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  • 1:15 PM IST

    Update 0941 local (0741 GMT) – Sadly, there won’t be a prompt start as the umpires have decided to inspect the conditions in another 20 minutes or so. Since it’s not raining at the moment, we can expect a start by 1100 local. Stay tuned for more updates…

  • 1:01 PM IST

    Weather report – The forecast is not too promising for today with rain expected to be a regular visitor. It rained incessantly overnight and this morning as well but currently it has cleared and the groundsmen are at work to provide us with a prompt start. Let’s wait to find out whether we get it or not.

  • 1:01 PM IST

    It rained and rained on Day 1 making it a very frustrating day for everyone. But once it stopped and made way for the day’s play, we got to witness some engrossing Test cricket. Joe Root once again got lucky with the coin and his decision to bat first was backed by a fluent opening stand between Crawley and Sibley. When we thought that the hosts are going to be rolled over, they made a resounding comeback in the final session to hand the English team not one or two but four blows. In short, a smashing partnership was followed by a complete disintegration of the top order and that has put this Test in the balance after the first day. What will Day 2 bring? Stay tuned to find out…

  • 12:59 PM IST

    …DAY 2, SESSION 1…

  • 9:39 PM IST

    Now, there is rain forecast on Day 2 as well. Let’s hope that the forecast does not come true like many a times and we get a full day’s play. South Africa would hope to bundle the visitors out as soon as possible while England would look at their skipper and Pope for a good first innings total. It promises to be one exciting day of cricket. Do join us for the same on 25th January, 2020 to find out all the action. Till then, its goodbye from our side. Cheers!

  • 9:36 PM IST

    Earlier in the day, when the match finally started after the entire first session was washed out, England started positively and scored runs at a decent pace. Their two openers, Dominic Sibley and Zak Crawley were excellent in the first session. Crawley brought up his maiden Test half ton during his 100-plus run stand for the opening wicket with Sibley. However, they could not convert their starts into a huge score individually.

  • 9:31 PM IST

    Yes, the umpires realize that and it is STUMPS ON DAY 1. South Africa would’ve loved to bowl a few more overs but that’s not in their control. However, they would be more than happy from their performance in the third session. It looked like the visitors are in for a huge first innings total after the openers raked up a brilliant 100-run stand in the first session. However, that did not happen as the South Africans bounced back by sending 4 batters back to the pavilion for 50 runs. The 4 South African pacers, Philander, Paterson, Hendricks and Nortje took a wicket each and showed that there is something in the pitch for the bowlers as well. They managed to get rid of the dangerous and in-form Ben Stokes. Root, the English skipper, although did really well to see off the remaining overs through his unbeaten stand with Ollie Pope.

  • 9:29 PM IST

    The two umpires get together. Seems like the light has got poorer. And off they send the two batters. Faf du Plessis is not a happy man as he has a word with both the umpires. Not sure if the lights are going to get any better!

  • 9:29 PM IST

    54.2 Beuran Hendricks to Ollie Pope, no run, Angled into the pads, Pope looks to flick but misses.

  • 9:28 PM IST

    54.1 Beuran Hendricks to Ollie Pope, no run, Fuller and around off, Pope comes forward and makes a solid block.

  • 9:27 PM IST

    53.6 Vernon Philander to Joe Root, no run, Full ball on middle, Root flicks it to mid-wicket.

  • 9:26 PM IST

    53.5 Vernon Philander to Ollie Pope, 1 run, Short and just outside off, Pope stays on the back foot and cuts it to deep point for a run.

  • 9:25 PM IST

    53.4 Vernon Philander to Ollie Pope, no run, Fuller and around off, Pope defends it out.

  • 9:25 PM IST

    53.3 Vernon Philander to Ollie Pope, no run, Fuller ball on the off pole line, played towards the man at mid on.

  • 9:24 PM IST

    53.2 Vernon Philander to Ollie Pope, no run, Good length ball now, defended back towards the bowler.

  • 9:24 PM IST

    53.1 Vernon Philander to Ollie Pope, no run, Extremely full ball on the off pole line, blocked out.

  • 9:23 PM IST

    52.6 Beuran Hendricks to Ollie Pope, 1 run, Shortish and around off, Pope taps it to deep point for a single.

  • 9:22 PM IST

    52.5 Beuran Hendricks to Ollie Pope, no run, What a bouncer! It is angled into the batter from outside off. Pope does really well to sway away from the firing line. Falls down in the process but one can say that he played this one really well.

  • 9:22 PM IST

    52.4 Beuran Hendricks to Ollie Pope, no run, Another back of a length ball on the body, Pope somehow manages to squirt it away to the leg side. There is leg slip and a short leg in place for such chances.

  • 9:21 PM IST

    A leg slip comes in now!

  • 9:21 PM IST

    52.3 Beuran Hendricks to Ollie Pope, FOUR, FOUR! Hendricks bowls a back of a length ball but it goes down the leg side. Pope just glances it fine down the leg side and it races away to the fence.

  • 9:20 PM IST

    52.2 Beuran Hendricks to Joe Root, 1 run, Shortish and outside off, punched towards point for a single.

  • 9:19 PM IST

    52.1 Beuran Hendricks to Joe Root, no run, On middle, pushed to mid-wicket.

  • 9:19 PM IST

    51.6 Vernon Philander to Joe Root, 1 run, Oops! Inside edge and straight into the delicate area! A length ball around off, Root looks to defend but gets an inside edge which goes between his legs and to fine leg. Root looks in pain but completes the run. He keeps running in the attempt of giving himself some time to get relieved.

  • 9:17 PM IST

    51.5 Vernon Philander to Joe Root, no run, Full ball on off and middle, driven to mid on.

  • 9:17 PM IST

    51.4 Vernon Philander to Joe Root, no run, Outside off on a length, Root lets it be.

  • 9:16 PM IST

    51.3 Vernon Philander to Ollie Pope, 1 run, Full and just outside off, it is stroked through covers for a run.

  • 9:15 PM IST

    51.2 Vernon Philander to Ollie Pope, no run, Landed on middle, it is worked towards mid-wicket.

  • 9:15 PM IST

    51.1 Vernon Philander to Ollie Pope, no run, In the channel outside off, it is left alone.

  • 9:14 PM IST

    50.6 Beuran Hendricks to Joe Root, no run, Shortish and around off, it is defended.

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