View Live Score / Upcoming / Results Schedule

South Africa vs India - 3rd Test

Series: India tour of South Africa, 2017-18
Venue: New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
Date: 24-28 January 2018

South Africa 177/10 (73.3 Ovs) CRR: 2.41 | India won by 63 runs

commentary

The Freedom Trophy has been handed over to du Plessis and his mates join him. They appear delighted and rightly so, having beaten the top ranked Test team in a series. It was a well-fought series and we got to witness some high quality cricket. In the end, there couldn't have been a better scoreline than 2-1 because both sides had their moments but the Proteas obviously prevailed in most of the crucial passages. This sets it up nicely for the limited-overs leg between the two teams that starts on 1st February. Should be more entertainment for sure. Hope you enjoyed all our coverage of this series. We certainly enjoyed bringing it to you. This is Hariprasad Sadanandan signing off on behalf of my mates Srivathsa, MS Ramakrishnan, Pratyush Sinha and our scorer Vinod. Cheers!

- This is the first instance of Indian pacers taking all 20 wickets in a Test.

- India have never lost a Test match at Johannesburg. 1992: Draw, 1997: Draw, 2006: Win, 2013: Draw, 2018: Win

Where does this overseas win rank for India then? You can draw a lot of parallel with that win at Headingley in 2002. An unproven side, a passionate captain and a contentious call to bat first in tough conditions. And India won thumpingly both times. India's spinners came to the fore then, they had none here but that's a function of the times we live in. Compare that to Perth 2007, when India won on the back of some vitriol. A racial slur accusation there, an exaggeration of home advantage here, so much so that Johannesburg was almost a 'dangerous' pitch to bat on. Adelaide 2003 was built on Dravid's sweat, much like Pujara's here, albeit for many fewer runs to show. And Durban 2010 was done against a top-notch pace attack, much akin to what South Africa are in the process of assembling. What's your favourite?

Du Plessis - captain, SA: "I think India outplayed us in this Test. We didn't take our chances. We were just sloppy. From bowling point of view, we weren't consistent as the previous Tests. From a fielding point of view, we were just average compared to Centurion. India were the better team. It was a surprise how the surface played this morning. Once we got through that, Elgar and Hashim (had a) great partnership together. But the wicket tells you that the bowlers tend to do a bit more. We were disappointed to lose the series. If you asked me 2-1 before the series, I'd have taken it hands down. India is a fantastic side. We played very good cricket throughout the series and are the deserved series winners and I am very proud of my team. There's a lot of limited-overs cricket against a very good Indian side and then we have the Australia series."

Philander - Player of the Series: "We got good wickets (to bowl). I think you have to step up at crucial times (with the bat). Would have been a nice one to win my 50th Test but you always take it. India played better cricket and deserved to win. Probably will take a week's break, then back onto training with the Cobras and prepare for a tough series coming up against Australia."

Bhuvneshwar - Player of the Match: "I'm happy (with my performance). Whenever I get a chance, I try to do well. It came at the right moment. I always enjoy batting when it comes to Tests. It wasn't a wicket for the batsmen but I tried to stay for as much as possible and runs came at the same time. Amazing track to bowl on. Few awkward balls but overall it was a good wicket and we just wanted to bowl in good areas, and then it wasn't easy for the batsmen."

Kohli - captain, India: "We required some character on a pitch that was very difficult to play on but our guys showed great guts and determination throughout the few days. We took the challenge head-on. Batting first didn't go down well with a lot of people but we knew that it'll get difficult to bat on later. Hats off to the team for showing character after the series was gone. We knew we were close in the first two games. It's a funny game. You think of many ways to get a batsmen out. Amla and Elgar played well. They got stuck in and you expect that from a side like South Africa. In pressure situations, when wickets go down in Test cricket, it's very difficult to come back. The bowlers were the biggest positive to come out of the series; we haven't taken 60 wickets in the past. If the batsmen step up, we can do well away from home. We want to correct certain mistakes with the bat. That lower-order showed character. This win feels really great. You need confident bowlers to win Test matches. As batsmen, if we can think about countering conditions more, prepare better, and take our catches, I'm sure we can do well away from home."

The target of 241 was always going to be tough for South Africa but the earlier half of play yesterday due to unsafe surface seemed to have come as a blessing in disguise for the hosts. The overnight rains and the rollers ensured that the surface today wasn't as deadly, although there was still help in it. The Indian bowlers also found their radar late but in the end, they had too many runs on the board. Ishant was outstanding and along with Bumrah deserves the credit for the fightback. Shami's spell redeemed himself because he had been disappointing until then. A superb end to what has been a keenly contested Test series. South Africa have won it 2-1 and the scoreline does reflect the tussle that it was.

It didn't start well for the visitors though. Kohli's decision to bat first was challenged on a green top that had extravagant bounce along with movement. However, Kohli's fifty along with Pujara's dogged knock gave India a total of 187 which seemed decent, albeit not threatening at that point. India's pacers led by a 5-fer from Bumrah ensured that the score was intimidating enough and reduced SA's lead to a slender 7 runs. At that point, it was a one-innings shootout on a threatening pitch. Kohli once again rose to the challenge, this time with Rahane for company as the Protea attack was blunted. The SA pacers started to feel the pressure and dropped catches didn't help their cause also.

17:13 Local Time, 15:13 GMT, 20:43 IST: Kohli is pumped! He is jumping around, gesturing wildly and why wouldn't he! Bows down to the crowd. Exceptional win for the Indians. More remarkable when you consider the comeback they made today after the brilliant stand between Elgar and Amla. The duo threatened to take it away from India but the latter's wicket followed by that of de Villiers before tea gave India some hope. When the final session started, the game was in the balance but that's when their most off-color pacer came to the party. Shami roared with a 5-fer to blow away the lower order. Ishant and Bumrah had struck once each after tea before Shami took centrestage. Elgar fought hard but eventually, he ran out of partners. Incredible collapse from SA, they lost 9/53!

73.3
0
Shami to Lungi Ngidi, out Caught by (sub)Karthik!! Excellent review and that seals it! Huge roar from the Indian players as they see the umpire's finger going up. Short of a length ball that seamed away just a touch as Ngidi looked to poke at it. It flew through to Karthik who was immediately excited. Egged his skipper to go for the review and UltraEdge confirmed it with a spike. That's the end to the game and India win by 63 runs! They've had a tough time in the series with a lot of criticism and this will relieve them a lot. Lungi Ngidi c (sub)Karthik b Shami 4(6) [4s-1]

Shami to Lungi Ngidi, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

India review for caught behind: Almost a replica of the previous ball but this time India are confident that there was a nick. Karthik appears confident. Let's have a look. Definite noise on the replays and UltraEdge confirms it! That's it!

73.2
0
Shami to Lungi Ngidi, no run, mild appeal for caught behind, more of a polite enquiry. Ian Gould denies it and rightly so. Short of a length that seams away a bit with extra bounce, Ngidi fiddled at it without any footwork and got beaten
73.1
0
Shami to Lungi Ngidi, no run, short of a length outside off, extra bounce and Ngidi lets it pass
72.6
6
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, SIX, terrific shot! Elgar has decided that he will play his shots. He has to, with only no.11 for company and the target a far way away. Fuller ball around off, gets across to that one and plays a pick up stroke over square leg. Middles it superbly to clear the ropes
72.5
0
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, no run, full and outside off, presses forward and blocks it towards the off-side. Lungi Ngidi wants the single but is sent back
72.4
4
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, FOUR, deft touch from Elgar, he's battling along valiantly. If only someone had supported him from the lower middle order. This is a good length ball outside off, he waits for it and dabs it with soft hands. Off the outer half of the blade but he was well in control, through the slip cordon and away to the fence
72.3
0
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, no run, jaffa! Angling in from a length outside off, straightens after pitching as Elgar is squared up on the poke
72.2
0
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, no run, angling in from a good length, bit wide outside off and Elgar steers it to deep backward point. Denies the single on offer
72.1
0
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, no run, fractionally short of a good length outside off, Elgar rides the bounce with a tap to the off-side
71.6
4
Shami to Lungi Ngidi, FOUR, bang! So much power from Ngidi, so much so that it's rebounded off the stumps at the bowler's end and it races down the ground to the fence. Too full from Shami and it was smashed with a lot of might from the no.11
71.5
1
Shami to Elgar, 1 run, run out chance missed! Pandya had all the time in the world to hit the stumps at the keeper's end, could have even gone up to the stumps and dislodged the bails. But, he goes for the direct hit and ends up missing. It was a yorker that Elgar dug out towards the off-side. Was always a risky run and Lungi Ngidi is lucky that the throw wasn't on target
71.4
0
Shami to Elgar, no run, very full and tailing in from around off, defended off the front foot towards cover
71.3
0
Shami to Elgar, no run, banged in short by Shami and Elgar ducks under the bumper
71.2
0
Shami to Elgar, no run, finds the nick but doesn't carry to Karthik. Angling in from a good length and straightens after pitching, Elgar pushes inside the line
71.1
0
Shami to Elgar, no run, full and angling in around middle and off, push-driven down towards long-on, doesn't take the single
70.6
0
Bhuvneshwar to Lungi Ngidi, no run, pitched up around off, Ngidi punches it towards mid-off where it is well stopped
70.5
1
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, 1 run, direct hit there and Elgar would have been in trouble. Fuller ball that he tapped towards mid-on and set off for the single. Ishant was a bit slow but he fire a good throw at the bowler's end, wasn't all that far away
70.4
0
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, no run, cut him into half! Seamed in sharply from a good length, extra bounce to boot and Elgar is a total tangle as this whizzes between bat and pad
70.3
0
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, no run, tries the yorker outside off, ends up as a low full toss and Elgar jams it out towards cover
70.2
0
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, no run, fuller this time and Elgar is on the move as he defends it well
70.1
0
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, no run, back of a length outside off, angling in sharply as Elgar lifts his bat to make the leave
69.6
0
Shami to Lungi Ngidi, no run, short of a length on middle and off, Ngidi mistimes the pull towards short leg who is a touch deep

Lungisani Ngidi, right handed bat, comes to the crease

69.5
0
Shami to Morne Morkel, out Bowled!! Shami is on fire! Superb from India, the field was set for the short ball ploy and Morkel was expecting the same. But Shami decides for the bluff and fires in a terrific yorker, Morkel cannot keep it out as the bat comes down late. Timber! The fat lady has started to sing, if she hadn't already. It might not change the series result but the look at the Indians and you would realize how much this means to them. They are just one wicket away now. Fourth scalp for Shami. Morne Morkel b Shami 0(1)

Shami to Morne Morkel, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

69.4
1
Shami to Elgar, 1 run, on a good length and coming in with the angle, tucked down to fine leg. Elgar takes the single which means Morne Morkel has two balls to deal with
69.3
0
Shami to Elgar, no run, on a length just outside off, stays in the crease and defends well to point
69.2
0
Shami to Elgar, no run, angling in from a good length, Elgar steers it through backward point. Denies the single
69.1
0
Shami to Elgar, no run, very full and just outside off, Elgar gets across and keeps it out with a defensive stroke

