feelings in words. Feels that if he and Rohit keep batting like this, it will be great for the team. Tells that the key to success in a partnership is to stay patient as at times when you are in good touch, you get carried away with your shot selection. He is all praise for Rohit Sharma for the way he handles the spinners. Tells that early on Day 1, there was something in the pitch for the bowlers but later on it settled down into a good batting surface. Informs that post the Lunch break on Day 2, the pitch started to assist the spinners and we also witnessed some uneven bounce. Feels that had Ashwin and Jadeja bowled on Day 1, they would have kept pressure and bowled great lines. Concludes by saying that the spinners will get a lot of purchase with the way the pitch has started to behave.
  • South Africa had a tricky period before Stumps to survive but they failed to deal with the might of the Indian spinners. Both Ashwin and Jadeja were too hot to handle and the Saffas lost three wickets in a jiffy. Had Bavuma not got dropped, it would have been even worse for the visiting side. Dean Elgar survived but he never looked comfortable. Big task ahead on Day 3.
  • The visitors were abysmal with the ball and struggled for wickets throughout. Apart from a period in the afternoon session where South Africa snapped up four wickets, there wasn't much happening for them. Their frontline spinners flopped miserably and the speedster Kagiso Rabada was also flavourless. The decision to pick three spinners did not work for South Africa.
  • Earlier in the day, India started from where they left off on Day 1 with Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal continuing to milk runs. Rohit Sharma was the first wicket to fall as he was dismissed for an impressive 176. Mayank Agarwal, as mentioned earlier, carried on to get his maiden double ton which boosted the total of India. The other batsmen also chipped in with valuable runs before India decided to declare on 502/7!
  • After the outstanding work done by the Indian batsmen, their spinners got into the act to pick up three quick wickets which sweetened things further for the home team. The spinners, Ashwin and Jadeja, were on target from the word go and picked up three wickets between them.
  • Another day which has been dominated by India! They have this Test match firmly in their grasp and that's mainly due to the contributions of their new opening pair. One half of that pair, Mayank Agarwal, scored a double ton today and is leading his team off the ground.
  • Temba Bavuma is the new man in to face the music!
  • Dane Piedt comes in as the nightwatchman!
  • Play can be extended til 1730 local to complete the 98 overs scheduled in the day!
  • Ashwin has a change of ends also!
  • Umpires have called for the light meter to check for bad light. They look to continue as off now!
  • Jadeja has a change of ends!
  • Floodlights are on now!
  • Mohammad Shami comes back into the attack! He has bowled only one over so far which was a maiden.
  • Mohammad Shami was supposed to bowl but Kohli seeing the left-hander on strike gives the ball back to Ashwin!
  • Theunis de Bruyn is the new man in!
  • Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack!
  • Spin time! Ravichandran Ashwin is into the attack now. He starts with a slip, leg slip, short leg and a gully in place. Attacking field-set this from India.
  • Mohammed Shami to bowl from the other end for the hosts.
South Africa 4/0
South Africa Batting D Elgar , 4(6)A Markram , 0(0)
IndiaI Sharma , 1-0-4-0
  • 0.6: I Sharma to Elgar, Good length ball outside off, Elgar lets it go to the keeper.
  • 0.5: I Sharma to Elgar, FOUR! Poor ball from Ishant this time! Strays down the leg side, Elgar flicks this nicely towards the backward square leg region for a boundary. South Africa are underway.
  • 0.4: I Sharma to Elgar, Back of a length delivery on middle, Elgar defends it off the back foot towards the bowler.
  • 0.3: I Sharma to Elgar, On a length outside off, Dean lets it go to the keeper.
  • 0.2: I Sharma to Elgar, Good length ball outside off, Elgar leaves it alone.
  • 0.1: I Sharma to D Elgar, Starts with a good length ball outside off, Elgar defends this out off the front foot.
India 502/7
India Batting R Ashwin , 1(17)R Jadeja , 30(46)
South AfricaD Piedt , 19-1-107-1
  • 135.6: D Piedt to R Ashwin, Flatter delivery on middle, Ashwin pushes this to short mid-wicket for nothing. INDIA HAVE DECLARED WITH THE SCORE OF 502/7.
  • 135.5: D Piedt to Ashwin, Flighted ball on middle keeping a little low, Ashwin gets his bat down in time and flicks it to the leg side.
  • 135.4: D Piedt to Ashwin, Flighted ball on middle, Ashwin comes down the track and defends this back to the bowler.
  • 135.3: D Piedt to Jadeja, Short ball outside off, Jadeja punches this towards the cover region for a single.
  • 135.2: D Piedt to Ashwin, Flighted ball on middle, Ashwin pushes this towards long on for a single. He is finally off the mark on the fourtheenth ball.
  • 135.1: D Piedt to Jadeja, Short ball outside off, Jadeja cuts it towards the cover region for a single and that brings up the 500 for India.
India 499/7
India Batting R Ashwin , 0(13)R Jadeja , 28(44)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 55-6-189-3
  • 134.6: K Maharaj to Ashwin, Loopy ball on off, Ashwin pushes it to the off side for another dot ball. Ashwin looks in no hurry here.
  • 134.5: K Maharaj to Ashwin, Short ball outside off keeping a little low, Ashwin looks to cut but fails to put any bat on it.
  • 134.4: K Maharaj to Ashwin, Another full delivery on off, Ashwin pushes it to covers again. He has faced 11 balls and is yet to get off the mark.
  • 134.3: K Maharaj to R Ashwin, Full delivery around off, Ashwin pushes this to the cover fielder.
  • 134.2: K Maharaj to Jadeja, Short ball outside off, Jadeja rocks back and cuts this towards the point region for a single.
  • 134.1: K Maharaj to Jadeja, Short ball outside off, Jadeja guides this to third man but refuses to take the single.
India 498/7
India Batting R Ashwin , 0(9)R Jadeja , 27(42)
South AfricaD Piedt , 18-1-104-1
  • 133.6: D Piedt to Ashwin, Full and floated on middle and leg, Ashwin pushes this towards mid on.
  • 133.5: D Piedt to Jadeja, Jadeja punches this one off the back foot towards point and takes a single.
  • 133.4: D Piedt to Jadeja, Another one on the pads, Jadeja flicks this one through square leg for a couple.
  • 133.3: D Piedt to Jadeja, On the pads, Jadeja looks to flick but misses and is hit on the pads.
  • 133.2: D Piedt to Jadeja, BEATEN BY A BEAUTY! Full and tossed up on off, it pitches and spins away from Jadeja. He looks to block it but misses the line of the delivery.
  • 133.1: D Piedt to Jadeja, Flat and on off, the ball keeps low after pitching. Jadeja looks to cut but due to the low bounce he completely misses it.
India 495/7
India Batting R Ashwin , 0(8)R Jadeja , 24(37)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 54-6-188-3
  • 132.6: K Maharaj to Ashwin, Another flighted ball on middle, Ravichandran blocks it out.
  • 132.5: K Maharaj to Ashwin, Flighted delivery on middle, Ashwin defends this off the front foot.
  • 132.4: K Maharaj to Ashwin, Full delivery on middle, Ashwin flicks it to square leg and comes out to take a single. Jadeja obliges but is sent back. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. Jadeja was well in though.
  • 132.3: K Maharaj to Ashwin, BEATEN! Good ball from Maharaj! Flighted ball outside off spinning away from the batsman, Ashwin looks to defend but fails to put any bat on it due to the spin on it.
  • 132.2: K Maharaj to Ashwin, Full delivery outside off, Ashwin pushes this to cover.
  • 132.1: K Maharaj to Jadeja, Short delivery outside off, Jadeja guides it to third man and takes a single.
India 494/7
India Batting R Ashwin , 0(3)R Jadeja , 23(36)
South AfricaD Piedt , 17-1-101-1
  • 131.6: D Piedt to Ashwin, Flatter delivery on middle, Ashwin flicks it towards mid-wicket.
  • 131.5: D Piedt to Ashwin, Full delivery outside off, Ashwin blocks it out off his front foot towards the off side.
  • 131.4: D Piedt to Ashwin, Full delivery on middle, Ashwin defends this back to the bowler.
  • 131.3: D Piedt to Saha, OUT! CAUGHT! Saha misses out on this one! It is a rank long hop from Piedt, Saha rocks back and pulls it. He does not time it well. The ball goes straight to Muthusamy at deep mid-wicket. Saha usually does not play this kind of shot but the situation demanded it for him to do so.
  • 131.2: D Piedt to W Saha, EDGED AND FOUR! Flighted delivery on middle, Saha looks to flick it to square leg but it goes off the back of his bat and rolls towards the third man fence for a boundary.
  • 131.1: D Piedt to Jadeja, Flat delivery on middle, Jadeja plays it to cover-point and takes a single.
India 489/6
India Batting R Jadeja , 22(35)W Saha , 17(14)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 53-6-187-3
  • 130.6: K Maharaj to Jadeja, Short ball outside off, Jadeja cuts it towards backward point for a single.
  • 130.5: K Maharaj to Jadeja, Flatter delivery outside off, Jadeja looks to cut but gets a bottom edge towards first slip who collects it on the bounce.
  • 130.4: K Maharaj to Saha, Flatter delivery around off, Saha punches this to the cover region for a single.
  • 130.3: K Maharaj to Saha, Flighted delivery on off, Saha defends it off the front foot towards the off side.
  • 130.2: K Maharaj to Saha, FOUR! Nice shot from Saha! Flighted ball on middle, Saha connects with his sweep this time and plays it towards the deep mid-wicket region for a boundary.
  • 130.1: K Maharaj to Saha, Flighted delivery on middle and leg, Wriddhiman looks to sweep but misses and gets hit on the pads.
India 483/6
India Batting R Jadeja , 21(33)W Saha , 12(10)
South AfricaD Piedt , 16-1-96-0
  • 129.6: D Piedt to Jadeja, Loopy ball on middle, Jadeja defends this off the front foot.
  • 129.5: D Piedt to Jadeja, Flighted delivery on the pads, Jadeja looks to flick but misses. It goes on to hit the pads. No appeal this time.
  • 129.4: D Piedt to Saha, Full delivery outside off, Saha plays a late cut towards the third man region for a couple. Before the ball reaches the ropes, the fielder makes a sliding stop.
  • 129.3: D Piedt to Saha, Short ball on middle and leg, Saha attempts to pull it but gets hit on the pads. The Proteas appeal but nothing from the umpire. They think of a review but decide against it.
  • 129.2: D Piedt to Jadeja, Flat delivery around off, Jadeja punches this to the deep cover region and takes a single.
  • 129.1: D Piedt to Saha, Flat delivery on off, Saha flicks it towards square leg and takes another single.
India 478/6
India Batting R Jadeja , 20(30)W Saha , 8(7)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 52-6-181-3
  • 128.6: K Maharaj to Jadeja, Flatter delivery on middle, Jadeja flicks it towards the leg side for a single. 12 runs have come off the over.
  • 128.5: K Maharaj to Jadeja, 4 BYES! Some flight and turn here for Maharaj! Bowls a flighted delivery on middle and leg which spun a little. Jadeja looks to flick but misses. It misses de Kock as well and the ball rolls towards the fine leg fence.
  • 128.4: K Maharaj to Jadeja, Flighted delivery around off, Jadeja attempts a reverse sweep but it goes off his pads towards first slip where he makes a diving stop.
  • 128.3: K Maharaj to Jadeja, SIX! Magnificent shot! Jadeja comes down the track to this flighted ball on middle and lofts this handsomely over the deep mid-wicket fence for a huge maximum. That ball has gone deep into the stands.
  • 128.2: K Maharaj to Jadeja, Short ball on middle, Jadeja defends this back to the bowler off the back foot.
  • 128.1: K Maharaj to R Jadeja, Full delivery outside off, Jadeja drives this to the wide long off region for a couple. The fielder there misfields allowing the batsman an easy two.
India 466/6
India Batting W Saha , 8(7)R Jadeja , 12(24)
South AfricaV Philander , 22-4-68-1
  • 127.6: V Philander to Saha, On a length outside off, Saha pushes it to covers off his back foot.
  • 127.5: V Philander to Saha, FOUR! Nicely played from Saha! Good length delivery outside off, Saha guides this towards the third man region for another boundary.
  • 127.4: V Philander to Saha, Good length delivery on off, Saha defends this off the front foot towards the off side.
  • 127.3: V Philander to Saha, EDGED AND FOUR! Good length delivery outside off, Saha is off the mark with an outside edge, which goes past the slip cordon and into the third man fence.
  • 127.2: V Philander to Saha, Good length delivery outside off, Saha attempts to cut but misses it completely.
  • 127.1: V Philander to Jadeja, Good length delivery outside off, Jadeja guides this to backward point region for a single.
India 457/6
India Batting W Saha , 0(2)R Jadeja , 11(23)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 51-6-173-3
  • 126.6: K Maharaj to Saha, Another one on middle and off, Saha defends it. A successful over for South Africa comes to an end.
  • 126.5: K Maharaj to Saha, Floated on middle and off, Saha blocks it out.
  • 126.4: K Maharaj to Vihari, OUT! CAUGHT! Dean Elgar takes the catch at long off and Vihari has to walk back to the pavilion. This one is floated on the off pole line, it pitches and spins away. Vihari looks to go for an inside-out shot over cover but slices it high in the air past mid off. Elgar jogs some steps back and takes an easy catch. Vihari has to walk back after his very short stay at the crease.
  • 126.3: K Maharaj to Vihari, Full and floated outside off, it pitches and turns away as it beats the outside edge of Vihari's bat.
  • 126.2: K Maharaj to Vihari, NOT OUT! Maharaj bowls a flighted delivery on middle, Vihari comes down the track to defend but misses and gets hit on the pads. The South African players put in an appeal but the umpire is unmoved. Maharaj immediately signals to his captain that he is out and Faf decides to go for the review. The replays roll in and there is no bat involved. Ball Tracker comes in and it is umpire's call on impact. Vihari had come out 3 metres ahead of the stumps and thus, it goes with the umpire's call which was not out. South Africa do not lose the review.
  • 126.1: K Maharaj to R Jadeja, Full delivery on off, Jadeja pushes this to long on and takes a single.
India 456/5
India Batting H Vihari , 10(21)R Jadeja , 10(22)
South AfricaV Philander , 21-4-59-1
  • 125.6: V Philander to Vihari, Full delivery on middle, Vihari pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 125.5: V Philander to Jadeja, Good length delivery outside off, Jadeja pushes this to the cover region and crosses over for a single.
  • 125.4: V Philander to Vihari, Full delivery on middle which kept a little low, Vihari flicks it to square leg for single.
  • 125.3: V Philander to Vihari, On a length on middle, Vihari defends this back to the bowler.
  • 125.2: V Philander to Vihari, Good length delivery on middle and leg, Vihari flicks it towards mid-wicket for nothing.
  • 125.1: V Philander to Jadeja, Good length ball on off, Jadeja pushes it to the point region and takes a single.
India 453/5
India Batting H Vihari , 9(17)R Jadeja , 8(20)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 50-6-172-2
  • 124.6: K Maharaj to Vihari, Floated ball on middle, Vihari defends it out off his front foot.
  • 124.5: K Maharaj to Jadeja, Full delivery on middle, Jadeja flicks this towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 124.4: K Maharaj to Vihari, Flatter delivery on middle, Vihari flicks it to long on for a single.
  • 124.3: K Maharaj to H Vihari, Loopy ball around off, Vihari drives it towards covers.
  • 124.2: K Maharaj to Jadeja, Flat delivery on off, Jadeja flicks it towards the leg side for a single.
  • 124.1: K Maharaj to Jadeja, Starts with a flighted delivery outside off, Jadeja attempts to defend but gets hit on the pads.
India 450/5
India Batting H Vihari , 8(14)R Jadeja , 6(17)
South AfricaD Piedt , 15-1-91-0
  • 123.6: D Piedt to Vihari, On the pads of Vihari, he flicks it towards the leg side but straight to the man. AND THAT WILL BE TEA ON DAY 2!
  • 123.5: D Piedt to Vihari, Vihari comes on the front foot and blocks this one out.
  • 123.4: D Piedt to Vihari, Vihari comes down the track and blocks it out.
  • 123.3: D Piedt to Jadeja, 450 up for India! This one is on the pads, Jadeja tucks this towards square leg and takes a single. The fielder in the deep fumbles, the Indian batters think about the second but opt against it in the end.
  • 123.2: D Piedt to Jadeja, Short of a length outside off, punched off the back foot by Jadeja.
