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India vs South Africa, 2nd Test, Day 4, Highlights: IND in trouble at Centurion

India were 35/3 at stumps on the penultimate day of the second Test against South Africa at Centurion. The visitors need 252 more runs to level the three-match series. Follow highlights of IND vs SA, 2nd Test at Centurion here

cricket Updated: Jan 16, 2018 21:58 IST
Sidharth Gulati
Sidharth Gulati
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Lungi Ngidi celebrates the wicket of Virat Kohli on Day 4 of the second Test between South Africa and India at Centurion. Follow highlights of India vs South Africa, second Test, Day 4.
Lungi Ngidi celebrates the wicket of Virat Kohli on Day 4 of the second Test between South Africa and India at Centurion. Follow highlights of India vs South Africa, second Test, Day 4.(BCCI )

Chasing 287, India lost three quick wickets to close the penultimate day of their second Test against South Africa at 35/3 on Tuesday. The visitors lost openers Murali Vijay, KL Rahul and captain Virat Kohli to the South African pace battery before they could even settle down. Cheteshwar Pujara (11) and Parthiv Patel (5) were at the crease when umpires called stumps. For South Africa, Lungi Ngidi scalped two wickets while Kagiso Rabada took one wicket. Get highlights of India vs South Africa , day 4 here. (SCORECARD)

9:45 PM IST: That’s it. Thank you for joining us. Until next time, it’s goodbye. Cheers!

9:31 PM IST: And that’s stumps. India need a big innings from someone to make it 1-1. On the other hand, South Africa need seven good balls to seal yet another series win at home.

9:16 PM IST: Excellent show from South Africa. Their bowlers have been on the money right from the word go.

9:05 PM IST: India need a miracle here. A lot of questions would be raised after this game.

8:56 PM IST: OUT! Lungi Ngidi, you beauty! Gets the wicket of Kohli. This is a big blow for the visitors. Good length ball from the South African, nipped in and kept low and the India captain was caught in front. Parthiv Patel is the next man in.

8:51 PM IST: FOUR! Fuller delivery from Ngidi, on Pujara’s pads, the India No. 3 helps it to fine leg boundary.

8:46 PM IST: Ngidi has been very accurate so far, has asked a few questions to Kohli. India are 21/2

8:38 PM IST: With Pujara and Rohit not in good form, Kohli is India’s last hope. Morne Morkel comes into the attack.

8:33 PM IST: WICKET! Short and wide from Ngidi and Rahul steers it straight to the point fielder (Maharaj). Virat Kohli, who scored 153 in the first innings, comes to the crease. Can he guide India to a record-breaking win?

8:26 PM IST: Rahul needs to play a counter-attacking innings like de Villiers or else South Africa will not find it difficult to take wickets. Philander & Co’s plan is simple. Bowl wicket to wicket. Play them play.

8:20 PM IST: Meanwhile, tennis superstar Roger Federer has received double nomination as an impressive collection of the greatest men, women and teams in sport were today selected for the 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards to be held on February 27. Read full story here

8:15 PM IST: WICKET! Just what South Africa would’ve wanted at this stage. Kagiso Rabada gets Murali Vijay for nine. Cheteshwar Pujara is in at No. 3.

8:11 PM IST: Aiden Markram has a mild left quadricep strain. He won’t take the field today and tomorrow.

8:07 PM IST: More than Philander and Rabada, it’ll be exciting to see how Morkel bowls. He took a four-wicket haul in the first innings.

8:02 PM IST: Steady start from India. Both openers are leaving well. Patience is the key here. Rabada to continue.

7:56 PM IST: FOUR! Back of a length delivery from Rabada, outside off, Vijay times it well in front of point region for his first boundary of the day.

7:53 PM IST: That’s big. And congratulations to Afghanistan team who’ll make their Test debut.

7:45 PM IST: Good start from Philander. No margin for error. India are 1/0 after the first over. Kagiso Rabada comes into the attack.

7:40 PM IST: Welcome back! Murali Vijay and KL Rahul to open. Vernon Philander to open the attack.

7:29 PM IST: OUT! And that’s it. South Africa have been bowled out for 258. Ashwin took the final wicket of Ngidi. India need 287 to make it 1-1. Join us in 10 minutes for their chase.

7:27 PM IST: FOUR! Length ball from Bumrah, Morkel makes room and smacks it past the mid on fielder. South Africa are 258/9, leading by 186.

