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December 21, 2013


21:20  - Scorecard

STUMPS - DAY 4


SA 138-2 (45 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

Ashwin to bowl the final over of the fourth day. Du Plessis defends the first two balls before he the third ball slips down the leg side for two byes.

At close on Day 4, South Africa are 138 for two, still needing 320 runs for victory.

Petersen played a fluent innings of 76 from 148 balls, while Faf played out the last few overs to score eight from 37 balls.

India will be happy to have picked up the two big wickets of Smith and Amla before the close of play. The experienced Jacques Kallis will be another big wicket for India on the fifth and final day as they push for victory.
21:15  Statistician Rajneesh Gupta confirms that this is the first time in the history of cricket that both wicketkeepers have bowled in the same Test match!!!!
21:14  - Scorecard

SA 136-2 (44 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

A close shave for South Africa as Petersen and Faf have a slight misunderstanding before they eventually complete the run.

Dhoni to continue with the ball with his deputy taking over behind the stumps.

Du Plessis flicks the fourth delivery to fine leg region for a single, while Petersen lets the last ball, a bouncer, go through.
21:11  - Scorecard

SA 134-2 (43 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

Dhoni goes back to keeping wickets and he does not take the pads, not wanting to waste time. Interesting, to keep wickets on a pitch offering uneven bounce without pads.

A strange Test match where we had both wicketkeepers bowling in the match.


21:08  - Scorecard

SA 134-2 (42 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

Interesting change from India as captain Dhoni comes into the attack with Virat Kohli taking over the gloves.

Dhoni to bowl medium pace as Petersen tucks it on the leg side for a single.

Du Plessis defends before he is early into the pull shot as it lobs on the leg side for a single to deep midwicket.
21:04  - Scorecard

SA 132-2 (41 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

Ashwin continues as du Plessis turns it on the leg side for one and Petersen does the same two balls later.

Two runs from the over as SA reach 132 for two in 41 overs.
21:00  - Scorecard

SA 130-2 (40 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

A surprise from Dhoni as he brings in Murali Vijay to bowl some spin, I thought Rohit Sharma would have been a good option.

Du Plessis drives down the ground for one before Petersen collects a single on the leg side and his partner takes a single from the next ball.
20:59  - Scorecard

SA 127-2 (39 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

The umpires are checking the light meter out in the middle and it won't be long before Dhoni is forced to get his spinners into action.

Faf du Plessis turns it fine on the leg side for a couple before he gets one from the last delivery.
20:54  - Scorecard

SA 124-2 (38 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

It is getting dark now at the Wanderers as the floodlights are switched on. South Africa are having some tense moments out in the middle with India looking to build up the pressure.

Petersen looks to pull a short ball but is beaten for pace as the top edge goes over the keeper for a boundary.

The last ball is again short but it comes in as Petersen decides to duck but it brushes his helmet before going to the keeper.
20:50   - Scorecard

SA 120-2 (37 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

Shami strikes with the big wicket of Amla, who fails for the second time in the match.

Amla, who made 4, misjudged the length as he tried to duck under one pitched short but it hardly got off the pitch and crashed into the off-stump.

If you remember, in the first innings, he had offered no stroke to Ishant as the ball came in and bowled him.

A rare double failure for the run machine Amla to leave South Africa in a spot of bother at 118 for two.

India will look to build the pressure in the closing stages and snatch another wicket or two before the close.
20:40  - Scorecard

SA 118-1 (35 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

Shami comes into the attack in place of Ashwin. Petersen gets the first ball from the outside half of the bat past gully for two runs before he takes one from the next ball.

Amla gets off the mark in some style as he flicks it through the leg side for a boundary.
20:33  - Scorecard

SA 110-1 (34 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

Ishant tries a bouncer to new batsman Hashim Amla, who prefers to duck under it. He prefers to play out the over as SA look to take it safe after Smith's wicket.
20:29  - Scorecard

SA 110-1 (33 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

Petersen keen to keep the scoreboard moving as he tries to flick it on the leg side but can't beat Dhawan at short leg.

A good over from Ashwin, making Petersen play at each of them.
20:27  - Scorecard

SA 110-1 (32 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

Petersen survives a close shout for LBW as he misses the full incoming delivery from Ishant, trying to play it across the line on the leg side. Umpire Davies rightly turned it down with the ball looking to be sliding down the leg side.

