Hello! Welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the second day’s play between India and South Africa, in the fourth and final match of the Test series at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi. This is Suvajit Mustafi, and I will bring you the updates on this cricket blog. India have already won the series, having beaten South Africa by 124 runs at Nagpur. The Day One of the Test was an evenly battled contest with India managing 231 for 7. Having won the toss yet again, India batted first and started off well before South Africa came back strongly in the second session. The highlights of the day was the bowling of Dane Piedt (four wickets) and Kyle Abbott (three wickets), and of course Ajinkya Rahane’s unbeaten 89. Rahane not only scored his first fifty-plus score in India but also registered the highest score of the series so far. Live Cricket Scorecard: India vs South Africa 2015, 4th Test at Delhi

A three-figure is on the cards for Rahane. The Kotla surface has seen uneven bounce but it hasn’t spun a lot like Mohali and Nagpur. One can expect another day’s gruelling contest between these two top sides. South Africa are the No.1 Test side and one can’t write them off. They will do their best to ensure at least a win in the series. It promises to be an exciting day. Catch all the updates here.


Here’s how the South African wickets fell:

India have not enforced follow-on and they will start proceedings tomorrow. Bad light once again forces early stumps on Day Two. With the exception of AB de Villiers, none of the South African batsmen have looked at ease. It’s another poor performance from the South African batsmen and there can be no excuse for the same. India bowlers have bowled remarkably well. Jadeja picked up a fifer (5/30) again, Ashwin (2/26) and Umesh (2/32) get two and Ishant, who bowled brilliantly claimed one wicket. Read: Pramod Ananth’s end of the day’s report

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 121 | Over 49.3| India lead by 213| Morne Morkel 9(17) | Tahir plays a slog sweep, doesn’t connect and is caught by substitute fielder Rahul at mid-wicket. South Africa have been bowled out and they have conceded a 213-run lead. OUT! Imran Tahir c sub (KL Rahul) b Ravichandran Ashwin 1 (9)

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 118/9 | Over 47| Trail by 216| Morne Morkel 7(11), Imran Tahir 0(0) | Jadeja picks a fifer! AB departs. Ishant takes a very well judged catch at the extra cover boundary. AB plays that inside out and doesn’t connect it. Very good bowling from Jadeja. OUT! AB de Villiers c Ishant Sharma b Ravindra Jadeja 42 (78)

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 103/8 | Over 43| Trail by 231| AB de Villiers 34(56) | And now Jadeja gets Piedt. That’s the fourth wicket for Jadeja. He tosses it up, Dane Piedt looks to play an ambitious drive, gets a nick and finds Rahane at slips. South Africa are 8 down and AB is fighting a lone battle here. OUT! Dane Piedt c Ajinkya Rahane b Ravindra Jadeja 5 (18)

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 94/7 | Over 39| Trail by 240| AB de Villiers 34(56), Dane Piedt 1(3) | It’s all up to AB now. He plays two back-to-back off-drives for boundaries to Ishant.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 84/7 | Over 38| Trail by 250| AB de Villiers 25(52), Dane Piedt 0(1) | Abbott hits Ashwin for a well-timed boundary through covers and the next ball, gets into back-foot, he misses and is caught plumb in the front. Ashwin joins the party and picks his first wicket of the match. OUT! Kyle Abbott lbw b Ravichandran Ashwin 4 (6)

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 79/6 | Over 37| Trail by 255| AB de Villiers 24(51), Kyle Abbott 0(2) | Ishant has finally been rewarded for his good bowling. Vilas is cleaned-up by the local boy. He hits the good length and gets it move into the right hander. The ball enters through the bat and pad gap, crashing into the stumps. This has been a poor batting display the No.1 Test side. OUT! Dane Vilas b Ishant Sharma 11 (21)

Is it the best ball of the match? It also gave Umesh Yadav his 50th Test cricket. Wonder why he doesn’t bowl like this often.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 77/5 | Over 35| Trail by 255| AB de Villiers 23(48), Dane Vilas 10(16)| Ishant has been brought into the attack. He replaces Umesh. Ishant has bowled brilliantly today and hasn’t been among wickets. Ishant bowls good five deliveries and the final one Vilas flicks one through mid-wicket for a boundary.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 65/5 | Over 31| Trail by 269| AB de Villiers 21(38), Dane Vilas 0(0)| Umesh cleans up Duminy with an absolute beauty. Probably the ball of the innings. Umesh lands that one to good length and the ball straightens. Duminy plays it in the wrong line, the ball just misses his outside edge and crashes on to the off-stump. Another wicket falls off the last ball of the over. In fact, all four wickets post Tea have fallen in the last ball of the over. What will the cricket world blame now? Pitch? OUT! JP Duminy b Umesh Yadav 1 (8)

