Freedom Trophy, 2019

India vs South Africa - 2nd Test

Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune

Date: 10 October-13 October, 2019

South Africa 189/10

RR: 2.80 | India beat South Africa by an innings and 137 runs

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So that is it from this game. Hope you enjoyed our coverage as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you. India have won the series and engraved their name in the history books as this becomes their 11th consecutive Test series win at home. This is not the end of the series though. We go to Ranchi for the third and final Test. That game begins on 19th October, i.e., Saturday. Join us for that one. Till then cheers!

Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, who is also the Man of the Match comes in for a chat. Talking about his seventh double ton, Kohli says that captaincy responsibility has helped him. Adds that he does not plan to go and score a double century but goes in with the mindset of playing five sessions for the team and score runs. On his muted celebrations after reaching the milestone, Kohli says that he has matured over the years which is a natural process. Adds that he is in a phase of his career where things like scoring centuries or double centuries does not matter much to him. Points out that helping the team win is more important. On his stand with Rahane, when Rabada was bowling well on Day 2 morning, Kohli says that he enjoys batting with Rahane. Points out that both of them love to play against top-class bowlers and score runs for the side. Adds that they both help each other whenever they are out in the middle. Talking about the catching in the slip cordon, Kohli points that they have planned well and everyone is doing well. Mentions Saha for his superb keeping and adds that even Ashwin came back into the side well. On the unassailable lead in the series, Kohli says that the series win is okay but mentions that since all these games are part of the ICC Test Championship, hence they will not take the foot off the gas.

Faf du Plessis, the South African skipper is the first one to have a word. Talking about the first innings, Faf says that the first innings are always important in the subcontinent. Congratulates Kohli for his superb double ton and points out that the side got tired up because of tough two days. Adds that the team needs to be on top of the game but they weren't and hence the defeat. Talking further on Kohli's century, Faf says that Kohli was too good in the entire innings. Says that Virat looked determined and he was hungry for runs. On his three pacer combination, Faf believes the selection was a right call but admits that apart from Philander and to some extent Rabada, none of the bowlers bowled well. Points out that the Indian seamers have done well and they never look out of form. Mentions that he can't blame debutant Nortje for this game. On Ngidi, Faf says that he is fine and working well on his fitness but on these conditions he needs to be completely fit to bowl longer spells.

Stay tuned for the presentation.

Umesh Yadav and Wriddhiman Saha are in for a quick chat with Sanjay Manjrekar. Talking about the two catches that Saha took off Umesh's bowling, the pacer thanks his wicket-keeper and says that with Saha, they're are sure that even if the ball is down the leg side, Saha can catch them. Talking about his second ball wicket, Umesh points out that there is a healthy competition in the team. Adds that he keeps working hard and practices well. Points that he has a mindset that whenever he gets an opportunity, he is ready to do well. Saha talking about his keeping says that keeping against the pacers is tough as they bowl with the wobbly seam and they practice as per the conditions. On his fitness, Saha says that everyone works well with the trainer and they prepare well ahead of the games. On his return to the side, Umesh says that he knew that he will get a game for sure and adds that he had taken 10 wickets in his last game in India and was very confident.

India dominated the game from the moment the toss went in their favour. The hosts after opting to bat put up a massive total of 601/5, courtesy of a magnificent unbeaten 254 from skipper Virat Kohli. With the help of a century from Mayank Agarwal and fifties from Jadeja, Pujara and Rahane, the Indians posted a huge first innings total. The hosts continued their dominance with the ball too as they wrapped up South Africa for 275. Ashwin was the star with the ball in the first innings as he finished with a 4-fer.

We were treated by another brilliant display of bowling by the Indian bowlers. All the recognized bowlers got into the wickets column. Jadeja and Umesh shared 6 wickets amongst themselves whereas Ashwin got two. While Shami and Ishant had one wicket each. The duo of Ashwin and Umesh had a very good game with the ball finishing the match with 6 wickets each.

It was a lacklustre show once again from the South African batters, especially the top order. When there is a follow-on, the top order, especially the openers need to put up a fight but it was a no show. Only 4 players got into the double digit score. With two of them, Maharaj and Philander being tail-enders. This in itself shows the sorry state of the South African batting. Elgar and Temba Bavuma were the only two 'recognized' batters who showed some fight. Faf du Plessis showed resilience but that was not good enough.

After keeping the suspense on Day 3, India decided to enforce the follow-on. They got off to a brilliant start, getting rid of Aiden Markram on the very second ball of the day. The Indian bowlers were well on top in the first session and picked 4 wickets. They had a similar start to the second session as well. They got 3 wickets post Lunch but Keshav Maharaj and Vernon Philander once again troubled the hosts. But the Tea break brought a lapse in concentration between the duo as it took only around 7 overs for India to wrap up the innings.

2-0 it is which means India have taken an unassailable lead in the three-match series. With another 40 points in the World Test Championship, India not just increase their lead at the top they also become the first team to reach 200 points and maintain their unbeaten run in WTC.

67.2
0
R Jadeja to Maharaj, OUT! The on-field umpire is spot on! Three reds and South Africa have been bundled out. Shorter pitching on off, Keshav looks to defend but misses. The ball hits him on his back pad. The Indian players go up in a loud and confident appeal. The umpire nods his head and raises his finger. Maharaj takes it upstairs. Replays roll in, Ultra Edge shows that there was no bat involved and then Ball Tracker shows three reds. The ball was clipping the leg pole. INDIA WIN BY AN INNINGS AND 137 RUNS.

UDRS TIME! Is this game over? Looks close. Here comes the Ultra Edge, no bat. Here comes the Ball Tracker. Three reds it is.

67.1
0
R Jadeja to Maharaj, Tossed up on off, Maharaj pushes it back to the bowler.

Anrich Nortje is the last man in for the visitors.

66.6
0
U Yadav to Rabada, OUT! CAUGHT! The over ends the way it started. India now just a wicket away from wrapping up this game. Fuller outside off, Rabada looks to defend but then decides to leave. Too late though as the ball finds the edge and goes to the man at second slip. Rohit Sharma bends forward and takes a good catch.
66.5
4
U Yadav to K Rabada, FOUR! Overpitched around off, Rabada gets on his front foot and drives it off the meat of his bat through covers for a boundary.
66.4
0
U Yadav to Rabada, Bouncer! Kagiso ducks under it.
66.3
0
U Yadav to Rabada, Good length ball on off and middle, Rabada defends it towards point and shouts a loud no.
66.2
0
U Yadav to Rabada, Full and just outside off, Rabada leaves it alone.

Kagiso Rabada is the next man in!

66.1
0
U Yadav to Philander, OUT! CAUGHT! The consistent bad ball has actually produced the breakthrough. Once again Umesh bowls it full and down the leg side. Philander looks to flick but the ball takes a slight edge and goes to the left of the keeper. Saha moves swiftly to that side and takes a fine catch. The 56-run stand is broken. Lucky breakthrough for Umesh but he isn't complaining.
65.6
0
R Jadeja to Maharaj, How did that miss the stumps? Just over the stumps. Jadeja gives it a lot of air and bowls it full. Maharaj comes forward to defend but the ball shoots off the surface and goes over the stumps. Saha is hit on the chest as he looks to grab it.
65.5
1
R Jadeja to Philander, Fuller ball this time, Philander pushes it back to the bowler. Jadeja looks to deflect it onto the stumps but he fails to do so. The ball goes towards mid off. Kohli there dives and stops the ball but a single taken.
65.4
0
R Jadeja to Philander, On middle, it is kept out.
65.3
0
R Jadeja to Philander, A quicker one around off, pushed towards point.
65.2
0
R Jadeja to Philander, A quicker one on off, Philander defends it out.
65.1
0
R Jadeja to Philander, Flighted ball on middle, Philander blocks it onto the pitch on the off side.
64.6
0
U Yadav to Maharaj, And now he bowls it down the leg side again. His problems from forever. Maharaj again goes for the flick and misses again.
64.5
0
U Yadav to Maharaj, He does this time as he lands it around off, Maharaj defends it out.
64.4
0
U Yadav to Maharaj, Another ball down the leg side from Umesh on a good length. Maharaj again goes for the flick but misses. Umesh needs to get his line right.
64.3
0
U Yadav to Maharaj, Sprays down the leg side! Maharaj goes for the flick but misses.
64.2
0
U Yadav to Maharaj, Length ball around off, Maharaj blocks it out.
64.1
0
U Yadav to K Maharaj, Almost! What a reverse swinging delivery from Umesh. Maharaj looks to push it straight but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
63.6
0
R Jadeja to Philander, Tossed up on off, Philander defends it off the front foot.
63.5
2
R Jadeja to Philander, Floated around off, Philander drives it wide of silly point towards cover-point for a couple.
63.4
0
R Jadeja to Philander, Tossed up on the stumps, Vernon keeps it out.
63.3
1
R Jadeja to Maharaj, Floated on off, Maharaj pushes it towards cover for a single.
63.2
1
R Jadeja to Philander, On the pads, Philander flicks it to the on side for a single.
63.1
0
R Jadeja to Philander, Flighted on the stumps, Philander keeps it out.