Morne Morkel, left handed bat, comes to the crease

68.6
0
Bhuvneshwar to Rabada, out Caught by Pujara!! Edged and taken! Team India loves Jo'burg, they just don't like to lose here. Another one perishes and what a comeback this is! It's their premier guy who now gets into the act, Bhuvneshwar who gets this outswinger to move late from a fuller length. A loose drive from Rabada and the edge flies to first slip where Pujara gobbles it up. Just a matter of time now, you would think. India are only 2 wickets away from a historic win. Rabada c Pujara b Bhuvneshwar 0(3)

Bhuvneshwar to Rabada, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

68.5
0
Bhuvneshwar to Rabada, no run, slanting in from a good length around middle, gets back and blocks it towards mid-wicket
68.4
0
Bhuvneshwar to Rabada, no run, beaten! Swinging away from a fuller length, Rabada looks to drive but there is no footwork there
68.3
1
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, 1 run, short of a good length outside off, steered towads deep backward point for a single
68.2
2
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, 2 runs, overpitched this time and slightly wider outside off, Elgar eases the drive through cover-point. Slow outfield means only a brace
68.1
0
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, no run, angling in from a good length, Elgar gets right behind the line and defends it well

Kagiso Rabada, left handed bat, comes to the crease

67.6
0
Shami to Phehlukwayo, out Bowled!! Cleans him up! Shami usually wakes up in the second innings, that's been the trend this series and he has woken up now for sure. A lovely fuller ball that swings in sharply, Phehlukwayo looks to defend without any feet movement, only manages an inside edge that rattles the timber after rebounding off the back pad. The Indians are all smiles. Safe to say that it's come down to that time of the game when we can actually mention the wickets needed to win rather than the runs required. At least for now. Phehlukwayo b Shami 0(3)

Shami to Phehlukwayo, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

67.5
0
Shami to Phehlukwayo, no run, on a good length from outside off, extra bounce as well for Shami who is bending his back now. Phehlukwayo makes a leave
67.4
0
Shami to Phehlukwayo, no run, starts with a very full ball outside off, Phehlukwayo fails to dig it out

Andile Phehlukwayo, left handed bat, comes to the crease

67.3
0
Shami to Philander, out Bowled!! Dragged on! Shami is pumped, the Indians are pumped. They are slowly tightening their grip on this Test match. Philander, who has been handy with his contributions in the series, has to perish. This was on the shorter length and he went for the pull but the bounce probably wasn't as much as he had anticipated. Gets a thick inside edge that rattles the timber. It is a procession out there at the moment from the Proteas and they are all deserting the brave Elgar. Philander b Shami 10(18) [4s-1]

Shami to Philander, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

67.2
0
Shami to Philander, no run, full and outside off, Philander mistimes the drive towards mid-off
67.1
4
Shami to Philander, FOUR, finds the fence! Philander has been a thorn in India's flesh this series and he has started well again. Freebie from Shami who has struggled all through this game, short and wide, Philander slaps it through the covers. Races away

Mohammed Shami [9.0-2-18-1] is back into the attack

66.6
0
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, no run, back of a length outside off, gets on the back foot and defends it towards cover
66.5
0
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, no run, was always a gamble, especially with Karthik being confident of not hearing anything but Kohli wanted to go for it, mainly because this was Elgar. Short of a length delivery that climbed and whizzed past his attempted push. UltraEdge didn't detect anything and India have only one review left now

India review for caught behind against Elgar. Karthik wasn't confident at all but Pujara was sure he heard something. That prompts Kohli to take the review. Nothing on UltraEdge. The on-field call will stay

66.4
1
Bhuvneshwar to Philander, 1 run, full inswinger on off stump, Philander pushes with hard hands at it, off the inside edge down to fine leg
66.3
1
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, 1 run, slanting in on leg stump, Elgar gets across and clips it through backward square leg
66.2
0
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, no run, shortens the length a bit from just outside off, stands tall and defends solidly towards cover
66.1
0
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, no run, almost an edge! In fact, seemed like a nick to me in real time but Elgar got beaten. Seams away sharply from a good length, he had to play at it and gets undone by the movement

Bhuvneshwar Kumar [14.0-4-23-0] is back into the attack

Time for a change

65.6
1
Bumrah to Elgar, 1 run, had to hurry! Tight single and Pandya from cover swooped in before having a shy at the keeper's end but missed. Philander was in anyway. Back of a length delivery that was pushed gently towards the off-side
65.5
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, on a length just outside off stump, Elgar lifts his bat to make the leave
65.4
1
Bumrah to Philander, 1 run, strays onto the pads and Philander glances it down to fine leg for a single
65.3
0
Bumrah to Philander, no run, full and angling in from around off, gets across and defends but it came off the inner half
65.2
0
Bumrah to Philander, no run, there is another blow! Philander is certainly getting a few rough ones. This spits from a good length and raps him on the right glove
65.1
0
Bumrah to Philander, no run, back of a length from outside off, stands tall and steers it towards point
64.6
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, starts with a length ball outside off, shapes away a bit as Elgar lets it pass
64.5
1
Ishant to Philander, 1 run, full and angling in on the pads, gets across and clips it past square leg
64.4
0
Ishant to Philander, no run, beaten on the inside edge! This jagged in from a good length and Philander tried to drive away from the body
64.3
0
Ishant to Philander, no run, angling in from a length around off, stays back to defend but gets it off the inner half down the track
64.2
2
Ishant to Philander, 2 runs, lovely shot! We know he can bat and Philander could be vital to SA's chances. Short of a length ball and he punches it nicely off the back foot behind point. Shami chases it down
64.1
0
Ishant to Philander, no run, back of a length angling in from outside off, no shot offered by Philander
63.6
1
Bumrah to Philander, 1 run, full and angling in on off, Philander looks to drive but this trickles off the inner half towards mid-on

Looked a bit jerky initially but Philander is set to resume. That's good news

63.5
0
Bumrah to Philander, no run, this has spat from a good length! Philander takes his bottom hand off immediately and is in pain. Couldn't ride the bounce, ended up copping a blow
63.4
0
Bumrah to Philander, no run, full and angling in from outside off, gets on the front foot and defends solidly towards Bumrah
63.3
0
Bumrah to Philander, no run, ouch, ouch, ouch! Philander jumps a touch after copping the blow near his thigh. This came in sharply from a good length and the extra bounce put him in a tangle
63.2
0
Bumrah to Philander, no run, starts with a good length ball that bounces a bit, Philander stands tall and defends well

Vernon Philander, right handed bat, comes to the crease

63.1
0
Bumrah to de Kock, out Lbw!! Gone first ball! India are back in this, that is for certain. A golden duck for de Kock and his poor form continues. His feet didn't go anywhere and this straightened a tad from a full length to ping him on the front pad. Looked plumb in real time and Ian Gould had no hesitation in raising his finger. Pressure right back on the Proteas. Half the side down and suddenly that 96 more required seems a long way away. Must say that Bumrah and Ishant have been terrific but will they find the same support from the others? Elgar is waging a lone battle at the moment. de Kock lbw b Bumrah 0(1)

Bumrah to de Kock, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

62.6
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, well left in the end by Elgar. This one was closer to the off pole and seamed away with steep bounce. He did really well to get his bat out of the way
62.5
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, this one seams away a touch with extra bounce as well but the wider line outside off enables Elgar to make a leave
62.4
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, on a good length from just outside off stump, dabbed with soft hands towards the gully fielder
62.3
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, fuller this time around off stump, gets slightly forward and defends well towards cover
62.2
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, jumps a bit and crashes into Elgar's ribs. Extra bounce from a good length, he isn't that forward and gets an inside edge that rebounds onto the body
62.1
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, fifth stump channel from a good length, Elgar isn't tempted into playing a stroke
61.6
1
Bumrah to Elgar, 1 run, leg-stump line and it's coming in with the angle as well, Elgar flicks it behind square for a run
61.5
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, another length ball around middle and off, squared up a touch is Elgar as he defends this towards cover
61.4
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, stifled LBW shout from Bumrah but there is a clear inside edge there. Angling in from a length and Elgar is pinged on the pad as he looks to defend. Clear evidence of bat being involved
61.3
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, shortens the length a bit and gets it to climb a bit onto Elgar who plays around it with a defensive stroke
61.2
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, fullish and angling in around middle, crisply driven but straight to mid-on
61.1
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, angling in from a good length outside off, Elgar defends with a slight open face towards cover

Quinton de Kock, left handed bat, comes to the crease

60.6
0
Ishant to du Plessis, out Bowled!! That's shot through low! Almost as if to prove everyone that it is still naughty, the pitch plays tricks. This was on a good length outside off and nipped in sharply. What does du Plessis in here is the low bounce. Nothing much he could have done about it and this scooted through to rattle the furniture. The Indians are pumped. This game is getting more interesting now. Deservingly, it's Ishant who provides the breakthrough. He has been very good today. du Plessis b Ishant 2(9)

Ishant to du Plessis, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

60.5
1
Ishant to Elgar, 1 run, a bit too straight in line and the inward angle helps Elgar to work it softly in front of square leg
60.4
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, continues to probe around that fifth stump channel, fuller length and Elgar lets it pass

Update on Parthiv Patel: He has injured his right index finger and is set to go for an x-ray this evening after the game. We'll keep you updated on this

60.3
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, keeps it full and just outside off, Elgar stays in the crease and bunts it onto the pitch. Solid!
60.2
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, angling in from a length just outside off stump, Elgar is solidly behind the line and blocks towards cover
60.1
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, banged in on a shorter length outside off, Elgar has his own way of evading it. Crucially though, he dropped his wrists instantly
59.6
0
Bumrah to du Plessis, no run, on a good length around that fifth stump channel, watchfully left alone by du Plessis
59.5
0
Bumrah to du Plessis, no run, this was a freebie but not capitalized on. Fuller ball on the pads, the flick from Faf is straight to mid-wicket
59.4
0
Bumrah to du Plessis, no run, extra bounce! Still some purchase from the track when the pacers are getting it full. Bumrah does so here and this rears up a touch and du Plessis is caught in no man's land in terms of the footwork. Squared up

Slight holdup as Aleem Dar is helping Faf with the strap of the helmet. All sorted and we are ready to resume

59.3
0
Bumrah to du Plessis, no run, beaten! This one held its line after the initial inward angle and bounced a tad extra as well. du Plessis wanted to play at it but couldn't get the bat out of the way in time. Got lucky in the end
59.2
2
Bumrah to du Plessis, 2 runs, good batting! Gets one on the pads, does Faf and he works this deftly with a leg glance. Placed it well to the left of fine leg and it's an easy two
59.1
0
Bumrah to du Plessis, no run, angling in from a length, just outside off and Faf defends with a slight front foot stride
58.6
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, on a length just outside off, Elgar is on the move as he defends this towards mid-off
58.5
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, angling in from a good length, Elgar defends with a slightly open bat face to the off-side
58.4
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, pitched up outside off, Elgar checks his drive without any feet movement. Finds cover
58.3
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, slanting in from a length, good lines from Ishant and Elgar responds with a solid defensive stroke
58.2
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, fuller again and outside off, Elgar gets across a bit and bunts it towards the man at cover
58.1
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, full and angling in from just outside off, watchfully left alone by Elgar
57.6
0
Bumrah to du Plessis, no run, angling in from a length on off stump, du Plessis gets across and defends it well

