Freedom Trophy, 2019

India vs South Africa - 1st Test

Venue: Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam

Date: 02 October-06 October, 2019

South Africa 191/10

RR: 2.99 | India beat South Africa by 203 runs

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160 then. Points for India in the World Test Championship so far. This being a 3-match series, a win gives you 40 points. Way ahead of the rest and given that they are enjoying a home run for a lengthy period of time, the hosts would like to consolidate that spot in the coming months. What about South Africa? They fought hard for the first 3 days but Day 4 was probably where the game slipped away. There are some technical shortcomings as well, along with the weather conditions. But they need to find answers to all these pretty quickly, as the second Test is upon all from Thursday, 10th October, 2019 from 9.30 am local (0400 GMT) in Pune. Would winning the toss make things any better? Doubt that, with India playing so well but Faf du Plessis can perhaps consult Australian Women's captain, Meg Lanning to help win the toss. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

ROHIT SHARMA HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Says that he just wanted to go out there and do what he does best, exploring opportunities at the top. Thanks the coach and management for giving him that chance. Believes that getting 40 points is more important than all that and is happy that India continue to stay at the top of the table in the World Test Championship. On him now opening in all formats, Rohit says that it was communicated to him around 2 years ago, that he might be asked to open, so it was not altogether a surprise and he used to practice really hard in the nets. On him playing watchfully at the start in both white-ball and red-ball cricket, Sharma says that one needs to assess the conditions first and then play your own game. Stresses that the batsman should be leaving the ball outside off, play as close to the ball as possible and then play one's shots, which has been his mantra so far. On being asked about him creating the record for hitting the most number of sixes in a Test, Rohit instantly says that there are quite a few things in Test cricket that he is not aware of. Adds that his main aim was to maintain his focus and outwit the bowlers, who, he believes are very smart these days.

Victorious Indian captain, Virat Kohli, comes up next. On being asked for the win, which was not easy, Kohli admits that it was so. Adds that they did get the result they wanted but admires the resistance shown by South Africa. Details that once you get 500 on the board, you are always in the ascending seat irrespective of the fight shown by the opposition. Praises his batsmen in both innings for scoring quickly and says that it was a tough grind, but due to the weather. On the pacers doing well on a track suited to the spinners, Kohli says that it all depends on the attitude. Adds that in the last 2 years, every Indian pacer has looked to contribute on every pitch, albeit bowling shorter spells and communicating well with the captain, even when conditions are difficult. Praises Ashwin and Jadeja for bowling consistently well, on a flat track in the first innings, with the offie taking 7 there and Jadeja taking quick wickets in the second. On Shami's spell this morning, Kohli feels that the pacer has always done well in the recent past and when the ball reverses, he is unstoppable. In the end, praises all the bowlers. On the current quality of the SG ball, Kohli feels that this particular lot is better than the previous one, staying hard for around 40-45 overs but wants it to be harder till at least 60 overs because, even if the pitch is helping you, you would want the ball to do something as well.

Time for the presentation. Faf du Plessis first up, the South African captain. A bit of a disgruntled look on his face. Praises India for putting up a great total and then his own team for fighting hard. Adds that in an ideal world, he would have loved his bowlers to bowl India out cheaply but has to stop and admire another Rohit special. Is wary of a pitch exploding on Day 5 but apart from the collapse on Sunday morning, he believes that South Africa fought hard. On the wicket for this Test, Faf says that it seemed to hold on a bit and apart from Shami taking a 5-fer on Day 5, the seamers barely got much purchase. Rues the fact that his spinners could not do much in the third innings, which is where the game drifted away. Admits that the collapse this morning was way too quick and it does happen on Day 5 but quickly says that one cannot do much about it, so wants to move forward and look ahead to the second Test.

Mohammed Shami is gifted the stump which he broke, while cleaning up Dane Piedt. On being asked his plan to bowl on the wicket, Shami says that it is very difficult to take wickets on such pitches, so the team planned to bowl in line of the stumps. On the pacers bowling well, Shami says that over the past 4-5 years, the combination of the pacers has been excellent and if the ball starts to reverse a bit, aided with uneven bounce, everyone does well. On breaking the middle order of the Proteas, Shami says that the aim is always to remove the top 5 of the opposition early and in doing that, keep the line which attacks the stumps. Thanks the crowd for its support.

The Indians then. Heroes? Oh you could make movies which could run successfully for the next decade. Rohit Sharma showing that he loves to open in any format. Just 176. 224 less perhaps? Then Mayank Agarwal. Getting to his double ton. The duo staging a 317-run opening stand. Then Ashwin taking a 7-fer, showing that he is still India's number 1 Test spinner. And Rohit again in the second dig, scoring his second century in this Test. And in the final innings, Jadeja and the second innings hero, Mohammed Shami. A total team effort. Simply superb. Given that a seamer has taken 5 wickets on Day 5, simply shows how good India's pace attack is even now. Here is the hero, talking to Sanjay Manjrekar.

Now, to this match overall. How many heroes for the South Africans? Maharaj in the first innings. For believing in himself while getting sent to the cleaners for two days that eventually he will get some reward, ending up with 3 scalps. Then Dean Elgar, Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis, for ensuring that there is some fight shown and the Proteas do not cave in. Made India bowl 131.2 overs, an achievement in itself, playing spin really well. But that was it. That seemed to take a heavy toll as they simply could not turn up with either bat or ball in the second innings. A lead of 71 was not what India would have expected after scoring 502/7 but the Saffas could not pounce on that opportunity.

India knew they had the aces when they came out to bowl this morning, only having to land the ball in the right areas and allow the pitch to do the rest. South Africa, inexperienced as they were, seemed confused as to whether they should come forward or stay back and were caught in no man's land. Markram was the only man to fight at the top while Muthusamy and Piedt averted some embarrassment with a 91-run stand lower down the order.

So how do you play low bounce and extra bounce? Difficult, very difficult. Probably go forward, rather than backward? And do not leave any ball. ANY. De Bruyn, Bavuma, de Kock and Piedt - all suffered the harsh consequences of the ball staying low while du Plessis chose to leave one and had to leave the field. Though the Proteas might look at that period of the first hour on the final day and call it a manic hour, it would still have been difficult for them or any team to hang around against a quality opposition on a wearing pitch. And that is why life is heaven for spinners in India on Day 5, seeming like hell in the first 3.

Right then. Took a while to come, after a collapse this morning, but eventually, India have won convincingly, with more than a session to spare. For all the fight shown by South Africa in the first innings, sadly, the second dig was a damp squib, though they can blame the inconsistent bounce on the pitch for the same.