Ravindra Jadeja is back!

62.6
4
U Yadav to Maharaj, FOUR! Hammered! Yadav goes for the bouncer but looked as if there was hardly any energy. It doesn't bounce much and Maharaj hammers it to the mid-wicket fence. The boundary brings back-to-back 50-run stand between the two.
62.5
0
U Yadav to Maharaj, Play and a miss! Good length ball in the channel outside off. Maharaj goes for the expansive drive but can't get bat on ball.
62.4
0
U Yadav to Maharaj, Bouncer this time. KM ducks under it.
62.3
0
U Yadav to Maharaj, Sprays the ball way down the leg side. Maharaj goes for the pull again but misses.
62.2
0
U Yadav to Maharaj, Around off on middle, Maharaj stands tall and blocks it out.
62.1
0
U Yadav to Maharaj, Good length ball angled into the leg stump. Maharaj goes for the flick but misses. Saha and Umesh appeals but nothing from the umpire.

Umesh Yadav to bowl from the other end. 5-2-14-1, his figures so far.

61.6
0
V Kohli to Philander, Full toss on the pads, pushed through mid on for a single.
61.5
0
V Kohli to Philander, Another yorker on middle. Philander keeps it out.
61.4
0
V Kohli to Philander, On middle, it is kept out.
61.3
4
V Kohli to Philander, FOUR! Full toss outside off, Philander drives it through covers uppishly. Ashwin dives to his right to stop but can't get hands to it.
61.2
0
V Kohli to Philander, On middle, Philander blocks it off the front foot.
61.1
0
V Kohli to Philander, Bowls one wide outside off, Philander leaves it alone.

Welcome back for the final session on Day 4. Can this is be the final session of the match as well? The Indian players walk out to the middle. They would want to close the innings and match today itself. Out come Philander and Maharaj and they would want to extend it as soon as possible. Let's see how things turn up. It's skipper Virat Kohli who will start the proceedings for the hosts. What move it that? Philander to face the first ball.

... Day 4, Session 3 ...

Just 5 overs in the session for pacers. Only Mohammed Shami was the pacer to get the ball in this session. Jadeja and Ashwin were good but the tail troubled him. Jadeja will feel hard done by as Keshav Maharaj was dropped early in his innings of his bowling by Pujara. India would surely don't want to come back on Day 5 and would look to finish it off in the final session of the day itself. Can they do it? Join us after the break to find out.

Another session that was won by India but towards the end it was like a repeat telecast of Day 3. Keshav Maharaj and Vernon Philander annoyed the Indian bowlers yesterday and they have done the same here. Just like the morning session, the hosts picked up a wicket early on. Temba Bavuma showed some fight but fell before his fifty. Muthusamy irritated the Indian bowlers before throwing in the towel. Keshav Maharaj and Vernon Philander then once again joined hands just like the first innings and ensured they head into Tea with still 3 wickets to spare.

60.6
0
R Jadeja to Maharaj, Flighted ball on off, Maharaj keeps it out. With that, it is TEA on Day 4.
60.5
0
R Jadeja to Maharaj, Down the leg side, Maharaj goes for the flick but misses.
60.4
0
R Jadeja to Maharaj, Outside off, Maharaj leaves it alone.
60.3
0
R Jadeja to Maharaj, Jadeja fires it quick on middle again, Maharaj looks to work it around the corner but the ball takes the inner half and goes towards the leg side.
60.2
0
R Jadeja to Maharaj, A quicker one on middle, Maharaj does well to block it off the back foot.
60.1
0
R Jadeja to Maharaj, Slower through the air around off, Maharaj comes forward to defend it out.

Jadeja is back. This should be the last over before Tea! 18-3-47-2, his figures so far.

59.6
0
R Ashwin to Philander, Full again, Philander pushes it to mid off with ease.
59.5
0
R Ashwin to Philander, Around off, it is kept out by Philander.
59.4
0
R Ashwin to Philander, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
59.3
4
R Ashwin to Philander, FOUR! This is full again and in the slot outside off for Philander. He gets to the pitch of the ball and hammers it through the covers to get a boundary. Ashwin doesn't look pleased with his own effort.
59.2
0
R Ashwin to Philander, Another fuller ball, Philander looks to drive but gets it through the inner half of the bat.
59.1
0
R Ashwin to Philander, A full ball around off, driven straight to mid off.
58.6
1
R Sharma to Philander, He does! Rohit bowls it on middle, Philander though tucks it towards square leg for single.
58.5
0
R Sharma to Philander, Another ball outside off, Philander goes back and keeps it out. Saha is asking Rohit to bowl on middle stump line. Let's see if he obliges.
58.4
0
R Sharma to Philander, Outside off again, Philander keeps it out.
58.3
0
R Sharma to Philander, Outside off, Philander defends it back to the bowler.
58.2
0
R Sharma to Philander, Flighted fuller ball around off, Philander defends it out.
58.1
1
R Sharma to Maharaj, Shortish length outside off, Philander cuts it through point to get a single.
57.6
0
R Ashwin to Philander, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
57.5
2
R Ashwin to Philander, On the pads again, Philander nudges it behind square and picks a couple.
57.4
0
R Ashwin to Philander, On the pads, Philander keeps it out.
57.3
0
R Ashwin to Philander, On middle, it is kept out.
57.2
0
R Ashwin to Philander, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
57.1
3
R Ashwin to Maharaj, Shortish length ball, Maharaj rocks back and punches it off the back foot through the cover-point region. The ball was racing towards the fence but Ishant dives to save a run for the side. They check for the clean stop and it shows it is a clean stop.

Change of ends for Ashwin.

56.6
0
R Sharma to Philander, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
56.5
1
R Sharma to Maharaj, On the pads, nudged towards the leg side for a run.
56.4
0
Sharma to Maharaj, Almost a wicket for Rohit. One wonders why he doesn't bowl often. Rohit lands it around off and gets it spin sharply. Maharaj looks to defend but is hit on the pads. A stifled appeal follows but nothing from the umpire.
56.3
0
R Sharma to Maharaj, Beaten! A quicker ball around off, Maharaj goes to cut but is beaten.
56.2
1
R Sharma to Philander, Slower through the air around middle, Philander flicks it towards mid-wicket and takes a run.
56.1
0
R Sharma to Philander, Around off, blocked out by coming forward.

Rohit to bowl!

