India vs South Africa Highlights, 1st Test, Day 4: South Africa 11/1 at stumps in chase of 395


Demolition man Rohit Sharma scored his second ton of the match as India set a 395-run target against South Africa on Day 4 of the Vizag Test. Ravindra Jadeja then provided an early breakthrough, removing Dean Elgar for 2 as Proteas were at 11/1 at stumps. After taking a 71-run lead, Rohit and Cheteshwar Pujara batted beautifully in the first and second session after Mayank Agarwal’s early departure. Rohit continued his fine form as he slammed his second ton of the match, becoming the only batsman to score two hundreds in the debut Test as opener. Pujara (81) also played a good hand as the duo added 169 runs. Chasing quick runs in the final session, Ravindra Jadeja — who was promoted to No.4 — slammed a quick-fire 40. Virat Kohli (31*) and Ajinkya Rahane (27*) also added crucial runs towards the end. Aiden Markram and Theunis de Bruyn were unbeaten at the crease when bad light forced umpires to end the proceedings on Day 4.

Stumps, Day 4: South Africa 11/1 in chase of 395

Aiden Markram 3*

Theunis de Bruyn 5*
Ravindra Jadeja 1/3

And, bad light forces umpires to call it a day. South Africa end Day 4 at 11/1 in chase of 395. Ravindra Jadeja gets the crucial wicket of Dean Elgar. Aiden Markram and Theunis de Bruyn remain unbeaten at stumps.

End of 8th over: After two consecutive maidens South Africa score a couple of runs in Ravindra Jadeja’s last over. Both Aiden Markram and Theunis de Bruyn are now only looking to negotiate the remaining overs. SA 11/1

3.3 overs: LBW review from India! Original decision from the umpire is not out. After a long discussion, Virat Kohli takes the review. Ravindra Jadeja traps Dean Elgar in front. But the only question is where did the ball pitch. And it’s in line, the hawkeye confirms. The ball was always hitting the stumps. Centurion in the first inning, Elgar disappoints in the second. He walks back after scoring just 2 runs. SA 4/1

End of 1st over: Dean Elgar gets off the mark as well on the final ball of Ashwin’s over. Both the South African openers are off the mark. Ravindra Jadeja will share the new ball with Ashwin from the other end. SA 2/0

0.1 overs: Aiden Markram and South Africa are off the mark straightaway. Tucks Ashwin’s ball on the leg side to complete an easy single. SA 1/0

Aiden Markram and Dean Elgar are out in the middle to start the run chase for South Africa. Ravichandran Ashwin has the new ball in hand. A slip, a leg gully and a forward short leg for him. Here we go!

Innings break!

India declare at 323/4 in the second innings. Set a 395-run target for South Africa

Rohit Sharma 127

Cheteshwar Pujara 81
Ravindra Jadeja 40

End of 67th over: Virat Kohli collects a boundary on the last ball of the over from Kagiso Rabada and India have declared their second innings at 323/4. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane are running back to the pavilion. The Indian bowlers will have a go at South Africa in the final session on Day 4.

65.2 overs: SIX! Inside-out from Ajinkya Rahane off Keshav Maharaj and the ball sails over the long-off fence. Rahane is in demolition mode at the moment. In the last 5.2 overs, India have scored 61 runs. Rahane has scored 25 of them off just 12 balls.

64.1 overs: FOUR! It’s raining boundaries at the moment for India in Vizag. After a 14-run over, Ajinkya Rahane gets a boundary first ball off Kagiso Rabada. Rahane has moved quickly onto 15 off just 6 balls. IND 304/3, lead by 375 runs.

62.5 overs: OUT! Kagios Rabada castles Ravindra Jadeja as he fails to connect with the ball. Looking for some quick runs, Jadeja goes for the wild hoick but misses the ball completely. Rabada has his first wicket in the second innings. Jadeja walks back after scoring a quick-fire 40.

