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2nd Test Live: India enforce follow-on on Day 4


2nd Test Live: India enforce follow-on on Day 4

SCORECARD | BLOGPlayer of the match Virat Kohli: “It’s about getting the responsibility back of being a captain (on scoring the double-hundred). The mindset is always to help the team and in that process, the big scores come. I think the moment you start thinking about the team, all the pressure goes away. I am…

2nd Test Live: India enforce follow-on on Day 4


Player of the match Virat Kohli: “It’s about getting the responsibility back of being a captain (on scoring the double-hundred). The mindset is always to help the team and in that process, the big scores come. I think the moment you start thinking about the team, all the pressure goes away. I am at a stage at my career where I am happy to play for my team. Putting the team in a commanding position is the only goal. It’s been a natural progress to have a calm mindset over the years. I have a good understanding at that and hence the muted celebration. You have to look forward to playing against the new ball. I enjoy batting with Jinks (Rahane), we run well between the wickets. We are the most successful Indian pair. Having him at the other end, keeps you focussed. The good thing is when we started, we were at number 7. The only way was up. We are all lucky to have this group of players. It’s amazing to see that hunger for all the guys to keep improving. Saha was back to his best. Ashwin has stepped up beautifully and it’s guys willing to work hard. It’s been nice and looking at the larger picture – the Test Championship, every game has a value. No-one’s going to relax from here.”

Skipper Faf du Plessis after the massive defeat: “We know in sub-continents, first innings is really important. You have to be on top of your game, if you aren’t then you are found wanting. All the questions we threw at him (Virat Kohli), he had answers. It was a right selection for his pitch; I thought it was the right-decision making. KG managed to build some pressure but we needed another bowler, who could do that job. It was a young fast bowler making his (about Nortje) debut, it’s about learing and improving. Ngidi is fine and is working hard on his fitness. It’s about getting his tank up and hopefully, we’ll see if he plays the next Test. We will try to put up a better performance in the next Test.”

Umesh Yadav: “I think I should treat him for those wickets down leg-side and that first catch, and I think they are Saha’s wickets. I thought they were going for boundaries, that’s always the thought when it’s down leg-side, but I was thanking God and Saha that I got those wickets. There is a healthy competition in the side, and I knew that if I get a chance, I had to grab it. I had taken 10 wickets in the last home match in Hyderabad (2018 vs West Indies), and I was confident about bowling in India. I had a good mindset and I was happy that I executed my skills on the ground.”

Wriddhiman Saha: “Actually prep-wise, Umesh, Ishant and Shami bowl at me, and we practice that way, they give me some really good practice with the moving ball. Our trainers help us out with stretches, ice-baths, and we are trained for the match-day really well, so credit to them for my fitness as well as my wicketkeeping performance.”

Match wrap up!

India won the second Test against South Africa by an innings and 137 runs to seal the three-match series with a game to spare, in Pune on Sunday. India had won the series-opener in Bengaluru by 203 runs. Following on, South Africa were all out for 189 in their second innings in the final session of day four. India scored a mammoth 601 for five in their first innings with skipper Virat Kohli leading the side with a majestic double hundred. Opener Dean Elgar (48) was the top-scorer for the visitors while pacer Umesh Yadav (3/22) and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja (3/52) took three wickets apiece for India. It was the fourth straight win in as many Tests in the World Test Championship for India, who also won 2-0 in West Indies. The third and final Test will be played in Ranchi from October 19.

India win by an innings and 137 runs, sealing the series against South Africa and maintaining their 100 per cent Wo…

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India beat South Africa by an innings and 137 runs in Pune Test!

They now have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. This is also now India’s 11th straight consecutive series win at home.

Record win for Team India! They now have most consecutive series wins at home

11 India 2012/13 – present *

10 Australia 1994/95 – 2000/01

10 Australia 2004 – 2008/09

08 West Indies 1975/76 – 1985/86

That will be it. #TeamIndia win the 2nd Test by an innings & 137 runs. 2-0 🇮🇳🇮🇳 #INDvSA @Paytm

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South Africa 189 all out in the second innings

Dean Elgar 48

Umesh Yadav 3/22

Ravindra Jadeja 3/52

And it’s all over for South Africa in Pune. Ravindra Jadeja gets the final wicket of Keshav Maharaj and South Africa bundle out for 189 in the second inning.

