India needs 252 runs to win with a day and seven wickets in hand

 . Last updated on January 17, 2018, 11:58 AM
India needs 252 runs to win with a day and seven wickets in hand
India lost Kohli’s wicket cheaply in the end of the fourth day play.

The single day left in the second Test at Centurion. India need 252 runs to win the match with seven wickets at hand being struck by two early wickets in the latter session of the fourth day. The visitors scored 35 runs for 3 wickets, including that of Virat Kohli, who salvaged the first inning single-handedly. Cheteshwar Pujara and Parthiv Patel will play as the overnight batsmen in the final day. Ngidi emerged as the top attacker of the final session taking down Kohli and Lokesh Rahul. Murali Vijay lost his wicket to Kagiso Rabada.

The fourth day ended again on a heavier note for India as the ball began to behave odd. The oddity was clearly apparent when Lokesh Rahul lost his wicket to an undeserving delivery off Ngidi. Kohli’s wicket was a hefty glitch in the order, but the line-up still players like Rohit Sharma at the middle order.

In the fourth day, South Africa played a stretch after tea break until the team exhausted. The prime thrust in the inning was the 141 runs partnership forged by AB de Villiers and Dean Elgar. The team had a good advantage of the pitch that worked out favorable for batting. India bowler Jasprit Bumrah began misfiring as the ball become older. At this moment Mohammed Shami took the helm of the attack taking down the major wickets. The extra bounce helped him to sent back de Villiers. However, it was only after the player knocked several hefty boundaries.

As the day moved on, it become harder for South Africa players to cope with India’s attack. R Ashwin put batsmen on a jeopardy with sharp turns, while Shami, Hardik Pandya and Ishant Sharma were able to create maximum variations. The second inning score was possible because the home batsmen survived India’s attack keeping the run rate ticking. Faf du Plessis stood out as a strong bet playing a long inning, surviving even catches, to add 48 runs.

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