63.5
0
M Shami to Rabada, OUT! CAUGHT! Fifth Five-fer for Shami! He has been excellent in this innings, was right on the mark since the start. Shami deserves this one every bit. Good length ball outside off, Rabada attempts to drive but gets an outside edge towards Saha who makes no mistake. With this INDIA WIN BY 203 RUNS AND GO 1-0 UP IN THE THREE TEST MATCH SERIES.
63.4
0
M Shami to Rabada, BEATEN! Loose drive from Rabada! Good length ball outside off, Rabada looks to drive but gets beaten in the air.
63.3
0
M Shami to Rabada, Full delivery on middle, Rabada looks to slog it away but it goes off the inside half towards short mid-wicket.
63.2
0
M Shami to Rabada, Good length delivery on off, Rabada defends it off the back foot.
63.1
1
M Shami to Muthusamy, Full delivery on the pads, Muthusamy flicks it towards the leg side for a single. Moves on to 49 with that single.
62.6
4
R Jadeja to Rabada, FOUR! Nicely played! Short ball outside off, Rabada rocks back and cuts it through the cover region for a boundary.
62.5
0
R Jadeja to Rabada, BEATEN! Flighted delivery outside off, Rabada looks to defend but misses it.
62.4
1
R Jadeja to S Muthusamy, Full delivery outside off, Muthusamy looks to drive but gets an inside edge towards deep square leg for a single.
62.3
0
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Full delivery on off, Muthusamy defends it off the front foot.
62.2
0
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Flighted delivery on middle, Muthusamy flicks it towards the leg side but refuses the single.
62.1
0
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Flatter delivery outside off, Muthusamy defends this towards the off side.
61.6
0
M Shami to Rabada, Short delivery on middle, Rabada defends this off the back foot.
61.5
0
M Shami to Rabada, BEATEN! Good length ball outside off, Rabada looks to defend but gets beaten.
61.4
0
M Shami to Rabada, Full delivery on the pads, Rabada looks to flick but misses.
61.3
5
M Shami to Muthusamy, FIVE OVERTHROWS! Rabada was a goner here! Good length delivery outside off, Muthusamy pushes it towards covers and takes off for a quick single. Jadeja runs in and has a shy at the stumps but misses. If he had hit, Rabada would have been out. The ball rolls on towards the square leg region for a boundary.
61.2
4
M Shami to S Muthusamy, EDGED AND FOUR! Another one that goes through the vacant first slip region! Length ball on off, it pitches and straightens. Muthusamy looks to defend but it goes off the outside edge through the vacant first slip region for a boundary into the third man fence.
61.1
0
M Shami to S Muthusamy, Outside off, fuller ball, Muthusamy tucks this one towards the square leg fielder.
60.6
6
R Jadeja to Rabada, SIX! Floated ball outside off, Rabada plays a lovely lofted shot over the long on fielder for a maximum. Looking to attack the spinners.
60.5
0
R Jadeja to Rabada, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
60.4
4
R Jadeja to Rabada, FOUR! Flighted ball on off, Rabada goes down on one knee and sweeps it past the mid on fielder for a boundary. He did not time it well but still had enough to reach the boundary.
60.3
0
R Jadeja to Rabada, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
60.2
0
R Jadeja to Rabada, BEATEN! Another flighted delivery around off, Rabada again looks to defend but fails to put any bat on it.
60.1
0
R Jadeja to Rabada, BEATEN! Nicely bowled! Flighted ball outside off, Rabada looks to defend but gets beaten.

Jadeja has a change of ends.

59.6
0
M Shami to Muthusamy, BEATEN! Good over from Shami comes to an end! Good length ball outside off, Muthusamy looks to defend but it goes past the outside edge towards the keeper.
59.5
0
M Shami to Rabada, Shami comes around the wicket and bowls a flighted delivery on the pads, Kagiso looks to flick but gets hit on the pads. It goes towards fine leg and take a leg bye.
59.4
0
M Shami to Rabada, Good length delivery on middle and leg, Rabada defends this off the back foot.
59.3
0
M Shami to Rabada, Good length delivery down the leg side, Rabada looks to flick but misses it.
59.2
4
M Shami to K Rabada, EDGED AND FOUR! Lucky for Rabada! Good length delivery outside off, Rabada attempts to drive but gets an edge which goes towards the third man region for a boundary.

DRINKS! Finally India get the breakthrough and Mohammed Shami is the man who has provided it. Muthusamy and Piedt provided some very stern resistance but now only the former remains. Rabada is the only man which stands between India and a victory now. Will Rabada stick with Muthusamy or will they twist? We will find out in a while!

59.1
0
M Shami to Piedt, OUT! BOWLED! YES HE DOES! Shami comes back and gets the wicket of Piedt! Good length delivery outside off, Piedt looks to drive and gets an inside edge onto the stumps. It has shattered the stump in half. An excellent innings comes to an end from Piedt. The stand between Piedt and Muthusamy consumed 194 balls but it has finally come to an end. Dane has made a strong statement here to bat up the order probably above Philander. Shami's love affair with the second innings continues.

Mohammed Shami comes back into the attack! Will he continue his knack of taking wickets in the second innings?

58.6
1
R Ashwin to Piedt, Flighted ball on middle, Piedt flicks it towards the mid-wicket region for a single.
58.5
0
R Ashwin to Piedt, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
58.4
4
R Ashwin to Piedt, FOUR! Beautifully played! Flighted delivery outside off, Piedt lunges forward and creams it towards the cover region for a boundary.
58.3
0
R Ashwin to Piedt, Flighted ball on middle, Piedt defends it back to the bowler.
58.2
0
R Ashwin to Piedt, Full delivery on middle, Dane drives it towards the mid on fielder.
58.1
0
R Ashwin to Piedt, Flatter delivery around off, Piedt defends it to silly point.
57.6
0
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Flighted ball on middle, Senuran defends it towards the off side.
57.5
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, Flighted ball outside off, Piedt looks to drive it but it spins away from the pad and goes towards Rahane who fails to hold onto it. The batters take a bye.
57.4
1
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Full delivery outside off, Muthusamy pushes it towards the cover region for a single.
57.3
0
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Flatter delivery outside off, Senuran blocks it off his front foot to silly point.
57.2
0
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Flatter delivery on middle, Muthusamy defends it towards the bowler.
57.1
0
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Flighted ball on middle, Senuran defends it towards the leg side.
56.6
0
R Ashwin to Piedt, Flatter delivery on middle, Piedt defends it out to silly point.
56.5
1
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Flighted ball on middle, Muthusamy attempts to defend it but it goes off the inside edge towards the leg side for a single.
56.4
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, The batsman has driven it through mid-off. Jadeja fires in a throw towards Saha as he sees Muthusamy out of his crease. Saha tells him to take it easy as there was no one backing up behind him.
56.3
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Flighted delivery on middle, Muthusamy flicks it towards the leg side for a single.
56.2
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Floated ball on off, Muthusamy looks to sweep but misses and gets hit on the pads which rolls to silly point. There is a stifled appeal for LBW but nothing from the umpire.
56.1
0
R Ashwin to S Muthusamy, Flighted ball on off, Muthusamy tries to defend but it goes off the edge towards the point region.
55.6
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, Full delivery on middle, Piedt defends it off the front foot.
55.5
1
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Full delivery on middle, Muthusamy flicks it towards the leg side for a single.
55.4
0
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, On middle, defended.
55.3
0
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Flighted ball on off, Muthusamy defends it towards the off side.
55.2
1
R Jadeja to Piedt, Flighted ball outside off, Piedt guides this to short third man where Ashwin misfields which allows the batters to take a single.
55.1
1
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Flighted ball on middle, Muthusamy flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
54.6
0
R Ashwin to Piedt, Flighted ball on middle, Piedt defends it out.
54.5
0
R Ashwin to Piedt, Full delivery on middle, Dane blocks it out.
54.4
0
R Ashwin to Piedt, BEATEN! Flighted ball outside off, Piedt looks to defend with the spin but it goes past the outside edge to the keeper.
54.3
1
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Full delivery on off, Muthusamy pushes it towards the point region for a single. 150 up for the Proteas.
54.2
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Flatter delivery on middle, Senuran defends it out.
54.1
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Flatter delivery keeping a little low, Muthusamy gets his bat down in time and defends it out.
53.6
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, Floated ball on off, Dane defends it towards the off side.
53.5
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, On off, defended off the front foot.
53.4
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, Flighted ball on off, Piedt defends it out.
53.3
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
53.2
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, Flighted ball outside off, Piedt attempts the sweep shot but misses the ball completely.
53.1
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, Outside off, Piedt leaves it alone.
52.6
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Muthusamy blocks this floated one onto the pitch.
52.5
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
52.4
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Similar ball, plays it towards the same fielder.
52.3
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Another one around off, pushed towards short cover again.
52.2
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Full and around off, pushed towards the man at short cover.
52.1
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Flatter one outside off, pushed towards cover-point.

