South Africa ended day-3 with just two wickets down and 90 runs on board, both wickets coming from Jasprit Bumrah. The hosts seemed set for a big score with the likes of AB de Villiers and Dean Elgar together at the crease, having put together a 51-run partnership.
But Mohammed Shami revived hopes by claiming three wickets in the morning session. First, to depart was AB de Villiers, followed southpaw Elgar, both set batsmen at the crease.
The first session of the 4th day remained a mixed one with AB de Villiers and Dean Elgar getting on to a good start and Mohammed Shami turning on the heat in the final hour. The right-arm seamer took three wickets in quick session to slow down the hosts who scored at a fast pace early in the day with de Villiers and Elgar striking boundaries at regular intervals.
Elgar went on to complete his 9th Test fifty early in the day. But Shami got the better of both de Villiers and Elgar with short deliveries. The seamer also dismissed Quinton de Kock in his next over, after getting struck for three boundaries in the first three balls.
AB de Villiers’ fell for 80 to Mohammed Shami as South Africa aimed to take the lead past 200.
It is now up to somebody on either side to seize the moment on day four. Extra bounce does the trick. Back of a length delivery from Shami, de Villiers looks to work it through cover but ends up edging it to Parthiv. Stupendous innings from the South African No. 4. He has done his job.
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