South Africa tour of India, 4th Test: India v South Africa at Delhi, Dec 3-7, 2015
Freedom Trophy - 4th Test
India won by 337 runs
3,4,5,6,7 December 2015 (5-day match)
  India 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal M Vijay c Amla b Piedt 12 84 59 0 0 20.33
16.2 56.8 mph, gone! Again that line wide of off stump, and it isn't full enough for the drive. A bit of drift away from Vijay, who ends up playing inside the line of an offbreak and gets an outside edge to slip 30/1
View dismissal S Dhawan lbw b Piedt 33 132 85 4 0 38.82
28.5 54.3 mph, huge appeal, and it's given! After that one that gripped and turned sharply, this one keeps going with the angle, and hits Dhawan's front pad as he presses half-forward in defence. Lovely length, catches Dhawan playing with bat slightly behind pad. Hits pad before bat and the ball hit him in line with middle and off and was going on to hit middle stump. Very impressive bowling, this. 62/2
View dismissal CA Pujara b Abbott 14 54 37 1 1 37.83
29.6 82.7 mph, bowled him! Pujara came forward to defend this fullish ball, which came in just a touch off the pitch. He tends to have just the tiniest gap between bat and pad, and this ball sneaks through off the inside edge and takes out his off stump. More than anything, he was just a touch slow getting forward, still on the move when the ball hit his inside edge. Hadn't gotten sufficiently forward enough to narrow the angle 66/3
View dismissal V Kohli* c †Vilas b Piedt 44 74 62 7 0 70.96
46.6 53.4 mph, that's an unfortunate dismissal. Kohli sweeps from middle and leg, hits it firmly, that was headed to the boundary, but Bavuma was in the way at short leg. Hit him on the thigh, as he leaped and spun around to avoid the ball, and popped up in the air. Vilas was quick to react, moved quickly from behind the stumps and dived forward on the pitch to catch it with both gloves, a fair distance above the ground. Superbly done by the keeper 136/4
View dismissal AM Rahane c de Villiers b Imran Tahir 127 306 215 11 4 59.06
104.5 52.6 mph, caught at cover! Tahir has a wicket! Rahane walks off to warm applause from the Kotla. He reached away from his body to drive a flighted googly on the front foot and spooned an easy catch to AB at cover. A pretty soft dismissal to end a marvelous innings 296/8
View dismissal RG Sharma c Imran Tahir b Piedt 1 15 6 0 0 16.66
50.1 50.5 mph, flighted ball on off stump, and that is a shocker of a shot. Goes for the big hit, with long-on back on the rope, and hits it straight down the fielder's throat. Maybe he was trying to hit it wider, over midwicket, maybe, but the ball didn't turn as much as he expected, but in any case, it seemed the oddest time to be playing such a shot. They check for no-ball, and it's close, but the close-up suggests some part of his heel - which is in the air - is just behind the line. Millimeters again. 138/5
View dismissal WP Saha b Abbott 1 14 15 0 0 6.66
53.5 83.1 mph, bowled him! Another one plays on. This was pitched on a good length, in the corridor, and came back just a touch. Saha played away from his body, looking to drive, and he only manages to help it onto his stumps off his inside edge 139/6
View dismissal RA Jadeja c Elgar b Abbott 24 73 59 3 0 40.67
72.4 fullish on off stump, and Jadeja picks out the man at short midwicket! Came down the track and looked to clip into the leg side. Ended up playing it uppishly and Elgar takes an excellent catch diving to his right 198/7
View dismissal R Ashwin c de Villiers b Abbott 56 186 140 6 1 40.00
117.3 83.7 mph, caught at midwicket! AB makes it looks easy. Ashwin tried to pull again but this short ball was quicker and hurried Ashwin outside off stump. The bat turned as he made contact, splicing the ball high into the air. AB ran backwards and to his right from midwicket, covering ground quickly to settle under the catch 334/9
UT Yadav not out 10 54 30 2 0 33.33
View dismissal I Sharma lbw b Abbott 0 2 2 0 0 0.00
117.5 84.0 mph, Abbott has five! The full ball swings into the right-hander, crashing into the back pad as Ishant was rooted deep in his crease. That's plumb. Abbott can be proud of this performance, 5 for 40 in 24.5 overs. He's staked a claim for a spot even when Philander and Steyn are fit 334/10
