Morne Morkel has been the pick of the bowlers for South Africa in the first session © Getty Images (File photo)
Morne Morkel has been the pick of the bowlers for South Africa in the first session © Getty Images (File photo)

India take lunch in a comfortable position at 51 for 2 in the fourth Test against South Africa and have therefore secured a 264-run lead in the process. India were in a spot of bother as they lost two early wickets right at the beginning of Day Three. Morne Morkel got rid of Murali Vijay, caught behind for three. Vijay tried to get his hands down right at the last moment to leave a short ball from Morkel, but the ball seem to have clipped the glove on its way to the ‘keeper. But replays suggested that the ball took the arm guard and went safely into the hands of Dane Vilas. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs South Africa 2015, 4th Test at Delhi

Vijay on his way out pointed to the umpire that it took the arm guard, which could get him into trouble. Rohit Sharma surprisingly came ahead of Cheteshwar Pujara at No. 3. He did not last long at the crease as he was bowled by Morkel off the very first delivery he faced. Pujara suffered a hand injury on Day Two and one thought whether that was the reason for him not coming into bat at No. 3, but he walked out immediately after Rohit was dismissed at No. 4. Shikhar Dhawan and Pujara have played sensibly since then and will look to consolidate on this partnership when play resumes after lunch. Live Cricket Updates: India vs South Africa 2015, 4th Test, Day 3 at Delhi

India scored 334 in the first innings with Ajinkya Rahane scoring a superb century. This was his first ton in India and the first century by any player in this series. Ravichandran Ashwin too made a handy 56. Kyle Abbott and Dane Piedt shared nine wickets between them. In reply, South Africa were bundled out for just 121 and as a result they conceded a first innings lead of 213. Ravindra Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers, finishing with 5 for 30.  On Day One, India had won the toss and elected to bat first. India lead the Gandhi-Mandela series 2015 2-0.

Brief Scores:

India 334 (Ajinkya Rahane 127, Ravichandran Ashwin 55; Kyle Abbott 3 for 40, Dane Piedt 4 for 117) & 53 for 2 (Shikhar Dhawan 20*, Cheteshwar Pujara 27*; Morne Morkel 2 for 10)  lead South Africa 121 (Temba Bavuma 22, AB de Villiers 42; Ravichandran Ashwin 2 for 26, Ravindra Jadeja 5 for 30) by 264 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)