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 62/4 | Over 28| Trail by 272| AB de Villiers 19(28), JP Duminy 0(0)| Jadeja gets another and it’s du Plessis walking back. Du Plessis looks to sweep that one, scoops it as the ball lobs in the air. Rahane anticipating it, moved towards the leg slip and he won’t miss those. Poor shot from du Plessis and South Africa in deep trouble. OUT! Faf du Plessis c Ajinkya Rahane b Ravindra Jadeja 0 (2)

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 56/3 | Over 26| Trail by 278| AB de Villiers 13(18), Faf du Plessis 0(0)| Jadeja bowls another maiden. Amla is looking extra cautious while De Villiers has played some good strokes in his brief stay. South Africa will want this pair to continue for long. And well, call it a blogger’s curse. Amla departs. Shortish ball from Jadeja that skids off the pitch, Amla looking to cut it edges that to Wriddhiman Saha’s gloves. Sharp catch and that’s the end of Amla. A good sportsman that he is, he walks before the umpire signals it. South Africa once again in trouble and Amla’s horrendous tour continues. OUT! Hashim Amla c Wriddhiman Saha b Ravindra Jadeja 3 (34)

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 48/2 | Over 22| Trail by 286| Hashim Amla 1(15), AB de Villiers 8(6)| De Villiers plays two exquisite strokes off in both sides of the wicket in the last two balls of Jadeja’s over. A drive through extra-cover and a whip through the mid-wicket region. AB de Villiers has played in Delhi for three years when he was a part of the Delhi Daredevils side. He played for the franchise in between 2008 and 2010, and knows the ground quite well. He walks out to bat and receives huge cheers.

 

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 40/2 | Over 20| Trail by 294| Hashim Amla 1(15), AB de Villiers 0(0)| Bavuma was pretty solid but it seemed he wasn’t sure of his off-stump. It was a matter of time and you can’t like that against Jadeja. Bavuma doesn’t move his feet and a straight ball from Jadeja sees him get played-on. OUT! Temba Bavuma b Ravindra Jadeja 22 (55)


Live Cricket Score: South Africa 38/1 | Over 19| Trail by 296|  Temba Bavuma 20(49), Hashim Amla 1(15)| It’s TEA on Day Two. It can be said that the session has been shared by both the sides. South Africa have bowled out India and made a cautious start. They would have been happier to have gone wicketless at Tea but Umesh Yadav got India the needed breakthrough. For South Africa, Temba Bavuma playing his first game has looked pretty solid. The surface looks much better for batting and it’s sunny at Delhi. Read Pramod Ananth’s Tea report here.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 37/1 | Over 15| Trail by 297|  Temba Bavuma 19(39), Hashim Amla 1(1)| It’s Umesh who strikes for India. He has been clocking good speed. That one was identical to the previous one that he bowled. Elgar was caught in the crease and nicked this away from the body. It took his edge and went straight to Saha. OUT! Dean Elgar c Wriddhiman Saha b Umesh Yadav 17 (50)

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 32/0 | Over 13| Trail by 302| Dean Elgar 16(45), Temba Bavuma 16(33)| Dropped short and angled in from Umesh, Elgar pulls it to the square leg boundary for a boundary. Good shot! South Africa have made a good start here.

Hopefully, it’s not too serious. He has a history of knee problems.

