Hello! Namaste! Welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the third 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. I am Suvajit Mustafi, bringing you the updates on this blog. A champion side that South Africa is, once again faltered with the bat and this time the pitch wasn’t to be blamed. In the same surface, Ajinkya Rahane scored his maiden ton in India and guided his side to 334. Having won the toss yet again, India, who batted first are now in a commanding position, as they gained a lead of 213. The stars of the second day were Rahane, who scored the first hundred of the series, Ravindra Jadeja, who picked up another fifer to put India on top, and of course Kyle Abbott for South Africa, who bowled with impeccable discipline, ending with a fifer too. Live Cricket Scorecard: India vs South Africa 2015, 4th Test at Delhi

India have decided against enforcing a follow-on, which means they will bat again and look forward on posting a huge target. Day Three promises to be another action-filled one. Will this Test too end in the third day? Well not likely and we will have to wait and see. Catch all the updates here.

Nine more overs to go but umpire Kumar Dharmasena after checking the lights decides it’s not good enough. Another early stumps because of bad light. It has been a slow day in terms of scoring rate. Only 190 runs have been scored in 81 overs today. Morkel has bowled his heart out but the highlight has been the partnership between Kohli and Rahane. Struggling at 57 for 4, they both have added 133 runs for the fifth wicket. It’s the first hundred plus stand of the series. Scoring hasn’t been easy but this two have batted with a lot of discipline and have showed how to score on these kind of surfaces. Here’s Pramod Ananth’s report

It has been a dream match for Rahane and with six more sessions to go, there’s more action in store. So we finally have a Test heading into the 4th day. See you all, tomorrow.

Live Cricket Score: India 190/4 | Overs 81| Lead by 403| Virat Kohli 83(154), Ajinkya Rahane 52(152): The new ball is due but the light has deteriorated. Morkel to continue with the old ball. Kohli guides the 2nd ball through the third man region for a boundary. The lead crosses 400. South Africa now have taken the second new ball in between the over. Oh! Now Morkel has missed his run-up twice. End of the over. Four from it.

It was wonderful to see Dale Steyn spending time with kids in the sidelines. He would have surely made a difference to this South African unit. Fierce competitor on field and a wonderful character off it, Dale has surely made the day for this young kid.

Live Cricket Score: India 177/4 | Overs 75| Lead by 390| Virat Kohli 76(134), Ajinkya Rahane 47(137): These two have batted for over three hours. Tossed up and Rahane dispatches the last ball from Tahir straight past the bowler for a boundary. He is nearing another fifty.

Here’s Virat Kohli’s fifty

Live Cricket Score: India 167/4 | Overs 72| Lead by 380| Virat Kohli 72(122), Ajinkya Rahane 40(130): There has been some urgency in India’s scoring rate. The three overs have seen 18 runs. Indian batsmen are facing no problems against the spin bowlers.

Live Cricket Score: India 149/4 | Overs 69| Lead by 362| Virat Kohli 66(116), Ajinkya Rahane 28(118): Test cricket at its purest form at display. Maybe Kohli and Rahane are trying to prove a point. There’s plenty of time left in the game so India are just looking to give a big target. Playing strokes isn’t very easy on this surface and it’s important for batsmen to buy time. That’s what these two have done. Just one from the Tahir over.

Live Cricket Score: India 141/4 | Overs 63| Lead by 352| Virat Kohli 60(95), Ajinkya Rahane 26(103): Elgar continues and India are finding it a bit too easy. The lead crosses 350.

Live Cricket Score: India 127/4 | Overs 57| Lead by 340| Virat Kohli 50(70), Ajinkya Rahane 22(92): And Kohli gets to his fifty. His first in the series. He has batted quite well today and looked confident since start.

Live Cricket Score: India 126/4 | Overs 55| Lead by 339| Virat Kohli 49(69), Ajinkya Rahane 22(81): First over after Tea and Kohli gets two boundaries off Piedt. The intent seems clear now. India playing more freely.

Live Cricket Score: India 116/4 | Overs 54| Lead by 329| Virat Kohli 39(63), Ajinkya Rahane 22(81): It’s Tea at Day 3. Morkel did give India some serious scares in this session but once again India have pulled it their way. Kohli and Rahane have put up a 59-run stand. India now lead by 329 runs and the match is slowly slipping away from the visitors. Read Pramod Ananth’s report here.

Live Cricket Score: India 108/4 | Overs 50| Lead by 305| Virat Kohli 32(53), Ajinkya Rahane 21(68): Morkel attempts another yorker of the fifth ball. It’s a low full-toss which Rahane nice times it towards the square-leg region for a boundary. It’s fifty partnership between Rahane and Kohli.

Live Cricket Score: India 92/4 | Overs 46| Lead by 305| Virat Kohli 24(44), Ajinkya Rahane 13(52): Another eventful over from Morkel. He has bowled with a lot of heart. Huge appeal in the third ball and Proteas are disappointed as umpire doesn’t rules that out. It just went past Rahane’s outside edge, clipped his pads on the way to keeper. Good decision in the end.

Live Cricket Score: India 87/4 | Overs 43| Lead by 300| Virat Kohli 22(35), Ajinkya Rahane 10(42): The lead goes past 300. A nice little partnership is building here between Kohli and Rahane. South Africa need some quick wickets. The match is quickly slipping out from their hands.

Live Cricket Score: India 80/4 | Overs 39| Lead by 293| Virat Kohli 19(28), Ajinkya Rahane 7(26): Length ball from Abbott, Kohli takes a forward stride and elegantly drives that one to a boundary.