SA need exactly 100 more now. Taking the surface into account, this is still a long way away but they are definitely on course

57.5
1
Bumrah to Elgar, 1 run, full but on the pads once more, Elgar taps it towards mid-wicket. Finds the gap
57.4
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, extra bounce from a good length, Elgar gets his bat out of the way to evade it
57.3
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, attacks the middle and leg stump with a length ball, Elgar gets across and defends it well
57.2
2
Bumrah to Elgar, 2 runs, another brace! Good intent to start the session from Elgar, gets a half volley on leg stump and he clips it through mid-wicket. Back for the second
57.1
2
Bumrah to Elgar, 2 runs, starts with a short of a length ball on leg stump, Elgar gets back and flicks it behind square. Good running and they complete the second run in the nick of time

Welcome back for the final session! Technically, this is a dead rubber but you wouldn't realize that from the intensity both sides have shown in this match. South Africa have approached this tricky chase superbly and just when it seemed like it was one-way traffic, India sprang back to life with those twin strikes. Fasten your seat belts folks, as this is going to be a roller-coaster ride. Meanwhile, there is an update as Parthiv Patel has suspectedly broken his finger and according to the new rules, you can have a substitute for the keeper. Dinesh Karthik will don the gloves. All set for live action to start

Tea, Day 4: Gee this Test match continues to amaze all of us. South Africa were well in control, but the wickets of Amla and de Villiers have lifted the Indians. Elgar and Amla frustrated the Indian bowlers with patience and vigour. They were totally unfussed despite the body blows. India looked flat, barring the combined spell between Ishant-Bumrah post lunch, but managed to remove Amla - caught at short mid-wicket. Bumrah then got one to jump on AB and now India believe they are back in this Test. This is going to be a cracking final session folks. The game is on the line. South Africa still need 105, India would early wickets. Join us back for the cricket very shortly...

56.6
0
Ishant to du Plessis, no run, good length delivery outside off stump, left alone

Ishant wants Hardik to be finer at short mid-wicket

56.5
1
Ishant to Elgar, 1 run, defends this short of length delivery towards point and sets off quickly

The cordon has been rearranged. First slip is very wide, second is more at third and then a gully.

56.4
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, short of length delivery on the off stump, Elgar defends off the back foot
56.3
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, fullish and outside off stump, Elgar lets it pass
56.2
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, outside off stump, left alone. That was an angry ball from Ishant, thudded into Parthiv's gloves
56.1
4
Ishant to Elgar, FOUR, lucky boundary for South Africa, a frustrating boundary for India. Elgar wanted to leave this good length delivery, the ball bounced more than he thought and it hit the face of the bat and escaped past the cordon, Rahul actually got there, put it in the dive, but couldn't flick it back properly

Elgar is almost covering all the sticks with Ishant coming from round the wicket

Faf du Plessis, right handed bat, comes to the crease

55.6
0
Bumrah to de Villiers, out Caught by Rahane!! Now then, now then, ABD is gone. He scored 6 runs off 3 balls, the next 9 were dots, Bumrah opened him up earlier in the over with a couple of nuts and now he's prised out a massive wicket. This game is back in the balance. Back of a length just around the off stump, jumped a touch extra and de Villiers was trying to defend, got a thick edge and it flew straight to Jinks Rahane at gully. For a moment, it looked as if it would escape in the gap at gully. de Villiers c Rahane b Bumrah 6(13) [4s-1]

Bumrah to de Villiers, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

55.5
0
Bumrah to de Villiers, no run, oh Bumrah went for the yorker and bowled a low full toss, de Villiers was kind enough to hit it straight to mid-off
55.4
0
Bumrah to de Villiers, no run, short of length and defended, got to be a touch fuller to test that outside edge
55.3
0
Bumrah to de Villiers, no run, beaten, de Villiers wanted to defend this good length delivery angled in, maybe it left him late, oh yes, hit the crack, lucky that he didn't edge it

ABD hops to get himself going

55.2
0
Bumrah to de Villiers, no run, good length delivery on the off stump, de Villiers defends nicely off the front foot
55.1
1
Bumrah to Elgar, 1 run, was that a bit of reverse? Definitely moved in late, the bat turned in Elgar hands as he tried to flick, rolls to deep square leg
54.6
0
Ishant to de Villiers, no run, oh he's missed out there, a friendly full and de Villiers has hit it straight to Pandya at short mid-wicket. That could well have been caught had he hit it well enough. Poor ball, deserved to be put away for four
54.5
0
Ishant to de Villiers, no run, good bouncer, de Villiers had to really sway away to get out of the line, angled in, came back off the seam and de Villiers did well to take his gloves off the way
54.4
0
Ishant to de Villiers, no run, oh the intention is clearly there for everyone to see. Anything full, de Villiers is going hard at them. Lucky for Ishant that he totally mistimed the drive and it went straight to short cover
54.3
0
Ishant to de Villiers, no run, he's right behind the line of this 135kph good length delivery to defend
54.2
0
Ishant to de Villiers, no run, extra bounce from a good length, but de Villiers let that pass nicely
54.1
4
Ishant to de Villiers, FOUR, that's a freebie for ABD. India were so tight against him in the first innings and that is why they succeeded. This would have been a fine delivery for Elgar, but ABD being a right-hander, used the down the leg-side juicy ball to tickle it fine to fine leg
53.6
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, tried the short ball there but bowled a back of a length ball and Elgar was sitting happily on the back foot to defend
53.5
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, good nut that, good length angled in, just nips back in a touch, Elgar covers the stumps and shoulders arms, not too far away from the off stump
53.4
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, Elgar was driving those full balls just a while ago, now he's being watchful, just shoulders arms. Do India sense something here?
53.3
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, full and outside off stump, ignored

Round the wicket

53.2
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, now strangely Elgar plays inside the line again to this straight ball and hits back to the bowler off the outer half of the bat
53.1
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, oh beaten! Good length delivery angled across, Elgar plays inside the line of this delivery and almost nicks off

The key for India here against ABD is to keep him calm. Not going to be easy, with just 115 runs to get, can't plug too many gaps. Massive test for Kohli and Co.

52.6
2
Ishant to de Villiers, 2 runs, that's a good drive off the front foot and Kohli takes pace off with a dive to his left, ABD off the mark
52.5
0
Ishant to de Villiers, no run, fullish and nipping back in, de Villiers drives it to mid-off

AB de Villiers, right handed bat, comes to the crease

52.4
0
Ishant to Amla, out Caught by Hardik Pandya!! In the airrr and taken. Massive wicket and opening for India. Look at the response from the crowd and the dressing room. A standing ovation. This is as good as a double-hundred, considering he also played a vital hand in the first effort. Clever field placing from Kohli/Ishant and Amla falls into the trap. With that shuffle across the stumps, Amla favours the leg-side, so Kohli has packed the leg-side field to an extent. Short mid-wicket in and Amla flicks uppishly, Pandya was quick to move to his right and grab it with both hands to delight India. Top catch that. Now then, can India work on this opening? Amla c Hardik Pandya b Ishant 52(140) [4s-5]

Ishant to Amla, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

52.3
0
Ishant to Amla, no run, was that a dropped chance? Just fell short of the lunging Pujara. Short of a length delivery outside off stump, Amla pushes hard at it and gets a thick edge that fails to carry to first slip
52.2
0
Ishant to Amla, no run, good length delivery nips back in, Amla shoulders arms
52.1
0
Ishant to Amla, no run, oh this one's kicked up on Amla and hit the glove. The glove is off and he checks his hand, wants some treatment. Good length and just outside off stump, Amla played the right line, unfortunately for him it jumped too much and smashed him on the right hand. Ice pack being applied on his right hand

Ishant Sharma [9.0-1-16-0] is back into the attack

51.6
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, short and down the leg-side, left alone
51.5
1
Bumrah to Amla, 1 run, short of length delivery outside off stump, Amla punches it to cover
51.4
0
Bumrah to Amla, no run, defended off the back foot
51.3
2
Bumrah to Amla, 2 runs, a back foot punch and it's the 38th Test fifty for Hash Amla. Top knock, he's got two fifties on a tough pitch. Patience and determination are the two key words to describe his knock. Never allowed the bowler to settle with his shuffle across the sticks
51.2
2
Bumrah to Amla, 2 runs, dabbed down towards third man as there is no gully, onto 49 now
51.1
0
Bumrah to Amla, no run, good length delivery on the off stump, Amla defends off the front foot

Okay, I think that manic pitch rant should be over now. Back to cricket Have Your Says... okay? I'll plug a few at the end of this over and get done with it.

50.6
0
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, no run, this time Elgar shoulders arms
50.5
0
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, no run, beaten, Bhuvneshwar bowls round the wicket, angles this good length delivery in and then lets it to seam away late, should have been left alone easily, but Elgar chose to poke at it
50.4
0
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, no run, full ball easily defended into the off-side
50.3
0
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, no run, good length delivery on the stumps, Elgar defends
50.2
3
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, 3 runs, flicked away off the back foot and Ishant Sharma gives chase from mid-on, thick outfield slows it down. Oopsy, the throw hit Kohli on the shoulder
50.1
0
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, no run, Amla has easily defended this towards point
49.6
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, good length and on the off stump, Elgar defends off the back foot
49.5
1
Bumrah to Amla, 1 run, good call from Elgar for a quick single. Shortish and on the stumps, Amla hops and fends to short leg, Bumrah rushes and has a shy at the bowler's end, Amla was home easily
49.4
0
Bumrah to Amla, no run, Amla hops and defends this short of length delivery into the off-side
49.3
0
Bumrah to Amla, no run, short of length delivery outside off stump, Amla shoulders arms
49.2
0
Bumrah to Amla, no run, round the wicket and banged in short, Amla stands and lets the ball sail through to Parthiv
49.1
1
Bumrah to Elgar, 1 run, leg stump ball has been tucked away to backward square leg

Jasprit Bumrah [12.0-2-38-0] is back into the attack

Has the pitch eased out?: Yes, to an extent
Are the batsmen playing well?: Yes, of course
Have India been good with the ball?: Not really. Barring a combined spell from Ishant-Bumrah post lunch, it's been pretty soft.