61.4 overs: SIX! Wonderful hitting from Ravindra Jadeja from the other end as well. Gets his second six in the first four balls of Dane Piedt over. India lead crosses 350-run mark as well with the second strike. Jadeja has now moved to 38.

60.4 over: FOUR! A six followed by a four. This time Virat Kohli hits Keshav Maharaj through covers. The ball beats the deep fielder and goes to the fence. 13 runs already from the first four balls. IND 267/3

60.3 overs: SIX! Virat Kohli in smack-mode after drinks. Slog sweep from him off Keshav Maharaj and the ball goes over the deep fence.

Drinks Break!
End of 60th over: A tight over from Dane Piedt comes to an end as drinks come on to the field. Both Ravindra Jadeja and Virat Kohli will now look to get as many runs as possible after the break. With eight wickets in hand, a brisk Kohli-innings can be expected in next hour. IND 254/3

End of 59th over: FOUR! Now skipper Virat Kohli gets going. Gets his first boundary as he produces an excellent cover drive off Keshav Maharaj. Mis-field from the cover fielder and the ball races to the fence. 250 comes up for India as well!

56.5 overs: OUT! A terrific knock from Rohit Sharma finally comes to an end on 127. Keshav Maharaj beats him in flight as Rohit misses the ball completely in an attempt to go over the top . Quinton de Kock does the rest behind the stumps. Second time Rohit gets out stumped in the match. IND 239/3, lead by 310 runs.

55.5 overs: SIX! SIX! SIX! Rohit Sharma in sixth gear now. Hat-trick of sixes from the hitman. 20 runs from Dane Piedt over as India lead crosses 300. IND 234/2, lead by 305 runs

End of 56th over: Ravindra Jadeja survives a lbw review on the very next ball. Vernon Philandertraps Jadeja in front bu umpire rules not out. South Africa take the review but ball tracking shows that the ball was missin the stumps. Jadeja survives. IND 204/2

100 for Rohit Sharma!
What a Test match Rohit is having in Vizag. 176 in the first innings followed by another ton in the second. A total of 276 runs so far in the match for him. Scores his fifth ton in Tests, second as opener. Becomes first batsman to score two hundreds on debut as opener

51.5 overs: SIX! Ravindra Jadeja promotedto No.4 to up the scoring rate and he starts to deliver straightaway. Opens his scoring with a big slog sweep off Muthusamy.

End of 51st over: OUT! Wicket on the final ball of the over for Vernon Philander. Traps Cheteshwar Pujara plum in front of the stumps. Pujara takes a desperate review but the original decision stays. Pujara falls after scoring an excellent 81. IND 190/2

49.1 overs: FOUR! Poor start from Dane Piedt and he pitches one in really short. Rohit Sharma had all the time in the world. Slaps him in the deep to collect his first boundary after tea. IND 180/1

End of first over from Vernon Philander after tea. Just a single from it. Dane Piedt will share the ball with Philander from the other end. IND 176/1

Welcome back!
Both Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara are back in the middle to start the final session of the day for India. Vernon Philander has the ball in his hands. A slip in place for him.

Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara stitched a terrific 154-run partnership as India stretched their lead to 246 against South Africa in the second session on Day 4 of the Vizag Test. India were 175/1 with Rohit and Pujara unbeaten on 84 and 75 respectively when umpires decided to go for the tea break. Resuming the post lunch session 35/1, the duo put their foot on the accelerator, scoring at a brisk pace. Rohit looked sublime as he struck the ball cleanly all around to get to his 11th fifty in Tests. Pujara, on the other hand, had luck by his side as he got a couple of reprieves on way to his 21st fifty. For South Africa, it was a disappointing session as they remained wicketless and leaked runs.

Tea, Day 4: India 175/1, lead by 246 runs
Rohit Sharma 84*

Cheteshwar Pujara 75*

End of 48th over and umpires have decided to take the tea break. Both Pujara and Rohit have put India in a strong position. Both go into the dressing room unbeaten.

