Shikhar Dhawan has looked in excellent touch today © Getty Images (File photo)
Shikhar Dhawan has looked in excellent touch today © Getty Images (File photo)

India have made a slow start to their innings and have gone to lunch at 51 for 1 against South Africa on Day 1 of the fourth Test at Delhi. But the good news for India is that they have lost just one wicket despite of excellent bowling from the South African bowlers. Kyle Abbott dismissed Murali Vijay early but after the on-field umpire decided to check for no-ball, none of Abbott’s foot was behind the line and as a result Vijay survived, but not for long. He played a casual shot outside off and Hashim Amla took a smart catch at first slip to give Dane Piedt the only wicket to fall in the session. Shikhar Dhawan has played really sensibly. It took him 18 deliveries to get off the blocks but has looked good at the crease. Live Cricket Scorecard: India vs South Africa 2015, 4th Test at Delhi

Dhawan, who has not scored many runs in this series, has left all deliveries outside off alone, but has punished the poor ones. He will hope to construct a good partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara when play resumes after lunch. Pujara has been good in his short innings so far. He in fact hit Imran Tahir for a huge six over deep mid-wicket, which is a rare sight. South Africa have been excellent with their bowling and will hope to make early inroads into the Indian batting line-up when play resumes. India still have the likes of Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma to follow and the Proteas will be aware of that. Live cricket updates: India vs South Africa 2015, 4th Test at Delhi

Unlike other matches in this series, wickets have not fallen in a hurry, The pitch seems to be a good one as there is something on it for the batsmen as well as the bowlers. Dhawan has gotten off to a start and he will have to convert this into a big one for his and his team’s benefit.

Earlier, India won the toss and elected to bat first. India have taken an unassailable lead in the series after securing wins at Mohali and Nagpur. India have however made a change to their side as Amit Mishra misses out and Umesh Yadav has been included in his place. South Africa too have made a few changes. They have roped in Dane Piedt, Kyle Abbott and Temba Bavuma in place of Kagiso Rabada, Simon Harmer and Stiaan Van Zyl.

Brief scores:

India 54 for 1 ( Shikhar Dhawan 31*, Cheteshwar Pujara 14*; Dane Piedt 1 for 21) vs South Africa.

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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)