Extras (b 8, w 1, nb 3) 12
  Total (all out; 117.5 overs; 501 mins) 334 (2.83 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
  M Morkel 24 5 58 0 2.41 118 8 0 (1nb, 1w)
View wickets KJ Abbott 24.5 7 40 5 1.61 126 4 0 (1nb)
29.6 to Pujara, 82.7 mph, bowled him! Pujara came forward to defend this fullish ball, which came in just a touch off the pitch. He tends to have just the tiniest gap between bat and pad, and this ball sneaks through off the inside edge and takes out his off stump. More than anything, he was just a touch slow getting forward, still on the move when the ball hit his inside edge. Hadn't gotten sufficiently forward enough to narrow the angle 66/3
53.5 to Saha, 83.1 mph, bowled him! Another one plays on. This was pitched on a good length, in the corridor, and came back just a touch. Saha played away from his body, looking to drive, and he only manages to help it onto his stumps off his inside edge 139/6
72.4 to Jadeja, fullish on off stump, and Jadeja picks out the man at short midwicket! Came down the track and looked to clip into the leg side. Ended up playing it uppishly and Elgar takes an excellent catch diving to his right 198/7
117.3 to Ashwin, 83.7 mph, caught at midwicket! AB makes it looks easy. Ashwin tried to pull again but this short ball was quicker and hurried Ashwin outside off stump. The bat turned as he made contact, splicing the ball high into the air. AB ran backwards and to his right from midwicket, covering ground quickly to settle under the catch 334/9
117.5 to I Sharma, 84.0 mph, Abbott has five! The full ball swings into the right-hander, crashing into the back pad as Ishant was rooted deep in his crease. That's plumb. Abbott can be proud of this performance, 5 for 40 in 24.5 overs. He's staked a claim for a spot even when Philander and Steyn are fit 334/10
View wickets DL Piedt 38 6 117 4 3.07 173 12 4 (1nb)
16.2 to Vijay, 56.8 mph, gone! Again that line wide of off stump, and it isn't full enough for the drive. A bit of drift away from Vijay, who ends up playing inside the line of an offbreak and gets an outside edge to slip 30/1
28.5 to Dhawan, 54.3 mph, huge appeal, and it's given! After that one that gripped and turned sharply, this one keeps going with the angle, and hits Dhawan's front pad as he presses half-forward in defence. Lovely length, catches Dhawan playing with bat slightly behind pad. Hits pad before bat and the ball hit him in line with middle and off and was going on to hit middle stump. Very impressive bowling, this. 62/2
46.6 to Kohli, 53.4 mph, that's an unfortunate dismissal. Kohli sweeps from middle and leg, hits it firmly, that was headed to the boundary, but Bavuma was in the way at short leg. Hit him on the thigh, as he leaped and spun around to avoid the ball, and popped up in the air. Vilas was quick to react, moved quickly from behind the stumps and dived forward on the pitch to catch it with both gloves, a fair distance above the ground. Superbly done by the keeper 136/4
50.1 to RG Sharma, 50.5 mph, flighted ball on off stump, and that is a shocker of a shot. Goes for the big hit, with long-on back on the rope, and hits it straight down the fielder's throat. Maybe he was trying to hit it wider, over midwicket, maybe, but the ball didn't turn as much as he expected, but in any case, it seemed the oddest time to be playing such a shot. They check for no-ball, and it's close, but the close-up suggests some part of his heel - which is in the air - is just behind the line. Millimeters again. 138/5
View wicket Imran Tahir 16 2 66 1 4.12 62 6 2
104.5 to Rahane, 52.6 mph, caught at cover! Tahir has a wicket! Rahane walks off to warm applause from the Kotla. He reached away from his body to drive a flighted googly on the front foot and spooned an easy catch to AB at cover. A pretty soft dismissal to end a marvelous innings 296/8
  D Elgar 11 0 33 0 3.00 44 3 0
  JP Duminy 4 0 12 0 3.00 16 1 0
  South Africa 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal D Elgar c †Saha b Yadav 17 72 50 2 0 34.00
14.3 88.4 mph, The full ball reaps reward now; Umesh strikes. This was a bit wider and curls away outside off at 142.2ks, Elgar was stuck to the crease as he pushed out and nicked off. Saha takes a smart, low catch. Elgar is distraught as he walks back 36/1