7:21 PM IST: First runs of the innings for Morkel. Tucks one to short fine leg for a double.

7:16 PM IST: WICKET! Bumrah strikes for the first time in the day, removes du Plessis for 48. Third wicket for him. Lungi Ngidi comes to the crease. The fifth day is going to be very interesting.

7:08 PM IST: OUT! And Shami strikes again, fourth wicket for him. Gets Kagiso Rabada for four. Morne Morkel is the next man in. South Africa lead by 273.

7:01 PM IST: Meanwhile, former India coach Gary Kirsten took a nasty blow to his face when he was struck by a ball hit by Hobart Hurricanes batsman D’Arcy Short during a net session for the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL) season. Read full story here

6:54 PM IST: Five runs off Shami’s over. South Africa are 235/7, leading by 263. Jasprit Bumrah comes back into the attack.

6:50 PM IST: R Ashwin starts off proceedings in the final session with a maiden over.

6:25 PM IST: And that’s the end of the second session. South Africa are ahead by 258 runs. That’s too good a lead. Faf du Plessis has reached 3000 runs in Test cricket and is also nearing a half-century. We’ll be back in a few minutes time.

6:14 PM IST: Second new ball will be available after one over. South Africa’s lead has gone past 250. du Plessis 32*, Rabada 0*

6:07 PM IST: Meanwhile, Melbourne Stars’ faint hopes of making the Big Bash League play-offs were ended on Tuesday as Nic Maddinson and Nathan Lyon helped fellow strugglers Sydney Sixers to an emphatic eight-wicket victory at the MCG. Read full report here

6:00 PM IST: WICKET! And Ishant Sharma has struck again. Keshav Maharaj departs. Once again, extra bounce does the trick. South Africa are 215/7, leading by 243. Kagiso Rabada is in at No. 9.

5:55 PM IST: FOUR! Poor delivery from Ishant. Juicy full-toss, down leg, Maharaj tucks it to fine leg for a boundary.

5:51 PM IST: This is the opening India needed. They must try to get the remaining four wickets as early as possible. With a lead of 239, South Africa are still favourites but if they lose quick wickets, the bowlers might feel some pressure.

5:44 PM IST: WICKET! And India finally get a breakthrough. Ishant Sharma gets rid of Vernon Philander. The South African pulled one to square leg but didn’t get the timing and Murali Vijay did the rest. Keshav Maharaj is the next man in.

5:37 PM IST: India are trying their best but du Plessis and Philander have been very good. The pitch will become more difficult to bat heading into the final day. South Africa’s current lead is 237.

5.29 PM IST: Good length from Pandya, but nothing comes off it as far as India are concerned. The hosts are 208/5.

5.23 PM IST: South Africa add one run from Ishant Sharma’s over. They are 206/5 and have a lead of 234 runs now.

5:17 PM IST: Meanwhile, Ben Stokes has said he will welcome the opportunity to clear his name in court after the England all-rounder was charged with affray over an incident outside a Bristol nightclub. Read full story here

5:11 PM IST: Will three sessions be enough to bowl India out? Get a feeling du Plessis might think of declaring an hour before stumps. South Africa are 204/5, leading by 232.

5:05 PM IST: Pandya is bowling really well. Both du Plessis and Philander have been cautious against him.

5:00 PM IST: Thirty-seven overs have been bowled in the day so far. The hosts have scored a total of 110 runs and three wickets have fallen, all taken by Shami.

4:54 PM IST: This is what Sarfraz Ahmed had to say after Pakistan’s four straight defeat at the hands of New Zealand.

4:51 PM IST: Twenty-five runs have been scored in nine overs since lunch. South Africa are 198/5, leading by 226 runs.

4:45 PM IST: Pandya starts well. Only one run off his first over. Ishant Sharma now.

4:40 PM IST: FOUR! Poor delivery from Bumrah, straying down leg and Philander just helps it to fine leg boundary. South Africa are 195/5, leading by 223. Hardik Pandya comes into the attack.

4:36 PM IST: His father’s death in 2012 put his family under dire financial distress, forcing Jasvant Kumar, who hails from Rajasthan, to leave the world of sports. The 28-year-old fully blind para-athlete has made a triumphant return to the arena this year, winning gold in the National Games for the Blind. An interesting read!

4:30 PM IST: Have to say Bumrah has performed well in his first two Tests. He has been playing non-stop cricket (ODIs and T20s) since January 2016 and his transition to the longer format has come at the right time. He’ll be a key player once India travel to England, Australia and New Zealand.

