LIVE UPDATE | INDIA VS SOUTH AFRICA | 4th TEST
FEROZESHAH KOTLA, NEW DELHI
- STUMPS! South Africa have deadbatted 72 overs for 72 runs for the loss of their openers. It's been a terrific display of patience and determination by South African batsmen today. They have blocked all the day long and never looked tired. Indian bowlers have bowled everything at them but only managed to get Dean Elgar (4) and Temba Bavuma (34). A lot of credit goes to Hashim Amla who has waged a blockathon again India and played 207 balls to score just 23 runs. AB de Villiers also played his part blocking 91 balls for just 11 runs. For India, Ravichandran Ashwin got two wickets that fell today.
- WICKET! Finally a wicket. Ravichandran Ashwin gets Temba Bavuma. Superb bowling by Ashwin but the celebration was muted. Lovely flight outside off stump, drifts into the right-hander and then straightens past the outside edge of Bavuma's back-foot defence. South Africa 49/2, trail by 432 runs.
- TEA! South Africa is playing with no intention of scoring runs. In the 34 overs bowled by Indian in the post-lunch session, they scored just 35 runs. Hashim Amla has scored just 6 runs from 113 balls so far. Temba Bavuma is slightly better with 30 off 104 balls. They are testing patience of Indian bowlers. They are doing what they need to do to save this match. India is also expected to do their bit and get them out. South Africa are 40 for 1 from 39 overs. India lead by 441 runs.
- South Africa is in no mood to win the Test. All they want is to draw this match. In the 14 overs post lunch, they have scored only 15 runs.
- LUNCH! India have a strong grip on the match. They scored quickly this morning, Rahane got his hundred to set up a target of 481, and then Ashwin dismissed Elgar in the 20 minutes South Africa batted before lunch. Now the question is: Will this Test end today? Chances are fair, unless Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers put up a brave front. South Africa 5 for 1, need another 476 runs to win this match.
- WICKET! Ravichandran Ashwin gets India first wicket. South African opener Dean Elgar is caught at slip. Elgar stays in his crease, and drives forward at a flighted ball that drifts into him from around the wicket, pitches on middle and spins away sharply from the left-hander. Dean Elgar c Rahane b Ashwin 4 (17b 1x4 0x6). South Africa 5 for 1.
- The final lap of South Africa's tour of India has begun. 481 is the 5th highest target set by India in Tests.
- The Indians have taken the field. Elgar and Bavuma to open. Ishant with the new ball.
- And with Ajinkya Rahane's century, India declare their innings for 267 for 5, setting South Africa a 481-run target.
- HUNDRED! That's century for Ajinkya Rahane -- second in this Test. It's his 6th Test century. He has become fifth Indian batsman to get century in both innings of a Test match, joins the elite company of Vijay Hazare, Sunil Gavaskar, Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli.
- SIX! Ajinkya Rahane is on fire. Hits Dean Elgar for the maximum. This time he steps out of his crease, gets to the pitch of the ball and sends the ball over the deep mid-wicket boundary. Rahane is now at 93.
- SIX! Ajinkya Rahane gets down on one knee, winds up and blasts the full ball powerfully over mid-wicket, it was a googly so he was hitting with the turn. It takes Rahane to 87. India 237 for 5.
- WICKET! Virat Kohli was unlucky here. He missed century by 12 runs. It was bowled full and kept very low. Virat had no chance in the world to avoid it from hitting his pads. He'll have to wait another day for his 3000th Test run. It was a wonderful innings considering the circumstances. Virat Kohli lbw b Abbott 88 (165b 10x4 0x6). India 211 for 5 in 85.4 overs.
- It's game time. Ajinkya Rahane, who is on 52, to face Kyle Abbott first up. Virat Kohli is on 83. India has a lead of 403 runs.
- Good morning everyone... Welcome to Day 3 of this fourth and final Test between India and South Africa. Yesterday we saw the two teams play the good old-fashioned cricket. It was like we were visiting 1990s once again. Accurate pace and spin bowling on a challenging pitch. Patient, determined, watchful and confident batting that showed there weren't any ghosts in the pitch. Only 190 runs were scored and four wickets taken, but there were no boring moments.