The Hush Post: South Africa are back against the wall in the first cricket Test match between the world’s number one and number two test sides. In their second innings they were all out for 130 runs. The last 8 wickets went for just 65 runs. Indian bowlers stole the show particularly in the latter half.
Now India need 208 runs to win. Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay were out to bat on the fourth day in the second innings for India. Before this, except for Aiden Markram and Dean Elgar, who made 25 and 34 runs respectively, none of the South African batsmen were really in a position to negotiate the Indian bowlers. There was a brief resistance shown by AB De Villiers who made a brave 35 before he fell to Jasprit Bumrah. Apart from him, Keshav Maharaj who made 15 there was virtually a complete surrender by the Proteas to the Indian bowlers Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami. Pandya was instrumental in getting the crucial first two wickets of Markram and Elgar. Hashim Amla, Quinton De Cock and Faf du Plessis all went out cheaply. For India, Bumrah and Shami struck thrice while Pandya and Bhuvneshwar got two wickets each.
At the time of the filing of this report, India was 29 runs for no loss but not without a scare when the umpire raised his finger for Murali Vijay but a review saved the opener. Dhawan was batting on 16 and Murali on 12. Earlier in the first innings South Africa made 286 runs followed by India’s 209 in the first innings.