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Rohit's two in two puts India in the driver's seat on Day 4

Rohit Sharma 127(149)
Rohit Sharma 127(149)
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If the Indian spinners get on a roll on the last day and the weather stays fair, there is an opportunity for India to make it 1-0 in Visakhapatnam.

Match Summary Day 4


India 502-7 & 323-4 dec [Rohit127(149), Pujara81(148); Maharaj2/129]

South Africa 431 & 11-1 [de Bruyn5(20), Markram3(18); Jadeja1/3]

At the Close: South Africa need 384 runs to win

Scorecard



Although South Africa managed to reduce the defeat to double figures, India got the remaining two Protea wickets fairly quickly on Day 4. They then set out to swell their lead in order to put South Africa in to bat again as early as possible and make a match out of it.

After Mayank Agarwal was dismissed early, Rohit Sharma (127) and Cheteshwar Pujara (81) stuck to their guns and after a period of sensible batting, both started to have a move on. The centurion of the first innings, Rohit Sharma mixed caution with aggression and cashed in on the boundary balls. Cheteshwar Pujara, after being given multiple opportunities, finally fell on 81.

Ravindra Jadeja was promoted up the batting order and scored a 32-ball 40 whereas Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane contributed 31 and 27 respectively. The intent of Team India can be best seen in the fact that the team scored at a rate of 4.82 in the second innings to set South Africa a target of 395, which is improbable for them to achieve.



The focus for the visitors was to somehow survive till the close of play. In the process, Dean Elgar got one that pitched in line and did not bounce as much and the opener was given out lbw.

If the Indian spinners get on a roll on the last day and the weather stays fair, there is an opportunity for India to make it 1-0.

India- Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami

South Africa- Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Theunis de Bruyn, Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Vernon Philander, Senuran Muthusamy, Keshav Maharaj, Dane Piedt, Kagiso Rabada

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