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South Africa tour of India 2015
2nd Test, India vs South Africa at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, India (14 Nov 2015)
South Africa

214/10 (59) RR:3.63

Match drawn

India

80/0 (22) RR:3.64

Morne Morkel will start for South Africa. Vijay will take first strike. Two slips, a gully and a leg gully in place.

South Africa are back in the field and in the midst of a team huddle. There's help for the bowlers from this pitch. Can Morkel, Abbott and Co. make the most of it? Dhawan registered a pair in Mohali and will be under some pressure. On the other hand,Vijay looks in sublime touch. If light holds good, we will have 29 more overs for the day

India won the toss on a moist pitch, opted to bowl first and will be the happy camp right now. The pacers didn't reap the rewards, but Ashwin and Jadeja were back at what they do best. Both finished with four wickets each, in between, Varun Aaron produced a ripper to dismiss Amla and the innings ended with a run-out. There was one batsman who withstood the Indian attack though and that was AB de Villiers. In his 100th Test, he produced an innings of high quality and determination. He looked all set to go on and register a 100 in his 100th Test, but Saha produced a bit of magic to deny him. The track has become better to bat on and the hosts will back themselves to take a big first innings lead. Join us in a while for India's batting..

Over: 59 0 1 2 0 W W RSA 214/10
Kyle Abbott 14(40) Tahir 0(0) Ashwin 18-2-70-4

58.6 - Ashwin to Kyle Abbott, out Kyle Abbott Run Out!! Terrible misunderstanding has cost Abbott his wicket. This was pushed through just outside off, Abbott lunged forward, played with the spin and turned it towards short fine leg. He immediately set-off for a quick single, Tahir started and stopped as he saw Dhawan pouncing on the ball, sends his partner back, but it's way too late. Abbott is stranded halfway down the pitch when the return arrives, Saha whips the bails off and it's all over for South Africa in their first innings. Kyle Abbott run out (Dhawan/W Saha) 14(40) [4s-2]

Ashwin to Kyle Abbott, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!

Abbott is run-out. South Africa have been bowled out for 214.

Imran Tahir, right handed bat, comes to the crease

58.5 - Ashwin to M Morkel, out Caught by Binny!! India's catching has been superb and this is perhaps the best today - Top catch from Binny. This was tossed up invitingly outside off, drew Morkel into the big lofted shot, the ball spins away a tad, Morkel doesn't get anywhere close to the pitch, gets plenty of height but not the distance. A real skier for Binny as he runs back from mid-on, kept his eyes on the ball even as it dropped over his shoulder, lunges forward and takes a well judged two-handed catch, he fell onto the ground, but doesn't lose the ball. Gets up with arms stretched aloft, the Bangalore crowd love it, India have their ninth wicket. M Morkel c Binny b Ashwin 22(20) [4s-3]

Ashwin to M Morkel, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

58.4 - Ashwin to M Morkel, no run, Ashwin slows down the pace, gives this one plenty of air, pushed back towards the bowler

Back to round the wicket

58.3 - Ashwin to M Morkel, 2 runs, Ashwin drifts one onto Morkel's pads, nudged away behind square on the on-side for a couple of runs. That was bowled from over the wicket

58.2 - Ashwin to Kyle Abbott, 1 run, Abbott takes the ball on the full and punches it down towards long-on for a single

58.1 - Ashwin to Kyle Abbott, no run, slower and on the stumps, Abbott watches it all along and turns it towards the on-side

Over: 58 1 4 0 0 0 1 RSA 211/8
Kyle Abbott 13(37) M Morkel 20(17) Ravindra Jadeja 16-2-50-4

57.6 - Ravindra Jadeja to Kyle Abbott, 1 run, this is full from Jadeja, allows Abbott to get underneath the length and take a single on the drive to mid-on

57.5 - Ravindra Jadeja to Kyle Abbott, no run, pushed through flatter and quicker, Abbott goes back and defends it

57.4 - Ravindra Jadeja to Kyle Abbott, no run, turn and bounce for Jadeja, but there's no outside edge on that. He pulled his length back, dragged Abbott forward and beat his outside edge

57.3 - Ravindra Jadeja to Kyle Abbott, no run, flighted and just outside off, Abbott prods half forward and defends it

57.2 - Ravindra Jadeja to Kyle Abbott, FOUR, this is good batting from Abbott, comes down the track, doesn't get too close to the ball, lifts it over mid-on and collects another boundary, turning out to be a handy little partnership

57.1 - Ravindra Jadeja to M Morkel, 1 run, full and on the off-stump line, wristed away towards long-on for a single

Over: 57 4 1 0 0 1 1 RSA 205/8
M Morkel 19(16) Kyle Abbott 8(32) Ashwin 17-2-67-3

56.6 - Ashwin to M Morkel, 1 run, marginally short and on the stumps, Morkel goes back and works it wide of mid-wicket for a single

Ashwin switches to round the wicket

56.5 - Ashwin to Kyle Abbott, 1 run, flighted delivery and on the stumps, Abbott closes the face of the bat and works it past short mid-wicket for a run

56.4 - Ashwin to Kyle Abbott, no run, slower and outside off, defended with a straight bat

56.3 - Ashwin to Kyle Abbott, no run, the off-break from Ashwin, turns back into Abbott, he wasn't there to the pitch as he prodded forward, the inside edge rolls away towards the on-side

56.2 - Ashwin to M Morkel, 1 run, Morkel goes deep into his crease to a well tossed up ball and clips it in front of square on the on-side for a single

56.1 - Ashwin to M Morkel, FOUR, cracking shot, tossed up and on Morkel's pads, he picks up the length early, plays with the spin and whips it over mid-wicket for a boundary

Over: 56 1 0 0 0 0 0 RSA 198/8
Kyle Abbott 7(29) M Morkel 13(13) Ravindra Jadeja 15-2-44-4

55.6 - Ravindra Jadeja to Kyle Abbott, no run, tossed up and just outside off, Abbott prods forward and defends it towards the slip region

55.5 - Ravindra Jadeja to Kyle Abbott, no run, that's a brave leave, this one pitched on off, turned ever so slightly and bounced across Abbott, don't know if Abbott read it, he exposed his stumps and lets it go, it went periliously close to the off-stump. Jadeja knew it was very close

55.4 - Ravindra Jadeja to Kyle Abbott, no run, Jadeja gives this one more air, driven firmly but straight to the fielder at mid-off

55.3 - Ravindra Jadeja to Kyle Abbott, no run, pushed through outside off, Abbott goes back and defends it towards the off-side, with an angled bat

55.2 - Ravindra Jadeja to Kyle Abbott, no run, tossed up and just outside off, blocked back towards the bowler

55.1 - Ravindra Jadeja to M Morkel, 1 run, flighted and on off, driven in front of mid-on for a single

Over: 55 4 0 0 0 2 1 RSA 197/8
M Morkel 12(12) Kyle Abbott 7(24) Ashwin 16-2-60-3

54.6 - Ashwin to M Morkel, 1 run, flatter and on Morkel's pads, nudged away behind square on the on-side. The batsmen are happy with just a single

Four men round the bat, a silly point, slip, FSL and a leg-slip in place

54.5 - Ashwin to M Morkel, 2 runs, Ashwin tosses one on Morkel's pads, he was looking to whip and gets an inside edge, behind square on the on-side for a couple of runs

54.4 - Ashwin to M Morkel, no run, good drift from Ashwin, gave this one plenty of air, Morkel goes back into his crease, gets his bat down in time and defends it

54.3 - Ashwin to M Morkel, no run, this one is given more air, driven back towards the bowler

54.2 - Ashwin to M Morkel, no run, slower and on the leg-stump line, Morkel prods half forward and defends it

54.1 - Ashwin to M Morkel, FOUR, nicely played by Morkel, Ashwin dropped it short and just outside off, Morkel rocks back and jabs it wide of mid-on. Binny gave the chase, but the ball kept going away from him

Ravichandran Ashwin [15.0-2-53-3] is back into the attack

Over: 54 0 1 2 0 4 0 RSA 190/8
Kyle Abbott 7(24) M Morkel 5(6) Ravindra Jadeja 14-2-43-4

53.6 - Ravindra Jadeja to Kyle Abbott, no run, good leave from Abbott, flatter and just outside off, no spin for Jadeja, Abbott watched it all along, covers the line and lets it go

53.5 - Ravindra Jadeja to Kyle Abbott, FOUR, lovely shot, Jadeja gave this one plenty of air, Abbott gets a good stride forward, gets to the pitch and drills it through extra cover. Kohli gives up the chase as the ball races away

53.4 - Ravindra Jadeja to Kyle Abbott, no run, slower and just outside off, Abbott presses forward and blocks

53.3 - Ravindra Jadeja to Kyle Abbott, 2 runs, Jadeja darts one onto Abbott's pads, he lunged forward on the defensive push, gets an inside edge behind square on the on-side for a couple of runs

53.2 - Ravindra Jadeja to M Morkel, 1 run, this one is given more air, Morkel uses his reach to good effect and works it towards deep mid-wicket, just a single

53.1 - Ravindra Jadeja to M Morkel, no run, flighted delivery and around off, Morkel presses across and defends it back towards the bowler

Over: 53 0 1 0 4 1L 0 RSA 183/8
Kyle Abbott 1(20) M Morkel 4(4) Aaron 9-0-51-1

52.6 - Aaron to Kyle Abbott, no run, short of a good length and in that channel just around off, Abbott stays behind the line and defends it

52.5 - Aaron to M Morkel, leg byes, 1 run, too straight from Aaron, ends up drifting onto Morkel's pads, he looks to flick and misses, the ball rolls away in front of square leg for a leg-bye

52.4 - Aaron to M Morkel, FOUR, nicely played! This was a back of a length delivery and well outside off, Morkel stands tall, plays with an open face and guides it square behind point for a boundary

52.3 - Aaron to M Morkel, no run, full and on the leg-stump line, Morkel stays leg-side and clips it towards mid-wicket

52.2 - Aaron to Kyle Abbott, 1 run, tad fuller and just outside off, punched in front of mid-off and Abbott calls for a quick single. Binny has a shy and misses, but Abbott was well in

52.1 - Aaron to Kyle Abbott, no run, on a good length and just outside off, Abbott watches it all along and defends it towards the off-side

Two slips and a silly mid-on in place for Aaron

Varun Aaron [8.0-0-46-1] is back into the attack

Over: 52 0 0 W 0 W 0 RSA 177/8
M Morkel 0(1) Kyle Abbott 0(17) Ravindra Jadeja 13-2-36-4

51.6 - Ravindra Jadeja to M Morkel, no run, flighted delivery and a hint of spin back into Morkel, he stays back and pushes it towards the bowler

Morne Morkel, left handed bat, comes to the crease

51.5 - Ravindra Jadeja to Rabada, out Caught by Pujara!! Jadeja has once again struck immediately after the break! This was tossed up and on the off-stump line, Rabada was pushing forward, he went with hard hands, the inside edge is found and it lobs off his pad, simple catch to Pujara - who's back at a FSL position. Easy call for the umpire and South Africa continue to slump. Rabada c Pujara b Ravindra Jadeja 0(2)

Ravindra Jadeja to Rabada, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

51.4 - Ravindra Jadeja to Rabada, no run, flighted delivery and on the stumps, Rabada goes back and turns it towards the on-side

A slip, a deep short leg and a short silly mid-wicket in place

Kagiso Rabada, left handed bat, comes to the crease

Welcome back.. AB was the difference between a score of 200 and 250. His dismissal, right at the stroke of tea, has put India in complete command. Can they get rid of the tail quickly? Once again it's the Indian spinners who have put up a good show - although the track hasn't been of much help. Rabada is the new man in..

India are in a commanding position but won't want to get complacent and let tail-enders get away with much, something which has been a problem in the past. They got ABD at the right time and the bowlers have proved their captain right by sending more than half the South African team back to the pavilion. Do join us soon for the last session...

In a team which is studded with stalwarts like Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla, de Villiers keeps proving why he is the Superman. He was unlucky to have not got a century in his 100th Test, but did all he could to keep South Africa in the game. For India, the spinners have been impeccable. Ravindra Jadeja got some turn and bounce, which is so unusual for a day 1 Bangalore pitch. Ashwin continued with his orthodox line and slower-through-the-air tactic. Aaron was quick, but consistency still eludes him. Ishant did not get wickets but bowled perfect lines and troubled the Proteas with some extra bounce. By the end of the session, he was seen hiding the ball, but there was not much reverse swing on offer.

A session which helped India tighten their grip on the match. Spinners bowled in tandem but it was the sheer dedication from AB de Villiers which would also count as one of the highlights of the session. Earlier, Dean Elgar gifted his wicket soon after lunch, trying to play a pre-meditated sweep and later JP Duminy was undone by Ashwin. And just when South Africa would have hoped to go into the tea break without any further damage, their best batsman and hope departed, leaving them in shambles.

51.3 - Ravindra Jadeja to de Villiers, out Caught by W Saha!! Massive wicket, massive wicket for India. No hundred for AB de Villiers in his 100th Test. The crowd erupts and then immediately goes "ABD, ABD," as he walks back to the dressing room. de Villiers raises his bat to acknowledge all the applause. Clever bowling once again from Jadeja. He saw de Villiers giving the charge and pulled his length back, de Villiers was trying to defend as he was not to the pitch of the ball, the inside edge lobbed off the pad, Saha was alert to the situation. He ran forward and put in a full length dive. Stuck his left hand out and plucked it inches from the ground. There was a doubt whether the ball hit the ground, but it actually bounced in Saha's gloves. It was a clean catch and that was the end of an excellent, entertaining innings from the maestro. With that wicket, the players walk off for the tea break as well. de Villiers c W Saha b Ravindra Jadeja 85(105) [4s-11 6s-1]

Ravindra Jadeja to de Villiers, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Saha has taken a blinder. Umpire Richard Kettleborough is walking towards the square leg umpire and asks the Indians to wait. So that's a sign that he's sure that de Villiers has hit this. No issues with the no-ball. Looks like that has not touched the ground. A tough call, but slightly easier than the du Plessis one. Remember, the soft signal is OUT. And the verdict is OUT.

