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South Africa Vs India Live Score (Test)

3rd Test | 24 January, 2018 | The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

177 / 10 Overs73.3 R/R2.40 Fours18 Sixes1 Extras13

Match Status: Match Ended

Match Result: India beat South Africa by 63 runs

Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Dean Elgar 86 240 9 1
  • Okay then! 2-1 to South Africa. Had the Proteas not choked, they would have won 3-0. On the other hand, had India played a warmup game ahead of the series, their batsmen could have fared better and even won the series. Small moments mattered for each side but in the end, India competed hard. However, South Africa were the better side. Will that be the same in the limited overs? Have to say, India hold the edge. The first ODI starts on Thursday, 1st February, 2018 at 1300 local (1100 GMT). We take your leave. You can catch all the action from the final Aus-Eng ODI and the last NZ-Pak T20I. ADIOS! Take Care!
  • Series-winning captain Faf du Plessis says that India completely outplayed them in this Test. Blames the chances being put down as the reason for the loss. Further degrades the performance as being average, after the one in Centurion. Praises Elgar and Amla for their fight but then is also disappointed that the others could not take the team home. On a larger aspect, Faf is very happy to have won the series 2-1. Says that India are a fantastic team and South Africa have played very well to win the series against a strong team. On the upcoming series, Faf says that India are a very strong one day team and Australia are a very strong Test side but SA would take a lot of positives from this win.
  • VERNON PHILANDER is the MAN OF THE SERIES. Says that he is happy with his bowling performance. Is proud of his team's batting display though it could not come well in this one. Would have taken a win on his 50th Test but credits India for being a better team. On his immediate future, he says he will take some rest now, then resume training, then play a few domestic games before preparing for the Australia series.
  • BHUVNESHWAR KUMAR has been named the MAN OF THE MATCH. Says that he is very happy with his bowling performance and also because it came at the right moment. On his batting, he says that he always works hard on that aspect. Adds that the pitch was tough to bat on, there were a few awkward balls but overall it was not a difficult pitch to play.
  • Victorious Indian skipper Virat Kohli says that the Indian team needed some character to be shown but his side showed great guts and determination and took it down with a lot of challenge. Says that not many felt that batting first was a bad choice but his team proved everyone wrong. On being asked his feeling during the Elgar-Amla stand, Kohli admits that he was a touch nervoius, but he expected this from South Arica as they are the home soide. But he was also sure that one wicket would change things as new batsmen found it tough to score. Praise shis bowlers for not conceding runs. On India's perfomance this series, he says bowlers were the biggest positive and also admits that the batsmen will look at their faults and improve from those.
  • The second innings was the one where India played like a team. The batsmen took all the blows from the pitch which had begun to behave treacherously but braved the scenes to pile on a competitive 247. They could have bowled out for under 200 but the Proteas dropped two catches of Rahane and Bhuvi which shifted the momentum towards the visitors. Those small moments cost South Africa big time. Time for the presentation...
  • If we go back to what happened on Day 1 of this Test, it seems a long time ago, though it is only 3 days. After electing to bat, India were bundled out for only 187 after 50s from Kohli and Pujara. Seemed a modest total but as they say, never speak till both the teams have batted on it. South Africa followed a similar pattern to that of India's and could only get a lead of 7 with only Amla managing a half century. Jasprit Bumrah was the hero for India, picking up his first 5-wicket haul.
  • The second innings hero, Mohammed Shami, was the key for India. Only a wicket in the first innings but 5 in the second. He got reverse swing going and the Protea tail was wiped out pretty quickly. Throughout the day, the Indian bowlers toiled hard and eventually, their efforts borne fruit.
  • A tremendous turnaround. At 124/1 and chasing 241, it seemed an easy victory for the Proteas. The pitch was suddenly looking to behave well but a soft dismissal set things rolling for India. Amla chipped one to short mid-wicket and then, South Africa started to choke. They lost their last 9 wickets for just 53 runs and handed an improbable victory to the visitors.
  • Magnificent victory for India. Terrific scenes around. Kohli takes a moment to make a bow to the crowd and then sets off to celebrate with his mates. Guess that bow was to silence the partisan Jo'burg crowd which seemed to be supporting only one team today.
  • 73.3OUT! There is a deflection and that ends the game! Ngidi is caught behind. On a good length outside off, Ngidi tries a repeat of the previous stroke and to be honest, nothing is heard initially. The slip cordon goes up in an appeal again but the umpire stays calm. This time, Dinesh Karthik straightaway convinces his skipper to go for the review after taking the catch. Replays indicate a noise and the Snickometer shows a spike when the ball passes the bat. A 63-RUN WIN FOR INDIA!
  • This time India go for the review! Is this the end of the game?
  • 73.2Excitement for a caught behind but no review. On a length outside off, Ngidi looks to open the face of the bat and run it to third man but misses. The keeper appeals initially and then the entire slip cordon barges in. Kohli thinks about the review but Rahane from gully shakes his head. Nothing on the Snickometer.
  • 73.1A bouncer outside off, Ngidi lets it go.
  • 72.6SIX! Ahh... well, surprising. He decides to go for the boundary rather than the single. A length ball outside off, Elgar heaves it over mid-wicket and clears the ropes with ease! Good shot but that gets the number 11 on strike from the first ball to Shami. 177/9
  • 72.5The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 72.4FOUR! Nice shot. On a length outside off, Elgar waits for the ball to come to him and opens the face of the bat to guide it to third man!
  • 72.3That comes back in a long way, Elgar pushes at it but misses.
  • 72.2Outside off, played straight to point.
  • 72.1On middle and leg, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 71.6FOUR! PUMMELED! A length ball outside off, Ngidi blasts it down the ground for a boundary past the stumps at the other end! 167/9
  • 71.5ANOTHER DIRECT HIT WOULD HAVE ENDED THE MATCH. The Indians are smiling, laughing rather. Not sure about Kohli. Elgar squeezes this very full ball towards point and sets off for a quick single. He stutters in between and so does Ngidi after a start. But then they go through for the single and once again, Hardik Pandya is in action. He sees three stumps but prefers to take extra two seconds, then runs across and misses the sticks with his throw. He could have even run in and taken the bails off. Ngidi was nowhere in the frame and had also lost his bat before the crease.
  • 71.4On middle and leg, watchfully blocked.
  • 71.3On middle and leg, Elgar ducks.
  • 71.2Ohhh.. he is squared up there and edges one behind. Full and outside off, Elgar pushes at it but gets a thick outside edge which does not carry to Karthik.
  • 71.1Full on middle, flicked towards long on. Single not taken.
  • 70.6Full and outside off, he is not hanging around, drives a full ball outside off towards mid off. Could have left it alone. 162/9
  • 70.5DIRECT HIT WOULD HAVE ENDED THE MATCH. Elgar pushes this towards mid on and takes a quick single. It is Ishant Sharma over there and he charges in, bends low, slides and under-arms a throw at the bowler's end but misses it by a verrrrrrrrry small margin.
