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Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)
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Eng Vs Pak 2020, 1st Test: Day 4 – Chris Woakes And Jos Buttler Secure A Dramatic Series Leading Victory

On the fourth day of the opening game of the three-match Test series against Pakistan at Manchester, Chris Woakes and the wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler secured a dramatic three-wicket victory for the hosts England to secure the 1-0 lead in the series with two to go.

Starting the day on their overnight score of 137/8, Pakistan were all-out for 169 runs. Chasing down the 277 runs target, England were once battling on 117/5, but Jos Buttler (75 runs off 101 balls; 7 fours and only six) and Chris Woakes (84 not out off 120 balls; 10 fours) didn’t give up and inspired the hosts to snatch a three-wicket victory as the hosts reached the target after losing seven wickets.

Pakistan’s second innings: Yasir Shah added 21 runs off just nine balls on the morning session

While Pakistan only managed to play 16 balls on the fourth-day morning session, Yasir Shah added 21 runs off just nine balls on that morning as he fired up with 33 runs off just 24 balls (5 fours and only six) before losing his wicket.

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Yasir Shah (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

Among the England bowlers, pacer Stuart Broad (3/37) was the most successful bowler in that innings as he took three wickets, adding one wicket on this morning. Also, Chris Woakes (2/11) and Ben Stokes (2/11) got two wickets each while Dom Bess (1/40) and Jofra Archer (1/27) collected one wicket each.

Chasing 277 runs: English middle-order batsmen Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler controlled the game after England lost four wickets in 31 runs

In the fourth innings, after Mohammad Abbas dismissed the English opener Rory Burns (10) cheaply, another opener Dom Sibley and skipper Joe Root handled that early pressure very well. They built up the solid 64 runs partnership for the second wicket, but once their partnership was broken, English batting suffered a collapse.

At first, the Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah dismissed Sibley for 32 runs. Sixteen balls later of that dismissal, Root (42) was dismissed by Naseem Shah. Ben Stokes (9) and Ollie Pope (7) both failed to reach the double-digit mark after Yasir and Shaheen Shah Afridi dismissed them respectively. At that time, England lost their last four wickets in just 31 runs.

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Yasir Shah (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

While the visitors were dominating at that moment as that game was well in their grip, Buttler and Woakes rescued the hosts and set up the game-changing 139 runs partnership for the sixth wicket.

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Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

Though Yasir tried hard till the end of that game as he dismissed Buttler and Stuart Broad (7) at the very late moment of that chasing, it was too late for the visitors to return to the game. Yasir finished that innings with the bowling figures of 30-2-99-4.

It was England’s sixth successful fourth-innings chasing in their home Test history. It is also the highest successful chase for a team in the fourth innings of a Test match against Pakistan in the 21st century. Woakes undoubtedly won the Player of the Match award.

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England Vs West Indies 2020: Day 4 – Caribbean Late Batting Collapse Sets Up An Interesting Chapter For The Final Day

On the fourth day of the second game of the three-match Test series between the hosts England and the visitors West Indies at Old Trafford (Manchester), England pacers secured the big first innings lead after their domination with the second new ball during the West Indies’ first innings. However, still, at the end of the day, England are not a very comfortable position to bet for winning on the final day.

While day three was entirely washed out due to the rain, West Indies started the fourth day on 32/1. While once they were batting on 242/4, the visitors were suddenly bundled out for 287 runs. At the stumps of the day, England are leading by 219 runs after scoring 37/2.

Caribbean opener Kraigg Brathwaite and the nightwatchman Alzarri Joseph provided a solid start on the fourth day morning session. They set up the 54 runs partnership for that second wicket before Joseph lost his wicket on 32 runs.

However, the Test vice-captain Brathwaite continued his solid batting with Shai Hope. At the lunch, West Indies were batting on 118/2. Just before that lunch, English opener Dom Sibley, who scored a century in the first innings of this match, mistakenly used saliva on the ball and the on-field umpires quickly disinfected the ball.

