Daily Mail UK – PRETORIA, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Seamer Ishant Sharma bagged a brace of wickets to keep India in the hunt for victory as South Africa crawled to 230 for seven at tea in their second innings on the fourth day of the second test on Tuesday.

Summary

  • PRETORIA, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Seamer Ishant Sharma bagged a brace of wickets to keep India in the hunt for victory as South Africa crawled to 230 for seven at tea in their second innings on the fourth day of the second test on Tuesday.
  • The home side scored just 57 runs in 27 overs in the session to extend their lead to 258, leaving India needing a record chase in tests at Centurion Park to win the game.
  • But on a wicket that is more similar to Indian conditions than those typically found in South Africa, and key batsman Virat Kohli in excellent form, they may well fancy their chances of levelling the series having lost the first test in Cape Town, if they can get the last three home wickets quickly after tea.
  • South Africa captain Faf du Plessis (37) and Kagiso Rabada (zero) will resume in the evening session and will want to push their side past a 300-run lead.
  • South Africa had resumed on 173 for five after lunch as Du Plessis and Vernon Philander (26) compiled a sixth wicket partnership of 46 from 26 overs, before the latter lost his patience and attempted a hook off Sharma (2-40) that picked out Murali Vijay at mid-wicket.


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