South Africa vs India 1st Test Day 4: India retain upper hand heading into final day

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Both teams will be looking to take a 1-0 lead in the series tomorrow

India continue to hold the upper hand over South Africa at the end of the fourth day of the first Test in Johannesburg.

The Proteas require 320 runs to win the match, while India need to take eight wickets to go 1-0 up in the two-Test series.

Starting out the day on 284/2, India’s batting duo of Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli converted their 191-run partnership into a 222-run partnership, during which Pujara surpassed the 150-run mark, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Jacques Kallis.

Pujara’s stellar knock of 153 came off 270 balls and included 21 boundaries.

Rohit Sharma only managed to score six runs before he was clean bowled by Kallis.

Kohli was on his way back to the pavilion the very next over as he fell four agonising runs short of his fifth Test century when he was caught behind off the bowling of Jean Paul (JP) Duminy.

Kohli’s brilliant innings of 96 came off 193 deliveries and included nine boundaries.

India managed to reach 421 before being bowled out thanks to captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and veteran left-arm pace bowler Zaheer Khan as they both scored 29 runs.

Kallis and Vernon Philander were the pick of the South African bowlers with three wickets apiece, while Imran Tahir and Duminy snapped up two wickets each as South Africa were set a target of 458 to win.

Chasing 458 to win, South Africa got off to a fabulous start as their opening pair of captain Graeme Smith and Alviro Petersen amassed a 108-run partnership, during which Petersen brought up his half-century, before Smith was run out by Ajinkya Rahane for 44.

Hashim Amla only scored four runs before being clean bowled by Mohammed Shami.

Petersen and Faf du Plessis put together an unbeaten 20-run partnership before stumps was called.

Petersen finished on 76 off 148 balls, which included nine boundaries, while du Plessis remained undefeated on 10.

Shami was the only Indian bowler to take a wicket.

South Africa ended the day on 138/2 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:30 local time or 08:30 GMT.

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