India vs South Africa, Live Cricket Score, 1st Test, Day 4, Visakhapatnam: SA Batsmen Enliven Contest

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Author 2019-10-05 02:30:00

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India batted well, bowled well and also fielded well, except occasional blips which are sure to creep in during a languid game of Test cricket. Save the batsmen, Test cricket is still one gentleman vs the many -- with the yawning, the errand, the habitual wonderment threw into its pit. But, a good fight is still a good fight, no matter how many connotations are added into the narrative, or moments in a play/game. That's what Virat Kohli & Co were forced to deal with on Day 3, and prospectively on the penultimate Day of the first Test at Visakhapatnam. Amidst the merriment of Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal's swordplay and Ravichandran Ashwin’s vengeful return, there is an unspoken gloom in the Indian camp - 'what if we failed to win the match from a winning position?' Get here ball-by-ball commentary, live updates and live cricket score of fourth day's play of India vs South Africa at ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam. (LIVE SCORECARD | CRICKET NEWS)

08:39 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to Outlook's live coverage of Day 4 of the opening Test between India and South Africa.

Take any side in the world, and present them with a proposition of facing a 300+ opening stand with Kohli still to bat? Well, 99% of opponents would tremble. But the Proteas breathed fire, as one would see in their many social media posts, and that has put the top-ranked Test side in a spot of bother. And that fire of doubt is still burning hot, if not bright, at Vizag. Two days left in the match, and India find themselves negotiating the visiting batsmen [in a dust-bowl, if you care], reminding everyone of a certain Mazumdar.

There are loads of questions to be answered. But first, let's pass day four, and if possible day five. That's enticing enough premise to ditch a team.

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