India need six wickets to win the Centurion Test against South Africa

Siraj and Bumrah got some lifters but Elgar put up a fierce show of resistance against everything that came at him. He, along with Rassie van der Dussen, were firm and determined in a 137-ball 40-run partnership for the third wicket.

A peach from a nip-backer from Bumrah hit the top of the off-stump as van der Dussen broke a stubborn stand and put his arms on the shoulder. Elgar completed his half-century with the help of square leg off Siraj. Bumrah took India to the top of the day at the end of the fourth day with a perfect yorker to dodge the stumps of nightwatchman Keshav Maharaj.

Earlier, Kagiso Rabada and Marco Jensen took four wickets each to bowl India out for 174 in the second innings. Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant’s quick knock of 34 was India’s top score in the second innings, while Rabada and Jansen took figures of 4/42 and 4/55 respectively.

Resuming from 16/1, nightwatchman Shardul Thakur had time to panic. He left the ball outside the off-stump and also saved the chance of lbw off Johnson’s delivery. Thakur inflicted a powerful upper-cut on Jansen’s backward point. But Rabada kicked the outside edge of Thakur’s bat off length to take Mulder to third slip.

Pujara deflects a pair off Ngidi with a drive through mid-on. But on the fourth ball of the fast bowler, Pujara hit a four at mid-wicket, where Rabada dropped a simple catch. Rahul, who cautiously picked an easy leg-side boundary, chased down a wide from Ngidi and dismissed Elgar at first slip.

Pujara tosses over the width with a cracking cut from the off side from Mulder. Kohli, on the other hand, flicks and glances at Ngidi and Mulder’s wrists before hitting Rabada twice for boundaries by the time it comes to lunch.

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