View dismissal T Bavuma b Jadeja 22 92 55 3 0 40.00
19.6 59.9 mph, that was always likely to happen with the way Bavuma has been playing. He stays back in his crease and doesn't move his feet, exposing off and middle stump to Jadeja's accurate line and length. The ball pitches on a good length just outside off and skids on with the arm. Bavuma pokes tentatively and is beaten on the inside edge and bowled 40/2
View dismissal HM Amla* c †Saha b Jadeja 3 44 34 0 0 8.82
25.6 56.7 mph, he's been caught behind! Amla's walking. He went back to cut a ball that was not too short and close to off stump, spinning away. There's a definite edge and Amla fails again. Such a poor tour he's having. 56/3
View dismissal AB de Villiers c I Sharma b Jadeja 42 121 78 5 0 53.84
46.6 55.5 mph, what a catch from Ishant on the long-off boundary to dismiss AB, Jadeja has a five-for! Superbly judged under the circumstances in the fading light. AB charged the bowler and lofted the ball, he seemed to slice it rather than hit it cleanly. Ishant positioned himself on the long off boundary, only a few feet from the rope, and then reached behind him and to his left to grab the ball as it descended. He managed to stay balanced inside the boundary too 118/9
View dismissal F du Plessis c Rahane b Jadeja 0 8 2 0 0 0.00
27.6 54.8 mph, caught down the leg side! Great anticipation from Rahane. He was moving towards the leg side as soon as Faf shaped to play the paddle-scoop. The ball simply lobbed tamely towards where a leg slip would have been, Rahane had got there from conventional slip instead 62/4
View dismissal JP Duminy b Yadav 1 13 8 0 0 12.50
30.6 87.6 mph, bowled him! The stumps have been shattered. AB watches another team-mate fail. Umesh hits a good length on off stump and instead of the ball angling into the left hander from around the wicket, it straightens. That movement causes Duminy to defend down the wrong line. The ball beats the outside edge and hits the top of off stump. Terrific delivery 65/5
View dismissal DJ Vilas b I Sharma 11 29 21 1 0 52.38
36.4 85.2 mph, off stump has taken a hammering! Ishant Sharma bowls with an upright seam, hits a good length, swings the ball into the right-hander, bursting through the gap between bat and pad as Vilas is late in bringing his bat down while defending from his crease 79/6
View dismissal KJ Abbott lbw b Ashwin 4 6 6 1 0 66.66
37.5 53.2 mph, lbw! Ashwin finally has one as well. Abbott went on the back foot this time to a ball that pitched just outside off and went straight on with the arm. He tried to defend but missed and was hit plumb in front 84/7
View dismissal DL Piedt c Rahane b Jadeja 5 19 18 0 0 27.77
42.5 54.9 mph, caught at slip! Piedt drives away from his body at a flighted ball that spins sharply away from him, the edge travels quickly at chest height to Rahane, who is so safe at first slip 103/8
M Morkel not out 9 23 17 0 0 52.94
View dismissal Imran Tahir c sub (KL Rahul) b Ashwin 1 6 9 0 0 11.11
49.3 45.4 mph, another slog from Tahir and another mis-hit, lofting the ball towards deep midwicket, Rahul rushes in to catch the ball and then has to backpedal to get under the ball, he is moving back swiftly as the ball reaches him and falls over as he catches it. 121/10
Extras (b 5, nb 1) 6
  Total (all out; 49.3 overs; 221 mins) 121 (2.44 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wicket I Sharma 12 5 28 1 2.33 60 4 0 (1nb)
36.4 to Vilas, 85.2 mph, off stump has taken a hammering! Ishant Sharma bowls with an upright seam, hits a good length, swings the ball into the right-hander, bursting through the gap between bat and pad as Vilas is late in bringing his bat down while defending from his crease 79/6
View wickets UT Yadav 12 3 32 2 2.66 58 4 0
14.3 to Elgar, 88.4 mph, The full ball reaps reward now; Umesh strikes. This was a bit wider and curls away outside off at 142.2ks, Elgar was stuck to the crease as he pushed out and nicked off. Saha takes a smart, low catch. Elgar is distraught as he walks back 36/1
30.6 to Duminy, 87.6 mph, bowled him! The stumps have been shattered. AB watches another team-mate fail. Umesh hits a good length on off stump and instead of the ball angling into the left hander from around the wicket, it straightens. That movement causes Duminy to defend down the wrong line. The ball beats the outside edge and hits the top of off stump. Terrific delivery 65/5