51.2 - Ravindra Jadeja to de Villiers, no run, oh that would go down as a dropped chance. Flighted delivery down the leg-side, de Villiers was early into the sweep, the ball takes the glove and then goes off the back of the bat as well, hits Saha on the chest as he was moving to his left, he had the chance to grab the rebound but he didn't go for it again as he probably thought there was no bat/glove involved

51.1 - Ravindra Jadeja to de Villiers, no run, flatter and outside off stump, de Villiers punches to cover

Over: 51 0 6 0 0 0 1 RSA 177/6
de Villiers 85(102) Kyle Abbott 0(17) Ashwin 15-2-53-3

50.6 - Ashwin to de Villiers, 1 run, flighted on the stumps, de Villiers drives it to the left of the bowler, who fails to stop it in his followthrough

Mid-off is pushed back

50.5 - Ashwin to de Villiers, no run, flicked with the spin to mid-wicket

50.4 - Ashwin to de Villiers, no run, de Villiers advances, but Ashwin pulls his length back, nudged to mid-wicket in the end

50.3 - Ashwin to de Villiers, no run, flighted delivery on the off stump, de Villiers defends

50.2 - Ashwin to de Villiers, SIX, he knows how to hit sixes on this ground. Tossed up right in the slot, just outside off stump, de Villiers waits for the ball to turn and slogs it flat and wide of long-on

Slip and short leg, bowling from round the wicket

50.1 - Ashwin to de Villiers, no run, flighted delivery on the leg stump, de Villiers defends

Ravichandran Ashwin [14.0-2-46-3] is back into the attack

Over: 50 0 0 0 0 0 0 RSA 170/6
Kyle Abbott 0(17) de Villiers 78(96) Ravindra Jadeja 12-1-36-2

49.6 - Ravindra Jadeja to Kyle Abbott, no run, flighted delivery outside off stump, Abbott drives it to cover

49.5 - Ravindra Jadeja to Kyle Abbott, no run, with Abbott shouldering arms the previous ball, it was obvious that Jadeja would bowl the slider, this is on leg stump, Abbott looks to defend and gets an inside edge that rolls into the on-side

49.4 - Ravindra Jadeja to Kyle Abbott, no run, Abbott leaves it alone, but this is not the slider, it spun away and stayed outside off stump

49.3 - Ravindra Jadeja to Kyle Abbott, no run, on the stumps, Abbott defends

49.2 - Ravindra Jadeja to Kyle Abbott, no run, flighted delivery on the off stump, Abbott defends

49.1 - Ravindra Jadeja to Kyle Abbott, no run, a good looking front foot defence to silly-point

Over: 49 0 0 2 2 0 4 RSA 170/6
de Villiers 78(96) Kyle Abbott 0(11) Ishant 13-3-40-0

48.6 - Ishant to de Villiers, FOUR, shortish delivery outside off stump, de Villiers loft-drives hard, gets the bottom of the bat, but it clears the infield and rolls away over extra-cover

The field comes up to prevent the single

48.5 - Ishant to de Villiers, no run, wowww! What a delivery! Ishant can't believe that it's missed the stumps. Kohli has left the point region open, so de Villiers tries to target that zone again with an attempted lazy dab, the ball tails back in sharply and cuts him in half, goes past the under edge and just misses the off stump

48.4 - Ishant to de Villiers, 2 runs, in the gap again. Short of a length this time, punched to the left of the man at cover, easy two

48.3 - Ishant to de Villiers, 2 runs, this is great cricket from the maestro. Inswinging length delivery on the off stump, de Villiers defends with an angled bat, no one at backward point and he puts pressure on the fielder in the deep and comfortably returns for the second run

48.2 - Ishant to de Villiers, no run, de Villiers knows that Ishant is bowling a good line, so he wants to unsettle him and gives the charge, tries to drive hard but toe-ends the drive to cover. Now that de Villiers is advancing, how is Ishant going to react?

48.1 - Ishant to de Villiers, no run, nicely bowled and well handled as well. Good length delivery angling in and then holding its line, de Villiers was almost squared up in his defence, but the class batsman that he is, manages to defend it towards point. That was bowled at 144ks by Ishant

Over: 48 0 1 0 0 0 0 RSA 162/6
Kyle Abbott 0(11) de Villiers 70(90) Ravindra Jadeja 11-0-36-2

47.6 - Ravindra Jadeja to Kyle Abbott, no run, around off stump line, Abbott defends off the front foot

47.5 - Ravindra Jadeja to Kyle Abbott, no run, flighted delivery from Jadeja, Abbott keeps it out

47.4 - Ravindra Jadeja to Kyle Abbott, no run, optimistic shout for LBW, as there was a clear inside edge onto the pad. Abbott was trying to defend, luckily the edge saved him

47.3 - Ravindra Jadeja to Kyle Abbott, no run, oh that was dangerous from Abbott. He was on the back foot to punch, it was too close to off stump, but he managed to keep it out

47.2 - Ravindra Jadeja to de Villiers, 1 run, de Villiers gives the charge again, driven down to long-off this time

47.1 - Ravindra Jadeja to de Villiers, no run, good bowling Jadeja. de Villiers races down the track, but is not to the pitch of the ball, hence kicks it away

Over: 47 0 1 0 0 Nb 0 0 RSA 161/6
Kyle Abbott 0(7) de Villiers 69(88) Ishant 12-3-32-0

46.6 - Ishant to Kyle Abbott, no run, hit on the thigh but no appeal from India as it was way too high for LBW. Short of a length delivery on the stumps, Abbott misses the flick and gets hit on the thigh pad

46.5 - Ishant to Kyle Abbott, no run, beaten again! Ishant bowls a good channel outside off stump. In the corridor of uncertainty was this short of length delivery and it left Abbott very late to beat him all ends up

46.5 - Ishant to Kyle Abbott, no ball, loud shout of "noooo" from ump Gould. This was the bumper, but Ishant overstepped the line

46.4 - Ishant to Kyle Abbott, no run, beaten. Short of a length delivery angling in and then holding its line, Abbott plays inside the line as he tries to defend and the ball almost takes the edge

46.3 - Ishant to Kyle Abbott, no run, short of length delivery outside off stump, Abbott defends off the back foot

46.2 - Ishant to de Villiers, 1 run, short of length delivery outside off stump, de Villiers slaps it to sweeper cover

46.1 - Ishant to de Villiers, no run, oh! That was almost Ricky Ponting-esque from de Villiers. And remember, Ishant has a bit of a history against Ponting. Short of a length delivery swinging back in, de Villiers crouches low and looks to punch off the back foot, gets an inside edge that rolls into the on-side. That could so easily have gone back and disturbed the stumps

Over: 46 3 0 0 W 0 0 RSA 159/6
Kyle Abbott 0(2) de Villiers 68(86) Ravindra Jadeja 10-0-35-2

45.6 - Ravindra Jadeja to Kyle Abbott, no run, on the off stump, Abbott manages to defend

45.5 - Ravindra Jadeja to Kyle Abbott, no run, flighted delivery on the stumps, Abbott defends

Kyle Abbott, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Slip, silly-point and short leg surround Abbott

45.4 - Ravindra Jadeja to Dane Vilas, out Caught&Bowled!! Oh no! What have you done, Dane Vilas? AB de Villiers is batting so well at the other end and all you needed to do was rotate the strike and not play fancy shots. South Africa in deep trouble at 159/6. Certainly not a wicket-taking delivery but Jadeja won't complain. Flighted delivery just outside off stump, Vilas steps out and drives, doesn't keep it down and Jadeja takes the catch in his followthrough. Came quickly to him, but he did well to hold on. The partnership was growing in confidence but Vilas has thrown it away. The replay shows that the ball went off the inside half of the bat. Dane Vilas c and b Ravindra Jadeja 15(32) [4s-1]

Ravindra Jadeja to Dane Vilas, THAT'S OUT!! Caught&Bowled!!

45.3 - Ravindra Jadeja to Dane Vilas, no run, much better, draws the batsman forward with a flighted delivery delivery on the leg stump, Vilas defends well though

45.2 - Ravindra Jadeja to Dane Vilas, no run, too full from Jadeja, almost a yorker, driven to mid-off

45.1 - Ravindra Jadeja to de Villiers, 3 runs, the paddle-sweep from AB de Villiers, gets into position early and sends it to fine leg

Over: 45 0 0 0 1 0 0 RSA 156/5
Dane Vilas 15(29) de Villiers 65(85) Ishant 11-3-30-0

44.6 - Ishant to Dane Vilas, no run, good looking inswinger on a good length to round off the over, Vilas was late in his defence but manages to keep it out. Saha and Ishant almost went "oooh" for a moment

44.5 - Ishant to Dane Vilas, no run, short of length delivery just outside off stump, with a bit of shape back in of course, Vilas defends off the back foot

Two fielders catching close at short mid-wicket

44.4 - Ishant to de Villiers, 1 run, short of length delivery swinging back in, but not at full pace, just 125kph on this one, de Villiers pushes it with an angled bat towards point for an easy single. Ishant will not be happy with himself for conceding the run

44.3 - Ishant to de Villiers, no run, another incoming delivery to de Villiers, the length is short enough for de Villiers to defend off the back foot to cover, Dane Vilas was keen for a run, but a loud call from de Villiers ensured that he went back

44.2 - Ishant to de Villiers, no run, nice inswinging length delivery on the off stump, de Villiers offers a solid front foot defence

44.1 - Ishant to de Villiers, no run, oh almost dragged on! Good amount of reverse swing on this short of length delivery for Ishant, it tails back in and cramps de Villiers as he tries to guide, it was too close to the body and the edge almost rolled back onto the stumps. In fact, it bounced over the sticks

Ishant Sharma [10.0-3-29-0] is back into the attack

Over: 44 0 0 4 0 1 0 RSA 155/5
Dane Vilas 15(27) de Villiers 64(81) Ravindra Jadeja 9-0-32-1

43.6 - Ravindra Jadeja to Dane Vilas, no run, on the stumps from Jadeja, Vilas blocks

43.5 - Ravindra Jadeja to de Villiers, 1 run, de Villiers advances and drives it down to long-on

43.4 - Ravindra Jadeja to de Villiers, no run, de Villiers steps out early, Jadeja drags his length back and forces the batsman to take the defensive the line, the ball hits the arm and then rolls towards the bowler off the pad, de Villiers slipped while trying to return, Jadeja rushed forward but the South African No. 5 was able to get back in time

43.3 - Ravindra Jadeja to de Villiers, FOUR, nice hit! Excellent shot. He picked this fullish flighted delivery very early, got down on one knee, it was just outside off stump and the timing on the sweep shot was so good. The ball ran away through backward square leg

43.2 - Ravindra Jadeja to de Villiers, no run, nice and full from Jadeja, de Villiers defends it back towards the bowler

43.1 - Ravindra Jadeja to de Villiers, no run, Jadeja hurries de Villiers with a slider, the batsman was late in his defence, but he managed to keep it out

Over: 43 0 4 0 2 0 0 RSA 150/5
Dane Vilas 15(26) de Villiers 59(76) Ashwin 14-2-46-3

42.6 - Ashwin to Dane Vilas, no run, this is tossed up, handled easily by Vilas as he defends well

42.5 - Ashwin to Dane Vilas, no run, slowish from Ashwin, Vilas defends from the crease

42.4 - Ashwin to Dane Vilas, 2 runs, short and spinning back in with a bit of bounce, Vilas rocks back and cuts through cover-point, Jadeja hunts it down with a sliding save in the deep, Vilas wanted the third, but de Villiers sent him back as he saw that Jadeja was the fielder. In fact, the replay shows that the batsmen didn't take the first run quickly as they were certain that the ball would go to the fence

42.3 - Ashwin to Dane Vilas, no run, flatter in trajectory, Vilas tries to defend, the ball keeps a bit low and hits him on the toe-end of the bat

42.2 - Ashwin to Dane Vilas, FOUR, slog-sweep in the air, but there is no one at deep mid-wicket. Flighted delivery just outside off stump, Vilas gets down on one knee and plays with the spin, times it well to pick up a boundary

42.1 - Ashwin to Dane Vilas, no run, tossed up outside off stump, Vilas drives it to mid-off

Over: 42 1 0 2 0 0 0 RSA 144/5
de Villiers 59(76) Dane Vilas 9(20) Ravindra Jadeja 8-0-27-1

41.6 - Ravindra Jadeja to de Villiers, no run, flatter and on the leg stump, de Villiers works it into the on-side off the back foot

41.5 - Ravindra Jadeja to de Villiers, no run, de Villiers gives the charge to the bowler again, but Jadeja drags his length back and forces him to pad it away

41.4 - Ravindra Jadeja to de Villiers, no run, advances and drives it back to the bowler

41.3 - Ravindra Jadeja to de Villiers, 2 runs, edged but wide of Rahane at slip. All of a sudden Ravindra Jadeja is getting a lot of turn. Flighted delivery on the stumps, de Villiers tries to defend, gets a thick edge, Rahane flies to his right at slip, but it was not close to him

41.2 - Ravindra Jadeja to de Villiers, no run, where did that come from? That is unplayable! If only there was no extra bounce on this one, AB de Villiers would have been bowled. Top nut from Jadeja. Pitched on off and middle from round the wicket, turned, bounced and squared up de Villiers on the back foot defence, the ball bounces over the stumps

41.1 - Ravindra Jadeja to Dane Vilas, 1 run, too full to trouble the batsman, Vilas drives it to mid-off, takes on the fielder and makes his ground

Over: 41 0 1 0 0 0 0 RSA 141/5
de Villiers 57(71) Dane Vilas 8(19) Ashwin 13-2-40-3

40.6 - Ashwin to de Villiers, no run, de Villiers defends this to short leg

40.5 - Ashwin to de Villiers, no run, oh good delivery! That ball was short in length and de Villiers was camping but for the cut shot, but it spun sharply back into him and cramped him for room, in the end de Villiers adjusts and manages to push it back to the bowler

40.4 - Ashwin to de Villiers, no run, tossed up this time, de Villiers gets a good stride forward and then drives it back to the bowler

40.3 - Ashwin to de Villiers, no run, flatter and quicker through the air, de Villiers punches it to mid-wicket

40.2 - Ashwin to Dane Vilas, 1 run, shortish and Vilas punches it to cover

40.1 - Ashwin to Dane Vilas, no run, careful Vilas, careful! Better off playing this off the front foot, instead he reads this from the pitch and defends. That was bowled in the off stump channel by Ash

Over: 40 0 0 0 0 1 4 RSA 140/5
de Villiers 57(67) Dane Vilas 7(17) Ravindra Jadeja 7-0-24-1

39.6 - Ravindra Jadeja to de Villiers, FOUR, use of the feet and then he gets to the pitch of the ball as well. Picked the length up so quickly and got into great position to nail the cover-drive to perfection. He hardly misses out on a boundary-scoring opportunity

39.5 - Ravindra Jadeja to Dane Vilas, 1 run, even though this is tossed up, this is leg stumpish again from Jadeja, Vilas drives it towards mid-on, de Villiers was late to respond but he had enough time to make his ground

39.4 - Ravindra Jadeja to Dane Vilas, no run, good delivery. First ball that was bowled on off stump line and Vilas wasn't sure with his footwork. Tentatively defends from the crease and it rolls towards cover

39.3 - Ravindra Jadeja to Dane Vilas, no run, width on offer outside off stump, Vilas cuts but mistimes it to cover

39.2 - Ravindra Jadeja to Dane Vilas, no run, flatter in trajectory from Jadeja, Vilas defends off the back foot

39.1 - Ravindra Jadeja to Dane Vilas, no run, Vilas lunges forward and carefully defends this one to short leg

Over: 39 3 0 1 1 0 0 RSA 135/5
de Villiers 53(66) Dane Vilas 6(12) Ashwin 12-2-39-3

38.6 - Ashwin to de Villiers, no run, slightly quicker through the air, de Villiers is comfortable in his defence

38.5 - Ashwin to de Villiers, no run, 'lovely, lovely Ash,' says Saha as Ashwin tosses this up nicely on the stumps, de Villiers waits and blocks

38.4 - Ashwin to Dane Vilas, 1 run, slightly shorter in length this time, Vilas works it to deep square leg

38.3 - Ashwin to de Villiers, 1 run, slower through the air and inviting the batsman to go over the top, de Villiers almost falls in the trap as he toe-ends this slog, the ball flies over the infield and rolls towards deep mid-wicket. de Villiers didn't get to the pitch of the ball after advancing down the track, yet he played the slog and got away with it

38.2 - Ashwin to de Villiers, no run, flighted delivery around off stump line, punched back to the bowler

38.1 - Ashwin to Dane Vilas, 3 runs, Vilas gives the charge to Ashwin, tries to drive this flighted delivery and gets an outside edge that rolls well wide of Rahane at slip

Drinks are on the field now. Another hour dominated by the Indians. Both spinners struck once each, but AB is battling hard and has just raised his 38th Test fifty, can he convert it into a bigger knock?