  • 70.4Beaten. On a length outside off, cuts back in a long way, DE pushes at it but misses.
  • 70.3Excellent yorker outside off, jammed towards cover.
  • 70.2Very full outside off, Dean digs it out watchfully.
  • 70.1A short ball outside off, Elgar sways away.
  • 69.6A short ball on middle, Lungi looks to pull but mistimes it to short leg. Well, with the match gone, might as well enjoy oneself. 161/9
  • Lungi Ngidi is the last man in. How long can he last?
  • 69.5OUT! Perfect delivery! This is the ball to be bowled to a tail-ender as opposed to softening him up with short stuff. A searing yorker, right on middle, Morkel is late in getting his bat down and the ball crashes into the stumps. India just a wicket away now.
  • 69.4Down the leg side, flicked towards fine leg for a single.
  • 69.3Fuller again, pushed to the off side at point.
  • 69.2The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 69.1Full and outside off, watchfully defended to the off side.
  • Morne Morkel is the new man in.
  • 68.6OUT! Number 8 goes. Full and outside off, tailing in just a little bit, Rabada looks to drive but is beaten by the movement and gets a thick outside edge straight to Cheteshwar Pujara at first slip. First wicket for Bhuvi. 160/8
  • 68.5On middle and leg, flicked wide of mid on.
  • 68.4Outside off, Rabada feels for it but misses.
  • 68.3Landed outside off, steered behind point for a single.
  • 68.2Outside off, punched through the covers for a couple.
  • 68.1Landed outside off, defended from the crease.
  • Who is next to face the music? Kagiso Rabada for now.
  • 67.6OUT! Bowled! Second wicket in the over and this game could be done in the next 5 overs. Full and outside off, Phehlukwayo looks to drive but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads, then crashes onto the stumps. Superb reverse swing bowling, cleaning up the tail. 157/7
  • 67.5Outside off, left alone again.
  • 67.4Outside off, pretty full, Phehlukwayo looks to push but misses.
  • Andile Phehlukwayo walks in at number 8, replacing Philander.
  • 67.3OUT! Dragged on! Well, when you live by the sword, you die by it too. Philander was looking to counter-attack and has paid the price for it. A short ball outside off, Philander looks to pull but gets a thick inside edge onto his stumps. Too loose. India hot favourites now.
  • 67.2Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
  • 67.1FOUR! Great shot. On a length outside off, Philander punches it on the up through the covers. Ishant Sharma starts to chase but then gives it up. Poor guy, he is tired after all the effort the whole day.
  • Mohammed Shami into the attack now.
  • 66.6Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 153/5
  • 66.5NOT OUT. Nothing on the Snicko. India lose a review but it is worth the punt. It could have been Elgar's wicket here. On a length outside off, Dean looks to push but there is a massive deviation once the ball passes the bat. Kumar appeals and so does Karthik but then the latter quietens down. The entire slip cordon asks Karthik but he says no to the review. Kohli still goes for it but Snickometer shows nothing when the ball goes past the bat.
  • Is that gone? The Indians seem confident that Elgar has nicked one behind. Dinesh Karthik says do not take the review but Kohli does exactly the opposite.
  • 66.4Full on middle and leg, flicked uppishly through square leg for a single.
  • 66.3On middle and leg, tucked through the leg side for a single. 89 more needed to win.
  • 66.2The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 66.1Outside off, Elgar nearly guides it to the keeper.
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar is back on.
  • 65.6Close run. Outside off, Elgar pushes it to the off side and sets off for a quick single. It is Hardik Pandya at short extra cover who quickly gets to the ball but instead of under-arming it at the striker's end, he takes a couple of extra seconds and then has a wild shy at the striker's end. Philander gets in and there is a chance of an overthrow but Philander has backed up too far. 151/5
  • 65.5Outside off, left alone.
  • 65.4Full on middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 65.3Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 65.2OUCH! Another one on the gloves. Back of a length outside off, Vernon looks to defend but the ball nips back in, then bounces and hits him hard on the gloves. Luckily for him, the ball goes just past the stumps. Philander is in pain again.
  • 65.1Outside off, Philander plays at it away from his body, a bit uppishly towards point.
  • 64.6Full and outside off, Elgar shoulders arms. 149/5
  • 64.5This one nips back in a long way, somehow Philander works it through square leg for a single.
  • 64.4Outside off, VP plays at that but the ball cuts back in to beat the inside edge.
  • 64.3Outside off, Vernon plays at that a bit loosely and punches it off the inner half of the bat towards the bowler.
  • 64.2Good shot. On a length outside off, Philander punches it past point and gets a couple.
  • 64.1Outside off, left alone.
  • 63.6Full and outside off, swinging in, VP looks to drive but perhaps the reverse on that makes the ball tail in and go off the inside edge through mid on. Gets off the mark. This could be all over pretty quickly. South Africa's lower order against a reversing ball on a defensive pitch. 146/5
  • 63.5That has taken off as well! Bumrah hits the crack and gets the ball to bounce, Vernon comes forward as it is on a length. He is taken aback by the bounce and takes a blow on the glove.
  • 63.4On a good length outside off, pushed to the off side. Philander wants a single but is sent back.
  • 63.3On a good length outside off, cutting back in, Philander looks to defend but misses and gets hit on the box. Ouch.
  • 63.2Outside off, solidly defended.
  • Vernon Philander walks in at number 7, replacing de Kock.
  • 63.1OUT! Dead plumb. India all over South Africa now. All the hard work done by Elgar and Amla is going to waste. On a length outside off, comes back in sharply, de Kock comes half forward to defend but misses and is hit right in front of the stumps. Bumrah appeals and umpire Ian Gould does not take much time to raise his finger. That is so plumb that de Kock does not even bother taking a review. Hitting leg stump, says Hawk Eye. South Africa need a MASSIVE 96 RUNS now, only 5 wickets left.
  • 62.6One more leave outside off, this time a normal one. 145/4
  • 62.5Outside off, Elgar makes an exaggerated leave.
  • 62.4Around middle and leg, defended to the leg side.
  • 62.3Outside off, Dean pushes it towards point.
  • 62.2That would have hurt. Comes back in from a length, Elgar is forward to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his ribs.
  • 62.1Outside off, pretty wide, left alone.
  • 61.6On middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a single. 145/4
  • 61.5The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 61.4On a good length outside off, DE looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads. Bumrah starts to appeal but the umpire has spotted the edge.
  • 61.3The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 61.2Full on middle, pushed towards mid on.
  • 61.1Around off, defended watchfully.
  • Quinton de Kock walks in now.
  • 60.6OUT! BOWLED! Ishant has roared India back into this Test! Oh boy, the ball is talking. The pitch is showing its true colours now. Nothing Faf could do about this. The ball is landed on a length outside off and Faf comes forward to defend. But the ball comes back in, stays low, goes on to hit the front pad and then onto the stumps! Ishant is roaring in fury. Boy, have India waited for such things to happen since last night. Faf du Plessis is on his haunches and smiles. Starts to walk back. 3-0 might just have gone out of the window now. 144/4
  • 60.5On middle and leg, worked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 60.4Outside off, coming in from around the wicket, DE trusts the bounce and shoulders arms.