In the early second session, Hope once again disappointed by losing his wicket after scoring 25 runs. However, he and Brathwaite set up the 53 runs partnership for the third wicket. Soon after that dismissal, Brathwaite completed his fifty.

Kraigg Brathwaite, West Indies
Kraigg Brathwaite (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

Shamarh Brooks and Brathwaite built up another strong 50+ partnership as they set up the 76 runs partnership for the fourth wicket. After scoring 75 runs off 165 balls (8 fours), Brathwaite was caught and bowled by the pacer Ben Stokes.

Before the tea break, Brooks completed his fifty. The visitors were batting on 227/4 at the tea break.

England pacers Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes dominated in the final session

After the four overs of the last session, England took the new ball when it became available. Since then, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes showed their incredible bowling performances as West Indies lost their last six wickets for just 45 runs.

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Stuart Broad picked up three wickets (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

While Brooks was dismissed for 68 runs off 137 balls (11 fours), Roston Chase fought really hard and it massively helped his team to escape from the follow-on. Chase scored 51 runs off 85 balls (7 fours) before losing his wicket. The last five batsmen (including one not out) failed to reach the double-digit scores, including three ducks.

Broad (3/66) and Woakes (3/42) both bagged three wickets each while the left-arm pacer Sam Curran (2/70) also took two wickets. Also, Ben Stokes (1/29) and Dom Bess (1/67) got one wicket each.

Chris Woakes, England
Chris Woakes after dismissing Shannon Gabriel to end Caribbean innings (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

Leading by 182 runs, the hosts sent Ben Stokes and wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler as the openers in their second innings. However, Caribbean pacer Kemar Roach bowled Buttler (0) on the fourth ball of that innings.

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Kemar Roach bagged two quick wickets at the late moment of the day (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

In the fifth over, Roach also bowled Zak Crawley (11). At the stumps of the day, opener Stokes was batting on 16 runs while captain Joe Root was also not out on eight runs.

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England Vs West Indies 2020, 2nd Test: Day 4 – Dom Sibley Mistakenly Applies Saliva On The Ball

On the fourth day of the ongoing Manchester Test between England and West Indies, English opener Dom Sibley mistakenly applied saliva on the ball which forced the on-field umpires to disinfect the ball to continue the game.

While the coronavirus is still dominating, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has banned applying saliva on the ball for the indefinite period to stop the transmission of the virus. However, the ICC is totally ok with sweat as the bowling side can continue to apply sweat on the ball.

The ongoing Manchester Test is the second game after the pandemic forced to stop the cricket actions since last March. Shortly before the lunch of the fourth day of ongoing England vs West Indies Test, Dom Sibley mistakenly applied saliva on the ball to shine it. Soon, he informed his mistake to the on-field umpires, Michael Gough and Richard Illingworth.

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Dom Sibley (Image Credit: Twitter)

While the off-spinner Dom Bess was getting ready to start his over, the on-field umpires examined the ball and decided to disinfect the ball immediately. It was the first warning for England in that innings.

According to the present rules, the team will receive two warnings per innings for mistakenly applying saliva on the ball. But if they continue that mistake in that same innings, the batting side will be awarded a five-run penalty.

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Dom Sibley and Ben Stokes scored centuries in the first innings

Talking about the match, England scored 469/9 decl. in the first innings of this Test after the Caribbean side sent them to bat first. Opener Dom Sibley (120) and Test vice-captain Ben Stokes (176) scored centuries in that innings. The visiting off-spinner Roston Chase (5/172) bagged five wickets in that innings.

Ben Stokes, Dom Sibley
Ben Stokes and Dom Sibley (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

In reply, West Indies started the fourth day on 32/1 and they scored 118/2 at the lunch of the day. In that break, while the Caribbean opener Kraigg Brathwaite scored 41 runs, Shai Hope was batting on 25 runs. In that first session of the day, the nightwatchman Alzarri Joseph was dismissed by Dom Bess for 32 runs.

