CAPE TOWN – South Africa are hanging on by the slightest of margins on the final day of this first Test at Visakhapatnam.
The visitors lost seven wickets this morning for the addition of just 59 runs that killed off any chance of Faf du Plessis’ team hauling in the 395-run victory target. In fact, even survival has become near impossible with India requiring just two wickets to take a 1-0 series lead.
It has only been due to the lower-order resistance from Dane Piedt (32* off 56 balls) and Senuran Muthusamy (19* off 47 balls) that has kept India’s victory charge at bay. The pair have added 47 runs for the 9th wicket, but more importantly have spent over 15 overs at the crease.
With India’s spinners expected to create havoc on this final day, the unlikely chief destroyer for India was seam bowler Mohammed Shami. Although Ravichandran Ashwin brought about the initial breakthrough when Theunis de Bruyn chopped on to his stumps, it was Shami that tore the heart of out the Proteas batting unit.
And that's lunch on day five. India have taken 7 wickets in 33 overs.— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) October 6, 2019
Dane Piedt and Senuran Muthusamy are offering a bit of resistance with their 47 run partnership.
🏏Dane Piedt 32 (56)
🏏Senuran Muthusamy 19 (47)#INDvSA pic.twitter.com/x1GXllYkfU