Over: 38 0 0 1 2 0 0 RSA 130/5
de Villiers 52(62) Dane Vilas 2(10) Ravindra Jadeja 6-0-19-1

37.6 - Ravindra Jadeja to de Villiers, no run, flatter and on AB's pads, he looks to tuck it towards the on-side and misses, the ball rolls away towards the on-side

37.5 - Ravindra Jadeja to de Villiers, no run, pushed through by Jadeja, AB comes down the track, doesn't get to the pitch of the ball, opts to pad it away. Excitement amongst the close-in fielders as the ball popped in the air, but there was no bat there

37.4 - Ravindra Jadeja to de Villiers, 2 runs, that's the shot of the day, doesn't get a boundary though. AB shimmies down the track, gets close to the pitch of the ball and drives it wide of long-off. Ishant gets across and saves the boundary

37.3 - Ravindra Jadeja to Dane Vilas, 1 run, Jadeja drops one short and just outside off, Vilas backs away and mistimes his cut, wide of cover-point for a single

37.2 - Ravindra Jadeja to Dane Vilas, no run, flighted delivery and just outside off, Vilas makes room and pushes it towards cover-point

A slip, silly point and a short extra cover in place

37.1 - Ravindra Jadeja to Dane Vilas, no run, flighted delivery and curving on middle, Vilas gets his bat in front of the pads and blocks

Ravindra Jadeja [5.0-0-16-1] is back into the attack

Over: 37 0 1 0 0 0 1 RSA 127/5
Dane Vilas 1(7) de Villiers 50(59) Ashwin 11-2-34-3

36.6 - Ashwin to Dane Vilas, 1 run, Ashwin gave this one more air, Vilas gets to the pitch of the ball and eases it into the gap past cover, off the mark with a single

36.5 - Ashwin to Dane Vilas, no run, slower and on the stumps, Vilas pushes it back towards the bowler

36.4 - Ashwin to Dane Vilas, no run, tossed up and just outside off, Vilas takes a step forward and defends it back towards the bowler

36.3 - Ashwin to Dane Vilas, no run, loud shout for a catch at the wicket, but umpire Gould says no. Cracker of a delivery from Ashwin, pitched just outside off and straightened, Dane Vilas was playing for the spin, pushed at that, Saha was convinced, so were the close-in fielders, but Gould wasn't

The crowd are loudly cheering ABD, ABD

36.2 - Ashwin to de Villiers, 1 run, big cheer from the Chinnaswamy crowd as AB gets to his fifty, his 38th in Tests, gets a massive ovation from his family as well. Ashwin dropped one on his pads, nudged away with the spin, past FSL and for a single

36.1 - Ashwin to de Villiers, no run, flighted and on the middle stump line, AB gets half-forward and defends it

Over: 36 0 4 1 0 0 0 RSA 125/5
Dane Vilas 0(3) de Villiers 49(57) Aaron 8-0-46-1

35.6 - Aaron to Dane Vilas, no run, short of a length and a hint of angle back into the right-hander, Vilas gets solidly behind the line and defends it towards the off-side

35.5 - Aaron to Dane Vilas, no run, short of a length and holding its line outside off, Vilas covers the line, lifts his bat and lets it go

35.4 - Aaron to Dane Vilas, no run, poor ball from Aaron, and he's lucky that Saha has put in a big dive to save runs. Attempted yorker goes wrong, sends it miles down leg. Saha's dive saves four byes

35.3 - Aaron to de Villiers, 1 run, on a good length and just outside off, AB plays with an angled bat and gets a single behind square on the off-side

35.2 - Aaron to de Villiers, FOUR, AB is batting on a different strip, this was short and wide outside off, AB was hanging on the back foot, cracks it square past point. Vijay in the deep rushed across to his left, puts in the dive, gets a hand onto it but can't stop the boundary

35.1 - Aaron to de Villiers, no run, full and slipping down the leg-side, AB looks to flick and misses

Dane Vilas, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Over: 35 4 2 0 0 0 W RSA 120/5
Duminy 15(39) de Villiers 44(54) Ashwin 10-2-32-3

34.6 - Ashwin to Duminy, out Caught by Rahane!! Edged and caught! AB watches in dismay from the other end. Third wicket for Ashwin, he flighted one around off and there was just a hint of turn, some bounce as well. Duminy was hanging back in defence, he was playing with an open face, the ball went off the face of the bat and down low and in front of Rahane at first slip. He does very well to bend forward, clasps both his hands underneath the ball and holds on. India have now got rid of the last recognised batsman, South Africa slump into trouble. Duminy c Rahane b Ashwin 15(39) [4s-2]

Ashwin to Duminy, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

34.5 - Ashwin to Duminy, no run, Ashwin slows down the pace, Duminy watches it all along and plays with soft hands

34.4 - Ashwin to Duminy, no run, tossed up and on off, Duminy presses forward and pushes it back at the bowler

34.3 - Ashwin to Duminy, no run, flighted delivery and on the off-stump line, Duminy lunges forward and smothers the spin

34.2 - Ashwin to Duminy, 2 runs, this is an even better shot from Duminy, nothing wrong with the ball, maybe fraction short outside off, he makes room and punches it square past cover. RJ gives chase and keeps them down to a brace

34.1 - Ashwin to Duminy, FOUR, rare bad ball from Ashwin, drops it short and wide outside off, Duminy makes room and cuts it square past cover-point, races away to the fence

Over: 34 1 2 0 0 1 0 RSA 114/4
de Villiers 44(54) Duminy 9(33) Aaron 7-0-41-1

33.6 - Aaron to de Villiers, no run, full and a hint of tail back into the right-hander. Signs of reverse swing? AB watched it all along, prods across, presents a straight bat and defends it towards short mid-wicket

33.5 - Aaron to Duminy, 1 run, short of a length and just outside off, Duminy was shuffling across on the back foot punch, gets an inside edge and the ball rolls away towards square leg

33.4 - Aaron to Duminy, no run, very full and just outside off, almost in the blockhole, Duminy was looking to play the cover-drive, the ball rolls back towards the bowler - off the inner half of the bat

33.3 - Aaron to Duminy, no run, that's a poor ball from Aaron, wasted effort, it was banged in short and well outside off, looped past the batsman as he let it go by

33.2 - Aaron to Duminy, 2 runs, fuller length delivery and in that channel outside off, Duminy went with hard hands on the drive, gets a thick inside edge behind square on the on-side for a couple of runs

33.1 - Aaron to de Villiers, 1 run, another full toss from Aaron, he was looking for the yorker, flicked away past the square leg umpire for a single

Over: 33 1 0 0 4 0 0 RSA 110/4
Duminy 6(29) de Villiers 43(52) Ashwin 9-2-26-2

32.6 - Ashwin to Duminy, no run, more drift for Ashwin, but Duminy is very watchful, gets his bat in front of the pads and defends

32.5 - Ashwin to Duminy, no run, pushed through by Ashwin, Duminy came down the track, he was looking to whip against the spin, gets himself into a tangle, luckily for him, he got his pads behind the line and escapes getting comprehensively beaten

32.4 - Ashwin to Duminy, FOUR, poor ball from Ashwin, this was tossed up generously, but the line was outside leg, Duminy went down on his knees, rolled his wrists over and sweeps, finds the gap between the keeper and leg slip, races away to the fence

32.3 - Ashwin to Duminy, no run, flighted and on off, Duminy gets a good stride forward and smothers the spin

32.2 - Ashwin to Duminy, no run, nicely bowled by Ashwin, saw Duminy coming down the track and drops his length short, gets some turn as well, Duminy adjusts and defends it

32.1 - Ashwin to de Villiers, 1 run, tossed up and just outside off, AB comes down the track, gets close to the pitch of the ball and whips it towards long-on for a single

Ashwin switches to round the wicket

Over: 32 0 4 4 1 0 0 RSA 105/4
Duminy 2(24) de Villiers 42(51) Aaron 6-0-37-1

31.6 - Aaron to Duminy, no run, fuller length delivery and well outside off, looking to tempt Duminy into the drive, he resists and lets it go

31.5 - Aaron to Duminy, no run, short of a length and angling back into Duminy, he was hopping across on the tuck, is cramped for room and is struck high on the body

31.4 - Aaron to de Villiers, 1 run, short of a good length and well outside off, AB stays back and slaps it square on the off-side for a single

31.3 - Aaron to de Villiers, FOUR, edged and four, short of a good length and in that channel outside off, AB was pushing from the crease, to his credit, he played with soft hands, the edge dies down quickly and races away past the lone slip

31.2 - Aaron to de Villiers, FOUR, easy pickings for AB, swinging full toss fom Aaron, he leans forward, presents an angled bat and drives it in front of square on the off-side. The man in the deep is very square and he has no chance

31.1 - Aaron to de Villiers, no run, on a good length and a hint of nip away from outside off, but that's well after passing the stumps, AB is happy to let that go by

Varun Aaron [5.0-0-28-1] is back into the attack

Change of bowling from the other end as well. Aaron replaces Ishant. A slip and a gully in place

Over: 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 RSA 96/4
Duminy 2(22) de Villiers 33(47) Ashwin 8-2-21-2

30.6 - Ashwin to Duminy, no run, this one is given more air and on middle, Duminy prods well forward and defends it back at the bowler

30.5 - Ashwin to Duminy, no run, flatter and on Duminy's pads, he goes back and tucks it towards square leg

30.4 - Ashwin to Duminy, no run, this one is given more air, Duminy gets a good stride forward and blocks

30.3 - Ashwin to Duminy, no run, flighted on the middle and off-stump line, Duminy lunges forward, presents the full face of the bat and pushes it towards the off-side

30.2 - Ashwin to Duminy, no run, a little shimmy from Duminy, comes down the track, closes the face of the bat and turns it towards square leg

30.1 - Ashwin to Duminy, no run, flighted delivery and on the stumps, Duminy gets well forward and defends it

Ravichandran Ashwin [7.0-1-21-2] is back into the attack

Ashwin replaces Jadeja. A slip, silly point and a leg slip in place. Ashwin from round the wicket

Over: 30 0 Nb 0 4 Nb 0 0 0 RSA 96/4
de Villiers 33(47) Duminy 2(16) Ishant 10-3-29-0

29.6 - Ishant to de Villiers, no run, tad fuller and just outside off, AB gets half forward and defends it towards cover-point

29.5 - Ishant to de Villiers, no run, on a length and in that channel outside off, left alone

29.4 - Ishant to de Villiers, no run, almost a caught and bowled, dropped well in front of the bowler in the end. This was pitched up in that channel on middle and off, AB was early into the drive, the ball stopped on him a bit, he ended up spooning it back towards the bowler - off the leading edge

29.4 - Ishant to de Villiers, no ball, the loopy bouncer from Ishant, went sailing past the batsman, left alone. Ishant has overstepped once again

29.3 - Ishant to de Villiers, FOUR, lovely shot, Ishant was searching for swing, but this was a half-volley outside off, AB waits on it, presents the full face of the bat and drives it crisply back past the bowler, no need to run for those

29.2 - Ishant to de Villiers, no run, fuller and on off, AB gets forward and drives it straight to the fielder at mid-off

29.2 - Ishant to de Villiers, no ball, on a good length and in that corridor outside off, AB presses forward, opens the face of the bat at the last moment and guides it towards cover-point. Ishant had overstepped as well

29.1 - Ishant to de Villiers, no run, fuller length delivery and angling into the batsman, AB presents the full face of the bat and punches it towards mid-on

Over: 29 0 4 0 0 1 0 RSA 90/4
Duminy 2(16) de Villiers 29(39) Ravindra Jadeja 5-0-16-1

28.6 - Ravindra Jadeja to Duminy, no run, Jadeja tosses one on the stumps, Duminy gets a big stride forward, gets his bat in front of the pads and blocks

28.5 - Ravindra Jadeja to de Villiers, 1 run, slower and just outside off, AB plays with an open face and guides it behind square on the off-side for a single

28.4 - Ravindra Jadeja to de Villiers, no run, Jadeja drifts one just on off, AB prods across and blocks

28.3 - Ravindra Jadeja to de Villiers, no run, slower and on off, AB comes down the track and defends it with soft hands

28.2 - Ravindra Jadeja to de Villiers, FOUR, turn for Jadeja, found AB's edge, but luckily for the batsman, it rolled away wide of Rahane at slip. This was tossed up on the leg-stump line, AB was looking to defend, gets a thick edge that beats the fielder and races away into the boundary. AB was slightly opened up, ended up playing against the spin

28.1 - Ravindra Jadeja to de Villiers, no run, flighted delivery and just outside off, AB stays in his crease and defends it towards cover-point

Over: 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 RSA 85/4
Duminy 2(15) de Villiers 24(34) Ishant 9-3-23-0

27.6 - Ishant to Duminy, no run, fraction too straight from Ishant, Duminy shuffles across and nudges it towards mid-wicket

27.5 - Ishant to Duminy, no run, short of a good length and angling away from outside off, Duminy is happy to let it go through

27.4 - Ishant to Duminy, no run, short of a length and in that channel outside off, Duminy hops across, gets behind the line and defends it towards the off-side

27.3 - Ishant to Duminy, no run, another bouncer from Ishant, but it's way too short to force Duminy into playing, he ducks under it and lets it go

27.2 - Ishant to Duminy, no run, Ishant shortens his length and gets this one to angle across the left-hander, Duminy covers the stumps and lets it go, goes to the keeper on the second bounce

27.1 - Ishant to Duminy, no run, the bouncer from Ishant, but it's once again too short and too high, Duminy watches it sail through to the keeper

Over: 27 0 4 0 0 0 0 RSA 85/4
de Villiers 24(34) Duminy 2(9) Ravindra Jadeja 4-0-11-1

26.6 - Ravindra Jadeja to de Villiers, no run, slower and just outside off, AB gets half-a-stride forward and blocks

26.5 - Ravindra Jadeja to de Villiers, no run, pushed through by Jadeja, ends up drifting down the leg-side, AB was looking to nudge it fine and is beaten. Saha doesn't gather it cleanly

26.4 - Ravindra Jadeja to de Villiers, no run, flighted and just on off, AB goes back and defends it with a straight bat

26.3 - Ravindra Jadeja to de Villiers, no run, AB comes down the track, gets to the pitch of the ball and defends it towards the on-side

26.2 - Ravindra Jadeja to de Villiers, FOUR, cracking shot, that's much better from AB, Jadeja dropped one short and wide outside off, AB makes room and cracks it square past point, no need to run for those

26.1 - Ravindra Jadeja to de Villiers, no run, that was risky, flighted delivery and just outside off, not the length to be playing the cut, de Villiers went for the back foot cut and is beaten

A slip, silly point and a short extra cover for AB

Over: 26 1 0 0 0 0 0 RSA 81/4
Duminy 2(9) de Villiers 20(28) Ishant 8-2-23-0

25.6 - Ishant to Duminy, no run, tad fuller and around the off-stump channel, Duminy gets a good stride forward and defends it towards mid-off