55.6
1
R Jadeja to Philander, Jadeja is mixing his pace well here. He this time fires it at 93.3 kmph on the pads. Philander flicks it towards the leg side and takes a run.
55.5
0
R Jadeja to Philander, Slightly quicker on around off, Vernon pushes it towards cover.
55.4
0
R Jadeja to Philander, On the pads this time, nudged onto the pitch on the leg side.
55.3
0
R Jadeja to Philander, Fuller ball, it is kept out.
55.2
0
R Jadeja to Philander, Around off, Philander gets behind the line of the ball to block.
55.1
0
R Jadeja to Philander, Around off, Philander blocks it out.
54.6
0
R Ashwin to Maharaj, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
54.5
0
R Ashwin to Maharaj, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
54.4
0
R Ashwin to Maharaj, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
54.3
0
R Ashwin to Maharaj, On the the pads, Maharaj flicks it to mid-wicket.
54.2
0
R Ashwin to Maharaj, Slower through the air on middle, Maharaj comes forward to defend but gets an inside edge. Could've easily lobbed to short leg.
54.1
0
R Ashwin to Maharaj, A quicker one off, Maharaj blocks it out.
53.6
0
R Jadeja to Philander, Tossed up on off, Vernon pushes it to mid off.
53.5
0
R Jadeja to Philander, Flighted on off, Philander keeps it out.
53.4
1
R Jadeja to Maharaj, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. They pick up a single.
53.3
1
R Jadeja to Philander, In the air but safe! Jadeja is furious. Floated on middle and leg, Philander looks to play the inside out shot. He ends up edging it uppishly towards backward point. It goes to the right of Ishant Sharma. He does not go for the catch and Jadeja lets out a huge grunt. Single taken.
53.2
0
R Jadeja to Philander, Flighted on off, Philander keeps it out.
53.1
0
R Jadeja to Philander, Shorter in middle, Philander tucks it to the on side.
52.6
0
R Ashwin to Maharaj, Tossed up outside off, Maharaj leaves it alone.
52.5
4
R Ashwin to Maharaj, FOUR! Cut away! Short around off, Maharaj cuts it through point. Umesh Yadav gives it a chase and tries to pull it back before the ropes but he fails in doing so. Full marks for the effort though for Umesh!
52.4
0
R Ashwin to Maharaj, Floated outside off, Keshav leaves it alone.
52.3
0
R Ashwin to Maharaj, Shorter on off, Maharaj keeps it out.
52.2
4
R Ashwin to Maharaj, FOUR! Uppish but safe. Short and wide outside off, Keshav has a slash at it. It goes off the outside edge wide and over first slip for a boundary.
52.1
1
R Ashwin to Philander, Short ball around off, Philander is cramped for room as he looks to punch. The ball goes to the off side off the inner half of his bat.
51.6
0
R Jadeja to Maharaj, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
51.5
0
R Jadeja to K Maharaj, Floated on off, Keshav pushes it to cover.
51.4
0
R Jadeja to Maharaj, Floated outside off, Maharaj leaves it alone.
51.3
0
R Jadeja to Maharaj, Short again, Maharaj defends it off the back foot.
51.2
0
R Jadeja to Maharaj, Short outside off, Maharaj looks to cut but misses.
51.1
0
R Jadeja to Maharaj, On the stumps, Maharaj defends it.
50.6
0
R Ashwin to Philander, Off spinner which is short and around leg, Philander looks to turn it behind square on the leg side but it goes off the thigh pad towards leg gully.
50.5
0
R Ashwin to Philander, Tossed up around off, Philander looks to defend but it comes off the inside edge. No casualty though as the ball hits him on the pad.
50.4
0
R Ashwin to Philander, Flighted outside off, Vernon leaves it alone.
50.3
0
R Ashwin to Philander, Off spinner around off, Philander defends it onto the ground, away from short leg.
50.2
0
R Ashwin to Philander, Flighted around off, Vernon keeps it out.
50.1
0
R Ashwin to Philander, Short outside off, Philander punches it to cover.

Ravichandran Ashwin is back into the attack.

49.6
0
R Jadeja to Maharaj, Another ball around the off stump line but it wasn't too wide of the off stump. Maharaj leaves it alone.
49.5
0
R Jadeja to Maharaj, Outside off, it is left alone.
49.4
0
R Jadeja to Maharaj, Beaten this time! Jadeja fires this one at 99.8 kmph around off, the ball turns a hint away to beat the outside edge. Saha behind the wicket can't gather it.
49.3
0
R Jadeja to K Maharaj, EDGED AND DROPPED! Pujara is the man who has spilled it. Jadeja bowls this slower through the air and invites Maharaj for a drive. He obliges and goes for the shot. The ball takes the outside edge and flies towards slip. Pujara at second slip throws his left hand to catch but the ball doesn't stick to his palms and lobs behind. He makes a valiant effort to catch it in the second attempt to catch but collides with Rahane who is also trying to get to the ball. Both slip and can't hold on. Had he pouched it, this would've been third catch on multiple attempts. Rahane would've gobbled it without much trouble, one can say.
49.2
0
R Jadeja to Maharaj, A quicker one on middle, Maharaj goes back and cuts it straight to point.
49.1
0
R Jadeja to Maharaj, Flights this one on middle, it is kept out.
48.6
1
M Shami to Maharaj, Good length ball angled into the batter, Maharaj tucks it behind square for a single.
48.5
0
M Shami to Maharaj, Length ball on off, Maharaj keeps it out.
48.4
0
M Shami to Maharaj, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
48.3
0
M Shami to Maharaj, Bouncer angled into the batter around off. Maharaj sways away from it.
48.2
0
M Shami to Maharaj, Around off on a good length, Maharaj this time defends it off the front foot.
48.1
0
M Shami to Maharaj, Shami is aiming the body as he delivers another bumper. Maharaj ducks under it.
47.6
0
R Jadeja to Philander, A quicker one on the middle, Philander defends it out onto the wicket.
47.5
0
R Jadeja to Philander, On middle, it is kept out.
47.4
0
R Jadeja to Philander, Flighted ball on middle, Philander defends it out.
47.3
0
R Jadeja to Philander, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
47.2
1
R Jadeja to Maharaj, Flighted ball on off, Maharaj defends it towards mid off and takes a quick single. Kohli there couldn't gather the ball cleanly.
47.1
0
R Jadeja to Maharaj, Around off, Maharaj keeps it out.
46.6
1
M Shami to Maharaj, Fuller around off, pushes towards cover for a single.
46.5
0
M Shami to Maharaj, Beaten! A massive appeal but not out says the umpire. A pacy good length ball pitching on middle and leg, the ball comes back in after pitching. Keshav Maharaj looks to play it on the off side but it takes something and goes to the left of Saha. He takes the ball on the full. A huge appeal follows but the umpire shakes his head. Virat Kohli thinks about the review. Rohit Sharma though comes from slips and indicates it is too high. Indicating they were thinking of LBW. Virat listens to the advice and does not refer it.
46.4
0
M Shami to Maharaj, Another bouncer! Maharaj does well to evade it.
46.3
0
M Shami to Maharaj, Bouncer down the leg side. Maharaj ducks.
46.2
0
M Shami to Maharaj, Goes fullish around off, Maharaj pushes it towards cover. Jadeja hares at the ball and underarms it onto the stumps and non stirker's end. Hits the wicket but Philander never left the crease.
46.2
0
M Shami to Maharaj, WIDE! Bouncer bounces too high. It goes over Maharaj's head to the keeper.
46.1
1
M Shami to Philander, Good length ball closer off pole, Philander goes to his back foot and punches it towards cover for a single.
45.6
1
R Jadeja to Philander, Quicker one on the pads, nudged towards square leg for a single.
45.5
0
R Jadeja to Philander, Around off, nicely blocked by Philander.
45.4
0
R Jadeja to Philander, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
45.3
6
R Jadeja to Philander, SIX! Back-to-back six. This one is even bigger. Jadeja delivers it in the slot, Philander slogs it over the long on fence. Top shot that one.
45.2
6
R Jadeja to Philander, SIX! Up and over. Flighted ball on off and middle, Philander gets into the position and hammers it over the bowler's head to get six.
45.1
0
R Jadeja to Philander, Outside off, Philader leaves it alone.
44.6
0
M Shami to Maharaj, Shami welcomes Maharaj with a bouncer o around the body. Maharaj ducks under it.

Half-centurion from the first innings, Keshav Maharaj walks out to bat now.

