4th Test, Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi, 03 December 2015

India vs South Africa

South Africa 4th Inn:143/10 (143.1)

Imran Tahir 0 (1);
Ravichandran Ashwin* 49.1-26-61-5; Umesh Yadav 21-16-9-3;

Last bat: Morne Morkel

Result: India won by 337 runs.

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South Africa 2nd Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Dean Elgar c A Rahane & b Ashwin 4 17 1 0 23.53
Temba Bavuma b Ashwin 34 117 4 1 29.06
Hashim Amla(c) b R Jadeja 25 244 3 0 10.25
AB de Villiers c R Jadeja & b Ashwin 43 297 6 0 14.48
Faf du Plessis lbw R Jadeja 10 97 1 0 10.31
Jean-Paul Duminy lbw Ashwin 0 12 0 0 0
Dane Vilas(wk) b Umesh 13 50 2 0 26
Kyle Abbott b Umesh 0 7 0 0 0
Dane Piedt c W Saha & b Umesh 1 11 0 0 9.09
Morne Morkel b Ashwin 2 6 0 0 33.33
Imran Tahir not out 0 1 0 0 0
             
Extras(b - 8, lb - 3, w - 0, nb - 0)11
Total(143 all out in 143.1 overs)143 (1 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/5 (Dean Elgar, 3.6 ov.) 2/49 (Temba Bavuma, 42.4 ov.) 3/76 (Hashim Amla, 84.5 ov.)
4/111 (Faf du Plessis, 119.6 ov.) 5/112 (Jean-Paul Duminy, 124.2 ov.) 6/136 (Dane Vilas, 138.5 ov.)
7/136 (AB de Villiers, 139.1 ov.) 8/140 (Kyle Abbott, 140.6 ov.) 9/143 (Dane Piedt, 142.5 ov.)
10/143 (Morne Morkel, 143.1 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Ishant Sharma 20 12 23 0 1.15  
Ravichandran Ashwin 49.1 26 61 5 1.24  
Ravindra Jadeja 46 33 26 2 0.57  
Umesh Yadav 21 16 9 3 0.43  
Shikhar Dhawan 3 1 9 0 3  
Murali Vijay 2 0 2 0 1  
Virat Kohli (c) 1 1 0 0 0  
Cheteshwar Pujara 1 0 2 0 2  
               

India 2nd Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Murali Vijay c Dane Vilas & b M Morkel 3 15 0 0 20
Shikhar Dhawan b M Morkel 21 86 2 0 24.42
Rohit Sharma b M Morkel 0 1 0 0 0
Cheteshwar Pujara b Tahir 28 79 3 0 35.44
Virat Kohli(c) lbw Kyle Abbott 88 165 10 0 53.33
Ajinkya Rahane not out 100 206 8 3 48.54
Wriddhiman Saha(wk) not out 23 51 3 0 45.1
Ravindra Jadeja dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Ravichandran Ashwin dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Ishant Sharma dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Umesh Yadav dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
             
Extras(b - 0, lb - 2, w - 0, nb - 2)4
Total(267 for 5 in 100.1 overs)267 (2.67 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/4 (Murali Vijay, 4.6 ov.) 2/8 (Rohit Sharma, 6.1 ov.) 3/53 (Shikhar Dhawan, 28.6 ov.)
4/57 (Cheteshwar Pujara, 31.1 ov.) 5/211 (Virat Kohli, 85.4 ov.)  
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Morne Morkel 21 6 51 3 2.43  
Kyle Abbott 22 9 47 1 2.14  
Dane Piedt 18 1 53 0 2.94  
Imran Tahir 26.1 4 74 1 2.83  
Dean Elgar 13 1 40 0 3.08  
               

South Africa 1st Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Dean Elgar c W Saha & b Umesh 17 50 2 0 34
Temba Bavuma b R Jadeja 22 55 3 0 40
Hashim Amla(c) c W Saha & b R Jadeja 3 34 0 0 8.82
AB de Villiers c Ishant & b R Jadeja 42 78 5 0 53.85
Faf du Plessis c A Rahane & b R Jadeja 0 2 0 0 0
Jean-Paul Duminy b Umesh 1 8 0 0 12.5
Dane Vilas(wk) b Ishant 11 21 1 0 52.38
Kyle Abbott lbw Ashwin 4 6 1 0 66.67
Dane Piedt c A Rahane & b R Jadeja 5 18 0 0 27.78
Morne Morkel not out 9 17 0 0 52.94
Imran Tahir c (sub)Rahul & b Ashwin 1 9 0 0 11.11
             
Extras(b - 5, lb - 0, w - 0, nb - 1)6
Total(121 all out in 49.3 overs)121 (2.44 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/36 (Dean Elgar, 14.3 ov.) 2/40 (Temba Bavuma, 19.6 ov.) 3/56 (Hashim Amla, 25.6 ov.)
4/62 (Faf du Plessis, 27.6 ov.) 5/65 (Jean-Paul Duminy, 30.6 ov.) 6/79 (Dane Vilas, 36.4 ov.)
7/84 (Kyle Abbott, 37.5 ov.) 8/103 (Dane Piedt, 42.5 ov.) 9/118 (AB de Villiers, 46.6 ov.)
10/121 (Imran Tahir, 49.3 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Ishant Sharma 12 5 28 1 2.33  
Umesh Yadav 12 3 32 2 2.67  
Ravichandran Ashwin 13.3 5 26 2 1.93  
Ravindra Jadeja 12 2 30 5 2.5  
               

India 1st Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Murali Vijay c Amla & b D Piedt 12 59 0 0 20.34
Shikhar Dhawan lbw D Piedt 33 85 4 0 38.82
Cheteshwar Pujara b Kyle Abbott 14 37 1 1 37.84
Virat Kohli(c) c Dane Vilas & b D Piedt 44 62 7 0 70.97
Ajinkya Rahane c de Villiers & b Tahir 127 215 11 4 59.07
Rohit Sharma c Tahir & b D Piedt 1 6 0 0 16.67
Wriddhiman Saha(wk) b Kyle Abbott 1 15 0 0 6.67
Ravindra Jadeja c Elgar & b Kyle Abbott 24 59 3 0 40.68
Ravichandran Ashwin c de Villiers & b Kyle Abbott 56 140 6 1 40
Umesh Yadav not out 10 30 2 0 33.33
Ishant Sharma lbw Kyle Abbott 0 2 0 0 0
             