4:24 PM IST: FOUR! Overpitched delivery from Ashwin and Philander drives it through cover for his first boundary of the innings. Kohli needs to go with pacers from both ends.

4:22 PM IST: Single off the last ball for Philander. He moves to seven. South Africa are 180/5, leading by 208 runs.

4:18 PM IST: Steady progress from South Africa after de Kock’s dismissal. Another 50-60 odd runs would put the visitors under a lot of pressure.

4:15 PM IST: Two runs off the over. A single each for Philander and du Plessis. The highest fourth innings score at Centurion is 251.

4:10 PM IST: Welcome back! Philander to take strike. Bumrah to resume the proceedings.

3:50 PM IST: There is variable bounce, plenty of turn and the pitch is still on the slow side. Would take some chase.

3:30 PM IST: And that’s lunch. Both teams grab honours but still, South Africa are slightly ahead. Join us in 40 minutes for the second session.

3:23 PM IST: Meanwhile, gymnast Simone Biles has revealed she was sexually abused by disgraced former USA team doctor Larry Nassar, who was last month jailed for 60 years on child porn charges. Read full story here

3:18 PM IST: And South Africa’s lead has crossed 200. Around 12 minutes to go for lunch.

3:14 PM IST: Only five runs have been scored in the last three overs. Ashwin continues to keep it tight. Get a feeling India would take 1-2 more wickets before the end of the session.

3:08 PM IST: This has been an excellent spell from Shami. Just what Kohli would’ve needed. India need to maintain pressure and get the remaining wickets as soon as possible.

3:03 PM IST: South Africa have lost three wickets in a space of 19 runs. Technically, they are 193/5.

2:59 PM IST: WICKET! Three boundaries in a row for de Kock and then Shami gets his revenge. All fours were towards third man. The India pacer wanted to set the South African up for an edge and he achieved what he wanted. After the third boundary, Kohli told Shami daalte reh, jayega ye (Keep bowling there, he’ll get out).

2:54 PM IST: Ashwin needs to strike here. The wicket is helping him a lot. He needs to do something different as the Proteas are playing him really well.

2:49 PM IST: OUT! Just what India needed at this stage. Shami strikes again, gets rid of Elgar this time. He departs for 61. Quinton de Kock comes to the crease.

2:43 PM IST: Slowly but steadily, South Africa are getting to a safe position. A lead of 250 on this pitch would be more than enough.

2:39 PM IST: FOUR! Tossed up from Ashwin and du Plessis sweeps it to fine leg boundary for his first boundary of the innings. South Africa are 150/3, leading by 178.

2:35 PM IST: STAT ATTACK - 138: The partnership between Elgar-de Villiers. It was the highest third-wicket stand for South Africa against India.

2:32 PM IST: Faf du Plessis is the next man in for the hosts. He scored a half-century in the first innings.

2:29 PM IST: WICKET! And extra bounce does the trick. Back of a length delivery from Shami, de Villiers looks to work it through cover but ends up edging it to Parthiv. Stupendous innings from the South African No. 4. He has done his job.

2:25 PM IST: Costly over from Shami, eight runs off it. South Africa are 141/2, leading by 169. Ashwin to continue.

2:23 PM IST: FOUR! Touch short from Shami and it’s enough for Elgar to pull it to backward square leg boundary.

2:19 PM IST: FOUR! Flighted delivery from Ishant, Elgar gets down on one knee and plays with the turn over mid off. It’s getting tougher for the visitors. They need three-four quick scalps. Mohammed Shami comes into the attack.

2:14 PM IST: FOUR! And that’s fifty for Dean Elgar, ninth in Tests. What a way to get to the landmark! Half-volley from Ishant and Elgar hits it well past the fielder at mid off.

2:12 PM IST: Match Timing Update - Play will go on till 9:00 pm IST. 98 overs to be bowled in the day.

2:10 PM IST: Here’s our report of Kohli’s fine. The India captain breached Article 2.1.1 of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game”.

2:08 PM IST: Three consecutive dots from Ishant after the boundary. South Africa are 116/2, leading by 144. R Ashwin comes into the attack. Can he a take a wicket or two here?

2:05 PM IST: FOUR! Typical ABD shot. Back of a length delivery from Ishant and the South African punches it past point. As good as it gets! Moves to 67.

2:04 PM IST: Meanwhile, Virat Kohli has been fined 25 per cent of his match fee for showing dissent during the ongoing Test. We’ll update you with the full report in a short while.

