1st Test,
Sri Lanka tour of Bangladesh, 2018, Chittagong

Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka

31 January 2018 09:00 (IST)

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

South Africa vs India

India 4th Inn:151/10 (50.2)

Ishant Sharma 4 (10);
Lungisani Ngidi* 12.2-3-39-6; Kagiso Rabada 14-3-47-3;

Last bat: Jasprit Bumrah

Result: South Africa won by 135 runs.

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India 2nd Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Murali Vijay b Rabada 9 25 1 0 36
Lokesh Rahul c Maharaj & b Lungi Ngidi 4 29 0 0 13.79
Cheteshwar Pujara runout (de Kock) 19 47 2 0 40.43
Virat Kohli(c) lbw Lungi Ngidi 5 20 1 0 25
Parthiv Patel(wk) c Morne Morkel & b Rabada 19 49 2 0 38.78
Rohit Sharma c de Villiers & b Rabada 47 74 6 1 63.51
Hardik Pandya c de Kock & b Lungi Ngidi 6 12 0 0 50
Ravichandran Ashwin c de Kock & b Lungi Ngidi 3 6 0 0 50
Mohammed Shami c Morne Morkel & b Lungi Ngidi 28 24 5 0 116.67
Ishant Sharma not out 4 10 1 0 40
Jasprit Bumrah c Philander & b Lungi Ngidi 2 6 0 0 33.33
             
Extras(b - 4, lb - 0, w - 1, nb - 0)5
Total(151 all out in 50.2 overs)151 (3 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/11 (Murali Vijay, 7.5 ov.) 2/16 (Lokesh Rahul, 11.1 ov.) 3/26 (Virat Kohli, 15.6 ov.)
4/49 (Cheteshwar Pujara, 26.1 ov.) 5/65 (Parthiv Patel, 29.5 ov.) 6/83 (Hardik Pandya, 35.3 ov.)
7/87 (Ravichandran Ashwin, 37.1 ov.) 8/141 (Rohit Sharma, 47.2 ov.) 9/145 (Mohammed Shami, 48.2 ov.)
10/151 (Jasprit Bumrah, 50.2 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Vernon Philander 10 3 25 0 2.5  
Kagiso Rabada 14 3 47 3 3.36  
Lungisani Ngidi 12.2 3 39 6 3.16  
Morne Morkel 8 3 10 0 1.25 (1w)
Keshav Maharaj 6 1 26 0 4.33  
               

South Africa 2nd Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Aiden Markram lbw Bumrah 1 8 0 0 12.5
Dean Elgar c Rahul & b Shami 61 121 8 1 50.41
Hashim Amla lbw Bumrah 1 10 0 0 10
AB de Villiers c Parthiv Patel & b Shami 80 121 10 0 66.12
Faf du Plessis(c) c & b Bumrah 48 141 4 0 34.04
Quinton de Kock(wk) c Parthiv Patel & b Shami 12 5 3 0 240
Vernon Philander c Vijay & b Ishant 26 85 2 0 30.59
Keshav Maharaj c Parthiv Patel & b Ishant 6 8 1 0 75
Kagiso Rabada c Kohli & b Shami 4 29 1 0 13.79
Morne Morkel not out 10 11 2 0 90.91
Lungisani Ngidi c Vijay & b Ashwin 1 10 0 0 10
             
Extras(b - 2, lb - 5, w - 1, nb - 0)8
Total(258 all out in 91.3 overs)258 (2.82 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/1 (Aiden Markram, 1.2 ov.) 2/3 (Hashim Amla, 5.3 ov.) 3/144 (AB de Villiers, 41.1 ov.)
4/151 (Dean Elgar, 45.5 ov.) 5/163 (Quinton de Kock, 47.4 ov.) 6/209 (Vernon Philander, 73.4 ov.)
7/215 (Keshav Maharaj, 75.6 ov.) 8/245 (Kagiso Rabada, 87.2 ov.) 9/245 (Faf du Plessis, 88.4 ov.)
10/258 (Lungisani Ngidi, 91.3 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Ravichandran Ashwin 29.3 6 78 1 2.64  
Jasprit Bumrah 20 3 70 3 3.5 (1w)
Ishant Sharma 17 3 40 2 2.35  
Mohammed Shami 16 3 49 4 3.06  
Hardik Pandya 9 1 14 0 1.56  
               

India 1st Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Murali Vijay c de Kock & b Maharaj 46 126 6 0 36.51
Lokesh Rahul c & b Morne Morkel 10 21 2 0 47.62
Cheteshwar Pujara runout (Lungi Ngidi) 0 1 0 0 0
Virat Kohli(c) c de Villiers & b Morne Morkel 153 217 15 0 70.51
Rohit Sharma lbw Rabada 10 27 2 0 37.04
Parthiv Patel(wk) c de Kock & b Lungi Ngidi 19 32 3 0 59.38
Hardik Pandya runout (Philander) 15 45 2 0 33.33
Ravichandran Ashwin c du Plessis & b Philander 38 54 7 0 70.37
Mohammed Shami c Amla & b Morne Morkel 1 9 0 0 11.11
Ishant Sharma c Markram & b Morne Morkel 3 20 0 0 15
Jasprit Bumrah not out 0 2 0 0 0
             
Extras(b - 8, lb - 1, w - 2, nb - 1)12
Total(307 all out in 92.1 overs)307 (3.33 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/28 (Lokesh Rahul, 9.3 ov.) 2/28 (Cheteshwar Pujara, 9.4 ov.) 3/107 (Murali Vijay, 36.5 ov.)
4/132 (Rohit Sharma, 45.5 ov.) 5/164 (Parthiv Patel, 53.4 ov.) 6/209 (Hardik Pandya, 67.1 ov.)
7/280 (Ravichandran Ashwin, 81.3 ov.) 8/281 (Mohammed Shami, 82.6 ov.) 9/306 (Ishant Sharma, 90.4 ov.)
10/307 (Virat Kohli, 92.1 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Keshav Maharaj 20 1 67 1 3.35  
Morne Morkel 22.1 5 60 4 2.71 (1w)
Vernon Philander 16 3 46 1 2.88  
Kagiso Rabada 20 1 74 1 3.7  
Lungisani Ngidi 14 2 51 1 3.64 (1w)
               

South Africa 1st Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Dean Elgar c Vijay & b Ashwin 31 83 4 0 37.35
Aiden Markram c Parthiv Patel & b Ashwin 94 150 15 0 62.67
Hashim Amla runout (Hardik Pandya) 82 153 14 0 53.59
AB de Villiers b Ishant 20 48 2 0 41.67
Faf du Plessis(c) b Ishant 63 142 9 0 44.37
Quinton de Kock(wk) c Kohli & b Ashwin 0 1 0 0 0
Vernon Philander runout (Hardik Pandya) 0 6 0 0 0
Keshav Maharaj c Parthiv Patel & b Shami 18 54 3 0 33.33
Kagiso Rabada c Hardik Pandya & b Ishant 11 34 0 0 32.35
Morne Morkel c Vijay & b Ashwin 6 9 1 0 66.67
Lungisani Ngidi not out 1 4 0 0 25
             
Extras(b - 0, lb - 8, w - 0, nb - 1)9
Total(335 all out in 113.5 overs)335 (2.94 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/85 (Dean Elgar, 29.3 ov.) 2/148 (Aiden Markram, 47.3 ov.) 3/199 (AB de Villiers, 62.4 ov.)
4/246 (Hashim Amla, 80.5 ov.) 5/250 (Quinton de Kock, 81.1 ov.) 6/251 (Vernon Philander, 83 ov.)
7/282 (Keshav Maharaj, 98.5 ov.) 8/324 (Kagiso Rabada, 110.3 ov.) 9/333 (Faf du Plessis, 112.4 ov.)
10/335 (Morne Morkel, 113.5 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Jasprit Bumrah 22 6 60 0 2.73  
Mohammed Shami 15 2 58 1 3.87  
Ishant Sharma 22 4 46 3 2.09  
Hardik Pandya 16 4 50 0 3.13  
Ravichandran Ashwin 38.5 10 113 4 2.91  
               
All|Overs 1-50|Overs 51-100
4

to Vijay, FOUR, punched in front of point. Sees the ball pitching back of a length and gets into a position quickly. "Time not an issue for India," Holding on air

W

to Vijay, out Bowled!! Everyone predicted that. gets this one to keep low outside off, and the ball nips back in further to take the cue-end and hit the stumps. Not much Vijay could do about that. Vijay b 9(25) [4s-1]

W

Ngidi to Rahul, out Caught by Maharaj!! That shot, on this pitch, calls for a warrant. Can't even label it as beginner's luck for Ngidi. First ball and Rahul's steered that straight to Maharaj at point. Walks back through the stairs, with a South African fan screaming at his face. Sometimes, you earn it. Rahul c Maharaj b Ngidi 4(29)

4

Ngidi to Kohli, FOUR, streakily off. Finds himself squared up big time with the late away movement as he looks to play for the incoming angle in his glance. Zips away just enough, and the leading edge too is just enough to run away through gully. Breaks the 25-ball dot barrage

4

Ngidi to Pujara, FOUR, wristy flick off the pads to fine leg, where Morne slips I think in the process of sliding and fielding.