England are trailing this three-match Test series by 1-0 after the first Test at Southampton where the hosts lost by four wickets.

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England Vs West Indies 2020, 1st Test: Day 4 – Late Batting Collapse Put England Into Trouble Again

The hosts England were fighting patiently on the crucial fourth day of the Southampton Test against West Indies, but the Caribbean bowlers ended the day with the big smile.

After starting the penultimate day of this opening game of the three-match Test series on the overnight score 15/0 (trailing by 99 runs), the hosts were once batting on 249/3 in the third session of the day. But they lost the next five wickets in just 30 runs and the English side finished the day on 284/8 with the lead of 170 runs.

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English openers Rory Burns and Dom Sibley added 57 runs on the fourth day morning as they set up the 72 runs partnership before Burns lost his wicket on 42 runs. At the lunch, England were battling on 79/1.

Sibley put 41 runs partnership with Joe Denly for the second wicket, where Sibley scored 50 runs before losing his wicket. Then, Denly and Zak Crawley added 38 runs partnership for the third wicket before Denly was dismissed on 29 runs. England were batting on 168/3 at the tea break.

Crawley and captain Ben Stokes built up a strong partnership of 98 runs for the fourth wicket. Their much-needed partnership brought back the hosts into the game. Crawley hit his second Test fifty and scored his highest Test knock of 76 runs. Meanwhile, just like the first innings (43), Stokes again lost his wicket on his 40s as this time he scored 46 runs.

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Ben Stokes and Zak Crawley (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

After losing the set batsmen Crawley and Stokes, England also lost Buttler, Bess and Pope cheaply

While once it was seeming that England would end the day four in a comfortable position, the dismissals of Crawley and Stokes triggered England’s late batting collapse. Then, wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler (9), Dom Bess (3) and Ollie Pope (12) lost their wickets cheaply.

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West Indies pacer Shannon Gabriel picked up three wickets on the fourth day of the Southampton Test (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

At the stumps of the day, Jofra Archer was batting on five runs while Mark Wood was also not out on one run.

Among the Caribbean bowlers, Shannon Gabriel (3/62) bagged three wickets while the skipper and the hero of the first innings of this match Jason Holder (1/43) picked up one wicket. Also, Roston Chase (2/71) and Alzarri Joseph (2/40) scalped two wickets each.

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CAB Decides To Refund Day 4 And Day 5 Ticket Holders Of The Day/Night Eden Test

The excitement was on high for the first-ever day/night pink-ball Test match in India. Even before the beginning of this Test match between India and Bangladesh at Eden Gardens (Kolkata), day four tickets were sold out. However, that historic Test match ran just more than two days. Now, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has decided to refund the day four and day five ticket holders of that game.

The cricketers are happy to play this historic Test match in the jam-packed stadium. It was the first-ever day/night Test match for both India and Bangladesh and India dominated in that entire game. Before the first hour of the day three, the hosts won that match by an innings and 46 runs. So, the last two days’ tickets for this Test match became useless.

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Virat Kohli-led Indian team happy with the crowd support (Image Credit: Google)

However, the CAB has decided to refund the amounts to only the Day 4 and Day 5 ticket holders of this match. The process has been already started.

The CAB stated, “The process of refunding the amounts for Day 4 and Day 5 Tickets has started. Messages would be sent to all online transactors who have booked only for these two days.”

The CAB will also start the refund process for the similar offline ticket holders once their office opens on Tuesday (26th November).

The daily ticket price range for this match was between INR 50, 100 and 150.

The statement added, “CAB has always stood by the cricket-loving people and have tried its best to provide them with the best of facilities. This time too, there would be no exception. It is our moral duty to refund amounts of the tickets for the last two days where no game is being played at all.”

We are much thankful to the spectators for turning up in huge numbers on each of the days – CAB

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After winning the toss, Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque decided to bat first. However, the visiting batsmen were helpless in front of the Indian fast bowlers. After bundling out the visitors for just 106 runs in the first innings, the hosts India managed to score 347/9 decl. Indian captain Virat Kohli scored an amazing century in that innings.

