Shami, Bumrah strike for India as Proteas lose 5 wickets early on Day 4

Bumrah too responded in kind and took two crucial wickets of Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 08, 2018, 09.35 AM (IST)

It was a great start for Virat Kohli-led team India on Day 4, as Mohammed Shami struck three times to dismiss Hashim Amla, Kagiso Rabada Vernon Philander. 

After Shami, Bumrah too responded in kind and took two crucial wickets of Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock.

South Africa, who were two wickets down on Day 2, lost five wickets in quick succession with their score reaching 95/6 after 34 overs.

The day three play was called off after heavy rainfall continued to lash Cape Town on Sunday.

After morning session was washed out, it was assumed that the teams could resume before the scheduled tea interval, as the rain stopped.  But it was for less than half an hour. 

India will now look to dismiss the South African cricket team quickly in a bid to salvage any chances of a result.

The first innings for India was quite unfortunate when bowlers did their bit by holding the South African side for 286 but the batting order was shattered by the Proteas pacers when Indian side somehow saved the follow-on.

The top batsmen and stars of Test cricket could not perform, only Hardik Pandya went on the thrilling counter-attack by scoring 93 crucial runs for his team but missing an elusive century.

He also took 2 quick wickets of Aiden Markram and Dean Elgar before the wrap-up of the second day of the first Test against South Africa.