Hashim Amla remained unbeaten on 23 © AFP
Hashim Amla remained unbeaten on 23 © AFP

South Africa end Day Four at 72 for 2 against India in the fourth Test at Delhi. Hashim Amla remained unbeaten on 23 off 207 deliveries and AB de Villiers remained not out on 11 for 91 deliveries. South Africa still need 409 more runs to win the match. Ravichandran Ashwin was the most successful bowler having picked up both wickets to fall. South Africa lost just the wicket of Temba Bavuma for 34 in the post-lunch session. Like Amla, de Villiers too started to play defensive cricket. The batsmen were more keen on defending rather than getting the runs. Amla got off the mark in his 46th delivery and Ab de Villiers got his first run after he had faced 33 balls. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs South Africa 2015 4th Test at Delhi

Ashwin first got rid of Dean Elgar before the lunch break and got rid of Bavuma on the other side of the break. Elgar was looking to drive a full ball from Ashwin but got the outside edge and went straight to Ajinkya Rahane at first slip. Next to go was Bavuma, who was playing for the turn, but the ball held its line and crashed into the wickets. Amla has been blocking right from the first delivery and de Villiers too has been keen on keeping the balls away. Full Cricket Updates: India vs South Africa 2015 4th Test, Day 4 at Delhi

India had earlier declared for 267 for 5, thereby setting a target of 481 runs for South Africa to chase down. Ajinkya Rahane made another century, having scored 127 in the first innings. His unbeaten 100 ensured that India South had a humongous target to chase down. Virat Kohli fell 12 runs short of hi 12th Test ton. Morne Morkel picked up three wickets in the second innings. India came out with a positive attitude, but South Africa’s approach has taken them by surprise.

India had taken a 213-run first innings lead after they scored 334 and bowled South Africa out for 121. South Africa started off well with the ball in the second innings, but the partnership between Kohli and Rahane (133) took the game away from South Africa completely. On Day One, India had won the toss and elected to bat first. India lead the series 2-0

Brief Scores:

India 334 (Ajinkya Rahane 127, Ravichandran Ashwin 55; Kyle Abbott 3 for 40, Dane Piedt 4 for 117) & 267 for 5 decl. ( Virat Kohli 88, Ajinkya Rahane 100*; Morne Morkel 3 for 51, Kyle Abbott 1 for 47)  lead South Africa 121 (Temba Bavuma 22, AB de Villiers 42; Ravichandran Ashwin 2 for 26, Ravindra Jadeja 5 for 30) & 72 for 2 (Temba Bavuma 34, Hashim Amla 23*, Ravichandran Ashwin 2 for 29) by 408 runs.

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(Pramod Ananth is a reporter at CricketCountry. He has represented Karnataka table tennis under-15, and is a hardcore supporter of Liverpool FC. His Twitter handle is @pramz)