W

Ngidi to Kohli, out Lbw!! Ngidi has set the hell out of Kohli here. Bowled three balls outside off, and then got one to nip in and keep low. Given out and Kohli reviews. No inside edge, suggests the snicko. He was totally undone there. Not even close to flicking that into the leg-side. And the ball-tracking sports three reds. It's all over for India. Well, almost. Ngidi punches the air in delight. Kohli didn't walk off immediately there. Someone might have said something. Kohli stares back, mutters something and then walks. Well, you get what you give. Kohli lbw b Ngidi 5(20) [4s-1]

4

to Pujara, FOUR, that's one of Pujara's scoring shots. Fraction shortish outside off, Pujara uses the width and then dabs it late, through gully and to the unmanned third man fence

W

to Parthiv Patel, out Pujara Run Out!! 2 runs completed. Pujara is out! Suicidal running again. Can't take on AB. Just can't. He would want to forget this Test in a hurry. Run-out in both innings. "Ultra slow" is the call from Mikey Holding. The third ump taking his time to just confirm the call. There was no need for that. Absolutely bonkers is Pujara. Why did he run for the third, only he will know. Ngidi the first man who chased it and pulled it back and what awareness from AB as well, he tagged along and then fired in a throw on the half-volley to de Kock, who whipped the bails off. Not sure who called for the third and if it was Pujara, then totally wrong - because he was turning blind and running to the danger end. And it is AB. Everything pointing towards disaster. Even a dive isn't enough. And that is a desperate one too. Kettleborough makes sure that the bail is completely off before giving it out. Someone in the Protea camp was frustrated at the delay from the third ump quipping - "this might take a whole day". Gift of a wicket and the first Indian to be dismissed run-out in both innings of a Test. Pujara run out (de Villiers/de Kock) 19(47) [4s-2]

4

to Parthiv Patel, FOUR, that's Parthiv Patel at his best. Length delivery outside off, Parthiv Patel gets forward and laces it on the up, cover and mid-off didn't move an inch. That raced off the middle of the bat

4

to Rohit, FOUR, soft hands and four. Wide of the diving AB. Good length on off, Rohit defends and the thick edge beats AB's dive at second slip and rolls away to the ropes

4

to Parthiv Patel, FOUR, magnificent on-drive. Rohit places his hand on his head after that shot and breaks into a smile. Parthiv Patel does the same too. Overpitched by and Parthiv Patel got forward to cream that past the stumps. Right off the middle of the bat and a high elbow to boot as well. Picture-perfect hit

W

to Parthiv Patel, out Caught by Morne Morkel!! My word. Morne has done a McGrath. Reminiscent of the Aussie's take at Sydney off Michael Vaughan in an Ashes Test. What a catch and the entire Protea camp including the subs run towards him to hug. They are mobbing him. Even the sunglasses didn't come off. How unlucky is Parthiv Patel? He has gutsed it out, put his body on the line and shown exemplary character to hang in there and just when he was looking good, hits a good pull shot, but in the air, still lots of work for Morne to do from fine leg. He runs to his right and then dives at the right time, catches it with both hands and then begin the celebrations. Parthiv Patel made no effort to roll his wrists and keep it down. Glum faces again in the Indian camp. Brilliance from Morne. Parthiv Patel c Morne Morkel b 19(49) [4s-2]

4

to Rohit, FOUR, he is willing to go down guns blazing, if that is the case. Full on the stumps, Rohit plays an ODI shot, flamingo flick over mid-wicket and nearly all the way, one bounce over the ropes

4

to Rohit, FOUR, well in control and wide of gully. Again AB with a fantastic sprint, dives head-first but can't pull it back. On a good length and outside off, defended wide of gully and it runs away

W

Ngidi to Hardik Pandya, out Caught by de Kock!! Hardik Pandya has had an even worse match than Pujara. This is a shot he deserves to be dropped for like how Damien Martyn; the stylish and talented Aussie - was for costing his side the match at Sydney in 94. Took him 6-7 years to make a comeback. One shot and the selectors were so cruel on him. I don't think the Indian selectors will do the same. This is short and wide outside off, he reaches out and does well to get bat on it, in all fairness. And another sensational grab from de Kock, leaps to his right at full stretch and then gloves it at the end of his fingers, one-handed and holds on. What was he thinking? Today's procession is becoming a circus now. Hardik Pandya c de Kock b Ngidi 6(12)

OT

Ngidi to Ashwin, no run, given not out for a caught behind appeal and Faf reviews, even though he doesn't want to. Probably forced by Ngidi who believed that it took the glove on the way to de Kock. Good short delivery at the body of Ashwin who was arching back, dropped his gloves and the ball flicked the end of the shirt. Bad call. Gough getting it right again

W

Ngidi to Ashwin, out Caught by de Kock!! Edged and gone. Ngidi gets a hug from his skipper. No footwork from Ashwin, but that's how he plays. Relies more on hand-eye co-ordination. Full outside off, edges the drive and de Kock takes a simple one. Ashwin c de Kock b Ngidi 3(6)

4

Ngidi to Shami, FOUR, in the air and over backward point. Wide of Maharaj. Shortish outside off, Shami pokes and gets lucky. Runs away to the fence

4

to Rohit, FOUR, good sweep. Kneels down and hits it in front of square, clean strike

6

to Rohit, SIX, that's Rohit in his ODI avatar. Dances down and gets to the pitch before lofting it cleanly, over mid-on and all the way for six. Positive use of the feet and six

4

to Shami, FOUR, Morne can't pull off another beaut. Drilled flat and low to his right at long-on, he went for it diving, but it bounced in front of him and ran away. Was full and Shami slugged it away

4

Ngidi to Shami, FOUR, looks to drive at a wide delivery and gets the outside edge flying over a leaping gully fielder. He'll get four here

4

to Shami, FOUR, thrashes it through backward point. Stands tall and throws his bat at the width, carting the ball away uppishly

4

to Rohit, FOUR, short ball down leg and Rohit's taken it on with a hook shot. Pastes it through fine leg

4

to Rohit, FOUR, and again. A little quicker this time from and Rohit is less in control. Plays it off the top-edge and luckily has it deflecting wide of de Kock there, to his left

D

to Rohit, 1 run, short but legal - below the shoulders - Rohit pulls and nearly holes out to Amla at square leg. The fielder's close-in there, it was flying over his head, so was a difficult take. Amla jumps but doesn't get hold of it

W

to Rohit, out Caught by de Villiers!! ABD is omnipotent. He's now been found at long leg, diving forward and swallowing Rohit's top-edge. Inches above the ground, body in air, and his mane tucked under his shirt, perhaps. One felt that South Africa had overdone the short ball ploy to Rohit but it pays off. He's mistimed one and there's AB to take care of whatever could go wrong for South Africa. Rohit c de Villiers b 47(74) [4s-6 6s-1]

