GECOM has no reason to be unprepared for elections

first_imgDear Editor,A lot of talk is being heard about Guyana Elections Commission’s (GECOM) preparedness for the holding of National and Regional Elections. We are also hearing talk that a new house-to-house registration is needed. Now we are hearing talk about them needing 180 days to prepare.All of these claims are really excuses with the view of frustrating the will of the Guyanese people.I say this because in 2015 the Commission had 90 days to prepare and they did to hold elections in May of that year.All over the world, including in our sister Caricom states, Election Commissions are ready to conduct free and fair polls with as little as a month’s notice.Millions of Guyanese taxpayers’ dollars are spent to put GECOM on such a footing.Recall that GECOM was made into a permanent Commission in the year 2000. Before then it was not. It was set up only to conduct elections and then dissolved.The reason for doing so was to ensure that GECOM would always be ready to conduct elections. The situation which we have now was always anticipated as a possibility.  Therefore, measures were put in place to ensure that GECOM would be ready at all times.Continuous registration began in 2005. By legislation, the law mandated that the list of 2001 be used as the base for continuous registration.Let me state that that piece of legislation was reached by agreement with all the political parties in the National Assembly.When the operation began, GECOM had an arrangement with the General Registration Office to get monthly reports of all the persons who died during that month. That list was shared with the political parties. The purpose of that was to ensure that the names of those who died were constantly removed from the lists.  That practice was ongoing at least up to 2015.  I have every reason to believe that it is continuing.I am aware that GECOM had even moved to get the lists from Police Stations to be given to the Registration Offices in each region. This was to accelerate the process of removing names of the dead.Therefore, there can be no argument that GECOM is not ready.  It was provided with all the resources to fulfil its mandate.Mr Ramjattan has displayed his lack of knowledge about elections issues, or he is faking to play for more time. He had said that he wanted new house-to-house registration, to put onto the list, persons who have come of age.The laws that established GECOM have made provisions for putting people on the list.I have described one such process in the form of continuous registration.The other way is during the Claims and Objections period which every election must have. During this time all those who had recently come of age can put their names on the list and those, who for one reason or the other were not registered can also be registered. In the same way names of the dead that were missed can be removed. That is why the period is named ‘Claims and Objections’.It is therefore difficult to understand why GECOM is not ready. They have been given a constitutional mandate and they must fulfil it.All the talk about lack of readiness is either dishonest, pushed by persons who want a rigged election or because of the lack of knowledge or both.If GECOM officials are saying they are not ready, then it means that they are compromising themselves to satisfy the APNU/AFC.Sincerely,Donald RamotarFormer Presidentlast_img read more

Afflalo says Bruins need `this one bad’

first_imgArizona State lost its past four games by a combined 14 points, and missed an open shot and a chance to beat Washington State in the closing seconds. And when the Sun Devils were in Pauley Pavilion last month, they held an early lead, and trailed by a handful of points before UCLA pulled away for a 10-point win. Ok, so that is what the fifth-ranked Bruins are selling this week as reason not to take laughable Arizona State lightly tonight at Wells Fargo Arena. “It doesn’t look good over the long haul, but each individual game is different,” Aarron Afflalo said. “That team has the potential to beat you. If you look at each individual game, that potential to win was always there. But they’re so young, and they don’t have the experience of winning all the time. That can catch up with you.” And Afflalo came up with another rationale for not peeking ahead to Saturday’s game at Arizona. “It would make absolutely no sense for us to go in there (to Arizona State) and think we have a victory,” Afflalo said. “We’re already coming off a loss. We haven’t been that great on the road ourselves, only 50 percent. For a team with our capability and our talent, we should be much better. So we need this one bad.” UCLA is 14-0 at home and 4-0 on neutral courts, but the road is another issue. The Bruins traveled three time zones and 3,000 miles to lose at West Virginia on Saturday. They also split road trips to Oregon State and Oregon, and California and Stanford, winning easily against a much inferior team in first game before falling on the backend of the trip. Today: at Arizona State, 5:30 p.m., KSPN/710, PRIME center_img Chasing history Arizona State is heading toward the first winless season in Pac 10 history. In fact, if the Sun Devils fail to get out of the weekend with a win, they will be the first Pac 10 team to lose its first 15 league games of a season. Arizona (1982-83) and Washington State (1999-00, 2002-03) are the only programs to begin 0-14, and all three of those teams won their 15th game, according to the Pac 10. Two teams in the Pac 8 went 0-14. They were Oregon (1971-72) and USC (1975-76). If the Sun Devils go 0-18 – they host UCLA and USC this week and Arizona next week before closing the season at Stanford and Cal – they will do it in style. Arizona State is last in the Pac 10 in scoring offense (59.2 ppg) and field goal percentage (41.1), and ninth in 3-point percentage (31.3). Planting a seed Count Bruins coach Ben Howland among those who do not believe UCLA hurt its chances of earning the No. 1 seed in the West in the NCAA Tournament with its West Virginia loss, especially since point guard Darren Collison (shoulder) did not play. “It’s all based on what we do from here on out, depending on how we go,” Howland said. “It’s a loss. We’re still No. 1 in the RPI. So, although it’s a loss, it’s a loss against a good team on the road. But that remains to be seen. “It’s totally depending on what we do with the rest of our games here in the regular season.” A top seed in the West means playing the first two rounds in Sacramento. The Regional semifinals and final are in San Jose. When the Bruins reached the Final Four last season, they played in front of partisan crowds in San Diego and Oakland. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Crew Energy Expands Holdings In BC Peace

first_imgThe Calgary Herald reports that in deals announced yesterday, the company confirmed the purchase, of nearly 20 thousand hectares of Montney lands, from two unidentified parties, for 105 million dollars. The report says the properties, either involves adding, to its working interest, in certain assets,  or they’re located, next to 100 thousand net hectares, where Crew already holds the drilling rights.It says the additional assets have a daily production, of 14 hundred barrels of oil equivalent per day—which are 98 percent gas. – Advertisement -The Alberta sale involves DeepBasin assets, which produce about six thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day—which are 75 percent natural gas.Compensation for this deal also includes, Lloydminster area lands, which produce 400 barrels, of heavy oil per day, and in addition to that, 222 million dollars. The announcement was followed this morning, by a jump in Crew Energy stock, from less than ten dollars a share, to more than eleven and half. Advertisementlast_img read more