Change of ends for Ashwin!

51.6
0
R Sharma to Piedt, Flighted ball on middle, defended towards mid on.
51.5
2
R Sharma to Piedt, FIFTY! First fifty for Piedt in Tests! Flighted ball outside off, Piedt rocks back towards the off side for a couple. Ishant runs in from long off and cleans it up.
51.4
1
R Sharma to Muthusamy, The batsman gets an inside edge and the ball hits him on the pads. The batsmen have run through for a single.
51.3
0
R Sharma to Muthusamy, Short ball outside off, Senuran pushes it towards cover. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. It goes towards mid on. Muthusamy wants a single but is sent back. Ashwin at mid on throws it at the keeper's end and Saha collects the ball and whips the bails off. Senuran makes a despairing dive and makes it in.
51.2
0
R Sharma to Muthusamy, Full delivery on middle, Senuran blocks it out.
51.1
0
R Sharma to Muthusamy, Flatter delivery outside off, Muthusamy guides it to point.

Rohit Sharma is into the attack now. A huge cheer by the crowd as soon as he took the ball in hand.

50.6
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, Full delivery on middle, defended off the front foot.
50.5
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, BEATEN! Nicely bowled! Flighted delivery around off, Piedt looks to defend but it cuts him in half and just whizzes past the off stump.
50.4
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, Flighted delivery on off, Dane pushes it towards mid off.
50.3
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, Full delivery on middle, Piedt defends it out.
50.2
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
50.1
4
R Jadeja to D Piedt, FOUR! Poor bowling from Piedt! A rank long hop from Jadeja on off, Piedt rocks back and pulls it towards the deep mid-wicket fielder for a boundary.
49.6
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Full delivery on off, Muthusamy defends this out.
49.5
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
49.4
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Flat delivery down the leg side, Senuran looks to flick but misses the ball.
49.3
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Flighted ball on middle, defended off the front foot.
49.2
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Floated ball on middle, Senuran defends this off the front foot towards silly point.
49.1
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Flighted ball on middle, Muthusamy defends it off the front foot.
48.6
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, Flighted ball outside off, Piedt looks to sweep it but the ball spins and it goes past the bat to the keeper.
48.5
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, Outside off, left alone.
48.4
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, Flighted ball on middle, Piedt defends it off the front foot.
48.3
2
R Jadeja to Piedt, Flighted delivery on middle, Piedt flicks it towards mid-wicket and takes a couple. Ishant races in and cleans it up.
48.2
2
R Jadeja to Piedt, Flatter delivery on middle, Piedt flicks it towards square leg and takes a couple.
48.1
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, Flatter delivery on middle, Dane defends this off the back foot.
47.6
4
R Ashwin to S Muthusamy, FOUR! Nicely played! Flighted delivery on off, Muthusamy lunges forward and drives this past the mid off fielder for a boundary. Excellent batting this.
47.5
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Flat delivery on middle, Muthusamy defends it off the back foot.
47.4
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Flighted delivery on middle, Senuran defends it out.
47.3
4
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, FOUR! Flatter delivery outside off, Muthusamy camps back and cuts it past the diving fielder at point, Pujara and into the fence. This is now the highest 9th wicket stand for South Africa against India in Tests.
47.2
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
47.1
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Flighted delivery outside off, Muthusamy defends it off the front foot.

Ravichandran Ashwin comes back into the attack. 14-3-29-1 so far from him. Can he wrap up the tailenders?

46.6
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, OHH! Flighted ball outside off, Piedt looks to defend but gets an edge towards silly point where Agarwal makes a valiant effort to catch it but it falls just short.
46.5
4
R Jadeja to Piedt, FOUR! What a shot from Piedt! Flighted delivery outside off, Piedt comes down the track and lofts this over the extra cover fielder for a boundary.
46.4
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, On off, defended it off the front foot towards cover.
46.3
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, Flat delivery on middle, Dane blocks it out.
46.2
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, Full delivery on middle, Piedt defends it to the bowler.
46.1
1
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Full delivery on off, Muthusamy pushes it to long off and takes a single.
45.6
0
I Sharma to Piedt, BEATEN! Beautiful delivery from Ishant! Good length delivery on middle which straightens after pitching, Dane looks to defend but he is completely squared up and the ball whizzes past his outside edge. It misses the off stump by a small margin as well.
45.5
0
I Sharma to Piedt, Full delivery on middle, Piedt defends this back to the bowler.
45.4
4
I Sharma to Piedt, FOUR! Well played! Good length delivery outside off, Dane guides this towards the third man region for a boundary. Moves on to 36 with that one.
45.3
0
I Sharma to Piedt, Full delivery on middle, Dane pushes this back to the bowler. Ishant picks up the ball and has a shy at the striker's end but misses. Saha behind the wicket collects it.
45.2
0
I Sharma to Piedt, On a length delivery on middle, Piedt defends this off the back foot.
45.1
0
I Sharma to D Piedt, Good length ball on off, Piedt tries to defend but it goes off the inside half towards short mid on.
44.6
0
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, On middle, defended off the front foot. Another over negotiated.
44.5
0
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Full delivery on middle, Muthusamy blocks it out.
44.4
0
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Flat delivery on middle, Senuran defends it off the back foot.
44.3
0
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, That ball has struck the batsman on the thigh-pad.
44.2
4
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, FOUR! Nicely played! Flighted ball on off, Muthusamy plays a paddle sweep towards the fine leg region for a boundary. Shami races after it but fails to get it back in. 50-run partnership is up between the two.
44.1
0
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, BEATEN! Flighted delivery outside off, Muthusamy tries to defend it but fails to put any bat on it.
43.6
0
I Sharma to Piedt, Full delivery on middle keeping low, Piedt does well to get his bat down in time to block it towards the off side. Back-to-back maidens to start off.
43.5
0
I Sharma to Piedt, Good length delivery on middle, Dane defends it towards the mid off region.
43.4
0
I Sharma to Piedt, Back of a length delivery outside the off stump line, Piedt lets the ball to the keeper.
43.3
0
I Sharma to Piedt, Fullish delivery outside off, Dane pushes it towards the point region.
43.2
0
I Sharma to Piedt, Good length delivery on off, Piedt defends it off the back foot towards the off side.
43.1
0
I Sharma to Piedt, BEATEN! Good ball from Ishant! On a length outside off, Piedt looks to play a loose drive but fails to put any bat on it.

Ishant Sharma will bowl from the other end.

42.6
0
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Full delivery on middle, Muthusamy defends it out.
42.5
0
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, The batsman has pushed it to the cover region.
42.4
0
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Another flighted ball outside off, Senuran leaves the ball alone.
42.3
0
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Floated ball outside off, Muthusamy lets the ball go to the keeper.
42.2
0
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Flighted delivery around off, Senuran attempts to defend but it hits the pad of Muthusamy.
42.1
0
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Flat delivery on off, Muthusamy defends it off the back foot.