4

Ngidi to Shami, FOUR, that's flown away somewhere. Charges down, aims cow corner and is surprised by the plans Universe has for him. Off the leading edge and landing safely around third man, evading the fly slip in place

W

Ngidi to Shami, out Caught by Morne Morkel!! Ngidi, Ngidi! He's a five-for on debut! Look at him: A touch emotional, caught in the middle of some overwhelming hugs. His selection over Morris has paid off and gosh he's celebrated the fact with a namastey. Shami was always going to play his shots. Jumps down the track, sees the length shortened and still goes for the front-footed flat-batted smack. Finds Morne at mid-on. Shami c Morne Morkel b Ngidi 28(24) [4s-5]

4

to Ishant, FOUR, full outside off, Ishant's feet don't move but the hands do. Slices this through point and collects a boundary

W

Ngidi to Bumrah, out Caught by Philander!! South Africa bring India's run of nine series wins to a screeching halt! Bumrah is early into the push and chips it to Philander at short mid-off, giving Ngidi his sixth wicket of the innings. It's all over. Bumrah c Philander b Ngidi 2(6)

W

to Markram, out Lbw!! kept running towards his fielders as he appeals for LBW, it's given OUT and Markram walks. That was unplayable and it's just the start India wanted. Markram will feel mighty unlucky, this was an absolute shooter, kept coming back with the angle, didn't rise one bit. Markram was caught hopping in his crease, desperately tried to get his bat down, no dice, the ball thudded into the back-pad, adjacent to off-stump. It was only going one way and that was hitting the middle of middle, easy call for umpire Gough. Markram doesn't bother to review, off he goes. Markram lbw b 1(8)

W

to Amla, out Lbw!! and India get a second wicket with the low bounce. Almost a carbon copy of Markram's dismissal, this one nipped back in from a length, kept low and thudded into Amla's pads. He was so deep in his crease that he knew he was a goner as soon as he missed, the impact was in front of middle and the ball was crashing into the leg-stump. Another easy call for umpire Gough and South Africa are in a spot of bother. India are cock-a-hoop and South Africa are effectively 31/2. Amla lbw b 1(10)

4

to de Villiers, FOUR, that was close, though he had AB there, just that a tiny speck of an inside edge saved the batsman. He was shuffling across a long way, this was a low full-toss that dipped in sharply, the inside edge is found and it beats Parthiv to the fence

4

to Elgar, FOUR, edged and four, some relief for Elgar, though he didn't play it well. This one hit the deck and moved away with the seam, drew Elgar into poking at that, the edge is found and it splits the gap between second slip and gully

4

to de Villiers, FOUR, classy from AB, fraction short and wide of off, AB stands tall and punches it square on the off-side, the man in the deep has no chance

4

to de Villiers, FOUR, pitches the ball up and has been driven down the ground with a drive played on the up. The bowler wanted the batsman to be playing at a ball and landed it too much in his range for him to stroke the ball away with the full face of the bat

4

to de Villiers, FOUR, bad ball, put away. Dropped short and the batsman rocked back to cut it away past the man at cover for a four. The quick transfer of movement onto the back foot was a delight to the eyes

4

to Elgar, FOUR, slow low friendly full toss and the batsman whips the ball away past mid-wicket for a four. That was a freebie and South Africa's leading run-getter of 2017 puts the ball away easily

4

to de Villiers, FOUR, on-drive of the highest order! The ball was pitched up and the batsman leant into the delivery to caress the ball past the man at mid-on, who could have afforded a dive there. But then it was Ashwin!!

4

to Elgar, FOUR, leaks out a full-toss and the batsman slog sweeps the ball away. Kohli ain't happy and asks his bowler to land six balls in the same area. That was a freebie

6

to Elgar, SIX, loopy delivery on middle and pitched up too much, coming in with the angle and Elgar uses his reach to clear his front leg and deposits it just over long-on

4

to Elgar, FOUR, short of a length on off from round the wicket, seaming in sharply and shooting towards the batsman's face who tries to take evasive action and gets it off the top-edge, goes between the keeper and 1st slip to third man for four. The keeper's catch for sure. They have to take these. Parthiv just stares at Pujara as if to say it was his catch.

4

to de Villiers, FOUR, short and wide outside off, slipped out of his hand as the ball is wet, and de Villiers stays in the crease to simply tap it on the head. Away she went to the sweeper cover fence for four. Oh this guy still has a ridiculous eye

OT

to de Villiers, 1 run, good length just outside off, tapped to to cover point for a quick single. Fifty up for AB! What an excellent innings this has been

4

to de Villiers, FOUR, cracking shot, fraction overpitched and wide of off, AB gets a big stride forward, drives it on the up and beats the diving cover fielder to his right, rolls away for the first boundary of the morning

OT

to de Villiers, 2 runs, short of a length and well wide of off, AB waits on it and dabs it down towards third man. Vijay has to get across from deep point, AB spots it and scampers back for the second run, raises the 100-run stand

4

to Elgar, FOUR, edged and four, soft hands from Elgar and that saved him. Lovely line from , short of a good length and just outside off, made Elgar play and found the edge. The ball bounced well in front of Kohli at first slip and he can't stop it

4

to de Villiers, FOUR, lovely from AB, short and wide of off, AB was leaning forward, then transfers his weight back and punches it square past point, calls for two but the timing is so sweet that Vijay has no chance, running across from third man

4

to de Villiers, FOUR, cracking shot, too full and well outside off, AB bends down low, rolls his wrists and sweeps it past square leg, bisects the two men in the deep and earns another boundary for himself

4

to Elgar, FOUR, hard-working fifty for Elgar, it hasn't been pleasing to watch at times, but this is a battling knock. Half-volley outside off, Elgar gets a big stride forward and drills it through cover, no need to run for those

4

to Elgar, FOUR, hasn't been lucky in this spell! This was tossed up invitingly on off, Elgar stretched forward on the lofted drive, plays against the spin and gets a thick leading edge, high and has enough to clear two men running back (from mid-on and mid-off), another boundary for Elgar and South Africa keep scoring

4

to de Villiers, FOUR, skillfully played by AB, back of a length and well outside off, he waits on it, plays with a closed face, used 's pace and beats the man at wide slip. Vijay has a lot of running to do from deep point, can't cut-off the boundary

4

to Elgar, FOUR, lovely, bad start from , back of a length and angling into the left-hander, Elgar swivels across, rolls his wrists and pulls it behind square on the on-side, beat the man in the deep

W

to de Villiers, out Caught by Parthiv Patel!! Edged and caught! AB falls after a scintillating knock, extra bounce has done it for him. This was a back of a length delivery outside off that spat up sharply after pitching, AB was looking to dab it down towards third man, he's taken aback by the extra bounce, ends up gloving it through and Parthiv doesn't drop it this time around. Is it the opening India were seeking? looks grumpy and didn't celebrate a lot, this wicket might just chirp him up a bit. de Villiers c Parthiv Patel b 80(121) [4s-10]

4

to du Plessis, FOUR, goes for the sweep, more of the toe-end of the bat makes contact and the ball raced away to the fine leg fence for du Plessis to open his account

W

to Elgar, out Caught by Rahul!! Short ball, and gosh that is some bad luck. Finds the man at deep square leg on the pull. After all the plays and misses, this we can safely assume was a soft dismissal. India just changed their strategy, came round the wicket and delivered a very decent short ball. Elgar obliged and has got the Indian skipper fist pumping. Elgar had a cheeky little smile as he departed. Elgar c Rahul b 61(121) [4s-8 6s-1]

D

to du Plessis, no run, dropped! The ball dipped in and the batsman tickled the ball away for the man at leg slip to fling his right arm. The ball popped out as Rahul tried to gobble it up. The ball went really quick and was past him and that I guess made it tougher for the ball to stick to his hand

4

to de Kock, FOUR, to third man, edged and flies past the man at second slip. The only slip I should say. He was wide and the batsman chanced his bat to get it away. Rohit flew to his left but the ball was still far away

