End of 1st over: A terrific start from India and Ishant Sharma. A wicket maiden. Umesh Yadav will share the new ball with Ishant from the other end.
0.2 overs: OUT! What a start from India and Ishant Sharma. Aiden Markram is out for a pair. A terrific in-swinger from Ishant traps Markram in front. A loud appeal and umpire dicides in favour of Ishant. Markram thought to go for ther review but then decided against it. Ishant gets a wicket second-ball of the day.
Players from both the teams are on the field. Aiden Markram will face the first ball from Ishant Sharma.
So, Team India has decided to enforce the follow-on. South Africa will bat again and they still trail by 326 runs.
9:07 am: The deadline to follow-on decision is
As far as follow-on decision is concerned, Virat has been in this situation on six occasions in India and he has opted to enforce the follow-on only once.
So, the big question at the moment is whether India will enforce the follow-on or not. They currently have a 326-run lead which is quite a big one. But if Virat Kohli asks South Africa to bat again and the Proteas play out of their skin in their second innings, then India might have to bat last. And that will be a tricky situation for Virat and Co. on a Day 5 Pune pitch. Is Virat looking to risk that?
Hello and welcome to the Live coverage of Day 4 of the second Test between India and South Africa in Pune.
Tail-enders Keshav Maharaj and Vernon Philander set an example of gutsy batsmanship as South Africa fought hard against a quality attack but could not stop India from taking a massive 326-run lead on the third day.
While a total of 275 in 105.4 overs is far from India’s mammoth first innings total of 601, the 109-run ninth wicket stand between Philander (44 not out) and an injured Maharaj (72) showed what the top-order could have done had they shown some stomach for fight.
It will be interesting to see if India captain Virat Kohli enforces a follow on or give his bowlers more rest before unleashing them, eyeing a series-clinching victory in the three-match rubber.
The duo ducked the bouncers, defended doggedly and attacked the loose deliveries as the Indian bowling attack suddenly lacked answers during the final session of the third day, which certainly belonged to the Proteas.
Coming together at 162 for eight, Philander-Maharaj pair not only had a century- plus stand but more importantly consumed 43.1 overs, taking away a lot of second innings overs from India.
Ashwin, who had the best figures of four for 69 in 28.4 overs, lauded the fighting ninth wicket stand between the lower-order batsmen.
“I think the myth of tail-enders is over-stated and when he (tail-ender) bats well, he bats well. Nowadays, nobody is really a mug with the bat. In our team also, everybody bats pretty well till No 11,” he said.
Asked if India will enforce the follow-on, Ashwin said that it will be the captain’s prerogative.
“At least, I haven’t thought about the follow-on. I think the captain will decide overnight on what he should be doing. It is also important, how bowlers recover, tomorrow morning.”