Harris comes up big as Braves beat Dons

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Harris then broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage in the second quarter for a 48-yard touchdown to put the Braves up 21-7. Later in the second quarter, he took an option pitch, busted a few tackles, and ran 60 yards for his fourth touchdown to give Baldwin Park a 28-7 lead. Harris’ fifth touchdown came in the third quarter and stopped Sierra Vista’s momentum. The Dons trailed 35-14 early in the third quarter but scored two quick touchdowns to trail 35-28. Harris then took a handoff at the Baldwin Park 49-yard line, went up the middle, then cut right and raced down the sideline for a 51-yard touchdown. Baldwin Park grabbed a 42-28 lead then scored two more touchdowns right away to put the game out of the reach. “(Harris) has really worked hard all summer,’ Heggins said. “It’s just the proof that comes out when you prepare your body all summer. You prepare the right way, you lift weights, you get conditioned and you do all the things coaches ask you to do. And he came out and it showed he’s really getting into shape.’ Harris wasn’t the only player with big numbers. Sierra Vista quarterback Miguel Parra completed 34 of 51 passes for 419 yards. He also tossed two touchdowns and ran one in from a yard out. Three different Dons had 100 receiving yards. Armando Zelaya caught 15 passes for 140 yards. David Lazaro caught six passes for 122 yards and Elias Flores caught five passes for 101 yards. BALDWIN PARK — Rivalry games usually bring out the best in the best players. Some performances are never forgotten, and Baldwin Park High School tailback Aaron Harris made sure football fans will remember about what he did against crosstown rival Sierra Vista High for a long time. The junior rushed for 332 yards and five touchdowns as the Braves rolled to a 63-34 victory over the Dons on Friday night. “He’s a special kind of athlete,’ Baldwin Park coach James Heggins said of Harris. “When he comes to play and does some things for us it’s a lot of fun.’ Harris made an impression early and often. He took his first carry and scampered 59 yards for a touchdown early in the first quarter. He scored his second touchdown on the Braves next possession when he ran for a 12-yard score to put Baldwin Park up 14-0. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Donegal mammies on a mission to gather gifts for charity appeal

first_imgby Katrina TaskerHundreds of Donegal women are spreading the Christmas cheer for less fortunate, vulnerable and sick children this year in a fantastic online community toy appeal that has spread across the country.‘Ma’s on a Mission’ is a national online community of over 100,000 women who were so appalled to see the images of five-year-old Sam eating his food off a cardboard tray in the streets of Dublin recently, that they decided to do something about it.And we want all of Donegal to come together this Saturday November 16, to help our army of ‘Ma’s on a Mission’ ladies, make sure we’re not ‘The Forgotten County’ when it comes to generosity, by buying a new toy or gift for children and teenagers less fortunate than our own.You can also donate a gift voucher or gift card and you can involve your own children who can hand over an unopened toy that they’d like to give to a kid their own age.Then all you have to do is drop it off at either Tesco in Letterkenny or Lidl in Donegal Town from 10AM – 1PMWhether you’re a small family, a local school or a business with hundreds of employees, please dig deep and spread the word.All of the toys and gifts will be donated to four Donegal charities, who will then distribute them to the kids and families in need.The charities are:I CARE, DONEGAL DOMESTIC ABUSE CENTRE, LIFELINE and LETTERKENNY CHILDREN’s WARDDonegal ‘Ma’ and volunteer Vanessa  MacInerney a mother of four young boys from Pettigo said:‘We are an online community of women, and many of them are suffering. Some are homeless, some can’t afford the rent, some are facing eviction, and others have children needing long-term hospital treatment.“After seeing the tragic picture of young Sam, we decided to set up the toy appeal within the group and it’s just exploded.“We are looking for new toys, to the maximum value of 20 euro, for girls and boys between the different age ranges of 0-3, 3-6, 6-9, 9-12 and teens. “We’re suggesting 20 euro, but you don’t have to spend the maximum, just as long as it’s something that will put a smile on the kids’ faces, this Christmas.“Our GoFundMe page which just closed, raised over €21,000, and all the money will go to making a big difference to vulnerable kids this Christmas.”Vanessa is urging all families/businesses and the community at large, to get down to Lidl in Donegal Town and Tesco in Letterkenny this Saturday from 10am – 1pm for a great way to start the Christmas season and share the festive Spirit.After the events all the toys will be taken to a storage point where they will be sorted by volunteers and delivered to all the charities on November 30th.Thereafter, the money raised from the Go Fund Me appeal will be used to purchase more gifts and toys.“Homesavers Ireland have been a huge support to our appeal and the money from the go fund me will be spent in there’, said Vanessa.HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOWWHEN: This Saturday November 16 from 10am – 1pmWHERE: DONEGAL TOWN – LIDL & LETTERKENNY – TESCOWHAT: Bring an unwrapped gift up to the value of 20 euro for a child or teen under the following age categories: 0-3, 3-6, 6-9, 9-12 and teens.PLEASE NOTE:Only new toys will be accepted.Please don’t gift wrap so that the toys are easily identifiable and can be allocated to the appropriate charitiesPut your gift in a blue or pink gift bag with the age range of the gift clearly marked on the gift tag.Get in the Christmas spirit and join in the fun at the drop off points.So why not get your Christmas shopping off to a flying start by buying a gift for a little friend you’ve not met, then drop it off in Letterkenny and Donegal town this Saturday.After all, that’s the real meaning of Christmas.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Contact Vanessa McInerny on 085 256 2614 or at chefing12@gmail.comDonegal mammies on a mission to gather gifts for charity appeal was last modified: November 12th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MTN goes green with co-generation