  • 123.1: D Piedt to Vihari, Vihari comes down the track and pushes this one towards long on for a single.
India 448/5
India Batting R Jadeja , 5(15)H Vihari , 7(10)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 49-6-169-2
  • 122.6: K Maharaj to Jadeja, Last ball of the over, Jadeja blocks it out back to the bowler.
  • 122.5: K Maharaj to Jadeja, Good running between the wickets! Good length ball just outside off, Jadeja opens the face of the bat and guides this one towards third man. They take a quick couple.
  • 122.4: K Maharaj to R Jadeja, Darted full and outside off, Jadeja plays this one towards mid on.
  • 122.3: K Maharaj to Jadeja, Another one outside off, Jadeja pads it away again.
  • 122.2: K Maharaj to Jadeja, On middle and off, Jadeja blocks this one out off the front foot.
  • 122.1: K Maharaj to Jadeja, Outside off, left alone by Jadeja as he pads this one away.
India 446/5
India Batting H Vihari , 7(10)R Jadeja , 3(9)
South AfricaD Piedt , 14-1-89-0
  • 121.6: D Piedt to Vihari, Jadeja has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 121.5: D Piedt to Vihari, On the pads of Vihari, he flicks it away.
  • 121.4: D Piedt to H Vihari, EDGED BUT SAFE! Tossed up outside off, Vihari looks to block this one out but gets a thick outside edge on it as the ball goes past du Plessis past first slip. The ball rolls towards third man for a couple.
  • 121.3: D Piedt to Vihari, FOUR! Superb shot by Vihari, looks like a shot from a person who is in good touch. Full and tossed up outside off, Vihari drives this one through the cover region for a boundary.
  • 121.2: D Piedt to Vihari, Floated on middle and off, Hanuma plays it back to the bowler.
  • 121.1: D Piedt to Jadeja, Darted onto the boots of Jadeja, he flicks it towards square leg for a single.
India 439/5
India Batting H Vihari , 1(5)R Jadeja , 2(8)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 48-6-167-2
  • 120.6: K Maharaj to Vihari, Length ball around off, Vihari gets behind the line of the ball to defend.
  • 120.5: K Maharaj to Jadeja, On middle and leg this time, Jadeja pushes it towards long on for a single.
  • 120.4: K Maharaj to Jadeja, On middle this time, Jadeja lunges and blocks.
  • 120.3: K Maharaj to Vihari, Vihari is underway too. A full ball, he pushes it towards mid off and gets a run.
  • 120.2: K Maharaj to Vihari, Flighted ball around off, blocked towards cover by Vihari.
  • 120.1: K Maharaj to Jadeja, Fuller around off, Jadeja pushes it towards long on for a single. He is off the mark with that run.
India 436/5
India Batting H Vihari , 0(2)R Jadeja , 0(5)
South AfricaD Elgar , 1-0-4-1
  • 119.6: D Elgar to Vihari, Floated outside off, Vihari drives this one towards covers.
  • 119.5: D Elgar to Vihari, Vihari defends his first ball by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 119.4: D Elgar to Agarwal, OUT! CAUGHT! Another magnificent innings comes to an end and this time it is Agarwal who departs. This is another full toss, Mayank looks to drag this one from wide outside off towards mid-wicket. He tries to slog sweep this one wide of mid-wicket but fails to do so. Dane Piedt in the deep runs to his right, a bit forward and takes the catch by going down low. The South African players congratulate him as he walks off the pitch. What a moment for the double centurion as he departs for 215. He takes off his helmet as he walks off the ground and soaks in the applause from the crowd.
  • 119.3: D Elgar to Agarwal, FOUR! Full toss outside off, Agarwal accepts the gift and drives this one through the cover region for a boundary.
  • 119.2: D Elgar to M Agarwal, Full and wide outside off, Mayank drives it superbly through the cover region.
  • 119.1: D Elgar to Agarwal, Full and outside off, Mayank looks to dig it out but gets an inside edge on it towards the keeper.
India 432/4
India Batting R Jadeja , 0(5)M Agarwal , 211(367)
South AfricaD Piedt , 13-1-82-0
  • 118.6: D Piedt to Jadeja, Another one on middle and leg, Jadeja blocks it out.
  • 118.5: D Piedt to Jadeja, Jadeja plays that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 118.4: D Piedt to Jadeja, Outside off, left alone by Jadeja.
  • 118.3: D Piedt to Jadeja, Fuller this time, Jadeja pushes this one towards cover.
  • 118.2: D Piedt to Jadeja, Shortish and outside off, Jadeja cuts it towards point.
  • 118.1: D Piedt to Agarwal, On the pads of Mayank, he flicks it towards square leg for a single.
India 431/4
India Batting A Rahane , 15(43)M Agarwal , 210(366)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 47-6-164-2
  • 117.6: K Maharaj to Rahane, OUT! CAUGHT! Rahane departs now! Brilliant captaincy by Faf du Plessis but Rahane shouldn't be falling for that after being such an experienced batsman. The South African skipper put a silly point to make the batsman think. Maharaj floats this one outside off, inviting the batsman to come down the track and Rahane obliges. He comes down the track and tries to loft this one over the man at cover but he fails to do so and hands a simple catch to Temba Bavuma. Another 50-run stand is broken. Rahane's ordinary form at home continues.
  • 117.5: K Maharaj to Rahane, Darted onto the off pole line, Rahane pushes this one towards mid off.
  • 117.4: K Maharaj to Rahane, Tossed up outside off, Rahane pushes this towards the cover region.
  • 117.3: K Maharaj to Rahane, Another one on middle and off, Rahane defends it out.
  • 117.2: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Full and floated outside off, Agarwal does well to push it towards the cover region and takes a single.
  • 117.1: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Mayank blocks this one onto the ground off the front foot.
India 430/3
India Batting A Rahane , 15(39)M Agarwal , 209(364)
South AfricaD Piedt , 12-1-81-0
  • 116.6: D Piedt to Rahane, Outside off, left alone by Rahane. Another expensive over from Piedt.
  • 116.5: D Piedt to Rahane, FOUR! Beautiful shot! Rahane comes down the track, converts this full ball into a full toss and smashes this towards the cover region for a boundary. The boundary brings up the 50-run stand between the two.
  • 116.4: D Piedt to Rahane, Rahane blocks this one by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 116.3: D Piedt to Agarwal, On the pads of Agarwal, he flicks this one off his pads for a single.
  • 116.2: D Piedt to Agarwal, Full on middle and off, Agarwal goes for the sweep but fails to connect as the ball is down the leg side.
  • 116.1: D Piedt to Agarwal, SIX! Another one on middle and off, Agarwal comes down the track and converts this one into a full toss and launches it into the mid-wicket fence for a maximum.
India 419/3
India Batting M Agarwal , 202(361)A Rahane , 11(36)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 46-6-163-1
  • 115.6: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Short and wide outside off, Agarwal cuts it towards deep point and the batters take one. Mayank retains strike.
  • 115.5: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Agarwal shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 115.4: K Maharaj to Rahane, Another one on the pads, Rahane flicks this one off the pads for a single.
  • 115.3: K Maharaj to Rahane, On the pads, flicked towards mid-wicket by Rahane.
  • 115.2: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Full and floated outside off, pushed towards cover for one.
  • 115.1: K Maharaj to Agarwal, 200 FOR MAYANK AGARWAL! What an innings this has been by the new man on the block. Full and floated on off, Agarwal comes down the track, pushes it through mid off for a double. A sensational innings this by him and only he knows what his target will be now.
India 414/3
India Batting A Rahane , 10(34)M Agarwal , 198(357)
South AfricaD Piedt , 11-1-70-0
  • 114.6: D Piedt to Rahane, Last ball of the over, Rahane blocks it out.
  • 114.5: D Piedt to Rahane, Kept low! Tossed up around off, it pitches and stays low. Due to the lack of pace on the surface, Rahane is able to get his bat down in time and defends it out. It goes off the outer half towards third man for a couple.
  • 114.4: D Piedt to Agarwal, On the pads of Agarwal, he tucks this one towards square leg and takes a single. Moves on to 198.
  • 114.3: D Piedt to Agarwal, Pitched on the leg pole line, Agarwal blocks this one out off the back foot.
  • 114.2: D Piedt to Agarwal, Another one, similar line and length. Mayank looks to sweep but does not get the proper connection.
  • 114.1: D Piedt to Agarwal, On the middle and leg pole line, Mayank looks to sweep but it goes off the inner half towards short fine leg.
India 411/3
India Batting A Rahane , 8(32)M Agarwal , 197(353)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 45-5-158-1
  • 113.6: K Maharaj to Rahane, Fuller and on off, Rahane is solid in his defense again. A maiden over this one.
  • 113.5: K Maharaj to Rahane, Outside off this time, Rahane plays it gently towards point.
  • 113.4: K Maharaj to Rahane, Slightly full, Rahane comes forward and defends it out with ease
  • 113.3: K Maharaj to Rahane, Shortish ball around off, Rahane goes on the back foot to block.
  • 113.2: K Maharaj to Rahane, Fuller one this time, Rahane looks to work it down the leg side but gets a leading edge towards point.
  • 113.1: K Maharaj to Rahane, Shortish length ball around off, Rahane taps it towards cover.
India 411/3
India Batting A Rahane , 8(26)M Agarwal , 197(353)
South AfricaD Piedt , 10-1-67-0
  • 112.6: D Piedt to Rahane, Shortish just outside off, Rahane guides this one towards point for a single.
  • 112.5: D Piedt to M Agarwal, An awkward shot this one as Agarwal gets down on one knee and pulls this one towards square leg for a single.
  • 112.4: D Piedt to Agarwal, Agarwal defends this one off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 112.3: D Piedt to Agarwal, Agarwal defends this one by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 112.2: D Piedt to Agarwal, Another one just outside off, Agarwal sweeps this one behind square leg for a couple.
  • 112.1: D Piedt to Agarwal, Full and floated outside off, Agarwal kneels and sweeps this one towards the square leg fielder.
India 407/3
India Batting A Rahane , 7(25)M Agarwal , 194(348)
South AfricaS Muthusamy , 15-1-63-1
  • 111.6: S Muthusamy to Rahane, Ajinkya shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 111.5: S Muthusamy to Rahane, Rahane opens the face of the bat and guides it towards third man.
  • 111.4: S Muthusamy to Rahane, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 111.3: S Muthusamy to Rahane, Outside off, left alone by Ajinkya.
  • 111.2: S Muthusamy to Rahane, Good length ball outside off, cut towards point.
  • 111.1: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, Agarwal has punched the ball off the back foot. The batters take a single.
India 406/3
India Batting A Rahane , 7(20)M Agarwal , 193(347)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 44-5-158-1
  • 110.6: K Maharaj to Rahane, Rahane has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 110.5: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Works it to cover-point for a single.
  • 110.4: K Maharaj to Agarwal, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 110.3: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Tossed up outside off, Agarwal plays it to point.
  • 110.2: K Maharaj to Agarwal, SIX! Tossed up on middle and off, Mayank charges down the track and launches it over the head of the bowler for a maximum. Moves to the 190s.
  • 110.1: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Tossed on off. Agarwal defends.
India 399/3
India Batting Mayank Agarwal , 186(342)Ajinkya Rahane , 7(19)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 44-5-156-1
  • 109.6: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, Good length just outside off, Agarwal guides this one towards point for a single.
  • 109.5: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman.
  • 109.4: S Muthusamy to M Agarwal, Another one tossed up outside off, Agarwal drives this through the covers.
  • 109.3: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, Tossed up outside off, Agarwal pushes this towards cover.
  • 109.2: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, Full and floated outside off, Agarwal tries to cut it but it goes off the inner half onto the pitch.
  • 109.1: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, FOUR! Short of a length ball on middle and leg, it stays a bit low. Agarwal maneuvers as he swivels and pulls this one through square leg for a boundary.
India 394/3
India Batting A Rahane , 7(19)M Agarwal , 181(336)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 43-4-151-1
  • 108.6: K Maharaj to Rahane, Front foot block yet again.
  • 108.5: K Maharaj to Rahane, Floats it outside off, and it turns in sharply, Rahane goes on the back foot and blocks.
  • 108.4: K Maharaj to Rahane, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 108.3: K Maharaj to Rahane, Covers the line of the ball and defends.
  • 108.2: K Maharaj to Rahane, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 108.1: K Maharaj to A Rahane, Drives the ball off the front foot to mid off.
India 394/3
India Batting M Agarwal , 181(336)A Rahane , 7(13)
South AfricaS Muthusamy , 13-1-57-1
  • 107.6: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, Mayank has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 107.5: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 107.4: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, FOUR! Agarwal must have had his heart in his mouth for a moment but he has just gone over Bavuma. Full and floated outside off, Agarwal looks to go over the cover fielder but does not get the right elevation.
  • 107.3: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, Full and floated outside off, Agarwal pushes this one towards cover.
  • 107.2: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, Full and floated on middle and leg, Agarwal blocks it out.
  • 107.1: S Muthusamy to Rahane, Darted outside off, Rahane cuts it towards deep point for a single.
India 389/3
India Batting A Rahane , 6(12)M Agarwal , 177(331)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 42-4-151-1
  • 106.6: K Maharaj to Rahane, Overthrow lets to a single! On middle and leg, Rahane flicks it to square leg and denies a single. The fielder fires in a throw at the keeper's end but de Kock fails to collect and concedes a single.
  • 106.5: K Maharaj to Rahane, Defends it off the front foot.
  • 106.4: K Maharaj to Rahane, Gets in the line of the ball and defends.
  • 106.3: K Maharaj to M Agarwal, Darts it outside off, Agarwal goes on the back foot and cuts it to deep point for one.
  • 106.2: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 106.1: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Floats it outside off, Agarwal plays it back.
India 387/3
India Batting M Agarwal , 176(328)A Rahane , 5(9)
South AfricaS Muthusamy , 12-1-52-1
  • 105.6: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, Agarwal pushes this floated one outside off towards cover for a single.
  • 105.5: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, Another one just outside off, Agarwal guides it towards third man.
  • 105.4: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, Mayank has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 105.3: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, Mayank defends it from within the crease.
  • 105.2: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, Shortish outside off, Agarwal guides it towards backward point.
  • 105.1: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, Floated outside off, blocked towards the off side.
India 386/3
India Batting A Rahane , 5(9)M Agarwal , 175(322)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 41-4-149-1
  • 104.6: K Maharaj to Rahane, Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 104.5: K Maharaj to Rahane, Rahane has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 104.4: K Maharaj to Rahane, Full on middle Rahane drives it to mid on.
  • 104.3: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Tossed up outside off, Agarwal sweeps well towards deep fine leg for three.
  • 104.2: K Maharaj to Rahane, Tossed up outside off, Rahane goes onto the back foot to poke it through the off side for one.
  • 104.1: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Shortish ball outside off, cut to deep point for one.
India 381/3
India Batting A Rahane , 4(5)M Agarwal , 171(320)
South AfricaS Muthusamy , 11-1-51-1
  • 103.6: S Muthusamy to Rahane, Defended off the front foot by Rahane presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 103.5: S Muthusamy to Rahane, FOUR! Shortish ball outside off, Rahane plays the square cut and gets off the mark with a boundary. Pressure released!
  • 103.4: S Muthusamy to A Rahane, Close call again! Muthusamy bowls this one on middle and leg, it turns away from Rahane after angling in. Rahane gets his bat down just in time as the ball goes off the inner half of his bat towards the leg side.
  • 103.3: S Muthusamy to Rahane, Rahane shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 103.2: S Muthusamy to Rahane, Floated on middle and off, Rahane blocks this one off the front foot.
  • 103.1: Muthusamy to Kohli, OUT! CAUGHT AND BOWLED! What happened on that ball? It just hit the deck and paused for a lifetime! Muthusamy gets his first Test scalp and it is the big man, Indian skipper Virat Kohli! Kohli is in disbelief as he sees Muthusamy take the easiest of catches that he will get in his life. Muthusamy bowls this one short and on middle and off, Kohli looks to tuck this one towards the leg side but is early into the shot due to the ball sticking onto the surface. It takes the leading edge of Kohli's bat and goes straight back towards Muthusamy who takes a dolly. He gets the wicket of the Indian skipper and the budding partnership has been broken.
India 377/2
India Batting M Agarwal , 171(320)V Kohli , 20(39)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 40-4-144-1
  • 102.6: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Plays on the up to mid off.
  • 102.5: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Tossed up outside off, MA drives and the cover fielder dives to his right to save the ball.