25.5 - Ishant to Duminy, no run, the bouncer from Ishant, but it's a bit too high, Duminy sits under it and lets it go

25.4 - Ishant to Duminy, no run, Ishant keeps it on a good length and gets it to slant across the left-hander, Duminy covers the line, lifts his bat and lets it go

A man goes back for the pull at deep square leg

25.3 - Ishant to Duminy, no run, Ishant shortens his length on off, Duminy shuffles across and defends it with an angled bat, the ball rolls away towards point

25.2 - Ishant to Duminy, no run, on a good length and in that channel on off, Duminy gets well forward and defends it towards cover-point

Three slips for Duminy

25.1 - Ishant to de Villiers, 1 run, very full and angling back into AB, almost yorker length, AB stumbles across but manages to work it behind square on the on-side

Over: 25 0 W 0 2 0 0 RSA 80/4
Duminy 2(4) de Villiers 19(27) Ravindra Jadeja 3-0-7-1

24.6 - Ravindra Jadeja to Duminy, no run, nicely bowled by Jadeja, slower and on the middle stump line, a hint of spin away. Duminy plays with an open stance and defends it towards the off-side

24.5 - Ravindra Jadeja to Duminy, no run, Duminy shimmies down the track to a well flighted delivery and drives towards mid-on

24.4 - Ravindra Jadeja to Duminy, 2 runs, low full toss from Jadeja, Duminy gets well forward and drives it to the right of mid-off. Binny dives and gets a hand onto it, saves two runs for his team

A leg slip is in as well

24.3 - Ravindra Jadeja to Duminy, no run, flighted delivery and just outside off, Duminy gets half forward in defence, gets an inside edge towards FSL

Jean-Paul Duminy, left handed bat, comes to the crease

A leg slip is in now

24.2 - Ravindra Jadeja to Elgar, out Bowled!! Jadeja has struck immediately upon resumption. The crowd finds its voice as well, Elgar is down on his haunches - mostly in disappointment. This was tossed up and on the stumps, Elgar went down on his knees as he looked to sweep, the ball brushed his gloves and slowly rolled back onto his stumps. There was little Elgar could do but watch painfully as the bails took a tumble. Not the start South Africa would have wanted, a soft wicket but India will not care. Elgar b Ravindra Jadeja 38(81) [4s-2 6s-1]

Ravindra Jadeja to Elgar, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

24.1 - Ravindra Jadeja to Elgar, no run, tossed up and just outside off, Elgar gets half forward and defends it

The players are out in the middle. Jadeja will resume after lunch. A slip, FSL and a short mid-wicket in place.. Jadeja from over the wicket

Welcome back.. Three big wickets for India in the first session - the bowlers justifying Kohli's decision to bowl first. But AB has walked in and has looked comfortable - the Chinnaswamy crowd have been loud, cheering every wicket India takes and every run that AB scored. Can he get a big knock in his 100th Test?

He looked as calm as ever and stayed positive throughout. Whenever there was a boundary ball on offer, ABD obliged and ensured it didn't go scot-free. Elgar kept getting better and he seems all set for a well-compiled fifty. The highlight for South Africa so far was Elgar dancing down and lofting Ashwin straight down the ground. South Africa need more of those (positive approach I mean), but India will be pleased with proceedings. More of ABD and South African batting coming your way after lunch. Join us for the post-lunch session at 12:10 local

Guess what! Five balls later, the Proteas lost 2 wickets, hinting that they were mentally worried against spin rather than the pitch forcing any errors. du Plessis' catch will make up for some controversial news as the grab from Pujara didn't seem conclusive enough. Hashim Amla came in and perished to a peach from the pacy-Aaron. There was a huge roar as soon as Abraham Benjamin de Villiers loped out to the middle in what was his 100th Test match.

Chilly morning accompanied by chants of ABD greeted the South Africans after being asked to bat first. To everyone's surprise, Kohli threw the ball to the local lad Stuart Binny asking him to share the new ball duties along with Ishant Sharma. That ploy didn't do wonders but the duo of Ishant and Binny were able to keep the batsmen at bay. With a bit of moisture and the pitch keeping low, one wouldn't have expected an early introduction of spin. Kohli though had other ideas as he brought Ashwin on just when the openers were looking to settle in.

Over: 24 2 1 0 0 0 0 RSA 78/3
de Villiers 19(27) Elgar 38(79) Ishant 7-2-22-0

23.6 - Ishant to de Villiers, no run, good length outside off and de Villiers defends. The ball rolls besides the pitch. de Villiers shows off his nice streak, picks the ball and throws it to Rahane at slip. And that will be lunch on day 1. The players walk off

23.5 - Ishant to de Villiers, no run, fullish and outside off, de Villiers is half-forward but is solidly behind that as he defends to cover

23.4 - Ishant to de Villiers, no run, good length outside off, de Villiers again moves towards the ball and defends to cover

23.3 - Ishant to de Villiers, no run, back of a length and outside off, de Villiers shuffles across and dead-bats it besides the pitch

Could be the last over before lunch

23.2 - Ishant to Elgar, 1 run, down leg again, clipped to deep backward square leg

Elgar pulls out as the white cloth covering the sightscreen flutters due to the breeze - exposing the dark background. Someone fixes that and we are ready to go again...

23.1 - Ishant to Elgar, 2 runs, on the pads, flicked to deep square leg, there was three for the taking but the batsmen are happy with just two

Over: 23 0 0 1 0 1 0 RSA 75/3
de Villiers 19(23) Elgar 35(77) Ravindra Jadeja 2-0-5-0

22.6 - Ravindra Jadeja to de Villiers, no run, on the stumps, defended

22.5 - Ravindra Jadeja to Elgar, 1 run, what a waste of a run that is! And it would've been a disaster for Elgar had Dhawan hit direct from mid-wicket. It was flicked straight to the fielder and for some inexplicable reason he wants a single and sets off. Dhawan takes aim and misses, Elgar was stretching to make it and wouldn't have. Why do you want to risk such a run when the lunch break is just minutes away. A brainfade from Elgar and he is lucky to be still there. A chance missed from India

22.4 - Ravindra Jadeja to Elgar, no run, Che takes one at short leg. He has a smile on his face after getting hit on the shin. Kohli and Rahane shake his hand for that effort. Elgar got outside off and swept that powerfully, unfortunately for him, Che was in the way

22.3 - Ravindra Jadeja to de Villiers, 1 run, down the track and flicked to deep square leg, Ishant does well to get quickly to the ball, that puts off Elgar who is happy with just a single

22.2 - Ravindra Jadeja to de Villiers, no run, on middle and leg, de Villiers gets forward to block to short mid-wicket

22.1 - Ravindra Jadeja to de Villiers, no run, de Villiers comes down the track and since it is fired in, pushed back to Ravindra Jadeja

Over: 22 0 1Nb 0 0 0 0 0 RSA 73/3
Elgar 34(75) de Villiers 18(19) Ishant 6-2-19-0

21.6 - Ishant to Elgar, no run, good length and outside off, dabbed to backward point

A man at short cover catching now

21.5 - Ishant to Elgar, no run, good length on middle and leg, turned to mid-wicket

21.4 - Ishant to Elgar, no run, good length on middle and leg, Elgar defends to mid-wicket

21.3 - Ishant to Elgar, no run, good length and angled across Elgar, who stabs it to backward point

21.2 - Ishant to Elgar, no run, full on off stump, Elgar dead-bats

21.2 - Ishant to de Villiers, no ball, 1 run, first no-ball from Ishant today. On a good length outside off, dabbed to third man

21.1 - Ishant to de Villiers, no run, pitched up outside off, left alone

Ishant Sharma [5.0-2-17-0] is back into the attack

Over: 21 1 0 0 0 0 2 RSA 71/3
Elgar 34(70) de Villiers 17(17) Ravindra Jadeja 1-0-3-0

20.6 - Ravindra Jadeja to Elgar, 2 runs, now gets forward to defend for the turn and the ball takes a soft outside edge wide of slip, rolls along the ground for two more runs. Vijay runs and then pulls it back in the nick of time to save two

20.5 - Ravindra Jadeja to Elgar, no run, unnecessary from Elgar, he didn't pick the straighter one outside off, went to dab and realised that he was better off leaving that alone, in the end a nothing shot and he gets beaten. So easily could've feathered it to the keeper there

20.4 - Ravindra Jadeja to Elgar, no run, Elgar shuffles across to middle and leg and then blocks to short leg

20.3 - Ravindra Jadeja to Elgar, no run, the length is short and the ball turns in, Elgar defends off the back foot to short leg

Slip and a short leg in

20.2 - Ravindra Jadeja to Elgar, no run, tossed up from over the wicket, Elgar gets forward to block

20.1 - Ravindra Jadeja to de Villiers, 1 run, down leg, nudged to fine leg

Ravindra Jadeja, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack

Over: 20 1 0 0 4 1 0 RSA 68/3
Elgar 32(65) de Villiers 16(16) Ashwin 7-1-21-2

19.6 - Ashwin to Elgar, no run, straight delivery and Elgar handles that from the crease

19.5 - Ashwin to de Villiers, 1 run, now goes right back and punches the shortish delivery to long-on

19.4 - Ashwin to de Villiers, FOUR, good stroke by de Villiers. This one kept a bit low after pitching and even though the length was short, de Villiers rocked back and crouched low to pull through mid-wicket, beats deep mid-wicket easily. Timed the shot really well

19.3 - Ashwin to de Villiers, no run, tossed up outside off, de Villiers shuffles across and dead-bats

19.2 - Ashwin to de Villiers, no run, slower and de Villiers gets forward to push to short mid-wicket

19.1 - Ashwin to Elgar, 1 run, slower and on middle, whipped off the back foot to deep square leg

Chants of "ABD ABD" doing the rounds currently

Over: 19 0 1Nb 1 1 0 0 4 RSA 62/3
de Villiers 11(12) Elgar 31(63) Aaron 5-0-28-1

18.6 - Aaron to de Villiers, FOUR, can't bowl there. On the pads and de Villiers picks off Aaron. Flicked beautifully through mid-wicket. In the gap and that has raced away

18.5 - Aaron to de Villiers, no run, full on the pads, de Villiers was early into the flick, a soft leading edge rolls straight to the fielder at mid-on

AB's mom and wife are in the audience. They were very emotional when he came out to bat. A tear in the eye or two as they hugged each other. Probably got carried away by the crowd's reaction as well which was massive and expected from Bengaluru as they consider AB to be their very own

18.4 - Aaron to de Villiers, no run, good length on off stump, defended to mid-on

18.3 - Aaron to Elgar, 1 run, short of length outside off, Elgar punches off the back foot, it was slightly in the air for a while but no-one there at backward point and the ball goes to the deep

18.2 - Aaron to de Villiers, 1 run, good length on middle, de Villiers pushes it wide of mid-on and turns the strike over

A banner in the crowd reads - "Exams are on but can't afford to miss ABD's 100th Test match." Shows how much Bengaluru loves this man!

18.2 - Aaron to Elgar, no ball, 1 run, Aaron oversteps as Elgar defends softly in front of point. Easy single and they take it

18.1 - Aaron to Elgar, no run, full and angled in towards off stump, Elgar crouches low to keep that out

Over: 18 0 1 1 0 0 0 RSA 54/3
de Villiers 6(8) Elgar 29(60) Ashwin 6-1-15-2

17.6 - Ashwin to de Villiers, no run, de Villiers gets forward and drives but it is well stopped by a diving Vijay at short mid-wicket

17.5 - Ashwin to de Villiers, no run, back to slower stuff, de Villiers turns it to short leg

17.4 - Ashwin to de Villiers, no run, quicker and flatter outside off, Ashwin may have seen de Villiers coming, de Villiers defends it back to Ashwin

17.3 - Ashwin to Elgar, 1 run, no turn on that, sliding down, tucked to fine leg

17.2 - Ashwin to de Villiers, 1 run, while the initial forward movement suggested that de Villiers was going for a big drive or a hit over mid-wicket, he just defends in the vacant cover region, looks at Elgar and sets off. Is off strike without much fuss. That's how to take the pressure off yourselves

17.1 - Ashwin to de Villiers, no run, tossed up on off, de Villiers defends to short leg

Over: 17 1L 0 5 0 0 0 RSA 52/3
Elgar 28(59) de Villiers 5(3) Aaron 4-0-20-1

16.6 - Aaron to Elgar, no run, pitched up outside off, Elgar gets forward and defends to cover

16.5 - Aaron to Elgar, no run, still the line is outside off, again Elgar lets it go

Now round the wicket

16.4 - Aaron to Elgar, no run, pitched up outside off, left alone

16.3 - Aaron to de Villiers, 5 runs, unnecessary from Kohli and AB smiles at his good luck. It was pushed to the Indian captain at mid-on, AB was well in and Kohli as he does often flings a throw wide of the stumps, two men were backing up but Ishant's dive is a lazy one and the ball runs away for four extra runs. de Villiers gets off the mark with five. Aaron isn't happy at all with that from Kohli but keeps his displeasure to himself

16.2 - Aaron to de Villiers, no run, de Villiers wanted to play at that and then was late to pull out. Did so as the line was outside off and the length was short, de Villiers jumped across in trying to defend but realised that he needn't have had to play at that

16.1 - Aaron to Elgar, leg byes, 1 run, rip-roaring short delivery from Aaron, pings Elgar on the top of the helmet. He was rising high to fend it down, but the ball kept on rising and hit him above the crest on his helmet. Lobs wide of gully and they cross over. Aaron is steaming in and bowled that over 140kph. Has a stare at the batsman for good measure

Over: 16 0 0 0 0 1 0 RSA 46/3
de Villiers 0(1) Elgar 28(55) Ashwin 5-1-13-2

15.6 - Ashwin to de Villiers, no run, de Villiers uses his feet and tucks to the short mid-wicket fielder

15.5 - Ashwin to Elgar, 1 run, down leg, nurdled around the corner for a single

15.4 - Ashwin to Elgar, no run, again brilliant bowling. Pushes this quicker and flatter on off, Elgar though played it well, went back and defended it with soft hands to slip

15.3 - Ashwin to Elgar, no run, what a ball. Beats Elgar comprehensively. This is top drawer bowling from Ashwin, throws it up around off, brings Elgar forward, as the ball pitches, it rips away leaving Elgar groping and searching for the ball. Lots of turn in that delivery and Ashwin throws his hands up. He knew how close he was to getting Elgar out there

15.2 - Ashwin to Elgar, no run, flat and shortish outside off, punched back to Ashwin

15.1 - Ashwin to Elgar, no run, on the stumps, slower, defended

AB de Villiers, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Ganesh says there were deafening cheers at the Chinnaswamy stadium as AB came to bat. This is his 100th Test and he's playing at his home away from home. Will he respond with a magical innings? Kohli walked up to him and shook hands.