4

to de Kock, FOUR, another edge! Gosh! India having a tough time here. The batsman tried to close the face of the bat and it flew fine off the outer edge to go between the wide slip and keeper. QDK is living dangerously. is not a bit happy

4

to de Kock, FOUR, make it three in a row!! That was a length ball outside off and the batsman flirted at it to get it past the man at second slip. There were two slips for this ball but the ball still makes its way to the fence

W

to de Kock, out Caught by Parthiv Patel!! This progression of edges won't be seen again in the near future. The edgy QDK is gone. He was batting like a headless rabbit on a highway and finally edges a rising delivery to the keeper. is bowling into some land mines now because every time the ball is hitting the deck, it is exploding into the batsman. India have their tails up now. de Kock c Parthiv Patel b 12(5) [4s-3]

4

to Philander, FOUR, he is very full to Philander and the batsman puts him away. Tossed up outside off and aiming to go through the bat-pad gap, but since it is on a driveable length, Philander picks the gap at cover and gets a boundary

OT

to du Plessis, no run, given not out for lbw. Kohli chats with the keeper, Che and then asks before going for it. No problem with the front foot. Straight off the bat. "Complete waste of a review" says Sunny G. Kohli sees it on the big screen and affords a smile. He knows he was let down by there. Good yorker, on off, felt that it the toe first. But nothing there, off the toe of the bat. India lose a review

4

to Philander, FOUR, with the natural angle he has, shouldn't be straying anywhere close to middle and leg, because it will move further down, this does the same, neat glance by Philander and four more as the ball races to the fine leg fence

OT

Pandya to du Plessis, no run, India are taking another lbw review. Pandya was so excited that he fell as he was appealing. No problems with the no-ball. Hit above the kneeroll and the line looks leg-sidish. There's a big spike on the UltraEdge. But that's bat hitting the pad. Umpire's call on hitting - so India survive that and as does du Plessis. To the naked eye, it seemed iffy after Pandya pinged the pad with a sharp short of length delivery, du Plessis was hopping to block, missed. Kohli went for it again on the request of his bowler. Since Reiffel didn't give it, Faf survived

W

to Philander, out Caught by Vijay!! It's the end of his patience. The lack of pace, the lack of timing, the lack of runs .. gang up against Philander. , rises after his fall, digs it in short and is pulled away without control. Hit high on the bat as he swivels. And for a change the ball finds a fielder, and that fielder holds on - at square leg. Yeah, the usual mouthful of colourful language follows. Why bother about that 25% of your match fee when you have a 17-crore deal. Philander c Vijay b 26(85) [4s-2]

4

to Maharaj, FOUR, a standing swipe. Friendly full toss down leg and Maharaj gets out a crouched sweep of sorts, and the short boundary behind square does the rest. Was the slower ball gone wrong

W

to Maharaj, out Caught by Parthiv Patel!! More of that awkward bounce. More of the edges. And Maharaj finds himself in that same first innings pickle. Sharp bounce up, kicking up off a short of a good length, and it's in that irritating channel just outside off where one has to play. And Maharaj is that one. He pokes, gets it off the splice and has to watch roar. But it's been one heck of a spell - all effort on a slow deathbed. Maharaj c Parthiv Patel b 6(8) [4s-1]

4

Pandya to du Plessis, FOUR, width. Coupled with the half tracker in length. And Faf goes after. Hard. Crashing it through the covers. I'm told it's only his second boundary - after 106 balls

4

to du Plessis, FOUR, a drag down sitter. Faf stays up, swivels and imparts enough meat on his wrists rolling on the bounce as he swatted it down to fine leg. It's 3000 Test runs for Faf too. And he'll celebrate it with a cup of tea

4

to Rabada, FOUR, well, denied by du Plessis, Rabada now drills his own way to get off the mark. Down the ground. Shows the full face and sends it down very straight, beating the mid-off there

4

to du Plessis, FOUR, nah, not working for India now, this old ball. And du Plessis rubs it in with a wristy pull shot through mid-wicket. Uppish, not in control but he's thrown his swivel at it. He wants India to take the new ball. He wants quick runs now, after hours of dead-batting

D

to du Plessis, no run, it's a catch but rebounding straight into 's face. Too quick to be catching it. Awkward height that, especially when you're in your followthrough. Tries to go for it, and then takes his eyes off to save his face, literally here. Full ball nearly did du Plessis here, who couldn't keep the squeeze-out down. Luckily, for him, that came back at pace

W

to Rabada, out Caught by Kohli!! He's caught one at second slip, Kohli's caught one at second slip. Stop the slip-ng now, will ya. goes wide of the crease and gets the ball to hold its line with some bounce, and Rabada is caught in the crease trying to get behind a line outside off. Isn't quite able to, and the outside edge flies to Kohli for the easiest of takes. To his credit, he was standing quite close-in there. Rabada c Kohli b 4(29) [4s-1]

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to du Plessis, out Caught&Bowled!! One-handed take in the followthrough. Beat that. Not quite Nathan Lyon-like in the Ashes but this is its own kind of good. bowls the slower delivery and du Plessis is early into his flat-footed push. Chips it up to the bowler's right, and has long hands. Plucks it out of thin air and celebrates. du Plessis c and b 48(141) [4s-4]

4

to Morne Morkel, FOUR, quick on the pads again and Morne Morkel has trimmed it to deep square leg. Stood back in his crease and just shaved it round the corner to good applause from the crowd

4

to Morne Morkel, FOUR, guess what, ABD is in awe in the dressing room. He's smiling at what Morne Morkel can do. He's gone back and across, making some room for this incoming length ball from , and punched it wide and straight of the mid-on in plain. Uppish, beautiful, glorious, fun. South Africa lead by 286 runs

W

to Lungi Ngidi, out Caught by Vijay!! India need 287 to win. Lungi Ngidi sees the flight, looks to hoick it away but finds Vijay at long-on. Jumps and catches it overhead. has a wicket, finally. Lungi Ngidi c Vijay b 1(10)

4

to Vijay, FOUR, Vijay is smiling and why not. He gets a friendly full-toss and gets off the mark with a drive through cover. Why won't he be pleased at such a gift first up. from round the wicket tried to loop that up, but got it too full

4

Morkel to Rahul, FOUR, sprays it down leg and easy for Rahul, he gets off the mark with a four. Needed to clip it wide of long leg and did so with ease. Was in the air but in the gap as well

4

Morkel to Vijay, FOUR, when Morkel gets straight, Vijay clips it away, even though the front foot got a bit in his way, he managed to flick that through square leg, beats the chase and dive from the fielder

4

Morkel to Rahul, FOUR, that is a weird shot, but Rahul manages to get four. May have wanted to go over backward point but eventually the ball goes over mid-off's head. Short and wide of off, the slash was on, came off the bottom part of the bat but had enough to clear the fielder. When he finished playing the shot, his body was contorting in all directions

W

Morkel to Rahul, out Caught&Bowled!! Gone. KL is a bit like Rohit Sharma, looks good and suddenly boom - out. Has happened too many times for his liking and for the talent he possesses. This is a soft dismissal. Thrown up fuller on off, Rahul checks his drive but hits it in the air, Morkel tumbling on his followthrough manages to clasp it. Never easy when you are that tall, but he did well. South Africa make the first dent. Rahul c and b Morkel 10(21) [4s-2]

W

Morkel to Pujara, out Pujara Run Out!! Madness. Absolute madness. From Che. And poor from Vijay as well. But what a beaut this Ngidi is. They absolutely love this man. Here at SuperSport Park. His mates mob him. Athletic ability at its best. Was flicked to his right at mid-on and Pujara called for the run immediately as he stroked it, but Vijay wasn't too sure, stopped and that put off Pujara. In the end caught well short, he dived in desperation but nothing could stop that bullet throw from Ngidi. Swiftly picked it up and hit the one stump that was on view. Third umpire was called for - but everyone in the ground knew that it was dead. Why Che, why? A golden duck for him! Must be the first time ever in his Test career as well. Let me check that for you. Pujara run out (Lungi Ngidi) 0(1)