  • 102.4: K Maharaj to Agarwal, SIX! 50 partnership for Agarwal and Kohli! Floated on middle and off, Agarwal clears his front leg and launches this one down the ground, over the bowler's head for a maximum.
  • 102.3: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Camps on the back foot and plays it to the off side.
  • 102.2: K Maharaj to Agarwal, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 102.1: K Maharaj to Agarwal, FOUR! Tossed up invitingly outside off, Mayank came on the front foot to launch it for a boundary over covers.
India 367/2
India Batting V Kohli , 20(39)M Agarwal , 161(314)
South AfricaS Muthusamy , 10-1-47-0
  • 101.6: S Muthusamy to Kohli, Virat has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 101.5: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, Another shortish ball, Agarwal pushes this towards deep cover for a single.
  • 101.4: S Muthusamy to V Kohli, Full and floated on off, Kohli pushes this one towards mid on for a single.
  • 101.3: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, Shortish outside off, Mayank plays the square cut for a single.
  • 101.2: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, Length ball outside off, helped towards point by Mayank.
  • 101.1: S Muthusamy to M Agarwal, Full and floated outside off, Agarwal pushes this through the cover region for a couple.
India 362/2
India Batting V Kohli , 19(37)M Agarwal , 157(310)
South AfricaK Rabada , 24-7-66-0
  • 100.6: K Rabada to Kohli, FOUR! Kohli special! Fullish length outside off, VK steps forward and plays a classy cover drive for a boundary.
  • 100.5: K Rabada to Kohli, Gets in the line of the ball and defends it.
  • 100.4: K Rabada to Kohli, Played off the front foot towards point.
  • 100.3: K Rabada to Kohli, On the pads this time, flicked straight to mid-wicket.
  • 100.2: K Rabada to Kohli, Brilliant piece of fielding! Short around the ribs, Kohli pulls it and the fielder at mid-wicket dives at full length to save the ball.
  • 100.1: K Rabada to Kohli, Full outside off, Kohli defends.
India 358/2
India Batting M Agarwal , 157(310)V Kohli , 15(31)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 39-4-134-1
  • 99.6: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Full on middle and leg, pushed towards mid on.
  • 99.5: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Agarwal comes onto the front foot and dabs it onto the ground.
  • 99.4: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Short of a length just outside off, Agarwal opens the face of the bat and guides it towards backward point.
  • 99.3: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Defended off the front foot by Mayank presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 99.2: K Maharaj to Agarwal, FOUR! Maharaj bowls this one down the leg side, Agarwal plays the paddle sweep and the ball races towards the fine leg boundary.
  • 99.1: K Maharaj to Agarwal, On middle and off, Mayank defends it out.
India 354/2
India Batting V Kohli , 15(31)M Agarwal , 153(304)
South AfricaK Rabada , 23-7-62-0
  • 98.6: K Rabada to Kohli, Strays on the pads, worked to mid-wicket. Dot ball.
  • 98.5: K Rabada to V Kohli, Back of a length ball around off, Kohli comes on the front foot to defend. The ball goes off the inside edge and hit the top of his front pad.
  • 98.4: K Rabada to Kohli, On a good length outside off, Kohli comes on the front foot and blocks it.
  • 98.3: K Rabada to Kohli, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 98.2: K Rabada to M Agarwal, Works it through the covers for a single.
  • 98.1: K Rabada to Agarwal, Back of a length ball, Agarwal defends with a flat bat.
India 353/2
India Batting M Agarwal , 152(302)V Kohli , 15(27)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 38-4-130-1
  • 97.6: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Good length ball on middle and off, Agarwal plays it towards point and takes a single.
  • 97.5: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Floated on the pads, Agarwal looks to paddle sweep this one but misses to get hit on the gloves. The ball rolls towards the off side. The fielding side are asking the question but the umpire shows no interest in it.
  • 97.4: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 97.3: K Maharaj to Agarwal, BEATEN! Maharaj tosses this one up just outside off. Agarwal looks to go for the drive but misses the ball completely.
  • 97.2: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Darted into the off pole, Mayank blocks it out.
  • 97.1: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Floated outside off, pushed towards the cover fielder.
India 352/2
India Batting Virat Kohli , 15(27)Mayank Agarwal , 151(296)
South AfricaK Rabada , 22-7-62-0
  • 96.6: K Rabada to Kohli, Defends the ball to the cover region.
  • 96.5: K Rabada to Agarwal, Good length outside off, Agarwal plays it towards the off side for a single.
  • 96.4: K Rabada to Agarwal, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman.
  • 96.3: K Rabada to Agarwal, FOUR! 150 UP FOR MAYANK AGARWAL and he is playing a gem of a knock here! Sprays this one on to the pads and Agarwal gleefully accepts the gift as he flicks it to the fine leg boundary to bring up his 150. Will he score a double ton? That will be the aim in his mind at least!
  • 96.2: K Rabada to Agarwal, Similar length outside off, tried to play it to the covers but the ball went off the inside edge.
  • 96.1: K Rabada to Agarwal, Good length ball on off. Agarwal defends.
India 347/2
India Batting M Agarwal , 146(291)V Kohli , 15(26)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 37-4-129-1
  • 95.6: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Another one flighted and on off, Agarwal pushes this towards cover and takes a single. Retains strike for the next over.
  • 95.5: K Maharaj to Agarwal, This one is flighted outside off, Agarwal powerfully drives this towards the cover region for a boundary.
  • 95.4: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Floated on middle and off, Agarwal defends it.
  • 95.3: K Maharaj to Kohli, This time Kohli pushes this down to long off for a single.
  • 95.2: K Maharaj to Kohli, FOUR! Typical Kohli! Full and floated on the middle and off pole, Kohli maneuvers and flicks this one through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 95.1: K Maharaj to Kohli, Tossed up on middle and leg, pushed towards mid on.
India 341/2
India Batting M Agarwal , 145(288)V Kohli , 10(23)
South AfricaV Philander , 20-4-56-1
  • 94.6: V Philander to Agarwal, Camps on the back foot and pushes the ball to mid-wicket.
  • 94.5: V Philander to Agarwal, The batsman has pushed it to the cover region.
  • 94.4: V Philander to Agarwal, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 94.3: V Philander to Kohli, Good length ball, outside off. Pushed towards cover-point for a single.
  • 94.2: V Philander to Kohli, Full on middle and off, plays it off the front foot to point.
  • 94.1: V Philander to Kohli, Played off the front foot towards the covers.
India 340/2
India Batting V Kohli , 9(20)M Agarwal , 145(285)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 36-4-123-1
  • 93.6: K Maharaj to Kohli, Shortish this one, just outside off. Virat guides this one towards point and takes a single to retain strike.
  • 93.5: K Maharaj to Kohli, Virat defends this one by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 93.4: K Maharaj to Kohli, Kohli shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 93.3: K Maharaj to Kohli, Tossed up on off, blocked out by Kohli.
  • 93.2: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Full and floated on off, Agarwal drives this one through the cover region superbly but gets just one.
  • 93.1: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Darted just outside the off pole, Agarwal blocks it out.
India 338/2
India Batting V Kohli , 8(16)M Agarwal , 144(283)
South AfricaV Philander , 19-4-55-1
  • 92.6: V Philander to Kohli, An action replay of the previous delivery.
  • 92.5: V Philander to V Kohli, Kohli comes on the front foot and drives it straight to the cover fielder.
  • 92.4: V Philander to Agarwal, Good length outside off, Agarwal commits on the front foot and plays the ball through the covers for a single.
  • 92.3: V Philander to Agarwal, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 92.2: V Philander to Agarwal, Pushed to the cover region by Agarwal.
  • 92.1: V Philander to Agarwal, Good length outside off, Agarwal plays it with soft hands and next to himself. Thereafter, stops the ball bouncing around his feet with his bat.
India 337/2
India Batting V Kohli , 8(14)M Agarwal , 143(279)
South AfricaK Rabada , 21-7-56-0
  • 91.6: K Rabada to Kohli, On the pads, Kohli tucks this one towards square leg for a single.
  • 91.5: K Rabada to Kohli, FOUR! Beautiful shot! Short of a length ball on the leg pole line, Kohli swivels and pulls this through backward square leg for a boundary.
  • 91.4: K Rabada to Kohli, Good length ball on middle and off, blocked out by VK.
  • 91.3: K Rabada to M Agarwal, Length ball angling into the batsman, Agarwal looks to block but it goes off the inner half behind square leg for a single.
  • 91.2: K Rabada to Agarwal, Fullish outside off, pushed towards point.
  • 91.1: K Rabada to Agarwal, Good length ball outside off, Mayank blocks it out towards the off side.
India 332/2
India Batting V Kohli , 4(11)M Agarwal , 142(276)
South AfricaV Philander , 18-4-54-1
  • 90.6: V Philander to Kohli, Good length ball outside off, Kohli pushes it towards point.
  • 90.5: V Philander to Kohli, Defended off the front foot by Virat presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 90.4: V Philander to Kohli, On the pads of Kohli, he flicks it towards the man at mid-wicket. He sets off at the start but then gets back into his crease. The fielder has a shy at the stumps and hits. The ball goes towards cover, Kohli tries to sneak in an overthrow but slips midway and has to return.
  • 90.3: V Philander to Kohli, Length ball just outside off, Kohli blocks it out towards the off side.
  • 90.2: V Philander to Kohli, This time Kohli defends it well by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 90.1: V Philander to V Kohli, FOUR! King Kohli on song now! This one is fuller and just outside the off pole line, Kohli gets on the front foot and creams this one through mid off for his first boundary of the innings.
India 328/2
India Batting M Agarwal , 142(276)V Kohli , 0(5)
South AfricaK Rabada , 20-7-51-0
  • 89.6: K Rabada to Agarwal, FOUR! One slightly bad ball and Agarwal pounces! Full and wide outside off, Agarwal just leans into the drive and caresses it through covers for a boundary.
  • 89.5: K Rabada to Agarwal, Another one on the good length area, Mayank pushes it back to Rabada.
  • 89.4: K Rabada to Agarwal, Good length ball on middle and off, Mayank blocks it out.
  • 89.3: K Rabada to Agarwal, This time on middle and leg, Agarwal pushes this towards mid on.
  • 89.2: K Rabada to Agarwal, Fullish ball on middle and off, defended well by Agarwal.
  • 89.1: K Rabada to Agarwal, On the pads, Agarwal flicks this one towards the man at mid-wicket.
India 324/2
India Batting V Kohli , 0(5)M Agarwal , 138(270)
South AfricaV Philander , 17-3-50-1
  • 88.6: V Philander to Kohli, Length ball just outside off, Kohli pushes this one towards point.
  • 88.5: V Philander to Kohli, Good length ball outside off, pushed towards extra cover.
  • 88.4: V Philander to Kohli, Fullish this time just outside off, Kohli pushes this towards mid off.
  • 88.3: V Philander to Kohli, Kohli shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 88.2: V Philander to Kohli, Full ball just outside, pushed to cover by Kohli.
  • 88.1: Philander to C Pujara, OUT! TIMBER! WHAT A START! What a start to the second session by Vernon Philander and the off stump has gone for a spin! Philander pitches this one on the middle and off pole line. It nips away after pitching, beating the outside edge of Pujara's bat and hits the top of off pole as the stump goes cartwheeling. Philander has struck right after the Lunch break and Pujara walks back to the pavilion after scoring just 6 runs. This is the 23rd time that Pujara has been bowled in Test matches. A way back for the Proteas?
India 324/1
India Batting M Agarwal , 138(270)C Pujara , 6(16)
South AfricaK Rabada , 19-6-47-0
  • 87.6: K Rabada to Agarwal, Good length ball on middle and off, Agarwal blocks it out. And that will be LUNCH ON DAY 2!
  • 87.5: K Rabada to Agarwal, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 87.4: K Rabada to Agarwal, Good length ball outside off, Agarwal guides this one towards point.
  • 87.3: K Rabada to Agarwal, Bouncer on the leg pole line by Rabada, Agarwal does well to duck under it.
  • 87.2: K Rabada to M Agarwal, Good length ball outside off, Agarwal looks to defend it but gets a thick outside edge on it. The ball goes towards Faf du Plessis at second slip but falls short of him. It hits him on the shins and that looks like it might have bruised him a bit.
  • 87.1: K Rabada to Agarwal, On the pads of Agarwal, he flicks it towards the man at mid-wicket.
India 324/1
India Batting C Pujara , 6(16)M Agarwal , 138(264)
South AfricaV Philander , 16-3-50-0
  • 86.6: V Philander to Pujara, BEATEN! Length ball outside off, it pitches and has some movement on it. Pujara tries to fend at it but is beaten.
  • 86.5: V Philander to Pujara, On the pads, Pujara tucks this one towards the man at mid-wicket.
  • 86.4: V Philander to Pujara, Length ball outside off, Pujara leaves it alone.
  • 86.3: V Philander to Pujara, Length ball outside off, Pujara initially looks to play at it but pulls out at the last possible moment.
  • 86.2: V Philander to Agarwal, Good length ball outside off, Pujara opens the face of the bat and guides this one towards point for a single. First run after 15 balls. A rare sight in this Test match.
  • 86.1: V Philander to Agarwal, Fullish and outside off, Agarwal pushes this one towards cover but straight to the man.
India 323/1
India Batting C Pujara , 6(12)M Agarwal , 137(262)
South AfricaK Rabada , 18-5-47-0
  • 85.6: K Rabada to Pujara, Good length ball on middle and off, Pujara blocks it out. Back to back maidens for the South Africans.
  • 85.5: K Rabada to Pujara, Outside off, left alone by Pujara.
  • 85.4: K Rabada to Pujara, Good length ball on middle and off, Pujara drives this one straight down the ground. It hits the stumps on the non-striker's end and the ball is stopped.
  • 85.3: K Rabada to Pujara, Length ball outside off, Pujara leaves it alone again.
  • 85.2: K Rabada to Pujara, Angling into the batter this time, Pujara does well to block it out.
  • 85.1: K Rabada to Pujara, Length ball outside off by Rabada, Pujara does not fiddle with it.
India 323/1
India Batting M Agarwal , 137(262)C Pujara , 6(6)
South AfricaV Philander , 15-2-49-0
  • 84.6: V Philander to Agarwal, Length ball outside off, left alone by Agarwal. Not the start that Philander would have wanted after taking the second new ball.
  • 84.5: V Philander to Agarwal, On the pads, Agarwal tries to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. It rolls behind and is collected by Quinton de Kock.
  • 84.4: V Philander to Agarwal, Another good length ball outside off, left alone by the batter.
  • 84.3: V Philander to Agarwal, Length ball outside off, left alone by Agarwal.
  • 84.2: V Philander to Agarwal, Full and outside off, Agarwal pushes this one towards extra cover.
  • 84.1: V Philander to Agarwal, Full and on the leg pole, Agarwal pushes this one towards mid on.
India 323/1
India Batting C Pujara , 6(6)M Agarwal , 137(256)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 35-4-121-1
  • 83.6: K Maharaj to Pujara, Outside off, Pujara lets this one be and de Kock behind the wickets collects it. 6 off the over.
  • 83.5: K Maharaj to Pujara, Floated on middle and off, Pujara prods forward and blocks it out.
  • 83.4: K Maharaj to Pujara, Shortish on the leg pole line, Cheteshwar pulls this one towards fine leg and takes a couple as the fielder in the deep mops it up.
  • 83.3: K Maharaj to Pujara, Shortish this time, Pujara cuts it towards the man at point.
  • 83.2: K Maharaj to Pujara, Floated outside off, Pujara blocks this one out.
  • 83.1: K Maharaj to C Pujara, FOUR! Floated on middle and off, Pujara just drives this nonchalantly through covers off his first ball for a boundary. Off the mark in style!
India 317/1
India Batting M Agarwal , 137(256)C Pujara , 0(0)
South AfricaS Muthusamy , 9-0-42-0
  • 82.6: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, Loopy ball on off, Agarwal lunges forward and defends this off the front foot towards cover.
  • 82.5: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, Floated ball on off, Agarwal defends this off the front foot.
  • 82.4: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, Flighted delivery on middle, Mayank blocks it out.
  • 82.3: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 82.2: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, Full delivery on off, Agarwal defends this off the front foot.
  • 82.1: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, Flighted delivery on off, Agarwal defends this to point. Pujara wanted a run there but is sent back by Agarwal. Last thing you want is to get run out without facing a ball after sitting out for a long period of time.
