Ngdid traps Kohli in front    AFP
Ngdid traps Kohli in front AFP

South Africa stole momentum from India in the last session of Day Four of the second Test at Centurion. India need 252 more to level the series, with 7 wickets in hand. Here are the top highlights of the day:

Shami’s triple-strike breaks South Africa’s momentum

Mohammed Shami becomes more venomous as the ball ages. The reverse-swing comes to the fore, and the number in the wickets columns scales up. The same was witnessed on Day Four. After AB de Villiers (80) and Dean Elgar (61) frustrated India with a 141-run stand, Shami removed both men: he first bowled an absolute ripped outside off to ABD and then set up Elgar to play a pull.

In came Quinton de Kock and smacked a hat-trick of boundaries off Shami one of them, again, journeyed between wicketkeeper and first slip. India did not learn, but neither did de Kock: he flashed at another one outside off and offered a simple catch to Parthiv. From 144 for 2 South Africa were throttled to 163 for 5.

Ishant comes to India’s rescue

Controversies loom around when Ishant Sharma comes to bowl. Talks of dropping Bhuvneshwar Kumar have surfaced every time Ishant has bowled in the match. But, he fared well. He removed Vernon Philander when he was all set, deceiving him with a short-ball strategy. However, the damage was already done: Philander had played 85 deliveries, scoring 26 and holding the fort with Faf du Plessis.

Then Ishant struck again. This time he induced an inside edge off Keshav Maharaj, preventing him from causing further damage.

Faf bores India

Faf du Plessis’ plan was difficult to comprehend. Neither was he scoring runs, nor was he showing intent. However, that exhausted the Indians. It took a slower ball from Jasprit Bumrah to break his concentration. He accumulated 48 from 141, probably taking the target beyond India.

India’s batting woes continue

The ball had been keeping low when the South Africans were batting. Murali Vijay did not adapt, and paid the price. He chopped one onto the stumps while trying to save his defence.

Virat Kohli fell prey as well, but the ball nipped back so sharply that there was little he could have done to save his himself.

Sandwiched between these dismissals was KL Rahul’s uncharacteristic shot. He holed out a back-of-length ball to gully.

Lungi Ngidi took two of these wickets, the best was when he trapped Kohli following it with a send-off.