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  • 4:07 PM IST

    Asian teams are yet to win a series in South Africa and Australia. Quite deserving, Lungi Ngidi is the man of the match.

  • 4:00 PM IST

  • 3:54 PM IST

    First time India have lost a series under Kohli as their full-time captain.

  • 3:48 PM IST

    Ngidi takes 6-for. South Africa win by 135 runs and take series 2-0. This has been a disappointing outing for India. Not sure how smart an idea it was to not play any practice games. The selections were baffling. South Africa did not really dominate but poor application from Indian batsmen is to be blamed. The main difference has been the fielding and lack of application from batsmen. Bumrah is the last wicket to fall.

  • 3:42 PM IST

  • 3:38 PM IST

    Now Shami departs trying to slog. Ngidi gets his five-for. He departs for 28 off 24. Trying to clear the mid-on, he holes at mid-on.

  • 3:34 PM IST

    An over before the lunch. Rohit looks to hook and falls to a spectacular catch from AB. He lost the control of the hook and AB sprints, fives front and takes a stunner. Rohit falls for a well made 47. Has he saved his spot for the next Test? Doubtful!

  • 3:27 PM IST

  • 3:17 PM IST

    No words are enough to describe the second innings performance by India. How can a batsman run himself out twice in a Test. Pujara, Rahul, Pandya all gave away their wickets. Shami meanwhile has countered the barrage of short stuff with counterattacks. It’s a matter of time it seems.

  • 3:09 PM IST

    Good little partnership has built up here. Shami has given chances and is living dangerously. Rohit and Shami have now added 35 runs from 34 balls.

  • 2:46 PM IST

    OUT! Back to back wickets for Lungi Ngidi. First Hardik Pandya then Ravichandran Ashwin. Ashwin fell trying to nudge the ball, while Pandya fell trying to hit himself out of a tight spot. Mohammed Shami and Rohit Sharma are out in the middle.

  • 2:33 PM IST

    Counterattacking is one thing, but do it smartly.

    Come on Pandya, not again! The all-rounder departs for 6. Pandya goes for an uppish hook, on a wide short delivery, and de Kock completes a terrific catch.
  • 2:29 PM IST

    Commentators, Jonty Rhodes in particular, are absolutely right.

    India are on the road till 2019 start. Such opportunities, talking about the Centurion Test, are massive for the likes of Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Parthiv Patel to grab. They cannot the bogged down by pressure more often than not.
    Virat Kohli is a freak, but he won’t score (shouldn’t) everytime. Others have to step up. I say even if we lose (which looks obvious), let’s put a price on every wicket. Fight till the last scalp. Counterattack, show some character.
  • 2:20 PM IST

    This looks encouraging. Rohit is playing his natural game.

    India need runs. They are going down, so better compete till the last wicket.
  • 2:09 PM IST

    <negative> OUT! Parthiv walks off.</negative>

    A courageous knock by the left-hander as he looked to take on the opposition. Nonetheless, he falls to a brilliant catch by Morne Morkel at deep fine leg. A short ball does the trick! India in further disarray.
  • 1:49 PM IST

    OUT! Cheteshwar Pujara run out 19

    Pujara becomes the first Indian to be run out in both innings of a Test. I’m sure this is a record he will not be proud.
    Meanwhile, Rohit walks out,

  • 1:47 PM IST

    ABD has collected the ball and thrown to Quinton de Kock (QDK). QDK is quick to dislodge the bails. Umpire needs third umpire’s intervention to decide.

  • 1:42 PM IST

    Hello folks! It is the final day of the Test. India had lost three batsmen before stumps, Day Three. Parthiv Patel and Cheteshwar Pujara out in the middle to try and revive their side.


Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of India  in South Africa series. This is Day Five of the second Test at the SuperSport Park, Centurion. Here you will get all the live scores and updates from the day’s play. South Africa are 7 wickets away from sealing the 3-Test series, 0-2. India, on the other hand, faces an uphill battle to get more 232 runs to level series.

India had about 25 overs to see off the Day 4 and 23 were bowled in actual. It was Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi, that helped their side rock back the visitors who have a tall mountain of 232 runs to chase. Ngidi’s wicket of Virat Kohli was a telling blow India, who are survived by Cheteshwar Pujara and Parthiv Patel.

Earlier in the day, the Proteas were finally bundled out after they kept the tourists at bay for almost 92 overs. Elgar and de Villiers provided their side momentum cracking up fifties. If at all, South Africa were  restricted to 287, it was thanks to Mohammed Shami’s four-fer and Jasprit Bumrah’s three-for.

Brief scores

South Africa 335 and 258 (Dean Elgar 61, AB de Villiers 80, Faf du Plessis 48; Mohammed Shami 4 for 48, Jasprit Bumrah 3 for 70, Ishant Sharma 2 for 40) lead India 307 and 35 for 3 (Murali Vijay 9, Cheteshwar Pujara 11*; Lungisani Ngidi 2 for 14, Kagiso Rabada 1 for 9) by 252 runs.