4

Morkel to Kohli, FOUR, Morkel shouldn't be disheartened with this. Though it has come off the middle of the bat. Kohli is pushing well away from the body, playing at a full ball outside off that he needs to leave. But he wants to show "intent" and goes hard at the ball. Wide of cover and it raced away

4

Morkel to Kohli, FOUR, magnificent shot. Morkel keeps it fuller, trying to elicit a mistake from Kohli, but the Indian captain on-drives that past Vijay and beats Ngidi to his left at mid-on. There was definite "intent" in that shot and Kohli gets going with a couple of eye-pleasing strokes

4

to Kohli, FOUR, intentional dab wide of gully, it runs away and there's a long chase for Maharaj, he sprints but the ball just beats his slide and touches the cushions. Takes so much energy - that effort and the spinner looks a bit short of air

4

to Vijay, FOUR, good stride forward and stroked through cover for four. May have been the off-pace delivery from , Vijay gets forward and doesn't let the balance fail him. Eases it through the gap. Classic Vijay

4

to Kohli, FOUR, too straight and a shade too full, clipped past the diving Elgar at mid-wicket and poor Morne has to chase that from mid-on. What's more the ball teases him all the way and beats him to the cushions. A long chase and something that Morne wouldn't be too chuffed about

4

to Kohli, FOUR, this is not the Kotla, but Kohli wants to rule here as well. Transfers his weight on the front foot and just a mere touch on the cover drive to summon the ball to the fence. Lovely hit

4

to Vijay, FOUR, little cramped for room he might have been. But he rolled his wrists nicely to keep it down and cut it fine enough to beat the man at deep point. He focussed on placing it and got the desired result

4

to Kohli, FOUR, drops the ball short, new year gift and Kohli accepts that with open arms with a cut off the back foot. The man at sweeper cover was a mere spectator

4

Morkel to Vijay, FOUR, lovely, a gentle loosener from Morkel, too full and on the off-stump line, Vijay languidly moves across and flicks it into the gap past mid-wicket, no one moved and Vijay gets his first boundary of the session

4

Morkel to Kohli, FOUR, classy from Kohli, fraction overpitched from Morkel, Kohli leans forward, presents the full face of the bat and drives it past the non-striker, beats Ngidi's dive at mid-on and rolls away to the fence, 11 from Morkel's first over after tea

4

to Vijay, FOUR, nicely played by Vijay, tosses this one on his pads, he bends down low, rolls his wrists over and places it into the gap past square leg, no need to run for those

OT

Morkel to Kohli, 2 runs, fifty for Kohli, banged in short and just outside off, Kohli swivels across, rolls his wrists and pulls it in front of square on the on-side, didn't get hold of the shot and that means it's just a couple of runs, his 16th in Tests and Shastri looks pleased in the dressing room

W

to Vijay, out Caught by de Kock!! strikes and the partnership is broken! Vijay walks away disappointed, so is his captain. He looked comfortable and this has come against the run of play, pushed through flatter and quicker outside off, Vijay was backing away to play the cut. He's done in by the extra bounce, gets a thick top-edge and de Kock pulls off a smart catch. South Africa get the opening they wanted, India are now down to their last specialist batting pair. Vijay c de Kock b 46(126) [4s-6]

4

to Rohit, FOUR, nicely played by Rohit, tad short and wide of off, Rohit waits on it and cuts it late, beats backward point to his left and rolls away to the fence

OT

to Kohli, 2 runs, Rohit was lazy on the second run and a direct hit from Maharaj might have had him in trouble. He was cruising along, then realizes that the throw was at his end, luckily for him, the throw was off-target. It was a length delivery that was eased in front of square on the off-side

4

to Rohit, FOUR, elegant from Rohit, one of the reasons he's backed by the team management is his talent and that's in full flow in this shot. Shimmies down the track, gets close to the ball, that allows him to play against the turn, whips it stylishly and over mid-on, almost went all the way, bounced just in front of the ropes

W

to Rohit, out Lbw!! Rohit has been given out LBW and he wants a review. This looks very close, where was the impact? Was there an inside edge? Fair ball, doesn't look like there's an inside edge, he's struck high on the back-pad. Is it going over? That's the only thing that can save Rohit. Umpire's call and Rohit is OUT. The daggers will be out for Rohit, is it fair on Rahane to sit out for a man whose average in South Africa is awful? That's for later though, for now, India are in deep trouble. Shastri isn't pleased one bit. Lovely ball from , after all the awayswingers, he got this one to jag back into the right-hander, Rohit was once again caught on the shuffle, the bat came at an angle as he looked to adjust to the movement, plays across the line and is struck in front of off, was going on and clipping the top of middle. The first LBW decision of the match and it's a fair call from umpire Reiffel. Rohit lbw b 10(27) [4s-2]

OT

Ngidi to Kohli, 3 runs, starts with Kohli on the walk across his stumps. And Ngidi desperately wants Kohli to be his maiden Test wicket. Follows him with a quick full swinger. Flicked, or is it? And South Africa take matters upstairs for the LBW. Well meanwhile in the midst of all the contemplation of the review, the Indians pinch off three runs. And Kohli instantly celebrates it with a fist pump. So here we go - oh there's a tickle. Enough for UltraEdge to spot and induce a massive spike. He lives another day, Ngidi waits for another

4

to Parthiv Patel, FOUR, gets down, gets close and negates the footmarks with a powerful drive. And then proactivity gets out the outside edge, flying past the cordon

4

to Parthiv Patel, FOUR, now over the top. Intent, you beauty. Another walk down the pitch and doesn't bother keeping his flick down. Helps that mid-wicket is inside

4

Ngidi to Parthiv Patel, FOUR, lays in. An overcook of a pitch up outside off and is put away. High elbows, higher bat and a full flow as it drills it through the covers

W

Ngidi to Parthiv Patel, out Caught by de Kock!! Gottim. So it's not the reputation of Kohli, but he'll take anyone. Maiden Test wicket and it couldn't have come at a better time to nip a flourishing partnership in the bud. The change of angle does the trick. Round the wicket, angling it back in right in that corridor, and Patel is tempted. That's more intent I tell you. Wafts his bat away from his body, gets the tickle. Well, to be fair, he had to poke, let's credit the bowler, shall we. Parthiv Patel c de Kock b Ngidi 19(32) [4s-3]

4

Morkel to Hardik Pandya, FOUR, takes him on. Wow, that's some serious swagger. First he walks across, then gets onto the front foot and smokes the pull

4

Ngidi to Hardik Pandya, FOUR, straight high bat. Then add a flavour of class. Stays in the crease, waits for the ball to get close and punches it back down

4

to Kohli, FOUR, there's the spliced-edge. He has to play at this one, and the movement off the track gets the outside half, and wide of the lone slip. Sureshot reverse this

4

to Hardik Pandya, byes, FOUR, wrong start. Slips it down leg, de Kock can't get across and the ball runs away to the fence. Hardik Pandya didn't get any bat on the glance; but he made sure he didn't overbalance and lift his foot in case the keeper collected it

4

Ngidi to Kohli, FOUR, soft edge and wide of the diving gully. On a good length and moved away, Kohli was on the back foot trying to defend, but the edge dies pretty quickly and runs away to the fence. Deep point had too much ground to cover

4

Ngidi to Kohli, FOUR, fabulous shot. Mind you there's danger in that shot involved. It is full and swinging away, Ngidi made Kohli reach out well away from his body to drive, then the small matter of beating short cover-point, extra-cover and sweeper cover in place, but such is Kohli's confidence at the moment that he timed that effortlessly to the fence. Gasps all around

OT

Ngidi to Kohli, 2 runs, there's the 100 from Kohli. And look at his celebration! He is letting it all out. Doing a mini Warner with his leap and then a mini Smith with a bat swing that cut the air like a sword. As soon as he nudged it wide of mid-on, he called for one and made it. 75% of the way he started celebrating, as Ngidi nudged Hardik Pandya in trying to get to the ball. There's a poor throw and he is game to realise that, has to momentarily stop celebrating and rush for the second. Sprints and makes it, then again a bat swing before he removed the helmet and soaked in the applause. The entire Indian dressing room was up and applauding. Ravi Shaz with a big smile on his face. There was a fist pump as well from Kohli while he was airborne