Over: 15 0 1 1 1 0 W RSA 45/3
Amla 7(18) Elgar 27(50) Aaron 3-0-15-1

14.6 - Aaron to Amla, out Bowled!! Look at the respective reactions from batsman and bowler. You will get the entire picture. While Amla is shell-shocked, Aaron is running around in delight, punching the air. It was a top delivery too from Aaron, bowled quicker and on a good length, hits the pitch and straightens past the defensive stroke to uproot off stump. Amla played slightly inside the line and down the wrong line of the ball. He expected it to come back in after pitching but the ball held its line to square him up just the wee bit. Amla in the recent past has been bowled far too often. Is there a chink in his defensive technique? Amla b Aaron 7(18) [4s-1]

Aaron to Amla, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

14.5 - Aaron to Amla, no run, dug in short and down leg, easily left alone by Amla

14.4 - Aaron to Elgar, 1 run, shortish on the stumps, nudged to the vacant mid-wicket area. One hand again came off the bottom hand as Elgar rode the bounce

14.3 - Aaron to Amla, 1 run, good length outside off, defended in the vacant area in front of gully, quick single taken

14.2 - Aaron to Elgar, 1 run, good length on off, straightens and hurries onto Elgar who inside-edges a defensive stroke. Is lucky that the ball missed the leg-stump. Didn't know where the ball went but crosses over

14.1 - Aaron to Elgar, no run, pitched up outside off, left alone

Over: 14 0 0 6 1 0 0 RSA 42/2
Amla 6(15) Elgar 25(47) Ashwin 4-1-12-2

13.6 - Ashwin to Amla, no run, much fuller and Amla keeps it out

13.5 - Ashwin to Amla, no run, tossed up outside off, dead-batted

13.4 - Ashwin to Elgar, 1 run, gets forward and flicks wide of mid-on for a single

13.3 - Ashwin to Elgar, SIX, pre-meditated but it comes off for Elgar. Dances down and then lofts it dead straight, back over Ashwin's head. Over the sightscreen and carried well into the stands. That is one way to unsettle Ashwin, Elgar needs to do that more often

13.2 - Ashwin to Elgar, no run, slower and on off, Elgar defends to point after coming half-forward

13.1 - Ashwin to Elgar, no run, straight roller on middle, defended

Over: 13 0 4 0 0 0 2 RSA 35/2
Amla 6(13) Elgar 18(43) Aaron 2-0-12-0

12.6 - Aaron to Amla, 2 runs, short and wide outside off, Amla cuts that to deep backward point, Binny does well to run around and keep it to two

12.5 - Aaron to Amla, no run, fullish on off, Amla drops with soft hands near point and looks for a run - it isn't there

12.4 - Aaron to Amla, no run, keeps it in the corridor of uncertainty, with nice pace, left alone and carries to Saha at a good height

12.3 - Aaron to Amla, no run, now he looks to punch and gets a bottom edge on the stroke. The ball goes on the bounce to slip. Dhawan did well to stop the ball from running away to the fence

Two slips and a gully

12.2 - Aaron to Amla, FOUR, fraction short outside off and Amla cashes in with a square cut. Stayed back and hit that through point. Flayed that away to get off the mark. Aaron grimaces

12.1 - Aaron to Amla, no run, back of a length outside off, Amla hangs back and defends towards gully

Over: 12 0 2 0 0 2 0 RSA 29/2
Elgar 18(43) Amla 0(7) Ashwin 3-1-5-2

11.6 - Ashwin to Elgar, no run, on middle and leg, Elgar blunts it down the pitch

11.5 - Ashwin to Elgar, 2 runs, ooh! Nearly another for Ashwin. Elgar is playing for the turn there, this goes straight on and takes the inside edge on the push, the ball trickles wide of the leg stump and races away for a couple of runs. One hand came off the bottom hand too as Elgar pushed out

11.4 - Ashwin to Elgar, no run, slower and on off, Elgar opens his stance out and pushes it to cover

11.3 - Ashwin to Elgar, no run, yorker length on the stumps, Elgar digs it out

11.2 - Ashwin to Elgar, 2 runs, that's a slog. Ashwin wants Elgar to do that. Tosses it slower and outside off, Elgar drags the sweep wide of mid-wicket for a couple. Ugly-looking shot

During the break - the South African physio is out there and was seen stretching Elgar's hammy. Not sure what the problem is. Can't be cramps as it isn't sunny. Will keep you posted on that

11.1 - Ashwin to Elgar, no run, slower and on middle and leg, turned to mid-wicket

Time for drinks as well. The South African openers seemed to be in no trouble at all until Ashwin was brought on in the 8th over. Two wickets came India's way as van Zyl missed a straight delivery and then du Plessis was caught at short leg. Still think some part of the ball touched the grass as Che caught it in his fingertips. But Shamsuddin the third umpire was convinced and India got their second. Ashwin as everyone knows is the dangerman and unless South Africa handle him well, this day could well end in agony for the visitors. Still a long way to go though...

Over: 11 0 0 4 0 Nb 0 1 RSA 25/2
Elgar 14(37) Amla 0(7) Aaron 1-0-6-0

10.6 - Aaron to Elgar, 1 run, full down leg, clipped to fine leg for a single

10.5 - Aaron to Elgar, no run, back of a length outside off, punched to point, but straight to the fielder

10.5 - Aaron to Elgar, no ball, Aaron oversteps as he keeps it full outside off, left alone

10.4 - Aaron to Elgar, no run, good length on off and middle, Elgar shuffles across and defends it calmly back down the track. Took his bottom hand off as the ball bounced extra

10.3 - Aaron to Elgar, FOUR, loose delivery and easy pickings for Elgar. Full on the pads, flicked past mid-wicket and beats the chase of Che. He needed to get it past that man which he did so

10.2 - Aaron to Elgar, no run, on the stumps, defended with more assurance

10.1 - Aaron to Elgar, no run, that's a fine start from Aaron. Beats Elgar on the drive first ball. Threw it up full and outside off, nearly sucked an edge out of Elgar's attempted cover drive. The feet didn't get across in time and Elgar almost paid the price for a loose drive

Varun Aaron, right-arm fast, comes into the attack

Top over from Ashwin, kept the batsman guessing with clever variations in flight and only the class and calmness of Amla denied him anything in that over. He surely has turned into a superb offie who now knows what he is doing and sticks to one consistent line and length - instead of trying out too many tricks too quickly (cue the change of action, carrom ball, etc etc) which was the case earlier

Over: 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 RSA 19/2
Amla 0(7) Elgar 9(30) Ashwin 2-1-1-2

9.6 - Ashwin to Amla, no run, quick and outside off, Amla safely sees that out from the crease

9.5 - Ashwin to Amla, no run, Amla didn't read that well, wanted to come forward then adjusted late and defended with soft hands to leg-slip, allowed for the turn and played it late, blunting it down

9.4 - Ashwin to Amla, no run, slower and turning in, tucked to mid-wicket, Amla wants a run, but Elgar sends him back

9.3 - Ashwin to Amla, no run, flat this time, on off, Amla reads it off the pitch and blocks from the crease

9.2 - Ashwin to Amla, no run, tossed up and slower, Amla again is forward to block

9.1 - Ashwin to Amla, no run, tossed up on middle, forward defence from Amla

Over: 9 0 4 0 0 0 0 RSA 19/2
Elgar 9(30) Amla 0(1) Ishant 5-2-17-0

8.6 - Ishant to Elgar, no run, tries the bouncer, it goes horribly wrong down leg, no pace and it bounces in front of Saha

8.5 - Ishant to Elgar, no run, good length on middle and leg, Elgar shuffles across slightly and defends to short mid-wicket

8.4 - Ishant to Elgar, no run, full outside off, Elgar shoulders arms

8.3 - Ishant to Elgar, no run, on off and full, Elgar defends off the front foot

8.2 - Ishant to Elgar, FOUR, streaky but Elgar will get four. An outside edge as Ishant gets extra bounce outside off on that back of a length delivery, Elgar's bottom hand comes off and the edge runs wide of the diving gully who went to his right. No third man and it raced away

8.1 - Ishant to Elgar, no run, pitched up outside off, left alone

There's a huge crowd already in, says Ganesh Chandrasekaran. As soon as Pujara claimed the catch, they erupted with loud shouts of AB, AB and were a tad disappointed to watch Amla walk in, he chuckles

Over: 8 1 W 0 0 W 0 RSA 15/2
Amla 0(1) Elgar 5(24) Ashwin 1-0-1-2

7.6 - Ashwin to Amla, no run, tossed up outside off, square drive straight to the fielder at backward point. End of Ashwin's action-packed over where there was two wickets

Hashim Amla, right handed bat, comes to the crease

7.5 - Ashwin to du Plessis, out Caught by Pujara!! du Plessis walks off after being given out by the third umpire. But I have my doubts. To me a part of the ball was touching the grass before being safely clasped by Pujara. The third umpire is Shamsuddin who has a couple of replays to look at and then makes his call. Needed more looks I guess. But he seems happy and that's what matters. The soft signal was out from Kettleborough which meant there needed to be conclusive evidence to overturn that call. Anyway coming to the wicket - du Plessis came down the track, the ball spun in and there was an inside edge onto the pad on the flick, went low and near his bootlaces, Che at short leg got both hands and held on, but the ball seemed to have a touched a blade of grass as Che cupped it with his left-hand. He gets up and throws the ball away in delight. Reflex catch and a top one at that for he stayed low and concentrated on the ball instead of du Plessis's footwork. Brilliant effort from Che and the Indians are all patting him for that. du Plessis c Pujara b Ashwin 0(3)

Ashwin to du Plessis, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

du Plessis is waiting. He isn't going nowhere. Che at short leg is running around in joy having taken a low catch. Kettleborough goes upstairs and the soft signal is out. Has Che grounded that after taking the catch? He has taken it - but did the ball touch a part of the grass before he pulled it up and threw it away. No! The third umpire is happy with the replays and he gives it out! So du Plessis walks off for a duck. Another failure in the series

7.4 - Ashwin to du Plessis, no run, tossed up outside off, du Plessis gets forward to block

Slip, leg-slip and forward short leg in

7.3 - Ashwin to du Plessis, no run, very full outside off, du Plessis jams it out to backward point

Faf du Plessis, right handed bat, comes to the crease

7.2 - Ashwin to van Zyl, out Lbw!! Ashwin strikes second ball. The crowd find their voice. And the crowd are steadily building too. Easy call for Kettleborough. Basically van Zyl has missed a straight delivery, on middle, floated up and van Zyl was late on the forward defence, the ball strikes him below the knee roll and would've been crashing into middle and leg. He also didn't come sufficiently forward to that one. He pays the price for his laziness. Nothing great about the ball, just that van Zyl caused his own downfall there. India won't mind that one bit though. van Zyl lbw b Ashwin 10(20) [4s-2]

Ashwin to van Zyl, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

Ashwin is coming from round the wicket with a slip and a silly point in

7.1 - Ashwin to Elgar, 1 run, drifting into middle and leg, tucked to deep backward square leg

Ravichandran Ashwin, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

Over: 7 4 4 2 0 0 0 RSA 14/0
van Zyl 10(19) Elgar 4(23) Ishant 4-2-13-0

6.6 - Ishant to van Zyl, no run, stump to stump line from Ishant, van Zyl is happy to defend that off the back foot

6.5 - Ishant to van Zyl, no run, good length on off, van Zyl blocks off the back foot to mid-off

6.4 - Ishant to van Zyl, no run, short of length on off, van Zyl plays a solid back foot defence to mid-off. Nice sound when ball impacted on bat

Back over the wicket

6.3 - Ishant to van Zyl, 2 runs, Ishant pulls the length back, back of a length outside off, van Zyl softly taps it through square leg for a couple of runs

6.2 - Ishant to van Zyl, FOUR, doesn't make any difference to van Zyl. The change of ball that is. Another very full delivery from Ishant as he searches for some movement, but there isn't any and van Zyl helps himself to another cover-driven boundary. The feet moved nicely and he put away with class and timing, beating the two men giving chase

Ishant again isn't happy with the ball. This time Gould and Kettleborough have a chat and out comes the reserve umpire with a set of replacement ones. Slight delay as the ball is being changed

6.1 - Ishant to van Zyl, FOUR, half-volley and van Zyl holds the pose after cover-driving beautifully. It was there to be put away and van Zyl just leant forward on the shot and then caressed it in the gap. High elbow and all that jazz to accompany the stroke. Raced away despite the slowish nature of the outfield. Then van Zyl held the pose for the cameramen to take a snap

Over: 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 RSA 4/0
Elgar 4(23) van Zyl 0(13) Binny 3-2-1-0

5.6 - Binny to Elgar, no run, full and angling in, driven well but straight to the fielder at mid-on

5.5 - Binny to Elgar, no run, pitched up outside off, left alone

Now round the wicket

5.4 - Binny to Elgar, no run, and now he misses out on a full toss, juicy one outside off, one hand comes off the bat handle as he drives and finds point

5.3 - Binny to Elgar, no run, goes wide of the crease and angles it across Elgar, who goes back and the ball hits the splice of the bat, bounced more than Elgar expected, the ball rolls near his feet

5.2 - Binny to Elgar, no run, full on off stump, Elgar shows the full face of the bat and blocks from the crease to mid-off

5.1 - Binny to Elgar, no run, back of a length outside off, Elgar defends to cover

Over: 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 RSA 4/0
van Zyl 0(13) Elgar 4(17) Ishant 3-2-3-0

4.6 - Ishant to van Zyl, no run, back of a length and on the fourth stump line, van Zyl has no problems in defending that back down the pitch

4.5 - Ishant to van Zyl, no run, bounced a bit extra from a back of a length on the stumps, van Zyl does well to adjust and knocks it to mid-wicket as the bottom hand comes off

4.4 - Ishant to van Zyl, no run, back of a length and on the stumps, confidently blocked off the back foot to mid-on

Now round the wicket

4.3 - Ishant to van Zyl, no run, full outside off, left alone

Ishant isn't happy with the ball. Shows it to Gould who has a look and throws it back to the bowler. Not even had a proper look. Just dismissed that request and has a smile on his face. Won't take any nonsense - Gunner Gould!