Bangladesh started their second innings, trailing by 241 runs. Once again their most of the batsmen surrendered in front of the Indian pacers. This time, the visiting side finished their innings on just 195 runs.

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Indian players celebrating after taking a wicket in the historic day/night Test (Image Credit: BCCI Twitter)

These entire actions happened in front of the huge Eden Gardens crowd. The CAB is thankful to the spectators for making this Test match successful.

It stated, “We are much thankful to the spectators for turning up in huge numbers on each of the days. It was delightful to see people come to the ground even when they knew not much game was remaining on Day 3.”

The CAB also thanked the BCCI, including the President Sourav Ganguly.

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BCCI President Sourav Ganguly with the Eden Gardens’ crowds during the pink-ball Test (Image Credit: Google)

They stated, “We would also like to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to BCCI and its president Sourav Ganguly for taking this initiative to bring back the interest of the people to Test cricket. After the end of the game, one can easily vouch that cricket was the real winner.”

It was the final Test of this two-match Test series between India and Bangladesh. While India won the first Test of this series at Indore by an innings and 130 runs, their latest victory helped them to win this series by 2-0.

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India Vs South Africa 2019/20: Third Test (Day Four) – India Completes Whitewash After Registering A Record Victory

The hosts India completed the whitewash in the three-match home Test series against South Africa after claiming a massive victory in the third and final Test of this series at Ranchi. India won this match by an innings and 202 runs – their record Test victory (by an innings) against South Africa.

South Africa started the fourth day on their overnight score of 132/8 in the following on innings. The day lasted for just two overs long as South Africa only added one run before losing back-to-back wickets. Debutant Shahbaz Nadeem bagged both the wickets of the day.

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Indian national cricket team (Image Credit: BCCI Twitter)

During the toss of this match, South African captain Faf du Plessis brought Temba Bavuma as the proxy captain. However, it didn’t change his luck as the Indian captain Virat Kohli once again won the toss and decided to bat first.

The first session of the game was very hard for the hosts as they once went down to 39/3. However, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane‘s brilliant 267 runs partnership for the fourth wicket became the game-changing moment for India.

Ajinkya Rahane (115) scored his first home Test century since October 2016. Meanwhile, the opener Rohit Sharma (212) slammed his maiden double century in Test career.

Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane
Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane (Image Credit: BCCI Twitter)

Later, Ravindra Jadeja also played a patient knock of 51 runs off 119 balls. Tailender Umesh Yadav created a record after finishing with the batting strike-rate of 310.00. He stunned everyone by scoring 31 runs off just 10 balls, with the help of five sixes. These performances helped India to score 497/9 decl.

Indian bowlers dominated later part in this game

Then Indian bowlers dominated in back-to-back innings. At first, the visitors were bundled out for just 162 runs. Zubayr Hamza (62 runs), Temba Bavuma (32 runs) and the debutant George Linde (37 runs) were the only batsmen in that innings to register the double-digit scores.

Among the Indian bowlers, the pacer Umesh Yadav dominated with the bowling figures of 9-1-40-3.

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Umesh Yadav (Image Credit: Google)

Leading by 335 runs, Indian captain Virat Kohli decided to enforce the visitors for follow-on. This time South Africa were bundled out on just 133 runs. Theunis de Bruyn (30 runs), the concussion substitute of the opener Dean Elgar, was the highest runs scorer in that innings.

In that innings, another Indian pacer Mohammed Shami destroyed the top-order visiting batsmen as he finished with the bowling figures of 10-6-10-3.

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Mohammed Shami (Image Credit: Twitter)

Earlier, India won the first two Tests in the big margins. They won the first Test at Visakhapatnam by 203 runs. Meanwhile, India won by an innings and 137 runs in the second Test at Pune.