View wickets R Ashwin 13.3 5 26 2 1.92 62 1 0
37.5 to Abbott, 53.2 mph, lbw! Ashwin finally has one as well. Abbott went on the back foot this time to a ball that pitched just outside off and went straight on with the arm. He tried to defend but missed and was hit plumb in front 84/7
49.3 to Imran Tahir, 45.4 mph, another slog from Tahir and another mis-hit, lofting the ball towards deep midwicket, Rahul rushes in to catch the ball and then has to backpedal to get under the ball, he is moving back swiftly as the ball reaches him and falls over as he catches it. 121/10
View wickets RA Jadeja 12 2 30 5 2.50 53 3 0
19.6 to Bavuma, 59.9 mph, that was always likely to happen with the way Bavuma has been playing. He stays back in his crease and doesn't move his feet, exposing off and middle stump to Jadeja's accurate line and length. The ball pitches on a good length just outside off and skids on with the arm. Bavuma pokes tentatively and is beaten on the inside edge and bowled 40/2
25.6 to Amla, 56.7 mph, he's been caught behind! Amla's walking. He went back to cut a ball that was not too short and close to off stump, spinning away. There's a definite edge and Amla fails again. Such a poor tour he's having. 56/3
27.6 to du Plessis, 54.8 mph, caught down the leg side! Great anticipation from Rahane. He was moving towards the leg side as soon as Faf shaped to play the paddle-scoop. The ball simply lobbed tamely towards where a leg slip would have been, Rahane had got there from conventional slip instead 62/4
42.5 to Piedt, 54.9 mph, caught at slip! Piedt drives away from his body at a flighted ball that spins sharply away from him, the edge travels quickly at chest height to Rahane, who is so safe at first slip 103/8
46.6 to de Villiers, 55.5 mph, what a catch from Ishant on the long-off boundary to dismiss AB, Jadeja has a five-for! Superbly judged under the circumstances in the fading light. AB charged the bowler and lofted the ball, he seemed to slice it rather than hit it cleanly. Ishant positioned himself on the long off boundary, only a few feet from the rope, and then reached behind him and to his left to grab the ball as it descended. He managed to stay balanced inside the boundary too 118/9
  India 2nd innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal M Vijay c †Vilas b Morkel 3 24 15 0 0 20.00
4.6 88.2 mph, what a ball that is, and Vijay has been given caught behind! Vicious bouncer from Morkel, and Vijay is not pleased at all, indicating it came off the arm guard. He could get in trouble for that. That ball rose steeply from short of a length at Vijay's head. He was late in ducking and left his arms high as he tried to get under the ball. The ball grazed the armguard and flew through to Vilas, who leapt high in the air to take the catch with one hand over his head 4/1
View dismissal S Dhawan b Morkel 21 133 86 2 0 24.41
28.6 90.9 mph, bowled him! Morkel has bowled so well today and he has his third wicket with a searing yorker from around the wicket. That ball just homed in on Dhawan's toes and he got them out of the way in time but failed to bring his bat down quickly enough to keep the ball out. It burst under his bat and hit leg stump. That yorker came out of the blue really, haven't seen it often in this match. It swung it quite a bit too. 53/3
View dismissal RG Sharma b Morkel 0 7 1 0 0 0.00
6.1 86.9 mph, bowled him first ball! Terrific delivery from Morkel and it has taken out off stump. He's on a hat-trick. Morkel pitched the ball on a good length on off stump. Rohit prodded from his crease with no real footwork. He played for the angle into him but the ball held its line to zip past the outside edge and flatten off stump. That is a hard ball to face first up. 8/2
View dismissal CA Pujara b Imran Tahir 28 110 79 3 0 35.44
31.1 59.0 mph, Tahir sets off for a celebratory run after knocking out the off stump! Pujara looks a bit shocked at what's happened. Tahir bowled the ball flat and quick around off and middle stump. Pujara should have been forward because the ball was rather full. Instead he played right back and was beaten. It didn't turn too much and he played down the wrong line. That legbreak skidded through so quickly that Pujara barely played it. It's the fastest ball Tahir has bowled - 94kph 57/4