first_img16 August 2010 SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “Therefore, I am elated to witness that your growing corporate footprint is consistent with your thrust to reduce your carbon footprint. In fact, it is comforting to see that you are going the extra mile to make our sector even greener and safer for future generations. Additionally, the project would also ensure that the company’s expansion plans were not hampered due to a lack of power supply needed. “Today, we are about to witness what was just a plan in October 2008, becoming a reality, in enabling us to manage potential energy shortages and reduce power consumption, increase savings, and initiate a sustainability model to reduce our carbon footprint. When the plant is fully operational and producing two megawatt of power, MTN expects a return on its investment of R22-million within a five-year period. All the plant’s processes have been designed to result in savings in the water and electricity costs. And, once it is running at 100% capacity, the plant’s load excess will power and cool the campus. As a spin-off, the plant will produce an estimated 800kW of cooling for free, resulting in further savings in the building’s air conditioning processes. In an effort to increase savings through the development of a self-sustaining power supply initiative, telecoms company MTN has installed a two megawatt, methane-driven tri-generation plant – the first of its kind in Africa – at its offices in Fairlands, Johannesburg. “This plant will also assist us in reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the electricity consumption here at our headquarters, resulting in a reduction of coal-based electricity generation and its associated environmental consequences,” said Pienaar. “Through our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and increase our focus on sustainability and our ‘Greening 14th Avenue’ initiative, MTN Group is showing its commitment to lead by example,” said MTN Group CEO Phuthuma Nhleko. “The tri-generation plant is the result of a unique solution to meet our strategic objectives – it will generate electricity and, through a second re-absorption chiller cycle using the waste heat, will generate water for the air-conditioning systems in our buildings,” Pienaar said in a statement. “And, what better way to do this than by creating our own source of sustainable energy.”center_img Reduce consumption, increase saving “This tri-generator plant electricity plant by MTN is evidence that you are an environmentally-friendly and good corporate citizen,” Pule said. Methane gas is a clean-burning, sustainable gas that is reliable and offers a consistent supply. The gas will be sourced from the Mozambique, and is transported to MTN’s Fairland offices via Sasol in Secunda and Johannesburg’s Egoli Gas. Also speaking at the function at MTN, Deputy Communications Minister Dina Pule commented: “Nothing less than a shift from a high to a low carbon global economy is required and in many cases, ICTs appear to offer the best way to accelerate this. Using the tri-generation plant, methane gas is burned in the machines and the energy created by the gas-fired engines generates heat and electricity. The waste heat from the engines will be used in the absorption chiller to cool the water. This chilled water is then supplied to the air-handling units that supply the cooled air for the electronic equipment housed in the new building – the test switch centre on the ground floor and the data centre on the first floor. The water from the six huge cooling towers is used to cool down the heat from the engines. As it is not used in the absorption cycle, this “grey water” is then recycled through the Phase 1 and Phase 2 buildings on the MTN campus to flush the toilets. Cooling by-product “The idea of using methane gas to generate energy got us all thinking and the tri-generation power plant is the end result.” Speaking at the launch of the plant earlier this month, MTN South Africa MD Karel Pienaar said that given the current climate, there was greater pressure on companies to do more with less in a responsible and sustainable way, and also reduce their carbon footprint. Shift to low-carbon economylast_img read more

Mahalo Pivots to Focus on Video-Based Learning

first_imgSerial entrepreneur Jason Calacanis has just announced Mahalo 4.0, the latest pivot for his company that has now moved from being a “human-powered search engine” to a Q&A site. The new Mahalo, unveiled at the Digital Life Conference today, will be focused on creating how-to video content.The goal, according to Calacanis, is to create thousands of original, high-quality videos each week. These will be supplemented with additional text as well as real-time Q&A offerings. As Dan Frommer from Business Insider describes it “Think of it as Howcast (how-to-video) + Quora (Q&A) + About.com (a more structured Wikipedia).”Learning to PivotIn his presentation at DLD today, Calacanis narrated the story of Mahalo’s multiple pivots. Founded in 2007, Mahalo did a good job with the human-powered search, argues Calacanis, but just couldn’t keep up with the adjustments that Bing and Google were making to improve their own search results. And so Mahalo continued to iterate, improving in the areas in that Calacanis said its users were already drawn to. At first, that was the “answers” component. And now it’s this “how-to” video aspect.All About the LearningBut just as “search” and “answers” are both quite crowded fields, Mahalo is entering into a space – video-based learning – where it will have several competitors. There are a number of popular and well-trafficked how-to sites, including Howcast and eHow. As Mahalo is providing more than just video – maintaining the real-time answers component, for example – it will be interesting to watch how this pivot may impact some new companies who are trying to build video-focused casual and lifelong learning sites – companies like Udemy, for example. How will user-generated how-to and educational videos fare against Mahalo’s slick production value?So will this pivot work for Mahalo? Calacanis insists the company is in a strong financial position. And he says that traffic is good, too; the company currently has about 12 million monthly uniques, and this new venture continues the company’s partnership with YouTube, which generates quite a bit of ad revenue.So studio-made and expert-filled videos may be what gives Mahalo an edge on its competitors. Or – despite the move away from the “search engine” as the focus of Mahalo – this could all just come down to one big SEO battle. It’s clear with today’s announcement that Mahalo is putting a lot of resources into developing a rich library of content. Will this drive traffic? And will learners be drawn to this site? Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts center_img Tags:#E-Learning#NYT#Video Services#web#YouTube Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting audrey watterslast_img read more

Flag removal by BHU official: varsity to request RSS to withdraw FIR

first_imgThe deputy chief proctor of the South Campus of the Banaras Hindu University was allegedly made to resign and faces serious criminal charges after she removed an RSS flag from the varsity playground.The varsity on Thursday said it would request the RSS, whose local office-bearer filed a police complaint, to withdraw the FIR, and would also approach the district administration to settle the matter.“We will deal with it because our employee is at stake. We will protect her 100%,” Ramadevi Nimmanapalli, professor in-charge of the BHU South Campus, told The Hindu. She, however, noted that it was an internal matter of the varsity.The controversy took place on Tuesday morning when Kiran Damle, the deputy chief proctor of the Rajiv Gandhi South Campus, located in Mirzapur, uprooted the RSS flag from the grounds while a ‘shakha’ was on.Following protests by some students and local RSS leaders, who claimed she insulted the flag, Ms. Damle resigned from her post, which was accepted.However, the matter did not end there. On a complaint from the Mirzapur district in-charge of the RSS, Chandra Mohan, the FIR was registered against Ms. Damle at the Kotwali Dehat police station.She was charged under four clauses of the Indian Penal Code, including promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc and deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs.DenialMs. Damle said she resigned as the “students wanted” her to do so. She claimed she was not aware that the saffron flag she uprooted was linked to the RSS. “If I knew, why would I do that [remove the flag],” she said.Early on Tuesday, she came across the flag in one corner of the playground, following which she inquired about it from the students, who were engaged in their drill and exercise. However, despite asking them and waving at them, no claimant came forward. She then removed it from the site and put it in her office “just to be on the safe side” as a precautionary measure given the sensitive climate over the Ayodhya verdict, she said.Ms. Damle claimed that she had directed her attendant to hand over the flag if anyone came and asked for it.Superintendent of Police Mirzapur Dharm Veer Singh said that during investigation, Ms. Damle admitted that she committed the act due to a “misconception.”Mr. Singh said the “sanghathan” (RSS) has been holding “shakhas” programme on the grounds every morning since the last seven years. The matter was being probed.Ms. Nimmanapalli said Ms. Damle was willing to issue a written apology to the RSS as she “did not do it intentionally.” “She did not know what importance the flag held for these persons. But she accepts that she made a mistake”.Ms. Nimmanapalli clarified that the varsity did not lodge a complaint against Ms. Damle but it was done externally. “It is not in my hand,” she said.Congress leader’s memorandumThe matter has taken a political turn with Congress’s UP vice-president and former MLA Lalitesh Pati Tripathi on Wednesday submitting a memorandum to the varsity condemning the criminal action taken against Ms. Damle.Taking to Twitter, Mr. Tripathi said Ms. Damle had expressed objection to the RSS’s attempts at “saffronising” the campus by holding “shakhas” on it.Ms. Nimmanapalli, however, said she had no objection to students participating in “shakhas” as long as peace on campus was not disturbed. The “shakhas” were making the students “disciplined,” no matter what their beliefs may be, she claimed.Chandra Mohan, zila karyavah, Mirzapur RSS, refused to believe Ms. Damle’s claim that she did not know the flag belonged to the RSS. “Even so, if a person comes across a saffron flag, he or she will bow before it, if they belong to the Hindu society, won’t they?”, he said. “Shakhas” were being held at the grounds for the past seven years and “not just the students, even professors participate in them and promote our work,” he said. Asked if the RSS would withdraw the police complaint, Mr. Mohan said he would follow instructions from his higher-ups. “When the matter comes up, we shall see it. It is not my personal matter. It is about our organisation. She has insulted the ‘bhagwa dwaj’ [saffron flag] of our organisation,” he added.last_img read more