We are back for the second session! Dane Piedt and Senuran Muthusamy are back out in the middle to continue their resistance. Indian players also make their way out to the middle! How long will this session last? Muthusamy will be on strike to Ravindra Jadeja.

... Day 5, Session 2 ...

South Africa, on the other hand, would be disappointed with their performnce. Many expected them to give a tough fight but it was not to be. They lost wickets in a heap and are on the verge of losing this match by a huge margin. After the flurry of wickets, Piedt and Muthusamy have shown how to bat on this wicket and have played well against the spinners. Join us in a little while for what might the final session of the match unless a miracle happens.

106 runs, 7 wickets. That has been the story of the session. India has been on top from the word go. They were brilliant with the ball and it all started with the fall of de Bruyn's wicket off the bowling of Ashwin. After his wicket, the procession of wickets started with Jadeja and Shami being the pick of the bowlers. He started the collapse with three wickets in one over and South Africa were left hanging. India's problem of not being able to finish off the tail resurfaced and the last two wickets have stitched a good partnership to frustrate the bowlers a little bit.

41.6
0
I Sharma to Piedt, Last ball of this session and it IS a length ball. Piedt defends it off the back foot and that will be LUNCH ON DAY 5!
41.5
1
I Sharma to Muthusamy, Length ball coming into the batter, Senuran looks to defend but it comes off the inside edge and goes towards fine leg for a single.

Change of angle for Ishant. Comes round the wicket.

41.4
0
I Sharma to Muthusamy, Length ball outside off, keft alone by Muthusamy.
41.3
0
I Sharma to Muthusamy, Length ball on middle and off, Senuran defends it off the back foot.
41.2
1
I Sharma to Piedt, Length ball outside off, pushed towards point by Piedt. The batters take one.
41.1
0
I Sharma to Piedt, Down the leg side to Piedt, he looks to flick this one but misses. Saha collects it behind the wickets.
40.6
0
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Length ball outside off, left alone by Senuran.
40.5
0
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, On the pads, flicks it towards mid-wicket.
40.4
2
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Shortish ball outside off, Muthusamy tries to block it but he gets an outside edge which goes towards the third man region. The fielder in the deep mops it up and the batters take two.
40.3
1
R Jadeja to Piedt, On the pads, Senuran flicks it towards square leg for a single.
40.2
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, Floated on middle and off, Piedt defends it on the pitch near his boots.
40.1
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, Outside off to Piedt, he chooses to leave it alone.
39.6
0
I Sharma to Muthusamy, Length ball outside off, left alone.
39.5
1
I Sharma to Piedt, Another one on the pads, Dane flicks this one off the inside half towards fine leg for a single.
39.4
0
I Sharma to Piedt, Piedt plays this one towards mid-wicket off his pads.
39.3
1
I Sharma to S Muthusamy, Unnecesary throw! Another one full and outside off, Muthusamy pushes this towards one of the two short mid-wicket fielders. Rahane there has a shy at the stumps and hits but the batsman was always in. The ball deflects off the stumps towards mid off and the batters are able to snatch a run.
39.2
0
I Sharma to Muthusamy, Length ball outside off, left alone by Senuran.
39.1
0
I Sharma to Muthusamy, Full ball outside off, pushed towards the man at short cover by Muthusamy.

Ishant Sharma comes into the attack! His figures read 3-1-10-0.

38.6
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, Fuller this time outside off, Piedt pushes it towards the man at cover.
38.5
4
R Jadeja to Piedt, FOUR! Up and over! Piedt dances down the track to this full ball on middle and lofts it over the head of Jadeja for a boundary.
38.4
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
38.3
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, Dane Piedt pushes this one towards the cover region.
38.2
1
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Fuller one this time and Muthusamy pushes this one towards mid on for a single.
38.1
0
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, BEATEN! Bowls a quicker one outside off, touch shorter. The ball keeps its line and beats the outside edge of Muthusamy's bat.
37.6
0
M Shami to Piedt, Down the leg side, Piedt looks to flick but misses. Saha does well to dive to his left to gather the ball.
37.5
0
M Shami to Piedt, Full and on middle and off, pushed towards the cover region.
37.4
0
M Shami to Piedt, On the pads, Piedt flicks it towards the leg side.
37.3
0
M Shami to Piedt, Good length ball on middle and off, Piedt defends it from within the crease.

Lunch was supposed to be at 1130 local but Kohli has asked the umpires to extend the session by 15 minutes! Lunch now will be at 1145 local (0615 GMT).

37.2
0
M Shami to Piedt, Piedt pushes this good length ball off the front foot back towards the bowler.
37.1
1
M Shami to Muthusamy, On the pads, Senuran works it towards mid-wicket for a single.
36.6
4
R Jadeja to Piedt, FOUR! Piedt again dances down the track and this time clears the mid on fielder as the ball crosses the long on fence. Good attacking batting this.
36.5
0
R Jadeja to D Piedt, Piedt pushes it towards mid off off the front foot.
36.4
4
Jadeja to Piedt, FOUR! Intention from Piedt! Full and floated on middle, Dane comes down the track and slams it over the bowler's head for a boundary.
36.3
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, Floated outside off, pushed towards cover off the front foot.
36.2
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, Piedt tries to defend this one but the ball has taken the inside edge onto the pads.
36.1
1
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Floated outside off, Muthusamy looks to push it towards cover but gets a thick inside edge on it. It goes uppishly past the short leg fielder towards square leg for a single.
35.6
0
M Shami to Piedt, Good length delivery on the pads, Piedt looks to flick but it hits him on the pads. There is a stifled appeal for LBW but nothing from the umpire. It looked like it was going down the leg side.
35.5
0
M Shami to Piedt, Good length delivery outside off, Piedt attempts to drive but it goes towards the gully region where Rahane makes a sliding stop.
35.4
0
M Shami to Muthusamy, BYES! Short ball outside off, Senuran ducks under it and it goes towards Saha who fails to collect it cleanly. The batters cross over for a single as the ball rolls towards short third man.
35.3
0
M Shami to Muthusamy, Fullish delivery on middle, Muthusamy pushes this towards mid on.
35.2
0
M Shami to Muthusamy, Full delivery on off, Muthusamy defends it towards the mid off region.
35.1
0
M Shami to Muthusamy, Good length ball on middle and leg, Senuran flicks it towards the leg side.

Mohammed Shami comes back into the attack!

