Chasing 305, South Africa produced some solid fight and reached 94/4 at Stumps on Day 4. The hosts need another 211 runs to win the test match. Proteas skipper Dean Elgar led from the front and returned unbeaten on 52. Indian premier pacer Jasprit Bumrah struck twice in the closing stages of fourth day to give India a crucial advantage. India still needs 6 wickets to wrap up the proceedings in the final day of the Centurion test.
The action on Day 4 began with KL Rahul and Shardul Thakur taking charge from the overnight score of 16/1. Proteas seamer Kagiso Rabada made an early breakthrough by dismissing Takur. A few moments later, Marco Jansen bagged the in-form Rahul for 23. Indian batters looked to steady their innings, but South African seamers took wickets at regular intervals. Indian skipper Virat Kohli (18) once again lost his wicket in the same fashion by edging an outside off delivery.
Lungi Ngidi and Jansen removed Pujara (16) and Rahane (20) in consecutive overs to put India on the back foot. Rishabh Pant top-scored 34 before the hosts bowled out India for 174 in their second innings. Rabada and Jansen scalped four wickets each. Ngidi finished with two.
The Proteas began their run-chase on a shaky note, losing Aiden Markram very early. Mohammed Shami bowled out Markram with an unplayable delivery. When things looked slightly steady for the hosts Mohammed Siraj gave them the second blow by dismissing Keegan Petersen (17). Bumrah added some more pressure on the Proteas by removing van der Dussen (11) and Keshav Maharaj (8). Tha final day’s play will be more exciting to watch as both teams will battle hard to secure a win.