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India Vs South Africa 2019/20: Second Test (Day Four) – India Secure Test Series After Claiming An Easy Innings Victory

The hosts India secured the three-match Test series against the visitors South Africa after claiming a record-margin victory against Proteas. On day four of the second Test of this series at Pune, India bundled out the visitors for 189 runs in their following on innings and won the match by an innings and 137 runs.

After more than 11 years, it was the first time when any team enforced the follow-on against South Africa. On the day four morning, Indian captain Virat Kohli took this decision. It was the first time when India enforced South Africa to face follow-on innings in a Test match. Meanwhile, the Proteas side faced the follow-on innings previously during Lord’s Test against England in July 2008.

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Trailing by 326 runs, South Africa started their following on innings on day four morning. On the second ball of the day, Indian pacer Ishant Sharma dismissed the opener Aiden Markram for a duck. He also scored a two-ball duck during South Africa’s first innings in this game.

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Once again, most of the top-orders failed to stand strongly. Apart from Dean Elgar (48 runs) and Temba Bavuma (38 runs), all other batsmen till no.7 failed to reach the double-digit score.

Lower-order batsmen Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj against fought for South Africa

Like the first innings, once again, Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj put a strong partnership at late. While they put the 109 runs partnership for the ninth wicket in earlier innings, this time they provided 56 runs partnership for the eighth wicket. While Philander scored 37 runs, Maharaj lost his wicket after scoring 22 runs.

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Among the Indian bowlers, pacer Umesh Yadav (3/22) and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja (3/52) picked up three wickets each in that innings. Also, Ravichandran Ashwin (2/45) got two wickets while Ishant Sharma (1/17) and Mohammed Shami (1/34) claimed one wicket each.

Earlier, in this match, India managed to score 601/5 (decl.) after winning the toss. Captain Virat Kohli scored 254 not out while opener Mayank Agarwal was out after scoring 108 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara (58 runs), Ajinkya Rahane (59 runs) and Ravindra Jadeja (91 runs) also scored 50+ runs in that innings.

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In reply, the visitors scored 275 runs before losing their all wickets in their first innings.

Without any doubt, Indian captain Virat Kohli won the Player of the Match award for his outstanding double-century knock – which was also the record Test knock by an Indian captain.

With this victory, India have taken the 2-0 lead in this series with one to go. It is their 11th successive home Test series victory – a record consecutive home Test series victory.

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Wriddhiman Saha (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Watch: Wriddhiman Saha Takes A Superb Flying Catch To Dismiss Theunis de Bruyn

After returning to international cricket from early this month, Wriddhiman Saha has hugely impressed with his amazing wicketkeeping skills. Once again, he showed that wicketkeeping skill on Sunday (13th October) morning.

The hosts India and the visitors South Africa are currently busy in the Pune Test. Sunday is the fourth day of the second match of this three-match Test series. South Africa’s top-order batting struggle has continued on this morning session too.

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Wriddhiman Saha took a great catch behind the stumps

After the opener Aiden Markram (0) lost his wicket through the lbw, Theunis de Bruyn (8) soon returned to the pavilion due to a superb flying catch by Wriddhiman Saha.

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Wriddhiman Saha (Image Credit: BCCI Twitter)

Theunis de Bruyn was dismissed during the sixth over of the day. On 5.4 overs, the Indian pacer Umesh Yadav‘s delivery went down to the leg side and Theunis managed to put an edge. However, totally aware Saha grabbed that ball brilliantly behind the stumps after diving towards the ball. That stunning catch forced the visitors to go down 21/2.

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Since January 2018, Wriddhiman Saha missed out the Test cricket for a long time due to fitness issues. He returned to the national squad during the previous Test series against the home team Windies in August-September. However, the team management didn’t select him in the playing XI in both Tests of that series.

But due to the huge batting struggle, young wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant has been dropped out from the Test playing XI in the ongoing home Test series against South Africa. In the first Test of this series at Visakhapatnam, Saha returned to India’s playing XI.

Now, he is playing the second Test after his international return. In both these Tests, Saha has impressed hugely with his wicketkeeping skills.

