Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Day 5

304dESPNcricinfo staff

Pujara, India's run-out specialist

He has been involved in six of India's last eight run-outs in Tests. The one in the West Indies may have cost him his place in the side, while two in the same Test in South Africa left fans baffled

305dSidharth Monga in Centurion

'I'm not sitting here comforting my guys' - Kohli

India's captain said he wanted his players 'be hard on themselves' after the defeat in Centurion, while responding combatively to questions about selection and his team's overseas record in his post-match press conference

Day 4

306dThe Report by Karthik Krishnaswamy

Ngidi leaves India reeling in 287 chase

Chasing 287 on a pitch with treacherous low bounce, India ended day four of the Centurion Test 35 for 3, with both their openers and Virat Kohli back in the dressing room

305dSidharth Monga in Centurion

Did India lose the plot in the middle session?

In Test cricket, as in life, there comes situations that define you as a team. For India, that moment arrived during the post-lunch session of the fourth day

305dSidharth Monga in Centurion

Making sense of India's unusual tactics

Why did India delay taking the new ball? And why did Shami bowl only one over in the middle session? Here's Sidharth Monga's take on those questions and others

Day 3

306dSidharth Monga in Centurion

Kohli's excellence in isolation

Surely he remembers Adelaide when he carried them almost all alone? He is desperate to avoid a repeat

307dFirdose Moonda

SuperSport Park conditions '100%' like bowling in India - Morkel

"I have played cricket here all my life, I have never seen a wicket like this at SuperSport Park. It's unheard of that a spinner bowls that amount of overs on the first day. There's a very subcontinental feel to it," said South Africa's fast bowler

Day 2

309dThe Report by Karthik Krishnaswamy

Kohli's 85* keeps South Africa's attack at bay

An aggressive unbeaten 85 from Virat Kohli led India's response to South Africa's 335, but South Africa kept chipping away at the other end to end the second day firmly in front

307dFirdose Moonda in Centurion

Fit-again Ngidi scales new high at home ground

After months of rehabilitation following a stress fracture, the quick claimed his maiden Test wicket at SuperSport Park and asked questions of a world-class batting line-up

307dBharath Seervi

R Ashwin's rare feat in Centurion

Stats analysis from the second day in Centution where R Ashwin finished with four wickets and South Africa were bowled out for 335

Day 1

309dSidharth Monga in Centurion

I was just dogged enough - Ashwin

Ashwin found a pitch that gave him some turn, and he has not just kept India alive but he has given them the upper hand despite losing the toss and watching their main fast bowlers give away runs like millionaires

308dFirdose Moonda in Centurion

We would have liked the pitch quicker - Markram

It was not quicker, bouncier or scarier than Newlands but the uncharacteristic SuperSport Park pitch has not drawn any criticism from the men who have to play on it. At least, not yet.

308dSidharth Monga in Centurion

Pandya's brilliance, fine. Then what?

It shouldn't always take pieces of magic for India to create the best chance to win a Test in South Africa. There are still 14 wickets to be taken, and India cannot afford to rely on magic for them

Others

303dFirdose Moonda

Ngidi's journey

Where South Africa's latest spearhead came from

Unwanted run

1

Cheteshwar Pujara is the first India player to be run out twice in a Test. He's the 23rd overall and first since Stephen Fleming v Zimbabwe in December 2000.

Record chase needed

249

The highest run-chase at SuperSport Park in Centurion, which was by England in 2000. India are set a record target of 287 to chase. There have been only six successful chases at the venue and five of those have been by the home team.

Faf's feat

3000+

Runs for Faf du Plessis in Tests. Since his debut, only Amla has scored more runs for SA than du Plessis.

Going on and on

2

No. of century partnerships in this series. The one between De Villiers and Elgar is the biggest of the two, going past 114 added by De Villiers and Du Plessis in the last Test.

Captain steps up

2

No. of centuries by India captains in South Africa - Tendulkar (169) in Cape Town 1996-97 and Kohli in this Test.

Opening with spin

1912

Last time a spinner opened the bowling for South Africa in the first innings - Aubrey Faulkner v Australia. SA opened with Keshav Maharaj in this Test.

Shami's century

100

Wickets for Mohammad Shami in Tests, becoming only the 7th India fast bowler to the milestone.

Spin in Centurion

3

Wickets for Ashwin so far, which is already 2nd-best for a spinner in the first innings of a Centurion Test; Swann's 5 for 110 in 2009 is the best. Ashwin's 31 overs is 3rd-highest by a spinner in the 1st inngs in Centurion

A first for de Kock

1

Number of ducks at home for de Kock in all international matches. He has 7 in away games - 3 in NZ, 2 in Ban, 1 each in Aus and SL - but this one in Centurion was his first in South Africa

A long time coming

76

Innings between two run-outs for Amla in Tests. The last time he was run out in this format was way back in November 2012, in Perth

Centurion's king

1267

Previous most runs by a batsman at SuperSport Park in Centurion, by Jacques Kallis. Hashim Amla has gone past that mark.

Markram's home

164

Aiden Markram's average in last 6 innings in Centurion (his home ground) across all formats in last six innings, before this match. His scores have been: 161, 119, 87, 51*, 56*, 18*. He has got to another fifty in this innings.

Solid pair

5

No. of 50+ partnerships between Aiden Markram and Dean Elgar in 7 Test innings, including this innings. They average over 100 as a pair.

South Africa's den

17-2

Win-loss record for South Africa in Centurion, in 22 previous Tests. Their win-loss ratio of 8.50 at the venue is the second-best for any team playing 10+ Tests at a ground.