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Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers Play Defensive to Save 4th Test Match against India

Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers Play Defensive to Save 4th Test Match against India

December 07
11:35 2015

amlaNew Delhi, Monday, December 7 – Test cricket matches are wonderful to watch and follow if participating teams are perfect in delivering their best.  The match between India and South Africa caught the attention as cricket fans made sure to catch the action and stay updated with all the latest happenings in the stadium.  Despite the fact that India lost seven wickets on Day 1 of the Game 4, a few Indian cricketers managed to leave an impression on the viewers.

Ajinkya Rahane was able to grab eyeballs for displaying his natural play. The way shots were struck was impressive. The middle-order batsman was confident in his approach and this made him stand out in more ways than one. Even though first wicket felt at a time when considerable scores weren’t put on the scoreboard, the openers Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan tried the best to stay as longer as possible on the crease. However, as soon as the match progressed ahead, South African players made sure to get timely wickets, adding pressure on the opponents.

While batting first, Indian camp accumulated 334 runs for the loss of 10 wickets. Vijay was out at the score of 12 and Dhawan at 33 runs. Pressure increased after dismissal of Pujara at 14 runs, Rohit Sharma and Wriddhiman Saha at 1 run. The wobbly innings were somehow stabilized by Virat Kohli, who fell short of 6 runs to pocket a fifty. He struck seven boundaries. Rahane’s contribution of 127 runs was of excessive use. 11 boundaries and 4 sixes from him helped India get some runs quickly in pocket. The kind of support he was eying was given by Ashwin, who played a knock of 56 runs, which comprised six boundaries and a biggie. Ravindra Jadeja scored 24 runs in 59 balls. South African players took a long time in dismissing Rahane. 296 runs were on the board when he was out. Umesh Yadav was not out 10 and Ishant Sharma was lbw at zero. India managed to score above 300  runs in first innings, letting the host heave a sigh of relief.

South African innings ended at 121. This time pitch can’t be blamed. Poor batting by the visitors made them bear the brunt. Indian pitch conditions made them feel the heat. Indian team led by Kohli totaled 267 runs for the loss of 5 wickets when came to bat for a second time. Rahane’s unbeaten 100 runs (4 x 8 and 6 x 3) caught attention once again. In response to 481 runs set by India as a target, Proteas saved wickets wonderfully on Day 4. The run rate they had while chasing the target set by India a day ago was 1, the slowest by any team in Test format. A good job was done by Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers as far as Proteas point of view is concerned.

For the loss of two wickets, 72 runs were scored. Facing more than 200 balls, Amla scored just 23 runs. Indians played cleverly and declared innings at a time when they thought scored runs were adequate to invite SA for batting. If one discusses about the captaincy skill of Virat Kohli that he was outstanding in more than a few departments. Before being appointed as a skipper of the Indian Test team, this young man fetched attention of the masses but just for his reliable batting. His aggressive attitude and approach of giving instant reactions while the play was in progress showed as if improvement was required in several aspects. However, he displayed growth as cricketer, who can lead his boys in the best way possible, giving them the right guidance.

Capitalizing potential of the young men, he let his team learn how to make the most of opportunities and strengths. The experts and cricket fans praised Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin for stabilizing Indian innings when required the most. They not only gave desired support to their team at a time when once again it seemed something just over 200 mark will be put on the scoreboard in India’s first innings but also let the rivals continue to struggle on the Indian pitch. Thanks to their great batting, India got to score over 400, which were adequate to put stress on Proteas, who had a horrendous time in Test format, losing previously played matches by a huge margin.

Focus of the host will be to get as early as wickets possible. It was a clear signal from the travelers that they were playing with the motto to draw. Saving wicket is important at this stage if they wish to stay go back home with a win in Test in hand.  South Africa played defensive and this took the host by surprise to a certain extent as wicket was good for batting. Indian bowlers had to ball in line and length to get a possible breakthrough as Amla and de Villiers, who is in form, did well when came to bat. India would have thought that the opponents will leave no stone unturned to win the match but slow run rate took curtains off the suspense that their objective is to hold up India’s efforts to taste victory at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi.

Latest Updates – Hashim Amla (25 runs of 244 balls) failed to read a brilliant delivery by Ravindra Jadeja and lost his wicket in the early hours today. After 106 overs, 93 runs have been scored by South African team. 31-year-old de Villiers is batting at 26 runs and Faf du Plessis at 2 runs.

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