48.6
0
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, no run, Bhuvi gets away with an overpitched delivery outside off stump, hit straight to mid-off
48.5
0
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, no run, good length kicks up a touch on the batsman, Amla handles it well off the back foot though, playing with soft hands, hit the splice of the bat
48.4
0
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, no run, lucky that Amla hit that straight to cover, it was in the slot (full) for Amla to collect a boundary
48.3
0
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, no run, oh the inside edge rolls into the on-side as Amla looks to drive this length ball through cover
48.2
0
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, no run, back foot punch towards cover
48.1
0
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, no run, defended to the right of mid-on
47.6
0
Hardik Pandya to Elgar, no run, another cover-drive missed by Elgar, this time he toe-ends it into the off-side
47.5
0
Hardik Pandya to Elgar, no run, oh this one takes off from short of length, chops the cut into the off-side
47.4
0
Hardik Pandya to Elgar, no run, harmless length ball wide outside off stump, Elgar was just ball-watching. Looks like umpire Ian Gould has given a friendly warning to Pandya for venturing into the danger area of the pitch in his followthrough. "Last friendly my son," he says
47.3
1
Hardik Pandya to Amla, 1 run, finally one short ball has hurried the batsman on the pull, but it wasn't high enough to trouble Amla, mistimed uppish pull goes to long leg
47.2
1
Hardik Pandya to Elgar, 1 run, now he drives and gets an inside edge because of the late inward movement into him from a fuller length, ball rolls towards square leg
47.1
0
Hardik Pandya to Elgar, no run, Hardik Pandya wants Elgar to drive at this full ball, but the well set batsman spots the trap for the edge and shoulders arms
46.6
0
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, no run, easy leave, maiden over
46.5
0
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, no run, the away-going ball doesn't do much, it's not close enough to make the batsman play
46.4
0
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, no run, this one tails back in, Amla manages to punch-drive it to mid-on
46.3
0
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, no run, swinging away outside off stump, left alone
46.2
0
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, no run, oh a late call from Amla to leave this length ball and it hits the bat and rolls towards the keeper. In fact hit the glove
46.1
0
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, no run, short of length delivery outside off stump, Amla shoulders arms

Bhuvneshwar Kumar [11.0-2-20-0] is back into the attack

45.6
0
Hardik Pandya to Elgar, no run, this is well outside off stump, Elgar defends
45.5
0
Hardik Pandya to Elgar, no run, defended into the off-side
45.4
0
Hardik Pandya to Elgar, no run, left alone
45.3
0
Hardik Pandya to Elgar, no run, good length delivery outside off stump, Elgar shoulders arms
45.2
4
Hardik Pandya to Elgar, FOUR, he wanted to leave that, but the ball takes the face of the bat and runs away in the gap between slip and gully. What a knock though, hit on the helmet, play stopped, lots of drama, hit a number times on the glove even in the morning but he's managed to find a way to survive. A vital fifty, probably a match-defining innings from Dean Elgar

Just a one slip, but two gullies in place

45.1
0
Hardik Pandya to Elgar, no run, full and outside off stump, blocked

Shami was running in well, there's intensity as well. Can he inspire India with a wicket?

44.6
0
Shami to Amla, no run, a full ball just hinting to swing back in, Amla punches well off the front foot, but finds the fielder at cover
44.5
0
Shami to Amla, no run, length ball well outside off stump, left alone
44.4
0
Shami to Amla, no run, nice carry through to Parthiv, full and outside off stump, left alone
44.3
0
Shami to Amla, no run, a bouncer that misses the batsman comfortably

Back over the wicket now

44.2
0
Shami to Amla, no run, full and slanted across, Amla shoulders arms

Interesting to see Shami come round the wicket to Amla

44.1
0
Shami to Amla, no run, full and angling across Amla who defends with a straight bat after a shuffle across

Let's get Have Your Say on a roll here. Define "poor pitch" as funnily as you can in one line only and send it across through our website. You can also send it across to @prat1204 and I'll try to pick the good ones from there, as many as I can!

Time for a drink! Another wicketless hour for South Africa and you get the feeling that they are slowly inching towards what would be a monumental win, considering all the drama that unfolded yesterday. Elgar and Amla have been rigid in their temperament and shot selection. The surface hasn't had quite the demons as yesterday but you still need to credit this partnership. Are India out of this? Not really but they are certainly feeling the pressure now. Ideally, they would need a good passage of play in terms of accuracy from pacers, pressure needs to be from both ends. On this pitch, one wicket can probably bring two or three. Advantage SA though at the moment.

43.6
0
Hardik Pandya to Elgar, no run, on a good length this time outside off stump, Elgar gets across a bit and defends off the bottom part of the blade
43.5
0
Hardik Pandya to Elgar, no run, slightly fuller this time and on that fourth stump line, better accuracy from Pandya this over but Elgar seems determined. Lets it pass
43.4
0
Hardik Pandya to Elgar, no run, on a good length slightly wider outside off stump, Elgar shoulders arms

"Plenty of clapping from Kohli, Rahane etc. Trying to keep their spirits up," pings Kaushik from Jo'burg

43.3
0
Hardik Pandya to Elgar, no run, full and targeting that off stump channel, this is a really good leave
43.2
0
Hardik Pandya to Elgar, no run, on a good length just outside off stump, another easy leave for Elgar
43.1
0
Hardik Pandya to Elgar, no run, full and angling across the left-hander, Elgar doesn't offer a shot
42.6
0
Shami to Amla, no run, bends his back does Shami and delivers the effort ball, the bouncer but Amla deals with it calmly. Ducks
42.5
0
Shami to Amla, no run, fuller again and angling across the right-hander, Amla gets across a bit and lets it through
42.4
0
Shami to Amla, no run, opens up Amla a bit, fuller this time and the round the wicket angle makes him play at it. Off the outer half towards gully but along the ground
42.3
0
Shami to Amla, no run, short of a length from round the wicket, Amla gets across a bit on the back foot and defends towards mid-wicket
42.2
1
Shami to Elgar, 1 run, short of a length and angling into Elgar's hips, he tucks it into the gap at mid-wicket. Milking runs, these two

This partnership has had a bearing on Kohli's field placement as well. Just a slip in place now along with two gullies

42.1
0
Shami to Elgar, no run, back of a length well outside off, easy leave from Elgar
41.6
1
Hardik Pandya to Elgar, byes, 1 run, sprayed down leg, Elgar cannot get bat on it and Parthiv Patel cannot gather it cleanly either. The batsmen cross
41.5
0
Hardik Pandya to Elgar, no run, goes full and angling across the left-hander, easy leave for Elgar
41.4
4
Hardik Pandya to Elgar, FOUR, that's been mauled! The short ball from Pandya but it hardly rises. Sits up nicely for Elgar to crack the pull through mid-wicket. Absolutely smashed it! What a way to bring up the 100-run stand!
41.3
0
Hardik Pandya to Elgar, no run, sharp movement! This pitched around leg stump and hit a crack before seaming away prodigiously. Elgar is squared up totally
41.2
2
Hardik Pandya to Elgar, 2 runs, short of a length with a bit of width, Elgar gets on top of the bounce and steers it wide of the gully fielder. Seemed like a boundary but Ishant from deep backward point gets across towards the third man region to save a brace
41.1
0
Hardik Pandya to Elgar, no run, on a length just around off stump, Elgar is opened up a bit as he defends towards cover
40.6
0
Shami to Amla, no run, round the wicket ploy from Shami and angles this good length ball across Amla who defends with a shuffle across
40.5
1
Shami to Elgar, 1 run, short of a length on leg stump, Elgar gets back and tucks it through mid-wicket. The call is for two but Ishant from mid-on got to it quickly. 100 up for SA and the crowd react to it with a loud round of applause. Fantastic partnership this has been, has really set this run chase up beautifully
40.4
0
Shami to Elgar, no run, fuller this time and angling in on off stump, defended with a shuffle across the stumps
40.3
0
Shami to Elgar, no run, almost a replica of the previous ball! Hits the deck hard just outside off and forces Elgar to have a poke at this one. Extra bounce and seam movement as the ball beats the edge
40.2
0
Shami to Elgar, no run, lazy from Elgar. Tries to have a waft at this shorter length ball that probably bounces an extra. Harmless one though but he nearly converted it into a wicket-taking one. Beaten on the edge
40.1
0
Shami to Elgar, no run, back of a length angling in from well outside off, stays back and lets it through
39.6
0
Hardik Pandya to Amla, no run, another solid back foot defence from Amla after shuffling across the stumps
39.5
0
Hardik Pandya to Amla, no run, shortish length again from Pandya and it's been defended well off the back foot
39.4
1
Hardik Pandya to Elgar, 1 run, angles this shorter length across the left-hander, steered with an open bat face past the diving gully fielder
39.3
0
Hardik Pandya to Elgar, no run, short of a length wider outside off, stays back and lets it pass
39.2
2
Hardik Pandya to Elgar, byes, 2 runs, another bumper but too high and even Parthiv Patel with a leap cannot get a hand on this. Risky on the second run but Pujara was quite slow to chase it down. Two extra runs. Had that throw been on target, Elgar could have been in trouble
39.1
0
Hardik Pandya to Elgar, no run, boom! On the chest! Elgar doesn't judge the short ball well and cops a blow. Not a serious one though
38.6
0
Shami to Amla, no run, just past the leg pole! Amla's tendency to shuffle across early does come with its share of risks. Exposing the leg pole is one of those and he couldn't quite connect the flick stroke. Whizzes through to Parthiv Patel
38.5
0
Shami to Amla, no run, solid back foot defence with a shuffle across. Shami hits that good length area outside off and that length isn't going to trouble batsmen
38.4
0
Shami to Amla, no run, fullish and outside off stump, shuffles across on the front foot and defends it well
38.3
0
Shami to Amla, no run, slightly uppish but well short of Bumrah at mid-on. Fuller ball attacking the stumps and timed the flick well but couldn't quite keep it down. Good stop in the end
38.2
1
Shami to Elgar, 1 run, shortish and angling in from outside off, stays back and defends with an open bat face towards deep backward point
38.1
0
Shami to Elgar, no run, on a good length around middle and off, Elgar stands tall and blocks it towards cover

Mohammed Shami [5.0-1-15-1] is back into the attack

37.6
0
Hardik Pandya to Amla, no run, full and outside off, gets on the front foot and defends it towards cover
37.5
0
Hardik Pandya to Amla, no run, banged in short again on leg stump line, Amla gets out of the way of this bumper
37.5
1
Hardik Pandya to Amla, wide, banged in short by Pandya but it's too high and sails over Amla. Good take by Parthiv Patel who has to leap due to his frame
37.4
0
Hardik Pandya to Amla, no run, back of a length outside off stump, gets across on the back foot and defends it towards cover
37.3
1
Hardik Pandya to Elgar, 1 run, uppish but well short of deep backward point! Short of a length and wide outside off, Elgar didn't quite go hard at this one, as a result of which the ball flew off the slice. Another brace
37.2
0
Hardik Pandya to Elgar, no run, shortish length just outside off, Elgar stays back and fends it towards point
37.1
0
Hardik Pandya to Elgar, no run, finds the edge but well short of second slip. Elgar did well to play with soft hands and ensured that this didn't fly off the edge. It was a good length around off stump that sprung up a bit