44.5
0
M Shami to S Muthusamy, OUT! CAUGHT! Shami strikes. Change of angle has done the trick. The second innings' Shami has arrived. He got a short leg fielder for the left-hander. He bowls a back of a length ball around off, Senuran looks to fend it off of his toes but the ball takes the outside edge and goes straight to Rohit Sharma at second slip. Very seldom we get to see an Indian bowler bouncing out a batsman with a short ball on the fourth day Indian surface. Top stuff from Mohammed Shami. India just three wickets away from a win.
44.4
3
M Shami to Philander, Goes full around off, Philander drives it sweetly through covers. The ball races towards the fence but Umesh Yadav comes after it and stops a run with a dive. Three runs for Philander.
44.3
0
M Shami to Philander, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
44.2
0
M Shami to Philander, Superb bouncer from Shami! Shami bends his back and bowls a short ball around middle. Vernon looks to fend it off but is hit on the gloves. It lobs in the air but lands in no man's land.
44.1
0
M Shami to Philander, Good length ball closer to the off pole, Philander looks to defend but gets an inside edge.
43.6
0
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, On the stumps, Muthusamy blocks it.
43.5
1
R Jadeja to Philander, Floated on off, Philander strokes it towards cover and gets to the other end.
43.4
0
R Jadeja to Philander, Tossed up on off, Philander defends it off the front foot.
43.3
0
R Jadeja to Philander, Flighted on off, Philander pushes it to cover.

DRINKS! Two wickets in the first hour of the second session. Bavuma did well to get to 38 but was done with a beauty from Jadeja. Earlier, Quinton de Kock played a poor shot to go back to the pavilion. India are just 4 wickets away and would want to close the game as soon as they can. However, they faced problems in removing the tail in the first innings as well when Philander and Maharaj presented spirited fight. Can the lower order of the visitors present similar resistance? Let's see what happens. Vernon Philander to walk out to bat after the break.

43.2
0
Jadeja to Bavuma, OUT! Caught! Bavuma's fight comes to an end. Floated delivery around off, Bavuma looks to drive it to the off side. The ball though spins away and kisses the outside edge. It goes to the left of Rahane at first slip. The Indian Test side's vice captain dives on that side and takes an excellent catch.
43.1
0
Jadeja to Bavuma, SAFE! No glove and the ball is way outside off. Tossed up around off, Bavuma looks to sweep but the ball lobs off towards first slip. Rahane takes it on the up. The Indian players gather and Kohli takes the review. Replay rolls in and first it shows the ball was missing both the bat and glove. Ball Tracker comes up next and it shows that the impact was outside off and the ball was missing off stump by a mile. India lose one of their two reviews.

Review time. Not sure whether it is for a catch or LBW. If it is for the latter then it looks like a waste of a review as the ball as hit his pad on the off pole at best. It is spinning away too as well. Let us see what the replays have to say.

Jadeja is on!

42.6
0
M Shami to Muthusamy, Fuller on off, Muthusamy keeps it out.

Bavuma is batting well here.

42.5
1
M Shami to Bavuma, On the pads, Temba glances it towards mid-wicket for a single.
42.4
0
M Shami to Bavuma, Fuller on off, Bavuma keeps it out.
42.3
0
M Shami to Bavuma, Fuller on off, Bavuma drives it nicely but straight to cover.
42.2
2
M Shami to Bavuma, Back of a length ball on off and middle, Bavuma looks to fend it off but it goes to the on side off the inner half of his bat and they take a couple.
42.1
4
M Shami to Bavuma, FOUR! Educated edge! Full around off, Bavuma looks to defend but it goes off the edge and wide of gully for a boundary. Rahane puts in a dive but cannot get close to it. Vihari gives it a chase but comes second in the race.
41.6
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Darts one around the pad, Senuran looks to defend but the ball lobs behind square on the leg side. There were shouts of catch it but not sure whether it came off the bat or pad.
41.5
1
R Ashwin to T Bavuma, Flighted on off and middle, Temba nudges it towards mid on for one.
41.4
0
R Ashwin to Bavuma, Floated outside off, Bavuma looks to defend but gets beaten.
41.3
0
R Ashwin to Bavuma, Shorter on off, Temba blocks it off the front foot.
41.2
0
R Ashwin to Bavuma, Floated outside off, Bavuma pads it away.
41.1
0
R Ashwin to Bavuma, Flighted on off, Bavuma defends it back towards the bowler.

Rohit Sharma is off the field. He has taken a couple of blows at silly point. Hanuma Vihari substitutes him for the moment.

40.6
0
M Shami to Muthusamy, That was a beauty! Fuller ball on off, the ball zips away off the surface. Senuran looks to defend but gets beaten.
40.5
0
M Shami to Muthusamy, Good length ball on top of middle, Muthusamy defends it with authority.
40.4
0
M Shami to Muthusamy, Full on middle and off, Senuran does well to block it. That length got the cubical here to go ohh and ahh.
40.3
0
M Shami to Muthusamy, Comes around the wicket and hits the deck hard around off, Muthusamy dabs it towards gully.
40.2
1
M Shami to Bavuma, Almost chopped on. Slightly fuller around off, the ball tails back in a bit. Bavuma looks to defend it to the off side with a slant bat but the ball goes off the inside edge towards fine leg for a single.
40.1
2
M Shami to Bavuma, Shami starts with a loose ball on the pads, Bavuma glances it towards backward square leg and gets a couple.

Shami is back. 4-2-17-0 so far.