SPORT-SANIA 2 LAST

first_imgHowever, both still have few weaknesses and work on them However, both still have few weaknesses and work on them to improve their game, Sania said. She said both Hingis and herself spend too much time together and it is very difficult not to get along well. “We spend so much time together. We have shared so many emotions together. Its inevitable and very difficult to not get along well. “Today she is probably one of the closest persons to me; not just geographically where she is all the time, but also the way she understands me, she knows how I react to situations and vice-versa as well. So, I m glad that I got to know her like that,” she said. Sania said even if they fail to keep the winning streak alive, it will not affect their quest to win matches. “Hopefully, we can keep the streak alive but if it doesnt, then it has already been an unbelievable streak for us so its not going to change anything, but the goal is to try and win every time we step on the court,” she stated. Sania also said the streak was never on her and Hingis mind. “When we started winning and it was not something that we were consciously chasing for, we were just trying to win every tournament that we played and thats the goal still,” she said. “We are aware that the next number is 44, and we are aware that we can achieve that in Doha, but having said that its a tough tournament and there are no guarantees in sport. We will try our best and not put any pressure on ourselves because we have enough of that already,” she said. PTI BDN AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

South Africa vs India 1st Test Highlights: How Vernon Philander destroyed Indian batting line-up

first_imgIndia suffered a 72-run defeat against South Africa in the first Test at Newlands, Cape Town on Monday. India vs South Africa, 1st Test, Cape Town: Live Cricket Streaming available on SonyLIV from 2 PM todayIndia 2nd Innings:20:26 IST: The first 4-day Test of 2018. In spite of losing a whole day to rain, this game does not even go the distance on Day 4. 40 wickets have fallen in around 231 overs. Runs scored – 760. Average runs per wicket – 19.20:20 IST: SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 72 RUNS! WICKET! 42.4: V Philander to J Bumrah, OUT c Faf du Plessis b Vernon Philander. India have been bowled out.20:19 IST: Jasprit Bumrah is the last man in.20:18 IST: WICKET! 42.3: V Philander to Shami, OUT! Gone next ball.20:17 IST: 42.2: V Philander to Shami, FOUR! Confident shot! On middle and off, Shami comes forward and chips it over mid on and gets a boundary! Some confidence that!20:15 IST: WICKET! 42.1: V Philander to Ashwin, OUT! That is a terrific catch and the big Vern gets the breakthrough! What a brilliant field change and it has done the trick. Quinton de Kock was asked to come up a few steps for this ball and he obeyed his captain. Philander bowled this outside off and Ashwin looked to punch it to the off side. He got a thick outside edge but a sharp one. But Quinton de Kock takes it brilliantly and straightaway throws the ball up in the air in jubilation. Philander does not even bother to appeal and the umpire is smart. Does not give it out. Ashwin is smarter. Does not walk. Now QdK appeals and up goes the finger! The 49-run stand is broken.advertisement20:03 IST: 39.1: K Maharaj to Kumar, FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! This stand is now worth 41 from 61 balls without any fuss, chipping away at the target. Full and wide outside off, Kumar leans and drives it through point. Morne Morkel starts to chase but then gives it up.20:02 IST: 38.6: V Philander to Ashwin, FOUR! Fine shot! A short ball outside off, Ashwin punches this through point and gets a boundary! 89 more to win now!19:55 IST: 37.1: Maharaj to Ashwin, NOT OUT. Missing leg. South Africa loses a review but that was worth reviewing. Maharaj gave this a bit of loop around leg and Ashwin who was playing around the ball, missed it, getting hit on the pads. Keshav appealed vociferously but the umpire was as calm as a cucumber. The bowler convinced his skipper to go for the review but Hawk Eye showed the ball to be going down the leg side.19:55 IST: HOWZZATTTTTTTTT? Maharaj has screamed his lungs out. But the umpire is unmoved. Faf has given his consent for the review. Is Ashwin gone? Pitched outside leg?19:51 IST: 36.3: V Philander to Ashwin, EDGED, SHORT, FOUR! Important runs for India. Does not matter how they come, does it? On a length outside off, Ashwin pokes at it and gets an outside edge. The ball goes towards Faf du Plessis at second slip who dives to his right but does not carry. He is not able to stop it and the ball speeds through to the third man fence. The target is less than 100 now. Faf du Plessis is still on the ground, clutching his right shoulder. Is he injured as well?19:50 IST: 36.1: V Philander to Ashwin, FOUR! Outstanding timing. A full ball but a bit too straight, Ashwin flicks it through mid-wicket. The ball nearly reaches the ropes but Keshav Maharaj gets to the ball from short mid-wicket, reaches the ball and pulls the ball back in. Three runs are taken and the umpire wants to check the legality of the fielding and replays show that while pulling the ball back, the foot touched the ropes.19:48 IST: 35.6: K Maharaj to Kumar, LBW? No, says the umpire and don’t review, says AB de Villiers. The arm ball, but PITCHED OUTSIDE LEG, BK misses his flick and the ball goes off his pads to the off side. Maharaj appeals but the umpire stays put. Faf du Plessis has a chat with his bowler and the team but AB de Villiers says do not review. Replays justify.1st Test. 34.6: K Rabada to R Ashwin (16), 4 runs, 103/7 https://t.co/XYC5wpFbLx #SAvInd #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) January 8, 201819.20 IST: We are back for the evening session which can be the final one of this game. Bhunvneshwar Kumar joins Ravichandran Ashwin at the crease. Morne Morkel with the ball.19.00 IST: TEA TAKEN.  It’s Tea time at Newlands. What a session of Test match cricket. India are 82/7 needing 126 runs to win. The Proteas need 3 wickets to take a 1-0 lead. See you in 20 minutes #SAvINDadvertisement- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 8, 201818.56 IST: WICKET! 