84.5 Ravindra Jadeja to Hashim Amla
OUT! Bowled him! Jadeja gets his man or should I say, the Indians get their man. A long defensive knock comes to an end. Jadeja bowls a loopy delivery around middle and off, Amla lunges forward to do the same thing again. A front foot defense, but the ball skids a bit and beats him. The ball goes on to hit the wood work behind. Jadeja runs to celebrate and Amla walks back dejected. 25 runs off 244 balls, take a bow Hashim. Can the rest do the same now?
South Africa skipper Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers will be faced with the difficult, but not quite impossible, task of batting out the fifth day of the fourth Test match against India in New Delhi on Monday in order to prevent a 3-0 win for the hosts.
Amla led the Proteas’ ultra-defensive batting tactics in a dreary and desperate approach, leaving India bowlers toiling to break through for victory at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Sunday.
South Africa, skittled out for 121 in their first innings, were 72 for two at stumps, off exactly 72 overs.
Ajinkya Rahane provided a high in the morning after becoming only the fifth Indian batsmen to score a century in each innings of a Test, remaining 100 not out to follow up on his 127 in the first innings. Skipper Virat Kohli declared the second innings at 267 for five, an insurmountable lead of 480, half an hour before lunch.
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin provided an early breakthrough, taking the wicket of Dean Elgar, but Amla, struggling for form in the series, plodded on. He scored his first run off the 46th ball he faced, and later his third-wicket partnership with the usually attack-minded AB de Villiers got going only after 63 deliveries.
A large crowd hoping to savour India’s push for victory was as frustrated as the home team’s bowlers on a pitch which played slow and low but did not develop the kind of cracks the bowlers could have exploited. It was a huge contrast to the turning tracks in the previous three Tests.