Chasing 287 runs for a series-equalising win, India faltered from the start in their second innings and lost three quick wickets to close the penultimate day of their second cricket Test against South Africa at 35 for three on Tuesday. India lost openers Murali Vijay and Lokesh Rahul and skipper and first inning centurion Virat Kohli to the South African pace battery before they could even settle down. Cheteshwar Pujara (11 batting) and Parthiv Patel (5 batting) were at the crease when umpires ended play for the day. The Indians now require 252 runs on the fifth and final day in order to earn victory and pull level in the series. For South Africa, Lungisani Ngidi scalped two wickets while fellow pacer Kagiso Rabada took one wicket. Chasing a target of 287 runs, the visitors lost opener Murali Vijay early on when a Rabada delivery pitched outside off and nipped sharply in to hit the stumps. Vijay’s fellow opener Lokesh Rahul departed shortly afterwards when he handed a soft catch to Keshav Maharaj at point off Ngidi’s bowling. Ngidi then struck a crucial blow to the visitors when he sent back the in-form Kohli a short while later. Kohli never looked comfortable during his 24-ball stay in the middle and was trapped leg before when he misjudged a low, incoming delivery. This is the last day for India to either make a come and level series or lose the Test series to Proteas.
Here are India vs South Africa Highlights Cricket Score Updates 2nd Test:
3:42 PM: Essential wicket of Mohammed Shami also falls. India loses 2nd Test match as Lungi Ngidi hauls six wickets on his debut Test match, clinching Ishant Sharma in the 50th over. South Africa brings India’s nine series win to a halt. Lungi Ngidi announced Man of the Match.
3:27 PM: Rohit Sharma steadily progressing towards half-century. He has scored 47 runs off 70 balls. 50 run-stand comes up between Shami and Rohit. Just when Rohit was looking to cement his 50 runs, Rohit top-edges and the ball is caught at long leg. Rohit has to leave and Ishant takes his place.
3:04 PM: Shami and Rohit hold the reigns of Indian batting as Shami hits four in Ngidi’s over, taking India to 119 for 7. However, both the batsmen are finding Morne Morkel to be a hard customer. Morkel concedes only 1 run as India reaches 122 for 7 after 43 overs.
2:56 PM: This is the sixth occasion when India have lost 7 wickets for less than 100 runs three or more times in a series. India’s scores at the fall of seventh wicket this series: 92, 82, 280, 87, as per Cricbuzz.
2:42 PM: Ashwin also fails to stay put at the pitch. Ashwin edged and caught by Quinton De Kock. Lungi Ngidi claims his fourth wicket as South Africa inche towards their second test victory in this series. Mohammed Shami arrives to partner Rohit Sharma who is looking for a partner to build runs.
2:35 PM: Indian middle batting order is completely dismantled by the South African bowling team, Hardik Pandya is the latest victim to fall. Ngidi claims his third wicket as they need another 4 wickets to take an unassailable 2-0 lead. Ravichandran Ashwin to arrive on the pitch.
2:18 PM: Cheteshwar Pujara becomes the first Indian player to be dismissed run out in each innings of a Test and last player to be run-out twice in a Test was Stephen Fleming in 2000. However, coming to the Test, Maharaj begins bowling and the duo of Rohit and Hardik Pandya struggle to wiggle out 3 runs in his over. India now at 83 for 5 after 35 overs.
2:09 PM: Parthiv Patel scores a brilliant boundary against Kagiso Rabada. But, on the next ball attempts to hit another over the fielders at fine leg, but Morne Morkel denies him the boundary and takes a stunning catch with a marvellous drive. Patel departs for 19. India totters at 69 for 5 after Rohit Sharma’s boundary.
1:51 PM: Pujara donates his wicket at the beginning of the 1st session on Day 5. Just the time when he was needed on crease, he commits the same mistake by hurrying to take the unnecessary third run he was run out by De Villiers. India at 55 for 4 after 27 overs. Rohit Sharma is the new man on the crease.
1:39 PM: Pujara starts the fifth day with a beautiful four to Vernon Philander. India now at 43 for 3. Need 244 runs to win.
1:30 PM: Hello and welcome to the live updates of the fifth and final day of the second Test match between South Africa and India at SuperSport Park, Centurion. India need another 252 runs to pull off an impossible win, while the hosts need 7 wickets to take 2-0 lead in the three match series.