Last Update on: January 16th, 2018 at 03:43 pm
Mohammed Shami struck thrice after AB De Villiers and Dean Elgar provided host South Africa with a solid start in the morning session of Day 4. The Proteas were on a roll to set a huge target and then bowl out India in the fourth innings before Shami put a break on their innings.
The overnight duo played some classical shots and looked in total control on a pitch which has nothing to offer to the bowlers. De Villiers was in scintillating form, as South Africa eased past the 100-run mark.
Virat Kohli tried all his bowers in an attempt to break the partnership till de Villiers (80) got outdone by some extra bounce off Mohammed Shami. It was a back of a length delivery outside off that bounced sharply after pitching. De Villiers was trying to dab it down towards third man, but was undone by the extra bounce, and ends up gloving it through and Parthiv Patel grabs it safely.
Shami then set one up for Elgar (61) who pulled one straight into the hands of KL Rahul who was positioned at deep square-leg for that shot. Rahul grabbed the ball on the second attempt, leaving South Africa striving at 151 for four.
Wicket-keeper batsman Quintin de Kock looked in absolute discomfort, as he went after the ball without his feet moving. He knicked first three balls off Shami that went through the slip cordon to edge the fourth ball straight into the hands of Patel.
Shami, who was a bit wayward at the start of the match looked sharper in the morning session. he was hitting the right areas swinging the ball both ways.
India will now aim to restrict South Africa to a cheap score as early as possible and chase down the target in an attempt to level the series.
Brief Score: South Africa 335 & 173/5 (De Villiers 80) Shami 3/38 South Africa lead by 201 runs
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