It was a great start for India on Day 4 as Mohammed Shami dismissed Hashim Amla and Kagiso Rabada. Earlier, Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team were spared the blushes of a cheap dismissal on Day 2 in the first innings of the first Test at Cape Town thanks in no small part to Hardik Pandya’s attacking knock. However, the failure of the other batsmen to give the all-rounder much support saw them concede a first innings lead of 142 runs. Pandya then struck twice before as South Africa ended Day 2 on 65/2. The third day was entirely washed out due to incessant rain and India will now look to dismiss the South African cricket team quickly in a bid to salvage any chances of a result. Get live cricket score of India vs South Africa, first Test, Day 4, here. (LIVE SCORES | LIVE STREAMING)
14:29 hrs IST: OUT! Shami strikes once again! The ball bounced sharply for Rabada and Virat Kohli made no mistake in taking the catch in the slips. SA 73/4
14:27 hrs IST: Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the series against India, after seeing a foot and ankle specialist on Sunday. He will be reassessed in four to six weeks time. SA 68/3
14:20 hrs IST: Kagiso Rabada is not looking confident against Mohammed Shami’s pace. Will Shami get another wicket? SA 67/3
14:15 hrs IST: AB de Villiers is the new batsman for South Africa. A lot will depend on his performance in this innings. SA 67/3
14:06 hrs IST: OUT! Huge wicket for India as Mohammed Shami dismisses Hashim Amla. Amla edged it to the second slip and Rohit Sharma took a brilliant catch. SA 66/3
14:03 hrs IST: Good movement for Bhuvneshwar Kumar from the very first ball, but Hashim Amla was cautious. SA 65/2
13:59 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar to bowl the first over of the day. SA 65/2
13:57 hrs IST: We are minutes away from the start of the match. India need quick wickets while South Africa will look to slowly move towards a big lead. Let’s see who comes out on the top.
13:51 hrs IST: The weather prediction says that there will be no more rain in the next two days and a total of around 190 overs will be bowled.
13:45 hrs IST: Update from our correspondent Somshuvra Laha – “Beautiful sunny day here in Cape Town.”
13:38 hrs IST: Big news ahead of the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) auction – Aussie all-rounder Chris Lynn has picked up another injury. Read full report here.
13:27 hrs IST: South Africa will be raring to go after no action took place on Day 3. Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis will surely be looking forward to extend that lead over 250 if not more.
13:18 hrs IST: Not a single ball was bowled on Day 3 due to heavy rain. It will be interesting to see how the pitch changes because of that. The Indian pacers should get some movement off the track.
13:06 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Australia romped to an innings and 123 victory over England after dismissing the tourists for 180 on the final day of the fifth Test to complete a 4-0 Ashes triumph that fell short of a whitewash was but was little less emphatic. Read full report here
12:57 hrs IST: Good news. In all likelihood, play will start in time. 98 overs to be bowled on the remaining two days.
12:54 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to HT’s live coverage of the fourth day of the first Test between South Africa and India in Cape Town.
Day 2 was a day of comebacks for India. They looked all but finished at 92/7 but Hardik Pandya fearlessly took on the South African bowling attack, very nearly scoring what would have been a well-deserved century. The fact that he also removed both South African cricket team openers gives India hope, despite the hosts’ 142-run lead being quite formidable.
South Africa will be confident of setting India a good target, despite Day 3 getting washed out. Hashim Amla and nightwatchman Rabada will take the crease on Day 4, meaning two of their best batsmen – AB De Villiers and skipper Du Plessis – can later wreak havoc on a pitch that is likely to get easier to bat on as the Test wears on.