The Indian cricket team has lost three wickets in the second innings of the 2nd Test at Centurion, needing 252 more runs to win the match and they virtually need a miracle to pull it off from here. Hosts South Africa yet again rattled the Indian batting top order with their ferocious bowling as the visitors stared at a series defeat at the close of the fourth day in the second cricket Test against South Africa on Tuesday. Chasing 287 for a win, which will be the highest ever at this venue if successful, Murali Vijay (9), Lokesh Rahul (4) and captain Virat Kohli (5) were dismissed cheaply in the final session of day as India were reduced to 35 for 3 from 23 overs at stumps. (Live Scorecard)
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14:37 IST: South Africa appeal for a caught-behind, umpire turns down the appeal and they go for the DRS. Replay shows that the ball nicked the helmet and not the bat or the gloves.
14:35 IST: Ravichandran Ashwin is the new man in.
14:34 IST: OUT! India are staring at series defeat now. Short delivery outside off, Pandya looking to play the upper-cut, edges it back to the keeper. India 83/6, need 204 runs to win.
14:23 IST: Maharaj starts off with a maiden over. India 75/5.
14:19 IST: Keshav Maharaj is introduced in the bowling attack.
14:16 IST: Four! Length delivery outside off, Rohit guides the ball through gully towards the third man for a boundary. This is Rohit’s second boundary at the third-man.
14:10 IST: Four! Philander bowls full and on the pads, Rohit gets in the position early and lifts him over mid-wicket for a boundary.
14:09 IST: Hardik Pandya is the new batsman in.
14:07 IST: OUT! Rabada gets rid of Parthiv. Short delivery from Rabada, Parthiv looking to pull, miscues his hit and Morkel at fine-leg takes a fine catch. India reeling at 65/5
WICKET!! Rabada strikes for SA, but this wicket is all about Morne Morkel. What a catch the big man takes on the fence, making up ground and putting in a dive to make the grab at fine leg. End of Patel for 19. India 65/5 #ProteaFire #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/UfrOBO8KJT
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 17, 2018
14:03 IST: Four! Parthiv opens the full face of the bat and slams Rabada for a boundary straight down the ground.
14:00 IST: Four! Length delivery from Philander, Rohit looking to defend, edges the ball wide of de Villiers and the ball rolls away the to the boundary ropes.
13:57 IST: Four! Length delivery outside off, Parthiv gets forward and hits the ball on the up through the covers.
13:55 IST: Trivia: The last player to be dismissed run out in each innings of a Test was Stephen Fleming against Zimbabwe in Wellington in 2000.
13:51 IST: Rohit Sharma is the new batsman in.
13:49 IST: OUT! What a start to the day for the hosts. Pujara is run out again. Parthiv nudges the ball towards third man, Ngidi chases the ball and pulls it back, de Villiers collects the ball and throws the ball on the half-volley to de Kock, who takes off the bails in a flash. Ravi Shastri is not impressed, not a good start for India.
26.1: WICKET! C Pujara (19) is out, run out (Lungi Ngidi/AB de Villiers), 49/4
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 17, 2018
13:36 IST: Four! Short and outside off, Pujara uses the width, frees his arm and guides the ball through gully towards the third man boundary.
13:34 IST: Good start from Kagiso Rabada, concedes just three runs.
13:28 IST: Alright! It is game time. Cheteshwar Pujara and Parthiv Patel are on strike.
13:15 IST: India will be looking to level the three-match Test series while South Africa will be going for the kill.
13:10 IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of final day of the second Test between India and South Africa.
Debutant Lungi Ngidi grabbed the wickets of Kohli and Rahul while Kagiso Rabada dismissed Vijay to rock the Indian second innings and place South Africa in a commanding position of clinching the three-match series with one Test to go in Johannesburg from January 24.
Cheteshwar Pujara and Parthiv Patel were batting on 11 and 5 respectively at the close of the day’s play after an extended final session. The visitors now need 252 more runs on the final day on Wednesday to win the Test with seven second innings wickets in hand. It will be a tall task, if not an impossible one, for India as 249 is the highest total chased down successfully by any side at the Centurion, a feat achieved by England in 2000.
South Africa were 1-0 up in the three-match Test series after their 72-run victory in Cape Town. A series defeat would also snap India’s nine-series winning streak.