Prince was one of the architects of South Africa's comeback win at Kingsmead, scoring a hundred before Makhaya Ntini added the finishing blows with five wickets as India fell chasing a challenging 354. However, the weather department has forecast rain to hit the city and it may affect the team composition. Dhawan is causing mayhem here and Morkel is facing the music. Another double off the penultimate ball, with Amla slashing it towards deep cover point on this occasion. South Africa need 109 more to win the match 150 up for South Africa in 31. Klaasen shuffled forward looking for a big hit, and failed to get any connection whatsoever.
The Mumbai Indians skipper would want to contribute to the team in what is a crucial encounter for both the teams. India were expected to wrap up the series comprehensively, against a South African side struggling for form, but things didn't quite go to plan at the start. Rohit dismisses Shamsi in to the stands yet again. In sweltering heat, India were not tempted to play an extra fast bowler, and South Africa, lacking quality spin options, turned to the slow left-armer Paul Harris. Bhuvneshwar Kumar edges and gets a four off Ngidi. Rohit collects a double off the free hit. Ben Stokes is set to fly to New Zealand, where he will join his England team-mates on Friday, after pleading not guilty to one count of affray at Bristol Magistrates Court.
And now Shikhar can do anything. As a vice-captain, he did not contribute his runs till yet. The first was on November 7 last year when the hosts defeated New Zealand in a T20 match that was shortened to inclement weather and saw just saw an eight over per side match. The second Test at Calcutta witnessed a strong comeback by South Africa, though it was an unforgettable game for individual performances - Azharuddin's blistering century off 74 balls, Lance Klusener's dream debut with innings figures of 8 for 64, and Gary Kirsten's twin centuries. India contributed to their own downfall with their go-slow tactics, followed by an inexplicable collapse and shabby fielding display on the final day, all of which pointed to South Africa's remarkable series win after conceding the first Test. On the eve of the match, the South African batsmen practiced fiercely against leg spinners, but it is enough to tell and explain the story of these two bowlers.
India outclassed South Africa in all the departments. Virat Kohli, India captain: Turned out to be that way. There is also a strong possibility of Kohli dropping opener Rohit Sharma, who has failed to get going in the series, scoring merely 40 runs in the four matches. Their shortened innings in Johannesburg forced South Africa to be more positive against the Indian spinners and this worked to their advantage as they launched both Yuzvendra Chahal 1-68 in 5. The pitch was on the slower side a bit need little bit more application. Some popular faces return to Windies side as well.
Their bowlers put the ball in the right areas. India batted throughout the second day to secure a slender lead, and on the third morning a spirited last-wicket stand of 46 between Sreesanth and Ishant Sharma put India 60 ahead. Another three-day Test in Kanpur and India had squared the series. The inexperienced batting line-up, led by stand-in skipper Aiden Markram folded to their lowest total ever at home -- 118 in Centurion on Sunday, February 4. Just inside the line and Virat Kohli survived a stumping review. Kohli collects his fourth boundary with a gentle push down the ground off the penultimate delivery.
Sets off for the other end off the next delivery, guiding it towards fine-leg. Morkel runs forward, picks up and rifles the throw to the keeper to finish formalities. He pulls the fast bowler over bacward square leg. Time for the players to have a drink now. The innings lasted only 20 overs in all, the shortest ever in a Test on the subcontinent, and India had given up the game on a platter.
But the run flow has not stopped. India's record here is nothing to write about either. India run-rate is still 6 per over. That should have been taken by Shreyas Iyer. Even though the final match, that takes place at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Friday, has been reduced to a dead rubber, trust the Indians to not lose out on their intensity as they will be gunning for a 5-1 result, one that will go a long way in establishing them as a leading side in the world. Equally well complimented bowling department, led by the wrist spinning pair of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, who have been difficult to be picked up by South Africa throughout the series, will continue to be the lethal weapons for India. Third wicket for Kuldeep Yadav in five balls, he is on a hat-trick now.
Yet, a rain-truncated innings is hardly enough evidence that South Africa have learnt how to contend with the wrist spin of Chahal and Kuldeep. He has had a good series so far. He gets a thick edge off Rohit with a short ball. I knew I don't have to change a lot and the runs will come. Tests India 2 South Africa 1 1996-97 in South Africa Flying stumps and chin music greeted the Indians in the first Test of the return series in Durban, as South Africa earned sweet revenge for their loss in India, bundling out India for 100 and 66 in either innings. Wanted to bowl first anyway, we were surprised when they chose to bat first.
Rohit smacks the ball down the ground for a straight six a couple of deliveries later. South Africa rubbed it in further in the second Test in Bangalore, batting India out of the match and their 0-2 defeat ended one of their most miserable seasons. Must win game for them, we have the lead, the advantage and we want to put on some decent runs on the board. But that delivery doesn't fetch him a wicket. His absence could affect the hopes of the visitors in a crucial contest. Kuldeep flighted ball does the damage.
This time Ajinkya Rahane gone for 8. Ngidi picks his fourth wicket of the match. Klaasen decides to play it safe off the penultimate delivery, guiding the ball towards the leg side for a single next ball. South Africa's batsmen responded strangely, almost in protest at having to play on such a surface, attempting to block their way out of trouble rather than trying to put some runs on the board. Heinrich Klaasen smacked two sixes and a four off Kuldeep Yadav over to keep South Africa in the hunt. While the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, and Ajinkya Rahane have been impressive, Rohit Sharma has struggled to get going at the top. That is a staggering record to have at home, and one South Africa can be very proud of.