Centurion Test: Shami's triple strikes keep India in the hunt


Kohli's performance in the 1st Test at Newlands, Cape Town was highly scrutinized by former cricketers and fans as the batting line-up failed miserably to score despite the bowlers collecting all 20 wickets. It also depends on the conditions. Pandya bowled from the Pavilion End, which didn't offer much help for the fast bowler. So you cannot mind that, but yes, sometimes you do feel inside that maybe I could have got five wickets.

India lost openers Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul and first inning centurion Virat Kohli to the South African pace battery before they could even settle down. India managed to keep the runs down, but took just the two wickets in that session. Kohli was under some heavy hammering for his dismal show in the first test and then for having dropped Bhuvi from the playing XI. Well, whatever said and done, we are totally crushing on Virat's gesture and are absolutely in love with the fact that he made a decision to wear his engagement ring as a pendant instead of parting with it while on the field. And on the fourth day, Dean Elgar said it was "disappointing" to play on a surface like this at home.

Ngidi picked up the prize wicket of Kohli as India ended Day 4 on 35 for 3.

His departure forced South Africa to go into lock-down mode. By no means was it an easy day. He never looked comfortable at the crease, particularly against R Ashwin's offspin but kept fighting cussedly, bringing up his half-century with a drive through extra-cover off Ishant. Seamers Ishant Sharma has looked pretty ineffective so far.

"We are quite fortunate".

At the end of the second session‚ the Proteas were on 60/2 and a lead of 88 runs with AB de Villiers‚ who arrived at the crease with South Africa in a spot of bother on 3/2‚ and Dean Elgar on a rebuilding mission on respective of scores of 33 and 23. "We wanted to carry on but things didn't work out, it's okay".

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At the lunch break on Tuesday‚ they were on 173/5 with captain Faf du Plessis on 12 of 43 and all-rounder Vernon Philander supporting him on 3 off 22. The couple got married in a resort named as "The Borgo Finocchieto". "It was to take it as deep as possible, get their bowlers to bowl a lot of overs", he added.

"I don't know what you guys are watching", said Shami when asked about this on Tuesday.

This has been a memorable game for Mohammed Shami as he went past the 100-wicket mark in Tests.

"It's a little disappointing to have a wicket of this nature because it's not what we would choose to play a subcontinental side on, but so be it, we are done complaining about it. Tomorrow we will try to win", he said. The big blow for India came when Lungi Ngidi trapped Virat Kohli lbw.

At stumps, Cheteshwar Pujara was batting on 11 and with him was Parthiv Patel - promoted ahead of Rohit Sharma to No. 5, possibly since he's the only left-hander in India's XI - on 5. "It was an unplayable delivery though from Lungi Ngidi â€" the ball angling in sharply after pitching outside off. Lungi had nearly got Kohli in the first innings with a similar delivery but an inside edge had saved Kohli.