Petersen keeps the strike with a single from the last ball.
20:22   - Scorecard

SA 109-1 (31 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

India finally get the breakthrough courtesy of a run out. Smith hits it to mid-on and attempts a quick single but Rahane gets a direct hit to find the South African captain short of his crease.

The tall left-hander played a good hand of 44 from 73 balls, putting on 108 runs with Petersen for the opening wicket to lay a solid foundation for his team.

That wicket will be a big boost for the Indians, who struggled to get a wicket with the ball for nearly 31 overs.


20:17  - Scorecard

SA 107-0 (30 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

Ishant comes into the attack after a long rest in place of Zaheer. Petersen leaves the first two deliveries before taking one on the leg side.

Smith squeezes the next delivery through point for a boundary to bring up the 100-run partnership for the opening wicket.

Two balls later he gets it off the middle of the bat, flicking Ishant through midwicket for a boundary to take his score to 44.

SA looking comfortable on 107 for no loss in 30 overs.
20:13  - Scorecard

SA 98-0 (29 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

Smith steers Ashwin behind point for two runs before driving the next ball through the covers for a four.

He defends the last three deliveries of the over as SA's opening stand continues to grow.
20:05  - Scorecard

SA 92-0 (28 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

Zaheer tries the knuckle ball which is slower in pace and nearly foxes Smith who manages to get it wide of the bowler.

Smith nudges the fourth ball fine on the leg side for a couple before he takes one to midwicket.
20:03  - Scorecard

SA 89-0 (27 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

Petersen is stuck on the pads by a turning delivery from Ashwin but the LBW appeal is turned down with the impact clearly outside the off-stump.

The next ball is short and Petersen whips it behind square on the leg side for a four before driving it to long-on for one.

Smith then edges the last delivery and it goes on the off-side for a single.
19:57  - Scorecard

SA 83-0 (26 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

Zaheer changes the angle as he switches to over the wicket. Petersen defends the first ball before he lets the next two deliveries go through to the keeper.

Petersen turns the fifth ball on the leg side for a single.

Smith is beaten off the last delivery as Zaheer gets it to bounce extra and draws the left-hander into the shot.
19:54   - Scorecard

SA 82-0 (25 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

Smith finding his range quite beautifully. He plays his trademark flick through midwicket for a boundary, his third, to take his score to 26, while defending the rest of the over.

South Africa are 82 for no loss after 25 overs and this wonderful start will certainly give them some hope going into the last day of saving this match if not winning it.
19:52  - Scorecard

SA 78-0 (24 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

Smith finally gets a boundary as he clips an incoming delivery from Zaheer through midwicket.

He shuffles across before taking a single on the leg side as SA continue their fine start.
19:50  - Scorecard

SA 72-0 (23 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

Petersen having it easy against Ashwin as he picks a single on the leg side from the first ball.

Smith being watchful against Ashwin coming well forward to defend. He is beaten off the last ball as it goes straight after pitching and sneaks between the bat and pad.
19:49  - Scorecard

SA 71-0 (22 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

Petersen defends as Zaheer resorts to bowling round the wicket to the right-hander before he takes a single to the leg side from the third ball.

Smith is beaten off the fifth ball as the ball leaves him, while letting the last ball go through to the keeper.
19:37  - Scorecard

SA 70-0 (21 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

Change of ends for Ashwin. Smith turns the first ball on the leg side for a single and Petersen drives the next to mid-on for one.

Ashwin giving it a lot of flight against Smith, who comes forward and defends.
19:33  - Scorecard

SA 68-0 (20 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

Zaheer is back to replace Ashwin as India get desperate for a wicket. The left-armer gets one to jag in sharply as Smith gets the inside edge and Petersen calls him for a quick single.

Petersen gets on top of the bounce and punches the last ball through the off-side but can't beat the fielder at point.
19:28  - Scorecard

SA 67-0 (19 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

Petersen plays a commanding pull shot off Shami for a boundary square on the leg side. A few deliveries later he gets his half-century, his sixth in Tests, from 84 balls with two runs through the covers off a leading edge.