34.6
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, On the pads, Dane tucks it towards the leg side.
34.5
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, Dane pushes this one back to the bowler again.
34.4
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, Flatter one on middle and off, Piedt defends this one back to the bower.
34.3
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
34.2
6
R Jadeja to Piedt, SIX! This is now the most number of sixes hit in a Test match! Much better connection this time and it clears the mid-wicket fence. Floated just outside off, Piedt gets down on one knee and slog sweeps it over the mid-wicket fence.
34.1
4
R Jadeja to Piedt, FOUR! Just up and over the mid off fielder. Piedt comes onto the front foot, tries to loft it over mid off but does not get the best of connections. He times it just well to cross the mid off fielder and the ball races to the fence.
33.6
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Muthusamy defends the last ball of the over onto the pitch. Good defense by the Protea batters.
33.5
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Senuran has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
33.4
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Floated on off, blocked out by Muthusamy.
33.3
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Muthusamy defends this one off the front foot and onto the turf.
33.2
1
R Ashwin to Piedt, Piedt pushes this one towards the cover region off the back foot and takes a single.
33.1
1
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, On the pads of Senuran, he flicks this one off his pads towards mid-wicket and takes a single.
32.6
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, Dane pushes the last ball of the over back towards Jadeja.
32.5
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, Piedt has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
32.4
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, Pitches this one around the off pole. It pitches and straightens. Piedt shoulders arms but the ball is mightily close to the off pole.
32.3
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, Brings this one a touch shorter, Dane pushes it back to Jadeja.
32.2
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, Flatter one on off, pushed back towards Jadeja.
32.1
1
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Darted on middle and leg, Muthusamy pushes this one towards long on and takes a single.
31.6
0
R Ashwin to Piedt, Short and wide, Piedt looks to cut but misses it completely.
31.5
0
R Ashwin to Piedt, Piedt defends this flighted one onto the leg side off the front foot.
31.4
0
R Ashwin to Piedt, Touch short in length, Dane defends this one off the back foot.
31.3
0
R Ashwin to Piedt, On middle and leg, Piedt blocks this one onto the pitch.

Interesting field set as there are four fielders in the catcing area towards the off side.

31.2
1
R Ashwin to S Muthusamy, On the off side, floated. Senuran pushes this one towards covers for a single.
31.1
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Full and floated on off and middle, Muthusamy pushes this one towards mid on.
30.6
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, Flatter on middle and off, Piedt plays this one out as well.
30.5
4
R Jadeja to Piedt, FOUR! Over the cover fielder! Floated outside off, Piedt goes for an inside-out shot, connects well and the ball races to the fence.
30.4
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
30.3
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, Piedt gets right behind the line of the delivery and defends this one out.
30.2
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, Flatter on middle and off, Piedt blocks it out.
30.1
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, Piedt shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
29.6
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Muthusamy looks to defend this one but gets an inside edge and the ball hits him on the pads.
29.5
1
R Ashwin to Piedt, Piedt sweeps this one towards mid-wicket and takes a single.
29.4
0
R Ashwin to Piedt, Defended off the front foot by Dane presenting the full face of the bat.
29.3
0
R Ashwin to Piedt, Piedt defends it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
29.2
0
R Ashwin to Piedt, Tossed up around leg, Piedt has been hit on the pads as he tried to sweep that one.
29.1
0
R Ashwin to Piedt, Ashwin bowls this one quicker on the middle and leg pole line. Piedt looks to flick it towards the leg side but gets a leading edge on it.
28.6
0
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Full delivery on off, Muthusamy defends it off the front foot.
28.5
0
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, BEATEN! Beautiful bowling from Jadeja! Flighted ball around off, Senuran looks to defend but fails to put any bat on it.
28.4
0
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
28.3
0
Jadeja to Muthusamy, Flighted ball on middle and leg, Muthusamy looks to defend it but it goes off the pads towards the leg side. There is a huge appeal for LBW but nothing from the umpire. The Indians think of a review but decide against it and rightly so as it was going down leg.
28.2
2
R Jadeja to S Muthusamy, Another one outside off, pushed towards cover for a couple.
28.1
0
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Darted on off, pushed towards mid-wicket.
27.6
0
R Ashwin to Piedt, Full delivery on off, Dane lunges forward and defends it off the front foot.
27.5
0
R Ashwin to Piedt, Short ball outside off, Dane guides it towards the point fielder.
27.4
0
R Ashwin to Piedt, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
27.3
1
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Another flat delivery on middle, Muthusamy attempts to defend but it goes off the inside half towards square leg and takes a single.
27.2
1
R Ashwin to Piedt, Flatter delivery on off, Piedt pushes it to the off side and takes a single.
27.1
1
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Full delivery on middle, Muthusamy plays a paddle sweep towards fine leg where Jadeja runs in and stops the batsmen from taking a couple.

Ravichandran Ashwin is back into the attack!

26.6
0
R Jadeja to Piedt, Piedt survives the hat-trick ball as he defends this one from within the crease towards the off side.

Dane Piedt comes in to face the music! He will face the Hat trick ball.

26.5
0
Jadeja to Maharaj, OUT! LBW! Jadeja has opened up the South African batting lineup in this over. India 2 wickets away from winning the first Test match! Similar delivery by Jadeja, pitches this one around leg, he gets it to curl away from the batter. Maharaj looks to defend but is beaten all ends up. It hits him on the back thigh pad and the Indian players appeal again. This time the umpire agrees with them and raises his finger. This time Maharaj straightaway goes for the review. Ultra Edge shows no bat. Ball Tracker comes in and shows that it is clipping the off pole and thus umpire's call. South Africa retain the review but lose their 8th wicket. End of the match in the first session itself? Quite possible now!

Review time! Maharaj has been given out LBW and he has gone for for the review. It looks out but anything can happen!

Keshav Maharaj is the new man in!

26.4
0
R Jadeja to Philander, OUT! LBW! Jadeja on full throttle! That looked plumb to the naked eye and the replays have confirmed it. Jadeja pitches this one around leg and gets it to turn away from the batter. Philander looks to play at it but misses and is hit on the back pad. India appeal in unison but the umpire is unmoved. Jadeja tells his captain to straightaway go for the review and Kohli obliges. Replays roll in, nothing on Ultra Edge. Ball Tracker comes into play, pitching in line and THREE REDS. Philander walks back now as India need just 3 more wickets to win.

Review time! India have taken the review for LBW. Philander is the man in question! It looks very close and let us see what transpires!

26.3
0
R Jadeja to Philander, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
26.2
0
R Jadeja to Philander, Flatter one on middle and off, Jadeja blocks it out.

Vernon Philander is the new man in! He is on a pair!

26.1
0
Jadeja to Markram, OUT! CAUGHT AND BOWLED! Max-reflex by Jadeja and he pulls out a blinder! Jadeja floats a fuller one on the off pole line, Markram hits it back powerfully but uppishly towards the left of Jadeja. Jadeja sticks out his left hand and the ball just sticks there. The Indians are surprised and so is Markram. He has to walk back and India 4 wickets away from a victory now.
25.6
0
M Shami to Muthusamy, Good length ball on middle and off, pushed back towards Shami.
25.5
0
M Shami to Muthusamy, Muthusamy looks to play this one towards the leg side but it goes off the leading edge towards the cover fielder.
25.4
4
M Shami to Muthusamy, FOUR! Deft touch! A touch fuller outside off, Muthusamy opens the face of his bat and glides this one towards the empty third man region for a boundary.
25.3
0
M Shami to Muthusamy, Another good length ball around off, blocked out by Senuran.
25.2
0
M Shami to Muthusamy, Good length delivery outside off, pushed towards the mid off region but straight to the man.
25.1
0
M Shami to Muthusamy, Length ball on middle and off, it keeps a bit low but Muthusamy defends it well off his back foot.
24.6
0
R Jadeja to Markram, Flighted delivery on middle, Markram defends it towards the bowler.
24.5
1
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Driven towards the mid-on region. They pick up a single.
24.4
1
R Jadeja to Markram, Full delivery on off, Markram pushes it towards long on and takes a single.
24.3
0
R Jadeja to A Markram, Flighted ball on off, Markram pushes it towards the off side where the fielder makes a sliding stop.
24.2
0
R Jadeja to Markram, Flatter delivery on middle, Markram defends it to the off side.
24.1
4
R Jadeja to Markram, FOUR! Nicely played! Short delivery outside off, Markram rocks back and cuts it towards the third man region for a boundary.
23.6
0
M Shami to Muthusamy, BEATEN! Excellent over comes to an end from Shami! Full delivery outside off, Muthusamy looks to defend but fails to put any bat on it.
23.5
0
M Shami to Muthusamy, Back of a length delivery on middle, Muthusamy flicks it off his back foot towards the leg side.
23.4
0
M Shami to Muthusamy, Full delivery on middle, Senuran pushes it towards the leg side.
23.3
0
M Shami to Muthusamy, Good length delivery on middle, Muthusamy pushes it straight. It hits the stumps on the bowler's end and rolls towards mid off.
23.2
0
M Shami to Muthusamy, Good length delivery outside off, Muthusamy lets the ball go to the keeper.

