1st Test Day 4: South Africa 11/1 at stumps, trail India by 384 runs
At stumps of Day 3, South Africa had reduced their first-innings gap to 117 runs, with Senuran Muthusamy (12) and Keshav Maharaj (three) batting at the crease.
After Virat Kohli declared India's second innings at 323/4, Ravindra Jadeja struck early to reduce the visitors to 11 for one at stumps on the fourth day of the opening Test at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on Satuday. At stumps, Aiden Markram (3) and Theunis de Bruyn (5) were batting at the crease, with South Africa needing 384 runs to win.
Earlier, Rohit Sharma pulled back his fifth Test century off 133 while Cheteshwar Pujara well-supported him with 81-run knock to steady India's ship in the second innings after Mayank Agarwal's early dismissal.
Here are the live updates:
# South Africa end Day 4 at 11/1. They currently trail India by 384 runs, with Aiden Markram (3) and Theunis de Bruyn (5) unbeaten at the crease. South Africa 11/1 (9 overs)
# Six runs off the last four overs. Aiden Markram (3) and Theunis de Bruyn (5) are currently batting at the crease and looking to stitch a stand after Elgar's dismissal. South Africa 11/1 (8 overs)
# Theunis de Bruyn is the new batsman in!
# WICKET! Ravichandran Ashwin gave an early breakthrough to India by removing Dean Elgar for two. The South African opener was caught leg before wicket on the third delivery of the fourth over. The visitors are currently trailing India by 390 runs. South Africa 5/1 (4 overs)
# Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram set to open the second innings for South Africa. Ravichandran Ashwin will begin the attack for India.
# Innings Break!
# India declare their second innings at 323/4, with skipper Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane remained unbeaten at the crease at their respective scores of 31 and 27. India 323/4 (67 overs)
# WICKET!! Jadeja fell for 40 after being clean bowled by Rabada on the fifth delivery of the 63rd over. Ajinkya Rahane is the new batsman in. India 286/4 (63 overs)
# Virat Kohli is the new batsman in!
# WICKET!! Soon after bring up his fifth Test century, Sharma (127) was caught by wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock behind the stumps off a Keshav Maharaj delivery in the 57th over. India 240/3 (57 overs)
# Rohit Sharma (126) smashed Dane Piedt for three back-to-back boundaries. India have now extended their lead to 317 runs. India 234/2 (56 overs)
# CENTURY!!! Rohit Sharma has smashed yet another century off 133 balls. He reached the mark with a single after he pushed the fifth delivery of the 53rd over towards square leg. India 210/2 (54 overs)
# Ravindra Jadeja is the new batsman in!
# WICKET!! Philander has bagged a big wicket in the form of Pujara (81). The Indian batsman was caught leg before wicket on the last delivery of the 51st over. India 190/2 (51 overs)
# India reach 175/1 at Tea, with Rohit and Pujara batting at their respective scores of 84 and 75. India 175/1 (48 overs)
# 20 runs off the last four overs, including three boundaries. Pujara (74) and Rohit (72) are standing strong at the crease and have guided India past 150-run mark. India 158/1 (45 overs)
# Rohit Sharma (65) and Cheteshwar Pujara (65) continue to stand strong at the crease as the duo has completed a 150-run partnership for the second wicket. The duo is constantly frustrating the South African bowlers by notching up boundaries. India have now extended their lead to 217 runs. India 138/1 (41 overs)
# FIFTY!! Soon after Rohit Sharma pulled back a half-century, Cheteshwar Pujara too brought up a fifty off 105 balls. He reached the mark with a boundary on a Kagiso Rabada delivery in the 39th over. The South African bowlers, on the other hand, are desperately looking to break their stand. India 120/1 (38.3 overs)
# Rohit Sharma (56) and Cheteshwar Pujara (38) have added 29 runs in the last five overs, including five boundaries and a six, The Indian duo has settled at the crease and is batting comfortably, especially Sharma. The hosts have extended their lead to 173 runs. India 102/1 (33 overs)
# FIFTY!!! Rohit Sharma has brought up another Test half-century off 72 balls. He achieved the mark with a single by driving the first delivery of the 29th over by Keshav Maharaj towards long-on. India 74/1 (28.1 overs)
# 17 runs off the last five overs for India. Sharma (40) smashed the second delivery of the 20th over by Dane Piedt over long off for a maximum before he used the pace of a fuller ball get it down to fine leg for a boundary. The Virat Kohli-led side have now crossed the 50-run mark. India 57/1 (22 overs)
# Just five runs off the last three overs for India. Sharma and Pujara are currently batting at their respective scores of 28 and four as India have extended their lead over South Africa to 111 runs. India 40/1 (17 overs)
# India added 11 runs in the last four overs. Rohit Sharma (24) slapped the last delivery of the 12th over by Maharaj towards midwicket for six runs. Pujara, on the other hand, is yet to open his account. India 32/1 (12 overs)
