'The Run Machine' complains to ICC match referee

Rodiano Bonacci
Gennaio 17, 2018

The hosts will head into the final day confident of picking up the seven wickets they need to wrap up victory in the three-match series, after a 72-run win in the first Test at Cape Town.

Resuming on 90/2 and a second innings lead of 118, the Proteas were looking to press home the advantage and set India an enormous target, with AB de Villiers striking the ball. Shami got one to bounce a little bit more and caught the shoulder of de Villiers' bat, and he was out caught behind for a well-made 80.

Elgar played in all four matches and was one of only three South Africans to rack up more than 100 runs in the series.

Rain interrupted play for an hour. At resumption of play, the India captain had been clearly unhappy with the wet ground and how it affected the ball as well.

However, only 5.1 overs were possible on resumption as the umpires stopped play again, this time for bad light. But wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel let it go, thinking it was first slip fielder Cheteshwar Pujara's catch. But he was on the money in his second, with steep bounce surprising De Villiers, who could only edge behind. The umpires waited almost 66 minutes before calling off play due to poor light.

The session resumed with South Africa sitting at 230 for 7, lead by 258 runs.

South Africa´s second innings got off to a poor start as Bumrah reduced them to three for two.

Calling it "subcontinental" may be a stretch still, with South Africa's pacers in particular getting good lift, and even India's bowlers troubling batsmen occasionally.

In this course, Kohli scored a match-defining century. Then he removed Elgar with a short-ball, one that surprised the left-hander as he saw an opportunity to score, but only connected it straight to square-leg.

Elgar and India captain Virat Kohli have exchanged words out in the middle and the opener is enjoying the heat of the battle.

A few overs later Lungi Ngidi shook India further when he got rid of KL Rahul (4) with one of his fast deliveries. In doing so, they helped India cross 200 in the 65th over. Kohli was under some heavy hammering for his dismal show in the first test and then for having dropped Bhuvi from the playing XI.

He became the first overseas captain to score a Test hundred at Centurion.

Although South Africa was in complete control, it took the No 2-ranked Proteas 3 ½ days to rise to that position on a SuperSport Park pitch that demanded especially hard work from the bowlers.

Asked about a South Africa victory here, he said, "I think after what happened in India, we left with a lot of scars, us giving them the kind of treatment and beating them here in South Africa is definitely going to be satisfying".

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