View dismissal V Kohli* lbw b Abbott 88 259 165 10 0 53.33
85.4 86.1 mph, Kohli has been done in by one that kept really low! He'll have to wait another day for his 3000th Test run. Abbott bowled one on a good length and straight, angling into the right-hander from just outside off, Kohli moved across to play on the leg side but was hit low on the front pad - shin height - by one that shot through. A really difficult ball to handle, the only chance Kohli had was if he was playing straight. He's played a wonderful innings for India. 211/5
AM Rahane not out 100 315 206 8 3 48.54
WP Saha not out 23 65 51 3 0 45.09
Extras (lb 2, nb 2) 4
  Total (5 wickets dec; 100.1 overs; 459 mins) 267 (2.66 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets M Morkel 21 6 51 3 2.42 103 5 1 (1nb)
4.6 to Vijay, 88.2 mph, what a ball that is, and Vijay has been given caught behind! Vicious bouncer from Morkel, and Vijay is not pleased at all, indicating it came off the arm guard. He could get in trouble for that. That ball rose steeply from short of a length at Vijay's head. He was late in ducking and left his arms high as he tried to get under the ball. The ball grazed the armguard and flew through to Vilas, who leapt high in the air to take the catch with one hand over his head 4/1
6.1 to RG Sharma, 86.9 mph, bowled him first ball! Terrific delivery from Morkel and it has taken out off stump. He's on a hat-trick. Morkel pitched the ball on a good length on off stump. Rohit prodded from his crease with no real footwork. He played for the angle into him but the ball held its line to zip past the outside edge and flatten off stump. That is a hard ball to face first up. 8/2
28.6 to Dhawan, 90.9 mph, bowled him! Morkel has bowled so well today and he has his third wicket with a searing yorker from around the wicket. That ball just homed in on Dhawan's toes and he got them out of the way in time but failed to bring his bat down quickly enough to keep the ball out. It burst under his bat and hit leg stump. That yorker came out of the blue really, haven't seen it often in this match. It swung it quite a bit too. 53/3
View wicket KJ Abbott 22 9 47 1 2.13 112 8 0
85.4 to Kohli, 86.1 mph, Kohli has been done in by one that kept really low! He'll have to wait another day for his 3000th Test run. Abbott bowled one on a good length and straight, angling into the right-hander from just outside off, Kohli moved across to play on the leg side but was hit low on the front pad - shin height - by one that shot through. A really difficult ball to handle, the only chance Kohli had was if he was playing straight. He's played a wonderful innings for India. 211/5
  DL Piedt 18 1 53 0 2.94 74 5 0
View wicket Imran Tahir 26.1 4 74 1 2.82 110 6 1 (1nb)
31.1 to Pujara, 59.0 mph, Tahir sets off for a celebratory run after knocking out the off stump! Pujara looks a bit shocked at what's happened. Tahir bowled the ball flat and quick around off and middle stump. Pujara should have been forward because the ball was rather full. Instead he played right back and was beaten. It didn't turn too much and he played down the wrong line. That legbreak skidded through so quickly that Pujara barely played it. It's the fastest ball Tahir has bowled - 94kph 57/4
  D Elgar 13 1 40 0 3.07 51 2 1
  South Africa 2nd innings (target: 481 runs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal D Elgar c Rahane b Ashwin 4 16 17 1 0 23.52
3.6 51.8 mph, caught at slip! Ashwin strikes with the new ball. Elgar stays in his crease, and drives forward at a flighted ball that drifts into him from around the wicket, pitches on middle and spins away sharply from the left-hander. He wasn't close to the pitch of the ball and Rahane caught the outside edge at first slip 5/1
View dismissal T Bavuma b Ashwin 34 153 117 4 1 29.05