45.4 overs: FOUR! FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries for Rohit Sharma. Outstanding cricket from the new India opener. What a match he is having. He moves into the 80’s with the two fours off Keshav Maharaj. IND 166/1

43.3 overs: FOUR! Keshav Maharaj drifts on the pads. A fine touch from Cheteshwar Pujara and the ball races to the fence. Pujara has been quite impressive in the post lunch session. 150 also comes up for India with that boundary. IND 153/1, lead by 224 runs.

40.4 overs: Cheteshwar Pujara gets lucky twice in an over! Kagiso Rabada gets the outside edge for the second time in the same over but there is no one at first slip. Full stretch dive from Quinton de Kock once again but cannot get there. Rabada has hands on his knees. Pujara collect boundaries on both the occasions. IND 138/1

End of 40th over: Pujara takes three on the final ball of Senuran Muthusamy’s over as India stretch their lead past 200. IND 130/1

50 for Cheteshwar Pujara!
An excellent knock from him after a series of low scores. Gets to his 21st Test fifty off 106 balls. After a sluggish start Pujara has stepped the foot on the gas. Post lunch, Pujara has been aggressive. Nine fours and a six for him so far. IND 120/1 after 38.3 overs, lead by 191 runs.

Meanwhile! A milestone for Rohit Sharma.

Drinks break!
End of 38th over: Tidy over from Keshav Maharaj as drinks come on the field. India stretch their lead to 187 as Cheteshwar Pujara (49*) and Rohit Sharma (59*) get going.

33.5 overs: SIX! You don’t see this often. Excellent shot from Cheteshewar Pujara. Short-pitched delivery from Dane Piedt and Pujara rocks onto the back-foot and smacks the ball in the deep to collect his first six of the match. Pujara moves into the 40’s with that monstrous hit. IND 109/1

100 up for India in the second innings!
32.5 overs: Cheteshwar Pujara cuts Kagiso Rabada’s delivery in style behind backward point and the ball races to the fence.

31.4 overs: Rohit Sharma gets a reprieve as Senuran Muthusamy just touches the boundary cushion at long on while completing the catch. Does well to get there but hits the cushion wit his left boot in the first attempt before completing the catch in the second. SIX is given eventually as Dane Piedt finds himself unlucky. Rohit will continue to entertain the crowd. IND 98/1

28.4 overs: FOUR! Cheteshwar Pujara now ups the ante with third boundary in the over from Keshav Maharaj. There was definitely a message to accelerate during the drinks break as Pujara too puts paddle on the gas. He has now moved onto 24. IND 82/1

50 for Rohit Sharma! His 11th in Tests. What a match he is having. After smacking 176 in the first innings, he backs it up with a brisk fifty. What a debut as a Test opener he is having. India stretch their to 145. IND 74/1

50-run partnership comes up between Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara!
Pujara collects a boundary in the deep square leg region off Dane Piedt as the duo have now added 52 runs for the second wicket

End of 24th over: Excellent first over from Keshav Maharaj after the drinks break. Just a single off it. Dane Piedt to continue from the other end. IND 64/1

Drinks Break!
End of 26th over and it’s time for drinks break. Rohit looking excellent at the crease with 47 off 64. Pujara, on the other hand has taken his time to get to 8 off 61 balls. IND 63/1, lead by 134 runs

21.4 overs: Dropped! Cheteshwar Pujara gets lucky as Quinton de Kock drops him off Dane Piedt. Big outside edge and the ball deflects too much. De Kock fails to hold on.

50 up for India in the second innings!
Collects another boundary off Dane Piedt, this time towards the fine leg region as India cross 50 in the second innings. IND 52/1 after 19.3 overs, lead South Africa by 123 runs.