India 317/1
India Batting R Sharma , 176(244)M Agarwal , 137(250)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 34-4-115-1
  • 81.6: K Maharaj to Sharma, OUT! STUMPED! Finally a wicket for the Proteas and the Hitman has to return to the pavilion. A wonderful innings by him comes to an end with him being dismissed just one short of his best Test score. Maharaj floats this one just outside the off pole line, Rohit looks to prod forward and block it out but the ball spins away and Sharma misses it completely. He loses his balance and his foot is dragged out of the crease as Quinton de Kock dislodges the bails from behind. The square leg umpire raises his finger and Sharma has to walk back. The South African players go up and congratulate him on his great innings as he is dismissed on 176. The massive 317-run partnership comes to an end. It has given very little chance for South Africa to make a comeback into the game.
  • 81.5: K Maharaj to Sharma, FOUR! Rohit Sharma has taken the risk and lofted it over the covers. This time there is much better connection on it and the ball races to the fence. The ball boys in the deep getting some great fielding practice it seems.
  • 81.4: K Maharaj to Sharma, SIX! Sharma charges down the track and tries to loft this one over the cover boundary. He gets it off the outer half of his bat but there is still enough connection on this one to clear Vernon Philander at the long off fence for a maximum. Sharma living dangerously here.
  • 81.3: K Maharaj to Sharma, Sharma prods forward and defends the ball out.
  • 81.2: K Maharaj to Sharma, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 81.1: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Full and floated on off, Agarwal pushes this one towards cover for a single.
India 306/0
India Batting R Sharma , 166(239)M Agarwal , 136(249)
South AfricaS Muthusamy , 8-0-42-0
  • 80.6: S Muthusamy to Sharma, Last ball of the over, defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 80.5: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, On the pads again, Agarwal tucks this one towards deep mid-wicket and gives the strike to Sharma.
  • 80.4: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, Agarwal has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. Sharma wanted the run but Agarwal saw Faf du Plessis rushing onto the ball and sends his partner back. Good communication by the batters.
  • 80.3: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, On the pads of Agarwal, he flicks it towards the leg side.
  • 80.2: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, FOUR! Reverse sweep and this time towards the cover region. Just outside the leg pole line, Agarwal powerfully reverse sweeps it and the ball races to the boundary at cover. Some pounding by the Indian batters here.
  • 80.1: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, On the pads, tucked towards the man at mid-wicket.
  • 80.1: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, WIDE! On the leg side, but is way wide for the batter to make any contact with that.
India 300/0
India Batting R Sharma , 166(238)M Agarwal , 131(244)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 33-4-104-0
  • 79.6: K Maharaj to Sharma, Floated on middle and leg, Sharma pushes this towards mid on.
  • 79.5: K Maharaj to Agarwal, 300 UP FOR INDIA! What a partnership by Sharma and Agarwal as they have just battered the South African bowling lineup. Flighted delivery on off, Mayank drives this towards mid off and takes a single. These two have just taken the game away from South Africa and it will be very difficult for the visitors to make a comeback. Also, this is the third time that the Indian openers have added 300 runs or more.
  • 79.4: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Agarwal has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 79.3: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Floated on middle and off, Agarwal drives this one wristfully towards the man at cover.
  • 79.2: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Floated on off, Agarwal prods forward and pushes it back towards mid off.
  • 79.1: K Maharaj to Agarwal, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
India 299/0
India Batting R Sharma , 166(237)M Agarwal , 130(239)
South AfricaD Piedt , 9-1-63-0
  • 78.6: D Piedt to Sharma, Another one on the pads, Sharma flicks it again towards mid-wicket.
  • 78.5: D Piedt to Sharma, On the pads of Sharma, he flicks it to the man at mid-wicket.
  • 78.4: D Piedt to Sharma, FOUR! Bad bowling by Piedt and South Africa are bowling themselves out of the game. Another one short and down the leg side, Sharma pulls this behind the fine leg fielder and it races to the fence past the fielder in the circle.
  • 78.3: D Piedt to Sharma, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 78.2: D Piedt to Sharma, FOUR! Another freebie to Sharma and he pounces on it! Down the leg side, Sharma just glances it fine on the leg side for a boundary.
  • 78.1: D Piedt to Agarwal, Full and floated on off, Agarwal pushes this one towards mid off and takes a single.
India 290/0
India Batting R Sharma , 158(232)M Agarwal , 129(238)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 32-4-103-0
  • 77.6: K Maharaj to Sharma, Full and floated on off, Sharma drives this one towards covers.
  • 77.5: K Maharaj to Sharma, Floated on middle and off, Sharma defends it out.
  • 77.4: K Maharaj to Sharma, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 77.3: K Maharaj to Sharma, FOUR! Bad bowling by Maharaj! On the pads, Sharma gets down on one knee and sweeps this one through to the fine leg region for a boundary. These are freebies to these two batsmen now with no protection in the deep.
  • 77.2: K Maharaj to R Sharma, Shortish this time, Sharma cuts this one towards point.
  • 77.1: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Floated on off, Agarwal pushes this one towards cover for a single.
India 285/0
India Batting R Sharma , 154(227)M Agarwal , 128(237)
South AfricaD Piedt , 8-1-54-0
  • 76.6: D Piedt to Sharma, On the pads, Sharma glances this towards the man at fine leg.
  • 76.5: D Piedt to Agarwal, On the pads, Agarwal pushes this towards square leg for a single.
  • 76.4: D Piedt to Agarwal, FOUR! Third reverse sweep in the last two overs! Toying with the South African bowlers now the Indian batters. Pitched outside leg, Agarwal goes for the reverse sweep and plays it very fine towards the third man fence.
  • 76.3: D Piedt to Agarwal, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 76.2: D Piedt to Agarwal, SIX! Smashed over mid-wicket now! The Indian batters becoming aggressive now on every opportunity. Tossed up on the leg pole, Agarwal clears his front foot and heaves it over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie.
  • 76.1: D Piedt to Agarwal, Floated on the leg pole, pushed towards mid-wicket.
India 274/0
India Batting R Sharma , 154(226)M Agarwal , 117(232)
South AfricaS Muthusamy , 7-0-36-0
  • 75.6: S Muthusamy to Sharma, FOUR! This time Rohit goes for the reverse sweep and he too gets a boundary. Action replay of Agarwal's shot and the same result as well as the ball crosses the third man fence. Another good over for India as 10 runs came off it.
  • 75.5: S Muthusamy to Sharma, Floated on middle and off, pushed back towards the bowler.
  • 75.4: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, On the pads, Agarwal works it down the leg side for a single.
  • 75.3: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, FOUR! Reverse sweep by Agarwal and beautifully executed! Pitched outside leg, Agarwal gets into position and reverse sweeps this one towards the third man boundary.
  • 75.2: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, Down the leg side, Agarwal leaves it alone.
  • 75.1: S Muthusamy to Sharma, 150 for the Hitman! What a way to grab an opportunity with both hands! This was a shortish ball on the leg side, Sharma pulls this towards square leg for a single. This is the second score of 150+ for Rohit Sharma in Tests.
India 264/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 112(229)R Sharma , 149(223)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 31-4-98-0
  • 74.6: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Flighted delivery on the pads, Mayank pads this one.
  • 74.5: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Full delivery on the pads, Agarwal pads this one. The ball rolls on to the fine leg fence but it is signaled a dead ball as no shot was offered.
  • 74.4: K Maharaj to Sharma, Flatter delivery on middle, Rohit works it towards the leg side for a single.
  • 74.3: K Maharaj to Sharma, Full delivery on middle, Rohit defends this off the front foot.
  • 74.2: K Maharaj to Sharma, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 74.1: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Short delivery on the pads, Mayank rocks back to pull it but gets an inside edge onto the pads and rolls towards the leg side for a single. He would feel that he missed out there as the ball was there to be hit.
India 262/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 111(226)R Sharma , 148(220)
South AfricaS Muthusamy , 6-0-26-0
  • 73.6: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, Full delivery on middle, Agarwal plays a sweep shot towards deep square leg and crosses over for a single.
  • 73.5: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, Flat delivery on middle, Mayank flicks it towards the leg side for nothing.
  • 73.4: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, Flatter delivery on middle, Agarwal defends it off the back foot.
  • 73.3: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, The batsman has offered no stroke to an incoming delivery.
  • 73.2: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, Flighted delivery on middle and leg, Mayank comes down the track and drives this towards the long off region for a couple. The fielder at long off makes a diving stop and stops the ball from reaching the boundary.
  • 73.1: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, Full delivery on the pads, Agarwal pads this one.
India 259/0
India Batting R Sharma , 148(220)M Agarwal , 108(220)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 30-4-96-0
  • 72.6: K Maharaj to Sharma, FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries for Rohit here! Maharaj bowls a full delivery on middle, Rohit plays a sweep shot which goes off the upper half of his bat and towards the square leg region for another boundary.
  • 72.5: K Maharaj to Sharma, FOUR! Excellent shot! Comes down the track does Rohit to this flighted ball on middle and lofts this over the bowler's head for a boundary.
  • 72.4: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Flighted delivery on off, Agarwal defends this off the front foot towards the off side and takes a single.
  • 72.3: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Full delivery on off, Agarwal defends this off the front foot.
  • 72.2: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Full delivery on middle, Mayank flicks this towards the square leg region and gets back for a couple.
  • 72.1: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Full delivery on middle, Agarwal defends it off the front foot.
India 248/0
India Batting R Sharma , 140(218)M Agarwal , 105(216)
South AfricaK Rabada , 17-5-47-0
  • 71.6: K Rabada to Sharma, Full delivery around off, Rohit drives this beautifully but finds the cover fielder.
  • 71.4: K Rabada to Agarwal, Back of a length delivery on off, Agarwal defends this towards the cover region for a single.
  • 71.3: K Rabada to Agarwal, Short ball aimed at the body, Mayank defends it off the back foot towards the leg side.
  • 71.2: K Rabada to Agarwal, Good length ball outside off, Agarwal guides this towards the backward point region for a couple.
  • 71.1: K Rabada to Agarwal, Short ball outside off, Mayank sways away and lets it go to the keeper.
India 245/0
India Batting R Sharma , 140(216)M Agarwal , 102(212)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 29-4-85-0
  • 70.6: K Maharaj to Sharma, Flatter delivery around off, Sharma rocks back and punches this off the back foot past the diving cover fielder for a couple.
  • 70.5: K Maharaj to Sharma, Flighted delivery on middle, Sharma defends this off the back foot.
  • 70.4: K Maharaj to Sharma, Loopy ball outside off, Sharma leaves it alone.
  • 70.3: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Floated ball on off, Mayank attempts to defend but it goes off the inside half of his bat towards square leg for a single.
  • 70.2: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Flighted ball around off, Agarwal defends this off the front foot towards the off side.
  • 70.1: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Full delivery on off, Agarwal defends this off the front foot.
India 242/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 101(209)R Sharma , 138(213)
South AfricaK Rabada , 16-5-44-0
  • 69.6: K Rabada to Agarwal, Single off the last ball of the over and Agarwal keeps strike. Length ball outside off, Agarwal guides it through backward point.
  • 69.5: K Rabada to Agarwal, Outside off, left alone by Agarwal.
  • 69.4: K Rabada to Sharma, Short of a length ball outside off, guides this one towards backward point as he opens the face of the bat. The batters take one.
  • 69.3: K Rabada to Sharma, Length ball on middle and off, cut to the man at point.
  • 69.2: K Rabada to Sharma, on the pads, works this towards the leg side.
  • 69.1: K Rabada to R Sharma, Good length ball on off, pushed towards the man at cover.
India 240/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 100(207)R Sharma , 137(209)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 28-4-82-0
  • 68.6: K Maharaj to Agarwal, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 68.5: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Short delivery on off, Mayank guides this towards cover for a single.
  • 68.4: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Flighted delivery on middle, Agarwal defends this off the front foot.
  • 68.3: K Maharaj to Sharma, Played to the point region by the batsman for a single.
  • 68.2: K Maharaj to Agarwal, CENTURY! Maiden Test ton for Agarwal and he is a delighted man! Flighted delivery around off, Mayank gets an educational edge on this. The ball rolls towards the third man region for a single. Excellent innings this from the opener. Since his debut, he has shown that he belongs to this level.
  • 68.1: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Full delivery on off, Agarwal drives this towards cover where first the short mid off fielder misfields and it rolls towards cover where that fielder also misfields. Mayank wants a single to get to his hundred but is sent back by Rohit.
India 238/0
India Batting R Sharma , 136(208)M Agarwal , 99(202)
South AfricaK Rabada , 15-5-42-0
  • 67.6: K Rabada to Sharma, MISFIELD AND FOUR! On the pads of Rohit, he flicks it towards mid-wicket. The fielder is lazy to get down and lets it through him and the ball reaches the fence. South Africa cannot afford this!
  • 67.5: K Rabada to Sharma, Rohit shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 67.4: K Rabada to Sharma, Length ball on middle and off, Sharma blocks this one out back to the bowler.
  • 67.3: K Rabada to Agarwal, Good length ball on off, Agarwal cuts this one towards point and takes a single. One short of a ton.
  • 67.2: K Rabada to Sharma, Another fuller one outside off, pushed towards cover-point for a single. Agarwal on strike now.
  • 67.1: K Rabada to Sharma, Fuller and outside off, Rohit pushes this straight towards the cover fielder.
India 232/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 98(201)R Sharma , 131(203)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 27-4-80-0
  • 66.6: K Maharaj to Agarwal, FOUR! Beautifully played Flighted delivery outside off, Agarwal guides towards the third man region for a boundary. Mayank just two runs away from reaching his century.
  • 66.5: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 66.4: K Maharaj to Agarwal, On middle, defended it back to bowler.
  • 66.3: K Maharaj to M Agarwal, Flighted delivery on off, Mayank drives this towards covers.
  • 66.2: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 66.1: K Maharaj to M Agarwal, Run out chance missed! Flighted delivery outside off, Mayank pushes it. The fielder there dives to his left and makes a partial stop. It rolls towards Bavuma at deep cover-point, who initially misfields but quickly redeems himself. Mayank calls Rohit for a second but it is very risky. TB throws it to the bowler's end but misses the direct hit. Rohit dives before the bowler could collect the ball and dislodge the bails but he is well in.
India 226/0
India Batting R Sharma , 131(203)M Agarwal , 92(195)
South AfricaK Rabada , 14-5-36-0
  • 65.6: K Rabada to Sharma, Full delivery on middle, Sharma defends but does so uppishly towards mid on. No harm done though.
  • 65.5: K Rabada to Sharma, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 65.4: K Rabada to Sharma, Good length delivery on middle, Rohit defends this off the back foot.
  • 65.3: K Rabada to Agarwal, Fullish delivery on off, Agarwal pushes this towards the deep point region and crosses over for a single.
  • 65.2: K Rabada to Agarwal, Full delivery around off, Agarwal pushes this towards cover.
  • 65.1: K Rabada to Agarwal, Good length ball on off, Agarwal defends it off the front foot towards the off side.
India 225/0
India Batting R Sharma , 131(200)M Agarwal , 91(192)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 26-4-74-0
  • 64.6: K Maharaj to Sharma, Floated ball on middle, Sharma blocks it out.
  • 64.5: K Maharaj to Sharma, Full delivery on middle, Rohit lunges forward and defends it back to the bowler.
  • 64.4: K Maharaj to Sharma, Outside off, left alone by Sharma.
  • 64.3: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Flatter delivery outside off, Agarwal guides it to short third man for a single.
  • 64.2: K Maharaj to Sharma, Another one outside off, this time Sharma pushes it towards extra cover for a single and gets off strike.
  • 64.1: K Maharaj to Sharma, FOUR! Delightful! Shortish and outside off by Maharaj, Rohit goes onto the back foot and cuts it towards third man for a boundary.
India 219/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 90(191)R Sharma , 126(195)
South AfricaV Philander , 14-2-49-0
  • 63.6: V Philander to Agarwal, Good length ball on off, Agarwal defends it off the front foot towards the off side.
  • 63.5: V Philander to Agarwal, On a length on middle, Agarwal blocks it back to the bowler.
  • 63.4: V Philander to Agarwal, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 63.3: V Philander to R Sharma, DROPPED! Rohit survives! Good length ball around off, Sharma looks to defend but gets an outside edge which Quinton fails to hold on to. It deflects off his gloves and rolls towards short third man. Big miss that for the Proteas as that could have been a chance to get back in the game. The batters take a single.