Meanwhile, it’s wonderful to see Anil Kumble interacting with young fans at Kotla. This is the ground where e has his fondest memories. In 1999, he became the second bowler in history to pick 10 wickets in a Test innings. In fact, he also played his last international match at this venue.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 22/0 | Over 10| Trail by 312| Dean Elgar 11(30), Temba Bavuma 11(25)| It’s spin for the first time in this match for India. Ashwin starts and it’s a maiden.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 22/0 | Over 8| Trail by 312| Dean Elgar 11(30), Temba Bavuma 11(19)| An eventful over from Umesh. The fourth ball concedes 5 runs. Elgar pulls the ball and it hits Cheteshwar Pujara at short leg. The batsmen take a single and while the team gather around an injured Pujara, Kohli sensing a run out throws the ball at bowler’s end conceding four overthrows. It was unneeded.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 10/0 | Over 5| Trail by 324| Dean Elgar 6(22), Temba Bavuma 4(8)| Ishant has been trying to set up Elgar. It’s a good contest going on. He started off bowling a bit too wide but now is asking questions to Elgar outside the off-stump. Another huge appeal off the last ball. Elgar lets go that one and it hits his back pad. That’s a dangerous thing to do but good decision as it would have missed off-stump. Good bowling from Ishant.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 4/0 | Over 2| Trail by 330| Dean Elgar 0(0), Temba Bavuma 4(6)| Umesh stays on the pad and Bavuma clips it to the mid-wicket boundary. First runs for South Africa. First ball of the next over from Ishant, Elgar survives a leg before appeal. The ball slightly pitches outside leg-stump.

Live Cricket Score: South Africa 0/0 | Over 1| Trail by 334| Dean Elgar 0(0), Temba Bavuma 0(0)| It’s Temba Bavuma opening the batting with Dean Elgar. Ishant Sharma to open the bowling in his home ground and bowls a maiden. It will be Umesh Yadav from the other end.


Live Cricket Score: India 334 all out | Over 117.5| Umesh Yadav 10(30)| Ashwin has been dismissed here. He tries to pull a short ball from Abbott, it hurries on to him and doesn’t connect it well. He is caught at mid-wicket. OUT! Ravichandran Ashwin c AB de Villiers b Kyle Abbott 56 (140)

Now Ishant Sharma departs too and lasts two balls. Ishant stays in the crease as the swings back. That’s plumb and India have been bowled out for 334. It’s a fifer for Kyle Abbott. He deserved it. He has asked questions almost every ball and has been rightly rewarded. Abbott finishes with figures of 24.5-7-40-5. This is his second fifer of his career, the first being on his debut. OUT! Ishant Sharma lbw b Kyle Abbott 0 (2)

Live Cricket Score: India 334/8 | Over 117| Ravichandran Ashwin 56(138), Umesh Yadav 10(30)| Umesh Yadav gets into the act and slogs Imran Tahir over mid-wicket for four. Umesh is looking good too.

Live Cricket Score: India 326/8 | Over 114| Ravichandran Ashwin 53(127), Umesh Yadav 5(22)| Abbott starts with a maiden over after lunch.


 

Live Cricket Score: India 326/8 | Over 113| Ravichandran Ashwin 53(121), Umesh Yadav 5(22)| It’s LUNCH on Day Two and this session has belonged to India. Rahane got his maiden hundred in India and Ashwin got his sixth Test fifty. It’s been a good exhibition of batting and the duo added 98-runs, the highest in this series so far. They have definitely been aided with some poor fielding from South Africa. The only wicket to fall this session is of Rahane and Imran Tahir dismissed him. It’s been a surprise that Tahir has bowled only 14 of the 113 overs bowled by South Africa. Maybe that’s because he has a tendency to go for runs but as a captain you must show faith in your leg-spinner as he is an attacking option and there are chances of wickets to fall. The way South Africa have dealt with their premier spinner has been surprising.

Though runs have come well for India. Short selection is the key in the wicket and mind you these are not very easy batting conditions. Read Pramod Ananth’s lunch report.

Live Cricket Score: India 323/8 | Over 111| Ravichandran Ashwin 50(116), Umesh Yadav 5(15)| Ashwin hoists the final ball over the long-on boundary for a six and that’s his sixth Test fifty. Good batting from Ashwin. India will be pleased with their batting effort. It has not been easy for him especially with what’s happening in his hometown Chennai. It’s a good display of character.

Live Cricket Score: India 316/8 | Over 110| Ravichandran Ashwin 44(111), Umesh Yadav 4(13)| Ashwin playing some good strokes but not taking the singles to keep himself on strike. Umesh has looked good with the bat so far so it may be wise to take them. Probably Ashwin feels that Umesh is better off playing the spinners. Morkel bowls a good bouncer but Ashwin skillfully guides that over the keeper for a boundary.

Live Cricket Score: India 301/8 | Over 106| Ravichandran Ashwin 29(95), Umesh Yadav 4(6)| The fourth ball is a full toss from Elgar and Umesh smacks it. Poor fielding at the boundary and it’s a four. 300 up for India. South African fielding has been pretty ordinary and it’s a surprise.

