This remained his default line, but ever often he dangled one up more full, with the cover-point fielder permitting him to do, therefore. Du Plessis was taking guard on an off stump right through his innings, and also the oddball on it more extensive line, perhaps, was the way to get him to thrust his pad a bit further across, to bring bat-pad into play. Smart Cricket Live The third ball of Ashwin's fourth over when lunch wasn't as full, however, it had been a bit slower, with a bit of away-drift, and du Plessis' front foot was drawn across to that, but the length did not permit him to urge close to the pitch of the ball. The bat copied a wavy, general arc because it tried to reach out and flick the ball, having to return around his body, and all he managed was an inside edge to leg slip.

De Kock rode his luck early on as Rohit Sharma failed to snaffle a tough chance at silly-point, but after that, he prolonged the agony for the hosts as he treated the spin-twins with utmost disdain. Runs kept flowing from his willow as the keeper-batsman combined with his senior partner for a determined 164-run partnership for the sixth wicket. Elgar slammed a gigantic maximum over mid-wicket to bring up his 12th Test century in emphatic fashion. Smart Cricket Live In desperate pursuit of a breakthrough, India finally struck as Elgar holed out to deep mid-wicket, providing Jadeja with his 200th Test wicket.

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