India did not take the second new ball as Mohammed Shami 449 had Rabada 4, caught at second slip in the sixth over after the break. Eight balls later, Jasprit Bumrah 370 held a sharp return catch to dismiss Faf du Plessis 48. Overall, du Plessis faced 141 balls and hit four fours.R Ashwin 178 then had Ngidi 1 caught at long on to wrap up the innings with South Africa taking an overall 286- run lead. Ishant Sharma finished with 240. Earlier, post lunch, the proceedings slowed down as India were happy to not concede too many runs. Du Plessis and Vernon Philander 26 were also happy in not creating many scoring chances, and both sides continued to stonewall.
Earlier, post lunch, the proceedings slowed down as India were happy to not concede too many runs. Du Plessis and Vernon Philander 26 were also happy in not creating many scoring chances, and both sides continued to stonewall. The duo added only 31 runs in 15 overs just over an hour's play since lunch. Overall, their partnership for the sixth wicket yielded 46 runs off 156 balls.
In the second hour of the extended session, Ishant got the breakthrough. Philander pulled a short delivery, but only managed to lob it to Vijay. Two overs later, Keshav Maharaj 6 was also caught behind off Ishant as South Africa were reduced to 2157. Du Plessis and Rabada though managed to see out the last six overs of the session. Surprisingly, India did not take the second new ball after 80 overs. Even more surprisingly, Shami bowled only one over the last one through this session.
In the morning session, news broke that Kohi has been fined 25 per cent of his match fees and received one demerit point for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the final session on day three. The Indian skipper had protested animatedly to on-field umpires Paul Reiffel and Michael Gough that the ball was too wet when play resumed after a brief rain break. He later pleaded guilty to the charge.Starting from overnight 902, AB de Villiers 80 runs, 121 balls and Dean Elgar 61 runs, 121 balls took their third wicket partnership to 141 runs.
Debutant Lungi Ngidi grabbed the wickets of Kohli and Rahul while Kagiso Rabada dismissed Vijay to rock the Indian second innings and place South Africa in a commanding position of clinching the three-match series with one Test to go in Johannesburg from January 24. Cheteshwar Pujara and Parthiv Patel were batting on 11 and 5 respectively at the close of the day's play after an extended final session.