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Earlier, in the ongoing Pune Test, India managed to score 601/5 (decl.) in the first innings after winning the toss. In reply, South Africa only scored 275 runs in their first innings. On Sunday morning, the Indian captain Virat Kohli forced the visitors to face the follow on.

India are leading this three-match Test series by 1-0 after winning the Visakhapatnam Test by 203 runs.

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India Vs South Africa 2019/20: First Test (Day Four) – Statistical Highlights

At the stumps of the penultimate day of the first Test of three-match Test series at Visakhapatnam, the hosts India are in the good position against the visitors South Africa.

Starting the day four on their overnight score of 385/8, South Africa finished their first innings on 431 runs. While India scored 502/7 decl. in their first innings, the hosts were leading by 71 runs after South Africa’s first innings.

India declared their second innings on 323/4 and set the fourth innings target of 395 runs. At the end of this day, South Africa were struggling on 11/1. South Africa still needs to score 384 runs to win this Test while India are nine wickets away from their victory.

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Brief Scores: India – 502/7 decl. (Mayank Agarwal 215, Rohit Sharma 176; Keshav Maharaj 3/189) & 323/4 decl. (Rohit Sharma 127, Cheteshwar Pujara 81; Keshav Maharaj 2/129)

South Africa – 431 (Dean Elgar 160, Quinton de Kock 111; Ravichandran Ashwin 7/145) & 11/1 (Theunis de Bruyn 5*, Aiden Markram 3*; Ravindra Jadeja 1/3)

Here are some of the statistical highlights of the day:

(Teams’ stats)

India

i) The hosts India scored 825 runs in this entire Test match.

  • It is the highest aggregated Test total for India against South Africa. Their previous record was 701 runs at Johannesburg Test in December 2013.
  • It was the third-highest aggregated Test total for any team against South Africa. The top records in this list are 970 runs by England (at Durban in March 1939) and 906 runs by Australia (at Melbourne in February 1911).

 

ii) India hit 27 sixes in this entire match.

  • It is the most number of sixes for any team in a Test match history. The previous record was 22 sixes by New Zealand against Pakistan at Sharjah in November 2014. 

 

South Africa

i) The visiting spinners conceded a total of 614 runs in this entire Test match.

  • It is the most total runs conceded by the South Africa spinners in a Test match. Their previous record was conceding 477 runs against England at The Oval in August 1947.
  • It is the most total runs conceded by the overall spinners of a team in a Test match against India. The previous record was conceding 562 runs by Bangladesh spinners at Hyderabad (Deccan) in February 2017.  

 

India vs South Africa

i) At the stumps of day four, the total number of sixes of this match is 34.

  • Till day four, it is the second most sixes in a Test match history. The record is 35 sixes during the match between Pakistan and New Zealand at Sharjah in November 2014. However, the ongoing Visakhapatnam Test still has the chance to break this world record. 

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(Players’ stats)

Ravichandran Ashwin (India)

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i) Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin claimed his 14th six-wicket haul in Test career.

  • It was the second most six-wicket hauls by any Indian bowler in Test cricket history. While Ashwin surpassed Harbhajan Singh (13 Test six-wicket hauls), Anil Kumble (19 Test six-wicket hauls) is now the only person who is standing ahead of Ashwin in this list. 

 

ii) At the end of South Africa’s first innings in this Test, Ravichandran Ashwin had the bowling figures of 46.2-11-145-7.

  • It is the best bowling figures in the first or second innings of a Test match by an Indian bowler against South Africa. The previous record was 30-6-76-6 by the former pacer Javagal Srinath during Port Elizabeth Test (first innings) in November 2001. 
  • It was the fourth-best bowling figures by an Indian bowler against South Africa.

 

Rohit Sharma (India)

i) Indian opener Rohit Sharma lost his wickets through the stumped in both the innings.