  • 60.3Full and outside off, Elgar comes forward and keeps it out.
  • 60.2On a good length on middle and off, watchfully blocked out.
  • 60.1Outside off, left alone.
  • 59.6Landed outside off, left alone. 143/3
  • 59.5Full on middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 59.4Outside off, du Plessis feels for it again but misses once more.
  • 59.3Outside off, Faf feels for it but misses.
  • 59.2On middle and leg, du Plessis works it through square leg and takes a comfortable couple. Gets off the mark. 98 more needed to win.
  • 59.1Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 58.6Full and outside off, nicely kept out. 141/3
  • 58.5Outside off, watchfully blocked out.
  • 58.4Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
  • 58.3Outside off, defended from the crease.
  • 58.2The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 58.1Landed outside off, left alone.
  • Ishant Sharma to continue from the other end.
  • 57.6Full on middle, pushed to the leg side. 141/3
  • 57.5On middle and leg, worked wide of mid-wicket for a single.
  • 57.4A bouncer now, Dean ducks.
  • 57.3Around off, solidly defended.
  • 57.2Another couple, half volley on the pads, Dean works it through mid-wicket this time.
  • 57.1Down the leg side, Elgar tucks it through backward square leg, calls for two and gets two.
  • The Indians are back out in the middle with renewed vigour. Jasprit Bumrah to start off proceedings for the session. Elgar to face. Meanwhile, Parthiv Patel has not taken the field. DINESH KARTHIK has taken the gloves as a substitute. Apparently, Parthiv has a broken finger. When did he break, no idea. Here we go...
  • ... DAY 4, SESSION 3 ...
  • After that, Bumrah bowled a peach of a delivery which bamboozled de Villiers. Having said all that, South Africa still hold the advantage. Credit to Elgar and Amla for playing brave knocks on a tricky pitch. India, on the other hand, will believe that a couple of more breakthroughs can make the Protea camp very jittery. Still 42 overs are left in the day and it is possible to get a result today itself. Will South Africa stand tall and hold their nerves? Or will the tourists trigger a collapse to register a brilliant win? An absorbing final session awaits us.
  • Session Highlights - 29 overs, 67 runs, 2 wickets. India are right back into the contest with a roar. Two quick wickets right before Tea has opened the door for the visitors. Their bowlers bowled decently throughout but were not getting the results as Amla and Elgar were battling on even after getting hit on the body a few times. However, Amla's dismissal gave India a renewed confident that they can surge a fightback.
  • 56.6Landed outside off, shouldered arms. TEA ON DAY 4, South Africa need 105 runs, India need 7 wickets! 136/3
  • 56.5Outside off, Dean pushes it towards point for a single.
  • 56.4Fuller in length, Dean is solidly forward in defense.
  • 56.3One more leave outside off.
  • 56.2Outside off, left alone.
  • 56.1FOUR! Ahh... the play-leave-edge shot. On a good length outside off, Elgar comes forward to defend, but then decides to withdraw his bat. Is late and the ball goes off the outside edge past second slip to third man. Lokesh Rahul runs after it, gets to the ball with a dive, pulls it back in but while doing so, the cherry hits his body and rolls back on to the fence. 106 more needed for a win now. Elgar moves to 60.
  • Skipper Faf du Plessis walks in now. 6 minutes to Tea. South Africa in a mini-collapse.
  • 55.6OUT! One brings two, Amla gets AB with him too! Big, big moment in the game. India are right back in this. A length ball outside off, de Villiers pushes at this but then the ball bounces extra, takes the outside edge and lobs straight to Ajinkya Rahane at gully! The match is alive and kicking. AB flops again, 5 in the first innings, 6 in the second. South Africa still need 110 runs while India are 7 wickets short of avoiding a whitewash. Game on. 131/3
  • 55.5Outside off, AB drives it straight but cannot beat Virat Kohli at mid off.
  • 55.4Full and outside off, solidly defended.
  • 55.3Outside off, de Villiers flirts with it and misses.
  • 55.2On middle and leg, defended watchfully.
  • 55.1On middle, Elgar works it through square leg for a single.
  • 54.6A full toss, on middle, AB misses out, flicking it straight to short mid-wicket. 130/2
  • 54.5A short ball now, AB takes his head and gloves out of the way, with the bat as well.
  • 54.4Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
  • 54.3On a length outside off, AB blocks.
  • 54.2Outside off, left alone.
  • 54.1FOUR! Wrong line, gets too straight, de Villiers clips it past the keeper to the fine leg fence.
  • 53.6The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 126/2
  • 53.5Outside off, let through.
  • 53.4Comes around the wicket and lands it on a length, Dean is happy letting it go untouched.
  • 53.3Outside off, left alone again.
  • 53.2Stays back in his crease and blocks.
  • 53.1A short ball outside off, Elgar fends at it but misses.
  • 52.6MISFIELD FROM KOHLI! Full and outside off, de Villiers reaches out and drives it through mid off. Virat Kohli gets across to his left and dives but the ball goes through. Two runs to get AB de Villiers off the mark. 126/2
  • 52.5Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • AB de Villiers walks in at number 4, replacing Amla.
  • 52.4OUT! What has happened? Stop the press. A wicket has fallen out of nowhere. After 44 overs of toil, India have finally struck today. That too, of a nothing delivery. A gentle half volley on the pads, Amla flicks it away but straight to Hardik Pandya at short mid-wicket! The Indians rejoice. Kohli roars. The visitors have got an opening. 117 runs, 8 wickets.
  • 52.3EDGED, BUT SAFE! Amla gets lucky. Full and outside off, Amla pushes at that but the ball moves away a touch and takes the outside edge. It goes slowly to Cheteshwar Pujara at first slip who dives but the ball lands slowly.
  • 52.2Outside off, left alone.
  • 52.1That would have hurt. On a good length outside off, Amla looks to fend but the ball goes off the gloves and lands on the off side.
  • Ishant Sharma comes back on.
  • 51.6Wide down the leg side, No trouble at all for the batsman. 124/1
  • 51.5A length ball outside off, stays low, HA punches it but the ball goes off the toe end of the bat wide of mid off.
  • 51.4Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 51.3There it is! 38TH TEST FIFTY FOR AMLA! What an innings this has been. On a difficult pitch, he has stood tall. Managed to keep the Indians at bay so far. 118 more needed to win.
  • 51.2Landed outside off, Amla punches it behind point and gets a couple.
  • 51.1On a good length around off, solidly defended.
  • 50.6The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact. 119/1
  • 50.5Landed outside off, moving away slightly, Dean feels for it but misses.
  • 50.4Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 50.3On a good length around off, watchfully defended.
  • 50.2On a length around off, coming in, Amla works it wide of mid on. Ishant Sharma gets to the ball as it stops near the fence. Three runs taken. Just breaks the shackles a bit.
  • 50.1On a good length around off, solidly defended from the crease.