Extras(b - 8, lb - 0, w - 1, nb - 3)12
Total(334 all out in 117.5 overs)334 (2.83 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/30 (Murali Vijay, 16.2 ov.) 2/62 (Shikhar Dhawan, 28.5 ov.) 3/66 (Cheteshwar Pujara, 29.6 ov.)
4/136 (Virat Kohli, 46.6 ov.) 5/138 (Rohit Sharma, 50.1 ov.) 6/139 (Wriddhiman Saha, 53.5 ov.)
7/198 (Ravindra Jadeja, 72.4 ov.) 8/296 (Ajinkya Rahane, 104.5 ov.) 9/334 (Ravichandran Ashwin, 117.3 ov.)
10/334 (Ishant Sharma, 117.5 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Morne Morkel 24 5 58 0 2.42 (1w)
Kyle Abbott 24.5 7 40 5 1.61  
Dane Piedt 38 6 117 4 3.08  
Imran Tahir 16 2 66 1 4.13  
Dean Elgar 11 0 33 0 3  
Jean-Paul Duminy 4 0 12 0 3  
               
All|Overs 1-50|Overs 51-100
4

to Elgar, FOUR, pushed quicker through the air, drifts in from round the wicket before turning slightly, catches a thick edge as Elgar was prodding forward and runs away wide of slip. Vijay hurries after it, puts in a slide near the ropes to flick it back, but his body was in contact while he did so

W

to Elgar, out Caught by Rahane!! Beautiful bowling. Just lovely. Lots of revs imparted on the off-break, dishes it up on a full-and-driving length on off, Elgar doesn't hold back. Goes hard at it. The ball rips off the surface to catch the edge which goes at a comfortable height to Rahane at slip. And the procession has begun. Who's next in line? Elgar c Rahane b 4(17) [4s-1]

4

to Bavuma, FOUR, some runs finally! On a good length and in that corridor outside off, Bavuma defended with soft hands, gets a thick edge that races away past second slip

6

to Bavuma, SIX, that's a rarity, Bavuma has struck a six! This was dropped short and on the stumps, Bavuma is quick to rock back and goes over square leg, sends it soaring into the crowd for a maximum

4

to Bavuma, FOUR, steered down to the vacant third man region. Slightly back of a length delivery just outside off, lets the ball come on to him and opens the bat-face at the last moment

4

to Bavuma, FOUR, now a genuine edge. invites a drive by pitching it further up outside off, Bavuma answers in kind and holds nothing back. The ball might have slightly held its line, takes a thick edge which goes to ground immediately. Also pierces the slip cordon and gully. definitely isn't impressed. Claps in a sarcastic manner

4

to Amla, FOUR, first boundary for Amla, tossed up invitingly outside off, Amla gets a big stride forward, covers for the spin, plays with an open face and drives it square past point for a boundary

4

Yadav to Bavma, FOR, Bavma is playing a shot every now and then, this was banged in short and on the stmps, Bavma swivels across and helps it on its way, didn't get it ot of the middle, the top-edge goes fine and towards long leg, one bonce and over the ropes

W

to Bavuma, out Bowled!! Bavuma's spirited resistance is over! This was a cracker from , tossed up on off and held its line, Bavuma was playing for the spin, he ends up pushing forward and inside the line, the ball beats his outside edge and crashes into the off-stump. Relief for , the Indians are delighted and the crowd has found its voice. Bavuma b 34(117) [4s-4 6s-1]

OT

Yadav to Amla, no rn, Pjara's there for anything that misbehaves off the pitch. And Amla has been strck on the fingers! Awkward bonce from a length arond off, it climbed p appreciably, he was looking to defend and is strck a painfl blow on his top hand. Did well to make sre that the ball fell well in front of Pjara. He immediately removes his gloves and calls for the physio. Looks to be in some pain, the Indians will be hoping that it will snap his concentration as well - he's not looking like he will be dismissed, Amla

4

to Amla, FOUR, juicy full-toss from , gleefully punched away through extra cover, first run after 62 deliveries, the partnership finally gets going

D

to Amla, no run, was it a chance? Saha has put it down though, this was flighted and well outside off, lured Amla into the drive, there was a sound there, but Saha puts it down. Was a tough chance and replays prove inconclusive whether he got an edge or not. The sound may have been bat hitting the ground. Hits Saha's pads and goes down

4

to Amla, FOUR, another full toss from , and it's put away through extra cover for another boundary

4

to de Villiers, FOUR, the leg-break which goes wrong on this occasion, drops it slightly short. AB just pats it away through the cover region. It was a strange shot. Went back and cut it so gently

W

Jadeja to Amla, out Bowled!! Jadeja has ended one of the all-time great blockathon innings in Test cricket. You have to give it to Amla. What an innings this has been. But it needed a special delivery to get him out. And Jadeja produced that. He threatened earlier in the over when he beat him, that missed off. This doesn't. Similar delivery to the fourth ball of the over, drifted in towards off, made Amla play and then once it pitched, turned enough to go past the edge of the bat. Hits off and nothing Amla could've done with that. Maybe he should've got right forward and perhaps squatted to keep it out. The new ball has helped Jadeja there for it ripped off the surface after pitching. If this was the old ball, it wouldn't have produced the same effect. Jadeja runs away in delight and I'm sure the entire crowd are happy to see the back of Amla. When someone talks about defending and blocking to save your life, then they will play this innings of Amla as a tutorial on how to do it. The perfect masterclass and I for sure thought he won't get out at all. But I was proved wrong by Jadeja. Amla b Jadeja 25(244) [4s-3]

4

to de Villiers, FOUR, close call! But de Villiers played that with such soft hands, the outside edge dribbled wide of Rahane at slip. It was tossed up on off, held its line and took the edge. Ran away to the fence. Rare runs for de Villiers and South Africa

4

to de Villiers, FOUR, celebrate this moment! It's a boundary. Won't get to see many more of that today. Very short outside off, no cover and easily punched off the back foot through that vacant region. Runs away

4

to de Villiers, FOUR, loopy full toss outside off, de Villiers comes on the front foot and drives it through the vacant mid-off region for a boundary

OT

Yadav to de Villiers, no rn, that's going to hrt! AB de Villiers is definitely feeling it. Dropped the bat immediately after the ball strck him on the glove. Jst short of a good length and rears onto the batsman, who was looking to defend. de Villiers was srprised by the extra bonce bt coldn't get ot of the way. The ball climbs p and hits him hard on the right glove, jammed his fingers with the bat handle. de Villiers was grimacing in pain as he drops his bat onto the grond in a jiffy and walked away from the crease. The physio rns ot to tend to him and it looks like that the ball hit him right on the middle finger. There's a brise mark for sre. That's definitely going to sting! Bring ot the magic spray. He's fine now and we are ready to contine

4

to de Villiers, FOUR, edged and four, on a good length and in that channel outside off, drew AB into playing at that, the ball stopped on him, he was early into the push, gets a soft outside edge past Rahane at gully. He gives the chase and slides, but can't get haul the ball back in