W

to Hardik Pandya, out Hardik Pandya Run Out!! Run-out check sent upstairs. South Africa aren't excited. "That is unforgivable" says Sunny G on air. Because Hardik Pandya has been run out. And what a way to get out too. A gift of a wicket. South Africa were casually waiting for the inevitable decision because they were sure that Pandya had made it. But lo and behold he has let the team and everyone down with a schoolboyish error. First things first. There was no single when he pushed this to mid-on, was halfway down when Kohli sent him back. Then comes the real drama - he takes it easy and lazily tries to plonk his bat in, but the bat and feet are in the air outside the crease when the throw hit direct. India after the direct hit, went for the run as the ricochet dribbled away. Glum faces in the Indian dressing room. The third umpire makes the call. South Africa get the wicket - all due to Pandya's overconfidence. He holds his bat to his helmet and walks off despondently. Hardik Pandya run out (Philander) 15(45) [4s-2]

4

to Ashwin, FOUR, awkwardly fended away and flies over a leaping AB in the slip/gully cordon. Short and rising outside off, Ashwin could've left it alone, but poked at it and got lucky. Gets off the mark in a streaky fashion

4

Ngidi to Ashwin, FOUR, that is a safe shot. Because he has cut that between gully and backward point. Was short and wide outside off, the cut was on and even though he hit it in the air, was in the gap

4

to Ashwin, FOUR, I think I heard "shot" from Kohli after Ashwin stroked that to the fence. Thrown up full outside off, Ashwin gets forward and plays a beautiful square drive wide of point; Maharaj gives chase and comes second

4

to Ashwin, FOUR, what a shot! This is brilliant batting from Ashwin. Was on a short of length and rising slightly, Ashwin had his weight on the front foot and then let the bat flow, punched that as he stood tall and left cover and mid-off as spectators. That raced off the middle of the bat. Even Kohli would've admired that shot. The shot of the day so far

4

to Ashwin, FOUR, he is taking on and winning for now. Hat-trick of fours. Full and outside off, enticing the square drive, again the weight transfer is fine and Ashwin flows into the drive. Pinged off the middle and left Maharaj chasing the ball at sweeper. Didn't have much ground to cover, but still came second best

4

to Kohli, FOUR, dragged down and cut away. Went back and smashed the cut wide of backward point. Sweeper can't get across in time. Can't err on the shorter side to him

4

to Kohli, FOUR, "two, come back" was the call from Kohli, but he has timed this full-toss so beautifully off the pads, that it has raced away for four. went for the yorker and missed out, Kohli didn't

4

to Ashwin, FOUR, "shot yaar" is the compliment from Kohli as Ashwin uses 's pace to play with an angled bat, but steers it well, through gully and it runs away from the middle of the bat. Kohli liked that. The sweeper was too wide to have any chance

4

to Ashwin, FOUR, Kohli is sledging even while being at the other end! Goes "hohoho" in appreciation of Ashwin's lovely inside out lofted drive over mid-off. Got forward and used his reach to lift the tossed up delivery over the fielder

4

to Kohli, FOUR, swing for but it has raced off the bat. going full and enticing the cover-drive, right forward and with the weight transferred, Kohli drove that beautifully through cover

W

to Ashwin, out Caught by du Plessis!! Edged and gone. Ashwin played a chancy innings. And doesn't have a look at the new ball. Goes for an expansive drive to an outswinger, edges and a good head-high catch to Faf at second slip who takes it and tumbles over backwards in relief. The frustrating stand is broken. doing the trick. Ashwin c du Plessis b 38(54) [4s-7]

W

Morkel to Shami, out Caught by Amla!! Shami did well to survive five balls off Morkel. Can't off the sixth. Short and rising outside off, Shami doesn't get into line, just fends with an open face in hope and the edge flies to Hash at first slip who cups it. Shami c Amla b Morkel 1(9)

4

to Kohli, FOUR, wow. He is turning it on. "Dho, dho, aa jaa" [two, two, come back] was the shout from Kohli as he strode forward to time the drive, the new ball just flies off the bat and Ngidi at long-off put in the dive, but it scorched past him. It swung for , but Kohli negated that by getting right to the pitch

4

Morkel to Kohli, FOUR, cracking shot, 150 for Kohli and the dressing room is all smiles. He removes his helmet, raises his arms and enjoys the moment. This was banged in short and just outside off, Kohli swivels across, rolls his wrists and pulls it in front of square on the on-side, the man in the deep is very square and has no chance

4

Morkel to Kohli, byes, FOUR, South Africa manage to prevent Kohli from taking a single, but it has cost them 9 runs doing so. This was banged in short and just outside off, Kohli was looking to ramp it over the keeper's head. He can't get bat onto it, de Kock leaps, but he just manages to get his finger-tips on that, the byes bring up India's 300

OT

to Ishant, 1 run, early call from Kohli and Ishant scampers across for a quick single, he was slightly opened up as he defended, the ball went in front of point and the batsmen were off. Ishant nearly did a Pandya there, didn't slide his bat in and would have been short had there been a direct hit

W

Morkel to Ishant, out Caught by Markram!! This was coming, Ishant's vigil is over. Big got his bouncer right, banged in short and on the stumps, Ishant could go nowhere, tried his best to get behind the line and ride the bounce, ends up popping it straight to Markram at FSL - off the splice of the bat. India lose their ninth wicket, the deficit is still 29 runs. Ishant c Markram b Morkel 3(20)

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Morkel to Kohli, out Caught by de Villiers!! Kohli falls after a spectacular 153 and India have been bowled out for 307. Applause all around as Kohli walks back to the hut, the South African players (Rabada and Ngidi) shake his hands, then there's Faf as well. The Indian captain though is distraught as he walks away, coming to the ball, it was a length delivery on the stumps, Kohli came charging down, was looking to go back over the bowler's head. The bat turned on impact, skewed off the inner half of the bat and it's AB at long-on, he doesn't drop those. Kohli c de Villiers b Morkel 153(217) [4s-15]

4

to Markram, FOUR, cracking shot, back of a length and well outside off, Markram stands tall, punches it on the up and cracks it square past point, no need to run for those. Already signs that this is a belter of a wicket for batting, first boundary of the Test

4

to Markram, FOUR, back-to-back boundaries for Markram, overcompensates and pushes this one straighter and on the leg-stump line, Markram prods across, closes the bat-face and then clips it in front of square on the on-side, long chase for Ishant from mid-wicket, but the ball was always going away from him

4

to Markram, FOUR, poor cricket from India, this was a floaty half-volley outside off, Markram leaned into the drive and hit it straight to mid-off. Bumrah was the fielder and he gets tangled up horribly, lets the ball go through his legs and into the fence

4

to Markram, FOUR, lovely shot, has been poor once again, another floaty half-volley outside off, Markram leans forward, drives it on the up and beats Pandya - who had replaced Bumrah at mid-off

4

Pandya to Elgar, FOUR, square-driven for four. That's Elgar's first boundary. Full outside off, Elgar bends just a bit and then the bat face opens to get it wide of backward point. Rolls away to the fence

4

to Elgar, FOUR, "that was very very badly misjudged" says Sunny G on air. What a clanger by Vijay. That was an opportunity and he made a mess of it. Elgar has this tendency to pull, he is an instinctive puller, takes on the short ball and doesn't keep it down. Vijay charged forward initially from deep backward square, then as the ball kept on sailing over his head, made an attempt with one hand to try and catch that. But it flew over him and to the fence. At altitude the ball flies and Vijay should've factored that in. A chance goes begging

4

to Markram, FOUR, can't bowl there. Overpitched on the pads, flicked away with ease. Just needed to hit the gap and he did so wide of mid-on. A cry of anguish from one of the Indians - may have been Kohli - when the ball whistled off the bat

4

to Markram, FOUR, rubbish ball - short and wide outside off - with all the room and width to cut, and Markram doesn't miss out. Rocks back and times the cut hard through cover. This has been an ordinary over from