  • 49.6Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 116/1
  • 49.5Just taps it to the leg side and takes a quick run.
  • 49.4On a good length around off, defended from the crease.
  • 49.3The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 49.2A bouncer now, Amla ducks.
  • 49.1Full and down the leg side, flicked through square leg for a single.
  • Jasprit Bumrah is back on.
  • 48.6Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off. 114/1
  • 48.5The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 48.4Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
  • 48.3Full on middle, flicked straight to mid-wicket.
  • 48.2The batsman has punched that ball through the off side.
  • 48.1Back of a length outside off, defended solidly.
  • 47.6The batsman gets a bottom edge of the bat on that one. 114/1
  • 47.5On a good length outside off, solidly defended.
  • 47.4The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact.
  • 47.3A short ball now, Amla pulls it through square leg, a bit uppishly for a run.
  • 47.2Ahhh.... full and outside off, Elgar pushes inside the line and gets a thick inside edge towards fine leg. A single taken.
  • 47.1Outside off, left alone.
  • 46.6One more ball outside off, patience again from Amla as he lets it go. 112/1
  • 46.5Wide outside off, Hashim shoulders arms.
  • 46.4A full ball on middle, driven uppishly towards mid on.
  • 46.3The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman.
  • 46.2Hmmm.... some more inconsistent behaviour from this pitch. On a length outside off, Amla gets across, shoulders arms, but the ball kicks off and hits the gloves, landing short of the keeper.
  • 46.1Full and wide outside off, left alone.
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar is back on.
  • 45.6Outside off, played straight to point. 112/1
  • 45.5The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 45.4Wide outside off, let through.
  • 45.3The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 45.2FOUR! Lucky runs but that is the definition of not only this innings but mostly every knock from Elgar. Half the time he looks like he will get out but then ends making a big score. A lovely ball from Pandya, keeping it in the corridor of uncertainty and planting that seed of doubt in Elgar's mind. The southpaw comes forward to defend but at the last moment, thinks about withdrawing his bat. Is late and the ball goes off his gloves, past first slip, through the massive gap between first and third slip and races to the third man fence! Also brings up the 10TH TEST FIFTY FOR ELGAR. 129 more needed to win now.
  • 45.1Full and outside off, Elgar comes forward and smothers it.
  • 44.6Full and outside off, driven through the covers where substitute Ravindra Jadeja makes a good stop. 108/1
  • 44.5One more leave outside off.
  • 44.4Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 44.3A bouncer now, Hashim ducks.
  • 44.2Full and wide outside off, let through.
  • 44.1The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • DRINKS BREAK. Another good passage of play for the Proteas. Since Lunch, they have upped the ante, scoring 39 runs in 16 overs. India have not been able to get that magic ball to earn a wicket. They might slightly get worried, with the runs required now coming down to 133. Amla and Elgar have grown in confidence. Still, India will believe - one wicket and that can change the momentum.
  • 43.6Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 108/1
  • 43.5One more leave outside off.
  • 43.4Slightly wider than the previous ones, an easier leave for Elgar.
  • 43.3The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through again.
  • 43.2Closer to the off stump, shouldered arms to again.
  • 43.1Full and outside off, left alone.
  • 42.6A bouncer to end the over, HA ducks. 108/1
  • 42.5Angles this away from the batsman, landing the ball around off, Hashim shoulders arms.
  • 42.4Pitches this a touch fuller, gets Amla in a tangle as he shuffles across, induces a leading edge but the ball does not carry to gully.
  • 42.3Stays back in his crease and defends.
  • 42.2Works this through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 42.1Outside off, left alone.
  • 41.6Down the leg side, Dean misses his flick and Parthiv cannot stop it cleanly. Concedes a bye. 107/1
  • 41.5Wide outside off, left alone.
  • 41.4FOUR! The 100-RUN STAND IS UP! A short ball around off, Elgar pulls it through mid-wicket and gets a boundary!
  • 41.3Outside off, Dean feels for it but misses.
  • 41.2Outside off, Elgar runs it down to third man where Ishant Sharma dives to his right and saves the boundary. Two runs taken.
  • 41.1Outside off, defended from the crease.
  • 40.6Goes back in his crease and blocks. 100/1
  • 40.5On middle and leg, worked wide of mid-wicket for a single. 100 IS UP FOR SOUTH AFRICA and the crowd is up and cheering! Some fightback, this.
  • 40.4Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 40.3Outside off, Dean feels for it but misses.
  • 40.2On a length outside off, a touch wide, could have been left alone, but Elgar feels for it but misses.
  • 40.1Full and wide outside off, Elgar lets it through.
  • 39.6The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 99/1
  • 39.5Stays back in his crease and blocks.
  • Nice from umpire Ian Gould. He walks across to Dean Elgar and asks him whether he is fine after copping that blow. Elgar replies with a smile, so must be fine.
  • 39.4Outside off, played through point for a run.
  • 39.3Outside off, left alone.
  • 39.2Too short, on middle, Dean ducks and poor Parthiv Patel leaps full stretch. Cannot stop it completely and the batsmen take a couple of byes.
  • 39.1There comes the hit. OUCH. Hardik lands it on a good length on middle, Elgar looks to duck, then tries to fend. Is hit on the chest. Hardik gives a stare, Elgar doesn't care.
  • 38.6Walks across his stumps and Shami bowls it down the leg side, HA misses his flick again. That was not too far from the stumps. 96/1
  • 38.5On a good length around off, defended solidly.
  • 38.4Full and outside off, Hashim smothers it.
  • 38.3Full on middle, Amla gets across and chips it wide of mid on but Jasprit Bumrah covers good ground to his right and stops it with a dive.
  • 38.2Outside off, pushed through point for a single.
  • 38.1On middle and leg, defended watchfully.
  • Double change. Mohammed Shami to bowl from the other end.
  • 37.6The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 95/1
  • 37.5Another bouncer, Hashim ducks again. Second bouncer for the over signalled.
  • 37.5WIDE. A bouncer, banged in the middle of the pitch, Amla ducks and Parthiv has to leap to collect. The umpire stretches his arms. The stand is worth 90 now.
  • 37.4Around off, defended solidly.
  • 37.3Short and outside off, Elgar throws his bat at it and gets a thick outside edge over point. There is a man in the deep, so it is just a single.
  • 37.2The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 37.1Full and around off, Elgar pushes at it but gets a thick outside edge which does not carry to the slip cordon.
  • Hardik Pandya into the attack now.
  • 36.6Outside off, let through once more. 93/1
  • 36.5Good running again. 6 runs from the over, without much risk. Hashim just works it through fine leg, calls for two and gets two. 148 more needed to win now.
  • 36.4Outside off, let through.
  • 36.3Excellent running. A length ball on middle, Amla tucks it through square leg for a couple. Moves to 40.
  • 36.2Full on middle, pushed straight to mid on.
  • 36.1Outside off, Amla cuts it behind point and comes back for the second.
  • 35.6Full and outside off, pushed solidly to cover. 87/1
  • 35.5The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 35.4Full and outside off, pushed forward defensively.