South Africa will be happy with the start and India will be feeling a bit of pressure.
19:24  - Scorecard

SA 61-0 (18 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

Ashwin switches to round the wicket. Petersen taps the first ball to the off-side for a single to make the target below 400 now.

Smith defends three deliveries before getting a single on the leg side and Petersen continues to find the gap off his legs for another one.
19:23  - Scorecard

SA 58-0 (17 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

Petersen tucks Shami on the leg side for one before Smith gets an edge and again it flies through the gully region for a boundary.

SA are 58 for no loss in 17 overs with Petersen on 43 and Smith on 14.
19:21  - Scorecard

SA 53-0 (16 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

Ashwin will continue as Dhoni decides to give Zaheer and Ishant a break. Just a single to Petersen from that over to the long-on region.
19:21  - Scorecard

SA 52-0 (15 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

Shami drifts on the pads as Petersen flicks it fine on the leg side for a boundary. But two balls later the right-hander is beaten as Shami gets it move away after pitching.

Petersen hogging most of the strike and he takes a single from the last ball to keep the strike with him again.
19:19  - Scorecard

SA 47-0 (14 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

Smith giving a lot of the strike to Petersen as he takes a single on the leg side from the first ball of Ashwin's third over.

Petersen defends the next three before he rocks and cuts a short ball through point for a boundary and then takes a single to midwicket.
19:18  - Scorecard

SA 41-0 (13 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

Shami to bowl after tea from the other end. Petersen content to play defensive as he will look to get his eye in after the tea break, playing out a maiden.
19:04  - Scorecard

SA 41-0 (12 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

Ashwin to resume after the tea break. A slight misunderstanding off the first ball as Petersen hits it to midwicket and they think about the single before going back.

Ashwin getting some turn as Petersen goes back to cut but it comes in sharply.

The last ball goes straight as Petersen is beaten and he gets an edge which goes past slip for three runs.
18:44  - Scorecard

LUNCH - DAY 4

SA 38-0 (11 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

Petersen is beaten by Shami as it hold its line beating the bat, hitting the back leg on the way to Dhoni as the Indians appeal but umpire Tucker makes another good decision.

Petersen clips the fifth ball on the leg side for a single as SA reach 38 for no loss in 11 overs at the tea break.

Petersen was positive to hit 28 from 48 balls with the help of four fours, while Smith, who was dropped on 1, was watchful for nine from 19 balls.

They still need 420 runs in four sessions, which means around 120 overs for victory.
18:38  - Scorecard

SA 37-0 (10 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

India introduce spin early in R Ashwin, who comes in for Ishant after his four over spell.

A slip, short leg and a short midwicket are the three close-in fielders for the off-spinner.

Petersen turns the strike over with a single to deep midwicket off the fourth delivery.

Smith plays it uppishly as he drives it down the ground to mid-off.
18:35  - Scorecard

SA 36-0 (9 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

Dhoni will look to use veteran Zaheer in short bursts as he comes off after a four-over spell with the new ball to make way for Mohammed Shami.

The third ball bounces and comes into Smith, who is struck on the body before he tucks it to midwicket for one.

Petersen gets a single from the fifth ball before Smith flicks it through the leg side for a couple.
18:31  - Scorecard

SA 32-0 (8 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

Ishant gets it to move away beating Petersen, who offered a straight and looked to defend. He edges the next ball but it goes past the slip region for two runs.

Petersen manages to play out the rest of the over.
18:26  - Scorecard

SA 30-0 (7 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

Smith walking across his stumps to Zaheer as he picks one to square leg before Petersen takes one on the leg side two balls later.

Smith defends the fourth ball before letting the next two, wide of the stumps, go through.
18:24  - Scorecard

SA 28-0 (6 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

Petersen punches a full delivery from Ishant back past the bowler for a boundary. Three balls later Ishant drifts on the pads and the right-hander is happy to flick it fine for another four, his fourth, to take his score to 22.

SA have made a brisk start to reach 28 for no loss in six overs.
18:17  - Scorecard

SA 20-0 (5 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

Zaheer overpitches as Smith manages to beat the lone fielder at short cover for three runs.

The veteran pacer forces Petersen to drive at one closer to the stumps but it moves away enough to beat him, going past the edge. There is an appeal from the Indian team but umpire Rod Tucker says no.