4.2 - Ishant to van Zyl, no run, down leg, van Zyl fails to get bat on the flick, the ball hits the thigh pad and falls near his feet

4.1 - Ishant to van Zyl, no run, good length and slanted across van Zyl, he gets forward and shoulders arms

Over: 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 RSA 4/0
Elgar 4(17) van Zyl 0(7) Binny 2-1-1-0

3.6 - Binny to Elgar, no run, Binny pulls the length back, Elgar blocks to short mid-wicket

3.5 - Binny to Elgar, no run, beaten! That's what Binny is trying to get Elgar to do. Throws it up well outside off, Elgar goes after it, trying to cover-drive and is beaten on the shot. So close to edging it behind. Had he nicked off there, he would've been walking somewhere else, not in the direction of his dressing room

3.4 - Binny to Elgar, no run, full outside off, again that teasing length from Binny, but Elgar lets it go

3.3 - Binny to Elgar, no run, full on middle and leg, flicked to short mid-wicket, the ball is parried to mid-on as it isn't stopped cleanly

3.2 - Binny to Elgar, no run, full outside off, nice carry through to Saha as Elgar shoulders arms

3.1 - Binny to Elgar, no run, full on the stumps, swinging in, Elgar drives to mid-on as one hand comes off the bat handle

Over: 3 0 0 0 0 3 0 RSA 4/0
van Zyl 0(7) Elgar 4(11) Ishant 2-1-3-0

2.6 - Ishant to van Zyl, no run, full on middle and off, van Zyl brings the bat down late after an exaggerated shuffle, the ball rolls towards mid-off

2.5 - Ishant to Elgar, 3 runs, veering into the pads, Elgar flicks wide of Che at short leg and by the time Aaron gives chase it is an easy three runs

2.4 - Ishant to Elgar, no run, back of a length on off, Elgar defends off the back foot

Gould and van Zyl have a chat about sightscreen issues. Slight delay but it all comes to nothing as Elgar is ready to face

2.3 - Ishant to Elgar, no run, the attempted short ball, doesn't rise as much as he expected, still he gets back and across to block to cover

2.2 - Ishant to Elgar, no run, full delivery at 143kph, Elgar saw it early though and gets forward to shoulder arms

2.1 - Ishant to Elgar, no run, full on middle and leg, Elgar defends to mid-on

Over: 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 RSA 1/0
Elgar 1(6) van Zyl 0(6) Binny 1-0-1-0

1.6 - Binny to Elgar, 1 run, short of length on the hips, tucked wide of short mid-wicket for a single and that's the first runs of the game

1.5 - Binny to Elgar, no run, stump to stump line from Binny, hint of swing into the leftie, who gets forward and defends to mid-on

1.4 - Binny to Elgar, no run, Elgar turned the low full toss into an yorker length delivery, but the bat came down in time and he defends to cover

1.3 - Binny to Elgar, no run, full outside off, solidly blocked after coming forward. Head right over the ball and crouching low to defend

1.2 - Binny to Elgar, no run, ooh! That swung. Late too, curved in from middle, Elgar was late on the drive and is lucky that he got an inside edge onto the pad on the flick. Had he not got an edge on that, there would've been a big appeal for lbw

Two slips, a gully and a short mid-wicket in

1.1 - Binny to Elgar, no run, gentle loosener from Binny, short of length on leg stump, Elgar gets a soft leading edge as he closed the bat face on the flick, the ball rolls to mid-off

Stuart Binny, right-arm medium, comes into the attack

Over: 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 RSA 0/0
van Zyl 0(6) Elgar 0(0) Ishant 1-1-0-0

0.6 - Ishant to van Zyl, no run, Ishant begins with a maiden over. Full and slanted across van Zyl, who shoulders arms. Nice beginning from Ishant, kept it simple and bowled a consistent line and length

0.5 - Ishant to van Zyl, no run, back of a length on middle and leg, defended to Che at short leg

0.4 - Ishant to van Zyl, no run, slightly squared up was van Zyl, short of length on the stumps, but since there is no movement, his defensive shot rolls to the vacant cover region

0.3 - Ishant to van Zyl, no run, full on off, a confident drive from van Zyl as he comes on the front foot, but straight to the fielder at mid-off

Three slips, a gully and a short leg in

0.2 - Ishant to van Zyl, no run, full on off stump, defended to the left of point, Vijay runs across and slides, there is a fumble on the stop but the batsmen don't even think about a run

0.1 - Ishant to van Zyl, no run, good first delivery from Ishant, targetting the stumps, kept a bit low as well, van Zyl quickly brings the bat down and defends. The ball almost hit the pad first - that's why there were oohs and aahs from the Indians

van Zyl and Elgar are at the crease. van Zyl is on strike. Ishant will open the attack

There's no Man of the Match for the one-day Test in Bengaluru and that ends the post-match presentation. India will take the positives, South Africa will be happy with the end result and the sun is peeping out, for the first time in several days in Bengaluru. It has been frustrating to bring you rain updates and nothing else for the last four days. Hopefully, things will change in Nagpur. The third Test starts on 25th. Do join us for all the action. Until then, it's cheers and bye.

Kohli: 'The bowlers did a superb job. Bowling out South Africa inside three sessions was a great job, especially on a Bengaluru wicket known for runs. Many were surprised when we chose to bowl, but the bowlers proved themselves. It's a pity we lost four days of the Test after being in such a good position, but we can take some positives. Dhawan getting back into runs and having his confidence back is a big boost for the team. Happy with the way our bowlers have responded to situations. We had a great day in Bengaluru, we will look to take the confidence to Nagpur. The conditions will be different, hopefully, there will be no more rain there.'

Amla: 'We have had about 7 days of playing time in our last four Tests. I am surprised that we lost about four days here, when I was asked about it before the game, I didn't think it would happen. AB's 100th Test was big for us, he made a fine 85, the highlight of our batting effort. We didn't bat all that well on the first day, but the game was well poised, we will look to learn from this going ahead. Looking forward to the next game, Nagpur will be a different challenge, we will look to make a comeback there.'

Well, this was inevitable. Rain has ruined the Bengaluru Test, the 100th Test of AB de Villiers. Day 5 has been called off without a ball being bowled. It wasn't torrential downpours, but just enough rain to keep everyone indoors. The high water table content here didn't help the cause one bit either. After having dominated day 1, the hosts were well set to take pole position, but it was as good as it got. Not a ball was bowled from day 2 onwards, leading to a drab draw. India lead the 4-Test series 1-0 with the third Test to be played in Nagpur from the 25th.

11:10 Local Time, 05:40 GMT, 11:10 IST: Well, it was just a faint drizzle. It has stopped now but the groundstaff are in no hurry to get back to clearing the ground. Does it send out a message? Our man at Chinnaswamy stadium, Ganesh says that most parts of the ground are still under covers. The inspection is scheduled in a while.

11:00 Local Time, 05:30 GMT, 11:00 IST: Yesterday, it started to drizzle at 1:45 PM, just 15 minutes before play was about to commence. Rain is following the same pattern once again, it has started to drizzle at the ground once again, 30 minutes before inspection.

10:05 Local Time, 04:35 GMT, 10:05 IST: I am afraid there's nothing new to report. The inspection has been done, the umpires aren't happy with the conditions and they will check once again at 11:30 AM IST. A few Indian players are out in the middle, the drizzle has stopped but it continues to remain cloudy.

10:00 Local Time, 04:30 GMT, 10:00 IST: It's time for the inspection. This has been the wettest November in decades in Bengaluru, sadly, the Test match also fell prey to vagaries of the nature. Will we get some good news?

09:40 Local Time, 04:10 GMT, 09:40 IST: The inspection is 20 minutes away. Will we get any positive news? The drizzle looks to have eased up a bit, although the thick grey clouds remain.

09:05 Local Time, 03:35 GMT, 09:05 IST: We have some live pictures and it doesn't look good. The drizzle has got heavier and the entire square has been covered. It's a nice day for the joggers, a fine day for people to sleep on their couch and have a nice cup of hot coffee, but if you are a cricket lover, this is the sort of weather that you dread. Will the 10 AM inspection happen? Fingers crossed at the moment.

08:55 Local Time, 03:25 GMT, 08:55 IST: Oops, the groundstaff are bringing out the covers. It has started to drizzle at the ground, might just be a brief shower, we still have an hour for the inspection to happen.

08:50 Local Time, 03:20 GMT, 08:50 IST: I am afraid it has started to drizzle slightly a few kilometres away from the stadium. The umpires had a look at the conditions and decided to have an official inspection at 10 AM IST

08:35 Local Time, 03:05 GMT, 08:35 IST: It's a cloudy but beautiful morning in Bengaluru. The sort of days that makes you feel good about the city. While it's still coudy, hopefully, we will have some play. Three days were lost due to rain and the chances of a result from AB's 100th Test are all but ruled out. India will resume from 80/0, still trailing by 134 runs and might well decide to have some batting practice - as they prepare for the final two Tests. On the other hand, South Africa will be silently thanking the rain gods for making an appearence - especially after a disappointing batting performance in the first innings. There will be a minimum of 83 overs plus the additional 15 overs to be bowled today. Cricket aficionadoes in Bengaluru have been left disappointed over the past few days, hopefully, they will get entertained on the final day.

14:30 Local Time, 09:00 GMT, 14:30 IST: Yet another day of frustration for everyone concerned. Day 4 has been called off. The umpires had a chat with the groundsmen and decided that it's not worth to risk the players, with the conditions not at their best. With three days lost, chances of a result from this game is next to nil. But we will have the fifth day coming up tomorrow, the forecast is a lot better. Play will start at 9:15 AM local time - with 98 overs scheduled. It will be a minor miracle if we do get a result from this match, but both teams will be keen to make the most of what is expected to be a dry day. Do join us for all the action. For now, it's cheers and bye..

13:55 Local Time, 08:25 GMT, 13:55 IST: Ganesh doesn't bring us any positive news. He says that the rain has got heavier and the umpires are having a chat with Indian captain, Virat Kohli. He also adds that play could be called off soon.

The one good news is that it is just a slight drizzle and a few Indian players are still doing their batting practice in the nets. As of now only the pitch has been covered. So once the drizzle stops, we should be almost ready to go for the scheduled start of play. Ganesh is up to some tricks. Now he pings saying that the ground is fully covered which is bad news! Just kidding Ganesh! He says that since the drizzle was lighter, only the pitch was covered. Since it got heavier, the groundstaff had to bring on the other covers as well. If this continues, won't be long before a third successive day is washed out without a ball being bowled.

Scratch all that previous update off. This is so frustrating for me to type but I have to do my job - it has started to drizzle again and the stumps have been taken off. The covers are being brought on. Such a pity immediately after the inspection. And a word for the groundstaff. You got to feel for them. So much effort they put in to get the ground ready and the heavens have opened up to spoil all their hard work. Let's wait and watch as to what happens next.

13:00 Local Time, 07:30 GMT, 13:00 IST: Time for the inspection! The umpires are out there in the middle. We should have some sort of news. Hopefully it is a positive one. Yes great news - 'play will start at 2:00pm' local says Ganesh. Revised session timings for today - 2pm to 3:30pm. And then the final session - 3:50pm to 5:15pm. Extension of 30 minutes if weather permits. 45 overs scheduled to be bowled in the day.

Lots of school children in today at the ground. They are in great spirits at the moment. It will be a pity if they are denied some action. But all we can do at the moment is twiddle our thumbs and patiently wait. Let's hope for some play today!

11:35 Local Time, 06:05 GMT, 11:35 IST: Ganesh pings me that the inspection is going on currently. The umpires are chatting to the groundsmen as I type this. We have another inspection scheduled at 13:00 local. The umpires had a look and felt that they needed more time for the ground to get ready. The run-up area is fine for the umpires. So is the pitch. But the real concern is the patches on the outfield where there are wet spots. Fielding will be a problem on those areas. The patches that I'm talking about are not covered by grass. It is pretty bare.

One can see Ajinkya Rahane batting in the nets. He is a workaholic, isn't he? Takes hundreds of catches everyday and then bats for hours in the nets. Great work ethic! Meanwhile, one hopes that early lunch is taken so that once the conditions are ready for play, we don't have to waste 40 minutes of time for the break. We will come back with an update once we have some news. Keep waiting is all I have to say currently

10:10 Local Time, 04:40 GMT, 10:10 IST: The inspection is on currently. We will have news as and when we get it. And BCCI have tweeted: "There will be another inspection at 11:30. That means we have lost the first session yet again". Huh oh! This is frustrating! Live visuals show the umpires walking gingerly to the middle. Still conditions underfoot are wet. That's what they are worried about. The run-up area is a major concern as well. The groundstaff are trying their best but they are not getting any help from the elements. No sunshine yet but the good news is that there is no rain as well.

09:05 Local Time, 03:35 GMT, 09:05 IST: One can see sun popping out for the first time since two days - only for a minute though. Almost all the covers have been removed. Only the pitch has been covered. The groundsmen are spraying sand on parts of the outfield. A few areas are really soft and the main area of concern is the bowler's run up. At the moment, the groundsmen are working hard to get things match-ready. In fact, the covers on the pitch are also being removed.

Yes! The rain has relented in the garden city. There was actually no rain since yesterday afternoon, but there was light rain early in the morning. All the puddles on the outfield have been removed. So we will surely have some action today, probably at least two sessions. Hopefully, the weather doesn't play spoilsport again as there is still a bit of cloud cover - not that threatening though. As we heard from the assistant curator, the umpires will have an inspection at 10:00. Anil Kumble on air reckons that play might resume after taking an early lunch. We'll wait for the official confirmation though.

Day 4: "If it doesn't rain from here on, we can hand the ground to the umpires by 10:00. We have three super soppers working on the outfield. There is a bit of water on the covers because of the early morning rain, but the outfield is in pretty good condition. As per the weather report, there is no cloud cover on the city," reckons Prashanth Rao, assistant curator at the Chinnaswamy. So that's great news folks!

Still two days to go in the game. A result looks highly unlikely at this stage. Play will begin 15 minutes early tomorrow as well - weather permitting of course. We will be there. Don't be disappointed too much that there wasn't a ball bowled in this game today. There is a brilliant Test going on at the WACA where New Zealand are playing Australia. Hop tabs to follow all the action. That's it for now from us here. See you tomorrow. Till then take care. Alvida!

11:31 Local Time, 06:01 GMT, 11:31 IST: And Ganesh comes up with this now - play has been officially called off for the day. Honestly didn't expect the umpires to call it off so early into the day. But they were left with no option I guess as the drizzle is steady and plenty of water is still on the ground. So two days lost due to weather and the forecast is more of the same for tomorrow. This Test looks doomed!

11:25 Local Time, 05:55 GMT, 11:25 IST: Our man Ganesh at the stadium got carried away by some random people walking in white shirts that he sent us this update - "The umpires are having a look out in the middle" - and then asked us to delete it. Still the rain hasn't stopped he says. Can't fault Ganesh for spotting people in white shirts and presuming they were umpires. He wants to see some action and so do we. But unfortunately the rain is having the final say

10:40 Local Time, 05:10 GMT, 10:40 IST: When I asked for an update from our man - Ganesh - at the stadium, this is what I got - "nothing much". Kept it nice and simple. Thanks Ganesh for that straightforward answer. Pretty much sums up things at the moment. The wait goes on

10:00 Local Time, 04:30 GMT, 10:00 IST: The rain isn't heavy. It's just a fine mizzle and it just doesn't stop. Plenty of puddles on the Chinnaswamy outfield. The drainage here is excellent, but how much more water can the ground take?

09:10 Local Time, 03:40 GMT, 09:10 IST: Rain, rain and more rain in Bengaluru. An early call has been taken by the umpires that there will be no play till lunch. It's that sort of a day in Bengaluru. It's cold, damp, chilly and the showers are unrelenting. While it's flooding the streets of Chennai, the after effects has meant rain - and plenty of rain has been lashing Bengaluru. The bad news is that a cyclone is just round the corner, and that promises more rain - at least for the next couple of days. It's fast turning out to be a damp squib - both AB's 100th Test and India's victory charge.

Day 3: Hello and a warm welcome to the third day of the Bengaluru Test. Not a single ball was bowled yesterday and the weather is no different today as well. It has been a wet morning in the garden city. The forecast isn't promising either. The pitch and a few areas on the outfield are protected. We are losing crucial time in the game. Let's hope that the weather is kind on us. For now, it's drizzling and there is no chance of play to start on time.

The inevitable has happened. Play has been called off and day 2 is a washout. The forecast for the next two days isn't great either. India were dominating after the first day, but will now be in a race against time if they envisage hopes of going 2-0 up. In order to make up for lost time, and that is a big if, play will start 15 minutes early for the remainder of the Test. It turned out to be a wet Sunday, hopefully we will start off tomorrow on a brighter note. Do join us for all the action. For now, cheers and bye..

13:55 Local Time, 08:25 GMT, 13:55 IST: Ganesh says that the umpires are having a long chat with the groundsmen. The drainage at Chinnaswamy is excellent, but it has taken plenty of water today. The light isn't great either and neither has the rain stopped.