  • 63.2: V Philander to Sharma, FOUR! Beautifully played. Full delivery on the pads, Rohit plays a flick and lofts this over the mid-wicket fielder for a boundary. Rohit plays this shot a lot in ODIs and is continuing in Tests as well.
  • 63.1: V Philander to Sharma, Good length delivery on middle and leg, Sharma flicks it towards mid-wicket for nothing.
India 214/0
India Batting R Sharma , 121(192)M Agarwal , 90(188)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 25-4-68-0
  • 62.6: K Maharaj to R Sharma, Full delivery on middle, Rohit pushes this towards long on and crosses over for a single.
  • 62.5: K Maharaj to Sharma, Full delivery on middle, Rohit blocks it out.
  • 62.4: K Maharaj to Sharma, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 62.3: K Maharaj to Sharma, Floated ball on middle, Rohit defends this off the front foot.
  • 62.2: K Maharaj to Sharma, Full delivery on middle, Rohit defends this off the front foot.
  • 62.1: K Maharaj to Sharma, Flighted delivery outside off, Rohit drives this uppishly towards the cover fielder where it goes on the bounce to Bavuma.
India 213/0
India Batting R Sharma , 120(186)M Agarwal , 90(188)
South AfricaV Philander , 13-2-44-0
  • 61.6: V Philander to Sharma, Good length delivery outside off, Rohit drives this to cover for a single.
  • 61.5: V Philander to Sharma, Good length delivery on middle, Rohit defends this off the back foot towards mid off.
  • 61.4: V Philander to Agarwal, Good length delivery on off, Mayank defends it towards cover and calls Rohit for a quick single. Bavuma has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. Agarwal was well in anyway. Mayank moves into the 90s now with that single.
  • 61.3: V Philander to Agarwal, On a length on middle, Agarwal plays it back to bowler.
  • 61.2: V Philander to Agarwal, Much better from Philander here! Bowls a good length delivery on middle and leg which kept a little low. Mayank does well to get his bat down in time. The ball rolls towards the leg side.
  • 61.1: V Philander to Agarwal, FOUR! Nicely played from Mayank! Good length delivery outside off, Mayank guides this nicely towards the backward point region for a boundary.
India 207/0
India Batting R Sharma , 119(184)M Agarwal , 85(184)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 24-4-67-0
  • 60.6: K Maharaj to Sharma, Flighted delivery on middle and leg, Rohit defends but it goes off the inside half of the bat towards the leg side.
  • 60.5: K Maharaj to Sharma, Floated ball on off, Rohit defends it off the front foot towards the cover region.
  • 60.4: K Maharaj to Sharma, Flatter delivery around off, Rohit pushes it off his back foot towards the off side.
  • 60.3: K Maharaj to Sharma, Loopy ball on middle, Sharma defends it back to the bowler.
  • 60.2: K Maharaj to Sharma, Flighted delivery on off, Rohit defends it off the front foot.
  • 60.1: K Maharaj to M Agarwal, Starts with a full delivery outside off, Mayank drives it towards the cover region for a single. He gets his first run of the day.
India 206/0
India Batting R Sharma , 119(179)M Agarwal , 84(183)
South AfricaV Philander , 12-2-38-0
  • 59.6: V Philander to Sharma, Outside off, left alone by Sharma.
  • 59.5: V Philander to Sharma, BEATEN! Lucky that one for Rohit! It is a good length delivery outside off which kept a little low. Rohit looks to drive but misses it completely. The ball misses the off stump by a whisker.
  • 59.4: V Philander to Sharma, On a length outside off, Rohit drives this to cover for nothing.
  • 59.3: V Philander to Sharma, FOUR! Poor line from Vernon Philander! Bowls a good length delivery on the pads, Rohit flicks it away nicely towards the fine leg region. Maharaj at deep square leg runs in and tries to make a diving stop to his right but fails to do so. First boundary of the day for Rohit and India are underway on Day 2.
  • 59.2: V Philander to Sharma, Starts with a good length delivery on middle and leg, Sharma defends it out off the back foot.
  • 59.1: V Philander to Sharma, Shorter and on middle, this is pushed to mid on.
India 202/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 84(183)R Sharma , 115(173)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 23-4-66-0
  • 58.6: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Another half chance! South Africa need to take these if they are to get back in the game. This is tossed up on off, Mayank lunges and tries to keep it out. The ball hits the higher part of the bat and goes low towards silly point. He fails to get down in time.
  • 58.5: K Maharaj to Agarwal, On the pads, it is worked to mid-wicket.
  • 58.4: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Loopy ball on off, MA strokes it to covers.
  • 58.3: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Flighted ball on middle, Agarwal defends it.
  • 58.2: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Flatter and on middle, it is kept out.
  • 58.1: K Maharaj to Agarwal, FOUR! 200 up. Runs flowing here. This is shorter and outside off, Agarwal waits for it and then guides it past backward point for a boundary.
India 198/0
India Batting R Sharma , 115(173)M Agarwal , 80(177)
South AfricaV Philander , 11-2-34-0
  • 57.6: V Philander to Sharma, FOUR! Too easy, just too easy at the moment for Sharma. This is short and around off, Rohit has all the time in the world to go back and push it through covers for a boundary.
  • 57.5: V Philander to Sharma, Shorter and on off, it is pushed to covers.
  • 57.4: V Philander to R Sharma, FOUR! In the air but that flies past the gully fielder. Shorter and outside off, Rohit slashes at it. It flies off the outside edge towards Markram at gully. He fails to react in time and it goes past him down to the third man fence. Maybe he did not spot it that well. Just not South Africa's day.
  • 57.3: V Philander to R Sharma, This is angled into the batter, Rohit pushes it to mid on.
  • 57.2: V Philander to Sharma, Shorter and on middle, kept out.
  • 57.1: V Philander to Sharma, Fuller and on middle, it is driven straight, mid on runs to his left and stops it.
India 190/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 80(177)R Sharma , 107(167)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 22-4-62-0
  • 56.6: K Maharaj to Agarwal, On middle, blocked.
  • 56.5: K Maharaj to Sharma, Punched off the back foot by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 56.4: K Maharaj to Sharma, Shorter and on middle, Sharma pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 56.3: K Maharaj to Sharma, SIX! Rohit is hitting biggies at will here. 5 so far. This time it is the sweep shot. He hits it nicely and it clears the mid-wicket fence.
  • 56.2: K Maharaj to Sharma, On middle, Rohit lunges forward and keeps it out.
  • 56.1: K Maharaj to M Agarwal, This is eased down to long on for one.
India 182/0
India Batting R Sharma , 100(163)M Agarwal , 79(175)
South AfricaS Muthusamy , 5-0-23-0
  • 55.6: S Muthusamy to Sharma, One more ball on middle, Rohit prods forward and keeps it out.
  • 55.5: S Muthusamy to Sharma, Floats it up on the leg stump, Rohit defends another ball.
  • 55.4: S Muthusamy to Sharma, On middle, kept out.
  • 55.3: S Muthusamy to M Agarwal, Shorter and on the body, Agarwal pulls it through square leg for one.
  • 55.2: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, Floats it up on off, Agarwal creams it past the cover fielder for two.
  • 55.1: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, On the pads, Agarwal pads it away.
India 179/0
India Batting R Sharma , 100(160)M Agarwal , 76(172)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 21-3-54-0
  • 54.6: K Maharaj to Sharma, The arm ball to end, on middle, Rohit keeps it out. Good batting, he is playing for the original trajectory so the balls which turned aren't playing on his mind.
  • 54.5: K Maharaj to Sharma, Shorter and around off, Sharma guides it to point.
  • 54.4: K Maharaj to Sharma, Big turn again! This lands on off again, it pitches and spins a long way away. Rohit's outside edge is beaten by quite some distance.
  • 54.3: K Maharaj to Sharma, On the stumps, it is kept out.
  • 54.2: K Maharaj to Sharma, Bowls it slower again but it is fuller. Rohit keeps it out.
  • 54.1: K Maharaj to Sharma, Turn, big turn. Maybe because Maharaj slows it up here and lands it on off, it pitches and spins away. Rohit looks to defend but is beaten.
India 179/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 76(172)R Sharma , 100(154)
South AfricaS Muthusamy , 4-0-20-0
  • 53.6: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, The last ball is bowled down the leg side, Agarwal lets it be.
  • 53.6: S Muthusamy to Sharma, There it is! 100 for Rohit Sharma. 4th in Tests. What a way to grab the opportunity presented. He was struggling to get into the side, here, he gets a chance as an opener and he responds with a ton. Outstanding knock and the whole stadium is on its feet applauding the effort. He gets to the milestone after cutting the ball through point for one. He would now be eyeing a big one, maybe a double ton. He has three in ODIs, can he get his first in Tests here? Also, the bowler has overstepped so it is no ball too.
  • 53.5: S Muthusamy to Sharma, Flatter and on off, Sharma goes back and pushes it to covers.
  • 53.4: S Muthusamy to Sharma, Flatter and on off, Rohit keeps it out. 2 balls to go in this over to get to his ton.
  • 53.3: S Muthusamy to Sharma, Onto 99 now! This is flatter and on the pads, Rohit works it through mid-wicket and takes two.
  • 53.2: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, Agarwal eases it down to long on and gives the strike to Rohit. The noise level in the stadium goes up as the man on 97 is on strike.
  • 53.1: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, On middle, the batter lunges and keeps it out.
India 174/0
India Batting R Sharma , 97(150)M Agarwal , 75(169)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 20-3-54-0
  • 52.6: K Maharaj to Sharma, Misses out here! This is short and outside off, Sharma plays it late but finds backward point.
  • 52.5: K Maharaj to Sharma, Rohit comes down the track but does not get to the pitch of the ball. He keeps it out.
  • 52.4: K Maharaj to Sharma, On middle, kept out nicely.
  • 52.3: K Maharaj to Sharma, Ohhhh! Rohit had his heart in his mouth for a moment there. KM floats it up on off, it may have stuck in the surface a little. Rohit looks to drive but does so uppishly, it lands just short of short covers.
  • 52.2: K Maharaj to Sharma, FOUR! Deft! Onto 97. Maharaj bowls this one wide outside off, maybe he thought Rohit would come down the track. Sharma though waits for it and then guides it down to the third man fence.
  • 52.1: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Floats it up on off, this is driven through covers for a single.
India 169/0
India Batting R Sharma , 93(145)M Agarwal , 74(168)
South AfricaS Muthusamy , 3-0-15-0
  • 51.6: S Muthusamy to Sharma, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 51.5: S Muthusamy to Sharma, Rohit played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 51.4: S Muthusamy to M Agarwal, Loopy ball around off, Agarwal comes forward to block but the ball takes an inside edge and goes past the stumps towards the leg side for a single.
  • 51.3: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, On the pads, Agarwal turns it to the leg side.
  • 51.2: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, Flicked to the on side. No run.
  • 51.1: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, FOUR! First ball and he clears fielders in the covers for a boundary. Superb placement.
India 164/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 69(164)R Sharma , 93(143)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 19-3-49-0
  • 50.6: K Maharaj to Agarwal, A single to end as Agarwal eases it down to long off.
  • 50.5: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Another forward defensive stroke to a ball on middle.
  • 50.4: K Maharaj to Agarwal, On the pads, it is worked towards square leg.
  • 50.3: K Maharaj to Agarwal, On middle, it takes off after pitching. Agarwal plays it down onto the ground nicely.
  • 50.2: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Floats it up on off, this is kept out.
  • 50.1: K Maharaj to Agarwal, A little turn there! The length though is shorter so the batter has enough time to go back, adjust and guide it to point.
India 163/0
India Batting R Sharma , 93(143)M Agarwal , 68(158)
South AfricaD Piedt , 7-1-43-0
  • 49.6: D Piedt to Sharma, On the pads clipped to the on side.
  • 49.5: D Piedt to Sharma, SIX! one after the other. This time it's over the long on boundary, Gets to the pitch of the ball and launches it. This one went further.
  • 49.4: D Piedt to Sharma, SIX! Charges down the track and gets to the pitch of the ball to smack it over the mid-wicket boundary for a maximum.
  • 49.3: D Piedt to Sharma, Full and flight on middle and off, Sharma blocks it off the front foot to mid on. Bavuma stationed there, dives and makes a stop.
  • 49.2: D Piedt to Sharma, Comes on down the track only to block the ball.
  • 49.1: D Piedt to Sharma, Floats it outside off, Sharma defends it off the front foot.
India 151/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 68(158)R Sharma , 81(137)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 18-3-48-0
  • 48.6: K Maharaj to Agarwal, A dot to end! This is flatter and outside off, it is guided to point. Another over goes by and the Indians manage to play it at ease.
  • 48.5: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Another defensive stroke to this delivery on off.
  • 48.4: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Lands it on middle, Mayank prods forward and keeps it out.
  • 48.3: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Floats it up outside off, Agarwal strokes it to covers.
  • 48.2: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Another ball on middle, MA lunges and keeps it out.
  • 48.2: K Maharaj to Agarwal, NO BALL! It is on middle, Agarwal keeps it out. The No ball was due to the silly point fielder encroaching the pitch.
  • 48.1: K Maharaj to Agarwal, On middle, Agarwal lunges forward and defends it onto the ground.
India 150/0
India Batting R Sharma , 81(137)M Agarwal , 68(151)
South AfricaD Piedt , 6-1-31-0
  • 47.6: D Piedt to Sharma, On the off pole, Rohit defends it out.
  • 47.5: D Piedt to Agarwal, Gives it a nice amount of air and lands it on off, Mayank eases it down to long on for one. 150 up for India.
  • 47.4: D Piedt to M Agarwal, FOUR! A hit-me ball and Agarwal takes full toll of it. A half-tracker on middle, Agarwal goes back and pulls it behind square on the leg side. Second boundary in the over.
  • 47.3: D Piedt to Agarwal, On middle, this is kept out.
  • 47.2: D Piedt to Agarwal, Works it with the turn now towards mid-wicket.
  • 47.1: D Piedt to Agarwal, FOUR! Hammered! That went to the fence like a tracer bullet. Agarwal comes down the track and smashes it past the non-striker. No chance for anyone there as it races to the fence.
India 141/0
India Batting R Sharma , 81(136)M Agarwal , 59(146)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 17-3-47-0
  • 46.6: K Maharaj to Sharma, The arm ball on the off pole, it is defended.
  • 46.5: K Maharaj to M Agarwal, Loopy ball on off, Bavuma strokes it towards cover where Bavuma makes a half stop but can't stop a run.
  • 46.4: K Maharaj to Agarwal, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 46.3: K Maharaj to Agarwal, On the off pole, Agarwal lunges forward and defends it onto the ground.
  • 46.2: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Fuller this time, Agarwal strokes it to covers.
  • 46.1: K Maharaj to Sharma, Shorter and outside off, Rohit cuts it through point and a single is taken.
India 139/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 58(142)R Sharma , 80(134)
South AfricaD Piedt , 5-1-22-0
  • 45.6: D Piedt to Agarwal, Flighted outside off, the ball spins in sharply to the right handed Agarwal, who uses his wrists to work the ball to the onside.
  • 45.5: D Piedt to Agarwal, Defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 45.4: D Piedt to Sharma, Played through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 45.3: D Piedt to Sharma, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 45.2: D Piedt to Agarwal, Charges down the track, to the pitch of the ball and squirts it through the covers for a single.
  • 45.1: D Piedt to M Agarwal, Flighted outside off, played off the front foot to mid off.
India 137/0
India Batting R Sharma , 79(132)M Agarwal , 57(138)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 16-3-45-0
  • 44.6: K Maharaj to Sharma, Rohit comes down the track but does not get to the pitch of it. He pushes it uppishly but short of short covers who stops it with a dive to his right.
  • 44.5: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Shortish and wide outside off, Agarwal cuts it to deep point for a single.
  • 44.4: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Stays on the back foot and defends the ball.
  • 44.3: K Maharaj to Sharma, Glides it on the pads, Sharma, works it back past the the bowler for a single.
  • 44.2: K Maharaj to Sharma, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 44.1: K Maharaj to Sharma, Floated on middle and defended off the front foot.
India 135/0
India Batting R Sharma , 78(128)M Agarwal , 56(136)
South AfricaK Rabada , 13-5-35-0
  • 43.6: K Rabada to Sharma, On the pads this time, Rohit guides it off the pads towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 43.5: K Rabada to Sharma, Full on middle, Rohit whips it off the pads but finds the short mid-wicket fielder.
  • 43.4: K Rabada to Agarwal, Short of length outside off, Agarwal guides it towards point for a single.
