Live Updates

  • 9:19 AM IST


  • 9:06 AM IST

    Pitch Report – Murali Kartik and Sunil Gavaskar are the pitch analyst once again. Gavaskar tells the wicket is not much different from Day 3. Sunil agrees that a few cracks have opened up but he reckons that won’t make a huge difference. Gavaskar opines that India should enforce follow-on as he feels the bowlers are well rested and with rain playing a possible spoilsport he feels there is no reason they shouldn’t enforce the follow-on. Kartik adds it is easier to bat as the ball gets softer. Murali though feels India will enforce the follow-on.

  • 8:56 AM IST

    Virat Kohli is out with the bat practising and Kagiso Rabada is stretching out. Looks like India won’t enforce the follow-on. But Ashwin is also having a go with the ball in the nets. So the hosts continue to keep their cards close to themselves.

  • 8:54 AM IST

    Hello and welcome to the Day 4 of 2nd Test of the Freedom Trophy. The punters must have had a real long day after Day 3 as Indian skipper has kept everyone waiting of his decision whether he will enforce the follow-on or not. If the hosts enforce it then this might well be the final day of this Test. South Africa, on the other hand, will look to take positives from the fight their tailenders showed and will have to bat out of their skins if they are to survive this match. If the hosts decide to bat again then we could have an ODI-esque type of cricket in the first session. What will be captain Kohli’s decision?

  • 8:54 AM IST

    … Day 4, Morning Session …

  • 4:59 PM IST

    So a tiring day but India still well on top of this game. They still have a chance to enforce the follow-on on Sunday. The question is will Kohli take it after his bowlers had such a long day in the field? South Africa will take heart from Maharaj and Philander’s performance and feel better showing from the top order can save this Test. What is on store for us on Day 4? Join us on Sunday, 13th October at 0930 Local (0400 GMT) to find out. Till then, cheers!

  • 4:55 PM IST

    A tiring day for the Indian bowlers. Till the first hour of the second session, the Indian bowlers were on top and enjoying themselves out in the middle. But after that their pain started. They had scalped 5 wickets in the first 44 overs of the day but for the next 2 to arrive they had to bowl almost the same. The duo of Jadeja and Ashwin had a long day in the field as they were made to bowl long spells. Ashwin managed to get rid of the tail at the fag end of the day, finishing with a 4-fer. Ishant Sharma was the only genuine bowler who went wicketless. Jadeja, Shami and Umesh Yadav had 1, 2 and 3 wickets respectively.

  • 4:47 PM IST

    But just like every underdog story there was a fight. There was determination. The inspiration came from an unlikely source. Keshav Maharaj who was battling a shoulder injury joined hands with Vernon Philander who grabbed a pair in the first Test. The duo showed how to play in these testing conditions. They fought hard, battled the spinner and added 109. In a game where South Africa were trailing by 439 with just 2 wickets in hand. Their 109-run stand might not seem too much of a difference maker but the duo spent more than 3 hours out in the middle. In the process Maharaj got to his maiden Test fifty. The time spent by the duo made sure that even though India could enforce the follow-on they will have to wait till Day 4.

  • 4:35 PM IST

    The day began as many people predicted it to begin. South Africa lost night watchman Anrich Nortje early in the day. Theunis de Bruyn got a start but could not make the most of it. Then started the vistors’ fight. First skipper Faf du Plessis and de Kock added a 75-run stand with the skipper getting to his fifty in the process. De Kock though could not continue his fight and Muthusamy too did not last long. Faf du Plessis also threw in his towel as he was dismissed by Ashwin. At 162/8 and just one hour of the second session gone, the question in everyone’s mind was what will happen? Will India bat again today or will South Africa bat twice in a day?

  • 4:30 PM IST

    Take a bow, Maharaj and Philander! When many expected and thought South Africa would not just bat twice but lose some wickets as well in their second innings, the duo had other ideas.