Senuran Muthusamy walks into the middle now. The South African batting lineup looks in tatters against this Indian bowling attack.

23.1
0
M Shami to de Kock, OUT! BOWLED! Quinton de Kock is the latest casualty! He scored a century in the first innings but gets out for a second ball duck in the second! Another brilliant delivery from Shami! Good length delivery on the off pole line which straightens after pitching, Quinton looks to defend but it goes between his bat and pad, cutting him in half as it hits the off stump. South Africa have lost half the side now and India are ripping through them.
22.6
0
R Jadeja to Markram, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
22.5
0
R Jadeja to Markram, Full delivery on middle, Markram defends it off the front foot.
22.4
0
R Jadeja to Markram, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
22.3
4
R Jadeja to Markram, FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries for Markram! Another flighted ball on middle, Markram plays a lofted shot but does not time it well but is enough to go to the long region for a boundary.
22.2
4
R Jadeja to Markram, FOUR! Flighted ball on middle, Markram lofts this beautifully over the mid on fielder for a boundary.
22.1
0
R Jadeja to Markram, Full delivery on middle and leg, Markram defends it towards silly point.
21.6
0
M Shami to Kock, Full delivery on the pads, Quinton looks to flick but it hits the pads. There is a stifled appeal for LBW but nothing from the umpire. Excellent over from Shami comes to an end.

DRINKS! An excellent first hour for India on the final day of this match and the hosts look to be heading towards a victory. They have taken 3 wickets so far in the opening hour and will be looking to make further inroads into the visitors;' batting lineup before the session ends. In the meantime, Quinton de Kock has come out to the middle. South Africa need him to play a knock reminiscent to his last one.

21.5
0
M Shami to Plessis, OUT! BOWLED! Faf has to make the long walk back to the pavilion! Excellent bowling this from Shami! Good length ball outside off which swung in a mile, du Plessis misreads the movement on this one and looks to leave it. The ball goes through and hits the top of off stump. Faf looks surprised and stares at the pitch for a long time before he starts walking back to the pavilion. Shami has a tendency to bowl well in the second innings and it does not look any different here. India 6 wickets away from the win.
21.4
4
M Shami to Plessis, FOUR! Good shot from du Plessis! Back of a length delivery outside off, Faf transfers the weight onto the back foot and drives this nicely towards the cover region for a boundary. Kohli runs after it but is not able to stop it.
21.3
0
M Shami to Plessis, On a length delivery on middle, Faf defends it solidly back to the bowler.
21.2
0
M Shami to Plessis, Good length ball outside off, du Plessis shoulders arms to this one.
21.1
0
M Shami to Plessis, On a length on middle, du Plessis defends it back to the bowler.

Mohammed Shami is back into the attack. It looks like Virat Kohli does not want to tire his pacers out and thus is giving them short spells.

20.6
0
R Jadeja to Markram, BEATEN! Flighted ball around off which spun away from the batsman, Markram looks to defend but it goes past the bat and into the keeper's gloves.
20.5
0
R Jadeja to Markram, Short ball outside off, Markram pushes it towards the off side.
20.4
0
R Jadeja to Markram, Flat delivery outside off, Markram lets the ball go to the keeper.
20.3
0
R Jadeja to Markram, Floated ball on middle, Aiden blocks it out.
20.2
0
R Jadeja to Markram, Full delivery on middle and leg, Markram defends it off the front foot.
20.1
0
R Jadeja to Markram, Full delivery on middle, Markram defends it towards the bowler.

Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack!

19.6
0
I Sharma to Plessis, Good length delivery outside off, du Plessis leaves the ball completely.
19.5
1
I Sharma to Markram, Good length delivery on the pads, Markram flicks it to fine leg and takes a single.
19.4
4
I Sharma to A Markram, EDGED AND FOUR! Good length delivery outside off, Markram attempts to defend but it goes off the outside edge through the vacant second slip region and into the fence. Don't know why captain Kohli opts to keep a gap between two slip fielders?
19.3
0
I Sharma to Markram, Full delivery way down the leg side, Markram looks to flick but misses the ball and it goes through to the keeper.
19.2
0
I Sharma to Markram, BEATEN! Excellent line and length from Sharma! Good length ball around off which swung away, Markram attempts to defend but fails to put any bat on it.
19.1
0
I Sharma to A Markram, Good length ball on middle and leg, Markram pushes it towards the mid on fielder.
18.6
1
R Ashwin to Markram, Full delivery on middle, Aiden pushes it towards the long on region for a single.
18.5
0
R Ashwin to Markram, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
18.4
4
R Ashwin to Markram, FOUR! Beautiful shot! Full delivery outside off, Aiden lunges forward and drives this towards the cover region for a boundary.
18.3
0
R Ashwin to Markram, Full delivery on off, Aiden defends it towards silly point.
18.2
0
R Ashwin to Markram, Full delivery on middle, Markram defends it to the leg side off the front foot.
18.1
0
R Ashwin to Markram, Flatter delivery on middle with extra bounce, Aiden defends it out off the back foot.
17.6
4
I Sharma to Plessis, FOUR! Nicely played from Faf! Full delivery on middle and leg, du Plessis flicks it towards the deep square leg region for a boundary.
17.5
0
I Sharma to Plessis, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
17.4
1
I Sharma to Markram, Good length delivery on middle, Aiden flicks it towards the deep mid-wicket region for a single. Pujara comes around and cleans it up.
17.3
0
I Sharma to Markram, Good length delivery on middle, Aiden defends it off the front foot.
17.2
0
I Sharma to Markram, On a length outside off, Markram lets this ball go to the keeper.
17.1
0
I Sharma to Markram, Good length ball outside off, Aiden attempts to defend it but it goes off the outside edge towards the point region.
16.6
0
R Ashwin to Plessis, Flatter delivery on middle, Faf defends it off the back foot.
16.5
1
R Ashwin to Markram, Full delivery on middle, Markram flicks it towards the leg side for another single.
16.4
1
R Ashwin to Plessis, Flighted ball on middle, du Plessis sweeps it uppishly towards the square leg region for a single.
16.3
0
R Ashwin to Plessis, Flighted delivery on off, Faf defends it out.
16.2
1
R Ashwin to Markram, Full delivery on middle, Aiden drives this to long on and crosses over for a single.
16.1
0
R Ashwin to Markram, Flat delivery outside off, Markram pushes it towards the mid off fielder.
15.6
0
I Sharma to Plessis, BEATEN! Good delivery from Ishant! Bowls a good length ball outside off, Faf looks to defend but it goes past the edge towards the keeper.
15.5
0
I Sharma to Plessis, On a length outside off, Faf does not fiddle with it and lets the ball go to the keeper.
15.4
0
I Sharma to Plessis, Full delivery outside off, Faf lets the ball go to the keeper.
15.3
0
I Sharma to Plessis, On a length outside off, Faf shoulders arms to this one.
15.2
0
I Sharma to Plessis, Full delivery outside off, du Plessis defends it towards the second slip fielder who dives to his right to stop the ball.
15.1
0
I Sharma to Plessis, Good length ball outside off, Faf lets the ball go to the keeper.