Live Cricket Score: India 65/4 | Overs 34| Lead by 278| Virat Kohli 10(13), Ajinkya Rahane 1(11): That was an eventful over from Tahir. The umpire judges Kohli out caught behind and the batsman is livid. Kohli glares at the umpire unhappily but he has to take the long walk back. Well, 3rd Umpire asks Kohli to wait as it’s a no-ball. The replays also show that Kohli hadn’t nicked it. Fair enough. Kohli beautifully flicks the last ball for a boundary. Here’s the yorker that beat Dhawan’s resistance: 

Live Cricket Score: India 57/4 | Overs 32| Lead by 270| Virat Kohli 4(6), Ajinkya Rahane 0(5): Pujara has now been cleaned-up by Imran Tahir and there’s the celebratory run. He misjudged the length here and could have played on front-foot. It was a flatter ball, didn’t turn much and Pujara misjudged the line too. OUT! Cheteshwar Pujara b Imran Tahir 28 (79) 

Live Cricket Score: India 53/3 | Overs 29| Lead by 266| Cheteshwar Pujara 28(72), Virat Kohli 0(0): One of the highlights of the morning has been Dhawan’s discipline. He isn’t playing outside off-stump and has tried and concentrated hard. Mind you, Dhawan scores most of his runs through the off-side. On the other hand, Morkel is trying hard. It’s been a good contest so far and Morkel wins it. A vicious bouncer got Vijay and this time a vicious yorker that came in, cleaned Dhawan up. That one was a toe-crusher and it was probably, Duminy or AB suggested Morkel that.Not a great 30th birthday for him. It’s another local boy, who walks out. It’s Indian captain Virat Kohli.  OUT! Shikhar Dhawan b Morne Morkel 21(86)

Live Cricket Score: India 51/2 | Overs 26| Lead by 264| Shikhar Dhawan 20(72), Cheteshwar Pujara 27(68): Piedt to bowl the last over before lunch. Three comes from it and it’s LUNCH on Day 3. It has been a mixed session. South Africa got off to a good start with Morkel dismissing Vijay and Rohit early. Rohit, who surprisingly came at No.3, couldn’t do justice to his captain’s faith and that has surely put his Test career to jeopardy. Birthday boy Dhawan and Pujara have been cautious. Read Pramod Ananth’s Lunch report.

Live Cricket Score: India 45/2 | Overs 22| Lead by 258| Shikhar Dhawan 18(62), Cheteshwar Pujara 23(54): Piedt is in middle of a good spell. Dhawan isn’t finding it easy against him. Piedt gets the fifth ball to turn sharp and Dhawan edges it. It falls short of first slip. Gets a single.

Live Cricket Score: India 40/2 | Overs 17| Lead by 253| Shikhar Dhawan 14(46), Cheteshwar Pujara 23(40): Abbott gets Pujara’s edge and it goes for four. It’s the second boundary for Pujara, having hit his earlier one in the previous over from Dane Piedt. Now he gets his third one. Another lucky boundary, gets an inside edge now. India are slowly building the lead. It’s past 250 now. Despite the two lucky boundaries, it’s been a good over. Hasn’t Abbott bowled well in this game? Read our article on the South African pacer.

Live Cricket Score: India 20/2 | Overs 13| Lead by 233| Shikhar Dhawan 8(35), Cheteshwar Pujara 9(27): Morkel is bowling his 7th over on a trot. He has bowled short and on good lengths. Here’s another maiden over from him. It’s Drinks Break. Here’s the double strike from Morkel

Double strike by Morne Morkel to start off with a bang this morning for SA. Vijay & Rohit Sharma GONE! #IndvsSA

Posted by Indian Cricket Team on Friday, 4 December 2015

Live Cricket Score: India 13/2 | Overs 7| Lead by 226| Shikhar Dhawan 5(21), Cheteshwar Pujara 5(6): It’s been a great opening spell from Morkel so far. Not a good delivery for a batsman facing the first ball. Cleans up Rohit Sharma with a ball pitched on good-length. It zips past his outside edge before thudding to the stumps. It kept a bit low. Morkel is on a hat-trick and Pujara is on strike. He doesn’t get, as Pujara sees that through to the keeper. Last ball, Pujara gets a single. Oh well, it’s a over throw and he gets 5 runs. OUT! Rohit Sharma b Morkel 0 (1)

Live Cricket Score: India 3/1 | Overs 5| Lead by 216| Shikhar Dhawan 1(15), Rohit Sharma 0(0): Dhawan isn’t finding it easy against Morkel, who is getting the ball to seam away from him at a good pace. Morkel has troubled Dhawan in the entire tour so far having dismissed him a couple of times in the limited-overs fixtures. Dhawan gets a quick single off the fifth ball to finally get off the mark. These risks are not worth in Test cricket. And guess what, a vicious bouncer from Morkel in the last ball gets him the wicket of Vijay.

Brilliant bouncer and Vijay was a little late in ducking that. It hits his elbow-guard and wicketkeeper Dane Vilas leaps up to take that. Very good catch. Vijay isn’t happy and has showed a lot of dissent. He is bound to get in trouble for that. Rohit Sharma walks out at No.3.  OUT! Murali Vijay c Dane Vilas b Morne Morkel 3 (15)

Live Cricket Score: India 0/0 | Overs 2| Lead by 213| Murali Vijay 0(6), Shikhar Dhawan 0(6): India have started the day. It’s Morne Morkel with the new ball and he starts with a maiden. From the other end it’s Kyle Abbott and he will be bowling to the birthday boy Shikhar Dhawan. Dhawan turns 30 today and he is playing in his home ground. He will like to make it big here. Abbott too starts with a maiden. Hasn’t he bowled beautifully in this match?


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.