42.4 51.3 mph, bowled him! Bavuma has lost his off stump. Muted celebrations from India, but isn't that a superb ball from Ashwin? Lovely flight outside off stump, drifts into the right-hander and then straightens past the outside edge of Bavuma's back-foot defence. After lots of blocking, he's undone again because he leaves his off stump exposed while defending from the crease. He's played really well though, considering he was opening for the first time in this Test 49/2
View dismissal HM Amla* b Jadeja 25 289 244 3 0 10.24
84.5 51.3 mph, LOOK AT THOSE CELEBRATIONS! India cannot believe it and there is a outburst of joy as Jadeja goes off on a celebratory run. The Kotla erupts too after a terrific delivery bowls Amla. The ball drifted into the right-hander from around the wicket, and Amla pushed forward to defend on a middle stump line. He was not to the pitch of the delivery which gave the ball time to grip and spin off the pitch, turning and bouncing past the outside edge to hit the top of off stump. And now his watch has ended. 76/3
View dismissal AB de Villiers c Jadeja b Ashwin 43 354 297 6 0 14.47
139.1 he's got him! He's got AB, that has to be the game. AB's defence has been broken by a sharp, spinning and bouncing offbreak. That ball spat, viciously from a good length, rearing up at AB who had moved across his crease to defend. It pinged off those battered gloves and popped up to leg slip. Ecstasy for India. AB falls off his 297th delivery 136/7
View dismissal F du Plessis lbw b Jadeja 10 120 97 1 0 10.30
119.6 56.0 mph, LBW! Faf has to go and that looked pretty plumb at first glance. Faf would have watched those deliveries spin sharply away and so he pushes forward tentatively in defence. That ball did not turn. It slid on with the arm and hit him in front of middle. Gone. They are checking the no-ball but the foot is fine. 111/4
View dismissal JP Duminy lbw b Ashwin 0 15 12 0 0 0.00
124.2 51.6 mph, LBW! That is plumb, AB watches the resistance crumble. Duminy goes back and across and is hit in front of middle and leg. That would have gone on to clip leg stump. Not as plumb as I thought on first glance but out enough. That ball kept a bit low 112/5
View dismissal DJ Vilas b Yadav 13 60 50 2 0 26.00
138.5 87.6 mph, bowled him! Vilas has played on. Umesh bowls the offcutter, jagging back at the right-hander from outside off, Vilas is late in bringing his bat down and when he does he can only edge it on to the stumps 136/6
View dismissal KJ Abbott b Yadav 0 10 7 0 0 0.00
140.6 86.8 mph, the stump has been broken. That ball is unplayable. Full, fast, swinging in late. Sensational reverse swing. Abbott has no chance as he pokes from his crease without protecting his stumps. That ball swerves past the inside edge and hits leg stump so hard that it cracks 140/8
View dismissal DL Piedt c †Saha b Yadav 1 13 11 0 0 9.09
142.5 87.2 mph, what a sensational catch from Saha! He's been incredible behind the stumps on a tough pitch and this is the icing on his cake. Umesh hit the pitch short of a length and swerved the ball in at Piedt, who began to push at the ball before trying to pull his bat away. The ball followed him at around chest height and deflected off the face of the bat. Saha was almost going towards his left when he changed direction and leapt to his right, catching that ball with one hand in front of first slip. 143/9
View dismissal M Morkel b Ashwin 2 9 6 0 0 33.33
143.1 47.2 mph, bowled him! Ashwin has taken the final wicket, fittingly, to complete a five-for! Huge celebrations break out in the middle and in the stumps. Morkel left the ball go outside off but it did not spin away, it went on with the arm from around the wicket and clipped off stump 143/10
Imran Tahir not out 0 2 1 0 0 0.00
Extras (b 8, lb 3) 11
  Total (all out; 143.1 overs; 525 mins) 143 (0.99 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s
  I Sharma 20 12 23 0 1.15 111 4 0
View wickets R Ashwin 49.1 26 61 5 1.24 267 7 1
3.6 to Elgar, 51.8 mph, caught at slip! Ashwin strikes with the new ball. Elgar stays in his crease, and drives forward at a flighted ball that drifts into him from around the wicket, pitches on middle and spins away sharply from the left-hander. He wasn't close to the pitch of the ball and Rahane caught the outside edge at first slip 5/1