Another one bites the dust! Kagiso Rabada walks back for 5 after Rohit Shama takes another good catch at slips. A two-wicket over comes to an end.

66.1 overs: OUT! Umesh Yadav finally gets rid of Vernon Phinalder. A poor delivery down the leg side but Philander edges it. Wriddhiman Saha takes another good catch down the leg. Phinalder resistance ends on 37. A frustrating 56-run stand finally ends.

50-run partnership comes up between Maharaj and Philander!

A cracking pull shot from Majaraj off Umesh Yadav and he once again finds the fence. He moves to 21.
SA 180/7

End of 62nd over: A four-run first over post tea from Virat Kohli. Umesh Yadav will bowl from the other end.
SA 176/7

Welcome back to the final session on Day 4! Keshav Kaharaj and Vernon Philander are once again out in the middle to resume South Africa innings. Surprise! Surprise! Virat Kohli has the ball in hand. A wide first slip for him.

Tea Break!

Ravindra Jadeja struck twice while Mohammed Shami too got a wicket as India tightened their grip on Pune Test in the second session on Day 4. South Africa were tottering at 172/7, still trailing by 154 runs after India enforced follow-on in the morning session. Resuming on 74/4, the Proteas lost Quinton de Kock (5) second over after lunch as Jadeja castled the wicket-keeper for 5. Ajinkya Rahane took a screamer off Jadeja to get rid of Temba Bavuma (38). Senuran Muthusamy (9) then got a terrific bouncer from Shami as Rohit took a sharp catch at second slip. But Keshav Kaharaj and Vernon Philander once again frustrated India with an unbeaten 43-run partnership.

Maharaj & Philander hold fort for South Africa as we head to Tea with 172/7. Join us for the final session of play…

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Tea, Day 4: South Africa 172/7 (f/o), still trail India by 154 runs

End of 61st over: And, Ravindra Jadeja completes the final over before tea. India three wickets away from victory and sealing the series.

59.3 overs: FOUR! Vernon Philander finally gets one in the middle of his bat. Over-pitched from Ashwin and Philander slams it through extra cover to collect his first four. He has already struck two sixes. Philander and Keshav Majaraj have once again have stitched an unbeaten 43-run partnership.
SA 172/7

150 up for South Africa!

But they still trail by another 174 runs after following-on. India just three wickets away from an innings win.

SA 152/7 after 52.2 overs.

End of 49th over: Both Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja have bowled superbly post lunch. Another probing over from Shami comes to an end. Just one run from it. Keshav Kaharaj and Vernon Philander once again looking to frustrate India.

44.5 overs: OUT! Mohammed Shami produces an excellent bouncer. Catches Senuran Muthusamy by surprise. Rohit Sharma takes a sharp catch at second slip. What a delivery that was from Shami. Muthusamy departs for 9. South Africa on the verge of losing series.
SA 129/7

43.2 overs: OUT! Ravindra Jadeja scalps Temba Bavuma as Ajinkya Rahane takes a screamer at first slip. What a catch that was from India vice-captain. Dives to his left to take an absolute beauty. Bavuma resistance finally comes to an end on 38. India four wickets away from an innings win. And
drinks arrive on the field as well.
SA 125/6

End of 41st over: Excellent start from Mohammed Shami after lunch. Beats the outside edge on a couple of occasions. Nearly got Temba Bavuma on the final ball of the over.
SA 117/5

Bowling change from India! Mohammed Shami comes back into the attack. He replaces Ravindra Jadeja.
SA 114/5

End of 39th over: SIX! Temba Bavuma rocks onto the backfoot and punches Ravindra Jadeja’s delivery over the deep mid wicket fence. First six for South Africa in the second innings.
SA 112/5

100 up for South Africa!

Over-pitched delivery from Ravindra Jadeja and Temba Bavuma hit it through covers to collect a boundary. 100 comes up for South Africa in 36.4 overs in the second innings. The Proteas still trail by 226 runs.