Hardik Pandya, right-arm medium, comes into the attack

36.6
0
Bumrah to Amla, no run, seams in sharply from a good length, Amla stays back and shoulders arms to this one
36.5
2
Bumrah to Amla, 2 runs, 'Two, two' is the call as soon as Amla hit this and they get back comfortably. Fuller ball angling into middle and leg, gets across the stumps and clips it to the left of fine leg
36.4
0
Bumrah to Amla, no run, pitched up outside off, seams in a touch but Amla is sure of his off stump. Lets it through
36.3
2
Bumrah to Amla, 2 runs, angling in from a shorter length, Amla gets across the stumps and tucks it behind square leg. Soft hands and they get a brace
36.2
0
Bumrah to Amla, no run, full and angling in around middle and leg, shuffles a bit does Amla and pushes it towards mid-on
36.1
2
Bumrah to Amla, 2 runs, back of a length outside off, width on offer and Amla cuts it away off the back foot through backward point
35.6
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, pitched right up outside off, Elgar gets well forward and blocks towards cover
35.5
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, on a good length and angling across Elgar who makes a leave. He looks in total control, a stark contrast to yesterday evening
35.4
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, fullish ball around middle and off, Elgar gets forward and blocks it under his eyeline
35.3
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, on a length just around off stump, angling away with extra bounce as Elgar lifts his bat to make the leave
35.2
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, back of a length wider outside off stump, a comfortable leave for Elgar
35.1
4
Ishant to Elgar, FOUR, what a shot! This has come out of nowhere. Signs of aggression from Elgar, picks this fuller ball from around off and drags it through mid-wicket with a powerful whip. Total control and it's been dispatched
34.6
0
Bumrah to Amla, no run, back of a length and Amla shuffles across on the back foot to bunt it towards cover
34.5
0
Bumrah to Amla, no run, on a good length just outside off stump, Amla stays back and watchfully lets it pass
34.4
4
Bumrah to Amla, FOUR, lovely shot! Bumrah overcooks one and drifts onto the pads, Amla shuffles a touch and times the flick well through mid-wicket. Picked the gap to perfection. This should ease the pressure that was building
34.3
0
Bumrah to Amla, no run, slight excitement but nothing there. Again the one that's angling in from Bumrah but this slips down leg. Amla tries to tickle it away with a glance but missed
34.2
0
Bumrah to Amla, no run, that's a cracker! Angling in from a good length, holds its line after pitching and extra bounce to square Amla up completely
34.1
0
Bumrah to Amla, no run, full and angling in around off, defended from the crease with a shuffle across
33.6
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, this is a relatively harmless delivery, on a good length well outside off and angling further away. Easy leave
33.5
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, past the edge! This one kicks up from a good length and Elgar tried to take evasive action. Just past the edge and not that far away from the glove either
33.4
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, angling across the left-hander from around middle and leg, Elgar gets right behind the line and blocks firmly
33.3
1
Ishant to Amla, 1 run, pinged on the pads! There was a fat inside edge though and that saved Amla. He was on the shuffle across the stumps and Ishant targeted the stumps with a full ball angled in. Got into a tangle there, did Amla
33.2
0
Ishant to Amla, no run, full again and outside off, defended off the front foot towards point
33.1
0
Ishant to Amla, no run, that wasn't far away! Very close to the leg pole as it whizzed through to Parthiv Patel. Ishant went full after going wide of the crease and Amla wanted to flick with that premeditated shuffle of his. Missed the stroke
32.6
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, full again around middle and off, Elgar plays around his front pad and defends towards mid-on
32.5
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, full and outside off, drawing Elgar forward and he defends well towards cover

All of a sudden, the pitch has life

32.4
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, there it is again! Another one that rears up from a length, straightens as well and beats Elgar's outside edge
32.3
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, lovely ball! Pitched up outside off, angling in but then straightens off the deck to beat the edge. The Indian pacers have suddenly realized the obvious - to bowl full
32.2
1
Bumrah to Amla, 1 run, shortish length outside off, nice back foot punch through backward point. Protection in the deep though
32.1
0
Bumrah to Amla, no run, fractionally short of a good length and it's outside off, left alone
31.6
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, beaten! This is lovely bowling from Ishant. Gets the length spot on and the line is just around off stump. Elgar had to play at it and the ball whizzes past the outside edge. Extra bounce did the trick there
31.5
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, back to the probing fourth stump line from a good length, seams away a touch and Elgar makes another of his awkward leaves. They may not be pretty but certainly effective for him
31.4
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, sprayed well wide outside off, this is a sighter for Elgar who lets it through
31.3
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, again on a length around off, tight lines and this is blocked off the front foot to cover
31.2
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, pinged on the bottom glove! Ishant is hitting the right lengths since his first delivery and causing some problems. This climbs from a length around off and surprises Elgar who did well to ride the bounce
31.1
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, good ball! On a length just around the off pole, holds its line a bit and Elgar was in a tangle whether to play or leave. Gets his bat out of the way just in time
30.6
0
Bumrah to Amla, no run, slightly fuller this time and around off, blocked with a shuffle across the sticks
30.5
0
Bumrah to Amla, no run, in the air...but short of Rahane who ran forward from gully. Short of a length angling into Amla who tried to flick off the back foot. Got an inside edge onto his thigh and the ball lobbed up for a while before landing safe
30.4
0
Bumrah to Amla, no run, shortish length outside off stump, defended off the back foot towards cover
30.3
0
Bumrah to Amla, no run, the wide outside off ploy to Amla continues, currently he isn't interested to play at those. Considering the patience levels that he has, I doubt if this is a plan worth investing in. Especially now that he is well-set
30.2
1
Bumrah to Elgar, 1 run, slanting in from a good length, Elgar gets across on his toes and works this behind square leg
30.1
1
Bumrah to Amla, 1 run, is that a chance? No, just short of gully! Short of a length with extra bounce, Amla couldn't control the cut and got lucky. Good stop by Rahane with a dive, saved a certain boundary
29.6
1
Ishant to Amla, 1 run, on a length outside off, gets forward and steers it through backward point. Retains the strike
29.5
0
Ishant to Amla, no run, prodigious away movement after pitching but it's from well outside off. Easy leave for Amla who shuffled across the stumps
29.4
0
Ishant to Amla, no run, fifth stump line, on a good length. The idea is perhaps to bore Amla into his dismissal. He lets it pass
29.3
0
Ishant to Amla, no run, back of a length this time, slightly wider outside off and Amla lets it pass
29.2
0
Ishant to Amla, no run, beats the edge! This shapes away after pitching, just a tad though and Amla poked at it without any footwork. Loose from the veteran
29.1
0
Ishant to Amla, no run, starts with a fourth stump line, good length ball and left alone
28.6
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, continues to attack the fourth stump line, on a good length and blocked out
28.5
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, switches to round the wicket and angles this good length ball into the left-hander, blocked with a shuffle across
28.4
4
Bumrah to Elgar, FOUR, poor line and punished! Bumrah strays down leg with a shorter length, Elgar gets across on the back foot and just tickles it fine. Down the leg side to the fence
28.3
1
Bumrah to Amla, 1 run, nearly chopped on! Shortish length but too close to cut. Amla doesn't think so and goes through with the shot. Thick inside edge down to fine leg
28.2
0
Bumrah to Amla, no run, short of a length outside off, camps on the back foot and defends with a straight bat
28.1
0
Bumrah to Amla, no run, angling in from a good length around off, dabbed softly with an angled bat. Goes to gully on the bounce. Amla wanted the single and was down the track, sent back in the end by Elgar

Welcome back folks! India still have the runs on the board which is certainly a huge proposition on this pitch. Having said that, South Africa ticked off a box by going wicketless in the morning. Can they keep up the good work? Or will the Indian pacers rediscover their rhythm to make inroads? We shall find out soon as we are all set for live action

Seeing how the 90 minutes today have gone, my mind instantly goes back to two Tests in South Africa. One the Cape Town Test - the famous 47 all out match - versus Australia and the second; the Jo'Burg Test in 2013 when India last played here. Both matches saw fourth innings chases, when the pitch completey baffled everyone. It started off spicy and then suddenly went to sleep. Made the fourth innings a stroll giving the bowling side nightmares. Looking at how the first session has gone, is this game going that same route? I will leave with those two scorecards (website only) for your viewing!

But for that to happen, they have to get past two walls in the form of Elgar and Amla. Maybe during the break, they will reassess things and sit down to have a talk on where they need to bowl. That's what the coach and the thinktank are for, isn't it? On that note, take a break, but do stay tuned and join us shortly for the next session. If you have lots of time to spend, then there's a plethora of stuff up on our site - with the T20 League auction going on. Cricbuzz's "live tracker" is a beaut. Make sure you don't miss out on that. Will be back in a while to see how this Test unfolds...

They have not bowled the right length on this and haven't attacked the stumps much, especially Bumrah and Bhuvi. Ishant has looked the best of the three that have bowled today. Shami was taken off very quickly after being cut for two fours by Amla. There's still encouragement and life for the bowlers, but with the ball becoming soft and pitch not throwing up any demons, India will have to be really disciplined and innovative as well to turn this around. Mind you they aren't out of this, a couple of wickets and one may see the new batsman feeling uncomfortable.

12:30 Local Time, 10:30 GMT, 16:00 IST: Treacherous pitch! Dangerous Pitch! Unplayable! Unfit for a Test! Poor! What are you talking about? Throw all those adjectives out of the window. Nothing has happened today as far as the pitch is concerned. Not one ball has spat or jumped from a length. So what could be the reason for the sudden change? Heavy roller? Overnight rain? Pitch easing out? A combination of all those I would say. A brilliant 90 minutes for South Africa. Apart from a few moments when the ball beat the edge, there hasn't been a single half-chance created by the Indians.

27.6
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, short of length on off, defended and that will be lunch

Relaxed faces in the Protea camp as Amla has a lighter moment with Gould

27.5
1
Ishant to Amla, 1 run, full on the stumps, pushed in front of mid-on. Easy run

Point comes in. Leg gully and deep square as well

27.4
1
Ishant to Elgar, 1 run, good length on middle and leg, nudged away to fine leg
27.3
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, Ishant grimaces. He knows he has bowled a good ball, but with the angle from over the wicket, to the leftie, it will mostly pitch outside leg, raps Elgar on the thigh pad. Nothing going for the lbw there
27.2
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, sprays it well wide of off, a slower delivery too, left alone
27.1
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, fullish on the stumps, Elgar defends it back down the track

The sun peeks out. This will be the last over before lunch.