Petersen taps the last ball square on the leg side for a single.
18:14  - Scorecard

SA 16-0 (4 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

Petersen lets the first ball go through before he defends the next two. Ishant then oversteps to give a no-ball before clipping the last ball through midwicket for a couple.
18:08  - Scorecard

SA 13-0 (3 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

Smith (1) gets a lifeline as Kohli puts down a sharp chance at leg gully as the left-hander flicked Zaheer, who is on 299 Test wickets.

Two balls later Petersen edges one which goes through the point region for a boundary and then picks a single from the fifth ball.
18:02  - Scorecard

SA 7-0 (2 ovs) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

Graeme Smith defends as Ishant looks to slant it across him. He defends the first three balls before taking one on the leg side.

Shaun Pollock believes Ishant's ability to get the ball in will make the batsman play him more than someone like Steyn.
17:58  - Scorecard

SA 6-0 (1 ov) & 244 vs India 280 & 421; Target: 458

An hour to go for the tea break as Zaheer Khan gets ready to bowl the first over with Alviro Petersen on strike.

The second ball is full and on the pads which the right-hander drives through midwicket for two runs.

He changes the angle and switches to round the wicket and again drifts on the pads which Petersen flicks square for a boundary.

Zaheer finally gets it right, swinging away outside the off-stump, which Petersen leaves alone.
17:49   - Scorecard

India 421 all out (120.4 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

India's huge total was set up by Pujara's splendid innings of 153 and Kohli's fluent 96 and an entertaining knock of 29 by Zaheer at the end.

Philander took three wickets for 68 to finish with seven wickets in the match, while Kallis bagged four in the second essay.

But there was disappointment for SA's premier strike bowler Steyn, who went wicketless in 30 overs in the second innings. He had taken one for one for 61 in 26 overs in the first innings.

Tahir's figures were somewhat resurrected by the two late wickets but overall he disappointed, giving away lot of runs in both the innings.
17:44   - Scorecard

India 421 all out (120.4 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

Tahir not helping his team's cause as he bowls it wide down the leg side which de Villiers can't get to for four byes.

He taps the next ball to point for a single.

Shami is bowled off the last ball as he goes for the sweep but misses the ball completely.

India finish on 421 in their second innings, setting South Africa a mammoth 458 for victory.

India lost their last five wickets for 63 runs as SA's bowlers finally managed to make an impression.
17:39  - Scorecard

India 416-9 (120 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

Zaheer is having some fun out in the middle. He lofts a full delivery over long-off for a six before driving the next to sweeper cover for a single to race to 28 from as many balls.

The third ball is a full toss which Mohammed Shami flicks square on the leg side for a delightful boundary as the lead is above 450 now.

Shami is beaten off the last ball as he has a wild swing at Steyn.
17:35  - Scorecard

India 405-9 (119 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

Tahir finally has something to smile at as he gets the wicket of Ishant Sharma, who is dismissed leg before wicket for four.

He took a big stride forward but was struck on the pads by one which was going straight, right in front of the stumps.
17:34  - Scorecard

India 405-8 (118 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

Steyn is back as Ishant punches the first ball down the ground for two runs. He throws his bat the next ball, short and wide, but misses it completely. The third ball is a yorker which Ishant digs out on the leg side for one.

Zaheer misses the flick but it goes fine for one leg bye before Ishant turns it on the on-side for one.

Zaheer throws his bat at a full delivery but gets an inside edge which misses the stumps and goes past the keeper for a four to take India past the 400-run mark, in the 118th over.
17:28   - Scorecard

India 396-8 (117 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

Zaheer defends the first four deliveries before he smashes one straight back at his team mate Ishant, who fortunately is not injured.

He lofts it over extra cover for the first six of the match as Tahir continues to leak runs, even against the tailenders.

Zaheer is scoring some useful runs, 17 from 24 balls.
17:24  - Scorecard

India 390-8 (116 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

Zaheer has a wild swing at a full delivery but gets a thick outside edge which flies over the slips for a boundary.

Strange fielding placing from SA with the first slip right on the boundary while the second slip in the regular position but a bit finer. Zaheer drives the fourth ball to the covers for a single.

