India vs South Africa, day 4: SA lose Elgar's wicket as India set target of 395 runs
Publish Date: Sat, 05 Oct 2019 06:14 PM IST
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: South Africa lost Dean Elgar's wicket for just 2 runs to be at 11/1 at stumps after India set a target of 395 runs for SA in the fourth innings during day four of the ongoing first Test held at Vizag. The important wicket comes as a blow to the Proteas who scored his maiden ton on Indian soil during the first innings and helped visitors to make a comeback.
Earlier, Rohit Sharma scored his second hundred of the match to power India to 323/4. He scored 127 runs off 149 balls with the help of 10 fours and seven sixes and become the f irst batsman to score two hundred in his opening Test as an opener. He was well guided by players like Cheteswar Pujara (81) who scored his 21st fifty. Together they added 169 runs for the second wicket.
Unfortunately, Pujara lost his wicket lbw to Vernon Philander, falling 19 runs short of his 19th Test ton while Rohit Sharma was again dismissed in a similar fashion as first innings. He danced down the track off Keshav Maharaj and de Kock was quick to remove the bails. The duo, however, survived on several occasions. At one of the moments, Pujara's outside edge fell between first slip and wicket-keeper while Rohit's catcher touched the boundary ropes while taking his catch.
The sun stayed away for the majority of the second session and play took place under floodlights.
Other batsmen such as Ravindra Jadeja (40 off 32 deliveries), skipper Virat Kohli (unbeaten 31 off 25 balls) and Ajinkya Rahane (27 not out off 17 balls) also threw their bats around to beef up the lead. The South African bowlers again faced difficulty during the second innings of team India.
Earlier, South Africa scored 431 to reduce the deficit to 71 runs after Dean Elgar scored 160 and Quinton de Kock (111) scored his fifth test century. Ravichandran Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers, he scalped seven wickets.
Resuming the day at 385/8, the Proteas were bowled out for 13.2 overs in the morning session. Debutante Senuran Muthuswamy scored an unbeaten 33 runs (106 balls) while Kagiso Rabada added 15 runs. The hosts would have been better placed the most if they had not allowed SA those handy runs.
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