42.4 to Bavuma, 51.3 mph, bowled him! Bavuma has lost his off stump. Muted celebrations from India, but isn't that a superb ball from Ashwin? Lovely flight outside off stump, drifts into the right-hander and then straightens past the outside edge of Bavuma's back-foot defence. After lots of blocking, he's undone again because he leaves his off stump exposed while defending from the crease. He's played really well though, considering he was opening for the first time in this Test 49/2
124.2 to Duminy, 51.6 mph, LBW! That is plumb, AB watches the resistance crumble. Duminy goes back and across and is hit in front of middle and leg. That would have gone on to clip leg stump. Not as plumb as I thought on first glance but out enough. That ball kept a bit low 112/5
139.1 to de Villiers, he's got him! He's got AB, that has to be the game. AB's defence has been broken by a sharp, spinning and bouncing offbreak. That ball spat, viciously from a good length, rearing up at AB who had moved across his crease to defend. It pinged off those battered gloves and popped up to leg slip. Ecstasy for India. AB falls off his 297th delivery 136/7
143.1 to Morkel, 47.2 mph, bowled him! Ashwin has taken the final wicket, fittingly, to complete a five-for! Huge celebrations break out in the middle and in the stumps. Morkel left the ball go outside off but it did not spin away, it went on with the arm from around the wicket and clipped off stump 143/10
View wickets RA Jadeja 46 33 26 2 0.56 262 3 0
84.5 to Amla, 51.3 mph, LOOK AT THOSE CELEBRATIONS! India cannot believe it and there is a outburst of joy as Jadeja goes off on a celebratory run. The Kotla erupts too after a terrific delivery bowls Amla. The ball drifted into the right-hander from around the wicket, and Amla pushed forward to defend on a middle stump line. He was not to the pitch of the delivery which gave the ball time to grip and spin off the pitch, turning and bouncing past the outside edge to hit the top of off stump. And now his watch has ended. 76/3
119.6 to du Plessis, 56.0 mph, LBW! Faf has to go and that looked pretty plumb at first glance. Faf would have watched those deliveries spin sharply away and so he pushes forward tentatively in defence. That ball did not turn. It slid on with the arm and hit him in front of middle. Gone. They are checking the no-ball but the foot is fine. 111/4
View wickets UT Yadav 21 16 9 3 0.42 120 1 0
138.5 to Vilas, 87.6 mph, bowled him! Vilas has played on. Umesh bowls the offcutter, jagging back at the right-hander from outside off, Vilas is late in bringing his bat down and when he does he can only edge it on to the stumps 136/6
140.6 to Abbott, 86.8 mph, the stump has been broken. That ball is unplayable. Full, fast, swinging in late. Sensational reverse swing. Abbott has no chance as he pokes from his crease without protecting his stumps. That ball swerves past the inside edge and hits leg stump so hard that it cracks 140/8
142.5 to Piedt, 87.2 mph, what a sensational catch from Saha! He's been incredible behind the stumps on a tough pitch and this is the icing on his cake. Umesh hit the pitch short of a length and swerved the ball in at Piedt, who began to push at the ball before trying to pull his bat away. The ball followed him at around chest height and deflected off the face of the bat. Saha was almost going towards his left when he changed direction and leapt to his right, catching that ball with one hand in front of first slip. 143/9
  S Dhawan 3 1 9 0 3.00 15 2 0
  M Vijay 2 0 2 0 1.00 10 0 0
  V Kohli 1 1 0 0 0.00 6 0 0
  CA Pujara 1 0 2 0 2.00 4 0 0

Match details


Toss - India
Series - India won the 4-match series 3-0
Player of the match - AM Rahane (India)
Player of the series - R Ashwin (India)
Umpires - HDPK Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and BNJ Oxenford (Australia)
TV umpire - CK Nandan
Match referee - JJ Crowe (New Zealand)
Reserve umpire - AK Chaudhary
Close of play
  • Thu, 3 Dec - day 1 - India 1st innings 231/7 (AM Rahane 89*, R Ashwin 6*, 84 ov)
  • Fri, 4 Dec - day 2 - South Africa 1st innings 121
  • Sat, 5 Dec - day 3 - India 2nd innings 190/4 (V Kohli 83*, AM Rahane 52*, 81 ov)
  • Sun, 6 Dec - day 4 - South Africa 2nd innings 72/2 (HM Amla 23*, AB de Villiers 11*, 72 ov)
  • Mon, 7 Dec - day 5 - South Africa 2nd innings 143 (143.1 ov) - end of match

Match Notes


Day 5
Day 4
Day 3
Day 2
Day 1
    • India 1st innings
