Ngidi double strike leaves India with uphill task to save series

Lungi Ngidi celebrates the wicket of Virat Kohli
Lungi Ngidi celebrates the wicket of Virat Kohli
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South Africa 335 & 258 (de Villiers 80) v
India 307 & 35-3 (Ngidi 2-14)
Second Test, Centurion, day four
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Lungi Ngidi struck twice before stumps on day four as South Africa left India reeling at 35 for three while defending a total of 286 in the final innings of the second Test in Centurion.

South Africa resist Indian attack to extend lead:

Earlier, South Africa started the day with a score 90 for two. AB de Villiers (80) continued to be fluent while Dean Elgar (61) also brought his half-century. As the 150-run mark was approaching, de Villiers edged a Mohammad Shami (4-49) delivery to the slips and soon Elgar miscued a pull to deep square leg.

Quinton de Kock (12) edged three deliveries to third man boundary but was caught behind off the fourth delivery that he nicked to give Shami another wicket.

South Africa went into lunch with a score of 173 for five, having a lead of 201 runs over India. Faf du Plessis (48) and Vernon Philander (26) added 27 runs in the first 10 overs. During that phase, India made two unsuccessful attempts of reviews against the Proteas captain. The duo believed in grinding the Indian attack but runs were hard to come by and eventually it was Ishant Sharma (2-40) helped India with the breakthrough when Philander was caught at square leg.

Ishant was in the middle of a brilliant spell as he also had Keshav Maharaj (6) caught behind and du Plessis completed the first session with a boundary to take the score to 230 for seven. It was also du Plessis' 3000th-run in Test cricket.

The Target for India is 287

South Africa managed to add 28 more runs in the second session before Shami had Kagiso Rabada (4) caught in the slips while Jasprit Bumrah (3-70) did well to take a one hand return catch to send du Plessis. The final wicket was claimed by Ravichandran Ashwin (1-78) when Ngidi (1) miscued a shot to long on. South Africa were bowled out for 258 runs in 91.3 overs setting a target of 277 runs for India. Shami and Bumrah shared seven wickets for the visitors and were the standout bowlers.

Ngidi brilliance dent India's hopes

Chasing a record total of 277, Rabada (1-9) produced a beauty that Murali Vijay (9) dragged on to the stumps, the ball also kept touch low there. Ngidi (2-14) further dented India's chances when he had Lokesh Rahul (4) caught at backward point and few overs later also trapped Virat Kohli (5) LBW as India ended the day with a score of 35 for three.

As the game heads into the final day, India are left with a daunting task of needing 242 more runs with seven wickets in hand.

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