39.6
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Another full ball around off, Muthusamy keeps it out.
39.5
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Fullish length ball, Muthusamy drives it to mid off.
39.4
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Fuller ball around off, Senuran lunges forward to keep it out.
39.3
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Outside off, Muthusamy leaves it alone. The ball turns away from Saha. Rahane at first slip does well to field.
39.2
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Around off, Senuran defends it out.
39.1
2
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, On the pads, Senuran tucks it towards mid-wicket and takes a couple.
38.6
6
R Jadeja to Bavuma, SIX! A rank hop ball from Jadeja. Bavuma rocks back and hammers it over the fence. Some confusion if the ball has gone over the fence. The umpires check and signal a six.
38.5
0
R Jadeja to Bavuma, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
38.4
0
R Jadeja to T Bavuma, Fuller and on middle, Bavuma looks to work it down the leg side but gets an inside edge onto the pads. No short leg there.
38.3
0
R Jadeja to Bavuma, On off and middle, Bavuma defends it out.
38.2
0
R Jadeja to Bavuma, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
38.1
2
R Jadeja to Bavuma, Edged but doesn't carry. Jadeja flights it around off, Bavuma goes to defend with soft hands. The ball takes the outside edge and falls just short of Pujara. The batters take two.
37.6
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Beaten because of the away turn. Ashwin floats it around off. Senuran comes forward to drive but can't connect.
37.5
4
R Ashwin to S Muthusamy, FOUR! Fuller ball around off, Senuran drives it handsomely through covers to earn his first boundary.
37.4
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Outside off this time, Senuran leaves it alone.
37.3
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
37.2
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Flighted fuller ball around off, Muthusamy comes forward to defend but can't get bat on ball. He is hit on the shoulder and the ball goes to Rahane at slip.
37.1
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Fuller around off, driven straight to the fielder at cover.
36.6
0
R Jadeja to Bavuma, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
36.5
0
R Jadeja to Bavuma, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
36.4
4
R Jadeja to Bavuma, FOUR! Bavuma looking solid. Jadeja gives it a lot of air around off on a fullish length, Bavuma leans into the drive and drives it through point and it races to the fence. 100 up for the visitors.
36.3
0
R Jadeja to Bavuma, Beaty from Jadeja! Jadeja floats this around off. The ball turns away a hint to beat the outside edge.
36.2
1
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Fuller on off this time, Muthusamy guides it towards point to take a single
36.1
0
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Shortish length around off, Senuran drives it straight to the cover fielder.
35.6
0
R Ashwin to Bavuma, On the stumps, defended by Bavuma.
35.5
0
R Ashwin to Bavuma, On the pads, Bavuma looks to turn it away on the leg side but the ball lobs off his pad fine down the leg side for a couple.
35.4
0
R Ashwin to Bavuma, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
35.3
0
R Ashwin to Bavuma, Flighted outside off, Bavuma looks to sweep but misses. The ball hits him on the pads. There is a stiled appeal but nothing from the umpire.
35.2
0
R Ashwin to Bavuma, Floated around off, Bavuma defends it towards point.
35.1
4
R Ashwin to Bavuma, FOUR! A rare short ball outside off from Ashwin. Bavuma cuts it through backward point. The fielder at short third man dives but gets nothing on it.
34.6
0
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Shorter around off, Muthusamy looks to defend but the ball hits him high on the pad.
34.5
0
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
34.4
0
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Tossed up on off, Muthusamy drives it but it hits Mayank Agarwal on the shin. Thanks to the pads he is wearing that it won't hurt him.
34.3
1
R Jadeja to Bavuma, Darted around the pads, Bavuma glances it towards mid-wicket for one.
34.2
0
R Jadeja to Bavuma, Flighted on middle, Bavuma defends it this time.
34.1
0
R Jadeja to Bavuma, Floated on off, Bavuma looks to defend but gets beaten.
33.6
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
33.5
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Fuller on off, Senuran pushes it towards mid off.
33.4
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Tossed up around off, Muthusamy looks to defend but the ball spins away and goes past the bat to the keeper.
33.3
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, On off, Muthusamy blocks it.
33.2
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Flighted on off, Senuran defends it.
33.1
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Flighted on off, Muthusamy blocks it.
32.6
0
R Jadeja to Bavuma, Very well fielded. Tossed up on off, Bavuma pushes to the right of cover. Kohli at short cover dives and saves runs for his side.
32.5
0
R Jadeja to Bavuma, Beautifully bowled! Jadeja bowls it slower through the air on off, Bavuma looks to defend but is beaten by the away spin.
32.4
0
R Jadeja to Bavuma, Flighted closer to the off pole, Temba defends it nicely.
32.3
0
R Jadeja to Bavuma, Outside off, Bavuma leaves it alone.
32.2
0
R Jadeja to Bavuma, Floated on off, Bavuma defends it onto the ground.
32.1
0
R Jadeja to Bavuma, Flatter on off, Bavuma blocks it off the front foot.
31.6
2
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Fuller outside off, a loopy ball. Senuran drives it through covers for a couple.
31.5
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Fuller ball on off, Muthusamy looks to drive but misses.
31.4
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Ouch! That would've hurt. Fuller ball on off, Muthusamy goes for the drive and connects well but finds Rohit Sharma in the way at silly point. He is hit just above his heels and looks in pain there, takes some time and is now ready to go.
31.3
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Fires this one around off and middle, Muthusamy pushes it back to Ashwin.
31.2
1
R Ashwin to Bavuma, Fuller around off, Bavuma drives it towards cover and takes a run.
31.1
0
R Ashwin to Bavuma, Around off, Bavuma lunges forward to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
30.6
1
R Jadeja to Bavuma, Floated on off, Bavuma looks to flick but the ball goes off the inner half of his bat towards square leg for a single.
30.5
0
R Jadeja to Bavuma, On the stumps, Bavuma defends it.
30.4
4
R Jadeja to Bavuma, FOUR! Up and over! This shot was exceuted well and that is why there will be praise for this shot but had it not come off even Bavuma would have been embarrassed like de Kock and Elgar. Tossed up on off, Temba sees the mid off is up so he confidently lofts it over the man and fetches himself a boundary.
30.3
0
R Jadeja to Bavuma, Shorter on middle, Bavuma gets on his back foot and whips it late towards square leg.
30.2
0
R Jadeja to Bavuma, Shorter on the stumps, Temba blocks it off his back foot.
30.1
0
R Jadeja to Bavuma, Floated on off, Bavuma keeps it out.
29.6
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Fuller on off, Muthusamy blocks it.
29.5
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Wow! Ashwin is bowling delicious balls here. Another flighted delivery on off, Senuran tries to defend but has no answer to Ashwin's spin.
29.4
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Another gem. This one is given more air by Ashwin. It pitches and spins away. Muthusamy tries to defend but gets squared up.
29.3
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Beauty! Flighted around off, Muthusamy looks to drive it on the up but the ball turns away and beats the outside edge of the bat.
29.2
0
R Ashwin to Muthusamy, Tossed up on middle and off, Ashwin defends it off the front foot.
29.1
1
R Ashwin to Bavuma, Flighted on off, Bavuma pushes it towards mid off and gets to the other end.
28.6
0
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Flatter now from Jadeja. Muthusamy defends it.
28.5
0
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Loopy ball on the stumps, Senuran calmly defends it.
28.4
0
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Tossed up around off, Muthusamy keeps it out.
28.3
0
R Jadeja to Muthusamy, Floated on off, Muthusamy blocks it with a dead-bat to start his innings.

Senuran Muthusamy is the next man in.

28.2
0
R Jadeja to Kock, OUT! BOWLED! The ball kept low but that is such an unnecessary shot from de Kock. Jadeja bowls it slower through the air outside off. It pitches on the rough and spins in. The ball keeps low as well. De Kock for some absurd reason goes for a big slog sweep but the ball goes between the bat and pad onto the middle stump. Quinton will not be happy looking at his shot selection once he has a look back. Brilliant start for India! Half the side back in the hut for South Africa.
28.1
1
R Jadeja to Bavuma, Tossed up on off, Bavuma pushes it to mid on and gets his first run of the session straightaway.

Ravindra Jadeja (5-0-9-0) to continue from the other end.

27.6
0
R Ashwin to Kock, A solid front foot defense from de Kock to end the over.
27.5
0
R Ashwin to Kock, Gives this air, de Kock calmly keeps it out.
27.4
0
R Ashwin to Kock, Floated on off, de Kock blocks it away.
27.3
4
R Ashwin to Kock, FOUR! First one of the session. Flighted around off, de Kock looks to drive it on the up but the ball goes off the outside edge through backward point for a boundary.
27.2
0
R Ashwin to Kock, Tossed up on off, de Kock defends it off the front foot.
27.1
0
R Ashwin to Kock, Ashwin starts with a flighted delivery on off and middle, de Kock calmly defends it.

Welcome back for the second session of the day. The Indian players walk out to the middle. Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock comes out to the middle as well. Ravichandran Ashwin to bowl the first over after Lunch, de Kock to face. Two slips, a short leg and a silly point as the close-in catchers. Here we go...

... Day 4, Session 2 ...

So a South Africa defeat looks inevitable. Only a miracle can see them go past India's trail forget about putting India to bat. They will now look to play hour by hour. Kohli and his troops will now be looking to wrap this up in the next session itself. Can they do it? Join us for the second session to find out.

It was a brilliant bowling display from the Indians. They bowled the right lines and lengths and kept the Protea batters at bay. Ashwin's fine Test continued as he added 2 more wickets to his 4 that he took in the first innings of the game. Ishant and Umesh were the other bowlers to get into the wickets column. But the unsung hero of this session has to be Wriddhimann Saha. He took two blinders which are equally his wicket as the bowlers.

After enforcing the follow-on, India started the day with a bang. On the very second ball of the day, Ishant struck gold sending Markram for a duck, making him grab a pair for the first time in his Test career. Luck too went India's way as Ball Tracker later on showed that the ball was missing the stumps. That wicket though set the pretext of the session. Theunis de Bruyn stayed for a while before a stunning catch from Saha saw his back. Elgar and Faf du Plessis then tried to grind it out in the middle. The duo added a 49-run stand before the skipper was sent back after another fine catch from Saha. Elgar was fighting a lone battle but a rush of blood moment saw him throw his wicket away.

If we say it is India's session then that would mean we are just stating the obvious. India have completely annihilated South Africa in this session.

26.6
0
R Jadeja to Bavuma, Fuller again, Bavuma pushes it towards mid off to get through the over. LUNCH ON DAY 4.
26.5
0
R Jadeja to Bavuma, Around off on a fullish length, driven towards mid off.
26.4
0
R Jadeja to Bavuma, Fuller again, Bavuma defends it out.
26.3
0
R Jadeja to Bavuma, Around off, Bavuma keeps it out.
26.2
1
R Jadeja to Kock, Fires it on middle, de Kock flicks it uppishly but wide of the short leg fielder. De Kock gets his first run of the innings.
26.1
1
R Jadeja to Bavuma, Fuller ball on middle, tucked towards mid-wicket for a single.
25.6
0
R Ashwin to Kock, Around off, de Kock blocks it out.
25.5
1
R Ashwin to Bavuma, Another full ball, Bavuma this time pushes it towards cover-point to get off the mark.
25.4
0
R Ashwin to Bavuma, Bavuma this time lunges forward to block this fullish length ball.
25.3
0
R Ashwin to Bavuma, Around off this time Bavuma turns it towards point with an angled bat.

