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  • 1:30 PM IST

    Day 4 is all set to begin! England need 255 to win this Test and have 9 wickets in hand to do so. Rory Burns and Joe Denly make their way out to the middle.

  • 1:04 PM IST

    One of the two Boxing Day Tests is done. It was the hosts, Australia who decimated New Zealand. Where is the second Boxing Day Test heading? This one is evenly poised. Both the sides have a chance to win it and no one knows which way this game is heading. It has been a topsy-turvy game so far. The hosts need 9 wickets and are aware of England’s habit of collapsing so they will still fancy themselves. The visitors, on the other hand, don’t need to look too far away for inspiration as it was very recently that they chased down a mammoth total at Headingley. If that is not enough, the tourists must be aware of the hosts’ behavior of tumbling under pressure. It’s the last Sunday of 2019 and we are up for an exciting finish of cricket for the year. Who are you backing to win this? Welcome to the coverage of Day 4 of this fascinating 1st Test between South Africa and England.

  • 1:04 PM IST

    … Day 4, Morning session …

  • 9:15 PM IST

    So 255 runs more is what England require. South Africa need 9 wickets to win this game. Nobody knows who is on top as both the teams at the end of the day have an equal chance to take the lead in this series opener. The pitch looked good to bat on Day 3 and looking at it, all the criticism Joe Root got for bowling first is starting to backfire. What do we have in store on Day 4? It might just be the last day of this Test and can go either way. Join us on Sunday, 29th December at 1000 local (0800 GMT) as we inch closer to the climax of this fascinating Test. We hope to see you on Day 4. Till then, cheers!

  • 9:11 PM IST

    Is it the pitch or is there some issue with the mentality? As just like England, South African bowlers too looked out of sorts. They were not consistent with their lines and lengths and struggled to find their rhythm. The bowlers were not aided by some sloppy fielding as Rassie van der Dussen put down Burns who is making him and the hosts pay. They did manage to break the opening stand, courtesy of their spinner, Keshav Maharaj. But all-in-all, the hosts need to sort themselves up and come back stronger if they are to avoid an unexpected defeat in this Test.

  • 9:08 PM IST

    But as has been the story of this Test so far, England got back up after being down and out for the majority of the day. Sibley and Burns laid the foundation of the chase. The duo added a 92-run stand for the opening wicket to give the English fans some hope. Burns got to his fifty and is still out there looking very good. He has been solid in his approach and has made most of the chance he got when Rassie van der Dussen put him down on 20. His opening partner Dominic Sibley got out against the run of play but Joe Denly then joined Burns out in the middle and the duo ensured that the visitors did not have any further damage before Stumps.

  • 9:05 PM IST

    Jofra Archer was the pick of the bowlers as he ended up with a 5-fer but he was expensive. The other English bowlers looked jaded, out of ideas and tired. A couple of players, namely Buttler and Root struggled with illness as well. And with a target of 376 to chase, it looked like the day and the match belonged to South Africa.

  • 9:03 PM IST

    Another end of a proper, unpredictable day of Test cricket here in Centurion. This match has been evenly poised and at the end of Day 3 it is still an even contest. The pendulum has kept swinging. South Africa started the day with a good lead of 175. They added further 200 to it courtesy of a fifty from Rassie van der Dussen and supporting roles from Nortje, de Kock and Philander.

  • 9:02 PM IST

    40.6 Keshav Maharaj to Joe Denly, no run, Tossed up delivery on middle, Denly defends it out. THAT WILL BE STUMPS ON DAY 3!

  • 9:01 PM IST

    40.5 Keshav Maharaj to Rory Burns, 3 runs, Floated delivery on off, Burns looks to defend but gets an outside edge. It goes past first slip towards third man. Pretorius chases it, slides and does well to stop it before the ropes. The batsmen get three runs.

  • 9:01 PM IST

    40.4 Keshav Maharaj to Rory Burns, no run, Loopy delivery on off, Burns blocks it off the back foot.

  • 9:00 PM IST

    40.3 Keshav Maharaj to Rory Burns, no run, BEATEN! Flighted delivery outside off, Burns looks to defend but misses it.

  • 9:00 PM IST

    40.2 Keshav Maharaj to Rory Burns, no run, Tossed up delivery on middle, Rory blocks it well.

  • 8:59 PM IST

    40.1 Keshav Maharaj to Rory Burns, no run, Floated delivery on off, Burns defends it out.

  • 8:59 PM IST

    39.6 Dwaine Pretorius to Joe Denly, FOUR, FOUR! Good shot. Not too much power but just a well-timed punch. Good length ball outside off, Denly gets on his back foot and punches it through backward point for a boundary.

  • 8:58 PM IST

    39.5 Dwaine Pretorius to Joe Denly, no run, Good length delivery on off, Denly blocks it off the front foot.

  • 8:57 PM IST

    39.4 Dwaine Pretorius to Joe Denly, no run, On a good length on middle, Denly blocks it off the back foot.

  • 8:57 PM IST

    39.3 Dwaine Pretorius to Joe Denly, no run, Good length delivery on middle, Denly keeps it out.

  • 8:56 PM IST

    39.2 Dwaine Pretorius to Joe Denly, no run, On a good length on off, Joe keeps it out.

  • 8:56 PM IST

    Quinton de Kock is back up to the stumps. This time to Dwaine Pretorius.

  • 8:56 PM IST

    39.1 Dwaine Pretorius to Joe Denly, no run, Full delivery on off, Denly drives it to covers.

  • 8:55 PM IST

    38.6 Keshav Maharaj to Rory Burns, no run, Loopy delivery on off, Burns blocks it off the back foot.

  • 8:54 PM IST

    38.5 Keshav Maharaj to Rory Burns, no run, Tossed up delivery on middle, Burns sweeps it towards the leg side.

  • 8:54 PM IST

    38.4 Keshav Maharaj to Rory Burns, no run, Floated delivery on off, Rory plays it to point.

  • 8:54 PM IST

    38.3 Keshav Maharaj to Rory Burns, no run, Loopy delivery on middle, Rory defends it out.

  • 8:53 PM IST

    38.2 Keshav Maharaj to Rory Burns, no run, Flighted delivery on middle, Burns blocks it off the back foot.

  • 8:53 PM IST

    38.1 Keshav Maharaj to Rory Burns, 2 runs, Tossed up delivery outside off, Burns drives it through covers. The batsmen pick up a couple.

  • 8:52 PM IST

    Change of ends for the left-arm spinner. Maybe Faf du Plessis and Maharaj feel this end has more cracks on offer outside off of the southpaw.

  • 8:51 PM IST

    37.6 Dwaine Pretorius to Joe Denly, no run, Full delivery on off, Denly drives it towards mid off.

  • 8:51 PM IST

    37.5 Dwaine Pretorius to Joe Denly, no run, Good length delivery on off, Denly defends it out.

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