4

Jadeja to du Plessis, FOUR, that's a boundary for du Plessis, his first of the innings, flatter and well outside off, stayed a tad low as well. du Plessis stays back, presents the full face of the bat and punches it back past the bowler for a boundary. First runs off RJ after 109 deliveries

W

Jadeja to du Plessis, out Lbw!! RJ breaks du Plessis' resistance! This was the arm-ball, pitched on middle and slid back into the batsman. du Plessis was caught on the move, gets half-forward and is rapped on the pads, bang in front of middle, it was going on to hit the middle and leg, no hesitation from umpire Dharmasena. He checks for a no-ball but RJ is fine on that count as well. A wicket at last for India, another frustrating stand has been broken. Can they make further inroads? du Plessis lbw b Jadeja 10(97) [4s-1]

W

to Duminy, out Lbw!! gets his third wicket of the innings, the Indians are delighted to see the back of Duminy. This was darted on leg stump line, Duminy was caught in the crease as he looks to defend, the ball was bowled much quicker, he misses it completely and wears it in line with the leg stump. Umpire Oxenford raised his finger as soon as the bowler went up in appeal. South Africa have lost half their side now and AB de Villiers continues to watch wickets tumble from the other end. The keeper, Dane Vilas, walks out. Duminy lbw b 0(12)

4

to de Villiers, FOUR, gives this one more air outside off, the line was a little too full as well. de Villiers leans forward and drives it through the vacant mid-off region, races away to the fence in a jiffy

4

Jadeja to Dane Vilas, FOUR, Jadeja drags this short and pays the price for it. Vilas rocks back and cracks it through the cover region, hits the fence in no time

4

Jadeja to Dane Vilas, byes, FOUR, that missed everything! Floated up outside off and turns away sharply outside off, Vilas was looking to defend off the front foot, the ball goes well past the outside edge and runs away in the gap between slip and the keeper, byes signalled by the umpire

OT

Yadav to de Villiers, no rn, the same thing has happened once again! The ball shoots p from a length and hits de Villiers on the gloves, third time in this innnings. This hit him on the bottom hand, bt he did extremely well to play that with soft hands, the bottom hand got jammed onto the bat handle bt it came off immediately. Rolls away into the on-side as the physio rns ot once again to treat de Villiers. First, his middle finger was sore and now he is cltching his index finger. A little delay before we get on with the game

4

Jadeja to Dane Vilas, FOUR, fuller in length and outside off, Vilas drives it through the mid-off region off the front foot and gets four as there was no fielder in that region

W

Yadav to Dane Vilas, ot Bowled!! Chopped on! mesh is keeping India ahead with this wicket. This was a short of a length delivery that came back with the angle, Vilas shffled across his stmps, pshes forward hesitantly, the ball goes off the inner half of the bat and crashes into the off-stmp. A shell shocked Vilas walks back to the ht, Soth Africa's lower order has been opened p now. Rewards for some excellent discipline from the Indian bowlers. Dane Vilas b Yadav 13(50) [4s-2]

W

to de Villiers, out Caught by Ravindra Jadeja!! AB's stubborn fight is over! Is this the game for India? The break has caused a snap in concentration and AB's fighting knock comes to an end. Nicely bowled by , shortens his length on middle and gets it to spin down the leg-side, plenty of bounce as well. AB was looking to nudge it down the leg-side, can't get on top of it, the ball clips the gloves and lobs to the left of leg-slip. Jadeja moves across and completes the catch. Kotla has come alive, India are just three wickets away from a 3-0 series win. de Villiers c Ravindra Jadeja b 43(297) [4s-6]

4

to D Piedt, byes, FOUR, spin and bounce for , but it started from middle and went down leg, Piedt can't get bat to it, Saha can't gather it either, runs away for four byes

W

Yadav to Kyle Abbott, ot Bowled!! This was on the cards, the stmps have been broken into two. mesh gets the inswinging yorker perfectly right, fll and tailing back into Abbott, his feet went nowhere as he pshed forward, misses and the leg-stmp is sent for a walk. India are finishing it off in style, looks like Soth Africa's fight is over as well. Kyle Abbott b Yadav 0(7)

W

Yadav to D Piedt, ot Caght by W Saha!! Stnning catch from Saha and India are jst one wicket away. This was short and well otside off, Piedt was looking to let it go by, he attempts to get his bat ot of the way, the ball went off the face of the bat and flew to the right of the keeper. Saha dived to his right, Dhawan dived to his left from first slip. The ball was dying on both of them, bt Saha clasps it one-handed on the fll-length dive. He is chffed to bits, so is the Indian camp. D Piedt c W Saha b Yadav 1(11)

W

to M Morkel, out Bowled!! India win the series 3-0! Another five wicket haul for . This was the straighter ball, perhaps, the apt way to finish off this series. Morkel didn't read it one bit, he was expecting the ball to spin away and let the pathway through. Mistake, the ball held its line and clipped the top of off-stump. celebrates, Kohli grabs a stump and Shastri & Co. are elated in the dressing room. Kotla erupts in delight, India complete their winter season in style. M Morkel b 2(6)

W

orkel to Vijay, out Caught by Dane Vilas!! Vijay and Dharasena are having a go at each other. Vijay looks very unhappy that he has been given out. Has a word or two with Dharasena who gives it back. I can understand why Vijay is so distraught at being given out. Replays show that it cae straight off the ar-guard. No bat or glove. Searing short ball right at Vijay, he was looking to hop and fend, issed and the ball went off the ar-guard, issing the glove. Great take by Vilas too, leaping high to his left to snaffle that one-handed. Dharasena gave it out instantly and then began the altercation. Not a good idea fro Vijay for he could get in trouble for arguing with the upire. But what a short ball that was fro orkel. Copletely surprised Vijay. As soon as it went off the ar-guard, Vijay was pointing it out to Dharasena. Even when he was walking off, he did the sae. All to no avail though. Dharasena got that wrong. Vijay c Dane Vilas b orkel 3(15)

4

Abbott to Dhawan, FOUR, laced wide of mid-off. Again the feet didn't move but since the length was full and the line was outside off, Dhawan strode slightly forward and drove it wide of the fielder who didn't dive, raced away

W

orkel to Rohit, out Bowled!! Rohit goes for a golden duck. He looks heavenwards and walks off. What a ball fro orkel though. Angled in towards off and iddle, Rohit did nothing wrong there, defended with bat and pad close together, but soehow the ball sneaked past the outside edge and rattled the stups. If you had to be critical of Rohit, you could say he was playing slightly inside the line. But he was playing the angle and the ball just escaped past the bat. When it is not going your way, these things happen. Rohit can't believe his rotten luck. Has a shrug and departs the scene. orkel on a hat-trick now. Cracking delivery for he took his tie, set the field and then delivered a peach. Could be a while before Rohit is given another chance in Tests, even though it will be another seven onths before India play another Test. Anything could happen in that tiespan, but Rohit's scores recently will go against hi. Rohit b orkel 0(1)