13:30 Local Time, 08:00 GMT, 13:30 IST: Ganesh is twiddling his thumbs at the ground and the news isn't the most encouraging. The rain just refuses to stop and play for the day might be called off anytime soon, he says.

12:30 Local Time, 07:00 GMT, 12:30 IST: Lunch has been taken. Unfortunately we did not have any action in the morning session. It is still very cloudy in the garden city and it is a pretty thick cloud cover as well. The lunch break is from 12:30 to 13:10, but it is highly unlikely that will have a prompt start post lunch even if the rain stops now. Fingers crossed!

12:15 Local Time, 06:45 GMT, 12:15 IST: Although we have almost lost a session, there is still a lot of time left in the game, especially with South Africa's first innings ending so soon. However, the worrying sign is that the weather forecast for tomorrow and day after isn't promising as more rain is expected. As I typed that, the rain has eased off now and is now down to a drizzle.

11:35 Local Time, 06:05 GMT, 11:35 IST: The rain is still steadily heavy says Ganesh from the ground. The umpires will most likely take an early lunch, but Ganesh adds that there is no official confirmation yet.

10:55 Local Time, 05:25 GMT, 10:55 IST: It's getting worse folks! Ganesh tells that the rain has gotten even heavier. He also thinks chances of play today look bleak as the forecast isn't all that good for the rest of the day.

10:40 Local Time, 05:10 GMT, 10:40 IST: Not great news folks! Ganesh has this update, "More covers come on as rain gets a little heavier." I am afraid that we might lose the entire morning session. Anyway, let's wait and watch.

10:25 Local Time, 04:55 GMT, 10:25 IST: Oh dear! Play was about to begin in 5 minutes time, but the covers are coming back on as the drizzle has returned. Meanwhile, the Indian players are playing a bit of football on the outfield. The fact that the players are still on the outfield tells you that the drizzle isn't that heavy, but good enough to play spoilsport at the moment.

10:09 Local Time, 04:39 GMT, 10:09 IST: Ganesh now with this update about revised timings for today. First session: 10:30 to 12:30. Second session: 1:10 to 3:10. Third session: 3:30 to 5:30. 90 overs scheduled in the day. Just an hour moved forward for each session.

09:55 Local Time, 04:25 GMT, 09:55 IST: Great news from our man - Ganesh Chandrasekaran who says if there is no further rain then play will start at 10:30 local time. There was an inspection and the covers were removed. Loud cheers from the crowd as the umpires came out for an inspection. So that's offical news now. Hope we get a start at 10:30

09:25 Local Time, 03:55 GMT, 09:25 IST: "Most of the outfield was covered earlier, but now only the critical areas have been protected. When I press the outfield with my toes, it is not really damp and soft. The outfield looks pretty. We just need the drizzle to stop. It's not looking too bad," says Sanjay Manjrekar.

09:10 Local Time, 03:40 GMT, 09:10 IST:: The start has been delayed. Play will not begin at 09:30 local time. As I type this, the drizzle has slightly picked up. Fingers crossed folks! Anil Kumble, who was earlier having a chat with the umpires, tells on air that the conditions are a bit damp. One can see the supper soppers at work trying to absorb the water on the outfield.

Focusing on the cricket, India are currently only 134 runs behind. South Africa's bowlers couldn't have asked for better weather conditions this morning. It's cool, it's overcast and the ball will swing for them. It is absolutely crucial that the Proteas have a good morning session to stay in the game. Otherwise, India could easily run away with the game. On the other hand, the hosts need to bat sensibly as the conditions are tailor-made for fast bowling at the moment. The pitch though is very good to bat and good application should give the batsmen a lot of runs.

Before we go any further, let's have a look at the weather. Unfortunately, it is not as good as yesterday. There was a bit of overnight rain and it has been drizzling very mildly in the garden city since morning. The sun hasn't made an appearance yet. So that tells you that it is quite cloudy. There is a bit of good news though. Ganesh Chandrasekaran pings me that the covers on the pitch are partially being removed and the umpires are out for an inspection. He adds that the pitch and the run up area is still protected. Remember, the drainage at the Chinnaswamy stadium is excellent.

Day 2: Right from the toss, to the the end of the day's play, Virat Kohli and his boys could do nothing wrong on the opening day. An excellent day at the office has now put them in command. First, the bowlers, led by Ashwin and Jadeja, did a wonderful job and then the openers - Vijay and Dhawan - continued the good work. How will things pan out today? Hello and a warm welcome to everyone for the second day of the Bengaluru Test.

So the first day went to India. Can South Africa bounce back strongly tomorrow to stay in the game? It has been a bit cloudly in Bengaluru and let's hope that the rain stays away as it did today. Join us back for all the Day 2 action at 09:30 local time. Goodbye!

When the Indians came out to bat, South Africa stuck to their strengths and the pacers operated for most part of the innings. Spin was introduced only during the fag end of the day. Amla certainly missed a trick there as the batsmen had settled in and attacked both Tahir and Duminy straightaway. Murali Vijay once again left the ball with ease and showed his class by essaying some crispy drives. The only time he lost his concentration was when he pulled one straight to Tahir on 21. He was lucky that Tahir made a mess of it. On the other hand, Dhawan, who had got a pair in the previous Test, finally managed to get amongst the runs. It was a pleasing sight for the Indian fans to see his feet moving. The pair has laid a solid foundation and put India in a formidable position after the end of the first day. The visitors might appear to be doomed but they would believe a fightback is possible.

AB de Villiers' purple patch continued. He missed out on a ton in his 100th Test but not before giving South Africa something to play for. He scored about 40 percent of the total runs and it speaks volumes about how heavily the Proteas are dependent on him. While de Villiers is piling on the runs, Faf du Plessis' third consecutive failure in the series are worrying signs for the tourists.

Sometimes the road less traveled takes you to a glorious place. Virat Kohli's decision to bowl today exemplifies that statement. It was only the first time since 1974 when a captain opted to bowl in Bangalore. And the Indian bowlers showed that they were on a mission to prove their captain right. However, contrary to Kohli's belief that his pacers would utilize the moist pitch, the breakthrough was provided by Ashwin. Jadeja followed his senior partner soon and both hunted down the African lions just after tea. The fact that the pacers, especially Ishant Sharma, bowled frugally and kept the pressure from the other end helped the spinners execute their plans perfectly.

Over: 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 IND 80/0
Vijay 28(73) Dhawan 45(62) Rabada 5-1-17-0

21.6 - Rabada to Vijay, no run, beaten. Good length delivery leaving the right-hander, Vijay looks to defend off the front foot, but the movement foxes him. That will be stumps on Day 1

21.5 - Rabada to Vijay, no run, good length delivery keeps slightly low, Vijay defends well from the crease

The Indian dressing room looks very relaxed and why not. They've had an excellent day at the office.

21.4 - Rabada to Vijay, no run, fullish and on the off stump, Vijay defends it to mid-on

21.3 - Rabada to Vijay, no run, back of a length and on the off stump, Vijay is solid in his back foot defence

21.2 - Rabada to Vijay, no run, very full and just outside off stump, Vijay drives it to mid-off

21.1 - Rabada to Vijay, no run, a tentative push from Vijay and he's lucky to miss it. Good length delivery nipping away outside off stump, Vijay plays inside the line and gets beaten

Kagiso Rabada [4.0-0-17-0] is back into the attack

Over: 21 0 0 1 1 4 1 IND 80/0
Vijay 28(67) Dhawan 45(62) Tahir 2-0-9-0

20.6 - Tahir to Vijay, 1 run, tossed up around leg stump line, Vijay turns it past short leg, the ball rolls through square leg

20.5 - Tahir to Vijay, FOUR, nicely done off the back foot by Vijay. Short and spinning away outside off stump, Vijay goes deep in the crease, opens the face of the bat at the last moment and guides it fine past the man at short third man for four

20.4 - Tahir to Dhawan, 1 run, Dhawan steps out and drives, but Rabada is deep and very straight at mid-off and he cuts it off

20.3 - Tahir to Vijay, 1 run, Vijay takes this flighted delivery on the full and works it to mid-on

20.2 - Tahir to Vijay, no run, nice and straight on the stumps, Vijay defends it to mid-on

20.1 - Tahir to Vijay, no run, flighted delivery on the leg stump, Vijay tucks it to short leg

Over: 20 0 0 1 0 4 0 IND 73/0
Dhawan 44(61) Vijay 22(62) M Morkel 7-1-23-0

19.6 - M Morkel to Dhawan, no run, not close enough to make Dhawan play, it's way outside off stump

19.5 - M Morkel to Dhawan, FOUR, short delivery but Dhawan is not troubled. Gets into a good position early, swivels and pulls, rolls his wrists on the shot to keep it along the ground and split deep square leg and deep backward square leg to perfection

19.4 - M Morkel to Dhawan, no run, good length delivery outside off stump, left alone

Round the wicket to Dhawan

19.3 - M Morkel to Vijay, 1 run, short of length delivery on the leg stump, Vijay works it to fine leg

19.2 - M Morkel to Vijay, no run, on a length and outside off stump, Vijay drives this to cover

19.1 - M Morkel to Vijay, no run, inswinging good length delivery on the off stump, Vijay turns it to mid-wicket

Over: 19 0 0 0 2 0 0 IND 68/0
Dhawan 40(58) Vijay 21(59) Tahir 1-0-2-0

18.6 - Tahir to Dhawan, no run, flatter delivery outside off stump, Dhawan cuts it to backward point

18.5 - Tahir to Dhawan, no run, flighted delivery outside off stump, Dhawan drives it to cover

18.4 - Tahir to Dhawan, 2 runs, way too short as he tries the quicker delivery. Dhawan swivels and hits this very fine, Harmer runs to his left from fine leg, dives and flicks it back. He almost lost his trousers there, but quickly gets up as the ball still threatens to roll back, again dives and pulls it back in time. Manjrekar on air jokingly says, "good thing he was wearing something inside."

18.3 - Tahir to Dhawan, no run, fullish and outside off stump, Dhawan defends off the front foot

18.2 - Tahir to Dhawan, no run, Dhawan steps out and then nudges this flighted delivery into the on-side

Slip and short leg in

18.1 - Tahir to Dhawan, no run, flighted delivery just outside off stump, Dhawan guides it to point

Imran Tahir, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

Over: 18 0 0 0 1 0 0 IND 66/0
Vijay 21(59) Dhawan 38(52) M Morkel 6-1-18-0

17.6 - M Morkel to Vijay, no run, oh that surely hit a crack. Nothing much Vijay could have done than play and miss. Short of a length pitching just outside off stump and moving away sharply from the right-hander, Vijay was looking to defend off the back foot, luckily for him it went well away from him. Otherwise, it could have taken the outside edge

17.5 - M Morkel to Vijay, no run, short of length and on the stumps, Vijay defends it to mid-wicket

17.4 - M Morkel to Dhawan, 1 run, short and wide outside off stump, Dhawan guides it to deep backward point, big cheer from the crowd as Tahir fields the ball

17.3 - M Morkel to Dhawan, no run, Dhawan comes nicely onto the front foot as he defends this fullish ball to the left of the man at cover

17.2 - M Morkel to Dhawan, no run, good length delivery angling in, Dhawan covers the off stump, thinks about defending but pulls his bat out of the way at the last moment to let it go

17.1 - M Morkel to Dhawan, no run, good length delivery outside off stump, ignored

Round the wicket to Dhawan

Over: 17 1 0 0 0 0 0 IND 65/0
Vijay 21(57) Dhawan 37(48) Duminy 2-0-9-0

16.6 - Duminy to Vijay, no run, flighted delivery on the stumps, blocked off the back foot

16.5 - Duminy to Vijay, no run, flatter delivery outside off stump, Vijay punches it off the back foot to mid-off

The sun comes out.

16.4 - Duminy to Vijay, no run, tossed up outside off stump, defended off the front foot

16.3 - Duminy to Vijay, no run, spinning back in, Vijay works it with the spin to mid-wicket

16.2 - Duminy to Vijay, no run, flighted delivery on the stumps, Vijay drives it back to the bowler

16.1 - Duminy to Dhawan, 1 run, shortish and outside off stump, Dhawan punches it to sweeper cover

Over: 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 IND 64/0
Vijay 21(52) Dhawan 36(47) M Morkel 5-1-17-0

15.6 - M Morkel to Vijay, no run, this is another rash shot! What is Vijay doing? He's known for his patience, but he's playing some poor shots. Short and wide outside off stump, Vijay slashes and gets beaten

15.5 - M Morkel to Vijay, no run, short of length delivery outside off stump, Vijay punches it off the back foot to cover

15.4 - M Morkel to Vijay, no run, oh dear! Imran Tahir has dropped a sitter. Hashim Amla can't believe it! It is quite clear, Vijay is not liking Morne Morkel's back of a length deliveries around chest height. This was a short delivery on the stumps, Vijay went for the pull, but mistimed it completely, Tahir at square leg didn't have to move an inch, it came slowly and he spilled it. He tried to take it on the second attempt, but couldn't. Easy catch, but put down. How costly is that going to be?

15.3 - M Morkel to Vijay, no run, short of length delivery from Morne, Vijay works it to square leg

15.2 - M Morkel to Vijay, no run, short and wide outside off stump, Vijay plays an uncharacteristically rash shot. Aims to slap it over cover, but gets the under edge of the bat and it rolls back to the bowler. So it seems, Vijay is not comfortable with Morne's length. He wants to unsettle the bowler

15.1 - M Morkel to Vijay, no run, short of length rising steeply at 140.2kph, Vijay pushes it to cover off the back foot

The umpires have decided to change the ball. The fourth umpire brings out a box to choose a replacement.

Over: 15 4 0 0 0 4 0 IND 64/0
Dhawan 36(47) Vijay 21(46) Duminy 1-0-8-0

14.6 - Duminy to Dhawan, no run, shortish and around off stump line, Dhawan punches it off the back foot to mid-on

14.5 - Duminy to Dhawan, FOUR, this is short again, Dhawan uses the pace on the ball and guides it past the diving backward point fielder. He waited for the ball to come, went deep in the crease and guided it nicely

14.4 - Duminy to Dhawan, no run, very full and just outside off stump, Dhawan defends off the front foot

14.3 - Duminy to Dhawan, no run, friendly full toss, Dhawan is kind enough to drive it to mid-on

So once again Imran Tahir isn't Amla's first-choice spinner

14.2 - Duminy to Dhawan, no run, flighted delivery spinning away outside off stump, Dhawan pushes it to cover

14.1 - Duminy to Dhawan, FOUR, oh dear! That's a rank long hop. Banged halfway down the pitch, it kept a bit low as well, but Dhawan had a lot time to rock back, adjust and pull it between mid-on and mid-wicket

Jean-Paul Duminy, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

Over: 14 1Nb 0 0 0 0 0 0 IND 56/0
Vijay 21(46) Dhawan 28(41) M Morkel 4-0-17-0

13.6 - M Morkel to Vijay, no run, short but down the leg-side, easily ignored

13.5 - M Morkel to Vijay, no run, Morne bangs it short and gets to rise around chest height, Vijay defends and gets it high on the bat, the ball rolls towards cover

13.4 - M Morkel to Vijay, no run, beaten! This one left Vijay. Shortish and outside off stump, the ball probably hit a crack and moved away from the right-hander, Vijay was looking to defend off the back foot, could so easily have taken the outside edge en route to the keeper

13.3 - M Morkel to Vijay, no run, stands nice and tall to defend this short ball right under his eyes

13.2 - M Morkel to Vijay, no run, this is a length delivery very close to the off stump, Vijay handles it well from the crease

13.1 - M Morkel to Vijay, no run, short of length and just outside off stump, blocked nicely off the back foot

13.1 - M Morkel to Dhawan, no ball, 1 run, short of length delivery outside off stump, Dhawan opens the face of the bat and guides this to deep backward point. Morne oversteps the line

Morne Morkel [3.0-0-15-0] is back into the attack

The floodlights have been switched on as the natural light is fading.