  • 4:28 PM IST

    105.4 Ravichandran Ashwin to Kagiso Rabada, out, OUT! LBW! Rabada is the last wicket to fall and finally, after some stubborn resistance, South Africa have been dismissed for 275. Ashwin gets his 4th wicket of the innings and India will be mightily pleased to know that this innings has ended today itself. Ashwin floats this one on the middle pole line, it pitches and straightens but not enough to meet Rabada’s blade as he plays outside the line. The ball hits him on the pad, India appeal and the umpire raises his finger. Rabada straightaway goes for the review knowing he is the last man at the crease. Replays roll in, Ultra Edge shows no bat involved. Ball Tracker comes into play and shows the ball to be hitting the leg pole. This is the 50th Test wicket for Ravichandran Ashwin against South Africa. That will be the last ball of the day as the umpire takes the bails off. STUMPS, DAY 3!

  • 4:27 PM IST

    Review time! Kagiso Rabada has been adjudged LBW and he has taken it upstairs. Let’s see what the replays have to say.

  • 4:26 PM IST

    105.3 Ravichandran Ashwin to Kagiso Rabada, no run, Floated outside off, Rabada edges that one. It goes uppishly towards point.

  • 4:26 PM IST

    105.2 Ravichandran Ashwin to Kagiso Rabada, no run, Jaffa! Floated just outside off, Rabada looks to defend but the ball spins away and beats the outside edge of Rabada’s blade.

  • 4:26 PM IST

    105.1 Ravichandran Ashwin to Kagiso Rabada, no run, Rabada defends this one back towards the bowler.

  • 4:24 PM IST

    104.6 Ravindra Jadeja to Vernon Philander, no run, Another one outside off, blocked onto the off side.

  • 4:24 PM IST

    104.5 Ravindra Jadeja to Vernon Philander, no run, Outside off, pushed towards extra cover.

  • 4:24 PM IST

    104.4 Ravindra Jadeja to Vernon Philander, no run, Philander comes forward and defends it onto the pitch.

  • 4:24 PM IST

    104.3 Ravindra Jadeja to Vernon Philander, no run, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

  • 4:23 PM IST

    104.2 Ravindra Jadeja to Vernon Philander, no run, Philander comes onto the front foot and defends it.

  • 4:23 PM IST

    104.1 Ravindra Jadeja to Vernon Philander, no run, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.

  • 4:23 PM IST

    103.6 Ravichandran Ashwin to Kagiso Rabada, no run, Pushed towards mid on off the front foot.

  • 4:22 PM IST

    103.5 Ravichandran Ashwin to Kagiso Rabada, no run, Rabada comes onto the front foot and the full face of the bat to block it out.

  • 4:22 PM IST

    103.4 Ravichandran Ashwin to Vernon Philander, 1 run, Philander pushes this one towards long on and takes a single.

  • 4:22 PM IST

    103.3 Ravichandran Ashwin to Vernon Philander, no run, Floated just outside off, defended watchfully.

  • 4:21 PM IST

    103.2 Ravichandran Ashwin to Vernon Philander, no run, Philander comes forward and defends it onto the ground.

  • 4:20 PM IST

    103.1 Ravichandran Ashwin to Vernon Philander, no run, Floated on middle and off, turning in. Philander comes forward looking to block and does so.

  • 4:20 PM IST

    102.6 Ravindra Jadeja to Kagiso Rabada, no run, SAFE! Nothing on the Ultra Edge and India lose one of their 2 reviews. Flighted outside off, Rabada looks to drive but the ball spins in and goes to the keeper. Saha fumbles but then takes the catch. Jadeja and Saha put in an appeal. The convince Kohli to take it upstairs. The Indian skipper obliges. Replay roll in and it shows nothing on the Ultra Edge.

  • 4:19 PM IST

    Review time! Virat Kohli has signalled the ‘T’ in a cheeky manner. Looks like there is nothing there but on the advice of Saha his skipper does take the review.

  • 4:18 PM IST

    102.5 Ravindra Jadeja to Vernon Philander, 1 run, Flighted on off, Philander defends it with soft hands towards cover and gets to the other end.

India (IND) Vs South Africa (SA) Live Cricket Score, 2nd Test  match Day 3 Live cricket score at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune

Editorial team of CricketCountry.