  • 43.3: K Rabada to R Sharma, Back of a length ball around middle and leg, Rohit pulls it behind square leg for a single.
  • 43.2: K Rabada to Sharma, Good length ball outside off, Sharma pushes it towards point. Agarwal wanted a single but Rohit is not interested. There is a direct hit at the non-striker's end but Agarwal is home safely.
  • 43.1: K Rabada to Sharma, FOUR! Wide outside off and short, Sharma rocks back and powerfully slaps the ball to the mid-wicket boundary.
India 128/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 55(135)R Sharma , 72(123)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 15-3-43-0
  • 42.6: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Fullish ball around off, Agarwal defends it out.
  • 42.5: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Around off on a fullish length this time, Agarwal keeps it out with ease.
  • 42.4: K Maharaj to Agarwal, A fuller one around off this time, Agarwal is solid in his block as he pushes it towards cover.
  • 42.3: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Flatter one around off, Agarwal taps it towards cover.
  • 42.2: K Maharaj to Sharma, Shortish ball outside off, Rohit goes back and punches it towards deep point for a single.
  • 42.1: K Maharaj to Sharma, A flighted ball around off, Rohit lunges to block it towards point.
India 127/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 55(131)R Sharma , 71(121)
South AfricaK Rabada , 12-5-28-0
  • 41.6: K Rabada to Agarwal, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 41.5: K Rabada to Agarwal, Good bumper, Agarwal ducks under it to let it pass.
  • 41.4: K Rabada to Sharma, Good length ball around off, Sharma pushes it for a single to the covers.
  • 41.3: K Rabada to Agarwal, On the pads, worked through backward square leg for a single.
  • 41.2: K Rabada to Agarwal, In the corridor of uncertainty, Agarwal shoulders arms to it.
  • 41.1: K Rabada to Agarwal, Full ball on off, Agarwal defends it off the front foot.
India 125/0
India Batting R Sharma , 70(120)M Agarwal , 54(126)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 14-3-42-0
  • 40.6: K Maharaj to Sharma, Fuller around off, Rohit lunges to block it out.
  • 40.5: K Maharaj to M Agarwal, Loopy ball outside off, Agarwal drives it through mid off for a single.
  • 40.4: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Around off this time, pushed towards point.
  • 40.3: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Fuller one on middle, Agarwal blocks it out.
  • 40.2: K Maharaj to Sharma, Slightly shortish ball outside off, Rohit goes back to punch towards deep cover for a single.
  • 40.1: K Maharaj to Sharma, Slower through the air around off, Rohit comes down the track to block.
India 123/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 53(123)R Sharma , 69(117)
South AfricaK Rabada , 11-5-26-0
  • 39.6: K Rabada to Agarwal, Good length on middle and off, Agarwal defends it.
  • 39.5: K Rabada to Agarwal, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 39.4: K Rabada to Agarwal, Outside off played to point.
  • 39.3: K Rabada to Sharma, Short and on middle, Sharma pulls it to square leg for a single. Piedt does a neat job in the field to keep it down to a single.
  • 39.2: K Rabada to Sharma, On middle and leg, worked to the on side.
  • 39.1: K Rabada to Sharma, FOUR! Back of a length and outside off, Sharma goes on his toes and punches it through the covers for a boundary
India 118/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 53(120)R Sharma , 64(114)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 13-3-40-0
  • 38.6: K Maharaj to M Agarwal, The last ball also is defended as it is bowled on the stumps.
  • 38.5: K Maharaj to Agarwal, On middle, it is kept out.
  • 38.4: K Maharaj to Sharma, Well bowled but well played too! Rohit comes down the track, Maharaj shortens his length and bowls it outside off. Rohit adjusts and slaps it through covers for one.
  • 38.3: K Maharaj to Sharma, One more tossed up ball on off, Rohit is solid in defense.
  • 38.2: K Maharaj to Sharma, Loopy ball on off, Rohit prods forward and keeps it out.
  • 38.1: K Maharaj to M Agarwal, Shorter and on middle, this is pushed down to long on for one.
India 116/0
India Batting R Sharma , 63(111)M Agarwal , 52(117)
South AfricaK Rabada , 10-5-21-0
  • 37.6: K Rabada to Sharma, Blocks yet again. Sharma and Agarwal are taking calculated risks.
  • 37.5: K Rabada to Sharma, Shortish in length around off, it's defended off the back foot
  • 37.4: K Rabada to Sharma, FOUR! Back of a length outside off, Sharma camps on the back foot and steers it past the diving gully fielder for a boundary.
  • 37.3: K Rabada to Sharma, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 37.2: K Rabada to Agarwal, Good length ball on off, Agarwal plays it to the off side for a single.
  • 37.1: K Rabada to Sharma, Leg bye. LBW Appeal! But it's not to be. Angled in, it hits him on the pads, but the ball is going down leg and the umpire ignores it. The Proteas too do not go for a review. They sneak in a leg bye.
India 110/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 51(116)R Sharma , 59(106)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 12-3-38-0
  • 36.6: K Maharaj to Agarwal, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 36.5: K Maharaj to Agarwal, On middle, it is kept out.
  • 36.4: K Maharaj to Agarwal, SIX! That is some way to get to a half ton. What a shot. Wow! Probably the shot of the game so far. It is Agarwal's 4th fifty in this format. Maharaj floats this up outside off, Agarwal goes inside out, lofts it with utmost ease over covers and it carries all the way. A big one is on the offer for him too.
  • 36.3: K Maharaj to Sharma, Sharma comes down the track but it is a short ball. He pushes it down to long on for one.
  • 36.2: K Maharaj to Sharma, On middle, defended.
  • 36.1: K Maharaj to Sharma, Flatter and on off, it is kept out.
India 103/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 45(113)R Sharma , 58(103)
South AfricaV Philander , 10-2-26-0
  • 35.6: V Philander to M Agarwal, Outside off, defended to the covers.
  • 35.5: V Philander to Agarwal, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 35.4: V Philander to Agarwal, Good length outside off, worked to backward point by Agarwal.
  • 35.3: V Philander to Agarwal, FOUR! 1st 100-run stand for the opening wicket for India after 24 innings. Full on the pads, Agarwal powers it with his wrists to the mid-wicket boundary. The mid on fielder gave it a chase but it was in vain. First runs after 22 balls.
  • 35.2: V Philander to M Agarwal, On Middle and off, Agarwal gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 35.1: V Philander to Agarwal, Full outside off, Agarwal pushes it to the covers.
India 99/0
India Batting R Sharma , 58(103)M Agarwal , 41(107)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 11-2-31-0
  • 34.6: K Maharaj to Sharma, Almost a replica of the previous delivery. Same result, Sharma blocks it.
  • 34.5: K Maharaj to Sharma, Angled in to the batsman, Sharma blocks it yet again.
  • 34.4: K Maharaj to Sharma, Gets within the line of the ball and blocks.
  • 34.3: K Maharaj to Sharma, Sharma defends it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 34.2: K Maharaj to Sharma, Extra bounce on this occasion, Sharma looks to defend but is hit on the glove.
  • 34.1: K Maharaj to Sharma, Floated outside off, Sharma blocks it back.
India 99/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 41(107)R Sharma , 58(97)
South AfricaV Philander , 9-1-22-0
  • 33.6: V Philander to Agarwal, Good length around off, Agarwal blocks it again. Another maiden over.
  • 33.5: V Philander to Agarwal, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 33.4: V Philander to Agarwal, Short outside off now, Agarwal cuts it and Markram at backward point makes a diving stop.
  • 33.3: V Philander to Agarwal, Full ball on the pads, squirted to square leg. No run.
  • 33.2: V Philander to Agarwal, A little shorter this time, outside off, Agarwal flat bats it to point.
  • 33.1: V Philander to Agarwal, Fullish ball on off, Agarwal defends it off the front foot.
India 99/0
India Batting R Sharma , 58(97)M Agarwal , 41(101)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 10-1-31-0
  • 32.6: K Maharaj to Sharma, Rohit comes down the track again but does not get to the pitch of the ball. He defends it in the end. A maiden by Maharaj.
  • 32.5: K Maharaj to Sharma, Another one on middle, Rohit easily keeps it out.
  • 32.4: K Maharaj to Sharma, On middle, this is also defended.
  • 32.3: K Maharaj to Sharma, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 32.2: K Maharaj to Sharma, Well fielded! Rohit comes down the track and works it to the right of the bowler. He dives and pushes it towards short mid-wicket, saves a run.
  • 32.1: K Maharaj to Sharma, Tosses it up on off, Rohit lunges and keeps it out.
India 99/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 41(101)R Sharma , 58(91)
South AfricaV Philander , 8-1-22-0
  • 31.6: V Philander to Agarwal, Fuller and on on middle, Agarwal blocks it out.
  • 31.5: V Philander to Agarwal, Persists with the short pitch line outside off, in an attempt to guide it to third man, Agarwal plays it into the pitch.
  • 31.4: V Philander to Agarwal, Bangs it in short outside, it doesn't rise much. Agarwal cuts it to deep point for a couple.
  • 31.3: V Philander to Sharma, Full ball on middle, Sharma flicks off the front foot to mid-wicket for a single.
  • 31.2: V Philander to Sharma, Comes on the front foot and defends.
  • 31.1: V Philander to Sharma, Good length outside off, Sharma plays it with soft hands to the off side.
India 96/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 39(98)R Sharma , 57(88)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 9-1-31-0
  • 30.6: K Maharaj to Agarwal, On the pads, Agarwal looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.
  • 30.5: K Maharaj to Agarwal, On the off pole, Agarwal keeps it out.
  • 30.4: K Maharaj to Sharma, Very full this time, Rohit eases it down to long on for one.
  • 30.3: K Maharaj to Sharma, Attacks the stumps now and it is slightly fuller. Kept out.
  • 30.2: K Maharaj to Sharma, FOUR! Rohit continues from where he left off before the break! First runs in this session is in the form of a boundary. Slightly short and outside off, Rohit goes back and punches it through covers, it is in the gap and it races away.
  • 30.1: K Maharaj to Sharma, Starts off with a flatter delivery on off, Rohit defends it out.
India 91/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 39(96)R Sharma , 52(84)
South AfricaK Rabada , 9-4-16-0
  • 29.6: K Rabada to Agarwal, Covers the line of the ball and defends. LUNCH ON DAY 1.
  • 29.5: K Rabada to Agarwal, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 29.4: K Rabada to Agarwal, Short again, angled on middle this time. Agarwal gets out of the line of the ball.
  • 29.3: K Rabada to Agarwal, Drops it short outside off, Agarwal shoulders arms to let it through.
  • 29.2: K Rabada to Agarwal, Length ball outside off, Agarwal camps on the back foot to block it.
  • 29.1: K Rabada to Agarwal, Back of a length ball angled in, Agarwal defends.
India 91/0
India Batting R Sharma , 52(84)M Agarwal , 39(90)
South AfricaS Muthusamy , 2-0-10-0
  • 28.6: S Muthusamy to Sharma, In the air... just wide! FOUR! Fifty up for Rohit. He brings it up in a streaky manner but he won't care. Excellent start for him as a Test opener. 11th in this format. It has been a very entertaining knock from him so far. Got through the initial tough phase and now looks extremely good out there. He has a chance to make it big here. He brings out the sweep shot but due to the extra bounce, it catches the top edge. Goes uppishly but wide of Rabada at backward square leg who puts in a dive. The ball then races to the fence.
  • 28.5: S Muthusamy to Sharma, The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 28.4: S Muthusamy to Sharma, Well bowled! Sees Rohit come down the track so shortens his length. Rohit does well to adjust and keep it out. He played it well though as there was extra bounce there. Played it with soft hands.
  • 28.3: S Muthusamy to Sharma, Gives it a lot of air and lands it on off, Rohit drives it to covers.
  • 28.2: S Muthusamy to Sharma, Flatter and on off, Rohit defends it.
  • 28.1: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, A freebie! A full toss but all Agarwal could do is, hit it down to long on for one.
India 86/0
India Batting R Sharma , 48(79)M Agarwal , 38(89)
South AfricaK Rabada , 8-4-16-0
  • 27.6: K Rabada to Sharma, Full toss on leg, played to mid on.
  • 27.5: K Rabada to Sharma, Camps on the back foot and blocks the ball.
  • 27.4: K Rabada to Sharma, Angled further on the pads, Rohit flicks it to mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
  • 27.3: K Rabada to Sharma, Comes in with the angle again, Sharma defends it as well.
  • 27.2: K Rabada to Sharma, Angled in on middle, Sharma blocks it out.
  • 27.1: K Rabada to Sharma, Rohit uncomfortably gets a leading edge to a shortish delivery outside off to point, where the fielder dives and saves a run.
India 84/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 38(89)R Sharma , 46(73)
South AfricaS Muthusamy , 1-0-5-0
  • 26.6: S Muthusamy to Agarwal, A dot to end! Flatter and on off, it is kept out.
  • 26.5: S Muthusamy to R Sharma, A single now as this is pushed through covers for one. A boundary away from a 50 now.
  • 26.4: S Muthusamy to Sharma, FOUR! Lovely use of the wrists there by Rohit. He skips down the track again and gets to the pitch of it this time. Does not go hard and just whips it through mid-wicket. The ball races away to the fence. Rohit is into his own now.
  • 26.3: S Muthusamy to Sharma, Lands this on middle, Rohit prods forward and keeps it out.
  • 26.2: S Muthusamy to Sharma, Rohit comes down the track but does not get to the pitch of the ball. Ends up pushing it to mid on.
  • 26.1: S Muthusamy to Sharma, Starts off with a very full ball on middle, Rohit jams it out.
India 79/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 38(88)R Sharma , 41(68)
South AfricaK Rabada , 7-3-14-0
  • 25.6: K Rabada to Agarwal, A maiden! Another length ball and on off, Agarwal keeps it out.
  • 25.5: K Rabada to Agarwal, One more delivery angled into the batter, Agarwal stays back and keeps it out.
  • 25.4: K Rabada to Agarwal, Back of a length on off, Agarwal pushes it to covers.
  • 25.3: K Rabada to Agarwal, Goes wide of the crease and bowls it on middle, Agarwal is once again solid in defense.
  • 25.2: K Rabada to Agarwal, This is angled into the batter, defended.
  • 25.1: K Rabada to Agarwal, This is fuller and on the pads, it is worked to mid-wicket.
India 79/0
India Batting R Sharma , 41(68)M Agarwal , 38(82)
South AfricaD Piedt , 4-1-20-0
  • 24.6: D Piedt to Sharma, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 24.5: D Piedt to Sharma, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 24.4: D Piedt to Sharma, Gets in the line of the ball and works it to mid-wicket.
  • 24.3: D Piedt to Sharma, SIX! Another one. Comes to the pitch of the ball and launches it for a maximum over long on.
  • 24.2: D Piedt to Sharma, Tossed up on leg. Blocked to short leg.
  • 24.1: D Piedt to Sharma, Tossed up outside the leg stump line. Sharma lunges to sweep but misses. Piedt appeals in vain.
India 73/0
India Batting R Sharma , 35(62)M Agarwal , 38(82)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 8-1-26-0
  • 23.6: K Maharaj to Sharma, Shorter and outside off, Rohit goes back and pushes it through covers. There is a fielder in the deep so just one.
  • 23.5: K Maharaj to Sharma, On the stumps, Rohit lunges and keeps it out.
  • 23.4: K Maharaj to Sharma, Loopy ball on middle, this is hit back towards the bowler who fumbles but the ball hits the non-striker and no runs is conceded.
  • 23.3: K Maharaj to Sharma, Flatter and on off, defended.
  • 23.2: K Maharaj to Sharma, FOUR! Short ball and put away! Also, there is width on offer, not a lot but enough for Rohit to go back and slap it through point for a boundary. Raining boundaries at the moment.
  • 23.1: K Maharaj to Sharma, Tosses it up on off, Rohit strokes it to covers.
India 68/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 38(82)R Sharma , 30(56)
South AfricaD Piedt , 3-1-14-0
  • 22.6: D Piedt to Agarwal, Gets in the line of the ball and defends.
  • 22.5: D Piedt to Agarwal, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 22.4: D Piedt to Agarwal, Comes round the wicket and bowls it on the pads, it is worked to mid-wicket.
  • 22.3: D Piedt to Agarwal, SIX! Tossed up on off, Agarwal gets to the pitch of the ball and launches it back over the bowler's head for a maximum.