  • 35.3Outside off again, let through once more.
  • 35.2Outside off, left alone.
  • 35.1FOUR! PLUNDERED! Where has that come from? A length ball around off, Elgar, who has been pushing and prodding, suddenly goes bang. Swings hard and gets it over square leg for a boundary! The partnership moves to 82.
  • 34.6The batsman defends it from within the crease. 83/1
  • 34.5Outside off, shouldered arms to.
  • 34.4FOUR! Full on middle, a bit too straight, Amla flicks it through mid-wicket and finds the boundary. 158 more to win now.
  • 34.3Down the leg side, Hashim misses his flick. Once again, the keeper is interested but not the bowler.
  • 34.2That is a cracker. On a good length outside off, Amla feels for it but the ball just straightens after pitching and beats the outside edge.
  • 34.1On a good length outside off, defended from the crease.
  • 33.6The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 79/1
  • 33.5Outside off, Elgar feels for it and the ball kicks off. Parthiv gets excited thinking that there is an edge but nothing in it.
  • 33.4Stays back in his crease and defends.
  • 33.3Another close shave! Boy, is Amla playing with his luck or what. Once again, he shuffles across his sticks and Ishant bowls it around off. Gets the ball to hit the batsman on the pads, goes up in an appeal as well but then quickly realizes that there is an inside edge before that. A single taken.
  • 33.2Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 33.1Close again! Amla shuffles across his stumps and Ishant bowls it really full, around middle and leg. The batsman misses his flick and the ball goes past the leg stump.
  • 32.6The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 78/1
  • 32.5Full and outside off, pushed away from his body towards cover.
  • 32.4On a good length outside off, Dean feels for it but misses due to the extra bounce.
  • 32.3Outside off, Elgar pushes at it but misses.
  • 32.2Short and outside off, Amla crunches it through point for a single.
  • 32.1Landed outside off, left alone.
  • 31.6Outside off, another play and a miss. 77/1
  • 31.5The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 31.4Full and wide outside off, nice temptation but DE resists.
  • 31.3Fuller this time, defended watchfully.
  • 31.2THAT HITS THE GLOVES. On a length around off, Dean comes forward to defend but the ball bites off the surface, kicks up, then pings the batsman on the gloves. He wrings his hand in pain.
  • 31.1Outside off, Elgar is once again in that should-i-play-or-should-i-leave zone, pushes forward initially but then at the last moment, takes his bat away.
  • 30.6Back of a length this time, defended back to the bowler. 77/1
  • 30.5On a good length outside off, Hashim gets across to flick but the ball goes off the inside edge onto his pads. Lobs in the air but gully cannot get to it.
  • 30.4Stays back in his crease and blocks it out.
  • 30.3Outside off, left alone.
  • 30.2On middle and leg, worked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 30.1Excellent fielding. Bumrah applauds his fielder and Rahane smiles. Short and outside off, Amla flashes hard and gets a thick outside edge. The ball lands just in front of Ajinkya Rahane at gully who throws himself to his left and half-stops it with one hand. The batsmen take a single. Amla moves to 30.
  • 29.6Landed outside off, dabbed to third man for a run. The stand is worth 70 now. 75/1
  • 29.5Full and wide outside off, Hashim gets across and then shoulders arms. The ball swings further away and poor Parthiv Patel has to dive in front of first slip to take that.
  • 29.4One more leave outside off.
  • 29.3Outside off, calmly left alone.
  • 29.2A little bit of a leg cutter there, landed outside off, Amla pushes at it but then the ball moves away past the outside edge. The speed gun shows 139 kph, but doubt that was 139.
  • 29.1Outside off, calmly left alone.
  • Ishant to continue his marathon.
  • 28.6The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 74/1
  • 28.5Comes around the wicket, lands it on a length outside off, Dean hops and defends.
  • 28.4FOUR! On the thigh pads, Elgar gets across and comfortably tucks it to the fine leg fence! Moves to 33 and South Africa need another 167 for a win.
  • 28.3Close! On a good length outside off, Amla pushes at it but gets a thick inside edge which goes past the stumps to fine leg! Could have so easily dragged it back onto the stumps. A single taken.
  • 28.2Stays back in his crease and blocks.
  • 28.1Outside off, played straight to point.
  • Not much has happened for India so far today. With the sun beating down, will the cracks open up? Would the dampness have dried out? The answer will be clearer in this session. Jasprit Bumrah to Hashim Amla first up...
  • ... DAY 4, SESSION 2 ...
  • The visitors will be slightly worried with that first session, not picking up a wicket and also the ball getting softer now. But this pitch is such that a wicket could suddenly open the floodgates. South Africa are still 172 runs behind, which is a lot on this track. Join us back at 1310 local (1110 GMT) for the second session.
  • India have managed to cut down the runs which means that scoring has become even more difficult for the Proteas. But apart from one loose shot from Elgar which went over the slips, both the batsmen have looked calm. Plenty of plays and misses for each, but both surviving.
  • India started off rather waywardly, probably trying too hard but the dampness in the pitch did not make the ball move as much as they would wanted it to. The runs started to come quickly initially but then India pulled it back nicely. Just to give a comparison - 23 runs came in the first 4.3 overs this morning. The remaining 15 overs have yielded only 29.
  • Attritional session. Just 52 runs in 19.3 overs but not a single wicket lost. South Africa will take this very happily and with the sun beating down now, hope that more good stuff will come.
  • 27.6On a length on middle. Elgar hops and then crouches to defend, don't ask me how but he has managed to survive an entire session. Along with Amla. Elgar is straightaway walking fast to the dressing room. He needs a break. LUNCH ON DAY 4, SOUTH AFRICA NEED 172 RUNS, INDIA - 9 WICKETS! 69/1
  • 27.5Full and straight, Amla gets across and eases it wide of mid on for a quick single.
  • 27.4On a length outside leg, Dean hops and tucks it towards fine leg for a single.
  • 27.3Pitched outside leg on a length, Elgar looks to work it to the leg side but misses and the ball goes off his pads towards gully.
  • 27.2Wide outside off, left alone.
  • 27.1Full and straight, defended back to the bowler.
  • 26.6Full and another one down the leg side, flicked just wide of leg gully for a run. 67/1
  • 26.5Full and down the leg side, flicked towards fine leg for a single.
  • 26.4Back of a length this time, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 26.3On a good length around off, watchfully defended back to the bowler.
  • 26.2FOUR! A rare bad ball, on a length around off, Amla gets across and tucks it fine, past the keeper and to the fence behind. The stand moves to 60 now and South Africa need another 176 runs.
  • 26.1On a length outside off, Amla shoulders arms.
  • Just in case you are wondering why these guys are still playing, the early morning rain had delayed the start to the day. Hence Lunch will be taken at 1230 local, which is around 10 minutes from now.
  • 25.6The batsman has punched that ball through the off side. 61/1
  • 25.5Stays back in his crease this time and blocks.