28.6: V. Philanderto W. Saha, OUT. Rabada goes wide of the crease and angles in a full length ball that is swinging in prodigiously. Saha in a bid to keep it out falls over a bit and is hit flush on the pads. Rabada roars in an appeal and the umpire rules it out. Saha walks across to his partner and finally challenges the decision. Time for the replays. The Hawk Eye shows it is clipping the leg stump and that is enough.WICKET | Rabada gets his second wicket as he traps Saha (8) leg before wicket. India 82/7 #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/WVNsPVKhEL- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 8, 201818:37 IST: Ravichandran Ashwin comes out to bat. Meanwhile, de Villiers gets his finger taped after taking the catch.18:35 IST: WICKET! 24.1: K Rabada to H Pandya, OUT. India have lost their sixth wicket. Fuller in length outside off, swinging away appreciably. Pandya leans forward and has a tentative push at it but gets a thick outside edge which flies towards de Villiers in the gully region. The best Protea fielder dives to his right and takes a fine catch. The hosts need 4 more wickets to win. It is looking all gloomy for the visitors at the moment.18:31 IST: Hardik Pandya comes out to bat. These kind of circumstances provide an opportunity to emerge as an hero. Does Pandya have it in him?18:29 IST: WICKET! 23.2: V Philander to Sharma, OUT. India have lost their fifth wicket. The drop catch of Maharaj doesn’t cost the Proteas even a run! Maharaj who dropped him in the previous over is charging in and has a big smile on his face. Uncertainty consumes Rohit Sharma. Good length ball outside off, moving away after landing. Sharma initially tries to run it down to third man but goes at it meekly. makes a huge mistake to push at it tamely and gets a thick inside edge that goes onto hit the stumps. India have lost half their side now and are staring down the barrel.18:26 IST: DROPPED! 22.3: K Rabada to Sharma, Dropped! What have you done Maharaj? You can’t get an easier catch than that. Short ball, shoots off the deck and catches Sharma by surprise. He takes his eyes off the ball and pulls it unconvincingly but gets a top edge that swirls in the air towards deep backward square leg. Maharaj lines it up but makes a mess of it. Doesn’t even get his hands to it and the ball hits his knee. Ends up spilling a dolly.18:21 IST: WICKET! 21.4: V Philander to Kohli, OUT! The decision stands and this is a body blow for the Indians! The decision stands and this is a body blow for the Indians! The backbone of the visitors has been broken. Kohli is the man whom you bank upon in a chase. South Africa are over the moon for dismantling the Indian skipper. Fuller length ball on off, swinging in appreciably. Kohli shuffles a bit, is late to bring his bat down on the flick and gets pinged on the pads. Philander doesn’t stop in his followthrough and is already celebrating while the keeper appeals. Up goes the umpire’s finger. Kohli walks across gingerly to Sharma and consults about the DRS. Decides to review it eventually as this is a big moment in the game. There is nothing on the Snicko. Hawk Eye rolls in, spots three reds and signals the exit for Kohli. The captain was looking good but fails to carry on. Big moment in the game.advertisement18:19 IST: A huge moment in the game! Barring an inside edge, Kohli seems to be a dead duck. Philander was celebrating before the decision was given.18:17 IST: 20.6: K Rabada to Sharma, Ooh.. almost carried to du Plessis! In the corridor of uncertainty, Sharma is in two minds whether to leave it or play at it. Is late to bring his bat up and gets a bottom edge which just falls of the diving Protea skipper at second slip.18:14 IST: 20.2: K Rabada to Kohli, FOUR. Rabada errs in line and pays the price for it! He goes wide of the crease and angles down a full ball sharply. All Kohli has to do is to get a tickle on it and he does so to beat the keeper and find the fine leg fence.18:14 IST: 20.1: K Rabada to Kohli, No run. Good fielding from de Villiers! Overpitched around off, Kohli drives it crisply towards extra cover where AB dives to his right and saves at least a couple for his side.18:09 IST: 19.1: V Philander to Kohli, Kohli needs to be careful! Can’t afford to gift his wicket away. Back of a length outside off, tapped with an open bat face towards gully. Wants a run and is rightly sent back. The fielder has a shy at the striker’s end but misses.18:07 IST: 18.4: M Morkel to Sharma, Short ball, doesn’t bounce much. Sharma pulls it through backward square leg and comes back for the second run. Kohli wants the third but Sharma is not that aware.1st Test. 16.4: M Morkel to V Kohli (19), 4 runs, 58/3 https://t.co/XYC5wpFbLx #SAvInd #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) January 8, 201817:47 IST: 14.5: M Morkel to Sharma, Short and a bit of room on offer, Sharma places it to deep for a single. That brings up the 50 for India.17:42 IST: 13.4: K Rabada to Sharma, Good timing! Overpitched outside off, Sharma doesn’t overhit it and times his drive beautifully through wide mid off. The fielder from the cover region runs after it and saves a run for his side.17:40 IST: 13.1: K Rabada to Kohli, FOUR! Easy pickings! Rabada can not afford to ease the pressure that has been built up. Fullish and angling down leg, Kohli tickles it past the keeper to the fine leg fence.17:35 IST: WICKET! 12.2: M Morkel to Pujara! South Africa have come storming back into this contest. It is turning out to be an edge-of-the-seat game. Can’t blame Pujara as it was an unplayable delivery. Good length ball on off, takes off with extra bounce and moves away slightly. Pujara hops and has to try to keep it out but the ball catches the shoulder of the bat and flies behind. De Kock takes a regulation catch to his right. Morkel has taken off and pumps his fists. He is absolutely pumped up. The visitors still need 169 runs to win while South Africa need 7 wickets. India 209, 39/3 (12.2 overs), chasing 208, vs South Africa 286, 13017.31 IST: Rabada to Kohli, FOUR! Not convincing! Shortish ball outside off, leaving the right-hander. He pokes at it and gets it off the outer half past the backward point region to find the fence.17.19 IST: Philander to Vijay,OUT! The bowler finally gets his man. No doubts now, Vijay has to take the long walk back. On a good length in the avenue of apprehension, swinging away. Vijay comes forward and looks to defend it but gets a fat outside edge which flies towards the slip cordon. AB de Villiers dives to his left and grabs a really good catch. INDIA 30/2WICKET | Vijay out for 13 caught at second slip by de Villiers off Philander. India 30/2 #SAvIND #ProteaFire pic.twitter.com/d33ddPFFf4- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 8, 201817.14 IST:  Cheteshwar Pujara walks out to bat. 17.13 IST: Morkel to Dhawan, OUT! INDIA 30/1WICKET | Morkel gets the breakthrough as Dhawan (16) knicks one