26.6
1
Bumrah to Elgar, 1 run, down leg, flicked to deep backward square. Poor over from Bumrah

Leg gully in

26.5
1
Bumrah to Amla, 1 run, Bumrah gets lucky. Well down leg, flicked straight to the fielder at fine leg. That was a boundary ball
26.4
0
Bumrah to Amla, no run, short of length and outside off, Amla moves across to block
26.3
0
Bumrah to Amla, no run, back of a length outside off, defended to gully
26.2
4
Bumrah to Amla, FOUR, that's the problem with angling the ball back in, Amla shuffles across and takes it from his hips, glanced away to the fine leg fence. The fielder is too square and it races away
26.1
0
Bumrah to Amla, no run, full outside off, left alone
25.6
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, a change-up, bowls the off-cutter, takes the pace off, pushed to mid-off
25.5
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, back of a length on the stumps, Elgar defends off the back foot to cover
25.4
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, that's the length, Elgar though shows the full face of the bat to block to mid-on
25.3
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, good to see Ishant attacking the stumps, but the length has to be full, good length, defended
25.2
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, short of length on the stumps, easy for Elgar to block
25.1
1
Ishant to Amla, 1 run, full outside off, Amla defends in front of cover and off he goes. Easy single
24.6
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, back to a good length, Elgar defends with the bat coming across the pad
24.5
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, that's more where he should be. Fraction full and sliding across Elgar, it pitched outside leg and moved a long way, past the edge
24.4
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, very high bouncer, Elgar lets it go and it loops to Parthiv Patel
24.3
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, back of a length around off, Elgar is a bit late on the back foot block, the ball hits the inside part of the bat and rolls to leg
24.2
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, short of length on the stumps, Elgar rides the bounce and defends
24.1
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, fullish on the stumps, Elgar defends to backward point

Jasprit Bumrah [5.0-1-14-0] is back into the attack

23.6
4
Ishant to Amla, FOUR, how far was that from the backward square leg fielder? Need a replay to know more. But this pull was in the air as Amla tried to keep it down, rolled his wrists as he swivelled to pull. Shouts of "catch" but it went away to the fence, Ishant is a very disappointed man
23.5
0
Ishant to Amla, no run, another punchy drive by Amla, who finds mid-on
23.4
0
Ishant to Amla, no run, good length on off, Amla defends in front of cover, wants a quick single, but sent back
23.3
0
Ishant to Amla, no run, full on the stumps, Amla pushes with a straight bat to mid-on

The crowd are singing - "he bowls to the right, he bowls to the left, this Ishant Sharma, his bowling is s*ite." An iconic song invented by the Barmy Army for Mitchell Johnson! Now adapted by the crowd to use it on Ishant!

23.2
0
Ishant to Amla, no run, short of length into the hips, turned to backward square leg
23.1
0
Ishant to Amla, no run, beats the bat. Needless flirt from Amla, shuffled across to this good length delivery that held its line and wsan't far from nicking off
22.6
0
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, no run, pitched up on off, Elgar is forward to block that right under his eyes
22.5
0
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, no run, full on the pads, turned to mid-wicket
22.4
4
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, FOUR, edged and over gully! The thing that Elgar did well was go hard on the drive. Was full and wide of off, since he went full-throttle, it cleared gully. Disappointment for the Indians
22.3
0
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, no run, short of length on the hips, Elgar flicks in the air, falls short of Vijay at mid-wicket
22.2
1
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, 1 run, short of length on off, defended with soft hands wide of point and another run taken
22.1
0
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, no run, good length outside off, left alone
21.6
1
Ishant to Amla, 1 run, full and around off, Amla gets a thick inside half of the bat on the forward block, behind square it runs away for a single
21.5
0
Ishant to Amla, no run, very full outside off, pushed back to mid-off
21.4
1
Ishant to Elgar, 1 run, Kohli nearly took out Ian Gould with that throw. Pushed wide of mid-off and Kohli throws the ball at the stumps, misses and Gould had to hop out of the way
21.3
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, tucking up Elgar with back of a length deliveries on his hips, Elgar defends it back to Ishant
21.2
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, good delivery, full and slanting across Elgar, who gets forward to defend and the angle takes it away from the edge. Barely carries to Parthiv Patel
21.1
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, short of length on the stumps, Elgar defends back down the track, taking the bottom hand off to soften the impact
20.6
1
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, 1 run, back over the wicket, tucked off the pads behind square for a single

Aleem Dar had a word with Kohli about the amount of chirp going on out there

20.5
0
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, no run, sliding into the pads, tucked to square leg

Now round the wicket

20.4
0
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, no run, short of length on off, Elgar hops to block that back down the track
20.3
0
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, no run, Amla smiles and there's chirping at Elgar. "Very funny" is what I heard from the slip cordon. He is unflappable. As stoic as one can get. Nothing will trouble him. Good old hard Protea. All this after the ball seamed past the edge
20.2
0
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, no run, keeps low, but Elgar has kept it out. Keeping his eye on the ball at all times
20.1
0
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, no run, full on middle, Elgar dead-bats

Time for drinks. South Africa will be happy with how things have gone in this mini passage of play. India haven't even created one chance. And surprisingly the pitch isn't showing off his villainous nature. Where are the ones who were shouting and screaming at the state of the pitch? If it plays true and the ball gets soft, then problems for India. Takes my mind back to the Cape Town Test when South Africa chased a 200-plus score against Australia with ease. That after bowling them out for 47. Amla got a hundred - a sublime one at that and he is key again here.

19.6
0
Ishant to Amla, no run, fullish outside off, Amla dead-bats towards cover and says "no" for the single

Leg gully in for Amla

19.5
1
Ishant to Elgar, 1 run, an inside edge and it runs behind square, Elgar slightly late on the block. To a good length delivery on middle and leg, Elgar gets a single

Someone seems to have whispered in Ishant's ear that he has gone unsold in the T20 League auction! Looks fired up

19.4
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, good ball and Elgar makes a late call to leave, yanks his body around in an exaggerated way after the ball passed his bat
19.3
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, play and a miss. That line - starting from around leg, seaming away and beating the bat as Elgar flirted at it. Flies over the edge
19.2
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, short of length on the hips, Elgar rises tall and nudges to mid-wicket
19.1
0
Ishant to Elgar, no run, fullish on leg, kept a bit low, Elgar defends well and the ball runs to gully

Ishant Sharma, right-arm fast, comes into the attack

18.6
0
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, no run, keeps it nice and full on off, defended
18.5
0
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, no run, pitched up outside off, left alone
18.4
0
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, no run, short of length outside off, Amla punches off the back foot to cover
18.3
0
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, no run, full on off, Amla defends off the front foot
18.2
0
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, no run, fullish outside off, moves away, but all this after Amla shoulders arms
18.1
0
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, no run, good length outside off, left alone
17.6
1
Bumrah to Amla, 1 run, full on off, wristed wide of Shami at mid-on. Another run pinched
17.5
1
Bumrah to Elgar, 1 run, pitched up on off, Elgar defends to Jinks at gully, a fumble and they take a single. That should've been stopped
17.4
2
Bumrah to Elgar, 2 runs, short of length outside off, Elgar lets it run off the bat face, wide of gully. The slow outfield just gives the batsman two
17.3
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, fullish outside off, left alone
17.2
1
Bumrah to Amla, 1 run, pitched up outside off, Amla drives with an open fac e to deep point who is placed there now
17.1
0
Bumrah to Amla, no run, short of length on off, Amla defends off the back foot

India are making the same mistake that Vern and the others did on the last session of day 2. They aren't attacking the stumps enough on this uneven wicket. Even Bhuvneshwar looks off-color today. Majority of the balls are being bowled on a good length, short of length, and outside off. Not on the stumps and full - which then can cause all sorts of trouble. Maybe they have got carried away by the pitch.

16.6
1
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, 1 run, when it is full on the stumps, pushed past the bowler and since mid-on is wide, they rush across to complete the run. Well-judged in the end
16.5
0
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, no run, this is further wide of off, easy leave
16.4
0
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, no run, short of length outside off, Amla shoulders arms
16.3
0
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, no run, good length outside off, Amla lets it go
16.2
0
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, no run, moves across his stumps, the ball is full on off, blocked
16.1
0
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, no run, pitched up outside off, left alone
15.6
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, well played by Elgar. This rose from a shortish length, Elgar though defended it with soft hands, even as he was hopping to counter the extra bounce
15.5
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, he is hanging back, deep in his crease, and is able to block right under his eyes
15.4
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, pitched up on off, dead-batted
15.3
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, fullish outside off, left alone
15.2
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, Parthiv Patel shakes his head as does Gould. All this after the umpire didn't give it out for caught behind, the sound may have been bat hitting the pad. The ball was very close to the edge as well. Snicko can provide more info
15.1
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, short of length and angled back in from round the wicket, Elgar defends in his own inimitable way
14.6
0
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, no run, pitched up on off, again too full, Amla is in behind it
14.5
0
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, no run, very full for the ball to do anything, Amla blocks solidly
14.4
0
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, no run, short of length and angling in, Amla is a bit early into the leg-side tuck, soft leading edge to cover
14.3
0
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, no run, well outside off, left alone
14.2
0
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, no run, fullish on off, Amla shuffles across and blocks
14.1
0
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, no run, short of length outside off, Amla lets it go
13.6
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, slanted across Elgar, on a fullish length, Elgar shoulders arms
13.5
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, full on the stumps, Elgar blocks it out

Graeme Smith on air - "I don't think Faf can wear a chest guard because his shirt is so tight." Hahaha!

13.4
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, tucked to square leg
13.3
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, pitches outside leg and moves across Elgar, who misses the flick. Hit on the thigh pad and bounces to the cordon
13.2
1
Bumrah to Amla, 1 run, rises from a back of a length, Amla defends with soft hands, takes it on the bat splice and runs wide of gully. Easy run
13.1
0
Bumrah to Amla, no run, only Parthiv Patel appealed for a caught behind, nothing from the others. Amla shuffled across and could've left that, but flirted at one outside off and is lucky not to have edged it
12.6
0
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, no run, on a good length and outside off, Elgar shoulders arms
12.5
0
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, no run, angled into middle and leg, Elgar pushes to mid-wicket

Round the wicket now

12.4
0
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, no run, good length outside off, slanted across Elgar, who lets it go
12.3
0
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, no run, hits a crack and swerves wickedly, left alone
12.2
4
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, FOUR, when there's width like that, Elgar will try to find the boundary as many times as he can, full and wide outside off, he doesn't move completely forward, just moves across and essays the square drive, races away
12.1
0
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, no run, brushes the trouser after cutting him in half and bounces through to Parthiv Patel. Short of a length and it missed the inside edge and the elbow. Good ball

Apart from one or two balls, the pitch hasn't played any tricks. India haven't bowled well too. They aren't hitting the right length on this - which is full!