  • 25.4Very full on middle and leg, pushed towards mid on.
  • 25.3Similar line and length, watchfully played out.
  • 25.2On a length again, watchfully defended from the crease.
  • 25.1Full and outside off, a gentle tap to the off side for a quick single.
  • 24.6The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 60/1
  • 24.5Full and outside off, a push and a miss from DE.
  • 24.4A wild bouncer, way too high, comfortably ducked under.
  • 24.3On a good length again, Elgar hops and defends.
  • 24.2Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 24.1Outside off, played straight to point.
  • Jasprit Bumrah is back on.
  • 23.6FOUR! Nearly! A short ball on middle, Amla swivels and pull, uppishly, almost straight to Ajinkya Rahane at leg gully who has been placed for that shot. But somehow, the ball eludes that fielder and races to the square leg fence! Amla moves to 20. 60/1
  • 23.5Full on middle, driven straight to mid on again.
  • 23.4The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 23.3Full on middle, driven straight to mid on.
  • 23.2The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
  • 23.1Outside off, a play and a miss from Amla.
  • 22.6The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 56/1
  • 22.5The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 22.4FOUR! Edged and lucky! Full and outside off, Elgar throws his bat at that, pretty far from the body and gets a thick outside edge which flies over the slip cordon to third man!
  • 22.3On middle and leg, Elgar flicks it towards square leg.
  • 22.2The batsman has played it to the point region. They pick up a single.
  • 22.1Outside off, left alone.
  • 21.6On middle and leg, tucked to the leg side for a run. 51/1
  • 21.5The batsman has done well to keep that yorker at bay.
  • 21.4Full and outside off, DE pushes it through the covers and takes a quick single. Virat Kohli gets to the ball from mid off and has a wild throw at the bowler's end, almost knocking off Ian Gould. Kohli seems to be frustrated and angry.
  • Ian Gould now walks to the middle and throws some dirt off the pitch. Then asks Ishant to stay off the danger area.
  • 21.3Full again, but Dean stays back to defend.
  • 21.2The batsman was beaten and missed the line of the delivery.
  • 21.1On middle and leg, defended back to the bowler.
  • 20.6The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single. 49/1
  • Seems like Father Aleem does not like chats or sledging. He is immediately into Virat Kohli's ear who straightaway gives it back, complaining about something. Not sure what but Dar seemed to agree.
  • 20.5Full on middle and leg, flicked straight to square leg.
  • 20.4Around off, watchfully defended.
  • 20.3Outside off, moving away, Dean feels for it but misses.
  • 20.2Full and straight, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 20.1Landed on middle, defended from the crease.
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar is back on.
  • DRINKS are on the field now. The first hour has been negotiated nicely by the Proteas. No wicket lost, 31 runs scored and 11.3 overs seen off.
  • 19.6Full and around off, watchfully defended. 48/1
  • Virat Kohli now sledges Elgar a bit.
  • 19.5Full on middle, Elgar looks to defend but the ball squirts off the inside edge through square leg. A single taken.
  • 19.4Brave leave! On a length outside off, DE initially looks to defend but then, at the very last moment, takes his bat away! The ball misses the glove by just a few centimetres.
  • 19.3On a good length again, Dean feels for it but the ball zips past the outside edge.
  • 19.2Around off, defended properly this time.
  • 19.1Very full on middle and leg, stays low a touch, Elgar crouches low to dig it out.
  • Ishant Sharma to bowl now.
  • 18.6Landed around off, on a good length, Hashim defends it back. A few minutes ago, there was some misbehaviour from that very same length. 47/1
  • 18.5Landed pretty close to the off stump, left alone on length.
  • 18.4Around off, defended to the off side.
  • 18.3The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 18.2One more leave outside off.
  • 18.1Outside off, left alone.
  • 17.6Full on off, Amla gets across and wrists it wide of mid on for a quick run. 47/1
  • 17.5Full and outside off, Dean looks to drive but gets a thick outside edge which goes on the bounce to Ajinkya Rahane at third slip who fumbles and concedes a single. Elgar moves to 20.
  • 17.4Landed outside off, dabbed past gully to third man for a couple. The stand moves to 40 now.
  • 17.3Outside off, left alone.
  • 17.2Full and wide outside off, squeezed through the covers for a single.
  • 17.1On a good length outside off, pushed to the off side.
  • 16.6Full and around off, Amla pushes it down the ground and takes a quick single. 199 more to win now. 42/1
  • 16.5On a good length just outside off, Hashim quietly gets across and then lets it pass.
  • 16.4The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 16.3Outside off, left alone.
  • 16.2Around off and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 16.1Landed outside off, pretty much close to the stumps, shouldered arms to.
  • 15.6Outside off, watchfully pushed back. 41/1
  • 15.5The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 15.4Stays back in his crease and blocks.
  • 15.3Outside off, left alone.
  • 15.2Caught behind? Parthiv seems extremely confident. So does Lokesh Rahul. But the umpire is unmoved. No review. Another fine delivery, landed on a length outside off, Dean looks to play at it but the ball just holds its line instead of coming in and whizzes past the outside edge. Also the angle of the bat coming down makes it that much difficult for the batsman to play it down as he gets it from off to leg. There is a noise as the ball goes past and Parthiv instantly runs towards his bowler in celebration, along with Lokesh Rahul from one of the slips. But when the umpire turns it down and the Indian skipper asks about the review to his players, Parthiv calmly says no! What a piece of acting, brilliant.
  • 15.1On a good length around off, Elgar pats it down the track a bit uncomfortably.
  • 14.6Another back foot defense to end the over. 41/1
  • 14.5Around off, defended from the crease with a hop.
  • 14.4On a good length around off, HA gets across to flick but gets a leading edge to the off side.
  • 14.3Outside off, a touch wide, no problems for Hashim in letting it go.
  • 14.2Stays in his crease pretty deep and blocks this out.
  • 14.1On a good length outside off, Amla shoulders arms.
  • 13.6Landed outside off, angling away, let through. 41/1
  • 13.5The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 13.4Full on middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 13.3Full on middle, Elgar looks to defend but is squared up. The ball takes the outside edge but it lands well short of the slip cordon.
  • 13.2Defended off the back foot by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 13.1Landed outside off, on a length outside off, Amla feels for it but misses.
  • 12.6The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 40/1
  • 12.5On middle and leg, tucked to the leg side. Good stop by short mid-wicket.
  • 12.4Outside off, pretty wide, let through.
  • 12.3The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball - but fails.
  • 12.2FOUR! AWESOME! Full and outside off, Elgar leans and drives it through the covers for a boundary!
  • 12.1On a length on middle, Elgar looks to tuck but misses and is hit on the pads.
  • 11.6Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. 36/1
  • 11.5FOUR BYES! Not the best bit of keeping by Parthiv. On a length outside off, Elgar pushes at it but misses.
  • 11.4Outside off, another play and a miss.
  • 11.3Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 11.2Outside off, a play and a miss.
  • 11.1Down the leg side, Elgar looks to flick but misses and is hit on the pads.