# Cheteshwar Pujara is the new batsman in!
# WICKET!! Maharaj gives an early breakthrough to South Africa by removing Agarwal cheaply. The Indian opener (seven) was caught by Faf du Plessis at first slip on the sixth delivery of the eighth over. India 21/1 (8 overs)
# Just six runs off the very first over. Rohit Sharma (6) got off the mark by swatting the fifth delivery of the second over towards midwicket for a boundary. Mayank Agarwal, on the other hand, is yet to open his account. India 4/0 (4 overs)
# Keshav Maharaj to share the new ball !
# Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma set to begin India's second innings. Vernon Philander to open the attack for South Africa.
# Innings Break!
# WICKET! Kagiso Rabada was caught leg before wicket off the second delivery of the 132nd overs by Ashwin. It was the Indian spinner's seventh wicket of the innings. With Rabada's wicket, India bundle out South Africa for 431 in the first innings. South Africa 431 (131.2 overs)
# 29 runs off the last five overs, including five boundaries. Rabada opened his account by smashing a delivery from Ishant Sharma towards middle and leg for a boundary. South Africa 426/9 (129 overs)
# Kagiso Rabada is the new batsman in !
# WICKET!! Ashwin strikes again. Maharaj looked to hit the fourth delivery of the 125th over towards long on, only for Agarwal to take a simple catch. South Africa 397/9 (124 overs)
# Eight runs off the last three overs. Maharaj smashed the first delivery of the 120th point through the gully and point region for a boundary. The Indian bowlers are desperately looking for a wicket. South Africa 394/8 (122 overs)
# India made a positive start to the day as Shami bowled a good maiden over. South Africa are currently trailing by 117 runs with two wickets in hand. South Africa 385/8 (119 overs)
# Senuran Muthusamy (12) and Keshav Maharaj (three) have walked down the crease to resume South Africa's innings. Mohammad Shami to open the proceedings for India today.
# The fourth day's play will begin shortly.
# The players of the two teams are out on the field and are warming up before the play.
On Friday, Dean Elgar smashed a blistering knock of 160 runs and wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock well-supported him with a 111-run ton before Ravichandran Ashwin's five-wicket haul help India restrict South Africa to 385 for eight in their first innings at the end of the third day's play of the opening Test in Visakhapatnam.
At stumps, South Africa reduced their first-innings gap to 117 runs, with Senuran Muthusamy (12) and Keshav Maharaj (three) batting at the crease.
Earlier, resuming their first innings at 39 for three, South Africa rode on Elgar's 160 off 387 balls and De Kock's 111 off 163 balls to reach 385/8 at the end of the fourth day's play. The duo put together 164 runs for the fifth wicket.
Meanwhile, Elgar also stitched a crucial 115-run partnership with skipper Faf du Plessis (55) for the fifth wicket. However, Ashwin completed a five-wicket haul by the end of the day to stage India comeback.
It is to be noted that India had sealed the four-match Test series 3-0 when South Africa had last toured the country in 2015.