11.6
1
Bumrah to Elgar, 1 run, full and pushed wide of mid-off. Elgar takes the single
11.5
4
Bumrah to Elgar, byes, FOUR, four bonus runs for SA. Good length outside off, left alone and it bounces awkwardly in front of Parthiv Patel, who can't stop it cleanly. Didn't get his body behind it and it runs away. All bonus runs these
11.4
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, looks good on TV this, but Elgar has played that really well. Short and rising outside off, he drops the hands as it passes over the bat
11.3
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, full on the stumps, Elgar is deep in his crease and blocks to backward point
11.2
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, movement off the seam. Pitches outside leg and moves across Elgar, who is beaten on the back foot block
11.1
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, short of length and down leg, Elgar is hit on the thigh and he has a smile and a shrug of his shoulders, looking at Amla

Jasprit Bumrah [1.0-0-7-0] is back into the attack

10.6
0
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, no run, full on off, Amla brings the bat down in a straight line and defends to mid-on
10.5
0
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, no run, short of length on off, defended off the back foot

Two slips and a gully in

10.4
1
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, 1 run, sliding down leg, Elgar flicks off the pads and gets it down to fine leg
10.3
0
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, no run, my word! That's bounced off a length and Elgar did well not to nick that. Pitches on a good length around off and absolutely shoots off the pitch, flies past the edge
10.2
0
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, no run, good length on the stumps, Elgar defends close to his body and keeps it out
10.1
0
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, no run, starts with a fullish delivery outside off, easy leave for Elgar

Bhuvneshwar Kumar [4.0-0-8-0] is back into the attack

9.6
0
Shami to Amla, no run, short of length on off, neatly blocked off the back foot
9.5
0
Shami to Amla, no run, fullish outside off, left alone. That's the line and length
9.4
4
Shami to Amla, FOUR, poor bowling from Shami. Can't bowl short and wide outside off to Amla. It sits up to be hit and Amla rocks back to smash the cut through cover, again off the middle of the bat and second boundary of the over
9.3
0
Shami to Amla, no run, went wide of the crease and angled it in, Amla is hit on the thigh pad, on the shuffle, loud shout for lbw, but Gould shakes his head, it was high and would've gone over
9.2
4
Shami to Amla, FOUR, poor delivery. Short and wide outside off, Amla doesn't miss out. Rocks back and cuts wide of backward point, raced away. Amla starts with a boundary today
9.1
0
Shami to Amla, no run, Shami too starts short, good one too, following Amla who arches back and allows it to go. Well played
8.6
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, hit hard into the pitch, Elgar hops to defend to gully. End of the unfinished over
8.5
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, shortish on the stumps, Elgar is right behind that, drops it with soft hands
8.4
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, that has pinged the glove. Rising from a shortish length, Elgar played that ok. Rose and fended it down. Though it hit the glove, it went to ground
8.4
5
Bumrah to Elgar, 5 wides, ooh! Banged in short, very short, flies over the leaping Parthiv Patel, who didn't even get a hand on that. Good start for South Africa. Called as wides and rightly so

So the players are walking out to the middle. Overcast conditions and perfect for bowling. Still can see sawdust sprayed on the outfield. Will not be easy for batting. And then there's the pitch. Which is the bigger topic of discussion. Bumrah to start things off. Three slips and a gully, with a leg gully in as well. Here we go...

Kau again with this: "Heavy roller on the pitch." Good. That should settle the demons on it!

Revised timings for today: 1st session - 11am to 12:30pm. Second session - 1:10pm to 3:25pm. Third session - 3:45pm to 6pm. Another half an hour can be played if conditions permit.

10:36 Local Time, 08:36 GMT, 14:06 IST: Kau our man at Jo'Burg pings me that play will start at 11am and lunch will be pushed back by half an hour!

Pitch report: There's still some ongoing discussions about yesterday. The forecast is good. Nothing about the pitch! Slight dampness on the pitch but the main issue for the delay is concerns about the outfield. Sawdust being sprayed on that part of the field.

09:55 Local Time, 07:55 GMT, 13:25 IST: There appears to be some sawdust on the outfield. Here is some official news from Kaushik, "Inspection at 10:30 local!" Another 35 minutes more to go for that and so we now have a delayed start.

Kaushik comes up with more bytes. "Just one cover placed beside the pitch. Ottis Gibson is with the umpires inspecting the cracks."

Our man at the venue, Kaushik Rangarajan informs us that there was a shower earlier but it's now down to a very light drizzle. "Super soppers working on the outfield. Doesn’t look too bad from up here. Officials paying close attention to the pitch! Obviously! Covers have come on," he says.

So, what ahead for South Africa?? There were a lot of extreme reactions on the social media as you would expect with such a scenario. The hosts have gone on record saying that they are prepared to fight it out and guess what, they would need every ounce of their strength to gun down this target. The surface is expected to aid the pacers and even if the rollers have an effect, there would still be enough tricks played by the track to keep the batsmen on their feet. However, they could take a leaf out of India's second innings approach - they were positive in intent and largely played without keeping the pitch in mind. That's the best way to play to be honest. As for the Indians, if they can utilize this new ball well, they could make early inroads. Promises to be an entertaining morning session. Stay tuned.

Day 4, 9:20 local: Cricket is generally a gentleman's game. Yes, you do have several incidents on the field and sometimes even in press conferences when players have a go at each other. However, the bottomline is that the game is almost always played in good spirits. This characteristic of the sport had a litmus test yesterday and it did seem like things could turn ugly. We had a pitch that was causing a few alarms for the batsmen and then two teams who had opposite thoughts on continuing the game. It wasn't wrong of either of them to think the way they had yesterday. In the end, it's pleasing that a consensus was arrived at. That means we are back to the real business wherein a cracking day's play is in prospect. This is Hariprasad Sadanandan saying hello to all of you to our coverage.

---------------------------------------

20:20 Local Time, 18:20 GMT, 23:50 IST: So after a day full of action, I get to sign off. Helps massively when you aren't an early to bed, early to rise guy. So on that note, I leave you with Tristan's news story where he has all the details of what transpired today. See you tomorrow. Bye for now. Adios.

19:58 Local Time, 17:58 GMT, 23:28 IST: Breaking news: The match referee has had a word with both team managements and the play is scheduled to start on time on Day 4. Here's the official statement from on their Twitter account: "The on-field umpires, in consultation with the match referee, and after speaking with both the captains and groundsmen, have decided that the Johannesburg Test will resume on time on Saturday. The on-field umpires will continue to monitor the pitch, and consult the match referee should the pitch deteriorate further. The welfare of the players is paramount and two of the most experienced match officials are in charge of the game and will take appropriate decisions. Play on Friday was suspended shortly before scheduled close because the on-field umpires wanted to consult the match referee regarding the condition of the pitch."

----------------------

A thrilling day's play which has ended with a fair bit of controversy. The pitch continues to be the hero with all the spotlight on it. India are firm favorites at this point but that is only a sub-plot as of now. Will the game continue? What will be the immediate future of the Wanderers? All this and plenty more questions that need answers. That's a wrap as far as our coverage of the day is concerned. Huge day coming up then. Cya tomorrow, cheers!

An interesting point from Mazher Arshad on Twitter, "CSA should be hoping play happens tomorrow. If it is abandoned then very likely the pitch will be declared UNFIT and the Wanderers will be banned for 12 months. The ground is due to host one ODI, T20I vs India and a Test v Australia. Might not able to host PAK next season either. If it is declared unfit and there is a same offence in the next 5 years then under the new rules it will result in 10 demerit points which equates to 24 months ban."

-----------------------------

More from Gibson who appears animated. "When we go to India, the wickets spin. If you are playing four spinners then it's ok? Heavy roller flattens it out. Our idea is to flatten the cracks out. They'll always open as the match goes on. Ultimately we still want to play cricket. But Match referee decision will be based on player safety. I hope you are not sitting here thinking we are complaining."

"Our captain also said this is not fair when balls were taking off the length. We said a decision would have to be made but that's not our decision to make.If a ball is going to hit you on your finger, we can probably get away with. But if it's on the face then it's a problem. Every team are good in their own conditions and use it to their benefit," quips Gibson.

The Coach also clarifies the team's stance on the pitches they asked. "We've never asked for grass, we asked for pace and bounce. The wicket in Cape Town went for three days but we thought it was a good wicket. That's what we had asked for here. Dean is not expecting the ball to take off from 8m and hit him in the face. There are four umpires here and a match referee. Player safety is paramount"

Gibson's turn to voice his thoughts. "India over the course of the three days have utilized the conditions a lot more. We've bowled wider than we should have. They've had the upper hand since the first day. I've played here before on a wicket that looked similar with the grass on. I think both teams thought it was a good pitch. It was cut down to 5mm . I don't think we expected it to behave in the way it did."

Moosajee isn't happy about the way the opposition has reacted. "I'm not sure you are watching the game. The ball that hit Elgar spat from a good length. Nobody has made a direct statement to the direct condition of the pitch. The minute it goes to the head , that's why the umpires decided to consult with the referee. I don't think short pitched bowling affected Shami (references to bowling round the wicket to him). There was no deliberate intention to hurt anyone"

Moosajee says, "Decision was umpires will take a call. From our point of view decision lies in the referees stand. Everybody wants to see Test cricket. It's interestingly poised. Issue becomes what is unfit and unsafe. The issue comes when a ball rises from a length and hits a face. Match referee hasn't told us officially if a decision will be made tomorrow. No doubt questions will be asked about this pitch. It looked like a sporty wicket. will rate it. We have to face repercussions"

South Africa's head coach Ottis Gibson and Manager Moosajee's turn to address the press.

Rahane mentions how the Indians took the challenge positively. "We never complained , whenever we got Hit. I was visualizing when I was sitting in the dressing room. Survival was not enough we had to score. I was thinking from last night. I wanted to be aggressive. Go aggressive."

"How come no one noticed when 9-11 were batting they were bowling round the wicket into the head. I've batted many times in club cricket - you get more dangerous wickets in Kanga league. As a cricketer whatever challenges you get you have to face," opines Rahane.

Rahane echoed his manager's views, "New ball is challenging but you cannot call it dangerous, When Amla got 60, no one talked about the pitch. Everybody talked about how he played. I hope Elgar is fine, but I don't think pitch is too dangerous. I don't know what the is going to do, but as a team our focus is to get on with the game."

"Now it is up to match referee to decide. Let's cross the bridge when we get there (if India will be okay with repair). Tomorrow before start of play we should be told (regarding the match's future)," Sunil adds.

"We are of the view that it was a normal ball (the one to Elgar). It was not a ball that cut alarmingly. It would be unfair to one of the sides if repair work is done on the pitch tomorrow," Sunil says.

The Indian Team Manager Sunil Subramanium and Ajinkya Rahane are addressing the press. This is what Sunil has to say, "Match Referee had called me at tea in case the pitch got dangerous later. We held the view that the pitch was the same for all three days. Today was the day when we had the least wickets. So we wanted to continue to play."

-----------------------------

"News from the South Africa camp is that They are still waiting on the match officials to give them an update on the way forward. They are not sure when this decision will be made," our correspondent Tristan Holme.

Rabada, Philander and Morkel all picked 3 wickets apiece but it was Kagiso who was easily the pick of the bowlers. The others were patchy in their spells and were combated by some spirited batting from the Indians. The poor catching didn't help the Proteas either. Armed with a solid lead and an opportunity to have a brief crack at the South Africans, India did strike early with Shami's lifter derailing Markram. Defying the pitch's tricks, Elgar and Amla survived, occasionally copping blows before it became one too many. Ironically, it was a delivery that didn't misbehave that put a full stop to the day's play.

