Centurion Test : South Africa set India 287 runs target

South Africa's Aiden Markram is caught behind by India's Parthiv Patel for 94. Over by over in that attritional session, India were bowling themselves out of the Test, a Test that was their best chance of winning in South Africa because of the subcontinental conditions they had been offered. Cramped for space, all De Villiers could do was find an outside edge through to Parthiv Patel behind the stumps.

"Virat´s innings was very crucial for us".

India vs South Africa, Live Cricket Score, 2nd Test Day 4: AB de Villiers struck fifty in the second innings.

Kohli is on course to go past most of Tendulkar's records.

Ashwin, who kept getting the ball to dip into awkward areas and turn sharply, continued to search for his first second-innings wicket; he almost had one in the over after Elgar's dismissal.

Murali Vijay (nine) was the first batsman to fall, bowled by Kagiso Rabada from another ball that kept low. However, he was trapped in front for just five with the one that came back in from debutant Lungi Ngidi. The Indian captain reviewed, more out of hope than anything else, but had to go on his way.

1300 hrs IST: Hello and Good Afternoon for our continued live coverage of the 2nd Test between India and South Africa. On the eve of the match, Faf du Plessis was said to be unhappy. And yet, he stayed, he gutsed it out, he forgot about the previous ball if the next one was a loose one that needed to be put away. On a pitch that is not offering much to the seamers, de Villiers and Elgar will look to increase South Africa's lead quickly to set a solid target for India and give their bowlers enough to defend. Then, Shami dropped one short to Elgar, who had pulled a similar ball to the boundary at the start of his spell, but this time he hit it in the air and within range of KL Rahul patrolling the square-leg boundary. Two overs after that, de Kock was caught behind for 12.

The Proteas wicketkeeper, not moving his feet at all, edged the first three balls of that over for four through the slips.

With the ball keeping low and the odd ball shooting up, it's not going to be easy for India negotiating a four-pronged home pace attack that's not just relentlessly aggressive but hostile as well. South Africa were bowled out for 258 runs in 91.3 overs setting a target of 277 runs for India.

Maharaj couldn't contribute, snared early by an Ishant lifter outside off, but Rabada hung around for a valuable half hour as du Plessis added the runs.

India's rally came after an excellent spell of seam bowling from Shami whose figures were 3-38.

India still have capable batsmen like Rohit Sharma‚ Hardik Pandya‚ Ravichandran Ashwin and the rest of the tail made up of Mohammed Shami‚ Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah‚ but it is unlikely that they will be able to mount a fight back on the last day.

  • Julie Sanders