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  • 2:00 PM IST

    We are all set to begin Day 4! The South African players are in a huddle before making their way to the field. Overnight batsman, Dom Sibley walks out to the middle with new batsman, Ben Stokes.

  • 1:31 PM IST

    England lead by 264 and still have 6 wickets in hand. It will be interesting to see what approach they follow and swell their lead to as much as possible. South Africa, on the other hand, struggled to pick up wickets and they would want to restrict the visitors to around 320 to have any chance in this game. So, what holds for us on Day 4? Will the Proteas make a comeback or will the visitors continue to dominate?

  • 1:31 PM IST

    … Day 4, Session 1 …

  • 9:44 PM IST

    So, what holds for us on Day 4, the penultimate day of this Test match? England are right on top and they would now look to get their lead closer to 350 or more. That should be enough on this wicket given that the cracks will open up on Day 4. South Africa, on the other hand, need wickets and that too quickly. Can South Africa make a comeback in this game or will the visitors continue to be on top? Join us on Monday, 6th January at 1030 Local (0830 GMT). Until then, cheers.

  • 9:38 PM IST

    South Africa, on the other hand, did not do justice with the ball. They kept on bowling poor lines and lengths which the English batters pounced upon easily. Keshav Maharaj was disappointing as his negative line approach did not work as he remained wicketless. Vernon Philander and Anrich Nortje were the pick of the bowlers though. Nortje picked up two while Philander picked up only 1 but was relentless throughout. Dwaine Pretorius removed Root late in the day to finish on a positive note.

  • 9:33 PM IST

    Just like on Day 2, a wicket has fallen at the stroke of Stumps. Bess fell and the umpires call it a day. A day which has belonged to England. Yes, they lost the wicket of Joe Root and Dominic Bess in the end but not before Root had done his job. They are leading by 264 and with 6 wickets in hand, they have a chance to bat South Africa out of this game. The day started with England finishing off the hosts’ tail quickly and then batters had to do the job which they did. Sibley and Crawley started well but the latter fell soon after. Denly, then joined Sibley out in the middle and stitched a good partnership. After Denly’s wicket, came a match-defining partnership between Root and Sibley. They stitched a 116-run stand to put the visitors right on top. Sibley has played an excellent hand and is close to reaching his maiden Test ton.

  • 9:31 PM IST

    78.6 Anrich Nortje to Dominic Bess, out, OUT! Caught down the leg side and the nightwatchman cannot see off the day for England. Brilliant ball this one from Nortje. Bends his back and bowls a bouncer on middle and leg. Bess looks to fend it away but misses. De Kock behind the wicket pouches the ball and makes a loud appeal along with the slip cordon and the bowler. Not out says the umpire. Now, should South Africa opt for the review against the nightwatchman with just a minute left for Stumps? Well, Nortje, the bowler himself is not sure. Du Plessis and de Kock is confident though and the skipper eventually signals the ‘T’. Interesting. Let’s see what the replays show. Front foot is alright. Let’s go to the business end now. Here comes Ultra Edge. Wow, a deflection off the gloves, detects the Ultra Edge. The umpire has to change his decision. Out it is and a very good review from South Africa. AND WITH IT, STUMPS ON DAY 3 AS WELL.

  • 9:30 PM IST

    Caught down the leg side? South Africa appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Faf du Plessis and de Kock think there was a noise. Nortje is not sure but Faf opts for the review. There is some deflection. Here comes the replays. Front foot is fine. Ultra Edge comes in now. Well, well, there’s a deflection as the ball goes past the gloves. Out it is then.

  • 9:29 PM IST

    78.5 Anrich Nortje to Dominic Bess, no run, Shortish ball around middle, Bess this time stands tall and taps it onto the pitch.

  • 9:28 PM IST

    78.4 Anrich Nortje to Dominic Bess, no run, That’s a good leave! A good length ball angled into the right-hander. Bess covers his stumps and shoulders arms.

  • 9:27 PM IST

    78.3 Anrich Nortje to Dominic Bess, no run, On off, a solid defensive stroke from Bess now.

  • 9:27 PM IST

    78.2 Anrich Nortje to Dominic Bess, no run, Bangs this one short and angles it in. Well, that’s all right but the line is not right as it lands on middle and leg and goes down the leg side as Bess ducks under it easily.

  • 9:27 PM IST

    78.1 Anrich Nortje to Dominic Bess, no run, Full delivery on middle, Bess defends it out off the front foot.

  • 9:26 PM IST

    Anrich Nortje is back on.

  • 9:24 PM IST

    77.6 Dwaine Pretorius to Dominic Bess, byes, 1 run, That took off! Probably due to one of those cracs. Pretorius bowls it on a length outside off, it pitches and takes off. De Kock moves to his left to collect the ball but it hits his fingers and goes behind. A bye stolen by the batters.

  • 9:24 PM IST

    77.5 Dwaine Pretorius to Dominic Bess, no run, Fullish and around off, Bess gets behind the line of it and defends it.

  • 9:22 PM IST

    Yes, nightwatchman it is. Dominic Bess walks out with around 9 minutes left for Stumps. Can he survive these tricky few overs?

  • 9:21 PM IST

    77.4 Dwaine Pretorius to Joe Root, out, OUT! CAUGHT! Root cannot believe it. Pretorius does the trick. Good length ball on off, hitting a crack around the off stump. It moves a way a little. Root looks to defend it of the front foot but gets a thick outside edge which goes towards first slip. Faf du Plessis moves to his right and takes a simple catch. End of an excellent innings from Joe Root but surely he will feel that he missed out on a century. Will this bring the Proteas back in the game? Is a nightwatchman coming?

  • 9:20 PM IST

    77.3 Dwaine Pretorius to Joe Root, no run, Full delivery on middle, Root works this past silly mid on. No run.

  • 9:19 PM IST

    77.2 Dwaine Pretorius to Joe Root, no run, On off, defended off the front foot by Joe.

  • 9:19 PM IST

    77.1 Dwaine Pretorius to Joe Root, no run, Full delivery on middle, Root defends it back to the bowler.

  • 9:18 PM IST

    76.6 Keshav Maharaj to Joe Root, 1 run, Full ball on middle and leg, Root reverse sweeps it towards deep point for a single.

  • 9:17 PM IST

    76.5 Keshav Maharaj to Dominic Sibley, byes, 1 run, Down the leg side, Sibley leaves it alone. Quinton de Kock fails to collect it cleanly and the ball rolls to fine leg. A bye taken. Faf is seen laughing as he still is wondering as to why a bye is being given when a shot was not offered.

  • 9:17 PM IST

    76.4 Keshav Maharaj to Dominic Sibley, no run, Fuller one on middle, flicked to mid-wicket.

  • 9:16 PM IST

    76.3 Keshav Maharaj to Joe Root, 1 run, Floated ball down the leg side, Root sweeps it to fine leg for a single.

  • 9:16 PM IST

    76.2 Keshav Maharaj to Joe Root, no run, On middle, defended out off the front foot by Root.

  • 9:15 PM IST

    76.1 Keshav Maharaj to Joe Root, 2 runs, Fullish delivery on middle, Root reverse sweeps it to deep cover and picks up a couple.

  • 9:14 PM IST

    Keshav Maharaj has a change of ends. 26-8-75-0 are his numbers so far.

  • 9:13 PM IST

    75.6 Dwaine Pretorius to Dominic Sibley, no run, On a length on off, Dominic defends it back to the bowler.

  • 9:13 PM IST

    75.5 Dwaine Pretorius to Dominic Sibley, 2 runs, Full delivery outside off, Sibley pushes it past the point fielder and picks up another couple.

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