A brilliant day for India - easily their best one on this South African tour thus far. The day started with the game in the balance but it took two classy knocks to drag the momentum towards the visitors. Skipper Kohli followed up his first innings fifty with a fluent 41 that set the tone of the innings while his deputy showed everyone what India were missing in his absence. The duo's efforts blunted the Proteas who not only wilted in terms of the bowling, but also started dropping catches. Bhuvneshwar weighed in with another valuable knock while Shami chanced his arms to produce a cameo as India ended up with a hefty lead, considering the nature of this Jo'burg pitch.

17:30 Local Time, 15:30 GMT, 21:00 IST: We have the final update for the day. Stumps it is! No clarity at present regarding the future of the game. We're hearing that more details will be divulged at a press conference that is around the corner.

Our man, Kaushik, with some news, "They've uprooted the stumps that should be that for the day's play at least. It's drizzling slightly, hence the covers are on and the stumps are off. Now for Law 6.4.4 to apply, they can't even repair the pitch"

A key discussion on-air by Sunil Gavaskar, Kepler Wessels and Graeme Smith regarding the match's future. They feel that the game must go on, purely for a consistency in decision-making. The important point mentioned is the fact that the delivery which has caused this delay didn't actually misbehave off the track. The replays are confirming it. Elgar probably misjudged the length a touch and copped the blow

The Indian coaching staff are having a chat there, Ravi Shastri and Sanjay Bangar being the most vocal of them. The Indian players are all going back to the dressing room which means that we should be done for the day I guess. The players are having a chat with their coaching staff. Murali Vijay is having a word with AB de Villiers, sharing a light moment. Meanwhile, it has started to rain and the covers are being brought on

Okay, this is the big moment. Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis are making their way into the Match Referee's room along with Ian Gould and Aleem Dar. The key thing here is that although the umpires' decision is vital, both captains need to arrive at a mutual agreement for that decision to materialize. This is getting really dodgy, I tell you. Some of the Indian players are still out on the ground. Here is a key bit if you weren't aware - India were offered to stop the game earlier but Kohli had told his men to continue. What this means is that if there is another contradiction between the two captains, it's a stalemate. So, the umpires and match referee can make the final call.

The players are leaving the field. Aleem Dar is having a chat with Kohli who seems animated and unhappy with the decision. The two captains and coaching staffs are likely to have a discussion soon I reckon regarding the future of this match. We'll get clarity on it in a while

The physio is out there to tend to Elgar, just checking if everything is alright. This delivery didn't seem like it misbehaved to be honest, probably misjudged the length but still, there was extra bounce on it. The Match Referee is coming into the ground now. Wooh, the drama has intensified now. Aleem Dar and Ian Gould are having a chat with him. No prizes for guessing what's it about - safety of the players and if the pitch is good enough to resume

8.3
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, kaboom, that's on the helmet! Are these alarm signs in terms of the pitch's nature? Short of a good length delivery that kicks up and Elgar was stunned by the lift on it. Cops the blow flush on the helmet grille and is absolutely clueless
8.2
2
Bumrah to Elgar, 2 runs, short of a length again and this down leg, tickled nicely behind square and they get a brace
8.1
0
Bumrah to Elgar, no run, starts with a bang! Nothing much you can do as a batsman about such deliveries. Just forget it and move on. This pitched around leg stump and seamed square with extra bounce, all in unison. The result is that Elgar gets thudded on the thigh. He has a smile to show, nice to see

Jasprit Bumrah, right-arm medium, comes into the attack

Time for a change and it's the first innings star who has the ball

7.6
0
Shami to Amla, no run, fullish and tailing in a bit, Amla stays in the crease and blocks it out towards mid-wicket
7.5
1
Shami to Elgar, 1 run, shorter length again, this time wider outside off and Elgar just punches it wide of Kohli at extra cover who chases it down
7.4
4
Shami to Elgar, FOUR, whoa, that's a super shot! Fractionally short and Elgar rode it well with a half-pull. Wristy stuff to send it to the deep mid-wicket fence

Round the wicket. Shami is constantly changing his angles

7.3
0
Shami to Elgar, no run, fuller and just around off stump, Elgar stays in the crease and jams it down the pitch
7.2
0
Shami to Elgar, no run, off the outside edge but well short of gully. Elgar did well to play with soft hands which ensured that this didn't fly off the edge
7.1
0
Shami to Elgar, no run, on a length just around off, hint of inward shape as Elgar defends solidly
6.6
0
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, no run, jags in from a good length but most of the movement was after passing the bat. Left alone by Amla and it goes on the bounce to Patel

One of the slip fielders goes to leg gully. Good move with the amount of inward movement

6.5
0
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, no run, keeps persisting with the fourth stump line, on a good length and it's been left alone
6.4
0
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, no run, extra bounce again from a good length. Amla was shuffling across the stumps and takes his bottom hand off while trying to block
6.3
1
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, 1 run, nips in sharply from a good length with a bit of bounce to boot. Elgar couldn't control the leg glance but there isn't anyone at leg gully or leg slip. Goes down towards fine leg
6.2
0
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, no run, angling across the left-hander from a good length, a comfortable leave for Elgar
6.1
0
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, no run, sprayed down the leg-side, Elgar cannot connect the leg glance
5.6
0
Shami to Amla, no run, straightens off the deck after the initial inward angle, opens up Amla a bit as he defends off the back foot. Off the outer half towards point
5.5
1
Shami to Elgar, 1 run, angling in from a good length, Elgar rides the bounce to tuck this just past the short leg fielder who is a touch deep. He got a hand on it

Round the wicket goes Shami

5.4
0
Shami to Elgar, no run, wider line outside off, on a good length and seaming away with bounce, easy leave
5.3
0
Shami to Elgar, no run, he is down again, is Elgar. This wasn't due to the the pitch's antics though. Nipped in sharply from a good length and pinged him near the thigh pad
5.2
0
Shami to Elgar, no run, back of a length and a bit of extra lift on this one, the wider line allows Elgar to leave
5.1
0
Shami to Elgar, no run, on a good length around middle and off, squared up a touch as he defends towards the off-side
4.6
0
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, no run, shortens the length and keeps it outside off, Amla rises on his toes and defends towards point
4.5
0
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, no run, fifth stump zone again on this outswinger, left alone to the keeper
4.4
0
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, no run, pings the bottom hand and Amla jerks his hand a touch in reaction. Angling in from a good length and there was a bit of extra bounce as he looked to defend
4.3
0
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, no run, slightly fuller this time outside off, Amla shoulders arms
4.2
2
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, 2 runs, trickles off the outside edge but Amla was in control here. Stayed on the back foot to this away curler and played it with an angled bat. Well wide of third slip and goes down towards the vacant third man region
4.1
0
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, no run, pegging away on that fifth stump channel, a bit of away movement as well. Amla leaves
3.6
0
Shami to Elgar, no run, slipping down leg, Elgar tries to flick it as the ball flies through to Patel who was excited a bit. Thought that there was a tickle there but nobody else supported. Nothing there really

Over the wicket now

3.5
0
Shami to Elgar, no run, fuller this time, probably in a bid to catch Elgar off guard but he is equal to the task. Defends firmly towards mid-on
3.4
0
Shami to Elgar, no run, that's a cracker! Elgar did well to evade it in the end. Spat off the surface from a short of a good length zone, kept coming in with the angle too and well played in the end
3.3
0
Shami to Elgar, no run, nicely behind the line of this one, back of a length ball that came in with the angle. Blocked with a straight bat to cover
3.2
0
Shami to Elgar, no run, another one that climbs in a bit from a good length, Elgar plays around the inward angle and taps it softly towards mid-wicket
3.1
0
Shami to Elgar, no run, angling in from a good length, Elgar rides the extra bounce to defend well
2.6
0
Bhuvneshwar to Amla, no run, the away swinger but it is well outside off, Amla lets it through
2.5
1
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, 1 run, pitched up this time, a hint of away swing but Elgar covers the movement well with a gentle push towards cover. Sets off immediately for the run and finds good response from Amla
2.4
0
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, no run, erratic stuff, sprayed well wide outside off and it's an easy leave for Elgar
2.3
0
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, no run, beaten! Switches to round the wicket and angles this into the left-hander, straightens after pitching to beat the edge. Didn't carry through to Patel
2.2
0
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, no run, straightens from a good length just around off stump, defended from the crease with a straight bat

The treatment has been done and we are ready to resume

Slight hold up in play as the physio is out there to treat Elgar. Each time a batsman gets hit, there will be concerns over the nature of this pitch. Regarding how dangerous it is. Ian Gould is having a chat with Rahane and Pujara, just a casual talk though but I guess it could be about the pitch. Michael Holding has this to say in his inimitable style, "Perhaps they (the umpires) think that the pitch will be afraid of them when they look at it and quieten down!"

2.1
0
Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, no run, rapped flush on the glove! Elgar has thrown his bat down immediately and seems to be in some pain. This pitched on a good length just around off, he wanted to leave it but couldn't get out of the way in time

Hashim Amla, right handed bat, comes to the crease

1.6
0
Shami to Markram, out Caught by Parthiv Patel!! A lifter from Shami! Brilliantly taken by Patel as well because he had to time the leap well, which he did and India have drawn first blood. It was a short of a length delivery outside off stump and reared off the surface, the line actually meant that Markram could have left it alone perhaps. But he chose to fiddle with it and by the time he realized the zip off the surface, it was too late. Just what the Proteas didn't want. Markram c Parthiv Patel b Shami 4(7) [4s-1]

Shami to Markram, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

1.5
1
Shami to Elgar, 1 run, this comes with the angle from a shorter length, Elgar tucks it down towards fine leg
1.4
0
Shami to Elgar, no run, short of a good length attacking the off stump channel, Elgar brings his bat down in time to stab this to mid-wicket
1.3
0
Shami to Elgar, no run, this one kicks up off the deck, Elgar did well to ride it somehow but certainly wasn't in control. Falls well short of the man at FSL
1.2
0
Shami to Elgar, no run, short of a length angling into the left-hander, defended with an angled bat towards backward point
1.1
0
Shami to Elgar, no run, bangs this midway down the track but the line is down leg, Patel has a bit of stretching to do as he gets across to collect it

Mohammed Shami, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

0.6
0
Bhuvneshwar to Markram, no run, good bowling, equally well left by Markram. Full and just outside off, he shows good judgement of his off pole by letting it pass
0.5
0
Bhuvneshwar to Markram, no run, slanting in from around off, gets right behind the line and blocks towards cover
0.4
0
Bhuvneshwar to Markram, no run, gentle floaty outswinger on fourth stump line, left alone by Markram
0.3
0
Bhuvneshwar to Markram, no run, angling in from a length around off stump, defended with a slightly open bat face towards cover
0.2
0
Bhuvneshwar to Markram, no run, beats the edge! The outswinger this time and Markram plays for the one that's coming in. Sharp movement
0.1
4
Bhuvneshwar to Markram, FOUR, positive start for South Africa. The inswinger from Bhuvneshwar but it's a trifle full and starts from middle stump line. Markram clips it sweetly through square leg, timed it beautifully

Markram and Elgar are at the crease. Markram is on strike. Bhuvneshwar will open the attack