  • 22.2: D Piedt to Sharma, Flicked off the pads for a for a single to the onside.
  • 22.1: D Piedt to Sharma, Angled on to the pads, defended to the leg side.
India 61/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 32(78)R Sharma , 29(54)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 7-1-21-0
  • 21.6: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 21.5: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Looks to cut the ball. Misses. De Kock holds the ball.
  • 21.4: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Defended off the front foot to short cover.
  • 21.3: K Maharaj to M Agarwal, Shortish outside off, cut to the covers.
  • 21.2: K Maharaj to Sharma, Angled in on leg, played to mid on for a single.
  • 21.1: K Maharaj to Sharma, Tossed up on middle, played with the spin to mid off.
India 60/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 32(74)R Sharma , 28(52)
South AfricaD Piedt , 2-1-7-0
  • 20.6: D Piedt to Agarwal, FOUR! DEFT! Picked his spot nicely. The bowler is bowling without a point so Agarwal hits this one through that region. It is flatter and outside off, Agarwal waits for it and plays it very late and bags a boundary. Runs coming thick and fast for India now. 14 from the last two.
  • 20.5: D Piedt to Agarwal, Shorter and outside off, this one stays a touch low. Agarwal pushes it to covers.
  • 20.4: D Piedt to Sharma, Tosses it up outside off, it goes on with the arm. Rohit defends inside the line, it goes off the outside edge towards third man for one.
  • 20.3: D Piedt to Sharma, Floated up outside off, Rohit defends it out.
  • 20.2: D Piedt to Agarwal, A low full toss, Agarwal hits it down to long on and a single is taken.
  • 20.1: D Piedt to Sharma, Fuller outside off, this is played wide of cover for a single.
India 53/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 27(71)R Sharma , 26(49)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 6-1-20-0
  • 19.6: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Tossed up delivery on middle and watchfully defended.
  • 19.5: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Agarwal plays that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 19.4: K Maharaj to M Agarwal, Outside off played to covers.
  • 19.3: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 19.2: K Maharaj to Sharma, Hit a six and get off strike. Played Sharma. Worked to mid off for a single.
  • 19.1: K Maharaj to Sharma, SIX! First biggie of the morning. 50 up for India. It is also the first 50-run stand for the opening wicket after nine innings for India. Rohit comes down the track and launches it over cow corner for a maximum.
India 46/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 27(67)R Sharma , 19(47)
South AfricaD Piedt , 1-0-0-0
  • 18.6: D Piedt to Agarwal, A maiden to begin with Piedt. This is on off, Agarwal keeps it out.
  • 18.5: D Piedt to Agarwal, A little too straight, this is worked to the fielder at short leg.
  • 18.4: D Piedt to Agarwal, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 18.3: D Piedt to Agarwal, Tosses this one up on off, Agarwal strokes it to mid off.
  • 18.2: D Piedt to Agarwal, Floats it up on middle, this is hit to the fielder at mid on.
  • 18.1: D Piedt to Agarwal, Tossed up on off, Agarwal fends it to mid on.
India 46/0
India Batting R Sharma , 19(47)M Agarwal , 27(61)
South AfricaV Philander , 7-1-19-0
  • 17.6: V Philander to Sharma, Good length ball on middle and off, Sharma fends it of the inner half of the bat to mid on.
  • 17.5: V Philander to Sharma, Fullish ball around off played to mid off.
  • 17.4: V Philander to Agarwal, Agarwal stays on the back foot again and works it to deep point for a single.
  • 17.3: V Philander to Agarwal, Camps on the back foot to work the ball to the off side.
  • 17.2: V Philander to Agarwal, Gets his head on top of the ball to defend it.
  • 17.1: V Philander to Sharma, Fullish outside off, Sharma caresses it to deep point for single.
India 44/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 26(58)R Sharma , 18(44)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 5-1-13-0
  • 16.6: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Goes back to attacking the stumps, Agarwal manages to keep it out again.
  • 16.5: K Maharaj to Agarwal, FOUR! Width on offer and Agarwal takes toll of it. This is outside off and it is slower outside off. Agarwal goes after it, hits it through cover-point and the ball races away to the fence.
  • 16.4: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Flatter and quicker outside off, it is kept out.
  • 16.3: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Slower through the air outside off, Agarwal plays it out again.
  • 16.2: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Flatter and on the pads, this is worked to short leg.
  • 16.1: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Tosses it up on middle, this is defended onto the ground.
India 40/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 22(52)R Sharma , 18(44)
South AfricaV Philander , 6-1-17-0
  • 15.6: V Philander to Agarwal, Knocks the ball outside off to the covers for one.
  • 15.5: V Philander to Sharma, On the pads worked to the leg side for a single.
  • 15.4: V Philander to Sharma, Defends this close to the body.
  • 15.3: V Philander to Agarwal, Back of a length delivery, worked to deep point for one.
  • 15.2: V Philander to Agarwal, On a good length, outside off, left alone.
  • 15.1: V Philander to Agarwal, Philander continues after drinks, shortish ball outside off, poked to point.
India 37/0
India Batting R Sharma , 17(42)M Agarwal , 20(48)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 4-1-9-0
  • 14.6: K Maharaj to Sharma, Rohit misses out there! This is short and outside off, Rohit cuts but finds the man at point.
  • 14.5: K Maharaj to Sharma, Loopy delivery and on off, Rohit prods forward and keeps it out.
  • 14.4: K Maharaj to Sharma, Floats it up on off, Rohit pushes it towards covers.
  • 14.3: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Once again plays this ball late, it is hit towards backward point. Away from the fielder this time so a single is taken.
  • 14.2: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Flatter and on off, Agarwal plays it late and towards backward point.
  • 14.1: K Maharaj to Sharma, Flighted ball on off, Rohit guides it towards cover and gets to the other end.
India 35/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 19(46)R Sharma , 16(38)
South AfricaV Philander , 5-1-14-0
  • 13.6: V Philander to Agarwal, On a length and around off, this is guided to gully.
  • 13.5: V Philander to Agarwal, Drags his length back and also gets his line right, this is on off. Defended.
  • 13.4: V Philander to Agarwal, FOUR! Exquisite timing once again. Another bowler pays the price for going too full. It is outside off too. Agarwal leans into it and creams it through covers.
  • 13.3: V Philander to Agarwal, On off this time, it is kept out.
  • 13.2: V Philander to Agarwal, Outside off, left alone.
  • 13.1: V Philander to Sharma, This is on a length and outside off, Rohit opens the face of the bat, guides it through point for one.
India 30/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 15(41)R Sharma , 15(37)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 3-1-7-0
  • 12.6: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Drags his length back this time and it is kept out.
  • 12.5: K Maharaj to Agarwal, FOUR! Good shot that, it is juts a push by Agarwal. It was timed brilliantly. This is a touch too full from Maharaj. Agarwal punches it past the diving mid on fielder and it races away to the fence.
  • 12.4: K Maharaj to Agarwal, On off, Agarwal lunges and keeps it out.
  • 12.3: K Maharaj to Agarwal, This is floated outside off, Agarwal drives it but the ball hits the fielder at silly point and then goes towards cover-point.
  • 12.2: K Maharaj to Agarwal, This is worked with the angle to the man at mid-wicket.
  • 12.1: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Gives it air and lands it on middle, MA pushes it to covers.
India 26/0
India Batting R Sharma , 15(37)M Agarwal , 11(35)
South AfricaK Rabada , 6-3-14-0
  • 11.6: K Rabada to Sharma, Outside off, Sharma does not fiddle with it.
  • 11.5: K Rabada to Sharma, On middle, Rohit works it to short mid-wicket.
  • 11.4: K Rabada to Sharma, Another couple! Fuller in length and on off, Rohit shows the full face of the bat and strokes it towards the bowler. Rabada gets a hand to it, the ball rolls towards long off. Mid on gives it a chase and keeps it down to two.
  • 11.3: K Rabada to Sharma, Goes wide of the crease and angles it into the off pole. Blocked.
  • 11.2: K Rabada to Sharma, Lovely shot for two! Shorter in length, Rohit has no problems as he goes back and pulls it towards deep square leg. A fielder in the deep runs to his left and stops it, not cleanly but saves two.
  • 11.1: K Rabada to Sharma, Outside off, it is left alone.
India 22/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 11(35)R Sharma , 11(31)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 2-0-3-0
  • 10.6: K Maharaj to Agarwal, One more flighted ball on off, Agarwal is solid in defense. So not a lot of turn for Maharaj as of now. He has kept it tight.
  • 10.5: K Maharaj to Agarwal, This is flatter and quicker on off, Agarwal gets his bat down in time and keeps it out.
  • 10.4: K Maharaj to Agarwal, This one goes on with the arm and it lands on middle, Agarwal keeps it out.
  • 10.3: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Hint of turn there! Causes problems straightaway. This is slower through the air, it lands on off and then turns away a little. Agarwal is rooted to his crease, in the end, he looks to poke at it. Gets beaten.
  • 10.2: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Flighted ball on off, Agarwal keeps it out.
  • 10.1: K Maharaj to M Agarwal, Tosses it up on middle, Agarwal plays it to short extra cover.
India 22/0
India Batting R Sharma , 11(31)M Agarwal , 11(29)
South AfricaK Rabada , 5-2-10-0
  • 9.6: K Rabada to Sharma, On off, this is kept out.
  • 9.5: K Rabada to Sharma, On off, Rohit once again manages to keep it out.
  • 9.4: K Rabada to Sharma, A good bumper on middle, Rohit initially looks to pull but then bails out.
  • 9.3: K Rabada to Sharma, OHHH! This is slightly fuller, it comes back in and also skids through. Rohit is a touch late to get his bat down, it hits the inner half and then goes onto hit the pads.
  • 9.2: K Rabada to Sharma, Back of a length again and on off, Rohit plays it to mid off.
  • 9.1: K Rabada to Sharma, On the shorter side and on off, Rohit goes back and keeps it out.
India 22/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 11(29)R Sharma , 11(25)
South AfricaK Maharaj , 1-0-3-0
  • 8.6: K Maharaj to Agarwal, Slower through the air this time, it lands on middle and goes on with the arm. Agarwal lunges and keeps it out.
  • 8.5: K Maharaj to Agarwal, On middle and flatter, Agarwal is solid in defense.
  • 8.4: K Maharaj to Agarwal, On the stumps once again but no turn yet visible for Maharaj. Agarwal defends it out.
  • 8.3: K Maharaj to Sharma, Very full and on middle, Sharma eases it down to long on for one.
  • 8.2: K Maharaj to R Sharma, Off the inner half! The arm ball, it drifts back in from outside off. Rohit looks to defend but does so outside the line, it goes off the inner half down towards fine leg for two.
  • 8.1: K Maharaj to Sharma, Tosses it up on middle, Rohit drives it to mid off.
India 19/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 11(26)R Sharma , 8(22)
South AfricaK Rabada , 4-1-10-0
  • 7.6: K Rabada to Agarwal, Outside off, it is left alone.
  • 7.5: K Rabada to Agarwal, An appeal but it is too high! This is on a length and it jags back in. Agarwal looks to defend but is hit high on the pads. An appeal but it is turned down.
  • 7.4: K Rabada to Agarwal, One more delivery on a length, this one is pushed to covers.
  • 7.3: K Rabada to Agarwal, This is angled into the batter, it is worked to mid-wicket.
  • 7.2: K Rabada to Agarwal, On the shorter side on middle, it is kept out.
  • 7.1: K Rabada to Agarwal, Shorter and on the body, Agarwal works it with the angle to mid-wicket.
India 19/0
India Batting R Sharma , 8(22)M Agarwal , 11(20)
South AfricaV Philander , 4-1-9-0
  • 6.6: V Philander to Sharma, Extra bounce there! Well played in the end. It is another length ball, takes off after pitching. Rohit does well to take one hand off the handle and push it to mid off.
  • 6.5: V Philander to R Sharma, Just outside off again and on a length. Rohit ends up playing outside the line, he gets an inside edge onto the pads.
  • 6.4: V Philander to Sharma, VP goes back to attacking the off pole, Sharma defends it out.
  • 6.3: V Philander to Sharma, FOUR! Slashes and gets the result he wanted! Slightly short and outside off, Rohit transfers his weight onto the back foot and slashes at it, it goes past the fielder at gully and into the fence.
  • 6.2: V Philander to Sharma, Keeps on landing it on a length. Rohit though is solid in defense this time.
  • 6.1: V Philander to Sharma, Good length and on off, it is defended onto the ground.
India 15/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 11(20)R Sharma , 4(16)
South AfricaK Rabada , 3-1-10-0
  • 5.6: K Rabada to Agarwal, Angles this one into the batter, Agarwal gets right behind the line and blocks it out.
  • 5.5: K Rabada to Agarwal, Beauty! This is on a length and it straightens once again. Agarwal is squared up as he tries to put bat on ball. Fails to do so as the ball beats the outside edge.
  • 5.4: K Rabada to Agarwal, Good length and on off, Agarwal plays it with a straight bat and into the ground.
  • 5.3: K Rabada to Agarwal, EDGY FOUR! Luck now favoring India. This lands on middle and then straightens. Agarwal looks to work it on the leg side but due to the movement, it goes off the leading edge, between gully and second slip and down to the third man fence.
  • 5.2: K Rabada to Agarwal, Shortish again on off, blocked.
  • 5.1: K Rabada to Agarwal, Slightly shorter and outside off, Agarwal pushes it away from the body through cover-point for two.
India 9/0
India Batting R Sharma , 4(16)M Agarwal , 5(14)
South AfricaV Philander , 3-0-5-0
  • 4.6: V Philander to Sharma, Now this one nips back in from outside off. Does not come in enough though to make the batter play. Another good over from Philander comes to an end.
  • 4.5: V Philander to Sharma, Now the outswinger but it is outside off, left alone. Once again Rohit is seen taking a few steps down the track.
  • 4.4: V Philander to Sharma, Good delivery again! This lands on off and then jags back in. Rohit looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
  • 4.3: V Philander to Sharma, Almost! This is top, top stuff from Philander. Very unlucky there he did not get Rohit. He took the last two away, this time, he lands it around off and then gets it to jag back in. Rohit maybe expected it to go away again and lets it be. To his luck though, the ball bounces and goes over the middle pole.
  • 4.2: V Philander to Sharma, Fuller again but not quite there for the drive, it is bowled outside off. Left alone.
  • 4.1: V Philander to Sharma, Slightly fuller and on off, Rohit looks to stroke it through the off side but it goes off the inner half towards mid off.
India 9/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 5(14)R Sharma , 4(10)
South AfricaK Rabada , 2-0-4-0
  • 3.6: K Rabada to Agarwal, A good bumper to end! It is on off, Agarwal hops and keeps it down towards cover.
  • 3.5: K Rabada to Agarwal, This whizzes closes past the outside edge. However, this is another needless shot, could have left this delivery. It is a little wide outside off. Agarwal looks to defend but gets beaten.
  • 3.4: K Rabada to Agarwal, Better! This is initially angled into the off pole but then leaves the batter. Agarwal is drawn into playing at it but the ball beats the outside edge by a long way though.
  • 3.3: K Rabada to Agarwal, One more wasteful delivery! Short and outside off, it is left alone.
  • 3.2: K Rabada to Agarwal, Another one wide outside off, it is left alone. Not a good start by Rabada, he has been too wide.
  • 3.1: K Rabada to Agarwal, Goes wide of the crease and angles this one into the off pole. Agarwal goes back and defends it onto the ground.
India 9/0
India Batting R Sharma , 4(10)M Agarwal , 5(8)
South AfricaV Philander , 2-0-5-0
  • 2.6: V Philander to Sharma, A tentative poke to end! A good over this by Philander. This starts outside off and then moves away further. Rohit hangs his bat out and the ball once again goes past the outside edge.
  • 2.5: V Philander to Sharma, Rohit takes a few steps down the track, maybe to negotiate the movement. Philander hence, shortens the length which means the ball has lesser time to do its bit. Rohit blocks it out easily.
  • 2.4: V Philander to Sharma, This one is outside off, a harmless delivery. Left alone.
  • 2.3: V Philander to Sharma, BEATEN! Lovely delivery! The South African bowlers are getting the ball to talk here. Not a lot Rohit could have done there. It lands on off and it is on a length. Rohit looks to defend the original trajectory but the ball shapes away after pitching. Whizzes past the outside edge.
  • 2.2: V Philander to Agarwal, Well bowled! This is angled into the batter now, it pitches around off and then nips back in just a touch. Agarwal looks to defend but it goes off the inner half through mid-wicket for one.