Ishant does his job of defending the last two deliveries of the over.
17:19  - Scorecard

India 385-8 (115 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

A surprise from South Africa bringing back Tahir in place of Duminy, who did a decent job with the ball.

Zaheer tries to cut the second ball but is beaten by the extra bounce. He edges the next ball but Kallis puts down a low chance to his left...still on 199 catches!

Zaheer drives the fifth delivery to sweeper cover for a single and Ishant Sharma is beaten off the last ball.
17:14   - Scorecard

India 384-8 (114 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

A huge appeal for caught behind off Dhoni as he misses the cut shot against Philander but umpire Rod Tucker has not heard anything.

Dhoni, on 29, will feel lucky to have survived as there was a loud noise as the ball passed the bat.

Philander is fired up as he bowls a bit quicker and it jumps off one of the cracks and Dhoni has to fend at it, getting a hit on the top gloves and bounces before going to the keeper.

But Philander gets his man a few deliveries later. Dhoni tries to cut a short wide delivery but holes out to the fielder at sweeper cover to walk back after scoring 29 from 43 balls.
17:08  - Scorecard

India 384-7 (113 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

Duminy drops short as Dhoni smashes it powerfully through the covers perfectly in the gap where the two fielders on the boundary are unable to stop the four.

A well spread out field for Dhoni with eight men patrolling the boundary. He defends the next two deliveries before taking one from the fourth ball.

Zaheer has shut shop as he comes forward and watchfully blocks the last two balls.
17:04  - Scorecard

India 379-7 (112 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

Dhoni takes a few steps down the track before flicking Philander to deep midwicket for two runs.

He gets an inside edge off the third ball and it goes on the vacant off-side as Zaheer wants a single but Dhoni not at all interested.

Dhoni has a big swing at the last ball but gets a thick inside edge for a single to the fine leg region.
17:00  - Scorecard

India 376-7 (111 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

Dhoni still content to play the singles as he takes one to deep midwicket before Zaheer steers it through the gully region for a single. He made the late decision to go for the second run after taking it easy while taking the first and Dhoni rightly sent him back.

Dhoni drives the fourth ball to long-on for a single before Zaheer defends the last two deliveries.
16:56   - Scorecard

India 373-7 (110 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

Philander gets the wicket of Ashwin, who is caught off a leading edge at covers for seven.

What will Zaheer Khan do? And he makes his intentions clear from the very first delivery as he has a wild swing at one outside the off-stump but misses.

Two more play and miss before Zaheer glances it fine on the leg side for a boundary.

16:53  - Scorecard

India 368-6 (109 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

Dhoni drives Duminy down the ground for a single to long-off while Ashwin drives it through the covers for two runs.

He cuts the last ball past point for a boundary to take the lead past 400.
16:51   - Scorecard

India 361-6 (108 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

Dhoni edges the first ball from Philander for a single while Ashwin plays out the rest of the over as India look to settle down after the lunch break.
16:51   - Scorecard

India 360-6 (107 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

Ravichandran Ashwin gets off the mark with a single to the leg side, and Dhoni does the same from the fifth delivery of Duminy's 21st over.
16:02   - Scorecard

LUNCH - DAY 4

India 358-6 (106.2 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

Duminy picks the wicket of Rahane in the final over of the lunch break, getting him caught at first slip for 15.

At lunch, India are 358 for six in 106.2 overs for an overall lead of 394 runs.

Captain Dhoni is batting on 16 as India scored 74 runs in 28.2 overs for the loss of four wickets in the morning session.

Kallis is the top wicket-taker for SA with three for 68 in 20 overs, while Duminy made a good contribution with two for 70 in 20.2 overs
15:57  - Scorecard

India 357-5 (106 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

Steyn drifts on the pads as Rahane flicks it through midwicket and Dhoni calls him for the third run.

Dhoni gets a single on the off-side before Steyn beats Rahane with one that moves away. He has had no luck in this innings and is yet to pick a wicket in 28 overs.
15:52  - Scorecard

India 353-5 (105 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

Dhoni punches the second ball to sweeper cover for a single before Rahane turns it on the leg side for one.