4

Abbott to Dhawan, FOUR, Abbott bowls a rare loose delivery and is dispatched. Begins with a half-volley on the stumps, Dhawan rifles a drive past Pujara who had to be quick to get his feet out of the ball's way. Races into the long-off fence. A puff of dust when the ball landed but Dhawan smashed that

4

Piet to Pujara, FOUR, trifle short an Pujara is quick on the back foot to put it away. Whippe through mi-wicket an use the wrists to get himself a four. Lovely shot an he is strong there

4

Abbott to Pujara, FOUR, good delivery but Pujara will get four. On a good length outside off, Pujara opens the face of the bat and guides it wide of the diving second slip. Was in control and looked an intentional stroke, considering there was no third man. Has a chat with Dhawan after that

4

Abbott to Pujara, FOUR, now an inside edge runs away for four. Abbott and Faf look very disappointed. Pujara's bat face was pointing towards backward point, he looked to play that with an angled bat, the ball seamed in and took the inside edge, before missing leg stump. Not by much and another boundary to Pujara. He is quickly onto 23, surpassing Dhawan. But sure he won't be pleased with how he got the boundary

W

orkel to Dhawan, out Bowled!! That's a searing yorker. WHAT. A. BALL. Angled into the boots of Dhawan at pace fro round the wicket, he drags the out of the way and rushes to bring his bat down. Way too late. The ball is already through hi and clips leg-stup. If there is soething called as 'Birthday luck', Dhawan certainly wasn't showered with it. Ripping delivery. Would have castled hi 90 ties out of 100. eanwhile, the crowd has broken into chants of "Kohli, Kohli". Lots of support for the local lad. Dhawan b orkel 21(86) [4s-2]

4

orkel to Kohli, FOUR, full ball just outside off, Kohli gets a big stride across to get beside the line, opens the bat-face on ipact to steer it behind a diving backward point. The key was that he played with bat and pad close together. But that's not the length which troubles hi anyway. It's ore when the ball is pitched behind a good length which has hi poking away fro the body

W

to Pujara, out Bowled!! Wow. The South African bowlers are producing some real peaches after Lunch. That's a wonder ball from . And he's away to celebrate. Surely must have been a striker in his childhood days. That's how you celebrate goals, not wickets. Pushed quicker through the air on a length on off (flipper), Pujara played for the trajectory rather than the length and went back to defend, the ball spins away ever so slightly to open him up, beats the edge and pegs back the off-stump. Definitely should have been forward to it. It was the trajectory which defeated him. Pujara b 28(79) [4s-3]

4

to Kohli, FOUR, short and flat on the stumps, that's the problem with at times. Kohli camps back and whips it through square leg. Bread and butter shot for him

4

Abbott to Rahane, FOUR, big stride. Big, big stride. Gets him beside the pitch of the fuller length delivery wide of off, unfurls a crisp drive through the covers

4

Abbott to Kohli, FOUR, oh gorgeous. That's a blistering extra-cover drive. Blistering as in figuratively. Half-volley wide of off, Kohli leans towards the ball while getting a good stride across and drives it superbly wide of mid-off

4

Piet to Kohli, FOUR, ege an four, this was the slier from Piet, went with the angle outsie off, Kohli was playing for the turn, plays with soft hans, gets an outsie ege past Amla at first slip

4

orkel to Rahane, FOUR, good cricket all around, this was the inswinging yorker fro orkel, Rahane watches it all along, closes the face of the bat at the last inute, takes it on the full and clips it past square leg for a boundary

4

to Kohli, FOUR, nicely played by Kohli, pushed through outside leg, Kohli waits on it, uses 's pace and glances it very fine past the keeper, no need to run for those

4

Piet to Kohli, FOUR, an there's the straight ball. Beautifully loope up outsie off, threatens to rip off the pitch but instea just skis on, catches a thick ege as Kohli came forwar to efen an runs away wie of Amla

4

Piet to Kohli, FOUR, that's a terrific shot. He ha to stretch out for the rive. rifting away well wie of off with the angle, the length was very full, Kohli reaches out an rounhouses the rive through the cover region

OT

to Kohli, 1 run, punched to sweeper cover and that brings up a much-required fifty for the Indian skipper. He has been short of runs for quite some time now. Shakes hands with his partner and gives a thumbs-up to the dressing room

4

Abbott to Kohli, FOUR, now beaten on the other edge. Well, not completely beaten. He got a thick outside edge after being squared up by a ball which straightened off the pitch. Goes to ground and wide of a diving second slip before skimming away to the third man fence

4

Piet to Kohli, FOUR, now Kohli with a sweep. Rarely plays it but times this one well. Sits own on his back knee, the length was perfect an the line was on leg stump, cracks it behin square. That was a aisy-cutter. First hunre stan of the series an the two batsmen embrace each other

4

to Rahane, FOUR, very slow by standards, hence resulted in Rahane being too early with his sweep, gets it right off the bottom of the bat but manages it drag it through mid-wicket

4

to Rahane, FOUR, loopy full toss, Rahane takes a couple of strides forward looking to pummel it across the line, might have sliced it slightly, lobs up in the air but enough to clear the infield. The fielder at mid-on gives chase, slides and flicks the ball back in. But his foot was in contact with the ropes while he did so

4

to Rahane, FOUR, that has been clubbed! Rahane picked up the length early, gets close to the pitch of the ball and drills it to the left of mid-on, beat the fielder and races away to the fence in a hurry

OT

Abbott to Rahane, 2 runs, workmanlike fifty for Rahane, perhaps one of his slowest efforts as well, he doesn't realize that he has passed a milestone, Kohli gets across and pats him on the back. On a good length and just outside off, Rahane was pushing forward and gets a thick outside edge behind square on the off-side, runs hard and comes back for the second run

4

orkel to Kohli, FOUR, nicely played by Kohli, short of a good length and just outside off, Kohli waits on it, opens the face of the bat at the last oent and dabs it past second slip, India's lead is now 403

4

orkel to Rahane, FOUR, slashed away, full and wide outside off fro orkel, Rahane throws his hands at that, hit intentionally in the air and to the left of a diving backward point, it was in the air but well wide of the fielder, brings up the first boundary of the orning

4

Abbott to Rahane, FOUR, shot! Superbly played by Rahane. On a back of a length and rising outside off, Rahane stands tall and punches behind point, it was in the air but in the gap. He has decided to play his strokes. Abbott just wears a resigned look

6

orkel to Rahane, SIX, what a good shot that is! Initially he was looking to duck as he expected the bouncer to rise uch higher, but this stayed a bit down, then he raped it over third an after arching his back. Got so uch wood that it carried all the way, the fielder backpedalled but saw it go over his head. Terrific tiing fro Rahane as he used the pace of orkel