to Morris for an easy catch at gully. The bounce from Morne does the trick again. India 30/1 #SAvIND #ProteaFire pic.twitter.com/8txaCEe5Pe- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 8, 201817.07 IST: Philander to Vijay, AGAIN HE ESCAPES! Another judicious review from India! On a good length around off, Vijay uses his feet and fishes at it tentatively and seems to have got a faint nick behind to the keeper. The hosts appeal and up goes the umpire’ finger. Vijay goes for the review immediately. Has he again survived? Well, the replays show that there is clear daylight between bat and ball.17.04 IST: Philander to Vijay, FOUR! Vijay gets away with this one! On a length outside off, Vijay pushes at it but gets an outside edge that flies past the gully region. No third man in place now and the ball races to the fence.India looking steady on 24 without loss.Dhawan 15*Vijay 8*#SAvIND #FreedomSeries pic.twitter.com/OePgLrG8nw- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 8, 201817.03 IST: Morkel to Dhawan, FOUR!  A full length ball on the leg, which is brilliantly glanced on fine leg, delicate show of wrists by Dhawan, the ball goes for the ropes16.57 IST:  Philander to Dhawan, FOUR! Fuller in length, leaving Dhawan. He drives at it with hard hands but gets a thick outside edge past the slip cordon for a boundary.1st Test. 4.3: V Philander to S Dhawan (5), 4 runs, 13/0 https://t.co/XYC5wpFbLx #SAvInd #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) January 8, 201816.53 IST: Morkel to Vijay, FOUR! Full length ball outside off, Vijay leans into it and caresses it through covers to find the fence.1st Test. 3.4: M Morkel to M Vijay (7), 4 runs, 9/0 https://t.co/XYC5wpFbLx #SAvInd #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) January 8, 201816.46 IST: Philander to Vijay, CLOSE SHAVE! Vijay has been adjudged LBW but he has a chat with his partner and finally goes for the review. Seems really close to the naked eye.Successful review for the Indian opener as the ball was going over the stumps. Decision overturned #SAvIND- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 8, 201816.40 IST: Dale Steyn will not be bowling , Morne Morkel will share the new ball with Vernon Philander.16.35 IST: India are off the mark. 1/0 after 1 over.South Africa 2nd Innings:15.57 IST: The Proteas lost 8 wickets and scored just 65 runs in that session. South Africa 286 & 130 all out on Day 4. Shami (3/28), Bumrah (3/39), Bhuvneshwar (2/33). It is surprisingly LUNCH as well on Day 4. There were close to 17 minutes remaining when AB was out, so one would have thought the Indian batsmen would need to bat for at least 1-2 overs before the break. Perhaps, the second session might be a 150-minute one.Innings Break! South Africa 286 & 130. #TeamIndia need 208 runs to win the 1st Test #FreedomSeries #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/SJDDiAHU8G- BCCI (@BCCI) January 8, 201815.57 IST: WICKET! AB de Villiers c Bhuvi c Bumrah 35 (50 balls). SA 286 & 130 all out. India need 208 runs to win The catch is legal and South Africa have been bowled out with still some time left in the first session! What an inspiring bowling performance by the Indians. A short ball outside off, de Villiers rocks back and pulls it towards deep mid-wicket. For a second, it seems like he has cleared the ropes but Bhuvneshwar Kumar is placed by Kohli to perfection. De Villiers hits that like an archer shoots his arrow towards a target placed in front of him, and finds Bhuvi to perfection. The umpires check for the legality of the catch and replays show that the fielder is fine. INDIA NEED 208 TO WIN!Proteas are all for 130 and the target for India is 208 #SAvIND #FreedomSeries #ProteaFire pic.twitter.com/HMxytT9ekO- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 8, 201815.52 IST: Dale Steyn walks out to bat. Irrespective of how much he scores or how many balls he faces, have to applaud. Team comes first and he is willing to bear the pain in the hope for some gain for his team.15.51 IST: WICKET! Morne Morkel c Saha b Bhuvneshwar 2 (4 balls). SA 286 & 130/9, lead by 207 runsBounced out! Let me type that again. MORKEL HAS BEEN BOUNCED OUT. How many times do you see a Saffa player bounced out by an Indian bowler? A short ball, on middle, Morne has nowhere to move as he ducks blindly. He ends up fending at the ball as it comes at his face, takes the gloves and lobs in the air. The entire slip cordon comes charging in but has the sanity to allow Saha to take the catch.WICKET | Morkel out for 2 caught behind by Saha off B Kumar. SA 130/9 #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/PgAp5zyjD5- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 8, 201815.48 IST: Bumrah to de Villiers, SIX! What a hit! He is a champion in surveying the field and picking his spots. Fullish delivery around off, de Villiers extends his arms and lifts it over long off to send it sailing over the fence. South Africa need a lot more of those.15.42 IST: WICKET! Keshav Maharaj c Saha b Bhuvneshwar 15 (21 balls)Caught behind! That is the 8th one down! On a length outside off, Maharaj pushes inside the line and gets a thick outside edge behind. Simple catch, India inching closer to batting. That is Wriddhiman Saha’s 9th catch in this Test, the most by an Indian wicket-keeper in an away Test.WICKET | After a few lusty blows – Keshav Maharaj edges one behind to Saha for 15. SA: 122/8, with the lead nearing 200 runs. #SAvIND #FreedomSeries #ProteaFire pic.twitter.com/ap8gXznqUe- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 8, 20181st Test. 38.1: B Kumar to K Maharaj (13), 4 runs, 119/7 https://t.co/XYC5wpFbLx #SAvInd #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) January 8, 201815:35 IST: 37.4: H Pandya to Maharaj, Ooh… that’s nasty! Maharaj is a lucky man as the ball just goes over the stumps. Back of a length around off, Maharaj tries to duck under it but there is an error in judgement. Is hit on the arm and the ball just misses the stumps.15:34 IST: 37.3: H Pandya to K Maharaj, FOUR! Hit with authority! Shortish ball around off, Maharaj stands tall and pulls it with aplomb over wide mid on for a boundary. That came right off the screws.15.30 IST: UPDATE! Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the entire series due to heel injury.15:31 IST: 36.5: J Bumrah to Villiers, 2 runs. Shuffles across a long way to the length ball and clips it through backward square leg for a couple.15:30 IST: 36.4: J Bumrah to Villiers, 2 runs. Well played! Length ball on off, de Villiers clips it nicely through mid-wicket. Ashwin chases it but there is a man in the deep as well who gets across to it and cuts it off. A couple taken.15:29 IST: 36.3: J Bumrah to Villiers, FOUR. Pristine! De Villiers need to wait for the loose deliveries and pounce on them as he has done on this occasion. Fullish delivery outside off, de Villiers opens his bat face and creams it through cover-point to find the fence.Single from Maharaj brings up the 100 for the Proteas. SA 100/7 with the lead sitting on 177 #SAvIND #FreedomSeries #ProteaFire pic.twitter.com/glkjv9OaKz- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 8, 201815:18 IST: NOT OUT! 33.6: M Shami to Maharaj! Going down leg! India exhaust a review. Fullish delivery, swinging in sharply. Maharaj tries to play it across the line but misses to get pinged on the pads. A convincing appeal follows but paid no heed to. India go for the review though. The replays roll in. Hawk Eye shows that the impact is umpire’s call and the ball would have missed the leg stump. South Africa 286, 95/7 (34 overs), lead India by 172 runs15:17 IST: Another close call! India feel that they have trapped Maharaj in front of the stumps. Sliding down leg might be the factor which saves him.15:14 IST: WICKET! 33.4: Shami to Philander, OUT lbw b Mohammed Shami. South Africa have lost their seventh wicket. Lethal Shami gives another blow to the Proteas! There are many occasions when you tend to falter when the conditions are really conducive for swing bowling but credit to India for behind really disciplined. Fullish delivery around off, swinging in substantially. Philander comes half-forward in an attempt to deal with it but misses it to get hit flush on the pads. The Indians roar in an appeal and the umpire has no hesitation in ruling it out. Looked plumb too. However, Vernon walks across gingerly to de Villiers and talks with him. Challenges the decision eventually. Snicko shows no inside edge while Hawk Eye shows three reds. India only behind by 172 runs behind and need only three wickets to bowl the Proteas out.15.00 IST: Time for Drinks. Meanwhile, Vernon Philander comes out to bat. South Africa reeling at 286 & 92/6, lead by 169 runs14.56 IST: WICKET! Quinton de Kock c Saha b Bumrah 8 (8 balls). This is all going downhill for South Africa! Judicious use of the review from India. Bumrah has been right on the money and brings in another reward for his side. Angles in a good length ball from outside off and extracts good bounce as well with the incoming angle. De Kock hops to keep it out but seems to have got an inside edge as Saha beind the stumps takes it. The Indians appeal in unison but the umpire stays put. Saha is very confident and Kohli opts for the DRS. Time for the replays. The Snicko does confirm a nick. OUT flashes the giant screen and look at Kohli. He is absolutely pumped. South Africa are ahead by 169 runs with only four wickets in hand. SA 286 & 92/6, lead by 169 runs14.58 IST: Bumrah to de Kock, huge appeal for caught behind but the umpire says NOT OUT! India go for the review straightaway. Huge moment in the game! India are really confident that they have got de Kock. Is there a nick? 14.54 IST: Bumrah to de Kock, FOUR! De Kock is not at all looking comfortable. Plays at a good length ball outside off and gets it off the outer half past the gully region for a boundary.14.52 IST: Pandya to de Kock, FOUR!#TeamIndia bowlers have offered nothing this morning and have had good control. South Africa find themselves in a sticky situation with the loss of three wickets already. #FreedomSeries #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/Asugba1fKE- BCCI (@BCCI) January 8, 201814.44 IST: WICKET! Faf du Plessis c Saha b Bumrah 0 (5 balls). SA 286 & 82/6, lead by 159 runsThe skipper departs for a duck! South Africa have been caught in shallow waters and are looking very jittery at the moment. Remember, this was the partnership that had steadied the ship for South Africa. India will be relieved. Bumrah runs in from a bit wide of the crease and lands it on a length in the avenue of apprehension. Extracts appreciable bounce after landing and catches de Villiers in a tangle who comes forward tentatively to block it. Is completely taken aback as an outside edge is induced and Saha behind the stumps accepts it gleefully. The tourists are all over the home side at the moment.WICKET | dU Plessis is out without scoring, caught behind by Saha off Bumrah. SA 82/5. Next man in is de Kock #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/KCpahUkJCD- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 8, 2018The skipper departs for a duck! South Africa have been caught in shallow waters and are looking very jittery at the moment.14.38 IST: Shami opposed to earlier in the Test has been right on the radar. He has run in with intent, has bent his back and has made the ball talk. He should strive to maintain the same intensity throughout.14.38 IST: Shami to de Villiers, SIX! Brilliant improvisation! Mr. 360 for a reason, has a wide array of strokes and executes them without breaking a sweat. Back of a length outside off, allows de Villiers to free his arms. He steers it over the slip cordon and the ball just flies over the third man fence.14.36 IST: Jasprit Bumrah bowls the first over of the day and gives away just 1 run. He almost got De Villiers’ edge with his third delivery. SA 286 & 74/4, lead by 151 runs14.32 IST: Wicket-maiden from Mohammed Shami, top stuff from the fast bowler. This was just the start India wanted. SA 286 & 73/4, lead by 150 runsSA find themselves in a sticky situation with the loss of two wicket already this morning. India’s bowlers have offered nothing and have had good control. Change of bowling with Bumrah replacing B Kumar at the Wynberg End. SA 73/4 Lead 150 #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/ZCHpikauI7- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 8, 201814.29 IST: WICKET! Kagiso Rabada c Virat Kohli b Mohammed Shami 5 (33 balls). SA 286 & 73/4, lead by 150 runs Double-strike for Shami this morning. He has been bowling nagging lines and lengths around that off stump corridor and reaps the dividends again. Bends his back this time and bowls a back of a length ball on off. Rabada’s bat face is a little closed as he attempts to play it defensively with the angle towards the leg side. However, he ends up getting a thick outside edge towards the slip cordon. Kohli is onto it in a flash like a hawk to his right and takes a sharp catch. Runs around in the celebratory mode and his teammates are ecstatic as well. The visitors are making the first hour of the day count.WICKET | Shami strikes again and this time its the wicket of Rabada (5) who is caught by Kohli at second slip. SA 73/4 #SAVIND pic.twitter.com/JIUQfqNJCq- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 8, 201814.25 IST: Bhuvi to AB, FOUR! De Villiers smacks the first boundary of the day, flicking Bhuvneshwar through the on side. SA 286 & 73/3, lead by 150 runs 14.21 IST: Terrific over from Shami, he beat Rabada’s bat on multiple occasions in that maiden over. SA 286 & 67/3, lead by 144 runs Four overs bowled this morning and India have started well with the wicket of Amla. SA 67/3 with Rabada 4* and de Villiers 0 at the crease with the lead of 144. #SAvIND #FreedomSeries #ProteaFire pic.twitter.com/mWbl4NYisS- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 8, 2018Come on #TeamIndia! The match is wide open. #SAvIND- sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 8, 201814.13 IST: Successful over from Shami comes to an end, just one run and the big wicket of Hashim Amla came off it. SA 286 & 66/3, lead by 143 runs 14.09 IST: WICKET! Hashim Amla c Rohit Sharma b Mohammed Shami 4 (15 balls). SA 286 & 66/3, lead by 143 runs The decision stays! A big, big breakthrough for India. Good length delivery outside off, leaving the right-hander with extra bounce. Amla aims to force it through covers with hard hands but gets a thick outside edge. Sharma lines it up, gets low ahead and seems to have taken it inches above the ground. That’s a great grab. Hang on! The body language of the visitors is confident but the umpires tell them to wait. They have a conversation with each other and decide to take it upstairs. Time for the replays. From the front view angle, it seems that Sharma has his hands underneath the ball.Call for a wicket. Umpires sending it upstairs for a review. #proteafire #savind pic.twitter.com/RiW04CAO5V- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 8, 201814.07 IST: Shami to Amla, CATCH! Just what India needed at the start of the day. Amla has been caught by Sharma at gully and he is confident. The umpires walk across to each other and have a chat. They decide to refer it upstairs to check the clarity of the catch.14.03 IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar starts off the proceedings on Day 4 with a maiden over. SA 286 & 65/2, lead IND (209) by 142 runs 14.00 IST: The players and the umpires make their way out to the middle. Hashim Amla and Kagiso Rabada to resume their innings. It will be Bhuvneshwar Kumar to start off the proceedings with the ball today. 98 overs are allotted for the day.Just a reminder of where things stand ahead of Day 4 of the Sunfoil Test. Hashim Amla 4* and Kagiso Rabada 2* will resume on 65/2 with a lead of 142 #SAvIND #FreedomSeries #ProteaFire pic.twitter.com/9HwAJhybKX- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 8, 2018Pre-match updates:13.40 IST: It is a much brighter day and it is good to know that the forecast is clear for the rest of the game. With still 196 overs to be bowled assuming the pacers will improve their over rate, a cracker of a contest awaits us. South Africa hold the upper hand at the moment but with a complete day being washed out, they will be a bit disappointed. Momentum matters a lot in cricket. Also, the pitch being covered for a long time, there will be a lot of moisture underneath. As a result, the Protea batsmen need to be on their toes throughout and capitalize on the poor deliveries. In contrast, the Indians will be banking on their pacers to make use of the conducive conditions and trigger a collapse. The clouds are still flying around and there will be sideways movement on offer. In contrast, the Indians will be banking on their pacers to make use of the conducive conditions and trigger a collapse. The clouds are still flying around and there will be sideways movement on offer.13.24 IST: The match won’t be starting early today but the playing hours have been revisedRevised hours for today�??s play here at Newlands for the Sunfoil Test: 10h30 -12h30 / 13h10 – 15h25 / 15h45 – 18h00 or 18h30. 98 overs #SAvIND #ProteaFire #FreedomSeries pic.twitter.com/kkyLMoi23E- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 8, 201813.15 IST: But due to some strange reason the play won’t be starting early on the final two days even though we lost the whole day yesterday due to the rain. Play begins at normal time – 1400 IST but 98 overs are scheduled for today and tomorrow.Cricket fans we�??re pleased to alert you that we�??ll have some action out on the field today #SAvsIND #ProteaFire #FreedomSeries pic.twitter.com/nsnkxrB7mZ- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 8, 201813.15 IST: Good news, the sun is out in Newlands and it looks like a perfect day to play cricket.Much betterMuch brighterMuch clear Much sunshine �??️ #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/xyqHgqm6h0- BCCI (@BCCI) January 8, 2018Match summary:Rain played spoilsport for the entire day and no play was possible on the third day of the series opener between South Africa and India at Newlands, Cape Town on Sunday.The decision was made soon after the second session was washed out as the weather forecast did not look promising for the rest of the evening.However, the good news is that the forecast is pretty clear for the remaining two days.There will be moisture developing under the surface as it has been covered for so long. South Africa would have probably thought of batting long and then give a big target to India. Now, with two days left and the pitch becoming a little soft, that plan would have got a setback.Strangely, there will be no early start over the remaining two days. Play will begin at 14.00 IST but 98 overs are scheduled to be bowled on both days with a 15 minute extension in each session.South Africa were set to resume their second innings on 65 for two, a lead of 142 on what is a lively wicket offering plenty of assistance to the seamers.Hashim Amla (four) and nightwatchman Kagiso Rabada (two) are the not out batsmen who will now wait until Monday to resume their innings, with no rain forecast for the remainder of the game.South Africa were bowled out for 286 in their first innings, before restricting India to 209 in reply.The home side have confirmed that fast bowler Dale Steyn will miss the remainder of the Test, and possibly the series, with a heel injury, leaving them with three seamers with which to bowl India out in the second innings if they are to win the match.The top two ranked teams are meeting in a three-Test series this month with matches in Pretoria and Johannesburg to come.last_img read more