Indian bowlers turned the match a little in India’s favour as they bowled out the South African batsmen in the first session of the fourth day. Indian batsmen now have to chase 208 to win the first Test at Newlands in Cape Town. The hosts lost their last eight wickets for just 65 runs as debutant Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Shami took three wickets each while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya took two wickets a piece.
South Africa started the day with Kagiso Rabada and Hashim Amla at the crease. However, Amla was removed in the second over of the day by Shami which triggered a batting collapse. AB De Villiers was the top scorer for the South African side with 35 runs and was dismissed while accelerating the run rate after being left alone with the tail-enders. South Africa was bowled out for mere 130 in the second innings.
The point of worry for the hosts will be the absence of Dale Steyn who sustained a heel injury in the first innings and has been ruled of the remainder of the series.
Let’s have a look at how Twitter reacted to the second innings collapse.
Wow 65/8 this morning. Excellent stuff by all bowlers.India couldn't have dreamt of anything better than this. If we bat well, we could create history.#INDvSA
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 8, 2018
Just the start India wanted, especially since it has come off Mohd Shami who looked a bit sluggish so far. Will cause much disquiet in the SA camp
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 8, 2018
Now, just over three days of this series has provided more drama than all five Ashes Tests. And the drama started even before a ball had been bowled. #SAvIND
— Sambit Bal (@sambitbal) January 8, 2018
India need 208 to win.
Since SA's readmission, lowest total defended in SA is 249 by the home side v NZ, Centurion, 2006.
Best chance for India to win a Test and take 1-0 lead. #SAvInd
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) January 8, 2018
Key players for the run-chase…Kohli, Rohit and Pandya. Should be at 4-5-6 in this innings. Hopefully, the top three will make the ball 25 overs old. #SAvIND
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) January 8, 2018
In spite of having lost a day's play, India have made a terrific comeback in the Test and are in drivers seat at the moment. Time for the Batsmen to step up and back what the bowlers did. History beckons #SAvIND
— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) January 8, 2018
A session to remember for Indian cricket. 208 to win. Now to make it a Test to remember… #SAvInd
— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) January 8, 2018
So what do you think folks? 208 tough on this wicket but do-able.. would like to believe it's advantage India.. could be a great fourth innings chase #SAvIND
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) January 8, 2018
Such a big admirer of Bumrah. He needed just one innings to know what he has to do in SA & he is doing that now. Focusing on accuracy & patience & reaping rewards. 👏👏👏👏#SAvIND
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) January 8, 2018
India's successful 200+ run chases in away Tests:
200 v NZ, Dunedin, 1968
403 v WI, Port of Spain, 1976
264 v SL, Kandy, 2001
230 v Aus, Adelaide, 2003
257 v SL, Colombo PSS, 2010
Can they add 208 to the list? #SAvIND
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) January 8, 2018
— Akshat Gupta (@akshatgupta95) January 8, 2018
— Shalini Gupta (@shalini8282) January 8, 2018
— Optimistic MUFC Fan (@ShashiManUnited) January 8, 2018
— Mohit Sharma (@MohitSh763) January 8, 2018
Poor batting display by the proteas…#SAvsIndia
— Ngcobo Boy (@SithiniMatiwane) January 8, 2018
— Saint Dee (@I_Am_Maclegend8) January 8, 2018
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