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Abbott to Kohli, out Lbw!! Unplayable. The crowd can't believe it. As does Kohli. A grubber and raps Kohli on the pad right in front of all three. They are checking for the no-ball but Abbott is fine. Angled in towards off and middle, stayed low and defeated Kohli's back foot defence, when the ball stays so low and is in line, you got to consider yourself very unlucky. Kohli's dream of getting a Test hundred on his home ground has been shattered. Has to wait a bit longer for that to be realised. But a fine hand nonetheless. Reward for the excellent Abbott. Kohli lbw b Abbott 88(165) [4s-10]

4

orkel to Rahane, no ball, FOUR, orkel oversteps and bowls a half-volley outside off, Rahane leans forward and bends his back knee to caress a drive through cover. Just eased it into the gap and it raced away. Lovely stuff fro the ubaikar

6

to Rahane, SIX, Rahane sits on his back knee and pulverizes the googly over deep mid-wicket. Nailed the slog sweep. It was tossed up and landed on a perfect length for him to execute

6

to Rahane, SIX, Rahane moves into the 90s. No trudging along to a hundred for him. He's galloping along. Runs down the pitch, gets close enough to the pitch of the flighted delivery and just whacks it across the line over deep mid-wicket. Dismissed it from his presence

4

to W Saha, FOUR, India are getting a move-on. I fancy a declaration the moment Rahane reaches the landmark. This was a poor ball. A half-tracker just outside off. Saha rocks back and crunches the pull over mid-wicket

4

to W Saha, FOUR, that's a brilliant stroke. Came down the track, didn't quite meet the pitch of the delivery as it dipped on him but still went through with the drive. Those wrists enabled the stroke. Rolled them beautifully to generate the power. Skims away straight past the non-striker

4

to W Saha, FOUR, much more in control of this sweep. Premeditated it and got it exactly where he would have wanted. Looped up on a length on middle, slaps it behind square. The ball rockets away

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to Rahane, 1 run, there it is. The arms go up in the air. Waves his bat to the galleries. Everyone is up in applause. The entire dressing room, Kohli at the forefront. He allows Rahane to soak in the moment and then after a moment, gestures to call the batsmen back in. That's it then. India have declared. But let this moment be about Rahane. His debut, his horrid debut at the Kotla. And what a way to exorcise those demons. Twin centuries in his return to the capital. Gets to the landmark with a gentle flick of the wrists through mid-wicket after which he hurtled across. Each and every member of the South African team run up to him to shake hands. Played boy! Only the fifth Indian to make hundreds in both innings of a Test. Joins an elite club which includes Vijay Hazare, Sunny Gavaskar (thrice), Rahul Dravid (twice) and Virat Kohli. What a way to silence your critics as well and the perfect answer to doubters who questioned his pedigree. Before this game - his highest score in India was 15. Now he has twin hundreds in the same match. Cannot make a more emphatic statement than that to the critics. And look at his reaction after getting to a hundred - he seemed almost apologetic at getting there. And when the South Africans rushed to shake his hand, he felt shy. What a man and what a character - the diminutive Mumbaikar who is here to stay for a long time in Indian cricket!

4

Yadav to Bavma, FOR, first rns for Bavma, fraction too short and on Bavma's pads, he gets inside the line and clips it past sqare leg, beats the fielder and Bavma gets going with a bondary

4

Yadav to Elgar, FOR, short of a good length and angling across the left-hander, Elgar is slightly sqared p as he looked to defend, the ball finds his otside edge, goes down low and past Rahane at third slip, gets going with a bondary, Elgar

4

Yadav to Bavma, FOR, lovely shot, pitched p and on the stmps, Bavma leans forward, plays with a straight bat and gets the gap past mid-on, with a smptos looking on-drive, no need to rn for those

4

to Bavuma, FOUR, nicely done! Good use of the wrists from Bavuma. He leans across and clips this fullish delivery in the gap between mid-wicket and mid-on, no need to run for those

4

Yadav to Elgar, FOR, great shot! Short and angling in towards the batsman from rond the wicket, Elgar goes for the pll, swivels and times it really well, gets it over mid-wicket and it crashes into the fence in a hrry

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Yadav to Elgar, ot Caght by W Saha!! Elgar walks back disappointed. mesh is ecstatic as he bags the first breakthrogh for India. Elgar was gtted when the mpire raised his finger, bt he has to go. Coming to the ball, it was very fll otside off, Elgar was trying to sqeeze it ot into the off-side. The ball on its way p after pitching, catches the otside edge and goes throgh towards the keeper, who croches low to his left and hangs on. Elgar probably didn't know mch abot the edge as he also jammed his bat hard onto the grond at that very moment. He coldn't believe the call from the mpire, bt it was the right one. Elgar c W Saha b Yadav 17(50) [4s-2]

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Jadeja to Bavuma, out Bowled!! Oh dear. Bavuma's vigil is over. That slider from Jadeja. Even he doesn't know if it will turn or not. How will the batsman? I told you Bavuma was flirting with danger hanging back. This time the ball skids on from a length just outside off, Bavuma plays for some turn on the back foot and ends up playing outside the line, finds the gate between bat and pad and knocks over off stump. Bavuma b Jadeja 22(55) [4s-3]

4

Jadeja to de Villiers, FOUR, slightly more air, lands a bit too full on off, de Villiers clears his front leg to get beside the line of the ball and pastes the drive through extra-cover

4

Jadeja to de Villiers, FOUR, ah, that's a cracker-jack of a shot. Sliding into the pads from a length, de Villiers goes deep in the crease and whips it wide of mid-on

W

Jadeja to Amla, out Caught by W Saha!! Jadeja is up in arms, the umpire's finger stays put but Amla is walking. Might have just been a feather. Flatter and quicker through the air, turns slightly off the surface which clearly caught Amla unawares. He had rocked back and was aiming a back-cut, but the ball turns and just about grazes the edge of the cross-batted stroke. Not enough deflection which made the grab easier for Saha. South Africa are plummetting quickly. Amla c W Saha b Jadeja 3(34)

4

Jadeja to de Villiers, FOUR, okay so he's decided that defence isn't the way to go, puts on his skates, gets close enough to the ball and powerfully hits it back over the leaping bowler. It was a full blooded sledge-hammer, hammered it. Jadeja nearly got a hand as well on the leap

W

Jadeja to du Plessis, out Caught by Rahane!! Jadeja is unplayable, Jadeja is vicious, and Jadeja is running riot at Kotla. Faf du Plessis has another duck to his name. Bends down low for a paddled scoop, the ball was fairly well flighted, but ends up just chipping it in the air off the bottom of the bat, lobs up to where a leg-slip would have been. Stays in the air long enough for Rahane to move across from his position at slip and grab it easily. du Plessis c Rahane b Jadeja 0(2)