2:01 PM IST: Good over for South Africa, seven runs off it. They are 112/2, leading by 140. de Villiers 63*, Elgar 45*

1:58 PM IST: FOUR! Good length ball from Bumrah, Elgar gets an inside edge but it doesn’t carry to the first slip and goes past Kohli. The South African opener moves to 43.

1:52 PM IST: Hundred up for South Africa. Every run is crucial here. If de Villiers stays at the crease for another 2-3 hours, it’s all over for India.

1:49 PM IST: Meanwhile, New Zealand defeated Pakistan by five wickets in Hamilton to maintain their unbeaten run against the visitors. Kane Williamson’s men reached the target of 263 with four overs to spare as Colin de Grandhomme top scored with an unbeaten 74 off 40 balls.

1:46 PM IST: Tidy over from Ishant, only two runs off it. South Africa are 99/2, leading by 127. Not much help for pacers and SA played Ashwin brilliantly yesterday. Kohli’s real test begins.

1:41 PM IST: Two singles and a dot to finish the over. India need quick wickets here or else, anything above 220-230 would be tough to chase. South Africa are 97/2, leading by 125. Ishant to continue.

1:38 PM IST: FOUR! Good length delivery from Bumrah, outside off, de Villiers leans forward and caresses it in the gap between mid off and cover for the first boundary of the day.

1:36 PM IST: Jasprit Bumrah comes into the attack. He was India’s lone wicket-taker yesterday before rain played spoilsport.

1:35 PM IST: First runs of the day for de Villiers and South Africa. Length ball from Ishant and ‘Mr. 360’ worked it to square leg for a single. Ishant finishes the over with a dot. The Proteas are 91/2, leading by 119.

1:31 PM IST: The lanky pacer starts with a short of a length ball, just outside off and de Villiers chooses to leave it.

1:30 PM IST: Time for live action. AB de Villiers and Dean Elgar make their way out in the middle and so do the India players. Ishant Sharma to start the proceedings.

1:18 PM IST: Meanwhile, Colin de Grandhomme’s quickfire half-century has put New Zealand in the driver’s seat in Hamilton. The hosts need 36 off 48 to go 4-0 up.

1:11 PM IST: The forecast for today is bright and sunny. No rain (as of now).

1:09 PM IST: It rained heavily last night in Centurion but thankfully, we’ll have a scheduled start -- says our correspondent Somshuvra Laha.

1:03 PM IST: We are less than 30 minutes away from the start of play. The highest successful chase at Centurion is 251 for eight by England against South Africa in 2000.

12:52 PM IST: New Zealand are 154 for five wickets (35 overs), chasing Pakistan’s 262 for eight in the fourth ODI in Hamilton. Colin Munro has once again scored a brisk 50. The match is quite tantalisingly poised. Follow live scores.

12:49 PM IST: India have lost their first-choice Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha to injury. Parthiv Patel’s work in Centurion has not been top class. Dinesh Karthik has been called in as replacement for Saha.

12:44 PM IST: Meanwhile the Indian under-19 team blew away Papua New Guinea in a Cricket World Cup group match in New Zealand to enter the quarters. Skipper Prithvi Shaw once again played a stellar role with the bat after spinner Anukul Roy took five wickets for 14.

12:37 PM IST: Welcome to our live coverage of India vs South Africa, day 4 at Centurion. It’s a sunny and beautiful day in Pretoria. There is no threat of any rain at this stage. That should encourage the Indians who were not happy when the umpires stopped play due to bad light on Monday.

AB de Villiers’ 50 on Monday could not have come at a better time. South Africa were clearly panicky after Jasprit Bumrah struck twice in quick succession to reduce the home side to three for two wickets in the sixth over in the final session of play on Day 3. Hashim Amla was the big wicket for the rookie Test pacer as Bumrah bowled the right length and found movement to trap Amla and Aiden Markram LBW. Both batsmen scored a run each.

De Villiers and opener Dean Elgar laboured their way as India took the pressure off by some sloppy slip fielding. The unbeaten South Africans produced 87 runs for the third wicket and any addition to this stand will put pressure on the Indians who will bat last on a deteriorating pitch at Centurion.

To South Africa’s benefit, the day was cut short by showers and bad light. South Africa were 90-2 when the players were taken off 10 overs into the final session under dark skies, leading by 118 as they strive to wrap up the series with one match to play.