Live Cricket Score: India 296/8 | Over 105| Ravichandran Ashwin 28(94), Umesh Yadav 0(1)| So it’s Imran Tahir gets the important breakthrough. Rahane drives the flighted leg-break straight to AB de Villiers at cover. Tahir only in his 10th over has got Rahane. The partnership lasted 98 runs. Umesh Yadav joins Ashwin in the middle. Mind you, Umesh has got a Ranji Trophy hundred this season. OUT! Ajinkya Rahane c AB de Villiers b Imran Tahir 127 (215)

Some brilliant strokes from Rahane throughout his innings.

 

Live Cricket Score: India 289/7 | Over 102| Ajinkya Rahane 122(205), Ravichandran Ashwin 26(86)| Inside out and that’s a four. Lofted over the extra-cover region. This is now the highest partnership of the series. India inching closer to 300 — a mark not achieved in the series so far.

This is how Rahane celebrated his maiden hundred at home.

Live Cricket Score: India 273/7 | Over 97| Ajinkya Rahane 115(195), Ravichandran Ashwin 21(67)| First ball from Piedt has been smacked over mid-wicket for a six. It comes from the toe-end of the bat. It’s his third six of the innings. Now another one from the third one. Down the wicket and over long-off this time. Brilliant batting but he must not get too carried away. 13 from the over. Read about Rahane breaking the jinx.

Live Cricket Score: India 257/7 | Over 94| Ajinkya Rahane 100(182), Ravichandran Ashwin 20(62)| Fourth ball of the over, Rahane beautifully drives that one straight past the bowler for a boundary. Arms up and it’s Rahane’s first hundred at home. In a series dominated by bowlers, Rahane also brings up his first hundred in the series. Brilliant stuff. Here’s Pramod Ananth’s report on the Mumbai man’s innings.

Live Cricket Score: India 251/7 | Over 93| Ajinkya Rahane 95(177), Ravichandran Ashwin 19(61)| Brilliant shot from Ashwin in the fourth ball of the over. Punches it through the cover region off the back-foot. Elegance at its best. This lad should score more often. That boundary brings up the 50-partnership and 250-up for India. Next target 300?

Live Cricket Score: India 246/7 | Over 92| Ajinkya Rahane 92(172), Ravichandran Ashwin 11(54)| Has that carried? No, Hashim Amla’s tough time with catching continues. Kyle Abbott get’s Ashwin’s outside edge towards Amla at first slip. It hits his hand and then brushes the ground. Tough chance no doubt but will go down as another drop. Two runs from the Abbott over.

Live Cricket Score: India 244/7 | Over 91| Ajinkya Rahane 92(172), Ravichandran Ashwin 11(54)| It’s been a steady start for India on Day Two morning. Ashwin looks comfortable and Rahane too has shown good patience. Rahane has a couple of 90s in his career and he will look forward to register a hundred here. Ashwin plays an artistic drive off the fifth ball of Morkel’s over and he will get a single for that. Rahane defends the last ball and he’ll be off strike again.

Live Cricket Score: India 240/7 | Over 88| Ajinkya Rahane 92(166), Ravichandran Ashwin 11(42)| Ashwin has two Test hundreds and one unbeaten 91 to his name and he is a much better batsman than what he has displayed in recent times. His home town Chennai is going through a tough time with the Chennai floods. That will be back of his mind and it’s not easy for a sportsman to shut himself from everything and just focus on the proceedings. But kudos to Ashwin, who has provided good support to Rahane so far. Third ball of the Morkel’s over, he whips it off his pads for a boundary. Very good short.

Live Cricket Score: India 232/7 | Over 85| Ajinkya Rahane 89(155), Ravichandran Ashwin 6(29)|Compared to yesterday, it’s quite sunny in Delhi so it’s a good news for the batters. Ajinkya Rahane on strike and Morne Morkel will start the proceedings for South Africa. He has hit the deck hard with the new ball. Rahane plays one on the leg-side for the first runs of the day.


Teams:

India: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane,Rohit Sharma, Saha(wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav.

South Africa: Hashim Amla (c), Temba Bavuma, Dean Elgar, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, Dane Vilas (wk), Dane Piedt, Kyle Abbott, Imran Tahir, Morne Morkel.