35.1 overs: FOUR! Short outside off from Ravi Ashwin and Temba Bavuma cuts the ball through the backward point region to collect a boundary.
SA 93/5

End of 33rd over: Another tight over from Ravindra Jadeja comes to an end.
A maiden! Both Ashwin and Jadeja building pressure on the South Africa batsmen. The close in fielders are also making a lot of noise around the bat.
SA 88.5

28.2 overs: OUT! And Ravindra Jadeja castles Quinton de Kock in his first over straight after lunch. De Kock goes for a hoick but misses the ball completely. South Africa in all sorts of trouble now with five wickets down. De Kock departs for 5.
SA 79/5

27.3 overs: FOUR! Outside edge and once again ball races to the fence. This time it’s Quinton de Kock, who pokes at the ball from Ashwin outside off. The ball goes past second slip and goes to the boundary ropes.
SA 78/4

Welcome back to the post-lunch session. Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock are back in the middle to resume South Africa innings. Ashwin will start the proceedings for India in the second session.

Pacers got two early wickets and then Ashwin double-strike just before lunch rattled South Africa as the visitors were once again in all sorts of trouble in the second innings on Day 4 of the Pune Test. After India enforced follow-on, the Proteas were 74/4 at the break with Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock new at the crease against a dominant India bowling attack. The Proteas, who were made to follow-on for the first time since 2008, once again got off to a torrid start with Ishant Sharma getting Aiden Markram on the second ball of the day. Umesh Yadav then got rid of Theunis de Bruyn courtesy an excellent catch from Wriddhiman Saha down the leg side. Faf du Plessis and Dean Elgar then tried to steady South Africa ship with a 49-run partnership but Ashwin got both of them towards the end of the session. South Africa still trail by 252 runs.

A great morning session for #TeamIndia as they pick 4 wickets after enforcing the follow on. South Africa 275 & 74…

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Lunch, Day 4: South Africa 74/4 (following-on), trail India by 252 runs

Dean Elgar 48

Ravi Ashwin 2/8

So, Ashwin completes the final over before lunch and the players walks off the field. An excellent session for India as South sink further in the second Test. They still trail by 252 runs.

25.2 overs: OUT! Ashwin is on a roll here. This time he removes Dean Elgar for 48. Elgar tries to go over the top but mistimes. Umesh Yadav completes a simple catch at long off. South Africa are now four down after following-on.
SA 71/4

23.3 overs: OUT! Another excellent catch from wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha. Finally collects the ball in the fourth attempt. Bat-pad from Faf du Plessis and Saha manages to keep his eyes on the ball. Fumbles it initially but completes it with a dive. Ashwin gets Du Plessis for 5.
SA 70/3

End of 19th over: Tidy start from Ravindra Jadeja. Got hit for a boundary off the first ball but then next five balls over right on the mark.
SA 64/2

Spin from both ends now for India! Ravindra Jadeja joins Ashwin.
SA 60/2

17.4 overs: Review from India! Ravichanfdran Ashwin traps Faf du Plessis in front. But umpire Chris Gaffeny rules not out. The hawk-eye shows that the the impact was just on the off stump line.
Umpire’s call and Du Plessis survives! India retain the review.
SA 60/2

End of 16th over: Another tidy over from Ravichandran Ashwin comes to an end. South Africa get four byes on the last ball. But Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis still looking in doubts at the moment.
SA 59/2

12.1 overs: FOUR! Once again Dean Elgar collects boundary in the third man region. Guides the ball comfortably behind square to collect four runs.
50 comes up for South Africa as well.
SA 53/2

Drinks Break!

Ashwin start off with an eventful over. A terrific first hour for India in the morning session on Day 4. Drinks come on to the field as South Africa batsmen continue their search for answers.
SA 49/2

10.5 overs: FOUR! Third boundary of the over. But India won’t mind that at the moment. The bowlers are sticking to the channel outside off. Once again Dean Elgar gets a thick outside edge and the ball goes in the third man region for a four.

