New Delhi | Rohit Sharma’s promotion to No.3 in the second innings failed to yield any better result than his first innings show as India lost four wickets for 74 runs after lunch on the third day of the fourth and final cricket Test against South Africa here Saturday.
The overall lead thus swelled to 287 with Virat Kohli batting on 15 in company of Ajinkya Rahane (5) for the fifth wicket partnership.
Earlier, India started the day on a disastrous note, losing Murali Vijay to a lethal short ball bowled by Morkel. The tall speedster hit the back of the length area as the ball kicked up viciously.
The normally technically sound Vijay tried to awkwardly fend it off to get out of the way. The ball looked like brushing his armguards before being taken by Dane Vilas behind the stumps as he timed his jump to perfection.
The team management promoted Rohit at No 3 trying to give him some valuable time with less pressure and a sizeable lead on the board. But the Mumbai lad again disappointed his fans as Morkel bowled one fuller that moved a shade to rattle his off-stump.
Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara made the repair work taking the score to 51 without any more damage till lunch break.
The duo added 43 runs for the third wicket after Murali Vijay (3) and Rohit (0) were dismissed by Morne Morkel (2/10 in 7 overs) with only eight runs on the board.
Pujara and Dhawan played cautiously hitting a few boundaries in between to bring up the 50 of the innings in the 26th over.
They left for lunch at 51 for 2.
Pujara, who sustained a bruise in his forearm yesterday and could not field, carried on manfully in the second innings.
Both of them were out after lunch. Dhawan fell to Morne Morkel for 21, while Pujara was bowled by Imran Tahir for 28.
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