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South Africa v India: Virat Kohli's tourists collapse to dramatic defeat

09 January, 2018, 00:58 | Author: Hannah Francis
  • South African quick Dale Steyn is back in test cricket after a year off

In a major blow to South Africa, team's one of the efficient bowler Dale Steyn has been injured in the first Test being played in Johannesburg's Newlands.

South Africa seamer Vernon Philander sealed a low-scoring game with his 6-42 in the second innings, hastening India's demise when he took three wickets in four balls to end the game.

Philander, who had started the proceedings with the wicket of opener Murali Vijay (13), came back for his second spell to break the brief 32-run fourth wicket stand between Kohli and Sharma.

South Africa were all out for 130 runs in 41.2 overs as Indian bowlers used the conditions well on Day 4.

Watch day three of the first Test between South Africa and India live from 8.25am on Sunday on Sky Sports Cricket (channel 404) and Sky Sports Mix (121) and from 8.30am on Sky Sports Main Event (channel 401).




Captain Faf du Plessis referred to the tactic as a bit of a gamble.

Rohit Sharma was bowled comprehensively soon after Kohli went - and an over after he was dropped in the outfield.

Day two then belonged to the expressive Hardik Pandya who blasted a phenomenal 93 of 91 balls to steer India to a first innings total of 209 all out.

After tea, Ashwin's resistance was broken by Philander, with wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock taking a sharp catch standing up to the stumps. He managed to defend four balls from Bhuvneshwar Kumar but De Villiers was caught off Jasprit Bumrah in the next over by one of eight fielders stationed on the boundary. South Africa won the toss and elected to bat on a wicket that provided plenty of swing and seam for the fast bowlers. South Africa were on 65 for two in their second innings - an overall lead of 142 - at the close of play on Saturday.

South Africa, and Steyn, limped to 130, leaving India with an accessible victory target of 208 and realistic hopes of just a third test win in South Africa since 1992.

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