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Yadav to Dminy, ot Bowled!! This is an annihilation. It's like a jdge has sentenced Soth Africa to "death by firing sqad". Absolte disaster. Skiddy back of a length delivery angled in on off, the ball holds its line slightly bt that's enogh to open Dminy p in his flat-footed defence, beats the otside edge and pegs back the top of off stmp. Might have clipped the back pad on the way. Dminy b Yadav 1(8)

4

to Dane Vilas, FOUR, clipped neatly off the hips through mid-wicket, Jadeja gives chase all the way, does all the hard work, and then allows the ball to sneak through despite a slide

W

to Dane Vilas, out Bowled!! has sent the off-stump cartwheeling. That off-pole symbolises South Africa's state right now. Blown away. It's also 's first wicket of the series. And what a rip-roaring delivery to get it with. Jags back from a length outside off, Vilas initially wanted to leave it alone, sees it snake back in and then ends up swishing his bat at an angle to keep it out. Too late mate. Your off-stump has already gone for a walk. Dane Vilas b 11(21) [4s-1]

4

to Kyle Abbott, FOUR, just an extension of the forward defence and .. wait a minute. It's running away straight of mid-off. The fielder was too close and once it beat him, it sped away

W

to Kyle Abbott, out Lbw!! My oh my! 84/7. And has his first wicket. The under-cutter, pushes it through just behind a length on off, Abbott went right back at his stumps, plays for some turn, there isn't any and the ball simply skids on after pitching, beats the outside edge and hits him on the knee-roll of the back pad. He was so far back that height was never an issue. Kyle Abbott lbw b 4(6) [4s-1]

4

to de Villiers, FOUR, slightly short outside off and de Villiers has latched onto the opportunity. Doesn't move his feet too much and slaps it square of the wicket

4

to de Villiers, FOUR, oh, genius. That's an even better shot. He was slightly cramped for room on the back of a length delivery, plays it late and cuts it under his eyes through the vacant point region

W

Jadeja to D Piedt, out Caught by Rahane!! There it is. Every ball I'm expecting a wicket with Jadeja bowling. Bowled it much slower and fuller outside off, lured Piedt into the drive, and he obliged with a terrible demonstration. Hard hands, well away from the body, all the ball had to do was turn slightly which it did. Took the edge and Rahane at slip - well, I've never seen him drop one. Laps it up with ease. D Piedt c Rahane b Jadeja 5(18)

4

to de Villiers, byes, FOUR, loads and loads of turn. But it started on the wrong line, pitches on leg and turns square. Saha tries his best to get across but he needs to be as wide as a sight-screen to stop it

W

Jadeja to de Villiers, out Caught by Ishant!! Runs down the pitch, looks to whack it across the line, the ball turns and AB ends up slicing the shot off the outside half of the bat. Still looked like it would go over the long-off ropes. Ishant follows the path of the ball, might have slightly misjudged it and then had to run back. The good thing he did was to go with both hands. Completed the grab by reaching out to his left, stabilized himself by extending the distance between his two legs and didn't let the momentum take him over the rope. Superb effort from the tall pacer. de Villiers c Ishant b Jadeja 42(78) [4s-5]

D

to Tahir, 1 run, Tahir sweeps, gets a top edge, it loops up over mid-wicket. Kohli is the man there, calls for it, runs back. And then fails to hang on. Bounced a little bit more with the over-spinner and hence caught the edge

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to Tahir, out Caught by (sub)Rahul!! That's it. Will Kohli enforce the follow-on? We'll find out soon enough. Floated up on the stumps, Tahir shimmies down and tries to slog it away, did not turn as much he anticipated and ends up slicing it. Went high in the air towards deep mid-wicket. Rahul came charging forward, ended up having to backtrack but takes it with a reverse-cup before falling backwards. Did not let the ball pop out and breathed a sigh of relief. Tahir c (sub)Rahul b 1(9)

4

Piet to hawan, FOUR, full toss an whippe to the right of mi-wicket, where Tahir makes a mess of it, ive to his right an trie to stop it with one han, allows to go through an gifts four runs. Pressure release on hawan

4

Abbott to Dhawan, FOUR, what timing! Just a defence and a front foot block, through cover and the ball sped away. It was bowled full by Abbott and Dhawan came forward to defend. The rest is all timing

W

Piet to Vijay, out Caught by Amla!! An you can't say this wasn't coming. Vijay was STRUGGLING. That too is an unerstatement. Floate up outsie off, they say it's the attacking line for an offie, Vijay is lure forwar an across aiming a cover-rive, not quite to the pitch of the ball which skis on to take an outsie ege. Amla laps it up at first slip. Vijay c Amla b Piet 12(59)

4

orkel to Dhawan, FOUR, the fielder at point dived on top of the ball, clusy effort. Pitched right up outside off, Dhawan is too tepted by the length to let it go, gets a fair stride towards the ball and drives square of the wicket. The ball sneaks through

4

Piet to Pujara, FOUR, that big strength of Piet to get the ball sliing on, Pujara is rawn forwar by the flight, an accounts for some turn in efence, gets a thick ege which ies own immeiately an trickles away to the right of slip

4

Piet to hawan, FOUR, ah, eft. Waits on the ball an abs it ever so late. Pushe through the air outsie off, skis on, hawan was waiting on the back foot, an taps it on it's hea to sen it skimming fine of backwar point

6

to Pujara, SIX, there's the full toss, almost can't go without it. And hang on, Pujara has lammed it for a biggie over mid-wicket. Should induce a few chuckles from his teammates

W

Piet to hawan, out Lbw!! Piet has got ri of both openers. Nicely bowle by Piet, this was the slier, bowle quicker an flatter, it came back with the angle. hawan was playing for the turn, oesn't get his bat own in time, gets struck low on the pas. It was pa first an the impact was just in front of off-stump, umpire Oxenfor takes his time an sens hawan back to the hut. Replays suggest that the ball woul have hit the off-stump, goo call in the en. hawan lbw b Piet 33(85) [4s-4]

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Abbott to Pujara, out Bowled!! Cleaned up! A straight ball has consumed Pujara once again. This was full and held its line on off, Pujara was pressing forward in defence, doesn't get behind the line, ends up playing slightly outside it. The ball finds the inside edge, clips his pad and goes back to smash into the off-stump. Just a small gap between bat and pad, but that was enough for Abbott, just rewards for some outstanding bowling. India find themselves in trouble once again. Pujara b Abbott 14(37) [4s-1 6s-1]

4

Abbott to Kohli, FOUR, too short and too wide from Abbott, Kohli stays back, plays with an open face and gets the gap behind square on the off-side, beats backward point and races away to the fence

