India vs South Africa 4th Test Day 1: South Africa on top despite Rahane’s 89

Piedt dismissed Vijay, Dhawan, Kohli and Sharma

Piedt dismissed Vijay, Dhawan, Kohli and Sharma

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South Africa spinner Dane Piedt claimed four wickets to give the Proteas the upper hand against India on the first day of the fourth Test in Delhi.

India were bolstered by batsman Ajinkya Rahane, who scored 89 not out, but still found themselves in trouble when play concluded.

India captain Virat Kohli would have been mulling over his decision to bat first as Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara were dismissed for 12, 33 and 14 respectively.

With India struggling at 66/3, Kohli and Rahane steered the innings back in the right direction with a 70-run partnership before Kohli was caught behind off the bowling of Piedt for 44.

Even though Rohit Sharma and Wriddhiman Saha were removed shortly after, Rahane continued to take the attack to South Africa and even put together a 59-run stand with Ravindra Jadeja, during which he brought up his half-century, before Jadeja was caught by Dean Elgar at short midwicket off the bowling of Kyle Abbott for 24.

Following Jadeja’s dismissal, Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin amassed an unbeaten 33-run partnership before bad light brought play to an end earlier than expected.

Rahane finished on 89 off 155 balls, which included nine boundaries and two sixes, while Ashwin remained undefeated on six off 29 deliveries, which included one boundary.

Rahane hit nine boundaries and two sixes during his knock of 89

Rahane hit nine boundaries and two sixes during his knock of 89

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Piedt was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Abbott snapped up three.

India ended day one on 231/7 and will continue batting tomorrow at 09:30 local time or 04:00 GMT.

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