Ind vs SA: Shami strikes thrice to keep India in hunt
India pacer Mohammad Shami’s three-wicket burst reduced South Africa to 173 for five in the second innings, taking their lead to 201 runs at lunch on day four of the second Test here.
At the break, Faf du Plessis was batting on 12 not out while Vernon Philander was giving him company on three not out. This was after news broke that Virat Kohi has been fined 25 per cent of his match fees and received one demerit point for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the final session on day three. The Indian skipper had protested animatedly to on-field umpires Paul Reiffel and Michael Gough that the ball was too wet when play resumed after a brief rain break. He later pleaded guilty to the charge.
Starting from overnight 90 for two, AB de Villiers (80 runs, 121 balls, 10 fours) and Dean Elgar (61 runs, 121 balls, 8 fours, 1 six) took their third wicket partnership to 141 runs. Jasprit Bumrah (2-47) and Ishant Sharma (0-29) started proceedings for India. While Bumrah attacked the batsmen more, Ishant was content on keeping the run-rate down. It allowed an easy first hour for the batting pair as they …read more