South Africa 4-94 chasing 305 to win the test | Canberra weather


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India are well positioned to claim victory in the opening test as they look to win a series in South Africa for the first time. Tourists will need six wickets and South Africa 211 tracks, when play on the final day begins Thursday at Centurion Park in Pretoria in the first of three tests. After knocking out India for 174 in their second round midway through Matchday 4, South Africa found themselves chasing 305, a record goal at the venue, in four and a half sessions. They closed on 4-94 with Dean Elgar fighting 195 minutes for an unbeaten 52. India got an early breakthrough when Mohammed Shami, who took 5-44 in the opening innings, prompted Aiden Markram to play for a in the second. Keegan Petersen called for 17, caught by Mohammed Siraj. On a lively wicket providing plenty of help to the seamers, Elgar and Rassie van der Dussen held 22 overs, adding 40, before Jasprit Bumrah returned the ball to the bowl, the latter offering no shots for a 65-ball. 11. In the final day on Bumrah followed by yorking night watchman Keshav Maharaj (8) to end play. “The wicket has variable bounce, so if we keep playing in the right areas we are in good shape. position in the game, “said Indian batting coach Vikram Rathour. “If we can continue to do this tomorrow, I think we will create a lot of opportunities… We have to continue to achieve these goals consistently.” “We have to show faith,” said South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada. “We’ll strategize overnight and figure out how we want to approach this.” Dean has done it countless times, where he shows the fight when it’s hardest. He will know his job is not finished, he is leading forward. Earlier, Rabada took 4-42 as the quick Proteas bowlers grabbed the Indian ten wickets. Marco Jansen landed 4-55 and Lungi Ngidi picking up the other two Rishabh Pant wickets, with a run-a-ball 34, scored the best score with only KL Rahul (23) and Ajinkya Rahane (20). the day 1-16 and wickets lost at regular intervals. Nevertheless, they are likely to have made enough points. The highest fourth inning pursuit at Centurion Park was 8-251 by England in 2000, the infamous test where Hansie Cronje brokered a deal in which both teams lost a round after the rain to force a result. It was one of only two defeats for South Africa on this pitch. The next high is 4-226 by South Africa against Pakistan in 1998. But the weather could thwart India. The second day has leached out, and more rain is forecast for at least part of the fifth day. With Australian Associated Press agencies

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