Quinton de Kock walks out to bat now.

25.2
0
R Ashwin to Elgar, OUT! Elgar has thrown it away! With Lunch minutes away, all he had to do was to get through the overs. Ashwin flights this one around off, Elgar looks to play it over the bowler's head but the ball takes the outside edge and lobs high past mid off. Umesh Yadav runs behind to his right, gets under the ball but fumbles twice before catching it cleanly. Elgar heads to the pavilion, two short of his half ton. Wicket number two for Ashwin.
25.1
0
R Ashwin to Elgar, Flights this around off, Elgar drives but can't beat Kohli at short extra cover.
24.6
0
R Jadeja to Bavuma, Flighted on off, Temba keeps it out.
24.5
0
R Jadeja to Bavuma, Flighted on off, Bavuma defends it off his front foot in a textbook fashion.
24.4
0
R Jadeja to Bavuma, Gives this air on off, Bavuma defends it off the front foot.
24.3
1
R Jadeja to Elgar, Gives this air around off, Elgar glances it towards mid-wicket for a single.
24.2
0
R Jadeja to Elgar, Tossed up around off, Elgar defends it let towards slip.
24.1
0
R Jadeja to Elgar, Floated on off, Elgar glances it to mid-wicket.
23.6
0
R Ashwin to Bavuma, Flighted ball around off, Bavuma pads it away.
23.5
0
R Ashwin to Bavuma, Beaten! A quicker one around off, Bavuma looks to defend but is beaten.
23.4
0
R Ashwin to Bavuma, Flighted ball around off, Bavuma pushes it towards short third man.

Temba Bavuma, the vice captain of this Test side replaces the skipper out in the middle.

23.3
0
Ashwin to Plessis, OUT! CAUGHT! Saha you beauty. What a blinder that from the wicket keeper. Faf du Plessis has to walk back. Ashwin fires this one closer to the off pole, Faf looks to defend but the ball takes an inside edge, hits the back thigh and goes to Saha behind the wicket very quickly. Saha there fumbles a bit but does well to keep the ball in the air, once, twice, thrice and then in the fourth attempt he gobbles it diving forward. Excellent work from Saha and he continues to prove why Kohli terms him as the best keeper of the country. Just 5 runs off 54 balls for the Protea skipper. His long vigil ends and the situation for South Africa worsen further. 10 minutes to go for Lunch. Can India strike one more time?
23.2
3
R Ashwin to Elgar, Fuller ball around off, Elgar drives it through covers for a single. Umesh at deep cover fields the ball and throws it to Ashwin who can't gather the ball due to extra bounce and they concede a couple as overthrow.
23.1
0
R Ashwin to Elgar, Flighted ball on middle, Elgar keeps it out.
22.6
0
R Jadeja to Plessis, Around off, Faf defends it off the front foot.
22.5
0
R Jadeja to Plessis, Beauty! Jadeja gives this one air on off, Faf looks to defend but the ball turns away and squares up the South African skipper.
22.4
0
R Jadeja to Plessis, Flatter on off, Faf defends it off the front foot.
22.3
1
R Jadeja to Elgar, Floated on middle and leg, Elgar sweeps it fine down the leg side for a single.
22.2
0
R Jadeja to Elgar, Shorter on off, Elgar glances it to square leg.
22.1
0
R Jadeja to Elgar, Tossed up around off, Elgar looks to sweep but misses. There is a stifled appeal but the umpire says no.
21.6
0
R Ashwin to Plessis, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
21.5
0
R Ashwin to Plessis, Shortish length, Faf blocks it off the back foot.
21.4
0
R Ashwin to Plessis,Fullish length ball, Faf sweeps for a single.
21.3
0
R Ashwin to Plessis, Fullish ball on middle, du Plessis keeps it out.
21.2
0
R Ashwin to Plessis, Around off, Faf keeps it out.
21.1
0
R Ashwin to Plessis, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
20.6
0
Jadeja to Elgar, Nicely bowled! Huge appeal from the Indians but umpire is not moved. Floats it around off, Elgar looks to defends but the ball hits his pad and lobs towards Rahane who dives to pouch that catch. Indians appeal but not out says the umpire. Ultra Edge rolls in and looks like there is a spike but Rahane himself was not sure.
20.5
0
R Jadeja to Elgar, On the pads this time, Elgar tucks it towards mid-wicket and changes end.
20.4
0
R Jadeja to Plessis, Jadeja fires this one on the pads, Faf looks to work it down the leg side but misses. The ball goes towards short fine leg for a single.
20.3
0
R Jadeja to Plessis, Another fuller ball around off, Faf looks to defend but the ball takes an outside edge and goes to the second slip on the bounce.
20.2
0
R Jadeja to Plessis, Fuller ball on off, pushed towards cover.
20.1
1
R Jadeja to D Elgar, Fullish ball on middle, Elgar eases it through mid on for a single.
19.6
0
R Ashwin to Plessis, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
19.5
0
R Ashwin to Plessis, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
19.4
0
R Ashwin to du Plessis, On off, Faf tucks it right of the short leg fielder uppishly.
19.3
0
R Ashwin to Plessis, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
19.2
0
R Ashwin to Plessis, Beaten! Good ball that. Saha catches it well on the second attempt. Ashwin lands it around off, Faf looks to block but is beaten. Saha appeals but nothing from the others.
19.1
0
R Ashwin to Plessis, On middle this time, Faf guides it towards square leg.
18.6
0
R Jadeja to Elgar, Flighted on the pads, Dean tucks it to square leg.
18.5
0
R Jadeja to Elgar, On off, Elgar defends it off the front foot.
18.4
0
R Jadeja to Elgar, Floated on off, Elgar plants his front foot forward and blocks it.
18.3
0
R Jadeja to Elgar, Flighted on off, Elgar keeps it out.
18.2
0
R Jadeja to Elgar, Tossed up fuller outside off, Elgar looks to play it on the off side but the ball hits the inner half of his bat and goes to the on side.
18.1
4
R Jadeja to D Elgar, FOUR! Not the welcome Jadeja would have looked for. Flighted around off, Elgra gets on his front foot and drives it through covers for a boundary.

Ravindra Jadeja is into the attack.

17.6
0
R Ashwin to Plessis, Tossed up on off, Faf keeps it out.
17.5
0
R Ashwin to Plessis, Floated on middle and leg, Faf flicks it through mid-wicket. There was an easy single on offer but for some reason du Plessis does not take it.
17.4
0
R Ashwin to Plessis, NOT OUT! The impact saves the Protea skipper. Ashwin floats this around off, Faf goes for the sweep but can't connect and is hit on the pads. Ashwin and India appeal but the umpire does not agree. Ashwin is not sure but Saha it seems is confident and Kohli goes for the review. Here comes the Ball Tracker, the impact is umpire's call and hence it doesn't matter even if the ball is hitting the timbers. An excellent review from the Indians because that was marginal. Had Faf been adjudged LBW he would have had to walk back but not the case though.

Review time! India have taken a review for LBW! Faf du Plessis is the man in question. Ashwin did not seem too confident once the umpire turned it down but Saha is convinced and Kohli takes it upstairs.