4

to Markram, FOUR, this is poor bowling. Free delivery - half-volley down leg, Markram whips it beautifully and even though he hits it in the air, it is well wide of deep backward square. Splits the two men in the deep to perfection

OT

to Elgar, no run, given not out for a caught behind and India instantly review. Kohli was the one who was mighty excited. Let's wait and watch. Looks like the bat hit the pad. That may have been the noise. A flat line on Snicko. The crowd cheer after having seen that on the big screen. So Elgar will survive and India will lose a review. Lovely delivery from , tossed up around off, brought Elgar forward, hint of turn away missed the bat and the willow brushed the pad - that was the noise. Unnecessary review by India and Elgar gets away

4

Pandya to Markram, FOUR, mid-off is wide and that's four more to Markram. Bumrah the man. Overpitched outside off, Markram jammed down on that and it came off the middle of the bat. Bumrah's dive is in vain. Pandya isn't happy at all

4

Pandya to Markram, FOUR, smashed. Can't bowl short at this pace. Sits up for Markram who had picked up the length very early and nonchalantly pulled it to the deep mid fence. Almost all the way, one bounce over the ropes. He nailed that

OT

Pandya to Markram, 1 run, 50 for Markram. He gets there with a pull as Pandya goes short. Swivels and pulls to deep backward square. A raise of the bat and on he goes

4

to Elgar, FOUR, that is a sublime stroke. Nothing wrong with the delivery, short of length and around fourth-fifth stump, Elgar shuffles across and then allows his wrists to take over, whips it from there and the timing is great as he directs the ball wide of mid-on. Just raced off the bat

4

to Elgar, FOUR, shot. Down the track and didn't get to the pitch, so allowed himself the room to loft and did so, back over the bowler's head. The key to that shot was balance

W

to Elgar, out Caught by Vijay!! That's Vijay's wicket and majorly luck's. Nothing more. Some credit can be given to too. He cleverly shortened the length on seeing Elgar jump out, who punched it firmly, but in the air, Vijay standing very close at silly point was taking evasive action, but didn't turn his back. The ball hit the chest and rolled onto his arm, bobbled a couple of times, before he clutched on. Kohli is pumped - as he always is - while Elgar walks off dejected. What a way to get out. India get the breakthrough. Elgar c Vijay b 31(83) [4s-4]

4

to Markram, FOUR, poor delivery. Slides down leg, easy for Markram, who glances fine and long leg is too square to get across. Can't bowl there to Markram

4

to Amla, FOUR, that is Amla at his best. Fraction short outside off, Amla picks the length so early, punches wide of mid-off and it raced away. Amla shortened the length further by rocking back so early

4

to Amla, FOUR, Amla has played couple of delightful strokes in the last five minutes or so. This is one more. Full on off and middle, whipped wide of Ash at mid-on, who never was getting there despite a dive, has the hard bit of getting up and chase it as the ball trickles and almost stops near the ropes. Touches the cushions much to Ash's disappointment

4

to Markram, FOUR, first real bad ball from in a while. A full-toss from , high too, Markram swiped it hard and wide of short leg. Easy boundary

4

to Markram, FOUR, now a top edge over Parthiv Patel. Not in control of this either. Short again, bit more pace and Markram is late this time. But the top edge flies over the keeper. No fielders behind the keeper and four more

4

to Amla, FOUR, Amla decides to take on and uses his feet to loft the offie. Gets to the pitch and goes with the spin over mid-on. Clean connection and runs away

D

to Amla, no run, great effort by Pandya and he has failed to hang on at short mid. Amla gets a life. Short of the driving length and it turned, brought the thick inside edge into play, Amla got a thick edge, Pandya flying to his left, one-handed failed to clasp it. Would've been a blinder. And despite that fine effort, Kohli isn't happy

4

to Amla, FOUR, how did that run away for four? Just a single in ODIs that, a dab to third man, but here there's no third man and deep point can't get there either. Used 's pace to great effect

4

to Markram, FOUR, Che was never going to haul that back in. Just put in his best effort, ran spiritedly and then dove head-first, but the ball went away. He injured his knee while doing a similar sort of thing in the T20 League in India a few seasons back. But no problems with a billiards-table like outfield at SuperSport Park. Coming to the shot, it was fraction short and Markram punched that into the gap at cover

4

to Markram, FOUR, they are bowling to his strengths, short and wide outside off, horrid delivery and Markram cuts, with his feet in the air, beats deep point easily. Such was the timing on the shot

4

to Markram, FOUR, very poor delivery from and deserved four. Way too short outside off, Markram rocked back and had an age to pick his gap, cut that wide of cover and it scooted away

W

to Markram, out Caught by Parthiv Patel!! Is that out? The umpire has given it. Markram's mom and dad look pensive. Markram has a chat with Amla and goes upstairs. Review time. He has been given out. Out for 94. After a brief silence the crowd stand up to applaud. As do his mom, dad and probably his girlfriend. This is what happened: The angle from round the wicket, slid across Markram who poked at it, the ball was close to both bat and the latter was to pad. Definite sound and very difficult to know what the sound was. UltraEdge showed a spike and since the onfield call was out, there was no conclusive evidence to overturn the call. But the third umpire should've had more looks, gave his decision pretty quickly. But hang on, the replay makes it clear - came off the bat. The pad was not close to the bat. Off goes Markram and the review is gone as well. Markram c Parthiv Patel b 94(150) [4s-15]

4

to de Villiers, FOUR, "come on Ash" is the cry from Kohli. He knows that was a poor ball from , short and wide outside off, with no-one deep, de Villiers rocks back and cuts wide of point. Good way to get off the mark

4

to Amla, FOUR, nice seam and curve on that ball from , but the problem is he has overpitched and slanted into the pads of Amla, who flicks wide of mid-wicket. Timed that really well and it raced across the turf. Slowly but surely Amla seems to be regaining his touch

4

to Amla, FOUR, what wrists from Amla. Tossed up on off and turning in, a tad too full if you have to be ultra-critical but Amla has just got forward and turned the wrists on the flick to send the ball scurrying across the turf. Magnificent from Amla

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to Amla, 1 run, Amla gets a life. Parthiv Patel the man with the drop. Amla has this tendency to get out like this. Glancing at balls down leg, was a harmless length delivery angling down, Amla glances and Patel goes with both hands - when one should've been the right option - the ball hits the end of the mitts and down it goes. Everyone knew it was an edge and 's head was down. India need to hang on to these, on this pitch and under this burning sun

4

to de Villiers, FOUR, AB is already into his tricks, bends down low to a very full ball and gets a decent connection with the reverse sweep, gets it past slip and rolls away to the fence

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Pandya to de Villiers, leg byes, FOUR, too straight from Pandya, ends up drifting onto AB's pads, he was looking to tuck and missed, the ball brushed his pads and rolled away fine. The man in the deep is very square and has no chance

4

to Amla, FOUR, ominous. Short and wide, Amla slaps him through cover-point. Width. Punished. Tell me something new

4

to Amla, FOUR, 146ks but look what Amla has made out of it. With the soft deliberate outside half of his bat. Jabs it away between the two slips in place. And does so very late. No chance for the fielders

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to Amla, FOUR, low full toss in trying to flight the ball. And Amla made it worse by using his feet, effectively rendering the ball poorer than it was, and driving it down through to long-off

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to de Villiers, out Bowled!! The genie's answered the call. India can't believe it. They have de Villiers chopping one on. Well, that's one way of getting him out. AB goes after a wide cross-seamed ball but just like it happens on slow decks - hey, this is more Chepauk than Centurion, as our users have suggested - the ball trims off the bottom-edge and crashes into the stumps. Just not the pace and bounce off the pitch for ABD to execute this shot. Lucky, lucky break for India. de Villiers b 20(48) [4s-2]

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to Amla, FOUR, Amla has a fifty at Centurion. Yet another. Gets a flighted delivery with little width, but manufactures some more with his wrists and drives that through covers. Kohli gives the chase from cover but not to be. Subtle celebrations from Amla but when are they ever OTT eh?!