Two more singles from the last two deliveries as Duminy concedes four runs in that over.
15:48  - Scorecard

India 349-5 (104 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

Steyn comes back in place of Kallis and he starts with an unplayable delivery which pitches on the stumps and moves away enough while also bouncing a bit extra. Dhoni must consider himself lucky that the ball didn't take the edge of the bat.

He turns the second ball on the leg side for a single before Rahane plays a cracking straight drive with the full face of the bat for his second boundary.
15:42  - Scorecard

India 344-5 (103 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

Rahane flicks Duminy on the leg side for a single to bring Dhoni back on strike. The Indian captain sweeps him fine on the leg side for a boundary despite the dive from big man Kallis.

Dhoni then taps it to mid-off for a single before Rahane cuts the last delivery past point for a four.
15:41  - Scorecard

India 334-5 (102 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

Dhoni was over cautious in the first innings but now he looks keen to get going. He comes down the track to Kallis and punches the full delivery past mid-off for a boundary.

Dhoni playing from outside his crease but can only defend the rest of the over.
15:34  - Scorecard

India 330-5 (101 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

Dhoni drives Duminy to mid-off for a single to get off the mark with Rahane does the same three bours later with a flick on the leg side.

Dhoni clips the last ball to deep midwicket for another single to end the over.
15:33   - Scorecard

India 327-5 (100 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

Despite the three quick wickets, India look well in control with a lead of 363 runs and five wickets still in hand.

The two new batsmen -- Rahane and Dhoni -- will take some time to get their eye in before they look to get the scoreboard moving.

Rahane plays out a maiden over from Kallis as India reach 327 for five in 100 overs.
15:27  - Scorecard

India 327-5 (99 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

Duminy gets the big wicket of Kohli, who tries to slash a wide delivery but gets the edge to be caught behind for 96.

He narrowly misses the landmark of scoring a century in each innings of a Test match.

Three wickets for 12 runs in the space of five overs checks India's progress as they are reduced to 327 for five in the 99th over.
15:24   - Scorecard

India 325-4 (98 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

Kohli drives Kallis on the leg side for a single to take his score to 94, just a hit away from his second hundred of the match.

Kallis gets Rohit Sharma to edge the outswinger but it goes through the slips for a boundary.

But he crashes the next delivery through the defences of Rohit to bowl him for six. The ball hit a crack and kept low while also coming sharply as Rohit walked in disbelief.
15:17   - Scorecard

India 320-3 (97 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

Kohli showing a lot of respect to Dhoni as he defends with the full face of the bat before turning the fifth ball to fine leg for a single.

Rohit Sharma will have learnt from his mistake in the first innings as he defends the last ball of that over.
15:14  - Scorecard

India 319-3 (96 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

Kohli is taking his time to get his runs with the century round the corner as he picks a single from the fifth delivery off Kallis.
15:10  - Scorecard

India 318-3 (95 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

Duminy will continue and he is looking to dry up the runs and build the pressure. Rohit and Kohli pick a single each from that over as India look in no hurry out there with a lead of 354 in hand.
15:09   - Scorecard

India 316-3 (94 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

Kallis makes the breakthrough with the big wicket of Pujara, who throws his bat at a wide delivery but gets an edge to be caught by keeper de Villiers.

The right-hander played a splendid knock of 153, hitting 21 fours in 270 deliveries. He put on a huge partnership of 222 runs for the third wicket with Kohli to put India in complete control.

Rohit Sharma gets off the mark with a single on the leg side, while Kohli plays out the last three deliveries.
14:58  - Scorecard

India 315-2 (93 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

A rare play and miss as Pujara tries to steer the straight delivery but misses from Duminy. The part-timer then gets one to bounce a bit extra and turn too as keeper de Villiers is caught by surprise.

Pujara tries to cut a short ball but gets an inside edge which passes close to the stumps but de Villiers thinks it has touched the bails.

Pujara turns the last ball to fine leg for a single.
14:56  - Scorecard

India 314-2 (92 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

Kallis comes back for a new spell as Kohli steers the first ball through the vacant thirdman region for a boundary.

Three balls later he takes a single to take his score into the 90s and 10 runs away from scoring a century in both innings of the match.
14:54  - Scorecard

India 308-2 (91 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

So a change in bowling as part-timer JP Duminy is called back to have a go with a relatively new ball head of leg-spinner Tahir.

