India were 35 for three at stumps on the fourth day of the second cricket Test against India. Cheteshwar Pujara (11) and Parthiv Patel (5) were at the crease at the draw of stumps. IND need 252 more runs to win the second Test.Also Read - IND vs ENG: Darren Gough Blames Virat Kohli & Co For Shopping Before 5th Test
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South Africa have once again proven out to be the dominating side on Day 4. After getting out for 258 runs, thus setting up a target of 287 runs for India, the Proteas picked up three big wickets in the last session of the day to put the visitors on backfoot. With Kohli, Vijay, and Rahul back to the pavilion, India have once again found themselves in deep trouble and they now have a mountain to climb on the final day in order to win the second Test and remain alive in the three-match series. Also Read - Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma Are Like Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara: Ex-Pakistan Cricketer Salman Butt
Ngidi Removes Kohli
Ngidi couldn’t have asked for a better Test debut. The youngster removes India skipper Kohli. The ball kept low and crashed into the pads as Umpire adjourned it LBW without many difficulties. That is the wicket that South Africa wanted desperately and India feared of losing most. IND 26-3
KL Rahul Departs
Lungi Ngidi removes KL Rahul and rather than the bowler’s wicket it’s a batsman fault for throwing away his wicket. Nothing special about the delivery, it was outside off, with little bounce on it and Rahul hit it straight into the hands of Keshav Maharaj, who was standing at point. India are definitely in trouble here. IND 16/2
Rabada strikes early
South Africa’s pace spearhead Rabada has given an early breakthrough to hosts by removing Indian opener, Murali Vijay. It was an outside off delivery, which kept low and took the cue-end before hitting the stumps. This will definitely dent India’s chase. IND 11-1
South Africa all out for 286 Runs
India picked up some quick wickets post-tea session to restrict South Africa to 258. Shami, Bumrah, and Ashwin picked up the remaining three wickets by sending back Rabada, Du Plessis and Ngidi respectively. Now, India need to shine in batting department to achieve the target of 287 runs.
South Africa are 230 for 7 in their second innings at tea and they lead by 258 runs. Faf du Plessis and Kagiso Rabada are the on-crease batsmen and have built 15 runs partnership till now.
Ishant finds a breakthrough
Ishant Sharma removes Philander to break his solid stand with Du Plessis. Short pitch delivery by Ishant and Philander pulls it with no timing at all. The ball goes up in the air before finding Murali Vijay at square leg. India desperately needed that wicket as South Africa was dominating the post-lunch session. SA 211/6.
Du Plessis, Philander Partnership
Both the on-crease batmen Du Plessis and Philander have put up a solid show post lunch and they are slowly and steadily building up an important partnership. Till now they have already stitched together a 46 runs partnership for the sixth wicket and by the look of it, they are not going to stop anytime soon until and unless India come up with a good plan to break their partnership.
India, after struggling to find an early breakthrough, bounced back in style as Shami removed De Villiers, Elgar, De Kock to put Proteas on backfoot. However, India were once again poor in the field as they dropped some good chances which might come back to bite them. Meanwhile, South Africa will bank upon on-crease batsmen Faf du Plessis and Vernon Philander to extend their lead and put India under pressure. SA 173/5, lead by 201 runs.
Shami on Fire
Shami picked his third wicket of the Day 4 by removing Quinton de Kock, who got luck twice but not this time. It was a rising delivery and De Kock while looking to defend it, edged it straight to the wicketkeeper. That will put pressure on SA. SA 164-5
Shami Sends Back Elgar
Shami looks in tremendous form as after removing De Villiers, he has now sent back Elgar, who was in good form having hit the half-century already. It was a short ball and Elgar went for the pull, however, he failed to time it and found the man at the deep square leg. With both the set batsmen back to the pavilion, the pressure is on South Africa now. Elgar c Rahul b Shami 61(121) [4s-8 6s-1]
Shami removes De Villiers
India find the much-needed breakthrough as Shami removes De Villiers, who was looking dangerous. It was an extra bounce which did trick for the pacer. Back of length delivery and De Villiers was looking to play it towards the third man, however, he failed to read the bounce and edged it straight to the wicketkeeper. de Villiers c Parthiv Patel b Shami 80(121) [4s-10]
Elgar brings up his fifty
Dean Elgar picked up where he left off and scored a half-century. He continued to build up a solid partnership with De Villiers, who is also aiming to covert his fifty into hundred and put South Africa in the comfortable position. Meanwhile, India are still looking for their first breakthrough of Day 4. SA 128/2
Build up- De Villiers and Elgar put together an unbeaten partnership of 87 as bad light and rain disrupted majority of the post-tea session.
Earlier in the day, Kohli registered his 21st century in Test cricket with his knock, that featured 15 fours, rallying the Indian innings which resumed Monday’s play 183/5.
Kohli, who was the last Indian wicket to fall, forged a crucial 71-run partnership for the seventh wicket with Ravichandran Ashwin (38) to stabilise the innings.
The partnership helped India to recover from the early loss of overnight batsman Hardik Pandya (15), who ran himself out. The Baroda all-rounder wanted to take a single off pacer Kagiso Rabada with a tap to mid-on but Kohli refused and the former ran back only to see a direct throw from Vernon Philander catch him short of the crease.
Before the run out, Kohli completed his century with a tap to mid-wicket for a single off Lungisani Ngidi to get to his three-figure mark before running back after an overthrow.
Kohli continued from where he left on Sunday’s unbeaten knock of 85. He stamped his authority over the Proteas bowlers and kept on punishing the bad balls.
Ashwin played a stroke-filled knock of 38 in 54 balls. He supported Kohli perfectly at the other end to put pressure on the opponents.
Just when things seemed good in the middle for India, Ashwin was dismissed through a poor shot selection off Philander, edging it to Faf du Plesis at the second slip. At this moment, India were 280/6, still 55 runs behind South Africa’s first innings of 335.
Mohammad Shami (1) then came in the middle and survived only seven deliveries. He failed to fend off a rising delivery from Morne Morkel, managing only an edge to Hashim Amla at first slip.
Morkel made Ishant Sharma (3) his third victim. He threw down a barrage of bouncers. One of the bouncers forced Ishant to meet the ball with his bat. And the ball went straight at Aiden Markram at short-leg.
Kohli, while trying to pace up the innings at his end, was then caught by de Villiers at long-on off Morkel to end the Indian innings.
The hosts began their second innings on a disastrous fashion. With only three runs on the board, pacer Jasprit Bumrah pegged back South Africa with two quick wickets of in-form Aiden Markram (1) and experienced batsman Hashim Amla (1). Both Proteas batsmen were adjudged leg before wicket.
Afterwards, Elgar and de Villiers resurrected the innings. Elgar survived some nervy moments with outside edges and inside edges not going to the Indian fielders.
Rain interrupted play for an hour. And when the match resumed, luck continued to favour Elgar. At his personal score of 29, the left-hander edged a delivery from Bumrah. But wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel let it go, thinking it was first slip fielder Cheteshwar Pujara’s catch.
At the other end, de Villiers played a dominating knock. A batsman of high pedigree, de Villiers struck six fours as he had answers to whatever Ishant, Bumrah and Ashwin bowled at him.
Later, due to bad light, umpires decided to suspend the match for a while before taking the final call of ending the day’s play. (With IANS inputs)