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to Amla, FOUR, Amla was troubled by India's short balls the last time around but this one's too easy for him. Hasn't even transferred his weight fully back. Swivels and pulls it round the corner. Manjrekar informs how was egged on by India's slip cordon to bowl that short ball. Hmm..

4

to Amla, FOUR, Pandya has no chance at deep backward point. Amla has punched this slightly in front of point. Got on top of the bounce and let the hands take over

4

to Amla, FOUR, that's just a check-drive through extra cover. Gets the flighted delivery, gets into position quickly and just times it away, focusing on the placement

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to du Plessis, FOUR, driven through mid-on, where Ishant didn't have a chance with his height. Takes some time to come down and dive. Nice straight bat from Faf here. Watch out, India. Faf's just qualified to join the party here at Centurion. Well, sort of

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to Amla, FOUR, gets the width and Amla has slapped the drive through covers. Kohli pinches his nose, I think. He looks out of plans. The short ball hasn't worked against Amla on this pitch

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Pandya to Amla, out Amla Run Out!! Trouble? And the only way India seemed to be getting a wicket tonight. Pandya, you beaut of an athlete. And Amla's tired legs finally give in. Add to it a split second of indecision with the calling..and that's all Pandya needed. It starts with another one of the typically innocuous short ones. One that Amla rides, fends it down past the pitch. And Faf calls him through. One cheeky single too many. Pandya runs across, intercepts the running, swoops low and has a direct hit at the non-strikers. Even the stretch couldn't save him. Pandya finds a new way to celebrate - with the dab. Amla run out ( Pandya) 82(153) [4s-14]

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Pandya to du Plessis, FOUR, now the edge. Faf pokes, compulsively, pressing forward and the nip away is enough to run away through the cordon. That third slip and gully region

W

to de Kock, out Caught by Kohli!! Oh dear me. India refuse the new ball and all of a sudden it turns into a masterstroke. Quinton without a measure of length, stays flat footed, feels for the ball, and the turn is enough to rip and take a fat outside edge. And first slip. At the perfect height too. So the greedy brain fade buys the Indians another wicket. de Kock c Kohli b 0(1)

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Pandya to Philander, out Philander Run Out!! The embarrassment stretches on. Two overs, two run-outs and watch how the favourites reverse. Another bouncer from Pandya, Philander quite like Amla keeps it out with a fend off. The only difference being Faf trying to avoid the run-out this time. Vernon meanwhile in the quest to get off the firing line, watching the ball balloon up was already at the other end. Meanwhile three Indians converge, Parthiv picks it up and with both batsmen at the same end, things couldn't have been easier for Pandya. Faf and run-outs..it's a love story for the digital age. Philander run out (Parthiv Patel/ Pandya) 0(6)

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to Maharaj, FOUR, now the drill. A juicy pitch up outside off and Maharaj is quick to get his bat down off a massive backlift, in absolutely crunching it straight down

4

Pandya to du Plessis, FOUR, goes over the wicket for some reason. And unleashes a juicy overpitch outside off. Faf obliges, leans in, through the line, to the pitch and a caress through the covers

4

to Maharaj, FOUR, now Jadeja loses sight of the ball - the best man India have got. Was the rank drag down from and is pulled away, flat. A not-so-deep mid-wicket loses sight, stays grounded to his spot, and catches, on the rebound from the boundary

OT

to du Plessis, no run, Kohli reluctantly goes for an lbw review there. He didn't look convinced, waited an eternity to go for it, but eventually yielded. bullied him into it basically, to say the least. Fair delivery from here. He got the ball to jag back in and rapped du Plessis above the knee-roll.. dear me. That's comfortably going over the stumps, ball-tracking suggests. India are out of reviews now

4

to Maharaj, FOUR, this is a nice slap-drive. Vijay is at deep point, tried to cover the ground but cannot. That sped away. Gets the width and latches onto it. He's finally played the cut shot he missed some time back

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to Maharaj, out Caught by Parthiv Patel!! 100th Test wicket for . And this dismissal was on. The short balls had caged Maharaj in the crease, he now tries to defend without his weight really coming towards the ball, and succumbs to some seam movement outside off - something is a really good at extracting out of any pitch. Elicits a thin nick around fifth stump and has a scalp in his opening over. Maharaj c Parthiv Patel b 18(54) [4s-3]

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to du Plessis, FOUR, pitched up and du Plessis lays into it. To 's left in his followthrough and then through mid-off's drive

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to Rabada, 2 runs, Kohli drops a chance at slip. You must have read this before. squares Rabada on back foot with the spin, the ball hits Kohli's fingers and scoots away to his right. Needed to be more alert. He had his CG too low there and that curbed his weight transfer from right foot to left. That can hurt India

D

to Rabada, 1 run, India have dropped Rabada twice in two balls! Madness. He comes running down the track, shortens the length and all Rabada's swat yields is a leading edge. That was Pandya's catch at point but Shami comes rushing across from short third man, blinding the former and Pandya drops it. Wow. India will live to rue this

4

to du Plessis, FOUR, cracking shot, too short from , plenty of width on that as well, du Plessis stands tall and punches it in front of square on the off-side, the man in the deep is very square and has no chance

4

to du Plessis, FOUR, cracking shot, too full and just outside off, du Plessis gets a big stride forward, rolls his wrists and sweeps it in front of square on the on-side, brings up South Africa's 300

4

Pandya to du Plessis, FOUR, Rohit with a mess at point. And Pandya isn't happy. It came off the thick outside half of the bat as du Plessis came forward to dive, may have been another cutter, du Plessis was fooled by the fuller length, went straight under Rohit's dive. Poor effort

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Pandya to du Plessis, 2 runs, full and into the pads, flicked to deep backward square leg, and that's 50 for du Plessis. Raises the bat and gets a healthy applause from the SuperSport Park. He has stood up to be counted

D

to du Plessis, no run, dropped by Parthiv Patel. Clear edge and Patel makes a meal of it. Was the slider outside off, du Plessis was trying to push off the back foot and was a thick edge as well. In and out. Patel tried to grab that on the second attempt, but it went away from him pretty quickly

4

to du Plessis, FOUR, the carrom ball now and four. Spun away, but the length was short, du Plessis rocked back and cut that hard, wide of backward point and once he beat that man, it raced away

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to Rabada, out Caught by Hardik Pandya!! He is a showoff but a mighty fine fielder. India take one finally. Short ball on the stumps, Rabada swivels and pulls, can't keep it down and Pandya running forward from deep square leg shows off his athleticism to take it two-handed. Then flings the ball away in anger. Clearly hasn't got over his earlier drop. For any other fielder it would've been a difficult catch, but he is so mobile and made it look simple. India get the breakthrough after a frustrating stand. Rabada c Hardik Pandya b 11(34)

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to du Plessis, FOUR, looks like du Plessis will take on. Charges the offie and then swats that powerfully, wide of long-on, one bounce over the ropes. The fielder was never in contention as it was hit powerfully and wide of him

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to Morne Morkel, FOUR, "shot of the day" says Polly on air. And a punch of the gloves with du Plessis. He likes batting and in the Proteas camp, they reckon he is Matty Hayden. This is a fine shot, on the hips and he gets into line and whips it wide of mid-on. Pandya had too much ground to cover and couldn't get there. High elbow and right off the middle of the bat

W

to du Plessis, out Bowled!! This is what can do. When he pitches it up he becomes doubly dangerous. Lovely seam presentation as well. Definite reverse for , curved in beautifully and right through du Plessis' whip. The middle stump is knocked back and India have Faf. Why doesn't he bowl like this more often will remain one of the world's great mysteries! du Plessis b 63(142) [4s-9]

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to Morne Morkel, out Caught by Vijay!! End of the innings. Will it be lunch as well? I think India will have one over before lunch to face. Two minutes left - that's why. threw this up outside off, lured the big hit and Morne Morkel didn't hold back, but sliced it high to long-off where Vijay took it safely. ends with four. Morne Morkel c Vijay b 6(9) [4s-1]