4

Piet to Rahane, FOUR, Rahane fins the gap past cover now, roppe short an well outsie off, Rahane goes back an punches it with a straight bat, gets the gap as well - to the left of cover, an races away to the fence in a hurry

4

orkel to Kohli, FOUR, nicely played by Kohli, short and angling into his hips, he shuffles across, uses orkel's pace and tucks it very fine. The an in the deep is very square, the ball races away to the fence

4

orkel to Kohli, FOUR, that was streaky, but Kohli will collect a boundary. This was banged in short and just outside off, Kohli didn't quite get on top of the bounce, pushes away fro his body and gets a thick outside edge, wide of second slip and the ball races away to the fence

4

Piet to Kohli, FOUR, lovely shot, fraction short an on the stumps, Kohli stays eep insie the crease, uses Piet's angle an whips it in the gap between square leg an mi-wicket, races away to the fence for a bounary

4

to Rahane, FOUR, that's a gift from , friendly full toss on leg-stump, whipped away in front of square on the on-side, beats the man getting across from deep square leg for a boundary. This is also Rahane's highest Test score in India, in his 5th Test

4

orkel to Kohli, FOUR, cracking shot, short and well outside off, didn't bounce as uch as orkel expected, Kohli swivels across, rolls his wrists over and plays a short-ar pull - in front of id-wicket, for a boundary

4

Piet to Rahane, FOUR, nicely playe by Rahane, Piet roppe one short an well outsie off, Rahane makes room an cuts it square past point, no nee to run for those

4

Piet to Kohli, FOUR, yes, that's Kohli in the groove. Loopy ball very full outsie off, Kohli plants his foot across an laces it through extra-cover

4

Piet to Kohli, FOUR, a lou "two" from Kohli as he hit that. He'll get much more. Overpitche outsie off, Kohli squeezes the rive through extra-cover beating the man in the eep who was too square

W

Piet to Kohli, out Caught by ane Vilas!! Kohli wears a sorry look. A look of a man plainly robbe. Absolutely smashe the sweep, Bavuma was hopping to take evasive action at short-leg, hits his thigh an pops up. Vilas flies forwar, gets both hans on the ive an clasps on to it. Kohli c ane Vilas b Piet 44(62) [4s-7]

D

Abbott to Rohit, 1 run, there's the edge and Amla has made a meal of it. It was only a matter of time before the edge was found. Length ball outside off, Rohit gropes at it needlessly, edges it to the left of first slip. Amla moves across, gets both hands but cannot cling on before tumbling over

W

Piet to Rohit, out Caught by Tahir!! I want to hurl my keyboar at the TV. Calm own, calm own! Rohit just evokes these emotions. You've just been put own the over before. An you o this. Well flighte elivery on mile, Rohit tries to heave it across the line, ens up getting a thick leaing ege which lobs own the throat of long-on. As simple as they come. Piet nearly ha a mini heart-attack as the umpire checke for a no-ball. Just ha a millimeter of the heel behin the line. So that's OK. Rohit's future isn't. Rohit c Tahir b Piet 1(6)

W

Abbott to W Saha, out Bowled!! India plunge further into darkness. Look at the mess he's made of his furniture. Fraction full on the fourth stump line, rather than playing straight, Saha tries to thread the off-side field with an extra-cover drive. His ambition is thwarted as he chops it back on to middle and leg stump off the inside edge. The umpires wave the players off the field and that wicket will usher in TEA. W Saha b Abbott 1(15)

4

orkel to Rahane, FOUR, lovely shot, overpitched and on the stups, Rahane gets a stride forward, eets the ball on top of the bounce, presents the full face of the bat and beats id-on to his left, with the on-drive

4

Piet to Ravinra Jaeja, FOUR, nicely playe by Jaeja, this was tosse up on off, RJ gets a goo strie forwar, gets close to the pitch of the ball, rives against the spin an beats the iving Morkel at mi-on, to his right

4

to Rahane, byes, FOUR, that's a horrid start from , he's not at his best with the ball in this series, drags one short and way down the leg-side, spins away further and was a tad low as well, Rahane can't reach out for the pull, Dane Vilas can't get to it either, runs away to the ropes

4

to Ravindra Jadeja, FOUR, lovely shot, nicely played by RJ, this was tossed up invitingly by , he gets forward, presents the full face of the bat and drives it to the right of mid-on for a boundary

6

Piet to Rahane, SIX, cracking shot, this was tosse up outsie off by Piet, similar to Rohit's ismissal, Rahane gets own on his knees, plays with the turn an slog sweeps it - high an over mi-wicket for a maximum

4

Piet to Rahane, FOUR, poor ball from Piet, he seems to be tiring a bit, rops this one halfway own the track an well outsie leg, Rahane gets halfway own on the crouch an pulls it behin square on the on-sie, beats the man in the eep to the fence, raises his fifty as well, his first in Inia

4

Piet to Rahane, FOUR, lovely shot, this was the shot that got him ismisse in Nagpur, but that was off Tahir, here, he gets to the pitch of the ball an rills it past extra cover for a bounary

4

to Ravindra Jadeja, FOUR, that's a poor ball from , dropped it way too short and well outside off, Jadeja rocks back and cuts it in front of square on the off-side, the man in the deep is very square, the ball beats him to the fence

W

Abbott to Ravindra Jadeja, out Caught by Elgar!! Walks down the track, flicks it well and .. gone! Elgar dives low to his right and plucks it just off the turf with his fingers underneath. That was hit perfectly well by Jadeja after converting it into a half-volley. If you have to criticize him, you might say that he didn't quite roll the wrists enough to keep it down. And maybe that's a fair point. I would put it down as slightly unfortunate. Don't discount how good a catch that was though at mid-wicket. Had to go really low. Ravindra Jadeja c Elgar b Abbott 24(59) [4s-3]

4

to Rahane, FOUR, that's what I was talking about regarding . Too many poor balls. This time a long-hop on the stumps, Rahane rocks back, bends low (due to the low bounce) and pulls it hard through mid-wicket beating a diving Faf

4

to Rahane, FOUR, now a full bunger. Rahane whacks it over mid-on. Some easy runs these for the taking

4

Piet to Rahane, FOUR, oh Bavuma oesn't want to be anywhere near that position. His plight is so ba that it's comical. Piet rops it short, Rahane sits on his back knee an pulls it fiercely just wie of Bavuma's right shin

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Piet to Rahane, no run, Amla, Amla. Oh I can't believe my eyes. He's put own another. That straight roller from Piet once more causing all the fuss. Rahane playe insie the line of it on the front foot an it slies on to fin the ege. That's a regulation slip catch low aroun shin height. The ball pops out of Amla's palms, he has another chance at the reboun. Fluffs that too. On replays, it's clear that he got his palms too low own an it hit him near the wrists actually

