Kohli century keeps India in touch with South Africa


South Africa didn't do that as well as they should have, and so it meant they've had to scrap, to get their noses in front.

At 163-5, du Plessis decided it was time to shut the door and he was at the wicket for another 41 overs to keep India out. Tomorrow we will try to win", said Shami."The wicket has been slow since the beginning, even on the first day you saw that it is going low continuously. On the second day, debutant Lungi Ngidi said the surface "wasn't what we thought it would be". The hosts bowled India out for 307, taking a lead of 28 runs. South Africa have got India's main man, but such is the spirit he's instilled in his squad and the desire with which he wants them all to play, that they'll still believe an historic outcome is possible.

Let's forget the reputation of Highveld pitches as fire-spitting green mambas and just concentrate on the kind of contest this tamer, browner surface has produced.

The Indian captain probably has more expectations than even Sachin Tendulkar and despite everything he delivers no matter what.

The fourth day was a good example of this. So far, only Kohli has raised his bat to triple-figures, but while racking up big runs was a priority for South Africa last season, this time, they just want collectively to get enough to win.

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AB de Villiers seemed to be batting on a different planet as compared to Dean Elgar.

Proteas captain Faf du Plessis will be hoping De Villiers and Elgar continue their partnership and pile on the runs that will make it hard for the tourists to come back. Together, their runs came at 4.5 per over.

It was the ideal combination for South Africa, and with de Villiers in, the run-rate was never a problem, too. Finally, Parthiv Patel held onto one as Quinton walked back with the score on 163.

De Villiers scored his 42nd half-century as South Africa reached 90 for two at stumps in their second innings, overcoming a disastrous start to stretch their lead to 118.

At the lunch break on Tuesday‚ they were on 173/5 with captain Faf du Plessis on 12 of 43 and all-rounder Vernon Philander supporting him on 3 off 22. South Africa were 225 for 7, a lead of 253, when the new ball became available. It is not their default strategy, but this attack has often been quicker to adjust than their line-up. Well, yes we all know they have resumed work and now a video a Virat from the field is floating on the internet. Tuesday was perhaps flawless conditions for him -- a fourth day abrasive pitch and a slightly older ball makes Shami look a different bowler altogether. "It's okay. We wanted to carry on, but we were doing as we were told to do". Well, whatever said and done, we are totally crushing on Virat's gesture and are absolutely in love with the fact that he chose to wear his engagement ring as a pendant instead of parting with it while on the field. "It's massive for us and I think it's massive for India, knowing he is not batting".