10.1 overs: A terrific ball first up from Mohammed Shami. A sharp bounder and it caught Dean Elgar by surprise. Got the top half of the bat but Elgar managed to keep it down.
SA 35/2

Bowling change from India! Mohammed Shami comes into the attack. He replaces Ishant Sharma.

8.4 overs: FOUR! On the pads from Ishant Sharma and Dean Elgar flicks the ball in the square leg region to collect four runs. Nice looking, confident shot from Elgar.
SA 33/2

5.4 overs: OUT! Umesh Yadav joins the wicket party. Great athleticism from Wriddhiman Saha down the leg side. Takes a stunner as Theunis de Bruyn departs for 8. South Africa in all sorts of trouble in second innings.
SA 21/2

Catch it like Saha 😎

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End of 4th over: Umesh Yadav bowls a good over after Ishant Sharma’s maiden. Both the bowlers are looking in good rhythm. Virat Kohli has placed four slips and a gully for them at the moment.
SA 13/1

End of 2nd over: A decent start from Umesh Yadav as well from the other end. Got a couple of edges in the over but the ball ran to the third man fence on both the occasions.
SA 9/1

End of 1st over: A terrific start from India and Ishant Sharma. A wicket maiden. Umesh Yadav will share the new ball with Ishant from the other end.
SA 0/1

#TeamIndia enforce the follow-on and its wicket in the 1st over courtesy @ImIshant #INDvSA @Paytm

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What a start! Aiden Markram bags a pair as Ishant Sharma strikes with the second ball on day four. #INDvSA live 👇…

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0.2 overs: OUT! What a start from India and Ishant Sharma. Aiden Markram is out for a pair. A terrific in-swinger from Ishant traps Markram in front. A loud appeal and umpire dicides in favour of Ishant. Markram thought to go for ther review but then decided against it. Ishant gets a wicket second-ball of the day.
SA 0/1

Players from both the teams are on the field. Aiden Markram will face the first ball from Ishant Sharma.

So, Team India has decided to enforce the follow-on. South Africa will bat again and they still trail by 326 runs.

9:07 am: The deadline to follow-on decision is
9:20 am.

As far as follow-on decision is concerned, Virat has been in this situation on six occasions in India and he has opted to enforce the follow-on only once.

So, the big question at the moment is whether India will enforce the follow-on or not. They currently have a 326-run lead which is quite a big one. But if Virat Kohli asks South Africa to bat again and the Proteas play out of their skin in their second innings, then India might have to bat last. And that will be a tricky situation for Virat and Co. on a Day 5 Pune pitch. Is Virat looking to risk that?

Hello and welcome to the Live coverage of Day 4 of the second Test between India and South Africa in Pune.


Tail-enders Keshav Maharaj and Vernon Philander set an example of gutsy batsmanship as South Africa fought hard against a quality attack but could not stop India from taking a massive 326-run lead on the third day.

While a total of 275 in 105.4 overs is far from India’s mammoth first innings total of 601, the 109-run ninth wicket stand between Philander (44 not out) and an injured Maharaj (72) showed what the top-order could have done had they shown some stomach for fight.

It will be interesting to see if India captain Virat Kohli enforces a follow on or give his bowlers more rest before unleashing them, eyeing a series-clinching victory in the three-match rubber.

The duo ducked the bouncers, defended doggedly and attacked the loose deliveries as the Indian bowling attack suddenly lacked answers during the final session of the third day, which certainly belonged to the Proteas.

Coming together at 162 for eight, Philander-Maharaj pair not only had a century- plus stand but more importantly consumed 43.1 overs, taking away a lot of second innings overs from India.

Ashwin, who had the best figures of four for 69 in 28.4 overs, lauded the fighting ninth wicket stand between the lower-order batsmen.

“I think the myth of tail-enders is over-stated and when he (tail-ender) bats well, he bats well. Nowadays, nobody is really a mug with the bat. In our team also, everybody bats pretty well till No 11,” he said.

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Asked if India will enforce the follow-on, Ashwin said that it will be the captain’s prerogative.

“At least, I haven’t thought about the follow-on. I think the captain will decide overnight on what he should be doing. It is also important, how bowlers recover, tomorrow morning.”

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