  • Change of ends for Jasprit Bumrah.
  • 10.6Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 31/1
  • 10.5Around off, defended watchfully.
  • 10.4A short ball down the leg side, tucked towards fine leg for a single.
  • 10.3That has kicked off a length. Pitched around leg, Elgar looks to defend but the ball keeps on rising and whizzes past his vizor.
  • 10.2Around off, watchfully blocked.
  • 10.1Landed outside off, left alone.
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar into the attack now.
  • 9.6Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 30/1
  • 9.5Outside off, left alone.
  • 9.4FOUR! This is through the covers! Shami is again short and Amla crunches this through the covers. Kohli now has fielders protecting the boundary!
  • 9.3On a good length outside off, coming in, Hashim shuffles across and looks to flick but misses and wears it on the thigh pads. Shami appeals but height is the issue.
  • 9.2FOUR! MURDERED! Short and wide outside off, Amla crashes it behind point for a boundary!
  • 9.1A bouncer around off, Amla sways away.
  • Mohammed Shami to bowl from the other end.
  • 8.6Stays back in his crease and blocks. 22/1
  • 8.5The batsman does well to stand tall and play that short delivery.
  • 8.4This one shoots off too, from a length, Elgar somehow rides it down.
  • 8.4FIVE WIDES! That has come out of nowhere. Very first ball of the day. It is a bouncer, yes, but the ball pitches and then shoots towards the sky. Poor Parthiv has no chance even with a leap.
  • Okay! We are ready for the game to begin. The conditions are fairly overcast as Hashim Amla and Dean Elgar make their way out to the middle. They are smiling as of now, only time will tell for how long will they keep smiling once the pitch starts to misbehave. Jasprit Bumrah to continue his pending over.
  • 1030 LOCAL UPDATE - The umpires have had a look and are okay with a 11 am start. Lunch has been pushed back by half an hour while Tea will be extended by 15 minutes. The final session too, will be of 135 minutes, not to forget, the extra half hour available.
  • Mike Haysman informs us that there is some dampness on the pitch and on the outfield as well. Plenty of sawdust is sprayed on the field and the ground staff has its work cut out. Haysman adds that no one is sure when the game will start either. But he has a positive comment to end the topic - the forecast is clear for the rest of the day.
  • A DELAYED START. Not because of what happened last evening but because of the early morning shower. The umpires will have an inspection at 1030 local (0830 GMT). Let us wait then.
  • WEATHER - There were some showers early in the morning following which, the pitch was covered but now, that cover has been removed, which should enable a timely start.
  • PITCH REPORT - Shaun Pollock has a close look at the good length area where the cracks have gone wider. The grass cover is still there which is why the unevenness is present. Also, the divots around the cracks are deviating the ball in wild directions. He spots plenty of such divots in the areas between good and short lengths. Plenty of movement is predicted and a lot of hard work is desired from the batsmen. Also, majority of the hard work has to be done when the ball is new because once it gets softer, it will be easier to play.
  • When Sanjay Manjrekar makes such a fine observation, can the effervescent Harsha Bhogle be far behind? He has his own point to make. When the ball is between 1-40 overs old, it is hard and shoots off the cracks off a good length and hits the batsmen. But beyond the 40th over, the older ball is not that dangerous because it gets softer. So if the batsmen manage to negotiate the time till the 40th over, they could find life easier in the middle. Now, Jonty Rhodes asks - what if a couple of batsmen get hurt in the wrong areas in that period? A smile is what we get from all three gentlemen.
  • Sanjay Manjrekar makes a terrific observation. He has jotted down some points from the first and third Tests. He looks at the Cape Town pitch and says that yes, even there, the players were finding it difficult to play balls, with some of them coming near their faces. But over there, all balls shot from a short length - not a good length. Here, in this pitch, if look at the batsmen getting hit, apart from Dean Elgar, every other bloke has been hit from a good length. So he differentiates the two tracks pretty beautifully. The Cape Town pitch is a DIFFICULT pitch. The Johannesburg pitch is a DANGEROUS pitch.
  • In the press conference last evening, the Indians were ready to play while the Proteas were okay with whatever is the decision of the match officials. Not too surprised with the Indians ready to play, given that they are not batting anymore. Same goes for the South Africans - they did not complain when the Indians were getting hit. But as a personal opinion, I reckon better call this game off. Is a dead rubber that big a game wherein you risk a player getting hit? Not in my opinion, even if a side is robbed of a chance to win.
  • First things first. WE ARE PLAYING. There was a lot of talk regarding the pitch and plenty of uncertainty surrounded the future of this Test. But as of now, the official word is that PLAY WILL START ON TIME and the umpires will continue monitoring the pitch closely for any signs of further deterioration. Let's talk cricket then.
  • ... DAY 4, SESSION 1 ...
  • Right then, there is uncertainty looming over the game. Will the match get abandoned? Will it go forward? These questions remain unanswered for the time being. If play resumes tomorrow, South Africa will have to bat out of their skins to get back into the contest on this notorious pitch. Assuming that a tomorrow does come, do join us at 1000 local (0800 GMT) for all the action from Day 4. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
  • Kagiso Rabada was the standout bowler for the hosts and took a 3-fer. Morkel and Philander also took 3 wickets but they failed to make optimum use of the track. Chasing a target of 241 on this track is a daunting task and as they came out to bat again, they found it out. Shami nipped out Markram with a beauty of a delivery and bowled a fiery spell. Elgar took a few blows and looked completely at sea before that hit on the temple which halted the game.
  • India's day completely and they are in pole position at the moment. Even though they lost a couple of quick wickets, Kohli showed a lot of confidence and guided his side to safe harbors along with Rahane. They batted sensibly, showed positive intent whenever required and put the poor balls away at ease. It is important to assert yourself on a track which is playing a lot of tricks. The Indians doing that dented the morale of the Proteas and they also dropped some catches to let the game slip away. Kumar also played a very useful knock down the order and proved his street smartness while Shami had fun to loot away some runs.
  • For now, it is STUMPS ON DAY 3. What a way to go into the break. Full of drama. Nothing about the match status as yet.
  • More drama. The floodlights were already switched on and it has started to drizzle! On come the covers. Looks a passing shower but play is suspended for now.
  • The on-air commentators explain us about the situation. They say that the umpires need to consult both the captains before calling the game off. Meanwhile, Kohli and du Plessis walk inside along with the umpires. Certainly it has got to do with the safety of the batsmen but you need to be fair to both the sides. Kohli is definitely not happy but Shastri calms him down. Guess it is going to be a heated room under air-conditioning.
  • Ok. THE PLAYERS ARE WALKING OFF THE FIELD. Virat Kohli is understandably not happy with the situation. His gestures seem to indicate that India braved the same pitch the whole day. But he has no option other than walking off. Match referee Andy Pycroft has walked out to the middle, had a chat with the umpires and then walking back. Coach Ravi Shastri wants some confirmation and Pycroft gives him some news. Nothing more.