Drinks are on the field now. A dream start for India after bowling out South Africa for 214. Both Vijay and Dhawan have looked good. The biggest positive for India is that Dhawan is moving his front foot much better than the Mohali Test. South Africa desperately need some wickets as the run rate is very good too. How long before we see Tahir and Duminy in action?

Over: 13 0 1 1 0 4 0 IND 54/0
Vijay 21(40) Dhawan 27(40) Rabada 4-0-17-0

12.6 - Rabada to Vijay, no run, short of length to round off the over, Vijay defends

12.5 - Rabada to Vijay, FOUR, excellent shot! The emphasis was on timing the ball rather than hitting it hard. Full and in the slot, Vijay leans forward, presents the full face of the bat and drives well, Rabada tries to stop it with his boot in his followthrough but it escapes

12.4 - Rabada to Vijay, no run, back over the wicket for Vijay, fullish in length, Vijay offers a good-looking front foot defence

12.3 - Rabada to Dhawan, 1 run, good length delivery on the stumps from round the wicket, Dhawan flicks it through mid-wicket. This is the 6th fifty-plus opening stand between Dhawan and Vijay in Tests

12.2 - Rabada to Vijay, 1 run, allows the length delivery to come and then gently glances it down to fine leg

12.1 - Rabada to Vijay, no run, short and down the leg-side, ignored

Over: 12 0 0 0 0 4 0 IND 48/0
Dhawan 26(39) Vijay 16(35) Kyle Abbott 6-1-18-0

11.6 - Kyle Abbott to Dhawan, no run, short of length delivery on the middle stump, Dhawan defends off the back foot

11.5 - Kyle Abbott to Dhawan, FOUR, Abbott targets the yorker, but bowls a low full toss down the leg-side, Dhawan tickles it fine to the fine leg boundary and the fielder in the deep had no chance

11.4 - Kyle Abbott to Dhawan, no run, full and outside off stump, Dhawan shoulders arms

11.3 - Kyle Abbott to Dhawan, no run, short of length delivery just outside off stump, Dhawan defends it into the off-side

11.2 - Kyle Abbott to Dhawan, no run, good bouncer on leg stump line. Dhawan was thinking about the pull initially and then decided to pull out of the shot at the last moment

11.1 - Kyle Abbott to Dhawan, no run, short and down the leg-side, Dhawan tries to pull, plays early and gets the glove and it rolls to the keeper

Over: 11 0 0 0 0 0 2 IND 44/0
Vijay 16(35) Dhawan 22(33) Rabada 3-0-11-0

10.6 - Rabada to Vijay, 2 runs, width on offer outside off stump on this full ball, Vijay doesn't go hard at the drive, splits cover and point, good enough for a couple of runs

10.5 - Rabada to Vijay, no run, length delivery attacking the stumps, Vijay defends it to mid-on

10.4 - Rabada to Vijay, no run, another bouncer, at 145.3kph this time, Vijay lets it go

10.3 - Rabada to Vijay, no run, good pacy bumper around off stump line, Vijay ducks under it

10.2 - Rabada to Vijay, no run, on a length and on the off stump, Vijay offers a solid front foot defence back to the bowler

10.1 - Rabada to Vijay, no run, bit of shape back in on this good length delivery, Vijay turns it towards mid-wicket

Over: 10 1 0 0 0 4 1 IND 42/0
Vijay 14(29) Dhawan 22(33) Kyle Abbott 5-1-14-0

9.6 - Kyle Abbott to Vijay, 1 run, a fumble at cover allows Vijay and India to get a run, he wants two but Dhawan sends him back. Almost a repeat of the previous ball, just that this had more width, it should have been a dot ball as it went straight to the fielder

9.5 - Kyle Abbott to Vijay, FOUR, there was a bit of nip back in on this short of length delivery, but Vijay was in great position to punch off the back foot. It was in the air for a while, but it went wide of the man at short cover. Not a bad delivery at all, but that was a top shot

9.4 - Kyle Abbott to Vijay, no run, oh the inside edge is found. Short of a length delivery outside off stump, Vijay looks to drive off the back foot, the ball keeps a bit low and takes the inside edge before rolling towards mid-on

9.3 - Kyle Abbott to Vijay, no run, good length and outside off stump, Vijay defends off the front foot

The man at gully moves to short cover

9.2 - Kyle Abbott to Vijay, no run, short of length delivery just outside off stump, Vijay punches it off the back foot to mid-off

9.1 - Kyle Abbott to Dhawan, 1 run, too straight from Abbott, ends up drifting onto Dhawan's pads, clipped away behind square on the on-side for a single

Over: 9 0 0 4 1 0 0 IND 36/0
Vijay 9(24) Dhawan 21(32) Rabada 2-0-9-0

8.6 - Rabada to Vijay, no run, tad fuller and on the stumps, Vijay gets half-forward and defends it towards mid-on

8.5 - Rabada to Vijay, no run, on a good length and just outside off, Vijay gets half forward and defends it towards the off-side

8.4 - Rabada to Dhawan, 1 run, the bouncer from Rabada, Dhawan swivels across, rolls his wrists and plays a controlled pull - behind square on the on-side for a single

8.3 - Rabada to Dhawan, FOUR, easy pickings for Dhawan, short and wide from Rabada, Dhawan gets on top of the bounce and chops it square on the off-side, races away to the fence in a hurry

8.2 - Rabada to Dhawan, no run, short of a good length and angling across the left-hander, stayed a tad low, Dhawan pushes at that and gets a toe-end towards the off-side

8.1 - Rabada to Dhawan, no run, tad fuller and just outside off, driven firmly but straight to mid-off

Over: 8 0 4 0 0 0 0 IND 31/0
Vijay 9(22) Dhawan 16(28) Kyle Abbott 4-1-8-0

7.6 - Kyle Abbott to Vijay, no run, on a good length and just outside off, driven sweetly but straight to the fielder at mid-off

7.5 - Kyle Abbott to Vijay, no run, and immediately, almost a catch at short mid-wicket. This was full and angled back into Vijay, he closed the face of the bat and whipped it to the right of Elgar - was in the air for a while but dropped well in front of the fielder

Two slips and a short mid-wicket in place

7.4 - Kyle Abbott to Vijay, no run, back of a length and just outside off, Vijay stays behind the line and pushes it towards mid-off

7.3 - Kyle Abbott to Vijay, no run, banged in short and holding its line outside off, Vijay drops his wrists and sways away from the line

7.2 - Kyle Abbott to Vijay, FOUR, lovely shot, smidgen of width on offer from Abbott, Vijay leans forward, presents the full face of the bat and caresses it on the up, beats extra cover and races away across the turf

7.1 - Kyle Abbott to Vijay, no run, fuller length delivery and a hint of shape back into Vijay, he closes the face of the bat and nudges it towards mid-wicket

Over: 7 0 4 0 0 0 0 IND 27/0
Dhawan 16(28) Vijay 5(16) Rabada 1-0-4-0

6.6 - Rabada to Dhawan, no run, short and wide from Rabada, Dhawan looks to cut and gets a toe-edge towards second slip

6.5 - Rabada to Dhawan, no run, back of a length and just outside off, Dhawan stays besides the line and punches it towards cover-point

6.4 - Rabada to Dhawan, no run, short of a length and just outside off, Dhawan stays behind the line and defends it

6.3 - Rabada to Dhawan, no run, on a good length and angling across the left-hander, he covers the line, lifts his bat and lets it go

6.2 - Rabada to Dhawan, FOUR, cracking shot, these shots start to come off once Dhawan gets amongst some runs. On a good length and well outside off, not a half-volley by any stretch, Dhawan uses his hands to good effect, drives it on the up and gets it past the diving cover fielder

6.1 - Rabada to Dhawan, no run, fuller length delivery and well outside off, Dhawan toe-ends the drive towards mid-off

Kagiso Rabada, right-arm fast, comes into the attack

Over: 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 IND 23/0
Vijay 5(16) Dhawan 12(22) Kyle Abbott 3-1-4-0

5.6 - Kyle Abbott to Vijay, no run, Abbott keeps it on a length and just outside off, watchfully defended by Vijay

5.5 - Kyle Abbott to Vijay, no run, short of a good length and angling back into Vijay, he watches it all along, pushes his bat in front of the pads and blocks

5.4 - Kyle Abbott to Dhawan, 1 run, back of a length and just outside off, tapped in front of mid-off for a quick single, good running from the two batsmen

5.3 - Kyle Abbott to Dhawan, no run, fuller length delivery and well outside off, driven straight to the fielder at mid-off

5.2 - Kyle Abbott to Dhawan, no run, tad fuller and just outside off, Dhawan gets well forward and punches it towards mid-off

5.1 - Kyle Abbott to Dhawan, no run, short of a good length and on the stumps, defended towards mid-on

Over: 5 0 Nb 0 4 1 0 0 IND 22/0
Vijay 5(14) Dhawan 11(18) M Morkel 3-0-15-0

4.6 - M Morkel to Vijay, no run, short of a length and holding its line outside off, left alone

4.5 - M Morkel to Vijay, no run, back of a length and a hint of shape away from off, Vijay is completely opened up as he looked to defend, gets a thick edge that goes down and wide of backward point. van Zyl dives and saves some runs

4.4 - M Morkel to Dhawan, 1 run, short of a length and on Dhawan's pads, tucked wide of mid-on for a single

4.3 - M Morkel to Dhawan, FOUR, lovely shot, too straight from Morkel, ends up drifting onto Dhawan's pads, whipped away in front of square on the on-side for a boundary. He's looking good after an edgy start

4.2 - M Morkel to Dhawan, no run, lovely length from Morkel, tad fuller and a hint of late away movement, Dhawan has to play at that, pushes forward and is beaten on the outside edge, doesn't carry through to Vilas

4.2 - M Morkel to Dhawan, no ball, short of a length and on Dhawan's thigh pads, he looks to flick and misses. Another big no-ball from Morkel

4.1 - M Morkel to Dhawan, no run, fuller length delivery and just outside off, driven firmly but straight to the fielder at mid-off

Over: 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 IND 16/0
Dhawan 6(13) Vijay 5(12) Kyle Abbott 2-1-3-0

3.6 - Kyle Abbott to Dhawan, 3 runs, back of a length and on the stumps, Dhawan stands tall and gets an inside edge towards mid-wicket, takes on Rabada and completes the single with ease. Hang on! Vilas gets an awkward bounce as the return came in, the ball nearly dribbles all the way to the third man fence, Morkel chases, slides and saves two extra runs

3.5 - Kyle Abbott to Dhawan, no run, on a good length and well outside off, Dhawan leans forward, presents the full face of the bat and blocks it towards cover

3.4 - Kyle Abbott to Dhawan, no run, Abbott shortens his length outside off, defended back towards the bowler with a straight bat

3.3 - Kyle Abbott to Dhawan, no run, fraction fuller and outside off, Dhawan gets a good stride across and drives it crisply but straight to the fielder at cover

3.2 - Kyle Abbott to Dhawan, no run, short of a good length and just outside off, defended back towards the bowler

3.1 - Kyle Abbott to Dhawan, no run, tad fuller and just outside off, Dhawan gets well forward and drives it to mid-off

Over: 3 1 3 0 0 0 0 IND 13/0
Vijay 5(12) Dhawan 3(7) M Morkel 2-0-9-0

2.6 - M Morkel to Vijay, no run, back of a length and just outside off, Vijay stands tall and punches it towards mid-off

2.5 - M Morkel to Vijay, no run, that's very loose from Vijay, short of a length and well outside off, seamed away a fraction. Vijay was in two minds, has a loose waft in the end and is beaten on the outside edge

2.4 - M Morkel to Vijay, no run, short of a length and holding its line well outside off, left alone

2.3 - M Morkel to Vijay, no run, short of a good length and holding its line outside off, Vijay covers the line, lifts his bat and lets it go

2.2 - M Morkel to Dhawan, 3 runs, first runs of the series for Dhawan, that should calm his nerves, length delivery on his pads, he gets inside the line and clips it wide of mid-wicket. Tahir and Rabada give chase, it's the former who gets to the ball first, pulls it back in and saves a run

2.1 - M Morkel to Vijay, 1 run, on a good length and just outside off, Vijay drops it wide of cover-point for a quick single

Over: 2 0 4B 0 0 0 0 IND 9/0
Dhawan 0(6) Vijay 4(7) Kyle Abbott 1-1-0-0

1.6 - Kyle Abbott to Dhawan, no run, Abbott shortens his length and gets this one to leave the left-hander, Dhawan covers for the movement, lifts his bat and lets it go

1.5 - Kyle Abbott to Dhawan, no run, tad fuller and just outside off, Dhawan covers the line and lets it go

1.4 - Kyle Abbott to Dhawan, no run, that's poor from Dhawan, short of a good length and seaming away further. Dhawan was left feeling for it, chases and is lucky not to have nicked off

Huge roar from the crowd as Rahul Dravid is seen on the big screen

1.3 - Kyle Abbott to Dhawan, no run, fuller length delivery and just outside off, Dhawan gets well forward and drives it towards mid-off

1.2 - Kyle Abbott to Dhawan, byes, FOUR, awkward bounce for Vilas and India get four bonus runs. This was a short of a length delivery that held its line outside off, kept low and bounced in front of the keeper. He didn't get his body behind the line, it clips his thigh pad and rolls away to the fence

1.1 - Kyle Abbott to Dhawan, no run, short of a good length and slanting across the left-hander, Dhawan watches it all along and lets it go

Kyle Abbott, right-arm medium, comes into the attack

Over: 1 Nb 0 0 0 0 0 4 IND 5/0
Vijay 4(7) Dhawan 0(0) M Morkel 1-0-5-0

0.6 - M Morkel to Vijay, FOUR, lovely shot, very full and outside off, not a half-volley, Vijay gets a good stride forward, presents the full face of the bat and punches it to the right of mid-off, off the mark in style

0.5 - M Morkel to Vijay, no run, very full and just outside off, Vijay jams his bat down quickly and digs it back towards the bowler

0.4 - M Morkel to Vijay, no run, full and angling into the right-hander, Vijay shuffles across on the clip and misses, the ball rolls away towards the on-side

0.3 - M Morkel to Vijay, no run, tad fuller and wider outside off, looking to tempt Vijay into the drive, he isn't interested - at least so early in his innings, left alone

0.2 - M Morkel to Vijay, no run, short of a length and holding its line outside off, Vijay doesn't need to play those, left alone

0.1 - M Morkel to Vijay, no run, short of a good length and in that channel outside off, Vijay plays with an open face and guides it towards backward point

0.1 - M Morkel to Vijay, no ball, fuller length delivery and just outside off, Vijay shuffles across and clips it towards mid-on. Morkel has overstepped by a long way

Vijay and Dhawan are at the crease. Vijay is on strike. M Morkel will open the attack