Ishant Sharma comes into the attack. He replaces Mohammed Shami after another short spell from a pacer.

14.6
0
R Ashwin to Markram, Full delivery outside off, Markram pushes it towards the cover fielder.
14.5
0
R Ashwin to Markram, On off, defended off the front foot.
14.4
0
R Ashwin to Markram, Floated ball on off, Markram defends it out while coming down the track.
14.3
0
R Ashwin to Markram, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
14.2
0
R Ashwin to Markram, Flighted ball on off, Markram attempts to defend but it bounces a bit more and it hits the gloves of Markram. It goes uppishly towards the leg gully region but unfortunately no one there for the hosts.
14.1
6
R Ashwin to Markram, SIX! Magnificent shot! Flighted ball on middle, Markram dances down the track and lofts this over the long on region for a maximum. First six of the day.
13.6
0
M Shami to Plessis, Good length delivery on off, du Plessis defends it towards mid off.
13.5
4
M Shami to Plessis, FOUR! Poor delivery from Shami! Full delivery on the pads, du Plessis flicks it nicely towards the fine leg region for a boundary.
13.4
0
M Shami to Plessis, OHH! Another one which has a kept a little low! Good length ball outside off, Faf looks to defend but it sneaks below the bat and it goes through to the keeper.
13.3
0
M Shami to Plessis, Good length delivery on off, Faf defends it off the back foot towards the point fielder.
13.2
0
M Shami to Plessis, On a length outside off, du Plessis leaves it alone.
13.1
0
M Shami to Plessis, Good length ball outside off, Faf lets the ball go to the keeper.
12.6
0
R Ashwin to Markram, Flat delivery outside off, Markram lets the ball go to the keeper.
12.5
0
R Ashwin to Markram, On off, defended it out.
12.4
0
R Ashwin to Markram, Full delivery on middle, Markram blocks it out towards the bowler.
12.3
0
R Ashwin to Markram, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
12.2
0
R Ashwin to Markram, Flatter delivery on middle, Markram defends it out off the back foot.
12.1
0
R Ashwin to Markram, BEATEN! Another excellent delivery from Ashwin! Flighted ball outside off, Markram tries to defend it with the spin but it goes straight through to the keeper.
11.6
0
M Shami to Plessis, BEATEN! Full delivery outside off, du Plessis goes for an extravagant drive but fails to put any bat on it. There is no need for this shot.
11.5
0
M Shami to Plessis, Short ball around off, Faf lets the ball go to the keeper.
11.4
0
M Shami to Plessis, Full delivery on middle, Faf pushes it towards the leg side. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end and hits but Markram is well in.

Faf du Plessis, the South African skipper walks out to the middle. He is a vastly experienced batsman and he also possesses the ability to dig in when his side need him the most. A crucial wicket for both the sides this.

11.3
0
Shami to T Bavuma, OUT! BOWLED! Another one bites the dust! It is Bavuma this time who is down on the ground as he tries to play at this one but misses! A good length ball by Shami which keeps low again and it nips back in. Bavuma expects it to bounce but he misreads it as he attempts to defend it off the back foot. The ball sneaks below Bavuma's bat and goes onto hit the stumps. Excellent start for India on Day 5. Seven more wickets to go. Will this match finish in the first session itself?
11.2
1
M Shami to Markram, On a length outside off, Markram pushes it towards the cover-point region for a single.
11.1
0
M Shami to Markram, Good length delivery on middle, Markram defends it off the back foot.
10.6
0
R Ashwin to Bavuma, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

Temba Bavuma comes in to bat.

10.5
0
Ashwin to de Bruyn, OUT! Bowled! Excellent delivery from Ashwin! De Bruyn is the man that departs! Flat delivery outside the off stump, it keeps a little low, Theunis tries to cut it off the back foot but ends up chopping it onto the stumps. Some razor sharp turn on this delivery from Ashwin and that has taken de Bruyn by surprise. 350th wicket for Ravichandran Ashwin in Tests! Joint-fastest with Muralitharan to get to this feat.
10.4
0
R Ashwin to Bruyn, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
10.3
1
R Ashwin to Markram, Flat delivery on middle, Markram pushes it to long on and takes a single.
10.2
0
R Ashwin to Markram, OHH! Flighted delivery around off, Markram attempts to defend but it goes off the edge which hits towards the pads of Saha and rolls towards the off side.
10.1
0
R Ashwin to Markram, Flatter delivery on off, Aiden defends it back to the bowler of the back foot.

Ravichandran Ashwin will bowl from the other end. 5-0-7-0 on Day 4 from him.

9.6
1
M Shami to Markram, On a length on middle and leg, Markram flicks it towards deep mid-wicket for a single. 7 runs came off the over.
9.5
0
M Shami to Markram, Fullish delivery on middle, Aiden blocks it towards mid on.
9.4
1
M Shami to Bruyn, On a length on off, de Bruyn pushes it to cover and takes a single.
9.3
4
M Shami to de Bruyn, EDGED AND FOUR! First boundary of the day for the Proteas! Good length ball outside off, Theunis attempts to push at it but gets an outside edge towards the third man region for a boundary.
9.2
0
M Shami to Bruyn, Good length ball down the leg side, de Bruyn leaves the ball alone.
9.1
1
M Shami to Markram, Starts with a back of a length ball on off, Markram pushes it towards the cover region for a single. First run of the day.

The Indian players step out onto the field with one clear objective in mind - rip through the batting lineup of the visitors and bag the victory. One has to be brave to bet against them from doing so as well. The South African batters, Theunis de Bruyn and Aiden Markram are also out in the centre. Markram will take strike as Mohammed Shami starts the proceedings for India.

Hello and a warm welcome to our coverage of the final day of the Test match between India and South Africa! Day 4 saw India going way ahead in the game setting a target of 395 runs for the Proteas. Although one might question Kohli's decision to delay the declaration, the hosts will feel that they still have enough time in hand to bowl out the visitors. The spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin hold the key for the Indians to get a win in this game. The Proteas, on the other hand, again will need to bat out of their skins in order to even secure a draw. They have already lost the wicket of Dean Elgar which is a big blow but would hope for the rest of the batsmen to do the job. They would take heart from the fact that they have never lost a game in India after scoring 400-plus runs in an innings. There is a hint of rain predicted throughout the day which the South Africans won't mind one bit but it is sunny at the moment. An enthralling final day awaits us. Stay with us for all the action from Visakhapatnam.

... Day 5, Session 1 ...

Now then, an exciting 5th day awaits. South Africa will be looking to play for a draw whereas India will be eyeing a win. 9 wickets is what they need and South Africa will probably have to bat out 98 overs. However, there are chances of rain and the visitors won't mind that at all. Do not miss the action which begins at 0930 local (0400 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!