6

Piet to Rahane, SIX, that's flat. Runs own the pitch, makes sure not to get too close to the ball to get unerneath, an swings it with the turn over mi-wicket. Just about clears the ropes

4

to Ashwin, FOUR, drifting down the leg-side, Ashwin plays a Tendulkaresque paddled-swat. Jabs it very fine and nutmegs the keeper before trickling away

4

Abbott to Ashwin, FOUR, that's where Ashwin is so strong. Drifting into off and middle, Ashwin whips powerfully through square leg. Uncorking of the wrists at the right time did the trick there. Raced away

D

Abbott to Ashwin, no run, has that carried to Amla? He isn't sure. Dharmasena and Oxenford are going upstairs. The soft signal is not out. Amla has grassed that. Clearly the ball touched the grass. So that will go as a drop. The crowd have seen that on the big screen and cheer. Genuine outside edge as Ashwin poked at a length delivery outside off and it went low to first slip. The ball hits the fingers on the left-hand and is turfed. Then he scoops it up. Amla has to be applauded as he immediately signalled that he wasn't sure and wanted it to be sent upstairs. So that's three he has put down in this innings

4

orkel to Ashwin, FOUR, beautiful back foot punch. On a short of length and outside off, Ashwin stays back and then stands tall to punch through cover. Creaed that

4

Abbott to Rahane, FOUR, there it is! Rahane has done it. The first hundred of the series. And arguably the best innings of the series. Rahane hasn't put a foot wrong since he set out to bat yesterday. Yes he gave a chance and was dropped at slip. But a brilliant innings nonetheless. What a shot to get your hundred too. Rasping straight drive as Abbott overpitched, driven with a full face of the bat and it went at the rate of knots. Wide of the stumps and raced away. Rahane shows rare emotion as he punches the air with his bat and then raises it to acknowledge all the applause. His missus is a happy chappie. She claps with a broad beaming smile on her face. This knock has to be one of Rahane's best coming on the back of a highest score of just 15 in India. What a way to set the record straight. One thing is for sure, when the others fail, Rahane is there to stand tall and set things right. One has seen that often and this innings is just another example. 5th Test hundred and he has exorcised the ghosts of his debut Test here at the same ground

6

Piet to Rahane, SIX, calculate blow. It's a six. Thir one of the innings for Rahane. Uses his feet an slams it wie of long-on. Carrie all the way, but just about

6

Piet to Rahane, SIX, this is fabulous batting from Rahane. Much cleaner connection this time. Skips out an then makes room to loft over long-off. Belte that an went comfortably over the ropes. He is looking to score some runs off Piet an he is taking him on

4

to Ashwin, byes, FOUR, down leg and beats Ashwin's attempted paddle, clipped the pad of Ashwin actually and nutmegged Vilas. Went close to hitting the helmet placed behind the keeper. Would've been five penalty runs had it done so. Dharmasena got that wrong. Should've been legbyes

4

to Rahane, FOUR, lovely shot from Rahane. Steps out and lofts this fullish delivery inside-out over extra cover, got the timing right, it races away to the fence in a jiffy

W

to Rahane, out Caught by de Villiers!! Rahane's brilliant knock comes to an end. Grimaces in disappointment after hitting it straight to AB. Good gesture from the South Africans as well, Morkel pats Rahane on the back and AB also congratulates the diminutive Indian for his efforts. Elgar too shook hands with Rahane as he was walking back. Coming to the ball, it was just tossed up outside off, Rahane was looking to go inside-out over cover, couldn't quite get the elevation he wanted and ends up offering a simple catch to AB at cover. The Indian dressing room is also up on their feet to applaud the effort. It surely was a fantastic knock, the first hundred of the series. Rahane c de Villiers b 127(215) [4s-11 6s-4]

4

to U Yadav, FOUR, comedy of errors! Full toss on the stumps, Yadav drives it back towards the non-striker, the bowler tries to get across and stop it, misses and the ball deflects off Ashwin and rolls away straight behind the bowler, the fielder from long-on moves to his left and tries to cut it off with the help of his left hand, doesn't get his body behind it and ends up making a mess of it. It trickles away to the fence, much to the disappointment of the South Africans. Should have done better with the fielding effort

4

to Ashwin, FOUR, sloppy fielding once again. Looks like Abbott's knee got stuck in the ground. This was bowled flatter outside off, Ashwin dabs it late to the left of backward point, Abbott tries to cut it off after moving across, but ends up jarring his knee with the ground, misses the ball and it runs away to the fence

4

orkel to Ashwin, FOUR, angling in on the pads. You can't bowl it there to Ashwin. He uses his wrists well, flicks it past a diving id-wicket, two fielders were converging near the boundary rope but it splits the to perfection

4

orkel to Ashwin, FOUR, what a shot! Ashwin is just six short of his fifty now. Another one that's short around off, Ashwin hangs back, sways away before raping it up and over the keeper at the last oent, the ball bounced only once before hitting the fence

OT

orkel to Ashwin, no run, run-out chance issed! Ashwin taps this length delivery towards backward point and takes a few strides forward. Yadav was charging to get to the striker's end but has to rush back as Duiny was quick to pounce on the ball, he would still have been short of his crease had Duiny disturbed the stups at the non-striker's end with his throw, but luckily for India Duiny issed

6

to Ashwin, SIX, fifty for Ashwin! This was pushed through on the stumps, Ashwin lofts it through the line after coming down the track, didn't connect too well but it had enough on it to clear the fence at long-on. Mid-on was also inside the ring and hence, it was a calculated risk from Ashwin. Raises his bat to acknowledge the applause from the crowd and his teammates. Affords a smile as well. It has been a tough time for Ashwin, considering the flood situation in Chennai. Yet, he has stood tall for India

4

to U Yadav, FOUR, that was powerfully struck! This was tossed up outside off, right in the arc for the slog sweep, Yadav goes down on his knees and slogs it wide of long-on for a boundary

W

Abbott to Ashwin, out Caught by de Villiers!! Ashwin could have taken the run, but he attempted to shield Yadav and ends up losing his wicket. This was short and well outside off, Ashwin was looking to play the pull once again, he had to fetch it from well outside off, doesn't control the shot, gets more of a top-edge, the ball goes high and over mid-wicket. AB runs back, keeps his eyes on the ball and completes the catch - safely clutching onto his chest. Ashwin falls after playing a good hand. Ashwin c de Villiers b Abbott 56(140) [4s-6 6s-1]

W

Abbott to Ishant, out Lbw!! India have been bowled out for 334, Abbott finishes with five wickets. This was full and tailed back into Ishant, he was caught on the shuffle, ends up playing across the line and misses, gets struck low on the back leg, bang in front of middle, simple call for umpire Dharmasena. A duck for Ishant and India have been finally bowled out. Ishant lbw b Abbott 0(2)

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