17.3
1
R Ashwin to Elgar, On the pads on a fullish length, tucked towards mid-wicket for a run.
17.2
0
R Ashwin to Elgar, On middle again, pushed towards cover this time.
17.1
0
R Ashwin to Elgar, Floats it on middle, Elgar blocks it out.
16.6
0
M Shami to Plessis, Around off, Faf keeps it out by standing tall and defending it towards cover. Another tight over from Shami, back-to-back maidens from him.
16.5
0
M Shami to Plessis, Fullish length ball in the channel outside off, the Protea skipper makes another leave.
16.4
0
M Shami to Plessis, Good length ball on the fourth stump line, du Plessis covers his stumps and lets it go to the keeper.
16.3
0
M Shami to Plessis, Length ball around off, Faf blocks it towards mid off.
16.2
0
M Shami to Plessis, Gets closer to the off pole, du Plessis keeps it out.
16.1
0
M Shami to Plessis, Good length ball outside off, Faf leaves it alone.
15.6
0
R Ashwin to Elgar, FOUR BYES! Ashwin flights this one around off which turns away after landing around off. Elgar goes for the drive through covers but due to the away turn he can't get bat on ball. Rahane dives to his right to field but the ball races to the third man fence.
15.5
0
R Ashwin to Elgar, On the pads again, Elgar looks to work it down the leg side but misses and is hit on the pads.
15.4
0
R Ashwin to Elgar, Misses his line this time. Lands it on middle which turns down the leg side. Elgar misses his flick.
15.3
0
R Ashwin to Elgar, A quicker one outside off, Elgar leaves it alone again.
15.2
0
R Ashwin to Elgar, This time he lands it outside off, it turns away as Elgar leaves it alone.
15.1
0
R Ashwin to D Elgar, Ashwin floats this around off, Elgar drives it straight to extra cover.
14.6
0
M Shami to Plessis, Jaffa! Almost gets Shami a wicket. Pitches it on a good length and closer to the off pole. Du Plessis is rooted to his crease as he looks to defend. The ball whizzes past the outside edge. Kohli enjoyed that ball.
14.5
0
M Shami to Plessis, Late swing there! Another length ball in the channel of uncertainty. Faf leaves it alone. The ball kept slightly low this time and died down ahead of Saha behind the wicket.
14.4
0
M Shami to Plessis, On the fifth stump line this time. Faf makes another leave.
14.3
0
M Shami to Plessis, Goes wide this time. Too wide for Faf to make any attempt to play a shot.
14.2
0
M Shami to Plessis, Shami is targeting the stumps as he dishes this fullish length ball on off, Faf defends it out.
14.1
0
M Shami to Plessis, Length ball angled in to the right-hander. Faf keeps it out of the back foot.
13.6
0
R Ashwin to Elgar, Fuller ball around off, Elgar pushes it to the right of Ashwin.
13.5
1
R Ashwin to Plessis, Landed around off, Faf pushes it towards cover to change ends.
13.4
0
R Ashwin to Plessis, Another flighted ball around middle, the ball goes towards point off the outer half of the bat of Faf.
13.3
0
R Ashwin to Plessis, Flighted ball around off, Faf pushes it back to the bowler.
13.2
0
R Ashwin to Plessis, Loopy ball on middle, tucked towards short leg
13.1
0
R Ashwin to Plessis, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
12.6
0
M Shami to Elgar, Fuller on the pads, Elgar pushes it back to the bowler. Shami picks the ball and has a shy at the striker's end. He misses but had he hit it wouldn't have mattered.
12.5
0
M Shami to Elgar, Closer to off pole, Elgar keeps it out.
12.4
0
M Shami to Elgar, Beauty again but no edge! Good length ball around off which seams away after pitching just a hint. Elgar has a push but misses.
12.3
0
M Shami to Elgar, Beaten! Or is it? Saha feels there is an edge. Rohit is not sure through. Kohli is asking Saha if he heard anything. Should they go for the DRS or not? They don't eventually and lucky that they did not opt for it as the Ultra Edge arrived to show no tickle. It was a good length ball outside off, Elgar went for the drive but misses. Lucky not to edge that one.
12.3
0
M Shami to Elgar, Wide! Another bouncer! Elgar again ducks under it as it is too high. Called wide as well by the umpire so Shami has to re-bowl that ball.
12.2
0
M Shami to Elgar, Bumper but too high. Elgar leaves it alone.
12.1
4
M Shami to Elgar, FOUR! Nicely guided through point and gully. Fullish length on the fourth stump line, Elgar comes forward and guides the ball with an angled bat. The ball races to the third man fence. The boundary brings 50 up for the Proteas.

DRINKS! So, after the Indian skipper enforced the follow-on, they have managed to get the two wickets quickly. Ishant struck in the very first over to remove Markram while Umesh did not take much time either to send Theunis de Bruyn packing. Markram was unlucky as the replays revealed that had he opted for the review, he would've survived but that was not to be. Skipper Faf du Plessis walked in at number 4 and has seen off the first hour along with Elgar who has got a few streaky boundaries but would love to continue bat as long as he can. India's plans would be simple. Keep chipping in with wickets and do not allow the partnership to get bigger. Interesting hour ahead.

11.6
0
R Ashwin to Plessis, Floated on off, the ball turns in a lot. Faf looks to defend but gets hit on the pads. There is a stifled appeal but the umpire is unmoved.
11.5
0
R Ashwin to Plessis, Ouch! That must have hurt. Tossed up on middle and off, Faf gets down on one knee and hits the sweep shot hard. Rohit Sharma at short leg, turns away and the ball hits him on his lower calf. Rohit is fine to continue though.
11.4
0
R Ashwin to Plessis, Floated on off, du Plessis keeps it out.
11.3
0
R Ashwin to Plessis, Shorter on off, Faf defends it off the back foot.
11.2
1
R Ashwin to Elgar, Tossed up on the pads, Elgar turns it behind square on the leg side for a single.
11.1
1
R Ashwin to Plessis, Floated on middle and leg, Faf looks to defend but it goes off the inner half of his bat to the on side for a single.

Spin time! Kohli brings Ravichandran Ashwin into the attack.

10.6
0
M Shami to Elgar, Fuller on off, Elgar blocks it to get through the over. 12 off Shami's first. Expensive start for him.
10.5
4
M Shami to Elgar, FOUR! Slammed through point. Fuller outside off, Elgar plants his front foot forward and leans the drive through point for a boundary.
10.4
0
M Shami to Elgar, After back-to-back boundaries, Elgar calmly defends this one.
10.3
4
M Shami to Elgar, FOUR! First boundary off the cover drive in this innings. Fuller around off, Elgar gets on his front foot and creams it through cover. Cover drives are always beautiful but when a southpaw hits it they look even better.
10.2
4
M Shami to Elgar, FOUR! Good shot! Fuller around off, Elgar strokes it through point for a boundary.
10.1
0
M Shami to Elgar, Shami comes and straightaway there is excitment. He starts with a bouncer. It is around off, Elgar looks to pull but then decides to pull away from the shot. He ends up lobbing up off the upper half of his bat. Luckily for Elgar it falls in no man's land on the on side.

Mohammed Shami to bowl now.

9.6
0
U Yadav to Plessis, On the fourth stump line, Faf lets it be.
9.5
1
U Yadav to Elgar, On the pads again, Elgar glances it through fine leg to change ends.
9.4
0
U Yadav to Elgar, Too wide to make the batter play this time. Elgar shoulders arms.
9.3
0
U Yadav to Elgar, Good length ball angled in to the batter, Dean stands tall to keep it out.
9.2
1
U Yadav to Plessis, Length on middle, Faf this time tucks it behind square for a single.
9.1
0
U Yadav to Plessis, Misses his length on the first ball of the new over, does Umesh. Strays the ball on the leg side. Faf goes for a flick but misses.
8.6
0
I Sharma to Elgar, Fuller around off, Elgar blocks it.
8.5
0
I Sharma to Elgar, Length ball on off, Elgar works it to square leg and shouts a loud no.
8.4
0
I Sharma to Elgar, Another one on the pads, Elgar does not time his flick well this time. Ashwin runs to his right from square leg and keeps it to a dot with a dive.
8.3
0
I Sharma to Elgar, Outside off, Elgar leaves it alone.
8.2
4
I Sharma to Elgar, FOUR! Poor ball from Ishant. He strays down on the pads. These are easy pickings for Elgar. He just eases his flick through mid-wicket for a boundary.
8.1
0
I Sharma to Elgar, Around off, Dean defends it towards backward point.
7.6
0
U Yadav to Plessis, Outside off, Faf leaves it alone.
7.5
1
U Yadav to Elgar, Fuller on middle, Elgar pushes it wide of mid on for a single.
7.4
0
U Yadav to Elgar, Length delivery around off, Elgar defends it off his back foot towards point.
7.3
0
U Yadav to Elgar, Fuller on off, Elgar pushes it wide of point. Jadeja, who is lightning quick gets to the ball quickly showing his athleticism.
7.2
0
U Yadav to Elgar, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
7.1
2
U Yadav to Elgar, Well played. Slightly fuller delivery outside off, Elgar plays it nicely through point. Mayank gives it a chase and saves it with a dive before the ropes. Two taken.
6.6
0
I Sharma to Plessis, Fuller on off, du Plessis keeps it out.
6.5
0
I Sharma to Plessis, Another gem of a delivery. Fuller around off and middle, du Plessis looks to defend but it jags back in and takes the inside edge of the bat and goes behind square on the leg side.
6.4
2
I Sharma to Plessis, On the pads, Faf looks to flick but it goes off the inner half of his bat through square leg for a couple. Du Plessis is off the mark but not in the most convincing manner. The trail now is 300.
6.3
0
I Sharma to Plessis, Good ball and a good leave. Outside off and it comes in off the deck. Faf shows awareness of his off pole and offers a very good leave.
6.2
1
I Sharma to Elgar, Length ball around off, Elgar punches it towards point and gets to the other end.
6.1
2
I Sharma to Elgar, In the air but safe again. Elgar continues to ride his luck. Short ball closer to the body, Elgar looks to pull but it goes off the upper half of his bat wide of mid-wicket for a single.
5.6
0
U Yadav to Plessis, Good length ball outside off, du Plessis leaves it alone.
5.5
0
U Yadav to Plessis, Another one down the leg side, Faf though does not get any bat on it as he misses his flick.