  • Rohit Sharma is the first Indian to lose his wickets through the stumped in both the innings of a Test match. 
  • Rohit Sharma is the third opening batsman to lose wickets through the stumped in both the innings of a Test match. Former English opener Tom Hayward (against South Africa at Leeds in July 1907) and former New Zealand opener Bert Sutcliffe (against West Indies at Christchurch in February 1956) are the only other batsmen in this list. 

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Keshav Maharaj (South Africa)

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i) South African left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj had the match bowling figures of 77-6-318-5.

  • In Test match history, Keshav Maharaj became the third-most runs conceding bowler. The top two most runs-conceding bowlers in the Test match history are former West Indies leg-spinner Tommy Scott with the bowling figures of 105.2-13-374-9 (against England at Kingston in April 1930) and Australian off-spinner Jason Krejza with the bowling figures of 74.5-4-358-12 (against India at Nagpur in November 2008). 
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India Vs South Africa 2019/20: First Test (Day Four) – Super Hit Test Opener Rohit Sharma Scores Another Ton; South Africa Needs 384 Runs On The Final Day

The hosts India managed to achieve another strong day against the visitors South Africa on day four of the first Test of the three-match Test series at Visakhapatnam. As an opening batsman, Rohit Sharma once again achieved a massive hit.

While India scored 502/7 decl. in the first innings of this match, the visitors replied with 431 runs in their first innings. Leading by 71 runs, India managed to score 323/4 before declaring their second innings. Chasing down the target of 395 runs, South Africa were battling on 11/1 at the stumps of the day. To win this match, the visitors need to score 384 runs on the final day while India are nine wickets away.

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Starting the day on their overnight score of 385/8, South African tailenders added 46 more runs before getting all out. Debutant Senuran Muthusamy remained not out on 33 runs while the last batsman Kagiso Rabada scored 15 runs. For the last wicket, Muthusamy and Rabada added 35 runs.

Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin bagged both the wickets of the morning session. Playing his first international match in 2019, Ashwin finished that first innings with the bowling figures of 46.2-11-145-7.

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At lunch, India were batting on 35/1, while the opener Mayank Agarwal lost his wicket in just seven runs.

Rohit Sharma scored 127 runs

Another opener Rohit Sharma built up a strong partnership with the no.3 batsman Cheteshwar Pujara for the second wicket. Rohit batted in his normal familiar attitude that helped the scoreboard to keep moving quickly. Meanwhile, Pujara started his innings slowly but patiently, and later added runs quickly after getting settled down. Both completed their half-centuries in the second session as they provided a solid century partnership. At tea, India were batting on 175/1.

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In the early third session, Pujara lost his wicket on 81 runs 148 balls (13 fours and 2 sixes). Before that wicket, Rohit-Pujara put a big partnership of 169 runs for the second wicket.

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Cheteshwar Pujara (Image Credit: AFP)

Soon after that wicket, opener Rohit hit his second century in this game. The right-handed batsman completed this century in 133 balls. While Ravindra Jadeja promoted to the no.4 batting position, Rohit-Jadeja had a 49-run partnership (35 balls) for the third wicket. Like the first innings, Rohit was once again stumped and this time he scored 127 runs off 149 balls. He smashed 10 fours and seven sixes in that glorious innings.

Rohit Sharma, India
Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Twitter)

Jadeja put the 47 runs partnership with the captain Virat Kohli for the fourth wicket. After scoring 40 runs off 32 balls (3 sixes), Jadeja lost his wicket.

Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane put the 37 runs partnership for the unbroken fifth wicket. After managing 323/4, Indian captain decided to declare their second innings. Kohli and Rahane were not out on 31 and 27 runs respectively. India settled the fourth innings target on 395 runs for the visitors South Africa.

South Africa lost Dean Elgar in the early fourth innings

South Africa batted nine overs at the evening session before the day four ended. The visitors lost the wicket of their first innings centurion opener Dean Elgar (2). Indian left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja picked up that wicket. Another opener Aiden Markram (3*) and Theunis de Bruyn (5*) were batting at the stumps of the day.

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