SA vs IND: Dean Elgar’s heroic knock drives South Africa to a series-leveling won over India – Dean Elgar scored an unbeaten 96 to lead the hosts to a 7-wicket victory, tying the three-match series 1-1 with India.
After a weather delay, play resumed on the penultimate day of the Test match, with South Africa starting the day with an overnight score of 118/2. Despite the cloudy conditions, Protea skipper Dean Elgar and Rassie van der Dussen got off to a good start. With a boundary, skipper Elgar completed a tough half-century. The duo shared a fifty-run partnership and helped the team’s total beyond 140 runs, implying also that hosts required just under 100 runs to win with 8 wickets in hand.
Van der Dussen, a local, hit successive boundaries to Mohammed Shami, and the pacer then gave 5 extras in the next delivery. Indian skipper KL Rahul inserted the in-form Shardul Thakur into the attack, but the bowler let up 11 runs in the over.
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SA vs IND: Dean Elgar’s heroic knock drives South Africa to a series-leveling won over India
Shami was ultimately rewarded for his perseverance when he was caught in the slips by Cheteshwar Pujara for 40 with a score of 175. Shami also found Elgar’s outside edge, but the ball sailed over the slip fielders for a boundary.
Shardul Thakur, who took 7 wickets in the first innings, dropped a Temba Bavuma caught and bowled chance, losing a potential for India.
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339 Aus Perth 1977/78
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240 SA Johannesburg 2021/22 (Today)
213 NZ Wellington 1998/99
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Captain Dean Elgar looked strong, smashing successive boundaries to Shami, pushing the Proteas total to 190, with only 50 runs needed to win the Test match. The Elgar-Bavuma combination pushed the visitors’ total past 200 runs as India frantically sought wickets.
Elgar began to appear threatening, and he did the same thing to Mohammed Siraj as he did to Shami, hitting him off successive boundaries, and Siraj, like Shami, gave up 5 runs in the following delivery. Siraj gave up 18 runs in the over as the contest continued to slide away from KL Rahul and company.
South Africa was comfortably led home by Elgar and Bavuma, with the captain striking the winning runs as the hosts levelled the three-match Test series at 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*, Rassie van der Dussen 40, Aiden Markram 31, Temba Bavuma 23*; Ravichandran Ashwin 1-26)
(With ANI Inputs)