Cheteshwar Pujara who is down for an interview says it is a tough pitch when you start your innings and he was finding it difficult to rotate the strike and accelerate but it worked out well in the end. Mentions once he got used to the pace, he knew what shots to play. States it wasn't easy but he needed to adjust. On him playing just one format, Pujara replies that it allows him to improve his fitness but sometimes he is not at his best because of the lack of match practice. Further adds they do have enough runs on the board and also have enough time. Ends by saying the wicket is not easy as there is variable bounce for the pacers and the spinners.

The only time the Indians might have been frustrated on Day 4 was probably when the last pair of South Africa managed to add some handy runs. However, once the last man was dismissed, it was all India. Courtesy Rohit's ton and handy contributions from others, they managed to set a massive target for the visitors. They declared with 13 overs to go in the day, all the overs left weren't possible but India did get a wicket in it.

A huge smile on the Indian players' faces as they make their way back to the pavilion. High fives all around as they head back. It has been their day without a doubt. Not only have they batted South Africa out of the game but have also got the big, big wicket of Dean Elgar in the 9 overs they have bowled.

The umpires are having a chat and off they go! Fair call I believe as it has gotten really dark out there. That will probably be STUMPS and it is!

8.6
0
R Ashwin to Bruyn, Goes on the back foot and defends the ball.
8.5
0
R Ashwin to Bruyn, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat
8.4
0
R Ashwin to Bruyn, Driven through the covers by the batsman.
8.3
0
R Ashwin to Bruyn, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
8.2
0
R Ashwin to de Bruyn, Tossed on off and the ball holds its line after pitching, it takes the outside edge and rolls along the ground to the right of Rahane.
8.1
0
R Ashwin to de Bruyn, Tossed full around off, de Bruyn offers a front foot defensive shot.
7.6
0
R Jadeja to Markram, On middle, slightly fuller. Markram goes back, keeps his eyes on the ball and works it on the leg side.
7.5
0
R Jadeja to Markram, Another defensive stroke to this delivery on middle.
7.4
0
R Jadeja to Markram, On middle, Markram prods forward and defends it onto the ground.
7.3
2
R Jadeja to Markram, In the air... safe! Two runs in the end! This is angled into the pads, Markam looks to flick but it goes off the toe-end, uppishly but wide of mid on who chases it down.
7.2
0
R Jadeja to Markram, Darts it on the stumps, Markram pushes it back to the bowler.
7.1
0
R Jadeja to Markram, On middle, Markram defends it out nicely.
6.6
0
R Ashwin to Bruyn, Floater on off again, defended with the full face of the bat again.
6.5
0
R Ashwin to Bruyn, De Bruyn has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
6.4
0
R Ashwin to Bruyn, Floated around off, blocks it with the full face of the bat.
6.3
0
R Ashwin to Bruyn, This time goes on the back foot and defends the ball right in front of the wicket.
6.2
0
R Ashwin to Bruyn, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
6.1
0
R Ashwin to Bruyn, Tossed up on off, de Bruyn comes on the front foot and defends it back.
5.6
0
R Jadeja to Markram, Shorter and on off, Markram goes back and keeps it out.
5.5
0
R Jadeja to Markram, Not the right shot! This is fired just outside off, not enough room to cut but Markram does go for it. Gets beaten.
5.4
0
R Jadeja to Markram, This is slightly fuller and on off, Markram misreads the length, goes back to play it but does well.
5.3
0
R Jadeja to Markram, On the stumps again, Markram is solid in defense.
5.2
0
R Jadeja to Markram, Slightly shorter, this straightens a touch. Markram goes back and defends it onto the ground.
5.1
0
R Jadeja to Markram, Flatter and on middle, this is defended onto the ground.
4.6
0
R Ashwin to Bruyn, Covers the line of the ball and defends well again.
4.5
4
R Ashwin to de Bruyn, FOUR! Tossed up on off, de Bruyn takes it on the full, and superbly drives the ball on the front foot to the cover boundary.
4.4
0
R Ashwin to Bruyn, Covers the line of the ball and defends it to the leg side.
4.3
0
R Ashwin to Bruyn, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
4.2
0
R Ashwin to Bruyn, Comes on the front foot and blocks the ball.
4.1
0
R Ashwin to Bruyn, Flat on off, defended off the front foot.
3.6
0
R Jadeja to Markram, On off, it is defended. End of a successful over.
3.5
1
R Jadeja to Bruyn, The batter is off the mark! This is flatter and on middle, stays a touch low. De Bruyn does well to work it through square leg for one.
3.4
0
R Jadeja to Bruyn, Flatter and on off, it is kept out.

Theunis de Bruyn walks out to bat

3.3
0
R Jadeja to Elgar, OUT! It is pitching in line and Ball Tracker then shows THREE REDS! Elgar, the hero of the first innings for South Africa, is out of here. This is a huge wicket as we all know how stubborn Elgar can be and in the situation South Africa are in, they needed a stubborn player. Jadeja draws first blood. Jadeja from around the wicket lands it around leg, the ball straightens and stays low. Elgar fails to put bat and ball and it hits the pad. An appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Jadeja feels he has got Elgar but a few other Indian players have a doubt. After a discussion, Kohli signals the 'T'. Replays roll in and it shows the on-field call has to be overturned. The crowd here erupts. Can India get another before Stumps?

Review time! After a long, long discussion between Jadeja, Kohli and the keeper, India review as an appeal for an LBW has been turned down. The pitching could be an issue or Elgar is a goner.

3.2
0
R Jadeja to Elgar, On the pads, it is worked to square leg.
3.1
0
Jadeja to Elgar, Down the leg side, Elgar looks to flick but misses. The keeper is excited but nothing from the umpire.
2.6
0
R Ashwin to Markram, Floats the ball outside off. Markram comes on the front foot and defends the ball.
2.5
0
R Ashwin to Markram, On the pads, turned straight to mid-wicket.
2.4
1
R Ashwin to Elgar, Driven towards the mid-on region. The batsmen have run through for a single.
2.3
0
R Ashwin to Elgar, Covers the line of the ball and blocks it out.
2.2
0
R Ashwin to Elgar, Tossed up outside off, Elgar taps it towards point.
2.1
0
R Ashwin to Elgar, Full outside off, Elgar plays it to mid off.
1.6
0
R Jadeja to Markram, Another solid front foot defense to get through the over.
1.5
0
R Jadeja to Markram, Floated on off, Markram solidly defends it by bending his back.
1.4
0
R Jadeja to Elgar, On the pads, Elgar looks to turn it behind square on the leg side but it goes off his pad and they take a leg bye.
1.3
0
R Jadeja to Elgar, Shorter on middle, Elgar once again glances it to mid-wicket.
1.2
0
R Jadeja to Elgar, Tossed up on middle, Elgar glances it but it hits the man at short leg on a bounce.
1.1
0
R Jadeja to Elgar, Jadeja starts with a flighted delivery on off and middle. Elgar flicks it to mid-wicket.

Ravindra Jadeja to partner Ashwin from the other end. So no pace to start up with. Maybe the darkness is playing a part here.

0.6
1
R Ashwin to Elgar, Goes on the back foot and punches the ball to the off side for a single.
0.5
0
R Ashwin to Elgar, The batsman was beaten and missed the line of the delivery. The ball kisses the stump but the bails are not disturbed.
0.4
0
R Ashwin to Elgar, Elgar steps on the back foot and pushes the ball to cover.
0.3
0
R Ashwin to Elgar, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
0.2
0
R Ashwin to Elgar, Fuller outside off, Elgar pushes it straight to Kohli at cover.
0.1
1
R Ashwin to Markram, Floated on off, Markram turns the ball to the leg side for a single.