Johannesburg: Dean Elgar played the captain’s innings with an unbeaten 96 as they leveled the 3-match series against India at 1-1 to help the hosts win by 7 wickets.
After a rain interruption, play finally resumed on the final day of the Test match where South Africa resumed the day with an overnight score of 118/2. Protea captains Dean Elgar and Rassie van der Dussen made consistent starts despite the cloudy weather. Captain Elgar played a half-century inning with fours. The duo put on a fifty-run partnership to take the team’s total past 140, which meant the hosts needed less than 100 runs to win and had 8 wickets in hand.
Local boy van der Dussen hit Mohammed Shami for four consecutive fours and the pacer gave 5 extra runs off the very next ball. Indian captain KL Rahul included in-form Shardul Thakur in the attack but unfortunately the fast bowler gave away 11 runs in the over.
Shami was eventually rewarded for his persistence as the pacer got van der Dussen caught at slips by Cheteshwar Pujara for 40.The core of 175. Shami also gets the outside edge of Elgar but the ball goes over the slip fielders for a boundary.
Shardul ThakurAfter taking 7 wickets in the first innings, the catch of Temba Bavuma and the loss of a bold opportunity came in front of India.
Captain Dean Elgar saw Shami hitting consecutive boundaries in the 70s to take the Proteas to 190 and only 50 runs needed to win the Test match. The Elgar-Bavuma pair took the visitors past 200 runs as India continued to chase for wickets.
Elgar looked dangerous and did the same to Mohammed Siraj as he did to Shami and hit him for four consecutive fours and like Siraj, Shami gave away 5 extra runs in the next ball. Siraj conceded 18 runs in the over as the match kept slipping away from KL Rahul & Co.
Elgar and Bavuma comfortably took South Africa home with a win as captain as the hosts leveled the 3-match Test series 1-1.
Brief Scores: India 202/10 and 266/10 (Cheteshwar Pujara 53, Rahane 58; Kagiso Rabada 3-54) vs South Africa 229/10 and 243/3 (Dean Elgar 96*, Rassi van der Dussen 40, Aiden Markram 31 , Temba Bavuma 23*; Ravichandran Ashwin 1-26)
First Published:January 6, 2022, 9:41 pm