India are at a huge spot of bother at the end of the fourth day in Centurion as the visitors still require 252 runs with just 7 wickets on hand on the final day.
India 307 and 35 for 3 (Pujara 11*, Ngidi 2-14) need another 252 runs to beat South Africa 335 and 258 (de Villiers 80, Elgar 61, Shami 4-49, Bumrah 3-70).
Setting the Scene:
South Africa were 90 for 2 yesterday and needed to extend their lead significantly to put India again on the back foot. Dean Elgar and AB de Villiers were on the crease while the latter already on a well compiled half century.
India started off not in best way as the duo kept on adding to their yesterday total. It took Mohammed Shami to get de Villiers as the batsman knicked one behind, only to be caught by Parthiv Patel. Shami came back hard in that spell and his magnificent bowling rattled the Proteas a bit, as both Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock were victims of the pacer. His line and length troubled the batsmen but Faf du Plessis then steered their ship as he along with Vernon Philander saved any further damage, as they built a good 46 run partnership to take the Proteas lead over 230. In the end the South African innings was curtailed for 258 and Shami finished off with 4 wickets.
Shami knocked South Africa in the 2nd innings
India were set a difficult target of 286 with some 110 overs of the test match to play. It was bound to be difficult as the pitch in the SuperSport Park has been somewhat helping the seamers as well.
India started off in their familiar disappointing way as both the openers went early. Vijay and Rahul didn’t look comfortable at all in front of the South African pacers and could only manage 9 and 4 respectively.
Cheteshwar Pujara is the only hope India have
The debutant Lungi Ngidi also got the prize wicket of Indian skipper Virat Kohli as he struck him in front. At the end of the day, it is Pujara and Parthiv Patel at the crease and it promises to be an intriguing final day of the test match tomorrow. India will have to battle very hard to salvage something from the match as it seems.