  • 2.1: V Philander to Agarwal, One more ball which is wide outside off, it is left alone.
India 8/0
India Batting R Sharma , 4(6)M Agarwal , 4(6)
South AfricaK Rabada , 1-0-4-0
  • 1.6: K Rabada to Sharma, Another leave from Rohit. This one is pitched outside off again.
  • 1.5: K Rabada to Sharma, Another ball which is very wide from the off stump, Rohit lets it go to the keeper. The ball moved further away after pitching.
  • 1.4: K Rabada to Sharma, Slightly shortish length outside off, Rohit makes another leave.
  • 1.3: K Rabada to Sharma, In the channel outside off this time on a good length, Rohit does not fiddle with it.
  • 1.2: K Rabada to Sharma, FOUR! Top shot to get off the mark. Rabada dishes this slightly shortish length ball but on the fifth stump line. Rohit accepts the room outside off and slams it powerfully over point and into the fence.
  • 1.1: K Rabada to Sharma, He starts with a sixth stump line ball which further seams away from the batter. Rohit leaves it alone.
India 4/0
India Batting M Agarwal , 4(6)R Sharma , 0(0)
South AfricaV Philander , 1-0-4-0
  • 0.6: V Philander to Agarwal, Good length ball, blocked by Agarwal solidly off the back foot.
  • 0.5: V Philander to Agarwal, A muted appeal! Slightly fuller ball which came back into Agarwal. He looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads. No chance of the LBW anyway as this was pitched outside off.
  • 0.4: V Philander to Agarwal, Good length ball around off, Agarwal defends it out.
  • 0.3: V Philander to Agarwal, FOUR! Off the mark in style! Room on offer outside off, Agarwal latches onto it and drives it through cover-point to earn the first boundary of the innings. That didn't come out of the middle but Agarwal won't mind.
  • 0.2: V Philander to Agarwal, Bowls this one on middle and a good length. Agarwal this time is solid in his block.
  • 0.1: V Philander to Agarwal, Good ball to start. A fuller one around off, Agarwal looks to block but the ball takes the outer half of the bat and goes towards point.
  • As for South Africa, wickets did come for them but it was a little too late following the opening masterclass by Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal. The pick of the bowlers would be Keshav Maharaj and Vernon Philander. However, seeing the ball turn so much late in the evening, the South African batters would be a bit concerned. Join us in a while for the first innings of South Africa as the Indians look to take some early wickets.
  • All the work started from the new Indian opening pair of Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma. The two formed a massive opening stand of 317 runs before Rohit Sharma departed for a superbly made 176. Mayank Agarwal continued the good work after his partner departed as he stitched two 50-plus stands with Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane respectively. Mayank Agarwal stayed at the crease for the longest time as he played a mind-boggling innings of 215 runs. He departed in an attempt to increase the run rate towards the end of the day but not before making a mark on the match. Jadeja and Saha provided the finishing touches as the Indian total crossed the 500-run mark.
  • Brilliant performance from India as they have declared on 502/7. The home team put up a daunting total in front of an inexperienced South African team and it will be interesting to see how they respond on this turning surface.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin makes his way out to the middle.
  • Dane Piedt is back into the attack. 15-1-91-0 so far from him. Very expensive!
  • Funny scenes out in the middle! A couple of the South African players along with the ball boys were searching for the ball under the covers on the boundary line but were not able to find it. The cameraman shows us on the giant screen exactly where the ball is and after a lot of searching, Markram all of a sudden comes from behind and removes the ball from in between the advertising fence. Hilarious!
  • The umpires have called for another ball as the ball was lost due to Jadeja's six!
  • Virat Kohli is seen signaling from the dressing room to Jadeja that they have 9 overs to bat before they declare.
  • Wriddhiman Saha is the new man in!
  • REVIEW TIME! Vihari is the man in question against Keshav Maharaj. The umpire has turned down the appeal for an LBW. Vihari is way down the track and it looks not out to the naked eye. And the decision is...
  • Vernon Philander will bowl from the other end. On his first ball post Lunch, he dismissed Pujara. Can he do something similar here?
  • We are back for the final session! Ravindra Jadeja and Hanuma Vihari make their way out to the middle. The South African players also make their way out to the middle. Jadeja will be on strike off the bowling of Keshav Maharaj.
  • ... Day 2, Session 3 ...
  • The session started on a positive note for South Africa as Philander dismissed Pujara off the first ball of the second session. Agarwal looked at his fluent best during his maiden double ton in Tests. He along with Kohli and Rahane added two 50-plus stands to pile on the runs but both, Kohli and Rahane departed after getting starts. Agarwal also departed in an attempt to up the ante. Right now Jadeja and Hanuma Vihari are at the crease and after Tea, they will be looking to continue the attack on the visitors. Do join us in a short while for the final session.
  • Finally a productive session for the South Africans. A shared session one can say as the visitors managed to get 4 wickets in the session. However, they also gave away 126 runs and right now India's score stands at 450/5 which looks like a daunting task for the Proteas.
  • Change of ends for Dane Piedt. His numbers so far, 13-1-82-0.
  • Keshav Maharaj is back on. His figures so far reads 47-6-164-2.
  • Hanuma Vihari is the next man in.
  • Deal Elgar into the attack now.
  • Ravindra Jadeja is the new man in. Ahead of Hanuma Vihari and Wriddhiman Saha. Maybe in search of quick runs.
  • Maharaj has a change of ends.
  • DRINKS! The wicket of King Kohli may have raised the South Africans' morale but Rahane and Agarwal have continued to chip away. Dane Piedt to continue bowling after the Drinks break. It will be interesting to see what will be the approach of the Proteas from here on in.
  • Rahane walks out to bat.
  • Change of ends for Keshav Maharaj. Will it be of any help to him?
  • Senuran Muthusamy is back into the attack for his second spell of the day.
  • DRINKS! South Africa looked to be trudging back into the match as Philander got Pujara out first ball post the Lunch break but captain Kohli and Mayank Agarwal have since steadied the ship. They are punishing the bad balls and playing out the good ones without giving away any chances. Mayank will be eyeing the double ton after crossing the 150-run mark. Rabada to continue after the Drinks break.
  • Kagiso Rabada is back into the attack.
  • Keshav Maharaj is back into the attack.
  • King Kohli walks out to bat when the match is going through a transitional phase. How much can the skipper and Agarwal build up on the platform already set?
  • We are back for the second session of the day! Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara make their way out to the middle along with the South African players. Cheteshwar Pujara will be on strike for the next over facing Vernon Philander.
  • ... Day 2, Session 2 ...
  • India on top! That is all one can say after the first session's play on Day 2. The hosts started the day with 202 runs on the board with all 10 wickets in hand. Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal accelerated towards the latter part of the session. There were a couple of chances here and there for the South Africans but nothing of note except for the dropped catch of Rohit Sharma. However, he departed after playing a beautiful knock of 176 runs and it is now Pujara and Agarwal at the crease. Agarwal also will be looking to build on after scoring his maiden Test ton. What will be the story of the Test match after the Lunch break on Day 2? Stay tuned to find out and join us at 1210 local (0640 GMT) for an extended second session of play.
  • Kagiso Rabada is back into the attack!
  • Vernon Philander is back into the attack and also the second new ball has been taken.
  • Cheteshwar Pujara makes his way out to the middle after sitting out for a long time in the pavilion. There is a slight delay in play as there is a discussion going on between du Plessis and the umpires. Vernon Philander was supposed to bowl but he was out of the field for a period of time. South Africa wanted the new ball but decide against it to wait till Vernon is available to bowl.
  • The second new ball is now available! Senuran Muthuswamy is back into the attack!
  • Keshav Maharaj is back into the attack!
  • Dane Piedt into the attack now. His figures read 7-1-43-0.
  • DRINKS! Domination by India! They are yet to lose a wicket from almost three sessions of play and look to be going strong. De Kock did drop a catch to get Rohit Sharma out earlier in the day but apart from that, it has been the home team all along. The onus looked to be on Kagiso Rabada and Keshav Maharaj coming into the match but it is Vernon Philander who has troubled the Indian batters the most.
  • Senuran Muthusamy is into the attack now, for the first time today. 5-0-23-0 so far from him.
  • Kagiso Rabada is into the attack now. 13-5-35-0, his figures on Day 1.
  • Keshav Maharaj to partner Philander from the other end. 23-4-66-0, his figures on Day 1. South Africa need him to step up here.
  • The Protea players make their way out to the middle with just one aim in mind - dismiss the Indian openers as fast as they can and then start building on from there. The Indian openers, Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal walk out to the middle as well with the former taking strike. Vernon Philander to continue the proceedings for the visitors on Day 2.
  • Pitch Report - On being asked about the pitch, Mr. Sunil Gavaskar suggests that nothing much has changed about the pitch. There might be a little more turn today but not much bounce on this track. Mr. Gavaskar further suggests that because of the overnight rain yesterday, the fast bowlers might be able to use it to their advantage in the first ten overs of the day.
  • Good morning folks! India were absolutely dominant on Day 1, crossing the 200-run mark without losing any wickets. They certainly looked like adding more to the score before the heavens opened up and washed out the third session. Rohit Sharma silenced his critics with a wonderful unbeaten century and would be looking to add more to his tally today. His partner, Mayank Agarwal is close to reaching his first Test ton and would be hoping to accomplish the milestone early in the first session. The Proteas had a horrid time yesterday with none of their bowlers having a good day. They would be hoping for a better performance as this match is slowly getting out of hand. It is a new day and both teams will have to start fresh. There is rain predicted today as well but let us hope that it stays away and we have an exciting day of Test cricket ahead of us. Join us in a while for all the action from Visakhapatnam!
  • ... Day 2, Session 1 ...
  • South Africa, on the other hand, need wickets and that too quickly if they are to make a comeback in this game. Their bowlers just did not look at their best on Day 1 and they need a better performance on Day 2. Will they fight back or will the Indians continue their dominance? Join us for Day 2. Till then, take care and goodbye!
  • Day 1 though was all about the Indians. Everything went right for them. They won the toss, elected to bat and their two openers are still unbeaten. One crossed his ton in his first game as an opener and the other is eyeing his first in Tests. The platform is laid for a huge first innings score and India will be exactly looking for that as they would be aiming to bat only once.
  • So the inevitable has happened! Play has been CALLED OFF for the day. That was always on the cards once they went off as it seemed improbable for the lights to improve and the rain worsened things further. A whole session is lost today so we probably will be covering up for it in the coming days.
  • Update 1455 local (0925 GMT) - No change in the update. It is pelting down and the covers are firmly placed. It is also very dark out there. Chances of any play today looks bleak.
  • We are back! The Indian openers are marking their guard once again as they will look to resume their innings. Vernon Philander is all set to continue his over. ALL THIS IS SOMETHING I WISH I COULD HAVE WRITTEN! Unfortunately, it is raining at the moment, actually, there is lightning out there. The whole ground is covered and we are in for a delay here.
  • ... Day 1 Session 3 ...
  • The openers have taken India from strength to strength. The second session too belongs to India. Hitman, looks on course to be the solution to India's opening dilemma. It was a big call and Sharma's century further vindicates the team management's decision. Mayank Agarwal, with 84 has been the perfect foil to this 202-run stand. The Proteas' spinners toiled hard through the session but they haven't troubled the Indian openers enough. However, just as a few half-chances chances seem to be getting created, the umpires went off the field for bad light. Let's hope, the sun comes back out and we get some action quickly. However, it has started to rain now and the covers are being brought on.
  • Off go the players! It is not raining but it has gotten very dark and there are dark clouds hovering above the stadium. Seems like it is going to rain any moment but the groundsmen are not rushing onto the ground so the game is probably halted due to bad light. Also, early TEA has been taken!
  • The floodlights are now on here! It has gotten really dark out there. Also, the umpires had a long chat between the overs however, they continue to play on.
  • Vernon Philander is back!
  • Senuran Muthuswamy is back!
  • Agarwal pulls out at the very end. He might not have been ready.
  • DRINKS! One hour through the second session, Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal have further strengthened India's stranglehold on this match. They're on course to get their respective centuries. Stay tuned to find out!
  • Dane Piedt is back on! Just the 4 overs for him till now, he has gone for 20.
  • Kagiso Rabada is on now!
  • Vernon Philander to bowl from the other end.
  • We are back for the afternoon session! The South African players make their way out to the middle. The Indian openers, Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma, will resume their innings. For the visitors, Keshav Maharaj will begin proceedings. Here we go...
  • ... Day 1, Session 2 ...
  • South Africa, on the other hand, did start off really well, their pacers were brilliant with the new ball. However, once the shine came off and the ball stopped seaming around, their bowlers looked ineffective. The spinners haven't got a lot out of the wicket and hence, have been negotiated with ease. They need a couple of wickets to get back into the game. Do they have a hero in them who would put his hand up and do that or will India continue to dominate after the break? Join us to find out in a bit.
  • India's session without a doubt! Exactly the kind of start they would have wanted after winning the toss and electing to bat. Their openers did struggle a bit against the moving ball but did not lose their wicket. Once the conditions got easy, runs came thick and fast, especially for Rohit who played the spinners really well. Sharma got to an excellent fifty in his first innings as a Test opener. Credit to Agarwal as well, he too has played sensibly and both the batsmen are on the verge of laying down a platform for a big first innings score.
  • Senuran Muthusamy is on now! The debutant, can he provide the much-needed breakthrough?
  • Kagiso Rabada is back!
  • Change of ends for Keshav Maharaj.
  • Dane Piedt is on now!
  • DRINKS! India's first hour! They have gone through the testing period unscathed. Both Rohit and Agarwal had problems against the new ball which was doing a bit but the important thing is, none of the openers have been dismissed and now, they are looking comfortable out there. South Africa need a couple of wickets quickly. The good thing for them though is they haven't let India score freely. Will fortunes change for them after the break? We'll find out.
  • Vernon Philander replaces Kagiso Rabada. Change of ends for him.
  • Keshav Maharaj is on now! Spin for the first time today.
  • The keeper is now upto the stumps! Maybe he wants to stop Rohit from walking down the track.
  • Kagiso Rabada to share the new ball from the other end.
  • We are all set to begin! The Indian openers in the form of Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal make their way out to the middle. The South African players are also out in the middle. Vernon Philander will start the proceedings for the visitors. Two slips and a gully first up. We were ready to begin but Philander wanted a different cherry to start. All in readiness now. Here we go...
  • The players are out for their respective national anthems. First up will be South Africa's followed by the hosts'.
  • South Africa (Playing XI) - Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Theunis de Bruyn, Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis(C), Quinton de Kock (WK), Vernon Philander, Senuran Muthusamy (DEBUT), Keshav Maharaj, Dane Piedt, Kagiso Rabada
  • INDIA (Playing XI) - Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami
  • Faf du Plessis, the Protea skipper, starts by saying that his Toss record is not pretty good in the sub-continent. Adds that few of the players who came here last time have retired and the younger side has a great challenge in front of them. On their playing XI, Faf says that because of the dry surface, they are going with three spinners and two pacers in their team.
  • The Indian skipper, Kohli says that it's no-brainer. Feels that the wicket is looking good to bat. On the team, Kohli says that Rohit has an excellent opportunity at the top and the team is looking forward to see him. On Saha, Kohli says that he went out because of the injury but remains the best wicket-keeper batter in the world. Talking about the opponents, Kohli says that they are a tough side and it will be hard grind for everyone.
  • Toss - Kohli flips the coin and he has won the toss. INDIA WILL BAT FIRST.
  • Pitch report - Murali Kartik is in with the pitch report. He starts by saying that the pitch is always the talk of the town in India. Gavaskar joins him and says that the pitch looks dry and there is hardly any grass. Gavaskar adds that batting will be easy on Day 1. Adds that there are few cracks which will open up as we move ahead. Gavaskar reckons that batting will become difficult from the final session on Day 2. While the spinners will have their say, Sunny G points out that if the pacers use the bouncers well, they can trouble the batters. He says that bat first after winning the toss and post 450 odd runs and the game will be in the grip of the team.
  • Time for some red-ball action then. The hosts are in red hot form. At home, they are almost invincible. The visitors, they fought well in the T20I series but this is Test cricket. The inexperienced side will look to offer similar resistance to this strong Indian unit. Last time, when they had big names like Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers, Indians had blown them away. Will they be able to present any fight or the hosts will be able to shrug them off like they did last time? We will soon have the answers. Welcome to our coverage of the match. Toss and Pitch Report in a while.