This year did not start the way Team India wanted. South Africa beat India by 7 wickets in the second Test to level the series 1-1.
The Johannesburg ground was very lucky for India but today South Africa got a different team after the rain break. South Africa, who lost 2 wickets for 118 runs, made the necessary 122 runs in 34 overs to win.
It can be judged from this that how fast South Africa scored runs. Captain Dean Elgar scored a fine half-century (96*) and remained unbeaten. India had scored 202 runs in their first innings, in response to which South Africa scored 229 runs to take a 27-run lead. India scored 266 runs in the second innings.
Interestingly, India beat South Africa in the first test in 3.5 days as the second day was washed out due to rain and in the second test, South Africa also beat India in 3.5 days as today’s two sessions were washed out due to rain. The reasons were washed away.
The first two sessions were washed out due to rain until lunch and tea time on the fourth day, but in the third session play became possible as South Africa secured a series-matching victory. Elgar hit a four to give South Africa victory.
Play started at 3:45 am local time and today 34 overs were to be bowled. South Africa got a target of 240 runs to win. Chasing the target, South Africa scored 118 for two wickets at stumps yesterday and needed 122 runs to win the match.
The Indian bowlers struggled relentlessly and Elgar scored an unbeaten 96 off 188 balls with the help of 10 fours and took the match out of India’s hands. Elgar found good support from Raisey van der Dussen and Temba Bavuma. Van der 40 and Bavuma scored 23 not out. South Africa scored 243 runs for three wickets to level the series. The series will now be decided by the third and deciding Test match to be played in Cape Town from January 11.
At the start of the game on the fourth day, Elgar made 46 and Raisie van der Dussen extended their innings by 11 runs. India started the day with Jasprit Bumrah and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin but it did not affect both the batsmen. Both took the score to 175 runs. After all, Mohammed Shami gave Van Der the first breakthrough by getting caught by Cheteshwar Pujara at first slip. Van Der scored 40 runs in 92 balls with the help of five fours. But after that Temba Bavuma supported Elgar well on the wicket. However, when Bavuma’s account was not open, Shardul Thakur dropped his direct catch on his ball.
India missed the bowling of Mohammad Siraj who was unavailable to bowl today due to injury. Bavuma made 23 not out off 45 balls with the help of three fours. Shami, Thakur and Ashwin took one wicket each for India. South Africa defeated India at the Wanderers ground for the first time since their return to cricket in 1992.
India (1st innings) 202
South Africa (1st innings) 229
India (2nd innings) 266
South Africa second innings
Aidan Markram Pagbadha Bo Shardul …………. 31
Dean Elgar undefeated …………………………………. 96
Keegan Pietersen leg before b Ashwin……….. 28
Van der Dusen ka Pujara b Shami Shardul…. 40
Unbeaten in Temba Babu ……………………….. 23
Extra : 25
Total: 243 for three in 67.4 overs
Fall of wickets: 1-47, 2-93, 3-175
Mohammed Shami …….. 17-3-55-1
Shardul Thakur……….. 16-2-47-1
Mohd Siraj…… 6-0-37-0
Ravichandran Ashwin….. 11.4-2-26-1