    • Drinks: India - 16/0 in 12.0 overs (M Vijay 10, S Dhawan 5)
    • India: 50 runs in 24.1 overs (148 balls), Extras 3
    • Lunch: India - 60/1 in 26.0 overs (S Dhawan 31, CA Pujara 14)
    • India: 100 runs in 38.1 overs (232 balls), Extras 3
    • Drinks: India - 114/3 in 41.0 overs (V Kohli 29, AM Rahane 23)
    • 4th Wicket: 50 runs in 67 balls (V Kohli 25, AM Rahane 25, Ex 0)
    • Tea: India - 139/6 in 53.5 overs (AM Rahane 31)
    • India: 150 runs in 59.3 overs (360 balls), Extras 3
    • AM Rahane: 50 off 91 balls (5 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • 7th Wicket: 50 runs in 92 balls (AM Rahane 30, RA Jadeja 16, Ex 4)
    • Drinks: India - 198/6 in 71.0 overs (AM Rahane 62, RA Jadeja 24)
    • India: 200 runs in 73.1 overs (442 balls), Extras 7
    • Bad Light: India - 231/7 in 84.0 overs (AM Rahane 89, R Ashwin 6)
    • End Of Day: India - 231/7 in 84.0 overs (AM Rahane 89, R Ashwin 6)
    • India: 250 runs in 92.4 overs (559 balls), Extras 8
    • 8th Wicket: 50 runs in 120 balls (AM Rahane 33, R Ashwin 19, Ex 1)
    • AM Rahane: 100 off 180 balls (10 x 4, 2 x 6)
    • Drinks: India - 279/7 in 98.0 overs (AM Rahane 116, R Ashwin 22)
    • India: 300 runs in 105.4 overs (637 balls), Extras 12
    • R Ashwin: 50 off 116 balls (6 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • Lunch: India - 326/8 in 113.0 overs (R Ashwin 53, UT Yadav 5)
    • Innings Break: India - 334/10 in 117.5 overs (UT Yadav 10)
    • South Africa 1st innings
    • Tea: South Africa - 38/1 in 19.0 overs (T Bavuma 20, HM Amla 1)
    • South Africa: 50 runs in 22.1 overs (134 balls), Extras 1
    • Drinks: South Africa - 79/5 in 36.0 overs (AB de Villiers 24, DJ Vilas 11)
    • South Africa: 100 runs in 40.2 overs (243 balls), Extras 1
    • Innings Break: South Africa - 121/10 in 49.3 overs (M Morkel 9)
    • India 2nd innings
    • End Of Day: India - 0/0
    • Drinks: India - 20/2 in 13.0 overs (S Dhawan 8, CA Pujara 9)
    • India: 50 runs in 25.3 overs (153 balls), Extras 1
    • Lunch: India - 51/2 in 26.0 overs (S Dhawan 20, CA Pujara 27)
    • Drinks: India - 83/4 in 40.0 overs (V Kohli 20, AM Rahane 9)
    • India: 100 runs in 47.1 overs (284 balls), Extras 3
    • 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 112 balls (V Kohli 28, AM Rahane 21, Ex 2)
    • Tea: India - 116/4 in 54.0 overs (V Kohli 39, AM Rahane 22)
    • V Kohli: 50 off 70 balls (7 x 4)
    • India: 150 runs in 69.2 overs (417 balls), Extras 3
    • 5th Wicket: 100 runs in 234 balls (V Kohli 67, AM Rahane 31, Ex 2)
    • Drinks: India - 167/4 in 72.0 overs (V Kohli 72, AM Rahane 40)
    • AM Rahane: 50 off 146 balls (5 x 4)
    • New ball taken at 80.5 overs
    • Bad Light: India - 190/4 in 81.0 overs (V Kohli 83, AM Rahane 52)
    • End Of Day: India - 190/4 in 81.0 overs (V Kohli 83, AM Rahane 52)
    • India: 200 runs in 83.4 overs (503 balls), Extras 3
    • 5th Wicket: 150 runs in 324 balls (V Kohli 84, AM Rahane 68, Ex 2)
    • Drinks: India - 227/5 in 93.0 overs (AM Rahane 78, WP Saha 5)
    • India: 250 runs in 96.3 overs (581 balls), Extras 4
    • 6th Wicket: 50 runs in 77 balls (AM Rahane 28, WP Saha 21, Ex 1)
    • Innings Break: India - 267/5 in 100.1 overs (AM Rahane 100, WP Saha 23)
    • AM Rahane: 100 off 206 balls (8 x 4, 3 x 6)
    • South Africa 2nd innings
    • Lunch: South Africa - 5/1 in 5.0 overs (T Bavuma 1, HM Amla 0)
    • Drinks: South Africa - 21/1 in 21.0 overs (T Bavuma 14, HM Amla 3)
    • Tea: South Africa - 40/1 in 39.0 overs (T Bavuma 30, HM Amla 6)
    • South Africa: 50 runs in 53.1 overs (319 balls), Extras 0
    • Drinks: South Africa - 58/2 in 55.0 overs (HM Amla 19, AB de Villiers 1)
    • End Of Day: South Africa - 72/2 in 72.0 overs (HM Amla 23, AB de Villiers 11)
    • New ball taken at 80.1 overs
    • Drinks: South Africa - 80/3 in 89.0 overs (AB de Villiers 17, F du Plessis 0)
    • Lunch: South Africa - 94/3 in 107.0 overs (AB de Villiers 26, F du Plessis 2)
    • South Africa: 100 runs in 108.5 overs (653 balls), Extras 3
    • Drinks: South Africa - 112/4 in 124.0 overs (AB de Villiers 36, JP Duminy 0)
    • Tea: South Africa - 136/5 in 138.0 overs (AB de Villiers 43, DJ Vilas 13)
 
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