19.2 overs: SIX! From the moment it left the bat. Rohit Sharma dances down the track and launches Dane Piedt’s delivery over long off for a six. IND 48/1

17.1 overs: Rohit Sharma gets going after lunch. A couple past gully off Dane Piedt as he moves into the 30’s. India lead now 113. IND 42/1

14.5 overs: Signs of aggression straightaway after lunch from Rohit Sharma. Steps out against Vernon Philander and goes for the big hit. Mistimes but the ball lands safely. Picks up a couple of runs. India and Rohit get underway in the second session. IND 37/1

Welcome back, Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara are out in the middle to resume India second innings after lunch on Day 4. Vernon Philander will start for South Africa. IND 35/1

Ravichandran Ashwin picked 7/145 as India bundled out South Africa for 431 in their first innings, one hour into the morning session on Day 4 in Vizag. Resuming on 385/8, the tailenders added crucial 46 runs, helping South Africa reduce their deficit to 76. India were 35/1 at lunch, losing their first-innings double centurion Mayank Agarwal cheaply for 7. Beginning the day, Ashwin claimed his sixth wicket in the form of Keshav Maharaj. But then, Senuran Muthusamy and Kagiso Rabada added 35 runs for the last wicket to frustrate India. Ashwin eventually got rid off Rabada, ending South Africa’s fight in the first innings. Cheteshwar Pujara (2*) and Rohit Sharma (25*) were unbeaten at the crease at lunch as India took their overall lead to 106.

Lunch, Day 4: India 35/1, lead by 106 runs

Rohit Sharma 25*

Cheteshwar Pujara 2*
Keshav Maharaj

And Cheteshwar Pujara finally gets off the mark on the final over of the morning session. Takes a couple as India end on 35/1 at lunch , taking their lead to 106.

End of 13th over: Tight over from Kagiso Rabada comes to an end. A maiden! Keshav Maharaj to bowl the next over that will probably be the final before lunch. IND 32/1

End of 12th over: SIX! Rohit Sharma looking quite comfortable against Keshav Maharaj. Once again he clubs him through the deep mid-wicket region to collect six runs. India stretch their lead to 103!

End of 8th over: OUT! Wicket on the final ball of the over for Keshav Maharaj. Gets rids of double centurion Mayank Agarwal with a classical left-arm spinner’s delivery. The ball moves away after pitching, taking outside edge of Mayank’s bat on the way. Skipper Faf du Plessis takes a good catch at first slip. Mayank walks back for 7. IND 21/1

End of 6th over: SIX! Rohit Sharma gets one in the slot and he launches it over deep square leg. Gets to the pitch of the ball from Keshav Maharaj and sweeps for a six. First maximum for Rohit and India in the second innings. IND 14/0

5.3 overs: Mayank Agarwal finally gets off the mark after 19 deliveries. Hits the ball through covers to take a comfortable single. Mayank looking cautious at the moment.

End of 3rd over: End of another good over from Vernon Philander as he continues to test India openers with a good line and length. Second maiden for him. IND 4/0

End of 2nd over: FOUR! Rohit Sharma continues from where he left of in the the first innings. India and Rohit get off the mark with a boundary. Short from Keshav Maharaj and Rohit smacks it through mid wicket to collect four runs. Boundary to end the over. IND 4/0

End of 1st over: Tidy first over from Vernon Philander. A maiden! Keshav Maharaj to share the new ball with him from the other end. IND 0/0

Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma are are out in the middle to start the second innings for India. Vernon Philander has the new ball in hand. A slip and a gully for him.

Innings break!

South Africa 431 all out. India lead by 71 runs

Dean Elgar 160

Quniton de Kock 111
Ravichandran Ashwin 7/145

Another LBW review from India as original decision from umpire is not out. It’s Ashwin and Kaiso Rabada again. But this time the result is in Ashwin’s favour. Ball tracking shows that the ball hitting the middle stump. Umpire reverses his decision and South Africa are all out in their first innings. Ashwin shines for India, finishing with figures of 7/145.