  • This is now getting out of control. The balls are exploding like a bomb does. A lot of thinking to do for the umpires. Ian Gould and Aleem Dar are walking across towards the boundary in silence. The match referee, Andy Pycroft is being called into action. Grim faces in the South African dressing room. Faf du Plessis is waiting in anticipation. There is some arm waving from Dar. He is walking towards Virat Kohli who is looking angry. He has a right to be that way as India also batted on this surface.
  • 8.3OUCH! On the helmet! This is really shocking. The pitch, really. Poor Elgar. Thank God, he is alive. A short ball, outside off, Elgar looks to hop and fend but the ball bounces out of nowhere, goes above the glove and hits him right above the grille of the helmet. Elgar straightaway takes his helmet and gloves off and calls for the physio. Ajinkya Rahane is the first one to check with Elgar and now Hashim Amla comes over. This does not look good at all. The umpires get together for a chat while Elgar receives medical attention.
  • 8.2On middle, tucked through square leg for a couple.
  • 8.1On middle and leg, Elgar looks to tuck but misses and is hit on the thigh pads.
  • Jasprit Bumrah is into the attack. He got a fifer in the first innings. India will pin their hopes on him to be at his belligerent best.
  • 7.6Ooh.. Shami is breathing fire! Bowls a pacy delivery around off and gets it to skid after pitching. Amla covers the line and keeps it out. 15/1
  • 7.5Short of a length outside off, punched firmly off the back foot through covers. Kohli sprints after it and does well to restrict the batsmen to only a run.
  • 7.4FOUR! Stylishly played! Short of a length around off, Elgar lifts his front leg and pulls it past the short leg fielder to the deep square leg fence. He is not going to go down with a fight.
  • 7.3Hitting the deck hard at 141 clicks, Elgar sits back and does well to keep it out.
  • 7.2Well played eventually! On a length on off, lifts off a bit. Elgar plays it with soft hands towards the gully region.
  • 7.1Short of a length ball in line of the stumps, defended stoutly off the back foot.
  • 6.6Another one in the avenue of anxiety, Hashim is in no mood to flirt with it. 10/1
  • A leg gully in place now.
  • 6.5Back of a length ball in that probing off stump channel, Amla watches it closely and leaves it alone.
  • 6.4The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 6.3In line of the stumps, swinging in, tucked to fine leg to rotate strike.
  • 6.2Angling across the southpaw. He plants his front foot across to allow it through.
  • 6.1Slips this one down the leg side, Elgar misses out on a scoring opportunity as he fails to flick it through.
  • 5.6Bhuvi has his hands on head! Good length ball, some nibble in the air. Amla is opened up in his stance and gets it off the outer half towards point. Probing stuff from Shami. 9/1
  • 5.5Hangs deep in the crease to this one and tucks this to the leg side for a run.
  • 5.4Shami certainly has his tail up! Bowls a back of a length ball outside off at 143 clicks and it zips through the surface. Elgar lets it go.
  • 5.3Ooh.. these blows are getting so common now! Back of a length ball, climbing on the southpaw. He takes his bottom hand off but gets an inside edge onto his hips and the ball falls down safely. That is why the short leg is in place.
  • 5.2The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 5.1This is good bowling! Fullish delivery on leg stump, swinging away to square Elgar up. He somehow manages to keep it down on the track.
  • 4.6Short of a length delivery, rising up. Amla hops and tackles it well. 8/1
  • 4.5In the corridor of uncertainty, Hashim doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 4.4Ouch! Good length ball outside off, angling in, defended by taking the bottom hand off the handle.
  • 4.3Continues to bowl in the probing off stump channel, Amla makes an assured leave.
  • 4.2Well played! Shoots off from a length around off, Amla watches it closely and dabs it wide of the slip cordon. Rahul chases it down and keeps the batsmen down to a brace.
  • 4.1Exaggerated movement! On a good length outside off, shaping away a mile. Amla shuffles across to let it through.
  • 3.6A stifled appeal for a caught behind not paid heed to! Length ball down the leg side, Elgar looks to clip but misses. Patel takes it and appeals politely but the umpire doesn't budge. There was no bat involved. 6/1
  • 3.5Similar length ball, kept out watchfully.
  • 3.4That's a jaffa! Short of a length ball outside off, angling in with extra bounce. Elgar keeps his eyes on it and drops his wrists to make a good leave.
  • 3.3The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 3.2Makes good use of the depth of the crease to the back of the length ball and answers it with a straight bat.
  • 3.1Shami is not going to let Elgar off the hook! Attacks him with a shortish ball around off, Elgar hops and fends it out awkwardly towards short leg.
  • 2.6A bit wide outside off to make Amla play and he doesn't bother about it. 6/1
  • 2.5Fuller in length outside off, played with soft hands to covers for a brisk single.
  • 2.4In the channel outside off, not fiddled with.
  • 2.3Beaten! Kumar changes his angle and comes from around the wicket. Bowls a length ball around off and the ball seams away after pitching. Elgar has a poke at it and misses.
  • 2.2The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 2.1Oh no! Elgar looks to be in a lot of trouble! On a length around off, shoots off significantly. Elgar tries to shoulder his arms as any batsman will try to do but this pitch is uncertain. The ball hits him flush on the gloves. He is walking away and has a look of anguish on his face. Calls for the physio straightaway.
  • Another case of the pitch being dangerous. The umpires get together to have a discussion. However, the game continues.
  • Hashim Amla strides out to bat. He played a really good knock in the first innings. His team needs him to rise to the occasion.
  • 1.6OUT! India are on the attack! What a delivery to get rid of the right-hander. He steams in from over the wicket and bowls a short of a length ball around off. Probably hits one of the cracks and moves away significantly. Markram could have left it alone but the variable nature of the pitch makes him fish at it. Ends up getting a nick behind. It is traveling at a fast pace. Patel moves to his right, leaps in the air and takes a stunning catch. He is fired up and so is Shami. Seems like the pep talk from Ravi Shastri has rubbed off on the quickie. South Africa look jittery. 5/1
  • 1.5Another good short ball, tucked away awkwardly towards fine leg for a run.
  • 1.4The batsman gets up on his toes to play that one.
  • 1.3Testing stuff! Shortish ball around off, climbing on Elgar. He gets into an uncomfortable position and fends it off towards short leg.
  • 1.2Back of a length delivery, defended stoutly off the back foot.
  • 1.1Starts off with a bouncer, Elgar ducks under it.
  • Mohammed Shami to share the new ball from the other end.
  • 0.6Good cricket all around! Full delivery outside off, shaping away. Markram remains circumspect in approach and allows it through. 4/0
  • 0.5The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 0.4Full outswinging ball outside off, left alone.
  • 0.3Similar length ball, a bit of nibble in the air. Markram comes forward and defends it solidly.
  • 0.2Peach! Fuller in length just outside off, swinging away. Aiden pushes at it tamely and misses.
  • 0.1FOUR! Great way to start the innings for South Africa! Fullish delivery, swinging in, Markram stays well balanced and clips it through square leg to find the fence. All about timing and grace.

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