No Bavuma. It's skipper Faf du Plessis who has finally come out at number 4. Interesting!

5.4
0
U Yadav to Bruyn, OUT! Caught! Brilliant catch from Wridhimann Saha and smart bowling from Umesh. He was bowling in and around off and then he surprises Theunis with a one down the leg side. He tried it in the last over but that was way down, this one is closer to the body. De Bruyn looks to flick but the ball kisses his bat and goes to the left of the keeper. Saha dives to that side and takes a one-handed stunner. If you were wondering why Saha was picked over Pant, then this catch is the reason. He is hailed as one of the best keepers in the world and this is a proof of it. South Africa in all sorts of trouble. 2 down in the 6th over of the day.
5.3
0
U Yadav to Bruyn, Good length ball on off, Theunis pushes it to point.
5.2
0
U Yadav to Bruyn, Fuller and closer to off, de Bruyn defends it off the front foot.
5.1
0
U Yadav to Bruyn, Umesh continues to bowl outside off to Theunis. De Bruyn leaves it alone.
4.6
0
I Sharma to Elgar, Around off, Elgar this time calmly defends it.
4.5
4
I Sharma to Elgar, EDGED AND FOUR! Another boundary off the edge. Fuller around off, it zips away after pitching. Elgar goes for it in a wild way and the ball takes a fat outside edge of his willow and goes uppishly wide of gully for a boundary.
4.4
0
I Sharma to D Elgar, Another edge that does not carry. If you're thinking the slip should come in then that will be difficult as there is good carry. Length ball on off, Elgar looks to defend with soft hands but gets a thick outside edge. The fact that he played it with soft hands worked in his favour as that was the reason the ball did not carry to Kohli at third slip.
4.3
0
I Sharma to Elgar, On off, Elgar keeps it out.
4.2
4
I Sharma to Elgar, EDGED AND FOUR! Third boundary of the innings and all three have come off the outside edge. Slightly fuller around off, Elgar looks to defend it with soft hands but the ball takes the outside edge. The ball goes right between gully and third slip and the ball goes away to the fence. Rahane dives but cannot get his hand to it as the ball was well wide.
4.1
0
I Sharma to Elgar, Good length ball outside off, Elgar calmly leaves it alone.
3.6
0
U Yadav to Bruyn, Good length ball on off, de Bruyn defends it to get through a good over of Umesh.
3.5
0
U Yadav to Bruyn, FOUR BYES! Poor ball from Umesh. He misses his line and bowls one down the leg side. Theunis looks to flick but misses. The ball keeps on going with the angle as even Saha, who was diving to his left cannot save it. The idea was right to surprise him with a ball on middle and leg after going in and around off but the execution was not.
3.4
0
U Yadav to Bruyn, Goes fuller around off, Theunis defends it towards point.
3.3
0
U Yadav to Bruyn, On the fourth stump line, de Bruyn does not disturb that.
3.2
0
U Yadav to Bruyn, Good length delivery outside off, Theunis leaves it alone.
3.1
0
U Yadav to Bruyn, Nice swing and carry on this one. Good length ball just around off, it moves away off the surface. Theunis shoulders arms to it. The ball goes to Saha at chest height. Seldom you see such carry for pacers in India.
2.6
0
I Sharma to Elgar, Fuller on off, Elgar defends it to get through the over.
2.5
0
I Sharma to Elgar, Goes wide of the off stump again, does Ishant. Dean Elgar shoulders arms to it.
2.4
0
I Sharma to Elgar, Ishant comes closer to the off pole, Elgar defends it off the front foot.
2.3
0
I Sharma to Elgar, Ishant continues to bowl outside off to Elgar. He once again calmly leaves it.
2.2
0
I Sharma to Elgar, Good length ball outside off, Elgar does not go chasing after it.
2.1
0
I Sharma to Elgar, Comes around the wicket and bowls it on a length outside off, Dean leaves it alone. Late swing for Ishant.
1.6
4
U Yadav to de Bruyn, FOUR! Streaky! Fuller around off, de Bruyn looks to defend but the ball takes the outside edge and goes wide of the diving Rahane at gully for a boundary.
1.5
0
U Yadav to Bruyn, Once again Theunis does not go chasing after the ball away from the stump.
1.4
0
U Yadav to Bruyn, Length delivery outside off, Theunis leaves it alone.
1.3
4
U Yadav to de Bruyn, EDGED AND FOUR! Length delivery around off, Theunis looks to defend it with soft hands but it goes off the outside edge. It falls short of Virat Kohli at third slip and goes through him for a boundary.
1.2
1
U Yadav to Elgar, Could have been disastrous for South Africa. Back of a length ball on off, Elgar defends it with soft hands towards cover-point and calls for a quick single. Theunis responds but he knows it is a suicidal run. Mayank Agarwal gets to the ball quickly and has a shy at the striker's end but misses. A direct hit and Theunis would've been walking into the pavilion.
1.1
0
U Yadav to Elgar, Umesh starts with a length delivery on off, Elgar starts his innings with a back foot defense.

Umesh Yadav to share the new ball with Ishant Sharma from the other end. He had struck in the first over of the first innings. Can he do the same this innings?

0.6
0
I Sharma to Bruyn, Fuller on off, Theunis defends it to get through the over. Wicket maiden for Ishant to start the innings.
0.5
0
I Sharma to Bruyn, Another one outside off, Theunis shoulders arms to it.
0.4
0
I Sharma to Bruyn, On the fourth stump line, Theunis lets it carry to the keeper.
0.3
0
I Sharma to Bruyn, Ohh! Full and this one comes back in sharply too. De Bruyn does well to defend it off the front foot.

Theunis de Bruyn walks out at number 3.

0.2
0
I Sharma to Markram, OUT! LBW! India start with a bang! The first one was on a length and came back in. Markram was lucky to survive that but on this occasion he is not. Ishant goes slightly fuller and once again gets the ball in to the right-hander. Markram looks to defend but the ball hits him on high on the pads. The Indian players go up in a huge appeal and the umpire raises his finger. Markram has a word with his partner, Elgar. Dean does not look sure and just when Markram was about to review the timer gets to zero. Markram's first pair in Tests. Ishant gets his first wicket of the game. Well hold on, Ball Tracker later on rolls in and it is a disappointing news for Markram, Elgar and the whole of South Africa. The Ball Tracker shows the ball was going onto miss the stumps.
0.1
0
I Sharma to Markram, Excellent delivery to start the innings. Ishant starts with a good length ball outside off, it comes back in viciously. Markram offers a dangerous leave but as they say, if you leave and it does not hit you then it is a good leave.