South Africa Vs India: Five Talking Points – 2nd Test; Day Four, Centurion
South Africa Vs. India: As the second and penultimate Test is going to enter to its final day and it would be equally fascinating to watch the top-two teams; India and South Africa fighting it out with hosts already leading the series 1-0
At stumps, India posts 35 for 3 in 23 overs with Parthiv batting on five off 24 balls and CheteshwarPujara is unbeaten on 11 off 40 deliveries after the Proteas set the target of 287.
What do you think can India still chase down the target while considering the fifth-day play even top-order crumbled?
However, we could witness the surface would further deteriorate and it would be a riveting battle – to watch out for owing to the aggression and the hope.
- India waste a review in the second session
- Shami tames Quinton de Kock
- Rabada, Lungi Ngidi set opener back to hut
- Du Plessis was too slow; Philander scores
- Remarkable Ngidi traps valiant Virat Kohli
- Ngidi’s ball right into the ribcage of Parthiv Patel
Talking Points of the day four:
[swnav]SA vs. IND, 2018: Five Talking Points – Navigation
- Mohammed Shami on a song:
- No surprise what so ever Virat Kohli goes upstairs:
- Slow but steady: Faf du Plessis-Vernon Philander defends well:
- India’s top-order collapse:
- How surface has behaved so far:
Seam bowler Mohammed Shami bowled his heart out in the later part of the morning session on the penultimate day which saw him removing defiant AB de Villiers on 80 off 121 balls.
Moreover, the right-handed de Villiers was surprised by an extra bounce when gloveman Parthiv Patel completed a catch and why not too much of his relief after drawing criticism over his wicket keeping.
Shami went on to dismiss wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock who was absolute gold after taming him with the line and the length.
Interestingly, before being dismissed, de Kock nicked all four deliveries which further saw Shami having the last laugh and why not he was sweating profusely to deliver after looking bit rusty on an opening day.
Have you enjoyed Shami’s taming to gobsmack de Kock?
Shami finished the figures with four for 49 in his 16 overs
Did you consider it for a sassy review?
Well, well, well to me it was not less than a blunder, in fact, it was full of fun!
The incident happened in the 62nd over of South Africa’s second innings when hosts skipper Faf du Plessis was batting not batting he was supposed to be on the blockathon mode which further saw Jasprit Bumrah appealing for a leg before wicket (lbw).
Kohli, who had a chat with close-in fielders particularly gloveman Patel and the bowler before making a gesture of a “T.”
However, what unfolded was not pleasing for the visitors as the television replays suggested the ball struck the sweet part of the bat.
Du Plessis was batting on 17 off 52 balls, and Vernon Philander faced 50 balls for his 15 when the dramatic scene took place at 190 for five in 61.1 overs
To be precise, the replays further revealed Kohli had a wry smile while witnessing the giant screen at the SuperSport Park.
In their second innings, South Africa had a decent start which led to the unyielding display to keep the bowler at bay before Shami balanced things for the ranked number-one Test side.
De Villiers was at the defiance mode, and Du Plessis was shouldering the arms, and the task was arduous.
There has been resistance but the left-handed batsman Dean Elgar was making it too difficult for himself.
Elgar was neither playing on a ranking turner nor a vicious surface which was justified by Vernon Philander’s solid control who scored 26 off 85 balls. He smashed two boundaries in his patient and well-crafted cameo.
Du Plessis, who was caught and bowled by Bumrah on the fourth ball of 89th innings after facing 141 balls for his 48 runs.
So far, in four days we have witnessed the ball reserved, odd-balls kept low, spinners got some assistance and batters went on to show the dogged resistance.n
The final session of the penultimate day is said to be trickiest, and it proved to be the one as India is already three down when stumps were removed from the grove, but their hope Kohli was on the mission to have a go at the chase before the replays suggested the ball was crashing the top of the middle-order.
Interestingly, the umpire was Michael Gough, who persistently enquired by Virat Kohli regarding the damp ball in the evening session on day three, before bad light stopped the play and eventually the day.
Kohli seemed to have to apply the same approach he had worked on neatly in the first innings when he smashed 153 which eventually saw him kissing the marriage pendant back then, but the debutant Lungi Ngidi has something different in the store.
India lost the top-order at 26 in 16 overs.
Read about India’s tour to South Africa: SA Vs IND, 2018
Tahir Ibn Manzoor