End of 131st over: FOUR! Senuran Muthusamy collects a boundary on the last ball of Ishant Sharma’s over. A perfect on drive and it beats the mid-on fielder. SA 431/9, trail by another 71

128.5 overs: FOUR! FOUR! Consecutive boundaries for Kagiso Rabada off Ravi Ashwin. Gets two fours on either sides in front of the wicket behind the bowler. Both Rabada and Muthusamy getting some crucial runs here for South Africa. Rabada has quickly moved on to 14 off 13 balls. South Africa now trail by just 76 runs.

128.1 overs: LBW review from India as original decision from umpire is not out. Ashwin traps Kagiso Rabada in front but is not sure on the height. Virat Kohli goes for the review. Ball tracking shows that the ball was just clipping the top of leg. It’s umpires call and Rabada remains not out.

126.4 overs: FOUR! Slightly over-pitched from Ashwin and Senuran Muthusamy drives him through covers to collect four runs. Muthusamy is playing a good hand here on debut. He has already scored 25 off 89 balls and has brought South Africa’s deficit under 100. SA 409/9

Four and 400 up for South Africa!
Senuran Muthusamy and Kagiso Rabada take South Africa past 400 in the first innings. The Proteas now trail by 100 runs.

Change in bowling for India! Ishant Sharma comes in to replace Mohammed Shami.

123.4 overs: OUT! Ashwin strikes for India early on Day 4. Sixth wicket for him. Keshav Maharaj goes for a hoick on the leg side but mistimes. Mayank Agarwal completes a simple catch running in from long on. Maharaj walks back for 9. South Africa 9 down. SA 396/9

End of 123rd over: Another excellent over from Mohammed Shami comes to an end. He is looking in good rhythm on Day 4 morning. Hitting good areas. But India need to get that breakthrough. SA 395/8

120.1 overs: FOUR! First boundary of the day for South Africa as Keshav Maharaj guides Mohammed Shami’s delivery through the gully region to collect four runs. SA 391/8, trail by another 111 runs.

119.2 overs: First runs on the board for South Africa on Day 4. On the pads from Ashwin and Senuran Muthusamy places the ball wide of short leg fielder to take a single.

End of 119th over: Cracking first over from Mohammed Shami. A maiden! Almost had Keshav Maharaj in that over. Ravichandran Ashwin will share the ball with Shami from the other end. A slip, a gully and a forward short leg for him. SA 385/8

118.1 overs: Excellent start from Mohammed Shami. A jaffa first up! Cuts Keshav Maharaj in half as the ball goes past between bat and pad and just over the middle stump. SA 385/8

Senuran Muthusamy (12*) and Keshav Maharaj (3*) resume South Africa innings on Day 4. Mohammed Shami has the ball in hand. A wide first slip and gully for him. Here we go!

Pitch report, Day 4: “We will have a lot more wickets today as the cracks have opened up. There are a few spots which will cause the batsmen some worry, what you should try to do is to get the batsman committed on the front foot. You gotta mix the lengths on this surface and getting the batsman to try and drive is what the spinners should look to do. India might be looking to post South Africa a target of 300,” said Sunil Gavaskar and Murali Kartik.

9:15 am: Team India is all set and so are the Proteas for the crucial Day 4!

9:10 am Hello and welcome to’s live coverage of the first Test between India and South Africa, and it’s day four of the game in Visakhapatnam.

On Friday, Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock hit centuries to help South Africa fight back, as the tourists reached 385/eight in response to India’s first-innings total of 502/7 declared.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock made 111 and put on a key 164-run stand with Elgar, who scored 160, to thwart the Indian bowling attack.
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, though, kept chipping away to claim his 27th five-wicket haul (5/128) and first since August 2017 in 66 Tests.
At stumps, the Proteas trailed India by 117 runs, with debutant Senuran Muthusamy (12*) and Keshav Maharaj (3*), at the crease.

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