Kohli defends the first four deliveries before taking one on the leg side and Pujara defends the last ball of that over.
14:53  - Scorecard

India 307-2 (90 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

Pujara tries to defend but the ball from Philander stays low and goes through to the keeper. Three balls later there is a muted appeal for LBW but the umpire is not interested as Philander bowls another maiden over.

India are 307 for two in 90 overs with Pujara on 151 from 261 balls, while Kohli has made 84 from 164 balls.
14:51  - Scorecard

India 307-2 (89 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

Steyn continues as Kohli defends him on the off-side for a single and Pujara turns the third ball on the leg side for one.

Kohli then lets the last three deliveries go through to the keeper.
14:40  - Scorecard

India 305-2 (88 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

India keen to play it sensibly against the new ball with no fancy shots against Philander as Pujara shows great defence to play out the 88th over.

As the ball starts getting old, run scoring will become a bit easier for the Indians, who might be looking to bat normally till lunch and then attack in the second session.
14:34  - Scorecard

India 305-2 (87 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

Pujara taps Steyn towards point for a single to bring up his 150 from 247 balls, hitting 21 boundaries in total.

An amazing record by the youngster, having crossed 150 four times out of his six hundreds including two double centuries.


14:31  - Scorecard

India 304-2 (86 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

Philander bowls a disciplined over to Kohli, maintaining a good line and length but India are content to play the new ball with caution.

They are waiting for the spinners to come on before launching another attack on the hapless SA bowlers.
14:29  - Scorecard

India 304-2 (85 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

Pujara steers a wide delivery from Steyn past the slips for a boundary to bring up India's 30, in the 85th over.

Three balls later he gets one to jump off length as Pujara is beaten trying to defend. But he slams the next delivery through point for a cracking boundary.
14:23  - Scorecard

India 296-2 (84 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

Kohli turns Philander on the leg side and come across for two runs square of the wicket.

Philander then gets one to hit a crack and the ball rolls off the surface, bouncing a few times before going to the keeper. The Indian bowlers won't mind seeing that happening!

Kohli plays out the rest of the over.

14:18  - Scorecard

India 294-2 (83 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

Steyn drifts down the leg side as Kohli turns it on the leg side for a single. Pujara taking his time to get his eye in and being very cautious against the new ball. Like on Day 3, he will be waiting for the bowlers to tire before taking them on in the later part of the day.
14:16  - Scorecard

India 293-2 (82 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

Philander comes on from the other end as SA will be hoping to make most of the second new ball with a few quick wickets to halt India's charge.

The third ball stays a bit low and bounces before going to the keeper but the last delivery beats Pujara all ends up, pitched on the stumps and moving away as the right-hander is forced to play.
14:15  - Scorecard

India 293-2 (81 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

South Africa take the second new ball as Steyn comes back into the attack. He bowls it on and around the off-stump as Kohli watchfully defends the six deliveries of that over.
14:13  - Scorecard

India 293-2 (80 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

Spin from both ends as Duminy comes from the other end. India continue to milk the spinners with three singles in the over to take the score to 293 for two in 80 overs.
14:11  - Scorecard

India 290-2 (79 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

Imran Tahir to start proceedings on Day 4. Pujara drives the first ball down the ground for a single and Kohli takes one from the third ball.

Pujara late cuts the last delivery for a boundary through the thirdman region to take his score to 140.
13:43  - Scorecard

India 284-2 (78 overs) & 280 vs SA 244

After two see-saw days, India finally took control with a dominating batting performance on the third day.

At stumps on Day 3, India were 284 for two in 78 overs, stretching their overall lead to 320 runs to take complete control.

Cheteshwar Pujara played a superb innings of 135 from 221 balls, hitting 18 fours in total.

He led India's domination with the bat on Day 3, putting on an unbroken stand of 191 runs from 44.1 overs for the third wicket with Kohli, who stroked his way to 77 from 132 balls.

India took charge after tea as they slammed 175 runs in 38 overs at a run rate of 4.61 in the post tea session.

They will look bat for atleast two more sessions on Day 4 and stretch their lead by the 500-run mark, to bat South Africa out of the game.

South Africa have been hampered by Morkel's injury and they will look to take a few quick wickets on Day 4 to stop India's charge.